Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

I took Kate and Ty for the day to see Greg's parents and enjoy some down time on their farm. Time flew by much too quickly. Kate learned to ride the dirt bike. Ty learned to raise and lower the bucket on Grandpa's newest tractor. Fishing was accomplished and that made our little man very happy. He has wanted to go fishing for ages but we simply don't have a location locally that's suited for a noisy five year old. Not only did he not have his hands on the rod when the one and only fish was caught but he never touched the fish. He celebrated the catch of "MY FIRST FISH!" as one might celebrate scoring the winning touchdown of the super bowl.
Time to go fishing!

Happy "I caught my first fish" dance

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Round 2

We sent Lauren and Taylor off to prom tonight after six girls spent the afternoon primping in our bathroom. We are directly responsible for the giant hole in the ozone layer above Georgetown. It was loud, messy and worth every minute of chaos. We will miss the noise and confusion soon enough.
Paige, Sydney and Lauren gathered for makeup sessions and photos before heading off in different directions tonight. They are certain to find one another on the dance floor eventually. Floyd Central's prom is in around 900 kids. May God bless the chaperones. Amen.

This dress should look vaguely familiar. It is the same dress Erin wore her senior year. We found this one at our favorite consignment store after selling Erin's in raspberry in the same store.

Sam spent the night last night so the girls could decorate their graduation caps together and stuck around today even though she was not participating in round two of this prom season.

I have no words.


because they are no longer the sweet baby feet I used to kiss but now carry a beautiful young lady I am so proud to call my daughter

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Super Day at the Zoo

I took my favorite little super hero and his trusty side kick to the zoo today. It was a perfect day to let the kids explore with minimal crowds and mild weather. Coincidentally, we ran into Batman and a little Halloween witch there. I appreciated being free of the stroller for the day as both kids are big enough to walk along. Today's highlights were the kangaroo that hopped right up to us on our walking path. Had we been brave, we literally could have touched it. Ty was conscientious about being quiet so we didn't scare it. We saw a gorilla banging on a door to be let inside and another one imitating a little girl through the glass. The Lego sculptures continue to captivate me and Ty bounced off every surface provided for the entire three hours we visited. It was a perfect day at the zoo. I need to take Kate on a mission to find the rest of the Lego sculptures soon. She is likely the only one patient enough to join me.

Giant Lego spider....the only spider I think I like.

A free Lego kid tent is available for sculpture building.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Another Full May Weekend

Makenna was inducted into the Thespian Society this weekend. She thoroughly enjoyed the banquet where cheesecake was served before dinner. This sounds like my kind of banquet!

Kate preparing cupcakes for her party with Lauren

Kate's birthday was celebrated. A few of her classmates came over to decorate aprons and cupcakes together. The plan was to provide the entire class with a treat on Monday, but school rules prohibit handmade goodies so store bought cookies will be sent instead. The girls were able to take packages of sweet treats home to share with their families.We called this year's party, "Kate's Cupcake Shoppe".
photo credit Makenna

Ty was still pretty sick right up until Kate's party started. The poor kid was barely tolerating ice cream and yogurt. He really wanted to play Mine-craft on Saturday when his sister headed out to play and decided he needed to teach me how to play too. Keep in mind, I have never even handled an iPod and don't care to learn. This is a problem because my four year old refurbished Blackberry is on it's last leg and I am technologically inept. He gave up on me two minutes into my lesson.
I took Lauren and Taylor to the grocery with me and Taylor found these Mega Peanut M&M's. Greg maintains they are diet M&M's because there are fewer in the bag. Um??? For the record, it's never a good idea to take teenagers to the grocery.

This old guy has been running around a lot more like a puppy lately; a puppy with an old man attitude.

Double Digits

I tease she is now two complete handfuls. In truth, she is sweet with a side of sassy. She has the eye roll, the "whatever" and stubborn streak of her sisters before her.

She finds joy in most everything and is enthusiastic about all adventures from checking out a new park to exploring the creek. She never shies away from an opportunity to express herself creatively.

She is a good friend, sometimes too patient, and still needs empowered to have her voice heard appropriately. She is kind, generous, and often oblivious to negative under currents of her peers; a trait I pray she continues to hold through adolescence.

Sensitive about mistakes and not measuring up in the eyes of those she looks up to doesn't hold her back but often leads to tears of frustration. She is growing in her ability to identify exactly what she is struggling with as she sometimes cries. Her heart is just that tender. She is a treasure for sure.

Happy 10th Birthday, Kate Bug. 

Friday, May 15, 2015


I am at the end of week two of sick kids and I am faltering. We literally prayed Kate would pull it together to make it through Erin's graduation and Mother's Day last weekend and whereas she is still being medicated to control congestion and allergies, she is functioning. Ty spiked a 103.1 temp Sunday night and is still quite sick with hand foot and mouth. I do not love hand foot and mouth. My little friend Anna says she doesn't like something this way and it sounds so much more pleasant than the words in my head at the moment.  Ty is not able to eat, the mouth numbing suckers are no longer effective and even drinking water is painful. Ty does not love hand foot and mouth either. Let's be honest, Ty isn't the most cooperative child on a good day. Add illness for five solid days and what you have is a grumpy, whiny disaster. This may describe me as much as him at this point. 

In true Anne fashion, popsicles were delivered today and promises of an alcohol run were made too. We debated the merit of using a frozen pina colada  to numb his mouth, but quickly determined it was not sound medicine in today's culture even though I am here to tell you my parents would have done it in a minute. I distinctly remember a pacifier in a glass of wine at some point in my childhood. I swear parenting was easier before all these "helpful" parenting advice columns. But I digress.....

During my sanity check with Anne, we chatted about how my parenting as evolved from the days of matching dresses on my first two complete with hair styles and shoes that were appropriate for any given occasion to the mess seen daily in my house now. I shared the story of Erin choosing her best dress with jewelry and curled hair for picture day in third grade and this year I didn't even know it was Kate's picture day! She wore a messy bun and old tee shirt. I am mom of the year obviously. So in addition to Anne calling me every time we are facing severe weather because I refuse to watch the news and never have the TV on during the day, she now has to let me know when my kids should look like children with parents and not homeless people discovered on the side of the road. Being my friend is apparently a heavy workload and I owe her chocolate often.

The reality is that I am blessed to have a few very close friends I know love me inside and out, despite my flaws of which there are plenty.  They are the people I call when I need to hash something out and know my husband can't listen as long as my girlfriends do. He likes to quickly fix things and they know I just need to talk. I think in general, this is simply the way it is in marriage so God gives us girlfriends to prevent us from driving our husbands crazy. On this list, I have a few friends and can't imagine my life without any one of them.

Anne's popsicle run demonstrates the other aspect of friendship I value most. Genuine concern for each other's children is vital if we are going to invest in one another. We love our kids and our friend's kids. Period. If you mess with one of these kids, you have a host of momma's ready to step in. Sometimes that looks a lot like talking a mom off the ledge of which she is about to jump and other times it's supporting her through prayer, hugs, tears and research. I have googled some of the strangest things in hopes of finding something helpful for a friend and her kids. Friends will do whatever it takes to make a positive difference in a difficult situation.

So I don't know if you have heard, but parenting is hard work; gut wrenching, heart breaking work. My friends have cried with me, celebrated with me and supported me through a very colorful life. I pray I have been as invested in theirs. Other than relying on God for the strength to endure some of our challenges, my friends have helped carry the load. I am grateful and blessed to be supported by incredible friends.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mommy Has Senioritis

Kate came home with a rubric for a project due May 14th about two weeks ago. She was pretty pumped about this little assignment and was certain we needed to go to The Home Depot to get wood, paint and whatever else she came up with to create a model of a local landmark, Polly's Freeze. The assignment was to depict a local landmark with creativity and lots of detail. She envisioned us helping her carry in a heavy and giant replica. I talked her down and we were going to tackle this with graham crackers and icing instead; think lazy mom's version of a gingerbread house. Except we have a lot of life happening around here these days and my ability to focus is lacking. We talked it down further and decided some photos glued onto poster board would suffice. As I was uploading said photos onto Walgreen's site, I noted a 30% off poster discount and found myself creating the silly project in under five minutes. Kate was pleased and Walgreen's had it ready within the hour. The mommy is done. Really, really done. We will take our 28 possible points for handing in a completed, creative, neat project and move on. If teachers want giant replicas, they will have to hit me with it in August.

This was my first Mother's Day with Erin living out of the house. She ordered something to be delivered to me because she didn't know if we would be together given how much else was on our plates this weekend. She did show up though to use our washer and dryer. Lauren stopped at the grocery on her way home from a friend's house with flowers for me and my mom which was very sweet. Kate drew me several pictures and created a poem too. Ty started to color me a picture "but it was boring". And after I went to bed Mother's Day night, this was emailed to me:

Dear Mom,

Thanks for being my mom and not someone else's. If I had a different mom, I'd punch her in the face and go find you.

I was going to write you a long, heart-felt letter, but I found this on Twitter and thought it summed up what I needed to say better than a long corny letter would. Love you.


My mom and dad spoiled me with a new tea I enjoy sampling every time I stop in Teavania and a bath bomb from Lush. I am looking forward to locking out the entire family to enjoy both. Just kidding. Sort of. 
Mother's Day weekend was full of family, laughter and kid-centered fun. It was as it should be, I suppose.