Thursday, August 14, 2008

Aloha 6!!!

Here is our birthday girl, family, and friends at her luau party.

Yummy snowcones!!!

Nana & Papa

The jello fish bowls didn't turn out so well.

An artsy photo of our favorite artist

Kids vs Dads Kickball Game
Both sides are claiming victory!

Youngest party goer

I love you 6 year old!!!

A special thank you goes out to my dad and sister

for helping us get the yard party worthy!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Food for Thought

Chris found this on the news and I thought it was interesting.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Wanted: FUN

My youngest has just informed me that I'm not always that much fun.

My first reaction was to list all the ways that I am fun.
Remind her just how fortunate she is to have me as a mom.
I thought of going down the there are children in the world who would love to have me as a parent road.

After collecting my thoughts, I started to smile and realized I must be doing something right. Being part of a family isn't all fun and games all the time. Although, I have to admit I would enjoy freedom to play most of the time. The dishes and laundry really aren't that much fun either. I'm a kid at heart! For now we will just have to work the balancing act. So I'm off to attend a kid led dance class in the basement!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Catch of the day

We were invited to go to my sister in law's grandparents' farm for my brother in law's birthday. The kids were so excited! They found out they were going to go fishing in a pond. So with pink Barbie poles in hand and plenty of stinky bait they set out to caught their first fish. Here is the result:

Olivia was so delighted that she actually caught a fish! Elaina on the other hand decided it was gross and that is was more fun to caught fireflies!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Summer Fun

Sorry for my bloggy absence. I once thought I was a summer blogger and used the excuse that I was so busy during school keeping up with kids, dance, work, etc. Now I must confess I think that I must just be lazy. So anyway here is a little about where I've been spending my time.

Me, Olivia, Annie, and Nana blueberry picking
Girls at Magic House

Cousin Henry at the waterworks

We found a beach in the middle of St. Louis :)

Walking with Papa at the river front
630 feet above ground

Not matter how often I see the Arch I still stand in awe

My sweet sister and the girls

Henry at his big Tball game
I can't believe summer is passing by so quickly. I'm planning to spend the rest of it sleeping in and soaking up fun time.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sick of being sick...

I've been very under the weather lately. I spent a few days with a high fever and now have a sore throat. My husband had to spend his father's day with me in urgent care. He is such a sweetheart! After two hours, a throat swab, and three blood samples the doctor said it will just have to run its course and I should be on the tail end.

So the girls and I have been home bound for the last several days. I have to say they have been wonderful! They have been helping each other. They had made their own lunch when I was resting. This may not seem like much to some of you but for us this was HUGE. You have to understand that our girls enjoy a pampered life. Our youngest especially is known to climb up into her chair and start the long order of everything she would like for lunch down to the little details like how it should be cut and what sauces should accompany it. Bless her heart! I love that she's a girl who knows what she wants but being the short order cook gets a little old. It really isn't their fault I've always been happy to wait on them. I just never realized how sweet it is to see them care for each other.

They cleaned their rooms, dressed themselves without being asked, and solved their own sibling quarrels. WOW! I think I've underestimated them! Even though I've hated being sick it has given me time to reflect on how big our girls have grown and how important it is to let them see what they can do for themselves.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

One Word Meme

I've been tagged by my dear friend Jamie for a fun meme! Each answer can only be one word.

1. Where is your cell phone?

2. Your significant other?

3. Your hair?

4. Your mother?

5. Your father?

6. Your favorite thing?

7. Your dream last night?

8. Your favorite drink?

9. Your dream/goal?

10. The room you are in?

11. Your hobby?

12. Your fear?

13. Where do you want to be in 6 year?

14. Where were you last night?

15. What you are not?

16. Muffins?

17. The last thing you did?

18. What are you wearing?

19. Something you are not wearing?

20. Your mood?

21. Your summer?

22. Person you tag?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I've finally returned from my blogging hiatus. . .

The last several weeks have pasted by so quickly for me. I'm sure that is a sign I'm entirely too busy and should cut some things out of our schedule. That is just so difficult to do.

We have been following the Live Like You Were Dying series at our church. It has been a great opportunity for me to focus on what is truly important in my life. It has been tough at times to really look at myself and see what God must be seeing. I want to truly love deeper and speak sweeter. Don't just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Romans 12:9-10

God is slowly peeling away the crusty layers of my heart and showing me the way to genuinely love others as well as myself. Some times this process isn't very pretty. I've seen ways that I've failed and need to mend relationships. I've seen how carrying the heavy weight of unforgiveness can change the filter through which I experience those relationships. I'm so thankful that God is with me for the long haul! May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. 1 Thessalonians 3:13

Elaina had so sweetly reminded me of how tender God's love is for us. I was having a rough morning. I was asked to sub for a teacher friend and I was already feeling over tired. I wanted to help out my friend so I agreed. Elaina woke up feeling tired and cranky. She also complained of feeling dizzy and having a headache. Since time was short for finding a new sub I called Nana to see if she would keep Elaina. After she said she would love to, I felt so sad. Not sad because she was willing to love on Elaina when she need it but because I selfishly wanted to be the one to comfort her. Elaina heard me telling her daddy my feelings. She held both of my hands in hers and said it will be okay Mommy because you are in my heart. A great reminder that all will be okay because God is always with us in our heart!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Conversations in the Car

On the way home from school today, I hear Elaina tell her sister....

God made you for singing because you are good at it!

He made me for break dancing! :)

I better be on the lookout for parachute pants!

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Thursday 13: Snow Day

13 Reasons to love a snow day!

  1. Sleeping in
  2. Extra cuddles from my girls
  3. Playing outside in the snow
  4. One of a kind snowmen
  5. Hot Cocoa
  6. Hearing lots of infectious giggles
  7. Wearing comfy clothes all day
  8. Reading a good book
  9. Catching up on TV shows
  10. Reading blogs
  11. Nature is beautiful dressed all in white
  12. Warm soup
  13. Time at home with family

Monday, January 14, 2008

I'm not completely convinced that membership has its privileges

I've joined an elite group of special friends in a new club where dues are paid with Mommy guilt. You can read their stories here or here (see point #2).

At least I'm in great company!!!

Friday was one of those days where I was busy back to back with people to meet or errands to run. After a long tiring day, I managed to finish my grocery shopping and hop in the car to drive to school to pick up my oldest. WOW! As I drive towards the loop I realize the cars aren't lined up halfway to the stoplight. I'm thinking I'm going to get a great parking spot. Two seconds later it dawns on pick up was an hour early today and I'm not 30 minutes early...I'm actually 30 minutes late!!! At least, I still got a great parking spot. Olivia was pretty good about it and let me off the hook after I promised to not let it happen again.