Tuesday, September 29, 2009
So here it goes...
1. As a school teacher, as well as a mother, but more from the standpoint of a teacher....I WISH EVERY PARENT WOULD TEACH THEIR CHILDREN HOW TO BLOW THAT BIG, GREEN BOOGER FROM THEIR NOSTRIL...it really can make a teacher gag when it just sits there... OH! And on this note...let's all teach them that picking their nose is not cute and NO ONE wants to see it-especially in this day when swine flu runs rampant!!!!!!
2. Learn to laugh. This is two-fold. Learn to laugh at themselves...meaning don't take themselves too seriously. But also learn when it is appropriate to laugh. We don't laugh AT people, we laugh with them.
3. This is last, but certainly not least. This should actually be my number 1, 2 and 3 for me to teach my youngest child. LEARN TO WHISPER! And I don't mean in church, or at weddings or whatnot. I mean, when they want to ask you why someone is large, they whisper it...Or when a friend with a lisp sits down beside you to talk parenting tips and they want to know why they spit when they talk...they whisper (praise the Lord that the friend heard "why are you sitting here to talk?")...Or when they walk up to the casket at a funeral (even though you have asked them to please stay in the back with a friend of yours) and they ask you, "Is that the dead guy?"...a whisper would be nice.
Those are my top 3...can't wait to see what yours are!
Special thanks to Shoplet.com-Purell Hand Sanitizers for sponsoring this blog hop.
Monday, September 28, 2009
This is an amazing way to have therapy, for free, and in the process feel a whole lot better about yourself when you see the "not me's" of the other moms....started by MckMama...who may or may not be doing a Not Me Monday today...you will have to jump over to her site to see what she is up to today!
Not Me Monday was started to tell some of the more embarrassing or "not for my bloggers to read" moments that you have had recently while writing it as if you did NOT actually do those things.
I most certainly did not finally understand why my refrigerator has an alarm on it. I was not cleaning out the old,
I did not laugh at the Homecoming football game Friday night when a mom walked her ball gown wearing daughter out for the presentation (I really did NOT laugh at THAT)...my daughter who does not love all things princess did NOT say, "Oh mom...why does that princess not have a prince?"
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
What do you think about when you think of faithful?
Maybe unfaithful is easier for you to define?
Faithful is defined as: "true to one's word, promises, vows, etc." I know it is hard to find much in life lately that is faithful. My retirement accounts haven't been faithful to their projected gains. My state was not faithful to my contract...taking 3 days' worth of pay and calling it a "furlough". My "procedure" this summer was not faithful to the end result, which means I have to go through more testing and more procedures.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I hope while you read my blog that you see a girl, trying to serve her King while raising a family. I hope His grace, His mercy and His love is abundantly clear when you read. I hope that in someway, I point to Him in what I write.
I hope while you read my blog that you will see a normal, working mom with two great kids and a great husband who are just living life. We struggle to fit everything in a day. I lose my temper and sometimes even write about it. :) I am pretty transparent with our everyday life in hopes that it might encourage someone else.
I hope while you read my blog that you laugh. I LOVE to laugh and consider it a great day if I have the opportunity to laugh mulitple times. I hope that some of the things I write make you laugh out loud.
If you have read anything I have written about my children...you should be chuckling right about now...they make me giggle everyday.
So, Welcome, if you are new to my blog...I hope you stick around. And welcome back if you are a frequent visitor.
I hope you have a great day!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Caroline and her friend Addie like to hang out at the boys football practices--playing with naked barbies and in the dirt and eating food and drinking drinks full of sugar...last night they found each other and immediately began looking for dirt!
So the walk began. The boys let the cheerleaders go first, or maybe it was not them being a gentlemen, and just that the cheerleaders got there first!
Will was so excited that he lost his hands! Seriously, I have no idea why he did this but he did it the WHOLE time he walked the track. He makes us so proud!
After walking around half of the track the kids lined up in front of the inflatable tunnel and waited for the Northwest Bruin Football team to run out for the game....we waited and waited and waited and waited and waited...well, you get the point!
Oh joy! They finally ran out of the inflatable tunnel...and then the 5000 youth athletes had to find their parents. THAT was when the fun began!!!
We picked up a few stray kids whose parents must have left them....just kidding...these are Will's teammates...#4 is the quarterback, Will is the center, and Hammontree is....well, he does not know what position he plays! LOL
Caroline had me purchase two more pom-poms for her so she could cheer Northwest onto victory. After we purchased these pom-poms, we got caught in a crowd of people not moving at all as we tried to head back to our seats. I am short so I kept jumping up trying to see what was happening. I heard about 17 different versions of the story, but what I think happened was a grown man was jumping up trying to catch a small, foam football that the cheerleaders throw after a touchdown and he fell down and through the opening of the bleachers and broke his knee. So be warned...high school football games can be extremely dangerous. The cheerleading sponsor even told me that last year, when the cheerleaders threw plastic footballs, one cheerleader tripped right before she threw it and beamed it (on accident) right into a kid's eye...the school had to pay a medical bill....so be DOUBLE warned!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
How do you go from that cute little guy above to this big, grown up one?
Happy Birthday sweet Will! It is truly a pleasure to be your mom!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
So we have been dealing with lots of illness at our house as of late. We have had Will and his dizzy spells last week (which ended up being a sinus infection…praise the Lord it was nothing more serious)…then Caroline decided to get croupy on us Sunday night. She is still fighting that and we are desperately trying to stay out of the doctor’s office as they are covered up in the flu around here (the flu-flu, not the H1N1 stuff)…and then Mark and I last night decided we were both too sick to do much of anything. I guess I decided I was sicker than he was because I went on to bed and cannot tell you what time the rest of my family laid their sweet heads down for the night.
Caroline is on breathing treatments and a steroid to help her breathe better. She certainly has enough energy to run a marathon after the breathing treatments and with the meds in her, she can run almost all night long. It is too bad she would be disqualified from any kind of running competition right now, because she would be killer…but that whole “performance enhancing drug” clause would jump up and get her I think! J
She tends to be kinda mean too on the breathing drugs and apparently very sassy! Will had a scrimmage game the other night and she decided she had had enough football and left to go see the cheerleaders. Only one small problem…she forgot to tell me. Now don’t you worry out there or think you need to call DFACS…I was keeping an eye on her…I saw her walk away and I gave her a full 3 minutes of uninterrupted cheerleader bliss before I marched over to her and drug her back to the football fields, kicking and screaming! Later in the car, she told me,
“When you came to get me from my cheerleader friends, you remember that? Well, you were not a very good MOTHER when you did that!”
Hello. I simply cannot wait until she is a teenager…
Will, by the way, won his scrimmage, but not before we had to do a little middle-of-the-game-wipe-tears-from-his-eyes-pump-him-up-pep talk! He is playing center (which for any of you like me means he snaps the ball) and apparently the cool thing to do if you are the other team is to line up your ABSOLUTELY LARGEST player across from the center and tell him to take him out. Now the center stands right in front of the quarterback, so he is really his first line of defense. Now, my kid is tall, one of the tallest on the team, but big? Thick? Strong? Yeah, not so much. He got his clock cleaned the first 3 plays of the game and came up after the 3rd play with his fingers in his mouth and tears rolling down his dirt stained cheeks. It did not help that the kid was throwing him down by his facemask and his neck…nor did it help probably that his parents were going ballistic on the sidelines—he eventually bucked up and started fighting back and the kid backed down. Will says he still wants to play so we shall see how that translates on Saturday morning for our first REAL game!
So, Caroline was still not better yesterday and so I asked my sweet friend who is a nurse to check her out for me. Caroline wanted to know why “Urse Amanda” had to check her up! J I was worried (because Mark had gotten me all freaked out) about pneumonia…but never fear. She is fine and we just have to continue treatments as we have been….oh joy! I can hardly wait for the sass that comes with a few more days of breathing treatments!
On a funnier note…Mark, with his COLD (because that is what we both have right now), crawled in bed beside me last night and TRULY asked me…”Do you think we have the swine flu?” I kicked him out.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
This is where Dusty and I could "sit and talk" according to Greg:
And on the other end of the porch was this set up for the boys:
I think this one looks like Max is trying to break up with Caroline, or propose, I am not really sure. She looks so prim and proper, keeping her horse in line as well as she is intently focused on Max. Dusty had warned us that Max had decided earlier in the week that he was ready to kiss a girl, so we kept a close eye on the two of them....
Saturday, September 5, 2009
First of all, Will got a jersey from a great friend of mine that sported the local high school team on the front and Will's name on the back. He was so excited that he told me we HAD to go to the game because he had his new jersey to wear! LOL A boy after my own heart.
We won't even talk about the fact that Mark wears this shirt ALL the time and I HATE it. Thanks a lot dad for bringing this home from the ACC Tournament. I am so sick of this shirt...I think I might burn it!
Then she said, "Mom, I wish my head was your arm."
Awwwhhhh...how sweet! She is already my constant shadow...not sure she could get that much closer!
Caroline decided to dress herself today...she is wearing a skirt (that has attached shorts), jeans over the shorts part of the skirt and a blue shirt that is kinda big on her...she was adamant about wearing THIS outfit.
So, we are going to watch some college football with some friends and I am bringing brownies and ice cream and homemade salsa. So Caroline snuck into the kitchen as the brownies were cooling and decided she needed to check and see if they were good enough to take. She deemed them great. I deem them embarrassing to take into public.
As her punishment, I made her go grocery shopping. Only it is not punishment for her...just me.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I have no idea how old my dad is today, but that isn't really what is important. I am pretty sure that my dad probably doesn't know how old he is either! :)
I have had the absolute privilege of having the best dad ever. My dad has spent his life in service to others. He had a long and distinguished career in the army and went many times to fight for you and me to be able to blog in freedom.
He taught me a very important lesson that I have NEVER forgotten...
"If you don't want it read, don't write it.
If you don't want it seen, don't do it.
If you don't want it heard, don't say it."
I still live by those words...sometimes...I really should try harder to .... but regardless it is the BEST advice.
And he taught me how to see the good in all people. And I do mean ALL! Even those that could be deemed "Heavenly Sandpaper." He is upbeat and positive, full of love and ready to help anyone. He loves his grandchildren unconditionally and wishes his whole family lived down the road from him (or that is what he says anyway). He is good people and I am truly blessed!
Happy Birthday Dad!
I love you!