Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wishful Wednesday-Closet

Wishful Wednesday is a fun way to think about the things in our life that maybe we think could be different...hop over to Kelsey's blog to see how this all got started!

This week's topic is:
'I wish' .... I had ______ store as my personal closet and could shop from it daily.

Ok...right off the top of my head, THIS pops up!

I absolutely LOVE The Loft and could totally dress everyday from their closet if money were no object.

But I might also need this:

Some Buckle blue jeans!!!! Hey---if it is my personal closet then I should have all my wishes come true, right?

And so on that note...I would also need one of these to match each outfit! Mmmmmm...Coach!

My hands are quivering just thinking about this bad that is where it shall end! :)

Happy Wishful Wednesday to yall!!!!

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Great Day!

It was kinda cloudy at mom and dad's house so we put off going to the beach thinking it might rain (there was a 30% chance). It never did so we eventually headed out to the ocean (and no, that is not oily is the Atlantic Ocean in South Carolina). :)

The kids had a great time. I do not have ANY pictures of the boys because I only had my cell phone and they were WAY too far out for me to get a picture of them. But the girls...they had an amazing time and.... wait for it.... THERE WAS NO FIGHTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We ended up at the pool for some lunch and then some disappointing soccer.

But despite a loss for the USA in the World Cup, we had a great day!

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Funny Things from Four Year Olds

I may have mentioned that I am watching my sister's kids for the weekend?  She has a 13 year old, 11 year old and 4 year old.  Her 13 yo and 11 yo totally blew me off last night to go to my brother's house for some male bonding.  So that left me with two four year old...girls!  I was blessed though-I had taken them to the water park so they were EX--HAUS--TED!  They fell asleep early but not before much fighting over baby dolls and Fisher Price Little People.  :)  :(

This morning, Caroline woke up first and came to find me.  I was in Dad's office which has a view of the very torn up, very bad looking golf course where there are bulldozers and tractors and digger things out there...she looked horrified and came out with:  

"They worked on the golf course already tomorrow today, and now today today and I guess they will probably be doing it the day after tomorrow today."

Uhmmm....yes, honey, I believe they might (if I understand you correctly).

My niece Jenny came down the hall pushing a baby stroller and singing a lullaby.  I glanced at her as she strolled by and I asked her if she was taking her baby for a walk.  She said (as she was shaking her head):

"Well, Caroline is in a meeting righting now and I am just babysitting.  Her baby is SO fussy!" 

The joys of being four.  I just hope the peace and kindness continue and the fighting does not return!!!!

Happy Saturday Yall!

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

I am losing it!

I have been at my sister's house in North Carolina since Sunday. I am such a wonderful mom, I drove there to take my son to baseball camp. He had the time of his life. And I so enjoyed time with my sister. The only bummer thing was I got there and realized I had forgot my computer cord. My sweet husband was kind enough to mail it to me at my mom and dad's house. I had to leave one sister's house to come to my parents so I can take care of another sister's children while she goes on a trip with my parents (which I am more than happy to do...that sounded kinda rude when I read back over it and I did not want you to think I minded doing that--because I do not).

I got to my mom and dad's house today in South Carolina. I unloaded the car. I changed into my bathing suit (they DO live at the beach after all) and my dad and I took Caroline to the pool (it was late and I did not want to do sand today...not even sure why I mentioned they live at the beach but let's just move on). We got home and I was putting Caroline in the tub and thought...Oh...I need to plug in my computer to charge it up.

Uhmm....yeah....where would that computer be? Not in the car....not in the house....called my sister....yep...there it is. At her house. In NORTH NOT helpful to me. I don't just need my computer to type my blog (obvious since I am doing that now)...but I needed to turn something in to my boss...and wouldn't you know it---can't do that now!

GRRRRR!!! It must be something in the air at my sister's house. Because she was clearly losing her mind while I was there. She told me the same stories over and over and even introduced me to a nice lady this morning whom I had already met WHEN WE WENT TO HER HOUSE FOR DINNER ON TUESDAY!!! So, now I have my computer cord but no computer to plug it into. And I have to wait til she gets her on Tuesday. Double GRRRRR!!!!!

Oh well....I know there are worse things that could happen to me---I just hate to be so forgetful!!!

Who knows if I will even remember to update this blog--at the rate I am going---I may not know my name by morning.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Not Me Monday!

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. She is the mother to four and another on the way and she makes me laugh and truly contemplate some pretty deep issues. Head over to her blog to read what she and her husband and precious children have been up to this week.

I did not leave Sunday to take my son to baseball camp 7 hours away and forget my computer charger! I will not have lightening quick posts this week! :)

We did not tell my daughter a fib today when we went to my sister's pool. That lie was not that no floaties were allowed in the pool. (Do not check out the floaties she has been could so not spot her from a rescue chopper 5 miles out in the middle of the ocean. She was not adamant that THESE were the ONLY ones she would wear!)

BUT..... Today she did NOT and I repeat DID NOT learn how to swim thanks to Anonymous (who should really hire herself out as a swim instructor...except she truly puts the parents to work on the whole "practice makes perfect" thing). I was not so proud of her and I was not so excited that those nasty orange floaties can be history!

I am not still smiling from ear to ear.

What have you not been doing?

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Good Night/Bad Night

It depends on who you are at my house as to whether you had a good night or a bad night. Mark told Will they could stay up late to watch Game 7. I told them they could only stay up together to watch it if they did not fight.

Mark is a Lakers fan.

Will is a Celtics fan.

Because it got so late and Will Mark was tired, they made a bed on the floor in family room and hunkered down. Will was all pumped in the first pictures because the good guys were winning. In the bottom right picture...he is all tucked in and making no "We're # 1!" signs because the bad guys had come back and taken the lead and it seemed inevitable they would repeat!

I was not out there watching because I didn't really need to...I could tell who was winning based on who was talking trash to whom in the family room. That, and Sweet Home Alabama was on HBO and who doesn't love a little, "You have a a bar."???

Will is still sleeping right now...

Sure hope USA's soccer game goes better for us than the Celtics game last night...though currently we are losing. Maybe I will wake Will up and make him cheer for Slovenia!

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Encouraging Words from a Seven Year Old

My wonderful loving seven year old son came back to tell me that Game 7 is tonight between the Lakers and the Celtics and he wanted to know who I thought would win. I said the Celtics (I have no statistical reason for this...just a guess...and I look better in green and white than I do in purple and gold :) ). He smiled pretty big and said that is what ESPN said too (that the Celtics would win, not that I look better in green and white). And then he added, "And ESPN knows, don't they mom? They always get it right." (gotta love that Uncle H). He said he is so glad there is ESPN. He said they know so much because they have always been around.

I gently informed him that ESPN was not around when I was born. He fell over in disbelief. He said, "I am so glad God did not let me be born until 2002 so I could always have ESPN, because I do not know what I would do without Sports Center or all the Game Day talks!" Then he looked at me with such compassion and said, "How did you survive mom? I feel so sorry for you." Thanks bud.

For the record, I was almost 7 when ESPN started...but that just made my son look at me with eyes that screamed, "You had a pathetic childhood." My little brother (11 years younger than me) would probably sadly agree with him!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Truthful Tuesday

I am on summer vacation. This week has been the first week that I have not HAD to be anywhere early in the morning and I am enjoying it. My kids are not used to getting up and having no where to go so their most famous questions this week have been, "What is for breakfast?" and "Where are we going?"

We don't have a pool. We don't have a membership at any of the public pools in town. But we do have friends with pools. And I am not afraid to ask any of them if we can come over and steal some pool time. So far, this week, it has worked out well.

Yes, I know it is just Tuesday. But so far, Monday and Tuesday have been taken care of. Our only issue yesterday was this monster frog in the bottom of my friends pool. I had a skimmer net to try to catch him but it wasn't going so well...he would swim from one side to the other as soon as the skimmer got close. Finally, I think he saw that maybe he could escape the pool finally (because, even though I know nothing about frogs, he looked completely full of water--like he had been in that pool for LONG time!), so he swam up from the bottom of the pool to the surface and I just skimmed him off the top of the water and tossed him onto the side of the pool.

I took a picture of him before I forced him under the fence and thought I had killed him. He never moved once on the other side of the fence and even rolled belly up at one time until I rolled him back over. Will said, "Mom, I think you have your first frog killing." I was not too sad, cuz he scared me a little. He was HUGE--you know, as far as frogs go.

At some point while we were frolicking in the frog-free pool, Mr. Frog hopped away from his place on the other side of the fence. We have no idea where he went...for all we know, he is the size of a "normal" frog once he released all that water...but Will got out of the pool every 5 minutes to walk around the side of the pool and make sure he had not jumped back in. We have not seen him...

So, here is hoping we have no more frog encounters today while we bum more pool time from a completely different friend!!!!!!


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Monday, June 14, 2010

Not Me Monday!

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. She is the mother to four and another on the way and she makes me laugh and truly contemplate some pretty deep issues. Head over to her blog to read what she and her husband and precious children have been up to this week.

My son does not like having people over to play. He does not LOVE to play sports. He certainly does NOT love to win when he play sports. He was not on a team last week for basketball camp that was 11-0 going into the championship game. The picture below is not BEFORE that game...

The picture below is NOT my brother in law having to talk Will off the cliff after his team did NOT lose in the championship game.

My extended family did not have great stories from their weekend...

My youngest nephew did not turn 4 on Sunday. He did not have such a great time at his party that he was asleep for the night at 6pm!!!!

My other sister and her family did not spend the week at Hilton Head, SC. They are not a very active family. They do not have to rename their game of pool basketball to combat basketball because of how out of control it can get. One of her sons would NEVER give her a black eye!

So...what have you and your family not been doing lately? I can NOT wait to hear!

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Cousin Fun!

My sister has been here this week.

She hasn't been here in 8 years. So I am soaking up all the time/conversation with her that I can. Cuz, you know, the next time she visits I will probably be retired, wearing shirts with elastic around the waist, have blue hair, eat at Morrison's cafeteria and be in bed by 6:30pm.

Don't judge her for not visiting her baby sister. She has a busy life.....

Poor thing though. I think she has met about 3293 people this week. She will never remember them all, but they will remember her! She was a hit! And I have so enjoyed her being here.

She is not my cousin though (as the title might make you think). She did bring her kids though (as well as my little brother's son) and the kids have been hanging out, fighting, loving having each other around, playing, laughing, giggling and eating! And THOSE cousins have had a blast! Here is proof!

Unfortunately, they go home today. And I am sad. My sadness won't even compare to my kids' sadness which will, in turn, lead to many repetitions of the oh so popular phrases, "I'm bored. There is nothing to do here without my cousins. Mom, can we go somewhere? Mom, can someone come over to play?.......and the list will go on and on....

Gee, Anonymous....thanks a lot! :)

Seriously, I have loved having you here and can't wait to see you again...sure hope it is soon! :)

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wishful Wednesday Career

Wishful Wednesday is a fun way to think about the things in our life that maybe we think could be different...hop over to Kelsey's blog to see how this all got started!

This week's topic is:

'I wish' .... I had the opportunity to change careers and it would be __________!

Have I mentioned yet that summer has started? We started with a bang and have had company here lately. I love summer. The kids are out of school. Ok, Caroline does not go to it is Will who is out for the summer. But even more exciting than that is that I am out for the summer. I teach school and love my job but I love that I have summers off with my kids. So at THIS given moment, I am not sure I WOULD change jobs. :) Do you blame me?

But since that would be a cop out answer and I do not dig cop out answers, I will give mine. Ironically, I do believe I have given it before. But I would change my career to.........


I have always wanted to be an author. My parents are behind my dream...perhaps more my mom than my dad. I don't know that for sure. But I do know that they bought me this book to help me along in my journey.

I laughed when my mom gave me this book, but I was immediately intrigued. So I read the introduction. My hands kinda shook as I read this part: "We're wondering if the fact that you are now holding this book might be a "God thing" as well. Have you long sensed an urge to tell stories? Do you delight in capturing words and turning them into images on a blank page? Have others often told you, "You should be a writer"? When given the opportunity, do your thoughts and feelings come together to weave stories that stay tucked away inside? You may well be a novelist, and now may well be the time to pursue that possibility."

I am slowly working through this book and I will keep you posted on my possible career change! :)

Until, then, blessings to you on this Wednesday! Can't wait to see what new career moves y'all would make!

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Lake Winnie!!!

So Mark informed me the other day that he wanted to start "living life"! This made me chuckle, no, maybe laugh completely out loud. I looked at him and said, "Now that you are 38, you want to start living life?" He smiled and just nodded his head.

We began to contemplate what we could do this weekend and we decided on Lake Winnipesaukee (Lake Winnie). It is a small amusement park about 25 miles from our town that is perfect for the age of our kids right now. There are some things that Caroline can't do yet...but most of the rides both kids could do if they wanted. (I realize that this may not be living life for most of yall...but we are low key around here so getting out and doing all day activities that are not sports related are huge!)

The problem with amusement parks and our family? Mark is deathly afraid of heights and I hate spinny rides (as in rides like the Tea Cups at Disney--and yes, mom, I know that is not a word). We thought we could tag team it but the VERY first ride was spinny and Mark had a brain freeze (or melt, since it was 99 degrees) and he told both kids we would all ride it together. I almost died. The attendant heard me tell Mark I was going to puke if he really made me ride this ride. When the attendant gave us our instructions he said, "Please keep your head and hands and feet inside the ride at all times. And, ma'am, we would all appreciate it if you would not puke. Any puking will result in your cleaning it up." Then he gave me a huge teenager smile...and off we FLEW--around and around in circles, up and down, spinning, spinning!!!!! It was awful...but I am happy to say I did not puke. Although I think if I had I would have felt better if I had!

We stayed all day and wore ourselves out. But halfway through our day at the park we convinced some friends to join us and their kids helped a ton with the riding of rides. Then they took us to this AWESOME BBQ place that we had never been to and then we came home and died.

Here are some pics for your enjoyment!

Tomorrow Anonymous and her family come and I am so excited! So are a lot of people in our town since they printed it in our newspaper! :) I would tell you who they are but that would make Anonymous not so anonymous, now wouldn't it? And for the record (this is for Anonymous' husband)...I did not alert the paper!

Happy Sunday to you all....go to church and praise our awesome Father in Heaven. I am still praising Him that my breakfast stayed down yesterday after our first ride at Lake Winnie. But He is worthy of so much more praise than that!

Smiles and Hugs!

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Could Be Photo Overload I did not do a great job blogging this week. My parents were in for the weekend and I did not spend a lot of time getting blog posts ready. Then, it was the end of the school year and I was crazy busy. But I have some pics to share with you about the last week!

Here are my mom and dad and my two precious kids...
We love us some DQ around here. We went there on Monday with my parents for a Memorial Day treat and my dad took some great pictures. I would love to share them with you but he hasn't sent them to me. So you will have to settle for this one I took on Mark's birthday!
While mom was here we did some shopping. While we were at Hobby Lobby, we ran across these. It is certainly not everyday that you discover the sheer joy of knowing that they make Shotgun Shell "decorate your room, patio or balcony...anywhere you are having fun!" Can you even imagine how THRILLED your neighbors would be if you decorated your yard with these? If any of you need me to buy you some, just let me know! :)

I think I have mentioned before that I have the most patriotic family ever. Well, on Memorial Day, we went looking for some kind of sign of patriotism in the town where I live. We found it, downtown, at the courthouse.

And my kids were so excited to stand among Old Glory and pay their respects. Each flag is in honor/memory of a soldier from our county. Will, that morning, decided to put on his flight suit in honor of the soldiers and Caroline found her "flag" dress from last year and quickly put it on.
We went to eat at Cracker Barrel and Mark wanted a picture with his patriotic kids under a flag. I have a handsome family, don't I?
While I worked this week, my kids stayed at a friend's house with her kids and our babysitter. They have cats. And while Caroline did not test positive for animal allergies, her eyes swelled up pretty badly. She is so much like her daddy, it is not even funny. This picture is supposed to show her swollen eyes, but now that I look at it, I am not seeing it. Oh well.
Friday night we bummed a pool off a friend who was gone watching ball games. Mark checked the water temp to make sure the kids would not freeze to death and then they were off....

Ok...well, Will swam but Caroline not so much. She laid on the big white donut-like float and just...well, floated around. Then the thunder came so we jumped out and headed home. The kids were tired...and fell asleep about 15 minutes after getting home.

So that is us in a nutshell this week...sorry to be less than faithful with the blog. I will work on that...although be warned: "Anonymous" and her family are coming to visit this I am making no promises!

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Show Us Your Life--Random Acts of Kindness

Show Us Your Life with Kelly's Korner

I love Kelly Stamps' blog. And I have been reading it for awhile. Her Show Us Your Life posts are always fun and very informative. Today's is no different and I can't wait to see what ideas everyone gives me!

A random act of kindness, according to Wikipedia, is "a selfless act performed by a person or persons wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual. There will generally be no reason other than to make people smile, or be happier. Either spontaneous or planned in advance, random acts of kindness are encouraged by various communities."

I am a big, BIG fan of random acts of kindness. I love them because they are SO much fun to take part in and so much fun to watch happen. And I have found that they usually are an answer to prayer that sometimes the person who receives the random act doesn't even know they have/need.

The other night, I was out with my family, and there was a sweet older couple eating a few tables away. The man got up to get something and had a cane he was walking with (only he carried it more than he used it for was precious to watch)...he could not manage the cane and the other stuff he was carrying and I just jumped up to help spontaneously. The smile on his face was priceless. And the lesson my family learned was even more heart-warming. I sat back down and my son looked at me and said, "Wow, mom, that was really kind of you." Caroline wanted to know if I knew that man... :) and Mark said he teared up a little when he saw it. :) A small thing...but a big message.

So, I started compiling the things we could do as a family to randomly help those around us...
  • sending notes/pictures to people who are not able to get out much (from church or friends who are sick, etc.)
  • tell people more how much we appreciate them and WHY we appreciate them.
  • give a larger than normal tip to a waitress/waiter regardless of the service and leave them a note with the tip telling them you appreciate them.
  • give compliments
  • smile
  • say thank you
  • make someone's favorite meal and take it to them just because
  • fill a basket with magazines, snacks, water, quarters for the machines and take it up to a family waiting at the hospital
  • volunteer to babysit for a new mom and dad so they can go have some quiet time together
  • make generic gift bags to have on hand to give to someone who stops by to visit or take to someone who is having a bad day
  • mow the neighbor's yard
  • take the newspaper to the neighbor's front door instead of leaving it on the driveway
  • telling the postman/UPS guy/FedEx guy thank you
  • take your hairdresser a snack/treat on the day of your appointment
  • pay for the order behind you in the drive-thru
  • thank a soldier, policeman, fire fighter--their job is tough beyond belief and often goes unnoticed or is taken for granted
  • share your umbrella on a rainy day
  • speak kindly
I wish we all lived this out everyday (I am at the top of that list)--imagine what our world could be like if we stuck to this mindset.

I just finished a school a teacher I am always looking for ways to teach my students how to be the best from the inside out...and I think I will incorporate Random Acts of Kindness into my classroom next year. Maybe we will do one a month as a class....

Thanks for the inspiration I am going to get need some ideas from yall! So leave me a comment with something we can do!

And...(((((hugs))))) and SMILES to you....have an amazing day!!!!!!!!!!

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