So Andrew surprises me sometimes. Last night at Kung Fu he volunteered to lead the class. He was the first to raise his hand, and the instructor called on him. I was beaming with pride as I watched my little guy lead the class in their Eight Basic Stances routine. I am so HAPPY that […]
Happy 7th birthday to my 7th child! What a lucky birthday today is ~ Seven & Seven! Today is November 30th and my sweet Aislynn was born on this day. We told her we would take her wherever she wanted to go on her birthday. And she picked a place. And the kids are SO […]
It’s been a busy week. Soccer season has ended for AYSO and that means we had a lot of final games and team parties to attend. Afton volunteered to referee Aislynn’s final soccer game of the season. Here’s a shot with both Afton and Aislynn in it. Aislynn is #7. Two weeks ago it was […]
So Andrew comes home from preschool today and mentions, in a sad tone, that he missed the Daddy & Me Day. You should have seen his face. And then you should have seen MY face looking at his face. I was devastated. He found out!! Ugh! I was SO hoping that no one would […]
It wasn’t me who forgot all about Daddy & Me Day at Andrew’s preschool, which was at 11:00am this past Saturday. It wasn’t me who made sure that Rich was off work that day, so that he could attend this special event with Andrew….and when the day came around, it wasn’t me who woke up […]
If I had to pick the biggest challenge to having a large family, I would definitely say it’s finding individual time with each child. Did I give each child what they needed from me today? This is a big one for me. I never go to bed worrying if the house was clean enough, but […]
We did not discover lice in one of our children’s hair last week! And we did not decide to treat our entire family just to be safe. And while we were not doing that we did not find lice in all the other children’s heads, too. No, of course not! That’s nine heads that […]
The other day I ripped up a bunch of my old white sheets into long strips and made ten-year-old Avery into a “mummy” for her Girl Scout “Trunk or Treat” event (her troop had a mummy theme) This was done in the last twenty minutes before we had to leave, and despite the rush, I […]
Conversation overheard from the back of the van: ALEX: Mom, my next soccer tournament is in San Diego. ANDREW: They have Eggos there! ALEX: WHAT?!!! ANDREW: They have EGGOS there! ALEX: What? Andrew…what are you talking about? ANDREW: They DO have Eggos there. ALEX: WHAT are you talking about?! At this point, Andrew was […]
Aria is very into my iPhone lately. She picks it up if she sees it on the counter. She plucks it out of my purse. She grabs it from my back pocket. I know, I know… I shouldn’t let her just take my phone like that, but she just loves playing with my iPhone’s […]
Yesterday the power went out in our area. It was about 3:00 in the afternoon when the outage hit. We prepared for an evening without power, getting all the candles and flashlights out. And then just before darkness came, the power came back on. To be quite honest, I was actually a little disappointed. […]
Andrew, Aislynn and A.J. are really enjoying their Kung Fu class. We are very new to the whole martial arts scene, and I must admit that I am very impressed with it so far. These three kids of mine are saying things like, “Yes, mam” and “No, sir” (which is required in class) and it has carried […]
For years I have been trying to get a picture of Alex’s eyes in their true form. Normally the lighting just doesn’t do his eye color justice, but this day at the pool… I finally did it!! I took the perfect picture of them. THESE are his eyes, the eyes I look into every day […]
My blue wig is getting a lot of use around here!
Alex, age 11 ~ summer 2011 Riding the waves….with his eyes closed. I guess that’s the best way to feel like you’re flying!
She was once as tall as the tire on Rich’s fire engine. Time just goes by too quickly! Happy Birthday to my SIXTEEN YEAR OLD!!!
Afton and her BFF ~ ahhh, to be young and purple. Of course, when I was 16 years old…I sprayed a product called “Sun-In” in my hair (it was probably made of straight peroxide!) which I thought would turn my naturally dark brown hair to blonde. Instead, it turned my hair an awful orange/yellow color. […]
Still working on the side yard. I had hopes (okay, demands!) that it be complete by July 12th – – but because it’s been worked on a little each day (as opposed to just sitting stagnant) I’m okay with the slow process. On this day, our son Alex is helping to take the cement forms […]
Aislynn had a great year in Kindergarten! She accomplished all that I wanted to her accomplish, in this exact order: 1) have fun & make friends 2) learn phonics 3) learn the “sight words” (and, is, the, how, etc) 4) learn simple addition and subtraction This list is WHY I send my kids to Kindergarten. I […]
Each morning when the children get to school, they line up with their class and have to sit on the black top while the morning announcements are read. Some kids listen attentively, and some kids just sort of zone out, like Aislynn is doing here… and then some kids will make use of this down […]