Saturday, February 27, 2010


I really, really love the fact that my two big girls are holding hands here. How presh is that!!!???

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Sky Lately

I have been kind of fascinated with the sky lately. The only problem is...I seem to notice the beautiful sky while I'm driving. If you think texting is dangerous while driving, you should see me trying to take photos while I drive. Not good. But the sky has been so lovely that I can't seem to help myself.

I seem to have a whole new respect for the vast blue these days. I can sit and stare out the window for long periods of time. As I sat staring out the window the other day, I remembered that my grandmother's used to do it too. Sit and stare. Sit and stare. Then it dawned on me. I'm officially old.

Believe it or not, I really sort of liked the feeling I got when I thought about that. I actually got it for the first time...EVER. For the first time in my life, I can actually appreciate the sky. Really and truly appreciate something that has been there my whole life. I appreciate every warm day, every sunny day, every blue sky!!

Now if I could only learn to appreciate the gray cloudy skies...that would really be something. The other day when the snow started to fall again I felt a wave of panic rush through my whole body. Why? Because I couldn't see the sky. I'm not even kidding. I felt a paralysis of clostraphobic fear take over my body for a minute or two. I had to deep breathe, count to ten, and remind myself that I would see the sun again. Thank GOD it was sunny again the next day.

So for now, I'm really diggin the sunny skies. KEEP EM COMIN!! Sun=Love

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


I had 5 full minutes of quiet time just now. Three out of four kids are home and I still managed to experience five full minutes of quiet.

Here's what I heard:

1. An airplane far, far away. And I imagine it's headed to some exotic location.

2. A bird just outside my window. Singing sweetly. Calling for Spring.

3. The quiet hum of the heater cutting on. Keeping us nice and toasty on a yucky, rainy day.

4. A dog barking somewhere else in the neighborhood.

And then it all ended. And I heard this....

Oh well. Every moment counts.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Wonderful Weekend!

This was
the best weekend I have had in a long time. It was also one of the busiest weekends I've had in a long time.

Basketball playoff game for #2 on Saturday. Day trip to Raleigh on Sunday for #1's gymnastics meet.

On Saturday, we went to the game, went out to lunch, went to the mall with my stepdad (Dadoo to my kids) and THEN Dadoo took #4 to his house for the afternoon! None of us knew what to do without a toddler to watch! So Maddy and I went to get Starbucks and pedicures!! (Hailey passed up the opportunity because she can't have pretty colors on her toes during meet season and clear is way too boring...apparently.) Maddy was very happy about her electric purple toes. She said, "Today is a great day!" about 5 times. When we got home, Pseudo husband and Ex husband had the trampoline up!! Woohooo! Hailey was sooo happy she couldn't stand it. So she showed us her back full twists. Show off.

On Sunday,
I spent 6 hours in the car with both 1 and 2 and we had a great time. We were all in good moods and the girls were both very talkative. Hailey's meet went well. She got another 3rd place metal on floor. She and Maddy laughed most of the way home...and it's always nice to hear my girlies laugh.


I refuse to talk about the fact that it is now Monday. Hailey woke up sick. It's raining. AND I have 22 report cards to finish by like yesterday. AAGGGHHH!!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Anthropologie Love

Went to Anthropologie today. Stood staring at this bottle chandelier thingy for about 5 minutes. I LOVE it. Went home feeling better than I have in weeks. Retail therapy and I didn't even buy anything. AWESOME.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Odd woman out

Look carefully at these sweet girls. Notice anything unusual?

Do you ever feel like everyone around you is happy, progressing, living, thriving, joyously drifting?? That's all wonderful when you can share in the joy. How about when you are the odd woman out? The one who's sad, stuck, drowning in a stress filled stream to NOWHERE??

Today I feel like little Stella in this picture. I'm going to go pout by myself for a while. Tomorrow has GOT to be better.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


This is my favorite little guy. He sure has taught me a lot lately....

Sometimes we forget to have fun when we are trying to accomplish our goals. Here is what I have learned from watching Finn in the snow...

Take a great idea and some determination and RUN with it...

Practice a lot....

Tumble a little, get back up and try it again!!!

Leave your fear behind but
don't forget to bring your passion and your commitment....

and a whole lot of excitement...

add pride...(lots of it??)

And a whole lotta heart!

And then take the time to marinate in pure satisfaction!!

Life lessons from my 8 year old. Nothing better!!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Streptococcus germs have taken over our home. Five out of six members of this household have Strep Throat. I have to throw away all toothbrushes and lip glosses. AND I have to stay far away from I wait quietly for him to FALL, too. Good luck honey. Good luck.

Monday, February 1, 2010

My First at Fifteen!!

Hailey A.

Can. Not. Believe it.

My sweet, smart, shyshy little girl.
15 years ago....36 hours of labor total....she didn't sleep much and NEVER wanted me to put her down! She has been a Mama's girl since birth.

Hailey is number 1. (Once I had the 4th child, I started calling them by numbers.)
She is a gymnast. She is always on the A/B Honor Roll. She is very quiet in public settings and her only social events involve her gym-mates and/or her family.

I worry about this one
because she works so hard that I often feel she is missing out on some of the fun and carefree attitude of childhood. She is so responsible and organized! I recently tried to force the kid to go to the movies with her friend from school. They have been trying to schedule a movie date BUT they both have crazy schedules. When she finally got time to go...she canceled because she was too tired. AND because she wanted to hang out with her family. (WHAT???) She seemed genuinely happy about her decision though. (and can i tell you how blessed i feel to have a teenager that wants to hang out at home??)

Hailey doesn't tell me much about what's going on in her life. I have to know when to ask just the right questions to find out anything. I know where she is at all times because she is either at school or in the gym but I would still love to hear details once in a while! Recently she came back from a gymnastics meet in Orlando. IT was a great trip because the whole team got to go to Disney before their competition. She was gone for 5 days and when she returned I was dying to hear all about her adventures.
Not a word. My sweet little introvert needed to retreat to her room for a couple of days to recover from spending every second for 5 days with other people all around her. And then she FINALLY crawled out sheepishly and showed me her Orlando photos.

She may be 15 BUT at least I know she still loves her Mommy.
She lets me know this because...

She still stands right beside me when she's out in public with me. (especially if she has to meet new people)
She still fights her siblings to sit beside me when we go out to eat.
She still chooses to ride in my car over her dad's/stepdad's EVERY time we have to take more than one car.
AND she still cuddles up with me on the couch to watch TV.
Most importantly-she likes to hang out with me.

That makes me really happy!