Sunday, August 28, 2011

a taste across the lips...

I totally forgot about this photo from our Florida trip...
This funny little miss stole a french fry from an unsuspecting Universal Studios patron.
I tried to warn her "a taste across the lips, an inch across the hips". 
But she didn't listen.
I told her this is exactly why I'm still carrying my baby weight even though my baby is 8 1/2 years old.
I don't order fries for myself.  I just steal them from my kids. 
The calories still count.  Dang it.
A french fry isn't a vegetable.  Dang it.

She turned and flipped her tail at me.
Her fluffy, swishing caboose was so much cuter than mine :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

first day

The first days of school were a little different for us this year.  Abi started on Wednesday and Hannah and Eli started on Thursday.  Apparently, the school board didn't consider first day of school photos when they chose to start different grades on different days.  Oh well, I suppose they think they know what's best.

My Nervous Nellie started 3rd grade.  Can you see her anxious smile?
It's so hard to let my baby grow up.  We finally got rid of the bricks we kept putting on her head to keep her from growing.  They just weren't working!
Abi's teacher is Ms. Brown.  She was also Abi's 1st grade teacher.  Abi and Ms. Brown already know and love each other.  Sometimes that's good and sometimes it's bad.
We're so thankful for best friends!  Abi and Sophie are in the same class again this year.  They are both a little on the anxious side.  I'm so thankful they have each other.  It's a little easier to be brave when you know your BFF is close.  I'm not sure how their husbands are going to feel someday when they're still inseperable.  I guess that's someone else's problem :)
Eli is a 6th grader this year at the Santa Fe 5/6 Center.  He is certain he is too big and cool for first day of school pics.  I was able to get a couple before he told me, in no uncertain terms, that he was done.
True story - I had to walk away after this pic because I was afraid we were going to have a spat on his first day of school.  The neighbors didn't need to be exposed to it.  Why can't these kids just cooperate with a fanatical mom for a few minutes?!

Eli and his best buddy Jake started a tradition last year of riding in the hot rod on the first day.  I suppose it is a little more cool than the big yellow limo they usually ride.  I'm not sure how long this tradition will continue but I hope it's another 6 years :)  Jake's mom got a couple of smiles on her camera.
They think they're pretty cool in this sweet ride.  I just think they're adorable.

This is Hannah's last year in junior high.  She's all teenager.  A little too pretty sometimes.
Abi asked Hannah if she wanted me to walk her in on her first day of school.  Hannah assured Abi she didn't need me.  "That just wouldn't be cool, Abi."  Abi was very concerned about Hannah's pics with her teachers.  "How will we get pics if mom doesn't go in with you?"  I love the way a third grader thinks.

Two cool kids.  Too cool for their mom.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

to be happy...

I have a new favorite print in my house...
"To be happy, don't do whatever you like;
like whatever you do."

This is a hand-me-down from a hand-me down.  In other words, Jana had it in her house for a while until she got tired of it and gave it to Amy.  Amy enjoyed it for a while and then gave it to me.
It makes me happy.  It's a good reminder to find happiness wherever you are, doing whatever you're doing.
It reminds me of one of my favorite scriptures, "for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being conent in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."  (Philippians 4:11)

I added the print to my happy Mary Engelbreit kitchen.
Thank you, Amy, for sharing this happy print.  It's the gift that keeps on giving.  It's been a great reminder for me to find happiness in whatever I'm doing, wherever I am. 

Happiness is a choice and I'm choosing to be happy :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

extraordinary

Our summer is quickly coming to an end.  Sad news.  We're trying to fit a little more fun in before we have to get into a school routine.
Hannah committed to babysitting some fun kiddos this week.  We realized over the weekend that she also had a dentist appointment today.  Double booked.  I'm organized like that.
We decided we would just take our fun friends with us and I would sit with them in the waiting room while Hannah got her sealants.

We know how to make a statement at the dentist...
Yes, those are princess crowns, sunglasses, purses and cowboy boots.
Totally new meaning to a crown at the dentist.
Here's what you can't see.  Our little cowboy and indian has his shorts on backwards.  And he was totally cool with it.  I love that kid!!

We spread a little cheer to everyone at the dentist office today.  There were lots of smiles.
Abi and Sophie had a Ramona and Beezus routine they did.  "Extraordinary.  It's when you take something ordinary {insert a big side kick here}... and give it a little extra."

These kids are extraordinary.  And they make me smile :)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

i'm a rockette

We've had some crazy stuff going on at our house for a couple of weeks.  I've tried to keep it on the down low but it's taken on a life of it's own.

Remember how I'm married to a rocketeer?  He's a rocket scientist who loves building all sorts of VERY LARGE detailed rockets.  We have one in the basement that is standing in the elevator shaft because it's too tall for any of our ceilings.  I know, it's crazy.

Well, anyway, somehow the Discovery Channel caught wind of his rocket building and they approached him to do a story on a special project he's been working on.

Good for you, honey.  I'm super, duper excited for you!
Long story made short.  The reporter spent quite a bit of time interviewing Mitch and took the story back to the "board".  The board decided that wasn't the story they wanted.  They want to focus on wacky rockets and rockets that soar more than 10,000 feet.  Mitch's rockets are built very heavy and sturdy and don't have a lot of lift.  He uses big, powerful engines to get these big babies off the ground so they are high power but they don't go over 10,000 feet.  I always say he builds his rockets the same way he likes his wife built - sturdy, heavy, without a lot of lift :)

Well, the interviewer, Annie, really likes Mitch and loves the connection between him being a pastor and building rockets.  She asked him if he'd be willing to build a wacky rocket.  They even threw in some money for him to work with.  I was truly and genuinely excited for him...until the details started unfolding. 

Annie and her crew are coming to our house on August 18th.  They will be filming for 10 hours.  10 hours!  Are you kidding me?!  They are anxious to see Mitch in action building his rocket and preaching.  They are excited to see our house and the church.  Specifically, they mentioned any religious artwork or icons we might have.  What?!  I was so excited for Mitch and his new found notoriety.  I'm not so excited to have a crew filming our lives for 10 hours.  I'm a very private person.  We are a very average, middle income family living in an old two story house built in 1921.  It has lots of character (read "lots of unfinished projects").  We don't have 10 hours worth of excitement to show America. 

Fortunately, Mitch loves to talk rockets and Jesus.  He'll be comfortable with Annie and the crew.  I'm using this as an opportunity to get lots of unfinished projects completed.  I'm so thankful for the friends God has given me who have rallied to help me decorate my humble home.  I'm not a gifted decorator but I have friends who are.  I absolutely do not want this to be a "staged" ordeal.  I want to be an authentic wife and mom who loves Jesus, my crazy rocketeer husband and my kids.

I've been pretty overwhelmed this week.  Hannah tried to encourage me.  She said "Mom, now you're a Rockette".  She knows how much I've longed to be a Rockette.  I have always envisioned myself as a Rockette who dances at Radio City Music Hall.  Yep, I cried for an entire hour when Oprah gave a middle aged mom her dream to dance with the Rockettes.  This isn't Oprah and I'm not dancing at Radio City Music Hall but I guess I am a Rockette :)

Monday, August 1, 2011

killed by negligence

On my porch at the beginning of June...
Lots of beautiful pink and green.  So happy and cheerful! 

Two months later...
So dry, sad, dreary and dead.  I'd like to blame this all on the heat and drought.  But, I really can't.  I should have fed and watered them every day but I didn't.  I killed them.  This is why I don't have any house plants and don't invest lots and lots of money in a garden.  I'm a negligent gardener.

It's a darn good thing my kids are fairly self sufficient and can feed themselves.  I can't imagine what might happen to them if they were completely dependent on me for care.  SRS might be knocking at my door :)