Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
This is a picture of Olivia (who would have been not quite 3) at Caroline's 5th birthday party. We had a princess party and all the little girls came dressed up. We made everyone up with sparkly make-up. It was a great party!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I just read Jana's list of summer fling hopefuls on her blog, The Meanest Mom, and thought since my husband is going to be traveling so much this summer it might be the perfect opportunity for my own fling. Here are the candidates:
1. The first possibility would be the roofers that are always out at the crack of dawn and wave fervently yelling good morning to me when I am out jogging. They always look me up and down like I am wearing my prom dress. Don't get me wrong, I try to look my very best at 7am. I roll out of bed and slick my hair back and throw on old holey workout clothes..the perfect lure for greasy, sweaty roofers!
2. Another candidate would have to be the little old grey haired bus driver I see every morning when I drop Amelia off at preschool. He is always peeking over his steering wheel waiting for me to round the bend and when I do he always jumps up waving and as I walk by he opens the bus door with a swish and has a sentiment for the day. He says things like rain makes the flowers grow or it is mighty cold out today. I guess if I wanted a deep thinking poet type I would chose him.
Cougar then I would certainly go for the cart collector boy at the local Giant Eagle! He is barely out of braces and has 4 hairs growing between the pimples to show for his distinct effort to grow a mustache. He is always polite and takes my cart to the corral for me. Sometimes he even offers to carry my groceries out and helps me load them in the mini van. The only part I can't quite get past is when he calls me Mam.
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4. My favorite choice would have to be the Starbucks drive thru guy. He changes his accent on a daily basis. Sometimes he is French and his name is Pierre and other times he is Jamaican and his name is Raphael. Quite often he is even wearing a beret or a brightly colored knit cap depending on his persona for the day. No matter what nationality he decides to be he always has a wink and a smile for me. If I chose him I would get the fresh delicious nectar of sweet mocha delivered to me on a daily basis. OUI OUI!!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
This is my April 2008 folder and my 4th picture!
This is a picture Caroline took of herself (I am guessing). It is a bit out of focus.. and a little close up but it certainly was the beginning of a love for taking pictures. She absolutely loves it now and takes great candid shots of the cats and her sisters!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
As much as you want to imagine your child as the little girl (or boy) that you remember with no front teeth and trouble tying their shoes it is time to wake up and see them for the curious individuals that they are becoming...no more umbilical cords. Create an environment where they feel able to disclose things without repercussions or consequence. Let them know that you might not agree with all the choices they make but you will be there for them to talk to and you will always love them.
Monday, April 13, 2009
*Warm sun shining down on my face. Even if the temperature isn't as warm as I would like if the sun is shining it makes me smile.
*Seeing the girls head toward the end of another school year. Realizing all that they have learned and what they have taught me over the past 9 months always makes me feel pride and makes me look forward to what they and I will learn in the future
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I could never have caught my heel on a step and fallen on my sore knee...NOPE not me and definitely NOT after a few glasses of wine.
I certainly didn't ditch volunteering in the 2nd grade simply because I dislike the teacher and hate making all her copies and transparencies on the humongo Xerox machine.
I would never have taken Amelia to her five year old Dr appointment fearing her reaction to her shots only to be pleasantly surprised by her not only watching as the needle went in but not crying even a drop ...NOPE that would have been a miracle.
Chris's flight could never have been delayed and delayed and delayed again and he could have never have gotten home at 3:30 am that would have been crazy especially when we had to watch my sister's two kids in the morning and he had to coach a soccer game.
I could never have taken four kids to a soccer game and I could have never been chasing the 2 year old while the two 5 year olds decided to play in a huge mud puddle nope not ME!
My sister certainly didn't move 2 miles from me and I am NOT at all happy about it!
We took the girls to see Disney on Ice and this was after the show complete with crown and cotton candy! It was a fun day!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
When you see your child struggle at something it is hard to remember that when there is a weakness there is a strength not far behind. In turn when your child does something so wonderful and genius you know that an area that is not so strong will surely show up soon. What got me thinking about this was the kindergarten evaluation they did at registration. Amelia scored high on the evaluation. Obviously a strength of hers is letters and numbers. Quickly followed by her inability to stick to one activity for more then a few minutes and her mean attitude. My nephew who also registered at the same school scored lower on the evaluation. He, on the other hand, can sit for hours putting a Lego set together by looking at the picture and can figure out the secrets in video game after playing them a few times. These things shape who they are and who they will be in the future. I think it is so important for kids to realize that everyone has both strengths and weaknesses. No one is perfect and no one is good at everything even if it sometimes seems that way.