Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I'm also finding myself excited to be in the mountains again. It feels like ages since we went on a hike, and the highest elevation I've seen in a long time was driving to Clermont for a baptism! Literally.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I spent the better part of this afternoon fruitlessly tracking a messy Ryan diaper. I could smell it, I just couldn't find it!
Felt pretty silly when I remembered we had a cousin movie party earlier with - you guessed it - buttered popcorn. The real thing! Who'd have guessed?
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Last week I didn't feel old, even after celebrating my birthday. But today I kind of do after digging this picture out and taking a good look at it. (I think Paris looks particularly young here.)
A flood of wonderful memories attack me now as I look through old pictures. In honor of nine years, here are 9 memories from those early days...
1. Bike Riding groceries home from Macy's late at night
2. Williams Sonoma and THE PLATTER! Augh.
3. Proudly calculating the cost of our carefully prepared meals to the penny
4. "Plink" at the UVSC dance
5. Paris's unintentional-Mohawk
6. Racquetball and friendly competition
7. Cheese Curd from the Creamery (ANYTHING from the Creamery for that matter)
8. Rock Canyon Park/SFLC Elevator (Ha!)
9. The Dodge Shadow - R.I.P.
Paris, I love you. Since this is a semi-public site I'll save the gushy details for a letter just for you. But I do love you and appreciate you and your love through our ups and downs. You're the best.
What does Steve Martin say? 9 years and 3 kids later and we still got the heat? :)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
I remember sitting in the chapel in Orange Park and feeling so touched the first time I heard this that I wept. I was pregnant at the time. I figured that played a big part in the waterworks. As I read it again this week I felt the same emotion, particularly reading the story of the Turkey-Lady.
I have been blessed with a personality that doesn't become offended easily, but I do tend to hold onto grudges once I've developed them. I suppose I feel an allegiance to justice. (Like I have the right to decide what is just!) Example: Ryan Carter. Oh, the shame!
Point is, this talk speaks to me. Love it. I've changed a word in the closing remarks for emphasis:
"May God help me to be a little kinder, showing forth greater forbearance, to be more forgiving, more willing to walk the second mile, to reach down and lift up those who may have sinned but have brought forth the fruits of repentance, to lay aside old grudges and nurture them no more."
This is going to be my Biggie for 2009. I'm going to start working on it now, though, so I don't have to eat the whole elephant on January 1st. I think this will be even harder than 2008's Biggie has been to date.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Debbie even Ryan-sat so Paris and I could try out the tube. In a united effort not to get "dumped" Brianna, Paris, and I held stubbornly onto the tube. Eventually it ran out of air and we did, indeed, dump.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
It started last night, a few hours early. Rhea, Aimee, Linda, Katelyn, Alison, Paula and Hannah had a little get together for me. We visited, played Taboo and had gifts/ice-cream cake. Fun. Thanks guys.
I got home and snuggled Atticus. He gave me a huge hug and said, "I love you the most. Even all the way to the moon and back. Even Mars. You're the best." Sometimes mommies really need that. Then he added, "And don't worry...Daddy is going to wake me up in plenty of time to make the waffles."
Sure enough I was awakened to homemade waffles with - drumroll please - homemade blackberry syrup. I didn't know you could make syrup! Everyone knows syrup comes from the Publix Fairy. I was impressed. My little birdies gathered around me, mouths open, and I fed them and myself the most delicious breakfast ever. (There are a couple purple stains on my white bedspread to always remind me of that moment.)
Then Ryan woke up and gave us tons of smiles. Yay!
Happy baby = Happy Mommy = Happy Birthday
Kathi called bright and early. So thoughtful.
Atticus is taking me on a Mommy date this afternoon to get me a gift. Then Paris is taking me to my favorite casual dining spot - Panera Bread - for dinner, after which I get to choose what we do for the rest of the evening. No surprise that means we'll go to Barnes and Noble, melt into the most comfortable armchairs there, sip a smoothie, and rifle through books that aren't about tractors or puppy dogs. Heaven.
My last couple birthdays have been pretty laid back, so this has been super-fun. I must be the only woman my age who still loves my birthday. I'm pretty sure I'll never pad my age.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Two examples from this month: Kathryn has started a super-cool cake business in Clovis.
Click the logo to go to her website or go to http://crumbs.weebly.com/
Travis is running for office at his graduate school. His campaign video...
How could you NOT vote for him?
So I've been thinking about how the kids in our family are willing to take risks and try new things. I give full credit to Mom and Dad, who not only always told us we could do anything we wanted to, but led by example.
I remember Mom would decide she wanted to do something new: make chore charts, choreograph a Ghostbuster dance for Mickey Cox Elementary talent show, buy 3 houses at the same time (out of PURE love, seriously,) coordinate an unofficial Christmas Tone Chime concert in Mercer Square, learn stained glass, make Kathryn's wedding cake and centerpieces, remodel the house, learn viola, take goofy photos of all us kids and all our buddies at Fulton Mall, travel cross-country in an RV that probably shouldn't have made the journey, the list could go on and on!
So she'd just do it. The results weren't always textbook - okay, they rarely were, but textbook is boring. And I think the best part about it is that it wasn't always successful. Sometimes business ideas failed. Sometimes a cake would weigh 400 pounds and be a little too dense to eat. Sometimes we'd be nearly thrown in jail (or out of hotels.)
But we always came back for more. And it never killed or ruined us. There's very little to lose in life SO JUST TRY NEW THINGS! And that's what I've learned. Thanks Mom and Dad.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Happy birthday, Wyatt!
So my favorite pictures of Wyatt are the the one in the tub and the ones in the Billy Belt. It reminds me of my independent little giant who doesn't need anyone else's opinion or company to be happy. And he was like that from the start. (See start of slide show for pics.)
Monday, April 7, 2008
Today our family mourns the loss of a dear friend...Our Ani-Music DVD. A gift to Atticus from Kathryn and Caleb a couple Christmases ago, Ani-Music has been watched hundreds of times in our home. It lived a good life and at last has cracked. It will surely be greeted by past video greats as it sheds this mortal coil.
- Salvation is an individual endeavor. Exaltation is a family endeavor.
- We should pray with the expectation to act, not just express.
I missed parts of some talks to walk a fussy Ryan or soothe booboos, so I look forward to reading them. (Many thanks to MaKynna, who was especially helpful Sunday morning.)