Saturday, May 29, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Other updates from the Maddex household: 7.5 days of school left. Dance recital last night. Day 3 of fitness boot camp complete. So sore!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
St.Augustine, for those who don't know, is the oldest city in America to have continuous residents. It was founded by Ponce de Leon and some of the oldest structures in America remain in this tiny seaside city. Better yet its a mere 4 hour drive from our house and therefore makes the perfect getaway - not too far to cost a lot but far enough to feel that vacation like experience.
LeShayne's Rules of Vacationing:
#1 - Always eat at touristy restaurants - both chains and non-chains alike. Make sure that at least once on your trip you eat a giant pile of pancakes or french toast with warm maple syrup!
#2 - Always check your hotel bed for firmness...by jumping on the bed.
#3 - Learn something new. For example - this fort called Castillo de san Marco has been around since the 1500's. And the walls are made of coquina (aka shell mud). And to this day the cannons fire daily.
#4 - If you are going to walk a long ways its important to stay fueled.
#5 Old things are cool things. There is something powerful about walking in the place where hundreds of years worth of people have walked. This picture was taken in the oldest American drug store. Look at that awesome cash register!
#6 The beach is a happy place. Okay maybe its my happy place. I seek them out whenever possible. The feel of sand between your toes and wind in your hair and that salty relaxed atmosphere you can actually smell in the air - good. The laid back, life has no cares or troubles, attitude the beach brings - fantastic.
#7 It is always good to come home!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Then it was off to celebrate with family. Uncle Jonathan stopped by (Aunt Taylor was missed but had to work!) and Papaw and Lolly and our little family went to Tori's favorite restaurant: Outback. She likes the "brown bread".
She was excited to receive the Nancy Drew DS game she wanted, her first "credit card" (aka Visa gift card), and a designers sketch pad.
With the Little 'Kinz he picked her out Tristan gave her this sweet note...almost made me cry and it did make me laugh!
Translation: Dear Tori, Hope you have the best birthday ever. Your the only sister that is actually nice to their brother I have ever heard of. That is why I have you and no one else and you are the best girl dancer I have ever seen. I never want to replace you with someone else. You're the best. - Tristan
Friday night we celebrated with her friends...a sleepover party that did not go quite as planned but Tori had fun and that's what counts. So after gathering sleeping bags, pillows, presents and overnight bags my packed out minivan headed home. They painted nails, colored with sidewalk chalk, played a game of Sharks and Minnows, as well as Clue.
Next stop: Kobe - Japanese Steak House. Here's what happened in my head - the kids were thrilled by this experience of delicious food and cool entertainment, our chef was funny and good with kids and a couple hours of the evening was spent not wrecking my home and filling stomachs with delicious but not totally unhealthy food. Outside my head here is what really happened - the kids were well behaved but the chef was dull, we had two very picky eaters, one who brought her own sandwich and one who said he would eat chicken but well...not so much, unless one bite counts. And since the chef was dull and did few tricks and clearly wanted to be at a table with less children the meal last a grand total of one hour - start to finish. At least the food was still delicious. And they did manage to collect a bunch of those little drink umbrellas and that, for lord only knows what reason, was thrilling.
The night ended fairly peaceful as they hunkered down to watch The Tooth Fairy. Of course the girls whispered crazy loudly late into the night but eventually they too fell silent!
Taking a minute to appreciate one of Tori's friends. Tori has a friend named Rebecca, she moved here from the other coast in the middle of 2nd grade and the girls became fast friends. They seem to have little in common. Rebecca is athletic where Tori is studious. Rebecca could skip the makeup and nails while Tori loves those special girly treats! But yet they don't fight, they don't argue about what to play next and Rebecca is a delight to have at our house. I could not be more thankful for Tori having a friend like that, the kind you know has always got your back and as a mother the kind whose family I trust with my daughter - anytime, anywhere. Forever friends...those are the best kind.
(At Rebecca's party at the ice rink later the same day, birthdays are only 3 days apart!)
Celebration comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes those celebrations are of the measurement of a life. Sometimes they are a celebration of a life itself. And while this weekend we celebrated Tori it took a sad turn that reminded us to celebrate life period.
Yesterday, on May 15th, God brought an amazing woman home. She radiated joy and she shared that joy with anyone that came near. She changed the lives of hundreds of kids and touched their parents hearts in turn. She leaves behind a husband and two gorgeous teenagers who are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. As Pastor of Children's ministries at our church she leaves behind a hole that will be hard to fill. But today we celebrate - the life she had, the pain she is no longer in, and the impression she has left on each of us.
I don't like it, I don't understand it. But I truly believe that God has a plan. And for Lisa, while much missed here, I believe it is a good day.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Today Tori is creative, loving, diligent, and faithful. She loves to dance and sing and color and paint. She loves to read - especially Nancy Drew. She loves to learn - especially about rocks and mysteries and plants and why things work the way they do. She loves to spend time with her friends. She writes stories. She gives speeches. She plays ball. She loves to go to the pool. She has a flair for the dramatic. She likes computer games and board games. She loves to mother little kids.
May the next decade be as amazing as the first!
Love you Tori!
Real birthday pictures and party pictures, coming soon!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Today I want to skip the laundry. Feed my kids and myself a big greasy double cheeseburger from McDonald's. I want to forget trying my best at work. I don't want to meet with the orthodontist or shop for a birthday gift. I want to leave the muddy shoes at the door, forget the dust bunnies under the couch, and leave my garden in its dry hot little pad crawling with big nasty red spiders I cannot seem to get rid of alone. I want to crawl into bed with a good book and call it a day.
But I believe that his grace is new each morning...so I guess I will go fold laundry, whip up some tacos, find the perfect gift for a ten year old...and sic Todd on the nasty spiders! A girl can't do it all when she's discouraged :-)!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Today I am thankful that the sun shines on my life. I am thankful for the amazing mother that made me who I am. I am thankful that she taught me to be creative, to work hard, to play just as hard and above all else to remember to show love - everyday, everywhere. But most importantly at home. And I am thankful for the children who made me a mother, who taught me what a mother's love is like from the mother's side!
The kids (and Todd!) got me some cool stuff. Tristan made me a coaster with his own personal cubist art on it. Tori made me a teeny tiny plant in a pot and a really sweet Power Point presentation (only in 2010!). Todd and the kids also got me some gardening stuff - including a super cool springy hose that makes it 1000 times easier to water my garden.
After being served breakfast in bed and picking up a mommy fav, Starbucks, we headed to the park for some fun. Jonathan and Taylor brought the boat down and we picnicked at the park and tubed in the bay. Lots of fun.
Bocce Ball...very serious competitors here. In case you don't know it's basically bowling on the lawn...except you have to get the big colored balls closest to the little white ball, no pins to knock over!
Tristan has always been the kid with a million funny faces and today he was priceless. He was so excited to go, had no fear, and made one funny face after another. The constant salt spray can get to you after a few but he went three times so it must have been ok!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
These last few pictures are wearing her dedication dress. For those of you that do not know a baby dedication is a church "ceremony" similar to that of baptism in the Catholic/Methodist/Episcopalian faiths. However in many other protestant faiths baptism is a decision you make for yourself and includes total water submersion. So as a child the parents choose to have a child dedicated. It's not promising the child to God but rather that as parents, family members and the church community we will do our best to raise our child with Godly values and instruction, to pray for their journey. It's really a commitment from parents. As for the child we still dress them up, parade them up front, and note the day down as one worthy of good food, gathered family, and a page in the scrapbook! This is Piper's special dress.