Monday, May 30, 2011
That being said I am having one of those moments. I want to whine darn it.
I spent the last week on a Medrol pack (think 6 day corticosteroid blast) trying to get rid of the hives that have plagued me and literally caused pretty much continuous pain for 4 weeks prior to that. I had 3 days of no pain at all, felt energetic and was back in a groove.
Pack ran out. Hives came back.
What the heck??? And this time they are on the bottom of my feet which made me almost completely unable to walk yesterday evening without crying they hurt so bad. While better today patch #2 has started on my stomach.
Life's tough. And so frustrating. Augh.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Tori was financial officer of Kane's furniture. She paid bills, wrote paychecks, made bank deposits and determined there costs for loan application and then the profit at the end of the day.
Monday, May 23, 2011
We had stations and each station had an art theme. Abstract art, drawing art, photographic art and culinary art to be specific.
Now I would be completely lying if I did not admit that the photographic arts was my favorite. But with a huge selection of hats, headbands, masks, boas, and mustaches...I think I was not the only one! Huge shout out to Taylor who took the pics so I could make sure no paint ended up on my couch. She did an awesome job!!
And then they played Catchphrase, which is just fun. Think Taboo meets Hot Potato. Perfect for a gaggle of giggling girls!
So that is all the party pictures but I just wanted to throw in a thank you...to the amazing women that I am blessed with having in my life. My mom, well she rocks. She is all that a mom should be and a great friend. And she totally kept my house paint free and the girls loaded with fresh paint brushes and filled paint cups. Taylor, my sister from another mother (whom I also love - Hi Pam!) is amazing and such a good aunt. She comes to baseball games in sweltering heat, goes on trips to celebrate birthdays, and now we can add gives up her Sunday to become photographer extraordinaire to the list. And lastly to my "oldest" friend Jenni. Who has just been there, for so long now I've lost count. And lets me be Aunt LeShayne to her precious boy (soon to be boys!) and is just so darn good to my kids. Oh and did I mention she's talented? Below is the invitation to Tori's party she made (blurs are mine - sorry don't want my address and phone number on here!) AND she came and hung out all afternoon. Want your own awesome invitation - check her out on facebook at Firefly Invitations!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Me: Were those boys that sang forget you twins?
Tristan: No. They are in different grades, but if they were the same age they would be twins. Instead they are just identical.
Also after Brooker Creek talent show:
Me: That last kid was hilarious.
Todd: He may never live that down.
Me: Yeah he might get made of fun of for that one.
Todd: That's the kind of thing you can never live down and then one day you are making pipe bombs and carrying them to school and kids if you see that kid with a backpack RUN!
Me: Seriously? What is wrong with you?
Tori is having an art party for her birthday and I ordered these super cute berets for all of the girls instead of party hats or crowns or whatever...so they came today. They are primary colors and the one on top was green so I show Tristan how you wear them and he says "Um, mom you look like a pickle."
Tori said nothing funny but she texted me....shudder, shes so ooooold...."I'm safe mom. Ms. Jenn did not forget me." Good to know child, good to know.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Various students had speaking parts giving a history of Rock N' Roll - from Motown to as Tori's part called it "The Psychedelic Sixties and Seventies".
Mrs. Z is the music teacher at Brooker and will remain a legend there long after she is gone. A perfectionist, a drill sergeant, and a teacher rolled into one with a passion for what she does second to none.
And while we were at Universal of course we had to play a little too. We checked out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (even I who did not care for the books thought it was amazing!) and in typical Maddex theme park rules - tried on stupid hats/headpieces!
She is kind and compassionate. She is a natural with little kids. She is loving. Her feelings get hurt easily and she inherited a sense of drama second to none. She has a million best friends, favorite people, and favorite things to do. She is my social butterfly, my little artist, and my perfectionist.
She is in her last year of elementary school and SO excited for middle school. And she is the shocked but super excited owner of a cell phone. She is already a texting pro.
Monday, May 9, 2011
4 work days for me
3 field trips (DisneyQuest, Civil War Museum, Universal Studios)
3 softball games
2 baseball games
1 talent show practice
1 spring concert
1 photo session
1 eleventh birthday to celebrate
= too much stuff. Next Sunday you will find me sleeping.
I am so thankful for my amazing mother. She is supportive and encouraging and caring and loving. Oh and silly and childlike at times. She LOVED her oddball gifts - the card that sang Mickey Mouse Club and the funky paper plates Jonathan and Taylor gave her.
I am thankful for my husband. Though he may be certifiably insane he goes out of his way to make me feel special - yeah today but also most other days. He makes me laugh. He makes me remember that life is not so serious all the time.
I am thankful for my kiddos too. Tori with her seriousness and sass, her desire to help everyone all of the time, her desire to be grown up but still act like the little girl she is, and her smile that lights up a room.
Tristan with his macho attitude and little boy fears, his warm hugs and caring heart, his contagious laugh and his desire to be just like his daddy.
And just when I was thinking how perfect and serene our day was...
We got the most amazing visitors, on land and sea. These butterflies played by us long enough for me to actually dig out my camera, focus and snap this picture. And the dolphins...well they were amazing. Bobbing and jumping around the boat (it's a jet boat, like a jet ski, they cannot get hurt, no blades). They came so close we could have touched them if we had leaned far enough over the side. Perfect. Some days are just perfect.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Last weekend by the grace of God and the sanctions of the East Lake Little League my kids played games on the same fields at the same time. This is big. Huge even. This means no parent splitting, no 2 of us eating meals and one time and 2 later. All of us in one spot and one time.
AND Tristan got to pitch. His before and after - both ridiculous. His actual pitching - not bad at all.
Tori continues to catch and is getting better by the game! This picture was taken as she was readjusting her protective gear so it's not the best but that's ok.
Because they were at the same time my parents and brother and his wife came out to cheer them on, we BBQ'd here at home and we tried out a boat Taylor got the kids that ran on vegetable oil. "Ran" might be using the term loosely...it kind of milled around our little fountain area than promptly wedged itself in a corner. But was fun to try!
Also this week the kids finally finished and presented their gifted service projects. Tristan did trash clean up and made a science fair like board with some photos, trash and facts (did you know that a plastic bottle takes about 450 YEARS to decompose - recycle people!). Tori did cooking classes for Alzheimer's patients and presented scrapbook style. Glad to see one end of the year item checked off the list!