Saturday, April 27, 2013

this girl...

kate lost her tooth last week.
it is her third tooth to fall out.
except this one needed to be YANKED.
a little tramatic for everyone involved.
can't hardly believe she is old enough to have her front tooth missing...
~chat soon

Sunday, April 21, 2013


So the last two Saturdays have been S-L-A-M-M-E-D.
Not like anyone else's wasn't...but our Saturday's are usually relatively lazy.
The girls are currently in swim lessons on Saturdays late morning.
The past two weeks, we had to do April Showers for Girl Scouts-which means we go door to door dropping off bags for people to put personal hygiene things into and then the next week we collect the items, sort, count, and take them to a drop off point.

Today was the pick up day.  We had approximately  an hour and fifteen minutes to get this all done with about 6 girls-ugh.

We completed it, even early, no less....The girls and I took off to swim, which we made on time.
Then we stopped for some lunch.
Long story short-while on the way to drop the items off I got pulled over.
I wasn't in necessarily an unknown area to me, but it really isn't an area I travel frequently....I didn't know the speed limit but suddently got the feeling I was going way to fast.
Apparently so did the police officer-
I saw the lights and said....uh, girls, just stay calm. I'm getting pulled over.
Anne's eyes are as big as saucers.
Kate starts talking...about everything under the sun.
I explained to both of them that I NEEDED THEM TO SHUT THEIR MOUTHS.

Of course, it was one of those weird areas that there really wasn't a place to pull over....I felt like I had to drive a mile down the road before I could find a lot to pull into-the whole while whispering....I'm not running from you, I'm not running from you, I'm not running from you ....

He comes over and greets me.  Asks if I know why he pulled me over-I said seei'm notreallyfamiliar withthis area and irealizedd i was going to fastandyounoticeditatthesametime.....and i have a hatch full of personal care items i have to get to the girlscoutpeople before 3and....well....uhhhh..... (all run together like that)
He asked for my license. YES!  i said.....and how about your insurance?  ohdear i thought.....and i start digging in my glovebox....i find tampons, maxipads, wheels on the bus c.d.s  an insulin syringe (which i said quietly-i'm a diabetic....) insurance papers from 10,11,12....no13...he says, well, um, okay, i'll just go with this.  and walks away....i rip off my seat belt and dig in the box some more (didn't realize it was so full) lo and behold-I FOUND THE CURRENT ONE!  (i knew I had it.) 

A short time later-he comes over-he had all sorts of stuff in his hands, and a pen....i thought *&^% this ticket is gonna be pricey-i was going fast and it was in a very nice subburb-I knew they would stick it to me, which I truly deserved, mind you.
 I said LOOKIE HERE!  I found my current insurance papers...he responded with, oh great, and then shuffled one of his papers under the stack. then he explailned he was giving me a  WARNING for myspeed...please slow down and have a great afternoon. he hands me back my stuff and i say....a WARNING?!  REALLY?  OHMYGOSHTHANKYOUTHANKYOU  I JUST LOVE YOU!  (yes, you read that right...i told the officer I loved him-he laughed by they way.....(at me, i think.)then i got all nervous and said, oh i just really appreciate this....i mean really.  he started to turn and walk away to which i YELL OUT, officer? 
Yes, he replies? 
Have a nice day oh and THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!  (yes, again, i said that....yelled it to him actually) I bet that sweet officer from that darling suburb is STILL laughing at me. 

Can you tell that i have NEVER in my years of driving been pulled over and ONLY ISSUED A WARNING!

What a day. 

As I start the car back up-Anne says...welll, that was awkward. To which kate says-DO YOU REMEMBER THAT TIME LAST SUMMER YOU GOT PULLED OVER...SHEESH....that was scary she says.  this wasn't so bad....
Then, I start to pull away, it's always that awkward feeling-who goes first, you? the officer?  so i went...slowly. I was a shaking mess....I found the closest subdivision to pull into and i laid my head on the steering wheel....
I hear Kate's sweet little voice....'mommy, are you okay?'
Anne-'Mommy?!  are you okay?!"
Kate-I think she is having a heartattack.  in the softest little voice.

I laughed and cried all at the same time. :)
~chat soon!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

a little bit of spring....

this week has been heavy, hasn't it?

last weekend when the weather was beautifully beautiful, i snapped some photos of the girls.

love their innocence and smiles.  refreshing, i think.

Chat soon!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

some advice.

after yesterday's horrific events in Boston-I saw this post on a friend of a friends facebook page.

When events like this happen there is the temptation to get sucked into the coverage and spend hours in front of the TV. Resist that temptation. Giving in to it only gives power to those who would kill and maim and destroy. You will lose nothing by waiting until 10 pm for an update or waiting until morning. But if you use that time caring for someone in need, or saying your prayers, or even having a cold beer with a good friend ... you will have done your part to testify that the forces of evil will never, ever be victorious.

obviously this person who posted this, knew how unsettled i was. (not really, but i felt like it was there for me to read!)  i could rant and rave about all of it, and explain how psychotic i get when events like this happen on our homeland...but i'm not going to. i'm not going to pretend i know any bit of understanding about what the spectators, runners, and innocent bystanders endured. i am just going to pray for all involved.. even us-in the middle of the Midwest who feel lonely, and scared, and filled with nervousness.  

This was also helpful....I forgot about how oddly soothing Mr.Rogers can be-I need to remember this both at work and at home...I'm not sure why he did this little snippet, but it can help in a lot of different scenarios...

Chat soon!

Friday, April 12, 2013

not so good...

well, i have no idea what my problem is--i have not been so good with updating this blog.  I have fallen off the blog wagon.
i hate that...because i love writing on here.
i'm making a promise to myself that i will do this more often.
things are starting to slow down a bit here.  after school activites are ending.  less driving around and remembering things. 
i have 23 days of school to go.
it will be a wonderful thing, summer.
family vacation is planned.  deposit is down.  no turning back now!
weekends in the country.  my sister coming to visit.
i have the girls signed up for a few week long camps.  it's gonna be a great lazy summer.
can't hardly wait. 
stay tuned for more updates...
~chat soon.

Monday, April 1, 2013


I just LOVE Easter.
I think its because it is the entrance of a fresh start....spring is coming.
and of course the true meaning of Easter....

Here are some photos from Saturday and Sunday-

can't you just feel how hard she was focusing on not dropping the egg.:)

sister secrets

cracks me up-they look like mad scientist

think i should have them dye eggs every weekend-they were so happy

early morning, pre church, before the hair gets messed up family photo. :)

best ham ever...used the glaze recipe from pioneer woman-ohmygosh...

this was a tough one to get.  the cousins-missing some.:)

sweet Devon-our niece

great family photo
 Happy April!
Chat soon!