Yesterday I did alot of laying around looking at this:
And eating this:
Which in case you're wondering tasted absolutely fabulous.
And then today I wandered out to our garden and got the first pickings of the season:
The kids appear to be having a blast at camp. Yesterday was camp boat day and I finally caught a glimpse of them in pictures on the camp blog. Leah and Chela are being spoiled rotten by Mawmaw & Pawpaw leaving me to be all sorts of lazy.
I became kid free for 5 whole days! Where did they go? How did this happen? What will you do with yourself you ask?
Let me bring you up to speed.
We get to keep sweet Chela (the daughter of a friend of ours) for awhile so for the last week I've had somewhere between 3 & 6 kids depending on whether Ellie (neighbor girl) was here or Debbie had one or more of my kids. Couple that with the fact that Adam was traveling for work and I had one CRRRRAAAAAZZZZY week. Shew.
Well, this week is Indian Summer SIBLING Camp! You can check out the camp blog here. Long story short Debbie took Leah and Chela for the week while Mae, Isaac & Aaron are off to camp.
*Mom giggles :)*
Adam suggested we get dinner and a movie. What? A date? Alone? No interruptions?
Well we got dinner & it wasn't quite time for the movie yet so we....
Now don't get me wrong. I'm going to miss my munchkins! I teared up when I left them because MY BOYS TEARED UP TELLING ME GOODBYE. But I am going to thoroughly enjoy every single last second of my free time between now and Friday!
And then I'm going to smooch them all over their faces :)
Yesterday turned into one of those days where if it could go wrong it did. I should have gone back to bed the moment I realized that I'd missed the weekly garbage run. Alas, kids and circumstances did not allow for that. At the end of the day I'd managed to survive a broken bed (caused by jumping kiddos), a water leak (for which I have yet to find the source), and one sting or bite to the top of Aaron's head. We never did figure out what got him. The day felt like utter chaos where I was thrown about and barely kept it together around here.
But for every maniacal, ridiculous, over stressed day there is a brighter day to follow. And today was pleasantly easy in comparison.
Leah had her second day of Art Camp while the others had a raging water gun fight in the back yard. I trimmed back our Hydrangea bushes that are threatening to take over EVERYTHING. I cut the blooms off all my trimmings and brought them in to brighten the house.
There is absolutely nothing better than fresh flowers inside!
Most of you likely know, but some may not, that we moved out into "the country". We are just outside Mt. Sterling the town but on 5 acres that makes us feel like we are in the middle of nowhere.
I'm surrounded by a beautiful expanse of greenery, more varieties of trees than you can imagine, roses, hydrangeas, lillies, & azaleas. We have a creek that runs the boarder of the property and is lined with blackberries! There is a resident rabbit that makes appearances as well as several turtles, varieties of birds and a red fox.
Do I sound happy? Because I am.
With the help and supervision of my Dad and Linda we have our first ever garden and are soon to be enjoying cherry, roma, early girl and better boy tomatoes. As well as a variety of peppers, herbs, squash & zucchini and lettuce. And with the help of my mother in law, Debbie, I've managed to select THE RIGHT annuals for my pots.
I am in the process of giving this blog a face lift and it is loooooooong overdue! I'll be getting back to posting. More and more I feel the longing to create or maybe just "let things out" or "express my feelings" or simply ramble about funny happenings here at home. So I'm going to get this thing back up and going.
So today Beau got all crazy hyped up and lost his mind because a squirrel had invaded our yard and we were all in danger. As a matter a fact, he got so wired that he took of running and slammed into the door in Adam's office letting out a yelp. But it did not slow him down. Not one bit. He rounded the corner like a maniac and slid across the brick floor slamming into the front door which I had just started to open. Bouncing off the front door and rolling out into the yard he had that squirrel up a tree faster than you can blink and spent the next hour staring at the tree lest it come down and threaten our existence.
Ever had an "Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad" kind of day? Well yesterday mine wasn't quite THAT dramatic, but it was shaping up to be quite stressful. I'm sure that was partly due to circumstances....very sick child + very early mornings + bad night sleep with very sick child + persistent shoulder pain + headache + rainy day + 4 kids cooped up inside = Bad Mood Mama. And I'm sure part of it was a general lack of a good attitude on my part.
After running a few very quick errands that simply could not wait I decided to run myself through Starbucks hoping it would help me feel better. Doesn't Starbucks always make you feel better? Little did I know that I was about to have the best cup of coffee I've had in a long time. A cup that could change my entire day. And it wasn't because it was Starbucks.
I was the last vehicle in a line of about 5 vans and when I reached the window to pay the lovely lady smiled and handed me my coffee and said...."the lady in front of you paid for your coffee. She said to have a good day".
It wasn't anything huge or expensive. But that one act of kindness turned my entire day around. That person will never know how dramatically that gesture affected me or how badly I needed it.
It's good to have someone do something nice for you. It's equally as good to remember that everyone has those bad days. We never know when some small action might make all the difference in a persons day. And I'm reminded that I'm never too old to learn again a lesson about giving and caring for others.
Eight precious years ago today - at about this exact moment - I was being sewn back together while I held you, my second beautiful daughter.
(Sorry, couldn't find a newbie pic right away. If I find one I'll scan it in and post it.)
From the beginning you showed that you were strong willed and stubborn and going to have it your way. You refused to be rocked or snuggled and constantly wanted to be moved from pack-n-play to bouncy to jungle gym to swing and back again. You adored your sister and still do. Best buds forever.
You have grown into a beautiful young girl. As we finish second grade I am amazed at how quickly you've adapted to our new school routine at the Latin School. Mae you can memorize like no one I've ever seen before. It's amazing to watch you blossom.
You are determined and strong. Nothing will do but for you to master the task ahead of you whether it being teaching yourself how to do a perfect cartwheel or winning the 2nd grade spelling bee (you came in 3rd overall! Great job baby!)
You are a nurturer giving comfort to those who hurt and help to those who need it. This is your most beautiful quality.
You have brought me more joy that I could ever imagine and I'm blessed to be your mother. Happy Birthday my precious girl!
Leah had a wish. A wish to go to Disney World in December. To see the castle lit for Christmas. To have a makeover at the Bippidy-Boppidy-Boutique. And thanks to the Lexington Dream Factory Leah's wishes came true.
It was sort of like a dream for her. I've never seen anyone completely soak up an experience like she did. She truly absorbed every moment for what that moment was and could not have had any more fun if she'd tried! And the rest of us did too :-)
After pouring over lots of photos (over 500 to be exact!) I've compiled a photo album here. Settle in and be prepared to experience a bit of our week.
I really don't even know here to start in chronicling our trip. I may have to just do a series of posts / stories. Suffice it to say that you can't even begin to imagine how many people from Lexington to Orlando and everywhere in between gave of themselves, their time, their talents to make this the most unforgetable experience of our lives. Thank you doesn't begin to do it justice.
I will leave it at Thank You to those who made it incredible. I will promise to work on a series of short posts highlighting some parts of our trip. For now enjoy the pics!