Monday, May 23, 2011

A trip to the zoo and some glow chalk too

We finally have had some sun, and some mild temps.  The boys trip to the zoo was chilly however, but we are getting there.

The grill is getting a work out and we have enjoyed some corn on the cob at dinner too. 

I feel super blessed to have my kids..or most of them grown and yet 9x out of 10 have a sit down family dinner with them.  Family time, with a house full is my favorite time. 

The boys are enjoying the outdoors.  It is all we can do to nail them to the dinner table long enough to scarf down something healthy before they are off and running again. Ahh summer.

Dave will have our pool up and running for the holiday weekend.  Whether it will be sunny enough for the kids to brave the icy water is another matter entirely.  But at least it will be there.  Something comforting and relaxing about having it open, fountain running or lit up at is our oasis in a cruddy neighborhood....bloom where you're planted I guess.

We are planning a trip to Al and Jeana's on Sunday for the Memorial Weekend Holiday.  However that is now up in the air.  Last night Jeana had emergency surgery to remove her depending on her recovery we shall see.  I know we will be bummed if we can't go, it is always such a great time...and my favorite place to have my camera permanently adhered to my hand.  I mean really, a farm, horse back rides, chickens, volleyball, great food, s'mores and a bon-fire...doesn't get more Americana if you ask me.  Always a great time.  The skeeters are bound to be God awful this year with all the rain...I plan to wear an extra layer of skin loaded with OFF.  I have always been one of their favorite dishes :(

This weekend we managed to get more potted plants and hanging baskets for the porch, and Bill hung a huge wooden red white and blue star for me on to the house.  It is shaping up! and the side walk chalk art gets better every year.  This year Will wrote his name and Emily's...Bill and I were so impressed.  I hope he loves school, he is so smart!

Speaking of chalk art, Saturday we bought a glow chalk kit.  It is really cool.  Not a mess I want to deal with everyday, but sooo sooo fun.  You mix it and pour into molds about 30 mins before dark, then have at it.  There were flecks of chalk glowing on my kitchen floor, on every body part imaginable, and it was a 2 bath night for the boys.  But oh did we have fun.  Even BK, E and H had a ball.  AND YES, even daddy joined in on the fun writing NO TRESPASSING on the porch steps lol.  Love my family!

Oh and a personal note; I have been having more knitting is an example.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The best things in life are often not things at all

Been working my butt off lately.  Forced to work on Saturdays.  Really feeling the clock tick on life.  Really feeling that pinch of missing time with my kids.  I pulled in the driveway last night and William came running out of the house with a big smile.  I smiled wide!  Then when I got out of the car he asked "Why are you smiling"?  I said "I am so happy to see you, and your smile"  Little moments.

Yesterday Emily and I spent some online shopping time at  We ordered Will a shark back pack and matching lunch box for school in the fall.  My first step in accepting he is leaving for school in the fall.  I get short of breath just thinking about it.  Anyway, I threw the kids in the car and we went and did some shopping.  Managed to get the flowers in the big pots on the porch in.  Bought some really cool paper lanterns to hang from the porch, they really make it cottage cozy.  Had a rain shower and watched the boys dance and play in the rain.  I know if I blink I will be standing in the drive as they head off to college. 

One more hour here in the office on a rainy Saturday.  Then I am heading home to my babies.  Hope is cleaning house for Roxanne and Emily and I are hitting the yarn shop, the Good Will Store and going for groceries while Hope works.  Norm recommended I marinate ribs in Coke, so this will be my culinary experiment for the evening.  I hope they are delicious.  My stomach is growling!  I am hoping to get Joe to come for dinner.  Feeling so clingy these days.

BK's Aunt had a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery yesterday.  Yet another reminder of my tenuous grasp on life.  I pray for her recovery and health.  She is a very nice woman, and I cannot even wrap my mind around the concept of losing my sister...not even close.

Think I will get the camera out today as well.  Doesn't even matter what the kids are into today, just feel the need to preserve the day.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Some Easter fun pics...and some breaking news.

We had decent weather and the kids had a great time.

Last night on the 11 o'clock news, the world got some BIG information.  Osama Bin Laden, the man responsible for masterminding the 9/11 attack on NYC, PA and the Pentagon was discovered and killed.  The U.S. now has custody of his body.  So far they are saying no U.S. Troops were injured in this attack.
Now, I must say that the world is most likely a better place without this person in it...and I hope it brings some sense of justice for the families of the victims of 9/11.  Having said that, on the news people were literally cheering and gathering on the front lawn of the White House.  This IS a victory!  But I think to cheer over the death of anyone, no matter how vile, just makes us look stooping to their level.  I think in the global community we already appear arrogant, and I don't think this is helping.  I am however glad he is no longer a threat to us, or to those he would have brainwashed in the future.