Lately

May 14, 2011

Nate is obsessed with hiding...But doesn't totally get it. It goes like this... "Where did Nate go?" "I'm in here!" "Hummm, is Nate under the bed..." "No, I'm in here!"

Hiking at Turkey Mountain.

Team soccer pictures. They were hilarious and I will be dedicating an entire blog to them soon. And yes, that is Assistant Coach Mike Lyon.

Ev and Ryan came in town.

For Mother's Day, Scott told Mike that he was going to clean the play room for me because he knew it would make me happy. He did it 100% on his own. I cried. I might have scared him a little when I was squeezing him and crying.

We busted out the swimsuits! Woohoo!

Happy Summer Birthday(s) Party at school. That morning before school, Scott told me that he was NOT going to wear a birthday crown. When Mrs. Lee plopped it on his head, he looked at me with his SAVE ME eyes but I just snapped some pics and smiled.

Mike perfected his model pose.

Happy 42nd!

March 24, 2011

I went through about a 10 year phase where I kept thinking my mom was turning 42 (embarrassingly, I was over 13). Finally in college, some one said, “Wow, your mom must have been really young when she had you!” Me : “No, she was 27.” Weird looks followed. That is when it dawned on me I should learn my mom’s actual age.

Today is my beautiful mother’s birthday.

My favorite family pic of all time.

(tell me my sister is not the cutest kid you have ever seen)

My mother has given me so many gifts over my life. As a young child, she gave me unconditional love. I have never once doubted that her love, ever.  When I went to school, she gave me courage. Courage to step out of my comfort zone. To look adults in the eye, to make new friends, to raise my hand. To stand up for myself. As I entered the awkward years, she gave me self confidence. She taught me that I was beautiful and strong. She taught me that I was worthy of the best. As a teenager, she gave me compassion. She taught me that I was not the center of the world. That there are people hurting and that it my responsibility to do what I can to ease that pain. In college she gave me endurance. Leaving home was hard. She tip toed the line perfectly between giving me the reassurance that I can always come home and teaching me that sometimes life is hard and you have to tough it out. In marriage and motherhood, she has given me a combination of strength and respite. I think one of the greatest gifts she has given me is humor. She has taught me to laugh as myself, to laugh at life and to do it loudly.

I have a million hilarious stories about my mom, one of my favorites was when I was 7 or 8 and went out to play with my next door neighbor and had the following converstaion:

Neighbor: Is everything ok with your mom?

Me: Yea, what do you mean?

Neighbor: We could hear her yelling last night all the way from inside your house to inside our house.

Me: OH! She was laughing really hard. She laughs REALLY loud.

Those of you who know her, know exactly what I am talking about!

I wish for her birthday I could get her a gift that would come close to what she has given me.

Phew. I made it through week one. I almost had a break down on Thursday (it involved me yelling at Mike, “Yea, this is a blast, standing over a hot stove making a meal for everyone else that I don’t even like!”, I know, I know, my life is super hard and complicated). I have had a couple of people suggest e-mealz, which is totally on my list for NEXT week since THIS week… Evyn is coming to town which means two things. The first and most important being WE GET TO SEE EVYN and the second (and definitely not as important but still exciting to me) is that we are eating at my mom’s house a couple of nights next week and that means NO COOKING! I am in charge of desserts… my mom is a smart woman.

Two wonderful things happened this weekend. Date night. I forget how much I love date night sometimes. And I slept in until 11 on Sunday. I forget how much I love sleep sometimes.

Monday: Burgers (carried over from last week, I can’t remember what we ended up eating instead of burgers, all I know is that we didn’t eat them)

Tuesday: Dad’s bday dinner (I am making his bday cake, his favorite is white wedding cake…)

Wednesday: Dinner at Moms!

Thursday: Ev is with her in laws… so back to the kitchen… Grilled tilapia, corn on cob, wedge salad

Friday: Back at Moms!

Saturday: Out

Sunday: Maybe out? Maybe leftovers? Maybe pizza at the pool?

Have a great week!

Katie Too

March 15, 2010

I feel like I have been on a life hiatus. Evie came in town last week somewhat last minute and was here Monday-Friday. It was, of course, so wonderful to see her and it, of course, flew by.

PS Thanks for feeding us all week Mom!

BUT before she got here… Look what I did!!!!

My first crafty project! The Pom Pom flowers turned out pretty cute. I think I made the poms a little big or maybe the sticks were a little to small, either way, they are a little out of proportion, but pretty cute! Next up embroidery….

THEN we took a 36 hr trip to KC to go to one of my very best friends baby shower and stayed at Great Wolf Lodge with the family of another best friend. At the shower we went around and introduced our selves, I got to say, that Bethany had been my friend for 18 years. First of all, I am old. Second of all, who has the same best friend for EIGHTEEN YEARS?! I was also teary eyed because this pregnancy has had it’s ups and downs and to see her healthy and happy brings joy to my heart. I got teary eyed because for the last eighteen years we have been by each others sides for the big events of life and this was one of the many (and her Kansas City friends are wonderful!). Then I got teary eyed after we got home from the trip thinking about another wonderful friend that has been dear to my heart for 11 years. Lifeguarding at Southern Hills in our classy (and by classy, I mean really two shades of shiny blue with a mesh strip between the boobs) Miss Jackson’s swim suits…fast forward eleven years…. Hanging out at Great Wolf with our husbands and a total of 5 kids in a swim suits from the Target sales rack. My how life changes…

We got back in town and 1 1/2 hour later guess who came to live with us?!?!

Only the cutest little boxer baby ever! Katie. Oh sweet Katie Too. She is a gem. She is four years old, loves the kids, has had no accidents and doesn’t get on furniture. We love her. She won’t even eat treats of the kids hands, she waits for them to set the treat down and the gobbles it up. We are all obsessed and she even has Mike baby talkin’ to her! We adopted her from Tulsa Boxer Rescue, if you are looking for a new dog go to them! We researched breeds and boxers are supposed to be the best with kids, shed the least, and be all around wonderful. They are very honest about the dogs personalities and truly want to get your family matched with the perfect dog. More pictures to come!

Well… I actually missed cooking last week. I know! I don’t even know myself! I think I am getting more homemakery as the years go by. I started out married life never cooking or cooking really bad burnt stuff (Mike, remember the fried eggplant?!) and having the nickname Hurricane. I would like to think I have improved, at least a little! I haven’t made it to the store yet because Katie’s crate didn’t arrive until late this afternoon and for the first time, I was able to look around the pantry and actually put together a decent dinner. I mean a real dinner, not eggs and pancakes which is usually my stand by. Do I sound like I am bragging? WELL I AM! I was pretty proud of myself.

Monday: Spanish Chicken Rice Bake

Tuesday: Broiled Tilapia Parmesan with some veg

Wednesday: Chimichangas (it isn’t Irish, but it is a different culture… does that count for something?) with salad

Thursday: Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken (I think I am going to serve with noodles instead of rice) and broccoli

Friday: Grill out Burgers and Veggies (I love the weather!)

Saturday: Grilled Bagel Sandwiches (everything bagels, turkey pastrami, guac, cheese and put on the George) with salad

Sunday: Leftovers

Phew… This took me a long time!

Haven

November 5, 2009

Evie leaves today. So, of course, I am crying as I write. Having our family together, seeing grandparents, eating dinner together every night is such a reminder of how loved we are. I am lucky that myself, Mike and especially our kids have so many people in our lives that care about us.

Scott has started to become very aware of people he feels “safe” with. In the last couple of weeks, he has made little comments like, “Don’t tell anyone I was ___, they might think I am silly. But you can tell my Dad because he lives at my house.” This morning we had a whole discussion about where he will live when he is a grown up. I don’t know what made him think of it, but he asked me, “When I am a grown up, can I still live with you?” I paused to think of how to answer and said, “Well, you can, but you will probably want to live with your family in different house, like how we live in a different house but we live close to Mimi and Poppy so we can spend lots of time with them and when you grow up, you can live with your family but live by me and Daddy so you can see us when ever you want and we can babysit your kids (see how I am already brainwashing planting the seed!).” He thought about it and replied, “That will okay. I will live by you and Tots will live by you, and we can live by Mimi and Poppy and then we can all still be together.”

In some ways, this new self awareness breaks my heart. He is to young to feel self consicous and to censor himself for others. On the other hand, I know he feels like our house is a haven. A place where he can be himself, run around in his underwear and be a pirate. A place where he is loved no matter what. I hope he always feels that way. I know I do. I still get homesick sometimes.

In the birthday card my sister sent Scott, she wrote this quote inside:

“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, handsome, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children of God. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is with in us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

This quote  sums up Evyn perfectly. She is a person that is perfectly humbly yet refuses to believe there is anything she can’t do.  Whether or not you believe in God, the message is the same. I want to teach my children that they’re job is shine and be the very best they can be. To ignore the people who try to drag them down. To believe that they can do whatever they choose. To not put limitations on their lives. To know in their hearts, the people who don’t want you to succeed are not people you want in your life in the first place.

I forget that this applies to me too.

So as you go about your day, remember, “Nobody puts baby in a corner.”

Almost AVP

August 8, 2009

Things I learned this week:

1. The best gifts are gifts you would never get yourself, but when you get them you can’t believe you have gone your whole life with out them.

2. Hunter Park is infested with flies. Seriously. Gross. (Sara- I am wondering if it has to do with the dog park they added? I mean, you know how flies love dog poop? Just a theory.)

3. I was reminded again, you (and by you I mean me) can’t force any one to do anything (unfortunately). You can try to persuade, you can beg and plead, but people will do what they want, when they are ready. One year olds included.

4. I miss church a little.

5. There are certain friends who will always “get” you. In half a sentence, they will know exactly what you mean. Those friends are a breath of fresh air.

6. My awesome amazing disciplined gorgeous baby sister is now ranked #33 IN THE NATION during her FIRST season of playing beach volleyball. Teams 1-30 are considered AVP. AVP! She is 3 teams away from being in the same category as Misty May!!! And the season isn’t even over yet. Only Evyn could move to CA a year ago, decide she wants to try her hand at beach volleyball and be #33 in the nation. And only her husband Ryan, would love her enough make her dreams part of his and support her 100%.

7. I can’t remember if I already mentioned this, but my sister is now #33 in the nation in beach volleyball. IN THE NATION!

8. I am obsessed with the show October Road on hulu. Kind of dorky, but good… in fact I am ending this post since I have exactly one hour left before I have to leave Panera Bread and re join my real life, and talking about it makes me want to watch an episode… So, to hulu I will go!

What did you learn this week?