Friday, May 30, 2008
Mommy. aka "Snot Fairy"
Okay...I'll set the scene. Not only did Eli pick out the "eat my dust" t-shirt to wear on his last day...but things were just tough all around.
Mrs. Wymore (the principal) was crying. She couldn't hardly make it through the graduation. She's so darn sweet.
Ms. Black was crying. You see, this was her first class. She's sad to see them go.
I was crying - because...well because I'm the snot fairy, is why.
So, they do this thing where they say (outloud so the kids can hear) you are welcome to take your children home for the day. They did this when Fisher graduated from Kinder and I thought by now they surely would have learned their lessons. NOPE. Eli said, "Mommy, I'm going with you, right?" I said "No Baby, I have to go to work. Plus, you'll miss splash day at Extend-A-Care if you go with me." Snot, tears, lumps in the throat. Boy. Howdy.
Finally Ms. Black stepped in and said she really needed to spend one more day with him because she would miss him so much and that he was such a great and wonderful helper that she sure could use his help today. Then her tears started flowing again....then...then...well Eli grabbed on to me and hugged me with ALL of his might and said (loud enough for all to hear) "I sure don't like this day Mommy!!" :(
Well you know what Big Guy? I sure don't like it either. I sure think you are blazing through life and I just think you should try to slow down just a teeny bit. :) I am very proud of you today for all that you have accomplished. I am so proud that you got a medal for Excellent Attendance!! I am so proud that you are on task or above in EVERY subject...EVEN math!! I am so proud that you will be going to first grade next year but most of all, I am so proud that you are my son. You make the light shine bright in my life EVERY single day.
Also wanted to give a quick congratulations to Adyson H., Cami I., Kaitlyn T. and Reed R. for also making it through this first year of school. Happy Graduation - I am so very proud of you guys too and your parents - you are all pretty amazing!!!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Fishing. One of Mac's all-time favorites...hence the name of our firstborn. I am so glad and feel so fortunate that all the boys have joined him in the love of his favorite hobby. They love to go fishing with Daddy. Not very often does mommy get to go...she talks too much and doesn't like to get dirty and bug bitten....but I got to capture this moment on film and I'm so glad I did. They love it. They love getting dirty, holding fish, reeling them in, hanging out and just being boys. Simple pleasures. Simple times. Simple love.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Our little Magnolia tree has it's very first blossom!!! I of COURSE caught it too late and now it's got some brown edges, but thought I'd share anyway, since I am SO proud!!!
Mac caught a lizard!! Yes, we set him free...but you can IMAGINE the excitement in my nasty boy house! I was glad to see the cute little thing free. Eli wanted to keep it as a pet. Mommy did not.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Well, I hate to brag, but my house is quickly filling up with the beauty my brother creates with his own two hands and I just HAVE to show it off.
He and his wife are amazing. They create these pieces of art that are just incredible. Here are just a FEW things....
A teeny Candle holder out of several different colors of strips of glass...
This really really beautiful bowl made out of red and blue glass - it has four quadrants...can you see how beautiful?
A very sweet little vase made of orange glass for Mother's Day...
A GORGEOUS platter that I just can't seem to do justice by taking a picture...
And my favorite...the trophy shelf he made for Fisher. It's made of polished steel and had this cool red fiber glass that when you turn on it lights up in red. AMAZING.
How lucky am I that he's my brother?
SOON their website for their business will be up and running. You'll be able to see all the gorgeous art they create. I have their website listed on my sidebar...stay tuned.
Monday, May 19, 2008
There's this dance that Eli does that is SO cute. I couldn't get him to quit being silly enough to do it "for real" for me yesterday, this is the best he would do. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to catch him in the act when he's really doing the dance!!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
We spent the day at Joan and Doug's new dream home in the Hill Country. It's not beautiful or anything, is it????
Did you see the stairway? That's the stairway to the third floor...the observatory. The next picture...well that's their VIEW from the observatory. HOLY HILL COUNTRY Batman...jealous, aren't you?? Because I know I am!!!
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Mac was on the way to the grocery store and Sullivan yelled from the other room "Daddy, can I go?" Mac said, "Sure buddy...just get your shoes on." Sullivan came running down the stairs, Mac came walking around the corner and this is what we all saw at the same time:
Mac closed his eyes, shook his said and said..."Son, I may be a Redneck, but I'm a Redneck that knows his limits. Now go and change and you can go with me."
I think he looked pretty darn cute myself!
Friday, May 16, 2008
And I'm not even kidding. Sonia and I were clapping, crying, laughing, slinging snot, singing, and just plain dancing in our seats.
If you see no other movie this year...PLEASE see this movie.
It's called "Young at Heart" - watch the trailer above.
It's got heart and love and it's so uplifting. It will bring a smile to your face and a million tears to your eyes.
It turned my thoughts to a song that Rach brought to my attention called "Anyway"... Dream it anyway, Believe it Anyway, Live it Anyway, Love Them Anyway, Build it Anyway, Sing it Anyway, Pray Anyway, DO IT ANYWAY!!!
You will absolutely 100% love this movie. If not...well, I WOULD say that I would give you your money back, but let's face it, I'm broke and we all know that aint gonna happen. I just make this promise to you that you will love it...and you may have a whole new face makeover when you leave the place!!! :)
DO IT ANYWAY.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Caring. Calm. Compassionate.
Cute. Competitive. Courteous.
Affectionate. Astute. Awesome.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Spent the day with some pretty wonderful Mothers. Here's to all the lovely mothers I know and adore...there are so many of you. I wish I could see you all on this special day with your beautiful children...but for now, I will show you which mothers I did get to spend some great time with!!
And last but not least...there are my little doll babies...
What a wonderful day and I couldn't have picked a better way to spend it.
Friday, May 9, 2008
It's never ending 'round these here parts Y'all. Had to snap a quick one of the older two before they went off to Track and Field Day with $2.00 a piece in their pockets. I swear, they are more excited about the snacks than the actual field day. Although, I remember doing the same with that "orange drink" we always had in those little McDonald's cups for our Track and Field Day. What was that all about? OH, and snapping away with the POLAROID camera. Bless us.
Here's a pick of Fisher and Eli in their matching school shirts.
Ready. To. Go.
Yes, Fisher is REALLY that much bigger than Eli. I'm not sure if we have a Wee person or a Giant on our hands...or maybe a little of both? They are only 2 1/2 years apart. Anyway, on to the next event of the day:
Muffins with Mom at Sully's school:
He was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited. See the cutie corsage he made me out of tissue paper? Very proud, he was. Very proud, I am. Glad to see a huge smile on his face again - he loves his new school.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
God Dangit. I mean really...REALLY? Who would not like this? Dangit.
Dairy Queen's Fudge Brownie Temptation.
Jesus. Mary. Mother of God. Enough said.
Well, NOW they have them in Nilla Cakesters....see here:
And let me just tell you...they are even BETTER than the Oreo Cakesters!!
WHY? WHY do the foods do this to me? There's no hope. Really, there is not.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
I HATE school projects that are to be done at home. I have talked it over time and again with my nearest and dearest and they all know how I feel.
I couldn't have put it better when a "seasoned" Kinder teacher was also a parent on Eli's t-ball team this year and she just so happened to see that I had Flat Stanley with me and she said "Oh gawsh...I used to love Flat Stanley...until I got the opportunity to tote him around with me!" She said she used to be a FIRM believer in home projects...until she had school-aged children of her own. She says she no longer gives them. She is my hero.
Well, Eli's teacher is a first year teacher. And don't you get me wrong...she's incredible. She's sweet and smart and excited and young and I do love her. I just hate that she's such an over-acheiver sometimes. As of last night, we were smack dab in the middle of our 5th huge home project of the year and I had nothing but HIGH ANXIETY about it. Not to mention Mac being out of town, Fisher needing to do his homework and go to soccer practice and, well, everything else that involves being a mommy.
Without my angel of a mom Eli would have had a costume made out of a paper sack with arm holes and would have had to hold up his hands as antlers. You see, he was a "Mule Deer" for the skit "Baby Bear, Baby Bear". Well, like I said...thank you for not making my baby wear a sack Mom. Thank you for not accepting my below-averageness. Because Y'ALL....just look what my baby looked like thanks to my Mom...
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Well, I knew it was bound to happen. My sweet precious boys would no longer be the only ones in the world that thought their mommy was absolutely the most beautiful thing on earth. I knew they would find fault in me, I just didn't know it would be this fast.
The other day I was showing Eli how to do the "buttercup on the nose thing" we all used to do as kids and he said, "Mommy, you sure do have a big nose."
A little later on...that SAME day Fisher said to me..."Mom, I'm darker than you." And proceeded to put his hand up next to mine. Then said, "Nope, same color....looks like the only difference is you've got a buncha wrinkles."
SAME DAY Fisher reaches over to me and jiggles my fat arm as we are driving. "Nice" I think to myself.
And THEN...Eli was trying to sit on the couch with me and told me to move my big butt outta the way.
NOW, I know that I am ultra sensitve to issues such as these...but WHY did my kids have to grow up all in one day?
At least Sullivan didn't say anything except..."Mommy, you're pretty."
I simply must get a grip of this hair growing from my chin situation and FAST...or soon they will be telling all their friends that not only is their mommy fat and wrinkly with a big ole nose, but she's also got a BEARD too!! Everyone in the neighborhood will be paying entrance fees to the Russell Circus!!
Monday, May 5, 2008
I'm not sure what that means actually. I am no ACE at history and while I did not fail it in school...an "A" was probably not in the works. I try to block that part of my life out of my brain. I do know that it has something to do with Mexico and it's independence, but that's the limit of my knowledge. What I do know is 5 things I did today, the 5th day of the 5th month of the year. I'll share:
1.) Stayed at home with the boys because they didn't have school.
2.) Took some pictures because that's all I seem to be able to think about these days. This is my favorite pic of them all...
It's a little idea I stole from Michele over at Pinkletoes - sorry Michele.
3.) Got MOST of my laundry done.
4.) Did not go crazy for my first day as a single mom while Mac is out of town for the next 4 days.
5.) Most fun of the day? Movies with Rach, Sonia and Christa - YAY. Funtime with the girlies.
That's all folks.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
I continue every day of my life to be impressed with the things my kiddos can accomplish. One thing in particular that I am very proud of, is the way that Fisher plays soccer. My eight year old has far surpassed my soccer skills as a teen when I was on the Bowie Soccer Team and even also when I went on to play for Austin Women's Soccer League. Don't get me wrong, I was in NO WAY some soccer star, but this kiddo could have "schooled" me any day.
He's been playing for 6 seasons and has already been "invited" to play on several select and Rec Plus teams. We are so proud of this kiddo and can't imagine what awaits us down the road if he's already this amazing at soccer at the age of eight!! I just hope that he continues to love it as much as he does right now.