Tuesday, August 18, 2009


First day of Fourth Grade
4th Grade

First Bus Ride to School
bus stop

First Day of School without a uniform

Mac 1st day 4th grade

So proud of you...I know this will be a great school year.

Monday, August 17, 2009


First day of preK of course had to start with your favorite breakfast...syrup with pancakes.

Trying to capture the perfect photo...have you ever tried to do that with a four year old...

Take 1
PreK take 1

Take 2
Pre K take 3

Take 3
Pre K take 2

Take 4
Pre K Take 4
i give up...

Love this shot though...
ready to go to Pre K

Finally,a celebration to celebrate the first days of school. Nothing says party like balloons and your favorte dinner...Hot Dogs, chips, pears and a couple cookies

celebrate - 1st day

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Thirty Six...thirty six...wow is it true? I'm only 4 years from forty? Yes...today is my birthday...it really feels like another day. We haven't done a very good job, Jay and I celebrating the day of our births...making it a big deal. We do a good job celebrating the Boys...but not so much ourselves. I think it all started out to save some money...and if there are things we truly want we usually go get them ourselves. Regardless, it's something I'm trying to remedy for at least Jay, i can't throw my own party right.

It was a good day...church...lunch @ 54th Street...an afternoon movie mostly uninterrupted...restful...

I kind of like thinking of my birthday as my new years eve. Reflecting on the year past, thinking ahead to the new year. I feel like I'm learning more and more about myself as I gracefully age, at least i hope it's graceful. One thing is that i can't have quiet, for when it's quiet the conversation in my head is non stop. All of this to say I haven't really thought too much about my goals for this year, so when I solidify them I'll post them here. For now, I'll recap 35. 35 you were good and bad, but i know I'm blessed, beyond measure.

1. first to mind is the miscarriage. really struggling emotionally this month. perhaps i use it as a crutch and instead of addressing the real problem, i blame my emotional state on the fact that the baby would have been born this month. Has it really been 9 months?
2. piano lessons...i finally did it. i took a little break as a result of the basement redo that forced my piano into the garage. we brought her back into the house tonight and it was like riding a bicycle. Oh man...so happy to have you home. i should really name her
3. my first 1/2 marathon. i still can't believe i did it. besides bearing 2 children it's the second thing I'm most proud of
4. Consciously trying to live in the moment. some moments are definitely better than others...but really trying.
5. creating memories...not just through things but through experiences. we really accomplished a lot on our summer list. I'll try to post the results in the next couple of days but I'm really proud of us. it wasn't always easy, but we did it and it was worth it.

I will wrap this post up. It's getting late and I know this will be an emotional week..Charlie starts preK tomorrow and Mac heads to 4th grade at a new school. Praying for peace and that we find our way and sense of community with this new school. :)

To wrap up...Thank you 35...overall you were good to me. Watch out 36...here I come.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Perfect Day

School is just around the corner. Charlie's preschool is closed until Monday (which is the first day of the Fall Session and he will be in pre K....Oh My Gosh...where has it gone...time that is???) Mac starts 4th grade on Tuesday, so I took a couple days off to spend with the boys. We live in a subdivision in which we have a pool so I refuse to go to the city pool but once or twice a year. Charlie has been asking for weeks to go to the new pool. Our city built a new pool last year with a lazy river, a couple water slides, lap pool with diving board and a kiddie play area, which of course totally beat out our subdivision pool, which is well just a plain old pool. :)

It was a perfect afternoon. Charlie is so afraid of water which to be honest I'm kind of thankful for. Today though he became a little more adventorous...he went on the lazy river and did not freak when the water sprayed on him. He played in the kiddie area and again did not freak when he got water on his face. There were a couple kids from Mac's school that were there, which was great for him. He could hang out with them and do the diving board and big kid slides, and then check in with me every so often. Of course after a couple of hours in the warm August sun, we had to head to QT for a little refreshment and snack. AHHHH...I love perfect days...

No pictures from our day to day...I love my SLR but I don't always like tugging it around. I would really like to get a small digital camera that I could carry with me everywhere...hmmm maybe my birthday money???? But what is a post without some pics...