Monday, May 31, 2010

Bed Rest









Lindsey is on bedrest.  She’s not due until July 22 – if she makes it that long, it will be a long bedrest.  She reads books, magazines, sorts things, and she knits.  She doesn’t like sitting alone very much….it gets pretty boring.  She and Em will be expert knitters when the next few weeks are over.


My mom has been visiting for a couple of weeks.  She goes home on Tuesday.  It has been fun having her here.  She’s not used to cold weather, so it’s a good thing it’s been 90 zillion degrees lately.

I love this lady.  Here are a few mom facts:

1. She’s terrible with technology. I mean ter ri ble.

2. She has a huge addiction to Dairy Queen ice cream every single night.

3. While visiting, she read the entire Twilight series in books – in 4 days.

4. She swears we will never see a gray hair on her head.  (they are all purple)

5. She loves lipstick and long fingernails.

6. She snores like a bear.

7. She can make some mean fried chicken.

8.  I noticed today that for an almost 70 year old woman, she has really nice legs. Dang girl. Why didn’t I get those legs?

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She doesn’t like it when I take her picture.  But, I think she’s beautiful.


Sunday, May 30, 2010


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Congratulations Abbie Michelle!  We are so proud of you!!!!!!

Have I mentioned….?

It has taken me a little while to mention this.  Not because I haven’t WANTED to, mind you… but because well, there are other things I’ve had to be busy about and mentioning.

But, soon, I will be a Grandma for the very first time.  My daughter Lindsey is expecting her first baby.

This experience of becoming a Grandma… I’m glad it takes nine months to complete because it is somewhat surreal.  I can imagine that only the Grandmas out there fully understand this.  I know I didn’t get it before now completely.

Lindsey is 7 months along now.  And she’s on bedrest.  She gets a little bored.  Just two days ago, she asked me if I would braid her hair.  It was like a movie…I kid you not.  I was braiding her hair and I kept having flashbacks to when she was 3 – 4 – 6 and I braided her hair. 

And now, my daughter is having a baby. She is going to be a mommy.  And I…. a grandma.

It sounds musical doesn’t it?  I have so many things I want to do as a grandma.  I started a journal entitled “Dear Granddaughter…” oh. Did I mention its a GIRL?

I spent a half hour googling “names to call Grandma” and then “names for Grandma” and then “Grandparent names” to figure out what I want to be called: nana? mima? Mo ma?Nanoo? Ninny? haha.  I haven’t figured it out yet.  Something grandmaish…. yet kind of cool ya know?

I got to hear her heartbeat last week.  Joe couldn’t go to Lindsey’s appt with her so I got to go.  And I’ve had four daughters now… and I KNOW what a baby’s heartbeat sounds like.  But, a GRAND daughter’s heart beat.  Holy cow.  It’s so much GRANDER!  She’s so SMART! :)

So… yeah… life is changing.  Very quickly.  And it’s all good.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

In Bloom

I just realized yesterday that my Hawthorne tree is blooming for the first time.  I know it isn’t much of a tree.  It’s small, thin, wispy… but it’s blooming… and that makes me smile.

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In other garden blooming news… I moved my fern from the house to the front porch.gardening 002

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I planted… a hydrangea…

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this thing that I don’t remember the name of (note to self: keep the tags)…

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and the daisies are blooming too…

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And I’m sad to say… my vegetable garden is off to a shaky start.  I’ve decided gardens are just life…sometimes you have time to care for it and other times you just make do with what it is.  This is one of those “make do” years.  We’ve had a lot going on and a lot to do…. the garden has been neglected in the beginning few weeks here.  I have planted tomatoes, peppers, onions, lettuce, potatoes, beans, peas, cabbage, broccoli, sunflowers….


We tilled up a separate pumpkin patch this year…. and haven’t bothered to plant it yet.  It’s covered with grass again and we’ll have to till it again if we dare try to start it.  We haven’t planted our cucumbers… or our watermelons…. or our herbs.  I just don’t know if there is enough time in the day. 

I’m actually thinking about taking a section of this vegetable garden and scattering some perennial flowers.   That way, I have some fall bloomers in the backyard.  We’ll see right…. maybe I’ll get my act together one of these days.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

It’s your birthday – kill the fatted lamb

It’s our son-in-law’s 27th birthday today.  We’re just like a lot of families… birthdays are a good time to choose what you want to eat.  His request? Kabobs. Panera Bread style mac and cheese. German Chocolate Cake.  Good choices.

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He got a new tatoo…  (doesn’t he look tough?)

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Happy Birthday Joe!  We love you!

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Gucci Lou

She’s so spoiled.  And she’s always willing to pose for pictures.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Our sweet graduate


I don’t know if it’s just being circulated over and over in various forms… and I guess it doesn’t really matter that much.  And if I am reprinting your poem without permission, I am sorry.  I don’t know who you are.  But, this really hit home as we prepare for our sweet Abbie’s graduation.

Dear Father: It seems like only yesterday when I addressed the World, to whom I bequeathed one little girl. The scope of my vision has expanded, as has hers. Remember? In a crispy dress…with two blue eyes…and a happy laugh that ripples all day long…and a flash of light blond hair that bounces in the sunlight when she runs.

The dress has been replaced mostly by jeans and T-shirts. But, she did look stunning in her first  dress… all crispy and fresh.

Her eyes now sparkle with a special depth; as the possibilities of a world filled with opportunities grows in her imagination.

The happy laugh reaches further, now; an effortless laugh, which bubbles all day like an eternal spring of hope-filled waters.

And, through a wistful squint, I see that little girl of yesteryear is still very much inside the young woman of today. She is the same; yet, oh, so different, these twelve years later. And, yes, you did treat her well. And, taught her well.

She did learn to stand in lines, to wait by the alphabet for her name to be called, to tune her ears for the sounds of school-bells and deadlines. At least, mostly.

She did learn that some people don’t mean what they say, and some people won’t say what they mean. And, that some people can be just plain mean. I’ve held her when the hurt lingers long past the action.

I eagerly harvested a continually growing bounty of Firsts. Writing: first complete alphabet, first complete word, first complete sentence. Tucked in that timeline were other, more endearing firsts: first signed Father’s Day card, first self-written gift tag.

She devoured new challenges and skills with an enthusiastic appetite. First musical instrument, first basket, first goal, first performance. Other firsts balanced these: first friend’s betrayal, first failure to achieve a big goal, first realization that the world must be met with a certain caution.

Through all of this, I trusted you, Lord, and you did treat her well. She learned to meet disappointments and challenges with greater determination. And, this filled her life with many wonderful successes.

And at the end of this chapter of her life, she prepares for graduation. I look at that final school picture, placed carefully next to the previous eleven, and marvel at the blossoming of this young package of promise. She is part of our next generation of leaders, and you did teach her well.

After learning to share her with you, I feel less like I am losing my hold on her, and more like I am setting her free. I promise to be there whenever she needs me, and I stand side by side her many teachers and friends and mentors, as we watch her race towards her newest horizon.

And, on graduation day, before she dashed ahead to join her fellow high school graduates, she quickly turned back, flew into my arms with a hug and kiss, and whispered, “Thanks, Dad. I love you.”

Thursday, May 13, 2010


We’re planning a Grad Party. Next weekend.  I can’t believe she’s 18.  Seems like just yesterday…

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mother’s Day 2010


I tested out my new lens on the way home by taking a few pics of my BFFs.  My loves…. the ones I cannot live without.



Monday, May 10, 2010

New Laptop

I have a new laptop.  It’s pretty fancy schmancy – super duper fancy schmancy.

Sometimes new computers can be a lot of fun.  And sometimes, they can be really really frustrating…like when you can’t figure out how to move your entire itunes library over to your new computer.  That can be really frustrating.

I got all kinds of new things actually… on Mother’s Day. 

I bought myself two new lenses for my camera.  As soon as I figure out this fancy schmancy new laptop, maybe I’ll actually post some pictures on my blog.

It’s been a long time yall… since I’ve had a new computer.  My other one was a hand me down from my husband… and the one before that was a family one we bought a million years ago.  So, I’m pretty sure there are all kinds of new things on laptops these days that I have to figure out. 

Oh… I also bought some new flip flops.  They are pretty cool.

And… I got some sweet new tools for the garden.  And some garden gloves – and a flower.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Prima Ballerina

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May 4th

May the 4th Be with you!


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Sunday, May 02, 2010

The Wedding

It was perfect. Absolutely perfect. So perfect, in fact, that I don't know where to start.  My aunt works at a florist in town.  They did our flowers. The only thing Lindsey knew she really wanted were blue hydrangeas.  They were stunning.

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The food... we decided to do a appetizer buffet. It was a feast to say the least.   Something for everyone.... even Shawn's aunt, who is a vegetarian, had great compliments!

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But, try as I might, I could not get the punch to be blue. So, we had greenish punch.

Lindsey's favorite color since she was tiny, has always been blue.  We searched high and low to find blue floral dresses, but couldn't. These were still perfect....

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The decorations were beautiful.... all the tiny details were so perfect.

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The groomsmen.... 

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And the sweetest flower girl you ever did see...

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And at the end of the day.... they were married.... and will live happily ever after.

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