Monday, April 28, 2008

Daddy Frank

Don't cry because it's over...


Smile because it happened.


~Dr. Seuss


Yesterday, Richard and I attended his grandfather's funeral. Frank was one of the most influential people in Richard's life. It is so sad to know that he's gone, but we know he's in a better place. He was 91, and had lived a good life. He stood faithfully by Richard's grandmother until she passed away exactly 1 year ago. We know he is by her side, exactly where he wants to be. We are so thankful to have examples in our life like this wonderful man. He was truly a gift to us.


Bryce had an assignment to write a name poem. When I read what he wrote, I was extremely touched. Here it is:

Bryce
It means strong, smart, fast,
It is 48,
It is like a cloudless sky,
It is going swimming at Gulf Shores,
It is in memory of Daddy Frank,
Who taught me about the B-17 bomber,
When he worked hard in World War II,
My name is Bryce,
It means do what you believe in.

(In case you don't know, Bryce is a huge Nascar fan. His favorite driver is Jimmie Johnson, #48)

I think that is a great tribute to a wonderful man. He lives on in my children.

Dirty, Stinky Boys ~ Gotta Love 'em

Saturday was a very rainy day. Cade had two baseball games, one of which was played in the rain. As soon as we got home, Braden, Cade and a little friend went right outside to continue their rainy baseball. After a while, they must have gotten bored with the baseball and decided to play in the empty lot next door. If you can't beat them, grab your camera.


The pictures aren't that great because I was zooming in from my garage. I wasn't about to stand out in the rain!


What do you think happened right after I snapped this picture?




Pretty soon, the company we had invited over drove up and, of course, their boys had to join in the fun. I'm sure their parents were thrilled! lol...


We made them eat outside (wouldn't you?), but they were freezing and the mosquitos would not stop swarming them, so I let them come in and eat on the floor. As soon as they were done, they were all off to the showers. Dropping mud the whole way! Oh well, you're only young once. What good is being a little boy if you don't get to play in the mud every once in a while?



If you're wondering where Bryce is, he was nice and dry upstairs. Either he didn't know what they were doing or he decided he was "too old" for that.

Friday, April 25, 2008

What Does It Want?!?


This bird has been pecking my big kitchen window for three days straight. At first, it was actually cute, but we have moved past that stage! I am about to lose my mind. I thought she was trying to get to the ceramic rooster I had on the bar, so we moved it, but that wasn't the problem. I googled "cardinal pecking window", and was amazed at how many sites came up. Evidently, these brilliant birds see their reflection and fight it for territory. Brilliant. This morning was the last straw. When a bird wakes me up at daylight to fight itself in my window, I am no longer amused. The sites said the only thing you can do to make them stop is to cover the window for a week or so. Yea, right.
I now know where the phrase "bird brain" comes from.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bryce Came Through!


Bryce finally had a baseball breakthrough last night! He has been struggling to hit the ball all season. Until last night, he had only struck out or walked. He has such a hard swing and hit against some really tough pitchers last year, so we knew he could do it.


Last night, we were down two runs going into the bottom of the last inning. Our kids were mostly walking to get on base, so by the time Bryce got up to bat, the bases were loaded. He had 2 balls and 1 strike on him, and then he did it!! He hit a line drive between the short stop and third baseman. The winning run scored, and the game was over!! Whoo Hooo!!! We knew he could do it, but the Lord blessed him with the perfect time to come through!


Needless to say, he is on cloud nine. This was definitely a timely boost to his self confidence. The coach gave him the game ball, and everyone was thrilled.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy April To Me!!!

Look what I found in my mailbox yesterday!!

My secret pal must know that I am a true bow-head, at heart. Thank you so much secret pal, this box was so much fun to recieve in the mail! I love, love, love them!!

The website she sent these from has tons and tons of bows. You should check it out.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Baseball-filled Weekend

We had a great baseball weekend. The weather was absolutely perfect, and we enjoyed every minute of it. Braden and Bryce each had a game on Saturday. I, of course, brought my camera and got some really cute shots.
Here's one of my little catcher:
Here is Richard coaching 3rd and Braden on base:


Here's Bryce at bat. We think he'll hit one out of the park this year!

And, of course, I had to have one of the weekend spectator. No worries, next Sat. Cade has two games.

After the games, the boys and some friends took a swim. The water is still pretty cold, but they don't care.

Bryce and a friend.
I think this might be my favorite picture of the weekend. I am now trying to put some weight on this cutie. He is SO skinny! I can't believe he can throw a baseball like he can with arms that little!
Hope you enjoyed your weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

I've Been Tagged

Adele tagged me for this. It is long, but I really enjoyed reading her answers. Hopefully, I won't put you to sleep. I haven't been tagged for anything lately, so it was fun. Also, Bryce was home from school with strep throat, so I had a little extra time.

How many times a week do you cook and eat out?
Well, it's baseball season at our house, so that means we aren't home during dinner time these days. I really like for us to eat together as a family, but it hasn't been working out that way lately. We probably eat out 4 nights and I'll cook (I use that term loosely) the other 3. By "cook" I could mean a frozen pizza too.

What is your family's favorite dinner?
We LOVE Mexican food. I have groomed the boys that way. Richard has a hard time eating at Mexican restaurants because he is allergic to chicken. I know, very weird. He is also allergic to anything that has touched chicken, or has been fried in the same grease. It stinks. The boys' (all four) love steak. They are meat eaters.

Do you have a fast and easy recipe that you use frequently?
I cook Honey Baked Chicken when Richard is out of town. The kids love that. I also have a really easy recipe for crawfish and corn soup. Very yummy. I don't cook that as much because it is pretty high fat. I cook red beans and rice alot. Frozen pizzas are very easy!

What kind of snack and drinks do you keep on hand for Mallory?
I am the pantry queen. I have every kind of snack you can imagine. I buy peanut butter crackers, baked chips, pretzels, cookies. They also eat cheese, grapes, apples. Two of mine are apple crazy. They eat at least one a day. I always have Gatorade's and waters for baseball games and practices. I also have boxes of Capri Suns everywhere, even the car. You never know.

How do you break up the house work? When do you get it done?
I just do what I can. I like for the kitchen to be clean every day. I also like all the "junk" to be picked up. I am blessed to have a housekeeper come in and do all the heavy cleaning. The boys are also responsible for the upstairs. Every weekend they have to clean their bathrooms, pick up their rooms, and vacuum the floors.

Do you have any tips for getting it done faster/easier?
No, only that it's not the most important thing I do. The world is not going to tilt off its axis if my bathroom isn't spotless. I would rather be outside throwing the baseball with the boys.

Do you guys have a bedtime routine?
Not as much anymore. They all take showers during the evening. At 8:00, it's bedtime. We pray with them and the older two read for 30 minutes. Cade goes right to sleep. Sometimes we read, but we haven't been very good at that lately.

What is a typical day like for you all? I mean a break down time wise. When to rise, when to bed, and other typical daily functions.
I get up at 6:45. Bryce wakes up to his alarm at the same time. I get him breakfast and have to leave to bring him to school at 7:15. I come back home and start to get the other two ready for school. We leave home for their school at 8:10. Most of the time I have gotten dressed while they were, so I am off to run errands: Walmart, house stuff, working at the school. I also might be going to play tennis or get a pedicure. Sometimes I meet Richard for lunch, or go with a friend. Every day is completely different. To be honest, most of the time, I don't really know what I'm going to do that day until it gets there.
I get in carline for Bryce at 2:40 and we come home to wait for the other two to get off the bus at 3:15. We then get snacks, do homework and change in to baseball clothes. Everyday at least one of them has a practice or a game. If it's only one, then Richard takes them and I get to stay home, but if there's more than one, I've got the other one.

What kind of staples do you keep stocked in your kitchen?
I try to always have anything I could possibly need. Since I don't cook much, it's alot of frozen food that I can take out at any time. I always make sure I have brownie mix on hand, you just never know!

How often do you go to the grocery store?
I usually go to Walmart about every other week. I make little trips to the neighborhood store in between for little things I need. (milk, meat, etc.) I also buy from Schwans. They have some great foods that we all love. We especially love their Salmon! They deliver to my door, so you can't beat that.

Do you have a special day for running errands or is it just when you need to?
No, I have a calendar I work off of, but if it's not an appointment, I'm a fly by the seat of my pants girl.

Do you and Richard share any of the household responsibilities?
Absolutely, the only thing he doesn't help with is the laundry. He is banned from the washer. When I met him, every sock and pair of underware he owned was pink. He also doesn't know whos clothes is who's. The boys are so close in size that you just have to know who wears what. Anything else is fair game.

What's your best organization tip?
I found a new planner this year called Mom Agenda. It is wonderful. It has a place for each kid so I can keep all their activities straight. I also keep all the baseball clothes (pants, uniforms, underarmour, cups, hats, socks, belts, etc, etc.....) in a laundry basket in the laundry room. Since we moved, I have a great big laundry room. This helps when they are all trying to get dressed and out the door, I can just divvy them out.

What is your favorite cleaner(s)?
I love the way Mop and Glo makes my whole house smell. I love the bathroom wipes ( I don't know the brand.) They are quick and easy, and good for the kids to use.

I'm skipping the birthday party questions, because I don't do big parties anymore. I used to, and have done some great ones. The best was Braden's 5th. He wanted a fireworks party. It was great. We bought fireworks after the 4th of July and saved them. It was a big hit. I'm just tired. Bryce will be 12 this year. I think I've done my time with parties!!

How do you keep track of all of your events/to do? Big board list, fridge list, family calender? Etc?
I love my Mom Agenda calendar. If I ever lost it, I would be in big trouble.

OK, that was a long one. If you feel up to it, I tag YOU! Especially, Kim, Jill, and everybody! I don't have it in me to link everyone.

I am going to do a recipe post soon because I need some help with some new dishes the kids will like that are quick and easy. Be thinking!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Can You Stand the Cuteness?

I just had to visit this new little boutique in town today. They donated three of the most adorable children's baskets to our auction, so I just had to check them out. Can you believe how cute this is? It is 18mo. That's the biggest size they had, but I'm so hoping my little cutie bug will be able to wear it. If not, I am sure I can find a special friend to bless with it!!
Hope you're having a great week. It has turned COLD here! Well, maybe not cold for all of you, but sitting through a baseball game when it's 50 degrees and windy is not my idea of Spring fun!! And I get to do it all over again tonight! I have a sitter coming for Braden and Cade, though. We didn't get in bed until 10:00 last night! That is so late for us. My cuties are in bed at 8:00 on school nights! The little boys were about 30 minutes late for school today, but that's ok, they never miss school.
Have a great day!!!

Monday, April 14, 2008

It's OVER!!!

Yea!! My big project for the year is over! I really enjoy our school's auction, but this year it seemed to be especially consuming. Maybe it's because I also have 3 baseball teams going at the same time, as well. Here is a picture of the week before the auction.

This was only about 1/3 of the "stuff" we had to go in the auction. There were other piles just like this. Here's a picture of the actual silent auction:

This is before everyone showed up and started fighting over, I mean bidding on, everything.

It was so much fun, but it is SO much work. We stayed up at the school until 11:00 the night before setting everything up. Last year, we made right at $15,000. This year, I think we will finish out at about $16 or $17,000. All of this money goes toward technology in the classrooms. So worth it, in the end. I'm just glad I have plenty of time before it's time to get ready for the next one! Can you believe, someone asked me if I would be in charge of Teacher Appreciation week? While I was in the middle of the auction!! Yeah, I don't think so!!!

So, today, I spent my time trying to get some of the things I have neglected for the past couple of weeks done - Walmart included. Tonight, Richard and my parents are all out of town. Cade has two baseball games on one side of town, and Bryce has his first game on the other side. I am sending Cade with a friend, but I hate to do that. I want to see them all!!

Have a great week!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Bryce


At Bryce's Jr. High, their band is a really big deal. The band director wins all kinds of awards and so does the band. This year Bryce has been in beginning band (6th grade). The band that travels to the different competitions is the symphonic band. It consists of mostly 8th graders and a few 7th graders. Yesterday, the band teacher called Bryce in and asked if he would like to play the school's french horn in the symphonic band next year. I guess it is similar enough to the trumpet that he will be able to transition. I am so proud of him, and so excited for him. The teacher told him that it would be hard, but he could do it. I am so proud that his teacher thinks so highly of him.

Bryce has also started baseball. He is doing really well, and is so happy. This is the only team Richard isn't coaching this year. There just isn't any more room on the calendar. We prayed that Bryce would get a great coach (some of them out there can be real jerks) and he did! It kills Richard to not be out there, but he'll have to get over it. As it stands now, we've had to rely heavily on my parents to transport kids from practices and games. When there's three events on a night, and you only have two drivers, you need help!

Hope your week is going good. I am still very busy with the auction. I think I'll bring my camera today and take some pictures of the mess we're wading through at the moment. I am looking forward to the auction, but I'm REALLY looking forward to next week when it's over!!!!

Have a great day!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Nothing Blog-Worthy Going On Here


I lifted this off of someone's blog a while back because I just love it! I think the exact same thing all day long. Nothing is safe!

Not a very exciting weekend. I didn't even get to plant the flowers I have been talking about for a month. Saturday was such a yucky day that I had not desire to be outside in it. Instead, I washed a ton of laundry. We did go out to dinner and had alot of fun doing that. It was prom night, so we were amongst all the teenagers dressed up in their finest. Makes you feel pretty old. Yesterday we had 2 baseball practices, and had great weather, so that was alot of fun.

6 more days until our school auction. I think things are actually coming together. I really didn't know if they would. This is a busy week for me, but then it will be over!!

I'll let you know if anything "blog-worthy" happens!

Friday, April 4, 2008

A Calm Weekend - For A Change

This week has been very busy for us. I am working on the auction at school (it's on the 12th). So that has been taking up my days, and baseball has been taking up the evenings. Bryce is now in full swing along with the other two, so we are always going in opposite directions. We are also utilizing the grandparent's taxi service quite often. We had a night this week that it rained, therefore we were all together at home. We almost didn't know what to do. It was very nice. I didn't realize how long it had been since we had all be home for dinner until we were there. We had a talk with the boys and explained that they would most likely have a parent and/or grandparent at all of their practices and games, but there was no way we would all make everything. I wanted them to understand that we will do the best we can, but being three places at once is impossible. I just hate it because I don't want to miss anything.

This weekend is going to be nice. It's supposed to be really bad weather tonight, so I rented the Indiana Jones movies, and we're going to have a movie night. Tomorrow, I am finally going to get to plant those flowers I have been wanting to. Tomorrow night, Richard and I are going to this really nice restaurant with some friends, so I am looking forward to that. The boys have their favorite babysitter coming. He's a teenage boy who builds forts and plays baseball with them. They adore him. Our friend's two boys are staying as well, so I am already preparing to come home to a disaster area. Oh, well, some things are worth it.

I am so enjoying following my friend, Denise, in China. Her Maggie Mae is so precious. I showed her to Richard, and he said, "OK, can we get that one?" I am getting VERY antsy. I am about to have to start renewing everything, so that stinks. I really hope Richard decides it's time to get on the waiting child list really soon. I think that is where we are going to find our little girl.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Things You Do...

I thought you would enjoy seeing this more than I enjoyed wearing it. Yesterday Braden's class went on a field trip to Global Wildlife. We rode wagons through a wildlife park and fed the animals. One of the third grade teachers had the brilliant idea to get everyone animal hats. Not only for the students, but for the parents too! Gee.. thanks! Right after I finished doing my hair, Braden says, "Oh, I picked a dog hat for you to wear." Of course, I had to ask, "What is a dog hat, and why did you pick it for me?" He said, "Well, she didn't give us much to choose from." Here are a couple of pictures for your viewing pleasure: (you can't even see the brown ears that flopped on either side of my head)


Look how happy that boy is to be with his dog hat wearing mama! Makes it all worth it. The mom behind me had on a chicken hat, so I should count my blessings.
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