Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Just One More

I keep waiting for that "I want another baby" feeling to go away.  I was hoping that knowing that I can not physically have another one would help to erase the desire.  Just when I think I have lost that feeling, I run into one of these little pumpkins....and ALL those feelings come rushing back.  No, this little guy is not mine, but I would steal him if his parents were not such good friends of ours...and if they didn't live across the street from me. 

It would be pretty hard to hide him from his parents. 

I LOVE his smile, the way he smells, his chubby legs, and his personality.  Who am I kidding?  I love everything about him!  Maybe they will just give him to me.


Monday, September 27, 2010


Annie is such a girl!  She LOVES taking a hot bath in my big tub.

She wants bubbles, bubbles, and MORE bubbles.

She starts asking me if it is time to get out the minute her toes hit the water....because she doesn't want it to end.  She will stay in the tub until the water is chilly and all the bubbles are gone.  Even then, she is sad to have to get out.

But of course, she recovers quickly.  She knows that pampering is to follow.


Sunday, September 26, 2010

It's Good for the Soul

It makes you feel good.  It reduces stress and gives you energy.  Dancing enhances your mood.  It's good for your soul.

Dancing is a good way to unwind.

Some of us are better than others...which is why I am behind the camera!

My children have more rhythm that I do, thank goodness! For those of you that don't know my husband well, he has rhythm.  A lot of rhythm.  Mack dances daily.  Sometimes it is to music.  Sometimes it is while he is cooking. He enjoys it so much that he often cracks himself up.  I never know when he will bust out with his moves.  After his back surgery, I was worried that he wouldn't be able to dance.  No worries...

He is still dancing.  And so are my children.

It makes them happy!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Joker

Playing cards has become one of our favorite things to do. 

We quickly discovered that giving Charlie his own deck of cards allows the game to run much smoother.

Max is serious about his game.  He makes calculated moves.

Annie is just along for the ride.

Most of the time the games end on a good note.

But there are times when her "silliness" causes Max a little stress.

But overall, it is time that enjoyed by all.


Monday, September 20, 2010

Bacteria Bites!

There is not a better way to say it.  Bacteria bites!  Last Tuesday was the beginning.  It came on very fast.  The typical signs of a stomach virus were present and I was NOT happy.  I hate to throw up.  No, I REALLY HATE to throw up.  I cry.  I hit the floor with my fists.  I pass-out.  I cry some more.  I HATE throwing up more than anything!  But of course, as a school teacher, I get those horrible virus' every year.  Did I mention how bad I hate it?  Well, this virus turned out to be so much more.  An IV and many drugs later helped things to turn around....slowly.

So instead of going into details that I KNOW you don't want to hear about, I will tell you how amazing my husband was during my 5 day sickness.  He did it all.  He cooked.  He cleaned.  He gave baths and got everyone to and from their destinations.  I am so lucky to have him.

If you have a "Mack" in your life, go hug him and tell him how much you love him. 


Monday, September 13, 2010

Sometimes We Fall

I guess we all have these days.

Sometimes we fall...then we get up, brush off, and move on.

Sometimes we get mad...and it just ruins our day.

It make take some time to "get over it."

We MIGHT be ugly to those we love.

Or play the game of "poor me."

And sometimes we just drop our heads and give up.

It is tough being two.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Dreamy Days

Time goes by too fast...Especially when you are in the middle of something wonderful.  Minutes feel like seconds.  Hours feel like minutes.  Days feel like hours. 

Especially when this is your surroundings.

Mack and I just returned from a wonderful trip to Jamaica with 5 other amazing couples.  It was a fantastic!  It was our first time visiting Jamaica.  I had an image in my head of what it would be like, but I was way off.

I don't know if the beach and water are this beautiful year round, but I was amazed at how blue (and clear) the water was.  More than once, I caught myself imagining what it would be like to sit on my back porch with this as my view. 

It felt like the colors were more vivid.  The trees were not just green, they were filled with every shade of green imaginable.  The sky was amazing.  The clouds seemed to float effortlessly.  Overall, I would say that my surroundings were like a postcard. 

Of course, there were a few interruptions to this beautiful and calming view.  There were rain/thunderstorms that lasted an hour or two in the afternoons.  There were individuals that walked by exercising their right to be topless (more on this later).  And a few men who really believe that Speedos are appropriate.

But one of the interruptions was both welcomed and hilarious. 

"No worries, Mon!"

This man gave us more than one laugh...and plenty of smiles.  It was very obvious that he loved his life.  I may never forget him.

I have no doubts that we will return to Jamaica. 

*There are so many stories and pictures to share.  If only there were more hours in the day.*


Friday, September 3, 2010

Surely Not

It started out as an evening of playing.  The weather was perfect.  We were outside for over an hour and didn't get hot!  That hasn't happened in months.

Annie and Charlie enjoyed riding in the jeep. 

She isn't the best driver, but she didn't throw him out.  That's progress.

Then Max got THAT look in his eye.

This was not going to be good.

Surely he wasn't going to do what I thought.
Yep.  He was.

It is a amazing that he hasn't broken any bones in his short life. 

Granted, the jeep isn't fast.  But why would he even consider this?  I, of course, told him many times that he would get hurt....especially with Annie driving. 

But he survived.  No injuries.  And, of course, he politely told me that I was wrong.