Friday, April 30, 2010
Laundry baskets carried downstairs on Good Intention Monday are still blocking traffic in the mudroom. (Oh thank heavens the house sold quickly!) And I'm not really sure if their contents are clean or dirty at this point. Life is served on paper plates and I'm running out of healthy dinners to serve on-the-go. Please, don't ask to see the inside of my car.
Luckily, I've made it through a few of these dizzy seasons before. I know that once the field days and spring concerts and softball tournaments are over, life settles into a slower and gentler summer routine. (Will it this year? I hope so. As gentle as moving six people 2,300 miles can be, anyway.)
I'm just hoping that once these insane days are all sewn up, I'll be able to stand back a little bit, take a deep breath and see the crazy beauty created by so many random scraps.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
- It was a good deal.
- It has a big backyard which is completely unfinished and will thus allow him creative expression in creating his own desert oasis.
- There are plenty of bedrooms, including one for the mother-in-law. On a separate floor.
- It's a "project" house, which means lots of trips to Home Depot.
- Most importantly: a man-sized garage. Big enough to live in. (Which of course he will if I hate the new house.)
Monday, April 26, 2010
Can you believe the twinks are six? Neither can I. And, I guess, technically, they're not six for another couple days. But we started celebrating last night since Brad will be gone this week and it's never to soon to start a party around here.
Oh, how I love these boys! Every mom needs twin boys. Double shots of testosterone zooming through the house. One for each hand. One for each arm. They are ideal companions for one another and great company for me. The perfect double play.
More than the older two, these guys have really grown up on my blog. Which is a good thing, since I never did get around to finishing (OK, starting!) their scrapbooks. Remember their humble beginnings? Remember the birthday party that never happened? In fact, my first ever blogpost (March 10, 2007) is a masterpiece entitled Twinsanity! It seems to be a running theme.
Sam and Luke gave me the gift of a pregnant belly and satisfied my curiosity regarding Brad and I mixing DNA. (And you know what? Being pregnant and seeing my own genetics come to life actually taught me how small those elements figure into the creation of a real family. So, amazingly, having biological children helped me love my adopted kids even more. Ain't life great?!)
Still, the twins taught me that hope and faith aren't just words in the Bible. Because it's pretty hard not to believe in miracles, when two of them are sitting in your kitchen eating Eggo waffles every morning.
Sam. Every time I say his name I smile. Can't help it. He's full of catch phrases and funny gestures. "Ouch! That just hurt like the dickens!" or "Sorry Mom, not gonna happen." Even when he's being difficult, Sam's only a heartbeat away from a dimple-cracking grin. Sam looks on the bright side of life and already knows how to charm the ladies. He's a numbers man, a loud talker, a friend to everyone and, definitely, a momma's boy.
Friday, April 23, 2010
So, I guess, the bottom line is this....I cannot focus on blogging (or making dinner or doing laundry or planning a lesson or shopping on a budget or anything requiring thought, patience or restraint) in April. It's not just this year, it's an annual occurence.
Aside from a life-changing cross-country move, children who are growing up faster than my azalea bushes and a calendar packed to the brim with springtime activities, here are a few of my favorite distractions:
And...if you happen to stay up too late reading to your kids or watching movies on your laptop, you will definitely want to get some of this stuff. Bobbi Brown concealer is the BEST for covering undereye circles and other unsightly facial flaws. My mom and sisters told me about it in Vegas and I am hooked. Serious spackle for the face. Thank you, Bobbi. You know how to treat a girl right.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
But since they had another free day, we took another fun daytrip.
It was truly a memorable day.
I just hope my kids remember...
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Base/soft/t-ball has basically taken over our lives. Practices, pictures, games, keeping track of everyone's gloves and uniforms. It's a full-time job. So far so good. Jake is a strong lefty, Luke and Em are righties, like me. Sam still doesn't know if he's a left-handed player or a right-handed player...but we love him ambidextrously.
Can you believe it was warm enough to head to the beach last week?
Have I mentioned the weather is glorious? It's been park-hopping and eating on the back patio for us. Mother Nature is kindly helping us keep our house clean.
Two of us freckle, two of us brown like butter and two of us just turn pink. We are all shades of happy around here.
Want to buy our house?
The realtors have been knocking this week. Lots of foot traffic. Lots of good feedback. I spend an awful lot of time wiping out sinks, running up/down stairs to turn on every single light in the house. My home has never been this clean for so many consecutive days.
The youngest "old man" I know
Here is what we do after dinner. The picture is a little shaky, but Emmie's commentary makes me smile.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
All four are playing this season.Li'l Sluggers: Then and Now
Am looking forward to a killer farmer's tan and a lot of hot dogs.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Spring Break--Day Two: An Educational Trip into Philly. The kids were good tourists and enjoyed a taste of history.
I'm not kidding myself, though. I know what rings their bell.
...or a mint shake at Franklin Square?
Sam was the only one to accidentally whack someone with his club. Unfortunately, she was not a member of this family. Oops.
Still, we had a lot of traditional Philly brotherly and sisterly love.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Spring Break--Day One: I decided to take the kids to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
We're always up for an educational outing and the weather has been gorgeous.
Apparently, everyone else had the same idea.
We stood in line for over two and a half hours just to get on the ferry. I actually started to feel like an immigrant mother shepherding my little aliens through the crowd, surrounded by people of every culture and religion. Just how DID those greenhorn mommas do it without CapriSun, antibacterial wipes and PacMan on the cell phone?