Friday, April 30, 2010

New Page on the Blog

Thanks to my dear friend Vicki Koons, I have been inspired to create a second page to my blog.  There may be more coming.  I'm just excited to be trying something new.  My darling husband would say the only reason I did this is my intense competitiveness.  WHATEVER!!  OK, he's probably right but I'm not going to let him know that.

If you have an extra moment go take a look. 

Do you feel blessed?  Whether you recognize it to not you are.  Today I am reminded that I am blessed with good health.  Thank you Lord for your protection.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Musical Showers of Spring

Unfortunately, this is the best picture I got of Reagan's spring concert but my friend Stacy got some better ones.  I'll have to steal those from her.  Apparently arriving only 20 minutes before the concert is WAY too late because we had to sit on the back row.  Stacy was there just 5 minutes earlier and had a front row seat. 
Anyone who knows Reagan also knows her love for comfy clothing and distaste for dresses.  This picture doesn't show the classes attire so let me just tell you about it.  Reagan said she was to dress in "beach clothing."  So she picked out very casual white shorts and a bright orange cute but casual shirt.  I thought she did a great job until we arrived and saw that all the little girls had on spring dresses.  Yes, my daughter pulled a quick one on me this time.  Don't think it will work again! 

Today Emma's show choir concert was at 2:30...what a great time for parents.  NOT!!  Emma is in the middle row...the one in the white shirt.  :)   Mrs McConnell did a great job with the kids.  If I can figure out how to get a video posted on here I will share Emma's duet.  What a little performer & I'm a proud mama!

Sing a joyful noise!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Dressed Before 8am

As a stay at home mom for 3 children and one handsome husband I have fallen into a world of waking at 7am and dressing sometimes before I take the children to school (8:30am) but certainly if I'm going to shower, dress and do make-up it's AFTER I take them to school.  This week has been a challenge; dressed and ready for a very busy day before 8am.  That's just craziness!  I am ready for the weekend.  Not that it's not as busy, I just don't have to primp before going to soccer and softball games.

Monday:  Geesh, I can't even remember what I did on Monday.  It was something!  I know I babysat in the morning.....  Remember Monday is my laundry day and I still got most of it done.  Monday is also Emma's dance night which this week included the parents...costume night.

Tuesday:  We were all at school before 8am to prep for the Arts For All program. Our elementary school has a wonderful working relationship with Children's Respite Care Center (CRCC).  Fifty (50) 2-5 year olds with disabilities were brought in for a craft day.  It was exhausting but very fun.  Watching all those 5th grade students love on and help their little buddies truly warmed my heart.  I hope to get some pictures emailed to me soon. Before all that started, I got up early to make food for a noon jewelry party didn't happen. Dang, I could have slept in at least another hour. :)

Wednesday:  Emma's field trip bus left the school at 8am.  After getting Reagan to school at 8:30 Olivia and I mentally, physically and emotionally got ready for her preschool screening.  Really I just got her dressed and started thinking about how traumatic it will be for me when MY BABY goes off to school.  (sidenote: she got a call back)

Thursday:  2nd grade field trip to the zoo for 5.5 hours.  Really, teachers need a raise in pay.  I don't know how they do it day in and day out.  Mrs Grewe even gave me an easy group.

I'm so ready for Friday....lunch with my BFF Susan.  I think I'll drive the girls to school in my jammies...a make-up!  That's what I call  bennefits of being a SAHM!

Less Than An Hour

We are so proud of Emma.  Not only is she a great student, loving daughter, loyal friend but also so in love with Christ.  Watching our children grow, learn and develop into lovely young women is such a blessing.  Tonight we enjoyed watching her last elementary orchestral concert. 

Below is Emma and her orchestra instructor.  Since Emma opted in to Chris' school she will have a new instructor next year in middle school.  Thank you Miss Stickney for teaching and encouraging our daughter.  Chris really likes her because the concerts start about one minute early and we are back at home in less than an hour, which includes the cookies afterward.  Impressive!
Olivia's comment, "Wow, that teacher sure is doing a good job!"  :)

Emma you are beautiful inside and out.  Keep working hard to be the best you can be.

I love you, Mommy

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bring It

This girl can play some soccer!!
Obviously so can the rest of her team because in the first 5 minutes our team had already scored 3 times.  By half time we were playing 4 on 6 and it still wasn't fair to the opposing team.  However, with fewer defenders Reagan had a great time at goalie. 

I just had to add this one of Kenz. 
She has really come alive this season, already scoring 3 goals in 2 games.

Just joyfully telling the events of this mornings soccer game. :)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

In The Clouds

Some days life is easier than others.  In no way do I want to come across as a person who is unaware of the multitude of blessings in my life.  Just like on a cloudy day you can't see the sun but you KNOW it still exists.  Today was a rough day.  I need to regroup and know the blessings around me exist even though I'm having a hard time seeing them.  A great starting point is my loving husband.  Thank you Chris for loving me anyway!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

All Kinds of Craziness

Soccer, Softball, Dance Oh My!!!

Spring is a busy time at our house.  My family is my passion.  So in the midst of this craziness we will be attempting to focus some quality time.  Looks like we will have to schedule it to make sure it really happens.

Last night was Emma's first softball practice of the season.  She came home dead tired, apparently she has a really tough coach, he ran them until their legs fell off.  I hope I don't have a run in with the coach.  He's pretty cute, I'd hate to have to put him in his place.  :)  Emma wants to pitch and I'm prepared to kiss up to the guy so she can play the position she really wants.  Isn't that what all good moms do when daddy's the coach?

This morning Reagan's soccer team had their first game.  Can I just say, once again the Comets are a dominating force on the field!  Reagan scored 3 goals and played amazing defense.  So proud of all the girls.  They passed...they ran hard...they had a great time.

Tomorrow both of the girls have softball practice while Olivia and I will be heading south to Fairbury for a birthday party.

Monday starts a new school week with orchestra and dance.

Where is it in the bible that God tells us, "BeStill"?  I need to read that passage again and again.  Thank you Lord for your words of direction and encouragement.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Spring Break trip

easter baskets from nana
Easter Sunday at Oma and Opa's
nature walk in Hutchinson
so glad no one fell in the water
the best part of an overnight trip for the kids is the hotel
this one had a great pool
quality time with Aunt Delma
i'm so glad the camera worked well in space otherwise who would have believed i finally made it to the moon.