Saturday, August 28, 2010

my wishy washy, achey breaky heart.

Two weeks ago:

"Seriously, school could not start soon enough."

"Is it the 25th YET?"

"If I hear anyone (Connor) torturing his siblings one more time..."

First Day of School:

"Maybe I don't want him going to school."

"Do I really have to put him on the bus all by himself?"

"He grew up way too fast."

Second Day of School:

"Is it really almost 11:00 already? Kindergarten is too short. I could use a few more hours."

Man, oh, man. Do I ever have a wishy washy mama heart. One minute I can not wait to send the kiddos out the door and the next, I'm worrying about their day at school and wishing they were home snuggling on my lap. Sending Connor to school this year was so conflicting for me. He is SO ready to go and he could sure use a break from his siblings (and his mom. and vice versa.) But, with each child that goes to school, it just means that my season as a stay at home mom, whose job is to raise babies and play all day is coming to an end. Though, sometimes it's easier to do my job when I get a little break from the dears. See, my heart just can't make up it's mind. Am I crying as I watch the bus drive down the road because I'm sad or are they tears of joy that I have a little freedom? Maybe both. Who knows.

I do know this. He is one handsome kiddo.



boo. hurray! boo. hurray!
good grief.

Though...I do like hanging out with just this girl for a few hours every day.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

First Day of School 2010

Mrs. Miller

Mrs. Swainston

Bus Buddies
Sirri, Kennedy, Sydney

Thank goodness for friends!
Connor, Blaze, Russell

Monday, August 9, 2010

Things That Made Me Smile in July

An easy "do" for Sirri. It's fast, needs no curling and has no part to be sunburnt.

This face.

Being recognized by a cashier at Walmart when she said, "Oh, I know you. You're the customer who is always so nice. I love it when you come through my line!"

Going to Rigby Lake every week.

This face

Watching Kendon sew.

The kids doing their chores. (And having it actually be helpful to me!)

My beautiful growing garden.

Meeting Baby Jade. (Affectionately known as; Little Toad. Meg is her counterpart; Big Toad.)

The kids playing baseball.

This face.

Finding out that Kim and Rich and their kids are moving many hours closer to me.

Grandma and Grandpa Bigelow coming to town for the Blue Angels Air Show and meeting Greg Poe.

Heidi and Brian's wedding!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Two Years and Thankful

Ever so thankful!

Our own special rainbow of HOPE today.

Can you see {feel} it? It's there. Today and always. Some-days it's harder to see {feel} than others. But it's there.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Happy 7th Birthday Sirri!

Sirri at seven...
  • learned to ride her bike and loves it
  • is a total fish (hence the pool for her birthday!)
  • wants to do her own hair
  • spunky
  • growing up
  • into friends and getting phone numbers
  • loves to sing, dance, and perform
  • helpful
  • dramatic/emotional
  • growing "tall"
  • cute cute cute
  • a pleaser
  • sensitive
tie dyed cake-inside and out

Happy 6th Birthday Connor!

Connor at six...
  • ready for kindergarten
  • very observant
  • writes his first and last name
  • loves to tease his sisters
  • knows which sister "buttons" to push
  • thrives on attention (will take positive or negative)
  • so so handsome
  • has total beach boy, surfer dude, blonde streaked hair
  • loves to learn how things work
  • enjoys soccer
  • hard headed
  • has an incredible memory
  • skinny

Kendon made each of the boys these BLAST OFF ROCKETS. They were a huge hit. Thanks hon.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My Grandma is the Queen of Hearts

The day after Relay we had an 8oth birthday celebration for my Grandma. The theme of the party was, "My Grandma is the Queen of Hearts!" I can't think of a more fitting description for my Grandma. She truly is the Queen of MY heart and I hope to be just like her someday....

back scratcher
It was a fabulous celebration with all of her children, many of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and lots of friends. As I wacthed all the people who were at the party and saw the goodness in each of them, I couldn't help but think that the goodness in all of us is because of the goodness in her. My grandma's legacy is already beginning to grow and show itself and to live on in all of her family and friends.
It was such a great experience to have this family reunion in my little ole town, at my little old house, in my big beautiful yard. I never ever thought we'd be having such an occasion at my house, but low and behold, we did. It was such a special weekend and one that I will not soon (if ever) forget.

I love you, Grandma.