Sunday, March 28, 2010


This boy will have his first experience as a baseball player this week…


He will be with a bunch of other boys his same age…


…that as a 1st time baseball mom …


… I hope they’re at his same (or at least close) ability level…


I wonder if they’d pick camo boots over baseball cleats too?  Don’t worry, I won’t send him in camo boots …


He’s so excited and that makes me so excited that he’s so excited :-)  It’s gonna be a great summer!!!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010


If you know how fast a camera shoots when you just stand there and hold down the button, you know how fast Tucker was ‘hamming it up’. 

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And this little girl is going to have her mother’s complexion.  I remember in the 2nd grade when my mom got me this shirt that had an iron on (because that was the big thing on t-shirts back in the 80’s) with a curly haired girl with out-of-control freckles.  I had a perm back then… like everyone in 1982… and evidently Mom thought I resembled the girl on the pink t-shirt.  Beneath her cheesy smile it said, “Freckles are BEAUTIFUL!”  My mom has always loved freckles.  I, on the other hand, have not.  I remember her forcing me into that t-shirt (which, by the way, had my name in the back in shiny iron-on letters… did I mention it was 1982?)  I remember leaving my jacket on ALL day because I didn’t want anyone seeing such a shirt.  Did it really matter?  Evidently it did to me.  I grew up my whole life hating my freckles.  That is, until now.  I have a daughter with freckles and they ARE beautiful.  I now know what my mom was talking about all those years.  I just may have to find Sawyer a t-shirt one of these days:-)IMG_6105 IMG_6110

And here they are, doing what they do best …. tormenting each other and loving every minute of it.  They have such a love – hate relationship.  They can’t live with each other but they can’t live without each other either.  As much as I hate the fighting, I know that their love for each other is equally as strong.

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And then there’s this sweet little turkey bird.  He’s not quite big enough yet to join in on all the ‘fun’ but don’t think he hasn’t tried.  I have a feeling he’ll be the biggest bully of them all:-)


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Audience Etiquette …

I can’t believe I’ve put this post off for a week.  A week ago yesterday, Tucker, Sawyer, my mom, and I went to a fabulous performance of ‘Pinkalicious’.  If you’re a mom (or dad, for that matter) of a girl you MUST get this book for her!  This is one of Sawyer’s favorites and when I heard that it was coming to the Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre I knew we HAD to get tickets.  The Crown puts on a fantastic season of children’s productions.  Having a little experience in performing arts, I think taking kids to live performances is a must.  We had such a good time.  Yes, even Tucker had fun at PINKALICIOUS!  Hopefully we’ll get tickets to ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ next … that may be a little more up a little man’s alley:-)

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You can’t go to a dinner theatre without dinner …. and in this case, it was hotdogs, french fries, ‘pink’ applesauce, mac n cheese, and chicken nuggets:-)

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On Sunday, we had the great pleasure of getting to take the kids to Sesame Street Live.  You see, we have these friends … these amazing, fantastic, generous friends … the Wilson’s.  If you don’t know the Wilson’s, you should get to know them.  They are a family of five … just like us:-)  But unlike us, they had their 3 children all at the same time!  Yes, they have triplets. ….. 3 of the most beautiful, intelligent, sweet, sweet girls you will ever meet.  Unfortunately, the girls were recently very, very ill.  2 of the 3 ended up in the hospital for a week with RSV.  Izzy, the third of the sisters, was also very ill but did not have to be admitted into the hospital.  They are all well again but last week, I saw Maranda (their mom and one of my oldest and dearest friends) and she wanted to know if we wanted their Sesame Street Live tickets.  I just couldn’t believe she would want to give them up.  But of course she, being the most caring mother that she is, did not want to go without Lily.  You see, Lily was still in the hospital and would not be able to go with them.  Many moms would have taken the kids that were well but Maranda wouldn’t think of leaving Lily behind.  She’s super amazing like that:-)  Soooo the Ross’s were VERY blessed to get to go:-)  I still thank you, Maranda and Jimmy.  We just had the BEST time! 

The colors at this show are nothing but spectacular.  It’s such an amazing production.  If you have little ones … it’s a MUST!IMG_5484

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Intermission came and so did a man carrying about a bajillion of these balloons.  At $10 per balloon, I told the kids we would get one later.  If they kept pushing the issue, I would go to Party City and get the same thing for $2.  They forgot about them as soon as we left:-)

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Oh, to be young again:-)

Thanks again, Jimmy, Maranda, Lily, Audrey, and Izzy:-)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Car Talk…

On the way TO preschool…

Tucker:  Sawyer, what do you want to be when you grow up?

Sawyer:  Ummm….I not know …. ummm …. CINDOWELLA!  Yeah, I wanna be Cindowella.

Tucker:  You can’t be Cinderella, Sawyer.  She’s just pretend.

*Being a preschool mom now, I’m at the school everyday and have really loved getting to see not only my own kids grow and change so much, but also all the other kids.  One of the little girls in Tucker’s class had left the room one day and Mrs. Bolan told the mother of that little girl that they had been talking about what they wanted to be when they grew up.  I heard Mrs. Bolan tell the girl’s mother that her daughter wanted to be a mom when she grew up.  I just thought that was the sweetest thing.  Just to see what her take was on that particular profession…*

Me:  Sawyer, do you want to be a mom when you grow up?

Sawyer:  Nooooo !!!!  [not ‘NO’ in a “Why would you say such a stupid thing?, Exclamation mark!” kind of way …. but ‘noooo’ “Please, please don’t make me do such an awful, painful, hideous thing.  Why would you torture me?” kind of way.]

Sawyer:  I’m nebbow gettin’ mehweed!  Nebbow, nebbow! 


Those of you that knew me at age 29, know that there was ABSOLUTELY no way I was having kids.  And those that knew me at age 26, know that there was ABSOLUTELY no way I was getting married.  My, my, my how things have changed but wow, my daughter and I are more alike than I ever thought.  Maybe one day she too will realize what an amazing ride parenthood is … and if not, that’s ok too.


On the way home FROM preschool…

Sawyer:  There’s Jesus, Mom.  [as we pass by a cemetery with a monument at the entrance]

Me:  Yep, there he is.

Tucker:  That must have hurt a lot when he was nailed to the cross, Mom.

Me:  We will never know the kind of pain that He went through.  You know he did that for us?

Tucker:  That would hurt so bad.  I just can’t think anyone could do that.

Me:  You know why he went through that, right?

Sawyer: Yep, cause he’s bwave.

Me:  [with a smile in my heart] soooo brave.

Sawyer:  Can we get a pop now?


Anndddd …. it’s over – just like that:-)

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