Sunday, August 29, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I settled for some very cute and VERY comfortable flip flops made out of yoga mats. REALLY! Yoga mats! They are like wearing around clouds on your feet. They even have some cool zebra striped straps. I will post a pic another day. Next stop: sunglasses. Of course they didn't have the same ones I adore and have been wearing for a year, but I found a pair I liked and headed for the door. But wait...what is that I see...OH BABY...COME TO MAMA...
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Roger took Billy and Jackson to school and he was able to talk to Jackson's football coaches. Thankfully, forgetting about the meeting this weekend wasn't the end of the world after all! If they wouldn't have allowed Jackson to play football because we weren't at that meeting, I think he would have just died. It seems like the boys had an okay day at their new schools. If you ask them they say they hate it, but their body language and good attitudes show otherwise. I know they just need some time and most importantly Jackson needs the chance to make some friends. He didn't have football before the first day of school like Billy did, so hasn't had the same opportunity to meet people. He walked into that school cold turkey and that takes guts. I am very proud of both of them. Oh, no...I am now watching Roger speed back into our driveway. One of the boys must have forgotten something! Yikes!
Anyway, back to the first day of kindergarten...
Once he was settled into his classroom, I slipped out, realizing that this wasn't pre-school at the church in Fort Worth any more. This is real school and mommies with big cameras hovering around are ...well...not so cool. I crawled into my car, took a very deep breath, and cried...just for a moment. That's all I needed...a moment. My baby boy started school today.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
I think that aside from my kids, butterflies are my favorite thing to photograph. The Fort Worth Botanical Gardens has a spectacular butterfly exhibit every Spring and I have gone twice to photograph and enjoy the amazing butterflies with my kids. I want to compile all of my butterfly pictures into a coffee table book some day because I just love looking at these incredible creatures. They are just magical.
Day with Grandpa
I think this captures such a sweet moment between my son and my dad. Harrison has chosen this big rock near our gate as "his rock" and he packs a backpack with all the necessities when he goes there to play. He and Grandpa read a book there and drew some hieroglyphics with a crayon on this particular day.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sadly, the only picture I got of Tillman's was of the restroom. So, although it was quite impressive, I will spare you!
I slept like a baby on a brand spankin' new bed at Lynda and Billy's house and had juice and English muffins delivered to my bedside before I even rolled out of the sack! I'm tellin' ya...the queen treatment! Back to work this morning and then sushi and great conversation with Janet at Sushi Axiom for lunch. We rarely get to spend one on one time together since I am usually always three...not one, so it was a treat to say the least. I am one lucky girl.
I cruised back home in my new car (which I love) and made it in one piece, thank the Lord.
My honeys greeted me with lots of hugs and kisses and even a welcome home drawing from Harrison and his daddy. So, so good to be me!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Photographer in the Making
Today I found this picture of Harrison from back in the Spring. This was the first day I was brave enough to hand over my camera and let him start shooting away. I took it with my iphone as he was intensely concentrating on getting a good shot of his sister playing in the garden. He has been taking pictures with my camera almost daily lately and has gotten quite good. He really seems to enjoy photography and that makes me very happy!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
I love this picture of my beautiful step-daughter, Dylan. I was so happy seven years ago, when I first introduced her to tubing the Frio River, that she loved it as much as I do. It is a place that stole my heart when I was just a girl and I think it has stolen her's, too. I love this picture for so many reasons, but especially because she is about to head off to college and this is our last tubing trip before that milestone. It embodies her creative, playful charm and leaves me smiling and remembering when I was her age and had the whole world at my feet. I love this girl!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Harrison has always rejected bedtime. He says he hates going to sleep and will fight it to the bitter end. His little sister seems to be following in her brother's footsteps now and it is about to push me over the edge. The more tired Harrison gets the more wound up he gets and Emerson is obsessed with trying to scratch a mole off of my chest. If I push her hand away she screams and sits up in the bed doing circles like a dog does before it finally finds the right spot to lay down. Harrison inevitably gets hungry or his hiney burns or no one is snuggling up to him or I'm squishing him. The only way lately for them both to fall asleep is for me to fall asleep and then I wake up an hour later all groggy with a dirty kitchen to clean up and a chicken pen still open. Don't they know that they are cutting into the only ME time I have in the day? And that the chickens are risking their lives for them to have "snuggle-up-a-gus" (that's what we call snuggling up together) until the moon and stars are aligned just perfectly for them to drift off to sleep? Note: There is no drifting off to sleep in our house. It's more like skidding or screeching off to sleep!
The thing is, I know it's my fault that bed time is miserable. I never taught them to fall asleep on their own so they think they have to have me there with them until they fall asleep. Did I mention they sleep in our bed? Anyway, tonight after reading together a bit, it was time for lights out and immediately Harrison started whining. "Fine...so no one wants to snuggle up to me? No one ever snuggles up to me. Sister is always in the way!" Sister gave him a good whack in the forehead and the crying began. "Harrison, let me get Sister to sleep and then I'll come around to your side." "Forget it! Don't even bother. I'll just sleep over here all by myself!" Silence. Sister is almost asleep and... "Hmmhhh! Some kind of mommie you turned out to be!" WOW! He really knows how to jab that knife in doesn't he?
The truth is...I wouldn't trade this time with them for the world. The mornings are especially good, and Lord willing, we will live through another day and do it all again tomorrow night.
Monday, August 9, 2010
I intend to post the highly experimental recipe for my tomato preserves as soon as I am sure they are going to set. So far I am disappointed in their consistency, but time will tell. The flavor is wonderful, though, and the color exquisite!