Mother’s Day…

I am so behind in blogging and editing pictures.  I have been having health issues since my surgery and it has kept me from doing a lot of things.  I am slowly feeling some better so trying to get caught up on things when I can.

I didn’t get any typical Mother’s Day pics this year because it was also the day of Logan’s baccalaureate.  I did get pics of that and will share those soon.  Here’s a picture that was taken this week while on vacation.  My favorite place with my kiddos… couldn’t get much better than that!

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I found a questionnaire online that you should have your kids fill out asking them questions about you.  I decided it would be fun to see what their answers were.  They didn’t even whine about having to do it.  :-)

1.  What is something your mom always says to you?

“I’m so proud of you.” – Logan
“I love you.” – Noah
“Kendall, clean your room!” – Kendall 

2.  What makes your mom happy?

Seeing her children happy. – Logan
When we do what she says. – Noah
The beach & listening to music. – Kendall

3.  What makes mom sad?

Seeing her children in pain. – Logan
When we don’t listen to her. – Noah
When she doesn’t feel well. – Kendall

4.  How does your mom make you laugh?

Being silly using cheesy jokes. – Logan
Telling jokes – Noah
She tickles me. – Kendall

5.  What was your mom like as a child?

Typical 80’s/90’s kid, parachute pants, and all. – Logan
Energetic and Exciting. – Noah
She was pretty, nice and short. – kendall

6.  How old is your mom?

42 – Logan
40 – Noah
40 – Kendall

7.  How tall is your mom?

5’4 – Logan
5’6 or 5’8 – Noah
5’2 – Kendall

8.  What is her favorite thing to do?

Spend time with her kids. – Logan
Spend time with us and take pictures – Noah
Take pictures – Kendall

9.  What does your mom do when you’re not around?

Work on her computer, do laundry, household chores – Logan
Work on the computer and clean house – Noah
Probably dance around.  I don’t know… she probably cleans and does laundry. – Kendall

10.  If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?

Photography – Logan
Being good at taking pictures – Noah
Her personality and pictures.  She’s a really talented photographer. – Kendall

11.  What is your mom really good at?

Photography – Logan
Cooking food – Noah
Taking pictures and making people smile. – Kendall

12.  What is your mom not very good at?

Extreme sports – Logan
Mowing the lawn – Noah
Nothing.  She’s awesome at everything – Kendall

13.  What dose your mom do for a job?

Photography and some food blogging – Logan
Takes care of us – Noah
Well, she is a photographer. But she stays home a lot. Her real job is as a super mom. – Kendall

14.  What is your mom’s favorite food?

Filet Mignon – Logan
Cheesecake – Noah
Carrots – Kendall

15.  What makes you proud of your mom?

The way she’s raised me – Logan
She is kind and does the right things – Noah
She’s strong and dedicated. She’s always there for me. – Kendall

16.  If your mom were a character, who would she be?

Sandra Bullocks character in the Blind Side. – Logan
Wonderwoman – Noah
Cinderella because she’s nice, pretty and got a happy ending. – Kendall

17.  What do you and your mom do together?

Shop – Logan
Watch TV – Noah
We sing, dance, laugh & cook. Sometimes we good around. – Kendall

18.  How are you and your mom the same?

EVERYTHING! (nit picky) – Logan
We are cautious – Noah
We are both short. No offense! We are both nice.  – Kendall

19.  How are you and your mom different?

Extreme activities – Logan
I’m funnier.  Mwuhahahahahaha! – Noah
She’s pretty and great! – Kendall

20.  How do you know your mom loves you?

She sacrifices her fun for mine – Logan
She says so and she does things for me – Noah
I know she loves me because she tells me that everyday. Not just physically, but in everything she does for me. – Kendall

21.  What does your mom like most about your dad?

The sheer fact that he loves her back – Logan
He’s nice and kind – Noah
His beard. She likes likes he’s nice and loving. – Kendall

22.  Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?

Florida – the BEACH! – Logan
The beach – Noah
The beach back home in Florida – Kendall

23.  How old was your mom when you were born?

23 – Logan
25 – Noah
20-30 – Kendall

It was fun to see what they had to say.  They know me pretty well and made me cry with some of their sweet answers.  I am one blessed momma!

What’s Happening Around Here…

I have really fallen off the blogging bandwagon lately.  To be honest, a lot of it stems from the fact that I haven’t picked up my camera much at all since the beginning of the year.  Between my surgery, issues after surgery, teenagers who aren’t that excited about having their picture taken, etc… I just haven’t taken many.  It makes me sad!  I feel so happy to at least have these few.

Today was Kendall’s 6th grade field day.  The boys never wanted me to be there.  I went on Logan’s first field day at middle school and he promptly told me after a few minutes that I could leave. Honestly, I think most kids WANT their parents there but middle school is such an awkward weird time.  They don’t want anyone to KNOW that they WANT them there.  Know what I mean? Today was another example of that.  When the note came home about it, she asked me if I would be going.  I told her no.  She got this sad disappointed look on her face.  I asked her if she wanted me to and she said yes.  I signed up. Fast forward to field day today.  My parents and I were the only “parents” there for her class.  Besides us, I think there might have been two other parents out of the whole 6th grade.  We kind of hung back and just watched her without getting in the middle of things. Then when it was lunch time, they decided to eat in the classroom. She was a little embarrassed that we were the only parents in their eating with their child.  She let us finish eating and then told us that we could leave any time.

I only got one picture during the field day events.  It was during her break enjoying some italian ice.  I just felt the need to hang back and just enjoy watching her.

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Then before we left, she asked that I take a picture of her with her favorite teacher… Mrs. Johnston. She is her homeroom and Math teacher.  Let me start off by saying, Math is Kendall’s hardest subject.  If your kids are like mine… that usually means that their teacher for that subject usually isn’t their favorite either.  However, Mrs. Johnston has become Kendall’s favorite.  She won’t let Kendall give up when it gets hard.  She encourages her to try no matter what.  If the answer is wrong, then she explains how to do it correctly.  Kendall has come home NUMEROUS times telling me how much encouragement Mrs. Johnston gives her and makes her feel like just maybe she CAN understand Math. I am so thankful for all that she has done to give Kendall confidence this year. It means so very much!

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Besides that, we have been busy getting ready for this guy to graduate!  It happens TOMORROW!  Kendall and I decided we had to decorate his car for his last week of high school.

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We snapped this picture before his Baccalaureate service on Sunday. I thought for sure I would cry through the whole thing (especially since these darn hormones have me crying at ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING) but I didn’t.  Now I do think Graduation might be a different story.  I am sooooo thankful that he chose to go to the University of Memphis for at least the first two years.  It let’s me kind of slowly get used to the idea that he is going off on his own. I can’t even imagine if he were going “off” to college.  For all of you mommas that do have kids going away… I am praying for you!  (More on all the graduation stuff coming in a post all its own! )

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Kendall is in the middle school choir and they had a Spring Concert last week.  There are a lot more kids, this was just her section on the risers!

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Some of my favorite pictures are the “selfies” my kids take with their friends. Here are a few of the girls before their choral concert.

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I am so thankful that all of my kids have made such good sweet friends.

We couldn’t resist a family picture. We are so proud of this girl!  By the way, in 6th grade anyone can be in the chorus.  However for 7th and 8th grade, you have to audition.  Kendall did and she made it for next year!  Woohoo!  I was in chorus and vocal ensemble all through Jr. High and High School.  I love seeing her perform up there! She LOVES to sing.

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Yesterday we took the kids to practice tennis.  It was windy out so they were getting frustrated with each other. I then showed them how to practice against the wall.  I did that for hours almost daily when I was playing back in Jr. High and High School.  It is great practice! They seemed to like it too.  Eric even got in on a little bit of it.

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We had grand plans of going to Long Horn Steakhouse for Mother’s Day on Saturday night but they had a 2.5 hour wait.  No thanks! Mom and I decided to go to Five Guys instead and then have Eric grill out steaks on Sunday.

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Logan and his girlfriend went to the big Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival.

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Eric did a little routine car maintenance on Logan’s car for him!

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I ordered a selfie stick in anticipation of getting a big family group shot at Logan’s graduation.  However… I haven’t seen it since it arrived.  I think these two are having too much fun playing with it. LOL.

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Our little town had their annual Fair on the Square.  The kids always enjoy the food booths the best.

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Kendall met up with some friends.  This her with her friend Leela!

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I think that is the most recent happenings.  Next up… graduation stuff, March and April wrap ups too.  Hopefully this summer I can keep up better!

February Catch Up…

I can’t believe it is already April!  I guess I had better get my February post up, huh?  First off, I have been pretty sick over the past month so that is why I have been pretty quiet.  It is also why I haven’t been picking up my camera or phone to take any photos. :-(  I am FINALLY feeling a little better this week so I am hoping that I am turning a corner and won’t be back to feeling completely miserable tomorrow.  More on that whole ordeal in another post.

Now on to the happenings in February…

A certain young lady made STRAIGHT A’s on her report card.  Sooooo very proud of her.  She has always made really good grades, but Math is HARD for her and has kept her from straight A’s.  This time she worked super hard and it paid off.  We are soooo proud of her!!

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My favorite holiday is Valentines Day.  I wasn’t feeling great so I didn’t go all out as much as I usually do.  I did have some goodie bags for the kiddos and Eric though.

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Eric’s stash…  Back in our early marriage poor days we couldn’t afford much so I would buy him a pair of cheesy boxers.  It has kind of become tradition.  :-)

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If you ask Kendall, you can’t have a holiday without receiving a stuffed animal!  They are seriously kind of pet peeves of mine because they end up all over the house. Oh well.  One day I will miss seeing them around every corner.

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Noah is all about the candy. I swear that kid eats his weight in candy.

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All I need is this guy right here!  I have gotten really spoiled with him being home all the time during my surgery recovery.  I dread all the business trips resuming.

Yes, we did manage to do our heart attack door too.  LOVE!  If you aren’t familiar with it, you can read more about it on a previous post here. It is one of my favorite traditions!!

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Kendall went with her Grandma and bought us all little gifts.  This was mine.  She can’t go ANY holiday without giving gifts.  She also still loves giving little gifts for no special reason too.

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She wanted to dress up for school so she wore a Valentines sweater.  We took this really quick before she left for school.  It is one of my favorite pictures!

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Here’s a selfie she took in the car! :-)  At least one of my kids likes pictures.

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Logan came down with the flu!  First time we have had the flu in our house in like 8 years.  Not fun at all.

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Thankfully, in some ways, it happened during a snow event here so he didn’t miss any school since they were out.  I know to some of you this is NOTHING… but in our town… it shuts down for as little snow as this.

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Then a couple days later we got more.  Eric was out of town so I sent him this in a text message.

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She likes writing in the snow too…. like “Kendall loves Andy”…

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Eric always makes us snow cream when it snows but he was out of town.  This sweet guy stepped up and made it for us.  YUM!

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There was a lot of lounging around and watching Netflix during our snow days.  I think we were all ready for a few slow days at home without anywhere to go.

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Beautiful pink tulips (my favorite).

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A fresh coat of fingernail polish always makes me feel better and brightens my day.

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So there is another month – came and gone.  I swear they are flying by too fast!

Happy 15th Birthday Noah!!

Fifteen years ago today, God gave me my constant ray of sunshine.  He loves to make people smile and laugh. He loves his family so deeply.  He always likes hearing about all of our distant relatives and wants to meet them all. He has a great group of friends and values their friendships so much. He is so kind and loving.  He says he will never outgrow my hugs and I hope that is true.  I can’t tell you how much it means to me when he gives them to me.  He is beyond smart!  There are no limits to what this kid can achieve in life.  He amazes me all the time.   I could go on and on about all the things I love about him.  Let me just say that I am the luckiest person in the world that I get to be his mom.  He is my sunshine and I remind him of that all the time!

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Happy 15th Noah!  We love you so very much!!!