Saturday, July 18, 2009

On the way home:

We had an amazing time at the beach!
More pics to come. :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

hallie-girl

Hallie, following me around the house this morning, holding her new box of Band-Aids:

"Mommy do you have a cut that really hurts bad?"
Me (knowing she wants to put one on me, but not wanting to waste them):
"Um, no, I don't think so. Right now I'm ok! But thank you..."
Hallie: "But do you have a cut that doesn't hurt?"
Me: laughing...


Hallie: "Can you and me do something special?"
Me: "Like what?"
Hallie: "Oh... like lie on the floor and eat vanilla ice cream and do puzzle books..."

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Crazy Summerness

I CANNOT believe it is already the MIDDLE of JULY. Where the heck did June go?! (And more importantly, where the heck is my warm sunny SUMMER weather?? *sigh*)

Anyway, we are gearing up for a busy few weeks around here. On Thursday, we are taking the kids to the shore for 3 days. *cheers* I love the Jersey Shore! Anyone else with me?? ;) I'm super stoked. This will be our kids' first visit to the shore that I love and remember so fondly from my growing-up years. Yay + yay!!! :) Plus, we'll be with great friends, which makes everything, especially trips to the shore, that much better. Pics to come, I promise!

When we get home, I have about 12 hours of turn-around time before the kids and I (and my very, very brave sister Anna) are driving 18 +/- hours to STL, with an overnight stop at Kak's in Ohio. *brave sigh* I can do this.

After 3 days spent visiting family and friends, we will be at the wedding of Dan's brother Jonathan and his fiancee Sara in downtown STL. Dan and all the kids are IN the wedding; I'm already nervous about their (not Dan's!) behavior. My kids are generally pretty good kids, but... this is a wedding.

So then we all drive home (having added Dan and my sister Emily to our car... fun times in the minivan, right?!)... And the day after we get home, Dan's sister and her two kids fly in for a 12-day visit! :D I am super excited about this! We are sending the three older kids off to camp for three days, giving us moms the luxury of having one child each to care for. We plan to shop, pick blueberries, and cook. :) (And hopefully swim, if the weather will cooperate, please!)

Halfway into their visit, Dan's parents show up for a 12-day visit of their own, taking us well into mid-August. The day after they leave, my book club meets (oh please let my book arrive from Amazon before I leave!) and then the day after that, we drive 5 hours to a house on a lake in NY where my family is spending a week. We'll be there for two days, then drive home to Dan's other sister and her hubby/kids, having arrived at our house earlier that day. We'll spend three days with them, hopefully just chilling out. :)

This takes us to the third week of August, and I will have officially one week to pull my act (slash our house, the laundry, the kids, etc...) together before the big start of school for Will! So I decided to cheat a little and start working on a few things with him early... they "schedule" 16 weeks into the curriculum for time off, but I thought if I could knock out a few weeks over the summer, that would give me a little more wiggle room during the year. Ha. I have TWO DAYS done. And it's not looking good for the rest of the summer. Ah, well. It's summer!


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If you have actually followed me this far, congrats! ;) Now I have 3 days before we leave for the shore, in which I need to:
:: pack for the shore
:: pack for STL, so I'm not insanely running around in the 12 hours we're home between the shore and STL
:: buy Will dress shoes
:: buy Hallie dress shoes/sandals
:: buy Tristan a white polo (this is all wedding attire, fyi)

Umm.... I think that's it? Oh yeah:
:: stay sane, kind and nice

I think that about does it.
See you in September! ;)

Friday, July 10, 2009

I'm Such a Wimp

Seriously. Today the kids and I were coming home from a walk to get some lunch when we heard sirens go by-- I didn't think much of it. When I got inside, Dan called and said some friends/neighbors had just been robbed while they were out for a walk, so to be careful, and to lock up if I left the house. While I was on the phone, an email came in from another friend/neighbor who confirmed the robbery and said to stay alert. I took note and --what else was I supposed to do-- went about making lunch while the kids continued playing with rocks (collected on our walk) out front. Not a minute later, Tucker (who we've had for about 3 months and who NEVER barks) starts barking up a storm outside. Of course my heart is pounding and I start fumbling with the locks, trying to get mentally ahead and keep cool. Should I bring the kids in? Lock all the doors? Get Dan's gun? (ha.) Tell the kids? (no.)

I ended up calling everyone for lunch and locking up, and Tucker calmed down. (He was barking towards the woods, I'm guessing at a deer.) Nothing happened.

As my heart slowed down (and my legs literally started shaking--ha) I started thinking about what a wimp I am. I could NEVER hack it in the military or as a cop, or in any position where the danger is not imaginary but very real. Look how worked up I got over absolutely nothing! Imagine if I were to be literally facing the real possibility of actually dying?? I would likely pass out. Or chicken out. Or something.

I remember when I would play Capture the Flag in the dark with my friends, and how my heart would be racing and I would be jumpy, jittery and edgy as I would creep through the dark along a boundary. I'd be trying to pep-talk myself into relative calm- reminding myself that this was a GAME, these are my FRIENDS and when this is all over, you will be laughing at your ridiculous nerves. But how do people do it when the jumpy, jittery nerves are actually justified? When the perceived sense of danger isn't in your head at all... when it may very well result in harm to you or your friends? *shudder*

I am so very grateful for those men and women who go to work and put themselves in danger so I can be safe. I KNOW I couldn't do what they do. I am FAR too much of a wimp.

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Other news:
Our dossier was sent to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) today! We are hopeful for a referral (pic/bio) of our little girl by the spring. Now to be patient and wait...

Thursday, July 9, 2009

If this isn't the cutest thing ever...

Then I don't know what is! Wish I could take a nap with all my
favorite things lined up next to me ... ;)