Thursday, November 27, 2014

Picture of the Week - 11/27/2014

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

We are off to Berber's house for a day of family and fun and food.  Have a blessed day!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Picture of the Week - 11/20/2014

So I'm sitting in a hotel room in Minneapolis, MN freezing my patootie off!  I think it's 11 degrees outside.  Seriously - why is it so cold in here when the thermostat says 72.  Do they use a different scale up here in the frozen tundra?  Whatever fortitude I used to get me through 4 years of walking around in freezing weather while at Ohio State has clearly left my system.  The only thing getting me through this morning is the knowledge that I'm heading back home tonight and the high temperature in Atlanta on Sunday is forecast to be near 70.  So, yeah...  all you hearty folks in Minnesota...  you can have your snow and ice and freezing winds!  I'm gonna happily return to the land of sweet tea and bugs as big as my head.  (PS - it's been cold in Atlanta this week too and the 60s on Sunday and Monday are going to quickly be replaced by another arctic blast, but at least we get breaks down south!)

Here's a picture of the view out of my hotel room.  Brutal!

Given the weirdly cold weather we have had back home and the fact that there is snow spitting from the sky right outside my window right now, it's a little weird to share these pictures of the little guys having fun last weekend in the leaves.  We've lived in our current house for over 7 years and this is the first time I remember having leaves like this in the front yard.  Maybe it's because the trees are getting so much bigger?  Maybe it had to do with the exceptionally nice October we had which was followed by temperatures that kind of went off the cliff.  Maybe it was just the absence of any big fall storms to knock the leaves off and blow them out of the yard. 

Who knows...  what I do know is that this was the best leaf pile we've had in ages and the little guys had a BLAST. 

This weekend we are looking forward to a visit from Grandma Sharon.  We will all be heading downtown for the Georgia D1 league championship football game on Saturday evening.  Spencer's Paladins team is going for back-to-back league championships.  Watch Facebook for updates!  This will be a rematch of a game we lost earlier this year, so it's payback time!  And if we happen to win, we can look forward to more football into December again this year. 
Have a good one everyone - and stay warm!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Picture of the Week - 11/13/2014

You guys know that I love quotes.  I have shared many quotes before - and I'm sure I will share many more.  I love quotes.

Today I was reminded of one of my favorites.  "Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength."- Corrie Ten Boom

I worried all day.  And it was all for naught.

You see first of all I had a meeting that I had to run and I was worried about the logistics (I had to run it from home) and the content (pretty thin) and the attendees (clients...  can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em).  In addition to this meeting, I also was worried about taking Zane and Beckett to their 5 and 3 year old well child visits.  I wasn't worried because I thought there was anything wrong.  I was worried because I was pretty sure Zane was due for shots so he could be ready to climb onto that big yellow school bus next August. 


Zane doesn't handle pain well.  And I was certain he was going to freak out. 

Zane holds a grudge.  And I was certain he would be angry all night.


And then 2:00 rolled around and I kicked off my conference call and the dogs were blissfully quiet.  The content was well received.  Apparently even though I thought it was "thin and kind of boring" it was worth of two different "Yays" from two different difficult clients.  So yay! 

And then we were picking up the little guys and heading to the doctor.  We answered all those questions about their development.  (And honestly, I know they are developing fine.  I have ZERO concerns about their development.  Well, except that it's happening too fast.)  And then the nurse was going over their "treatment plan" for the day.  Zane needed to have his iron checked and would need to pee in a cup.  He was also due for a hearing and vision screen.  Beckett would also get a hearing screen. 


WHAT???  That had to be wrong.  I even asked her to double-check.  Apparently my worry was for nothing - and my memory is crap - because he had his shots LAST year.  He's all set.

He's all set for KINDERGARTEN at the big school.  Gulp.

I love this picture.  The nurse was talking to Beckett and Zane was playing the role of protective big brother.  So sweet!

I probably should stop here with another reminder that worrying doesn't really solve anything.  That it's better to just accept things as they happen and make the best decisions you can with the information you have.  I will try to remember this myself.

I could just keep to myself the fact that Beckett's behavior was SO BAD that by the end of the exam the doctor was reassuring us that boys between the ages of 36-42 months tend to be "a bit difficult".  I could leave out the part where instead of leaving his underwear on as instructed, Bucky insisted on getting (appropriately) BUCK NAKED and then screaming through the easy part of the exam - the entire easy part of the exam - as in the WHOLE time the doctor was in the room.  I have no idea why he was so wigged out by the doctor.  This is one of the nicest men I've ever met - and we've known him now for 13 years.  Good grief we are old...

I should probably just delete that paragraph above and instead share this picture and let you all believe that my children are perfect angels all the time.  But hey - I'm all about keepin it real!

For the record - and because my memory is obviously utter crap these days - here are their stats:
Zane - 43.25 inches and 46.5 pounds
Beckett - 38 inches and 37 pounds
Which puts them both about 50% for height and 90% for weight.  And aside from a case of a weird skin rash thing that Beck has had forever, they are the picture of perfect health.  Screaming fits and all!

Have a great week everyone!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Picture of the Week - 11/6/2014

Today was a frustrating combination of technology challenges and interruptions which have kept me from writing this email until I got home.  And now it's a little bit of a rush job because we have to leave in half an hour for our first ever band concert.  I quiver with excitement.  :)

It appears that fall is over.  Mother Nature let us enjoy sunshine and beautiful temps and then as soon as the calendar switched to November the thermostat started dropping.  From what I'm reading about the coming deep chill forecast for next week, I don't think the cool temps are going anywhere soon.  And it makes me kinda dread the trip I have to Minneapolis in a couple of weeks.  Next week I'm heading up to Asheville for a night and hoping that there will be SOME leaves left on the trees for the ride up there. 

Speaking of leaves...  how adorable is Zane playing in a big old pile of leaves at my parent's house?  Jumping in a pile of leaves was on Zane's autumn bucket list, so it's good he got an opportunity to take care of that!

Have I mentioned lately how much I love 5 year olds?  Oh my...  I think maybe I even
forgot a little bit how cool 5 year olds are.  Right now Zane is in the throes of learning to read.  And he's trying to read everything.  And he get SO excited when he figures something out.  Adorable!

Last week Zane got to go on his very first field trip to Uncle Shuck's corn maze and pumpkin farm.  On the Goddard bus!  It was clearly a highlight!!  They talked about it for weeks before they went and the morning of the trip, he vibrated all the way to school.  A couple of nights ago he took a stack of paper and some crayons into the toyroom and disappeared for quite a long time.  He came out with about 8 different scenes from his trip.  He drew the busses, the tire mountain, the pumpkins, the corn maze (complete with a puddle they had to jump over), and the hay ride.  He then spent 15 minutes "reading" the story to me.  When I suggested that we staple the papers together into a book so he could share it with his friends, you would have thought it was Christmas morning by the look on his face.  Here's a picture of him reading the story to his friends.

In a little bit of Beckett news...  and also school related...  Beck got moved to the Preschool Blue room today.  Ack!  Preschool.  Goodness...  Looking ahead, this means he will probably move to pre-K in the fall.  Ack!  Ack! Ack!
I would be remiss if I didn't share some pictures from Halloween.  We had a good time this year!  Spencer chose to stay home (which kinda broke my heart) and Quinn went out with some friends.  If I'm being specific, a group of 4 GIRLS showed up on our front porch looking for him to walk with them.  He had a blast! 
That left Bob and I to go trick-or-treating with the little guys - who dressed up like Power Rangers this year.  We only made it around half the neighborhood before calling it a night.  They were so cute!

Have a great week everyone - and stay warm!