Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Toe Pick

I'm going to go back in time to February.  I LOVE Spring, but above all years, I really feel like we were cheated of our Winter this year.  Seems like we are about to skip over Spring too, but anyway...back to February...back to sweater month and ice skates and Strawberry Shortcake.  I'm not going to say much tonight...I don't think.


Kadee and Jesse...cousins...Best Friends forever.  She gave Jesse the sweetest necklace.  It's one of those Best Friends charm necklaces.  Each have half.  So sweet.

I think she might have spit on the cake a bit when she was trying to blow out the candles.  I tried to skip that section when I was slicing it for everyone.

Everyone hit the ice so quickly.  That's Ms. Kelly and Ms. Laura behind Jesse.  Kadee is hanging on there while Zac and Jonah are on their way.

Allie and sweet.


Ms. Kelly and Jesse.  Peas in a Pod.  Kindred Spirits.  Bosom Buddies for life.

This is my son's rear end.  Notice the ice.  He spent most of the party on the ice...literally falling on it and laying on it and eating it.


Here's Jesse and Kadee happy.


Kadee and her Mama ice skating together and enjoying a special mother daughter moment.

Egan is too cool to ice skate.  Way too cool.  Actually, I think he did a little, but I missed it.  Yep, but still so cool.

I couldn't keep up with her to get many pictures.  She was better than me.


And this child, my sweet niece, Kadee, called me before the party and told me she was scared of ice skating.  I told her it was OK if she didn't skate.  It was so NOT a problem.  Girlfriend cut loose and did great.

So did he.  He was soaking wet at the end of the party.

Allie and her Mama here.  So cute!


Coop!  Hey buddy.  You rocked.  You're so dang cute.

"But I want to open all my pink presents Mommy!"  Good grief.  It's my party and I'll cry if I want to...cry if I want to...cry if I want would cry too if they kicked you out of the party room before you could open all your pink presents.  Sorry kiddo.  That wasn't fair.


Look at the four of them...Jesse, Kadee, Cade and Jonah.  They look like experienced, seasoned ice skaters don't they?


Yep, till the girls busted it.  Toe Pick!  (Name that movie.)  What's up with that face Jonah?  And sweet Cade is like...what's up with these people?

Hey Samantha, Cade and Cooper!  This is my college roommate...except she was smart and went to Pharmacy school while I studied airplanes at GA Tech.  She was the best roommate a girl could have.  I liked waking her up in the mornings.  It was like practicing for kids.  "Samantha, it's time to get up!"  I know she wanted to curse at me....I just know it...but she never did.


I have to remind Jonah he can't marry his cousin sometimes.  I love the innocence in that.  I love that he thinks the world of her.

Oh Ella, the youngest.  Your time will come my will come.


She inspires me.

And these Grandparents right here...I'm thankful to them every single day.  I'm thankful to them for raising a wonderful son and father to those two kids.  So, hey....I'm going to have to give this one up to Grandmommy...look at the two of them...she and Jesse.  Oh my.  There are times I see my side of the family in her, but this photo is all Grandmommy.  Wow.

And at last...Jonah was not happy about the end of the party.  Jesse really wanted to get home and open all of her wonderful pink presents.  Let's go!

And that's that...except I do need to share some basketball from the Winter months too.  That was a huge, wonderful part of our Winter and seriously one of our favorite sports now.

Thanks for bearing with me as I catch up...moments can't pass me by you know.  This is me putting a stop to that.  Night!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Soccer and I wish I could blog more.

I can't tell the two of you that read this how often I try to sit down and blog and how it bothers me on a grand level that I never have the time to complete a thought.  I feel like so many posts have passed me by.  I started writing the other day and just put it aside because other things in life are more important right now.  Every time I stop in mid thought, I'm reminded of a movie.  I'm sure you know it if you know me and read this.  The movie is My Best Friend's Wedding.  I love this one so much.  Of course, it's a completely different subject, but I totally get the meaning.  Here's the quote:

Michael: "Kimmy says if you love someone you say it, you say it right then, out loud.  Otherwise, the moment just..."
Julianne: "Passes you by."
Michael: "Passes you by.  Yeah."

They are on that beautiful boat in the canal.  Julianne wants so much to tell Michael she loves him, but the moment passes her by.  It's ironic.  Anyway, bottom line, I wish I could blog more.  I want my friends and family to know about the little things they tell me on a daily basis.  I want to share with them how I was feeling that day in time.  I don't like the moments passing me by.

Here's a few things I can remember right now though.

The other morning...I was getting Jesse ready for her first soccer game and we had a discussion about her hair.  I told her it should be up for the big game.  She seemed hesitant.  I said, "Well, since you really want it down, let's just do one pony tail instead of two."  She said, "But Mom, if I do one pony tail, it would be so lonely!"  Astronauts could have seen my smile from the space station.  It was that big.  I made a mental note to remember it, and I'm so glad that I did.  Oh, and there were pig tails.

My sweet Jonah has been so concerned about a child in his class.  He told me that she had no food at home, and he really wanted to help her.  He said she was hungry.  He also said that she never got to participate in field trips, and he was upset for her.  It melted my heart, and I promised him that I would ask his teacher what we could do.  I did, and it turns out the child is OK.  His teacher could not tell me much, but I know her and I trust her.  I feel better about it, but I want to remember this forever.  I want to remember that even though he keeps getting in trouble for talking, that his heart is genuine and kind.  He cares and that's all a Mom can ask for really.

And my love, he goes above and beyond what a husband and father should do.  Bless his heart, he married a girl with no parents.  My love really comes through for me.  I could NOT make it through my life without him.  He meets me in the middle.  He feeds our son breakfast and puts him on the bus.  He busts his ass to get home in the afternoon for baseball and basketball and when I can't be here in time.  He does it all.  Yes, he travels, but when he is here, he's here.  He's totally here.  What more can a girl ask for?  Maybe I ask too much.  I feel guilty that he doesn't have the help, but I'm so proud of him and I assure him that the kids will remember every morning and every afternoon and they will know he was here.  That's really what matters.

And Luke buddy.  What did we ever do without you?  I know you are a dog and can't read and all, but you really, really rock.  You greet us with love and a wagging tail and ears that fall back at first and stand in attention when you are ready for them to.  They finally made it there.  Who writes a note to their dog?  Nuts like me.

So, ok, this is too heavy.  My love is also really good at bubble letters.  I asked him to put Jesse's name on her soccer ball and was pleasantly delighted with his work.  If I did this, it would have been a mess.

Now I have to keep this ball forever.


It was a bright morning before we left for her first soccer game.  We were pretty pumped.


We are ALWAYS running late, but somehow we made it to the field first on this early Saturday morning.  It was cool, but my friend, the Sun, pulled through for us and it was beautiful.


She was so eager and so excited.  She was a little concerned about her ball getting dirty, but that passed by really quickly.


Her buddy, Egan, arrived.  They have been friends since they were in diapers.  They are true Kindred Spirits.


They stuck together most of the time.  It was so fun to watch.  We felt a sense of pride.  "Look at them!"


She smiled a lot.  She was happy.

The game started and they were a little confused, but caught on pretty quick.


I have no idea who won this game.  I don't even know if they actually keep score.  All I know is that these two children were so happy to be there and just had a lot of pure fun.

And they played again on Sunday, and I noticed this right here.  You see that?  You see her sort of leaning in and the slight tilt of the leg?  Oh my.  On Sunday, she was sure that Egan was close to her at all times.  The coach even mentioned it to me.  I found it so sweet.

And after the game Sunday, well, she was pooped.  She ran really hard.  She was always eager to join in.  I am so very proud of her I could explode.

So, this moment I will always remember.  It didn't pass me by.