Monday, October 01, 2012

Lesson for this morning

Lauren was trying to convince Katie to eat. She said, "Do you know how to take a bite?" and Katie nodded her head. "Do you know how to chew?" and she nodded again. "Then do that. Then you have to digest your food. But first it has to go down your sarc....sarc...sarcophagus!" I waited and said, "Esophagus?" Lauren said, "Yes!! That's it! Esophagus!"

Oh, the conversations that happen here...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

School has started

Lauren likes 4th grade!! Jack has had a half day of Kindergarten, but LOVES it! Yay!!! 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


 This summer was the travel summer. First Texas for a beautiful wedding and visiting family we don't see nearly often enough and then Gatlinburg. We are lucky to get to do so many fun things with our children. We stayed with Mountain Rentals of Gatlinburg and have stayed with them for ten years . New adventures in Gatlinburg included a new miniature golf course , the Hollywood Star Car Museum , and they got to Pan for Gems One of the neatest was a drive through zoo call Circle G Ranch Of course, we also enjoy the Smoky Mountain National Park took lots of pictures and I will post a few after they are uploaded.

School starts WAY TOO SOON and then Kate and I will have to find a schedule that works for us without Jack and Lauren... Sigh...

Sunday, June 10, 2012

TRADITION!!! All 3 of my children love... Blue's Clues. Lauren loved "buppy" (a combinations of blue and puppy). Jack loved "bow bow" (the sound she makes when she 'talks') and now Kate waves and dances when the show starts and says, "bow? bow?". It makes John and me smile to see a third child love this show. The sad news is, it hasn't been new since August 2006. But now, we watch with her and sing the songs and know what is coming up next and realize Blue Puppy is back in our lives and that's a good thing.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Today was one of those days.... Everything worked just how you would hope. We got up on time, and Jack LOVED the Tiny Tike Triathlon and rode and ran his heart out. At the end, he got his medal and while holding it, said, "This is such an honor." He makes me smile. After the triathlon, we came home and got ready to go to the zoo. It was the biggest crowd I have ever seen at the zoo with normal visitors plus 3 corporate events going on. We take a picnic and were able to sit under the enormous shade tree and enjoy the amazing weather. We saw the new giraffe exhibit and went through the dinosaur exhibit twice!! Jack and Lauren loved it and Kate waved and smiled at all of the dinos! I lo
ve having a membership! After we left the zoo, we drove around for a little bit so Kate could nap and once she woke up, we stopped at Sonic for ice cream. With this awesome weather, we went to the park so the kids could run some more. Jack is trying to learn to swing on his own, which frustrates him a lot!! Lauren loved monkey bars and can skip the ones that hang from a chain. Kate really enjoys the slide that is just her size, or likes to climb on anything... Since it was so nice, we opted for dinner where we could sit outside and eat. Lauren DID NOT enjoy to smokers!! DID! NOT! and listed all of the problems that smoking causes and declared if it were up to her, she'd outlaw cigarettes and drugs. Except for the good drugs....and then asked John why he was drinking beer (of all things!), and totally judged him, too! After coming home and taking baths, today was determined to be a rousing success!!! Dare I say, perfect!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

It's hard to wrap my mind around the fact that tomorrow is the last day I will ever take Jack to preschool. In just a few short weeks, he'll be starting kindergarten. Out in the real world, with real kids...and not so many hugs and loves and mothering. Sigh... It's also hard to believe Lauren is nearly done with 3rd grade. Next year will be her last in elementary school...I KNOW I am not ready for that!!! The big bonus for Lauren and Jack is that next year, they will go to lunch at the same time which will (initially anyway) thrill them both!! By then, Kate will be so big and so busy, we will have time for just the two of us. I'll feel a huge empty spot where Jack normally is during the day. Time flies when you're having fun, so we must be having the time of our lives!!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


There was a snow day a few days ago...and no snow to back it up...I'm not kidding. The roads were dry. Bone. Dry. Welcome to Tennessee!

I will say, winter here isn't too bad. Short sleeves aren't unheard of at least once a week.

Lauren has moved up a reading level (YAY!!!) and has been moved to a higher math, too! She is amazing. Jack is learning and growing so much and often saying "Yes, sir" and "Yes, ma'am" which is so sweet to hear. Kate is almost a year old. Like to show you her hair when you ask, her tummy sometimes...smiles a lot and giggles often.

All I can ask for!!

More later...