Thursday, May 20, 2010

What I'll miss


Tomorrow is my last day at our house.  The kids and I leave for the 5K in Chicago at 3:30 in the afternoon and will go straight to our new home in Columbus afterwards.  I am feeling very nostalgic and am finding myself getting misty eyed every time I think about something that I'll miss.


In the 4 years we lived here, we have become so close to so many people and places down here.





We can never forget our first home, the Habitat for Humanity Restore and all of the friends we have made there.  Or the Penguin and all the times we have eaten there.  Or the family, of course.




Or our friends...




Or the WEATHER!!!!!  This is a picture taken in DECEMBER!!!




Or the memories of where our little family started...


I'll miss you dearly, Charlotte...but we'll be back!  I promise!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Shout Outs!

Hey folks, I would like to recognize some AMAZING people who have generously supported the Brain Tumor Mamas and Papas in our fundraising efforts for the American Brain Tumor Association!  We have 6 days till race day--still plenty of time to make a donation, learn more, or just check it out!

I'd like to recognize my wonderful brother and sister-in-law, David and Alice.  My amazing Aunt and Uncle-in-law, Karen and Tim.  My other amazing Uncle and Aunt-in-law, Tim and Julie.  My good old friend from college, BJ.  My good old, OLD friend from high school, Elisabeth.  The ever-awesome, Mike and Betty Wilmarth.  The stunning, Donna Daniels.  My seriously rad teammates who have raised money: my coolest of cool mother-in-law, Elana; my DNA-sharing brother, Haythem; the super-duper Schermbecks (Becca, Andy, and Luke); and the saint-worthy Wilmarth Tynas (Laura, Joe, and Julia).  And finally, if it weren't for YOU, anonymous, we would not have surpassed our fundraising goal!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you from a very grateful, very fortunate Brain Tumor Mama.

And, of course the link if you would like to make a donation or just learn more before race day:

http://hope.abta.org/site/TR/ABTAEvent/PathtoProgress/15594713?pg=team&fr_id=1560&team_id=10370

Thursday, May 13, 2010

"Woman's Work"

Today, a person whom I respect greatly (my ObGyn) commented that mowing the lawn is "men's work" and dishes and laundry are "women's work".  Having a great deal of respect for this person, and being moments away from my...ah, check-up, I didn't comment.

But I had been chewing on those words from the moment she said it.  So after dinner tonight, I volunteered to mow the overgrown lawn.  Two things stimulated this desire:

1. The kids were being a little nutty, and watching Adam jump up and mow the lawn while I'm dealing with nutty kids (whose nuttiness I'd just dealt with all day) was not appealing.  

2. The idea that mowing the lawn is "men's work"...Why is it men's work, I wonder.

Well folks, I jumped outside and got right to work.  And let me tell you--mowing the lawn is hard physical work.  But that's all.  I spent the whole time thinking my own thoughts, making my own paths, and checking out the scenery I wanted to look at.  And suddenly a lightbulb went off in my head...this is really easy!

It may seem that "men's work" is for men because it is more difficult and men can handle the more difficult task, however, I beg to differ.  Anyone can mow the lawn...but it takes a really smart, creative, strong person to be a parent...to watch children while simultaneously doing dishes and laundry.  To keep them entertained (without TV), to have the patience to allow them to help with the laundry (although it's faster if you do it alone), and to do this day in and day out.  I dare anyone to take a day of "woman's work" and tell me if it is for a weak person.  It takes a tough person to do "woman's work"...It takes a person who can walk and push the equivalent of a double stroller to mow the lawn.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy Mother's Day to Me...and You!


Hey fellow moms! Happy day after Mother's Day! I hope you had a great day with the kiddies, feeling loved and appreciated for all that you do on the other 364 of the non-Mother's Day days of the year.

My special Mother's Day gifts included: Cheerios (aka breakfast) in bed, hanging out with some very cool Lakeman moms (and their kids, and some dads, too), AND a new camera!! I couldn't believe it! A brand-spankin'-new-12 megapixel-purple-beautiful-touch
screen camera! Hopefully this means some amazing shots of all that is going on in my life. And when you zoom in, you can still see the picture.

It also has a writing function. See the lovely "card" that Isaac and Adam made for me? I was so surprised to find this picture when I uploaded my photos. I will definitely be playing around with the camera some more to see what else it can do!

So, how was YOUR Mother's Day? :)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cutest kids on the block

Stripes, stripes....

...and more stripes!!!!!!


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Crazy


Some people like to plan their weddings when they are hundreds of miles away from the location. Some people like to rub their tummies and pat their heads simultaneously. Some people like to move from one state to another while getting ready for a 5K in neither location. Some people like to do some of this stuff with 2 kids in tow.

I guess we just like it crazy around here.

18 more days till the 5K in Chicago (make sure to sign up/donate/check it out by clicking HERE!!)! 18 more days till moving day--YIKES! 18 more days till my hair turns gray and I finally have that nervous breakdown I keep talking about. Exactly ONE month till my baby turns 1!!! Exactly 2 months till my big girl turns 3!!!!

But like I said, we must like it crazy around here.