Monday, December 13, 2010
Checking out the damage.
Seeing if I could simply pull it out.
Hoping he doesn't move quickly.
Got it. Sorry about the bad lighting here...I was working under a street light.
I am so thrilled that I can add Orthodontist to my list of skills.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
This morning, my kids woke up to the fun job of stacking the wood.
No one fought. ( a miracle)
They used their creative thinking skills to figure out how to move the wood from the driveway to the back of the house. (by the way, trash cans work really well...much better than my Pottery Barn basket that one of the kids grabbed from the house!)
The work ethic was amazing...no one was slacking.
Tyler was the stacker.
Isn't this a beautiful sight?
The best part of all, I didn't have to lift a finger!
Monday, November 15, 2010
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Ammy plays for Team USA...
Tyler coaches Team USA with two other guys.
Kellen plays on Lutherville Grey...
This was an awesome goal--his second goal of the game and his third in 2 games!
And Tristan plays for the McDonogh Varsity Team.
Now you know why my e-mail is sportzmom!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
and it is way too good not to share. Below is an excerpt from a letter she wrote to her college-age daughter.
You may or may not have heard about the NJ college student who killed himself last week because his room-mate had posted videotape of him having sex with another guy. A terrible, senseless tragedy.
My mommy job requires that I remind you of two essential things:
Nothing ruins your life forever. NOTHING.
Nothing ruins your life forever. NOTHING.
If that young man had only waited a couple of weeks nobody would have cared- he'd have gotten past it. People have short memories- life would have gotten better, much better. His parents and friends? They loved him prior to the tape- they would have loved him afterward too. A few awkward moments and then life goes on.
But when you are young you don't know that even the awkward moments are fleeting. On this, you just have to trust the old people. Remember when you were really small and cried and cried over something? Well, it didn't last. That's kind of what it's like- awful things happen, you feel like there's a rock in the pit of your stomach, somehow time goes by and it gets better. I promise you, it ALWAYS gets better.
The students, a girl and boy, who were involved in the taping and posting-- they are being charged with bias crime, invasion of privacy and possibly other things. Their college life is over. They will have to live with this death the rest of their lives-- and their families are devastated. What they did was so wrong- but also so kid-stupid. Not to mention mean. And so their lives will be different forever- but even so- their families will love them and they will have time enough to hopefully live in such a way as to make meaning from their mistake.
So, my beautiful girl, never, ever think something is unfixable. NOTHING you do will ever keep us from loving you. NOTHING you do could be so awful you can't get past it.
And if someone is mean to you, and it isn't something you can ignore-- seek out people to talk to about it. Surround yourself with people who are supportive. If you ever need help and don't know how to ask- try writing a letter instead. And right now- before you might need such help- think about who you would talk to if needed. In the midst of turmoil sometimes we don't always think as clearly- having a plan makes it easier to find help in crisis. And remember there are always alternatives. Always.
Finally, don't be mean. Don't let other people be mean. Stand up for the underdog, protect those who aren't as smart or confident or easygoing as yourself. Treat people's feelings like fragile little puppies- if you play with them- be gentle.
I love you so much and I know you really don't need me to tell you this stuff.... but it's my job.
Love and hugs,
So, so true! Please share this with your kids.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Last week I traded in my Ford Expedition for a Toyota Sienna.
I LOVE IT! It has two sunroofs, windows that open in the second row, a dual screen tv (so you can watch a movie and play a game system at the same time (which won't be happening since all of my kids are big pukers in the car and that would put them right over the edge), reclining captains' chairs in the second row, and a navigation system that was great the other day when I got lost.
The kids LOVE it! As do their friends. Every time someone new gets in the car, Kellen acts like a salesman pointing out all of the cool features. The twins also let their friends ride in the reclining seats!
Yes, those are snacks you see, but I didn't let them eat in the car...at least not this week!
Saturday, September 18, 2010
She joined our family the last week of August. I hesitated to mention our latest pet because I wasn't sure that she would make it past the 14 day guarantee. We were in the pet store getting Allie a fish for her room and we saw this hamster running on a wheel in the cage. The hamster was rather hyper--she would hop off the wheel, run around the cage and then hop back on the wheel and run, run, run. Kellen fell in love with her and just had to have her for his birthday.
Since we already have Charlie, I figured it was no big deal to get another one.
As we were getting the hamster to take home the employee told us that she was so happy we were taking this hamster because she was constantly picked on by the other hamsters in her cage. To get away from them, she would run on the wheel ALL THE TIME!
She spent the first 24 hours in our house running on her wheel. She was completely freaked out. The second day, every time we tried to touch her she would run away and get back on the wheel. When we tried to pick her up, she would bite us.
A friend suggested we wear socks on our hands when we pick her up. These pictures were taken yesterday--we've had the hamster for a month and we still can't pick her up without them! Kellen also wears a dress shirt so that his arms are covered.
It's a good thing she's so cute.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Please help me out...These beautiful young girls are undergoing cancer treatment and would love to receive mail from you! They have to spend a lot of time away from their friends and families, and getting mail makes their days!
This is Cami. Read about Cami's story here.
And this is Millie. Read about her journey with childhood cancer here.
Friday, September 10, 2010
all the utilities of the world. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have lived in Maryland for 21 years and until last weekend, I never knew that this sunflower field existed. Yellow as far as the eye can see.
Yesterday, the kids had off school so we drove up to the corner of Jarrettsville Pike and Hess Rd, parked the car and got out and walked around.
Kellen and his friend, Tucker.
Tyler and his girlfriend, Payton.
Allie--her friend had to go home early so she missed out on our sunflower adventure.
Me and my girl, Ammy.
If you have the chance to go see these flowers, I promise you that you won't be disappointed.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Ammy asked me to french braid her hair today!
So cute! That is until the posing started!
This one is going to be the death of me!
We sailed around Biscayne Bay and dropped anchor in an area that was about 6-7 feet deep. We got off the boat and swam with noodles and played on a trampoline that was tied to the back of the catamaran. People also swam to a nearby sand bar where they could stand.
Kimberly and I hanging out on the deck. At these meetings, we are always together--we are often mistaken for sisters.
These guys were swimming and playing around the boat. Unfortunately as soon as we got in the water, they were gone.
On the way back to the dock, we were leaning against the windows on the front of the boat. Someone took this picture of us from inside the boat! Very cool.