Monday, March 31, 2008
Sooo...I've decided to hold another small giveaway in honor of that. I'd like to ask my readers to give me their favorite "Ladybugs and The Red Thread" moment. Whether it's a picture, something I've written, something you've learned or just plain laughed at...I want to hear it. Please make your comments under the "Signs of spring in Michigan" post. I will be running this through Friday, April 4th. Then Wayne, the kids and I will be making our final selection and I will post the winner (or maybe winners!) on Saturday. :-)
AYSO lasso'ed me in to coach 2 soccer teams. Well, I'm the head coach for Anna's U-8 team and assistant coach for Cam's U-10 with Mike again. In fact, there are 2 teams that still need coaches. I feel bad for those kids. I made calls to all my parents last night letting them know when the first practice would me. Another sign that it's time to get outta the house... We practiced a little last night before my hands got too cold. The kids are excited that I'm getting involved...I'm not so sure if I'm ready!
Spring Break started today...the kids think we need to do something fun and exciting each day. I told them that today was CLEAN THE LIVING/TV ROOMS DAY. Tomorrow would be CLEAN THE BATHROOMS DAY. Needless to say they were not impressed. However, by noon we had both our scheduled rooms done and they are now back to being couch potatoes. There are dishes that need to be done, but I'm sure I can roped the girls into helping. They dig getting to use the sprayer and all the soap. :-)
I do have some snow crocus that have bloomed. Well, they bloomed, got covered by snow and sort of wilted. Now they are back and seem to be doing ok. Unless Riley or Oliver decides to plod through them. I was reading that the cherry blossoms are out in D.C. I'd love to see them. I've been to D.C. twice, but never during the spring. Maybe we can take the kids or maybe I can wait til I'm old and don't have anything better to do than to sit on a bench and take it all in.
Another sign of spring? Muddy footprints all over. Mine, the kids, Wayne's, the dog's....I hate it.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
"You thought you were HOT SNOT, but you're really a COLD BOOGER on a paper plate!"
Ok, ok...not the greatest visual, but we laughed and laughed. :-)
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I just wanted to send a shout out to 2 of my favorite authors of late. The first is Amanda Lamb. She's an amazing new author, mom, and reporter for WRAL in Raleigh, NC. I found her book when I was in Raleigh last September and just laughed til I cried. She has some great stories and writes from the perspective of a working mom. I had to email her as soon as I finished to let her know how much I appreciated her open and honest experience of motherhood. She's a neat person and I'm glad to have picked up her book! I can't wait to read more. I posted her link on the left under my favorite authors section.
My other newest fave is Jodi Picoult. (I've also listed her link over to the right!) Jodi is another amazing writer who has the ability to capture so many points of view of the same story. I'm now on my 3rd book of hers and just bought 2 more! That's how much I liker her books! The cover of the book below is what I'm reading now...Perfect Match. I've been soooo hooked, that I've had to give myself time-outs so my eyes don't bug outta my head!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
(I'm sitting on the couch next to Wayne...)
Me: My other boyfriend? (With the most quizzing look on my face)
Julia: Yeah, your boyfriend
Me: Julia, he's right here (pointing to Wayne)
Julia: Noooo, not Daddy...YOUR OTHER BOYFRIEND!!
(I'm now worried at what she's getting at!)
Me: Julia, I don't have a boyfriend
Julia: Yeah, you do...that guy in the picture! (She's referring to my Prom picture!)
Me: Oh!!! That was Jim, he's not my boyfriend anymore. He's married to another lady and they have kids together.
(This is where she walked away and Wayne lifted his eyebrows at me!) LOL!
Monday, March 24, 2008
What Makes You a Fresh Mom?
Melissa, you're fresh because you're a Champion Cheerleader
Whether you're driving your kids to soccer practice, music lessons, or just over to the park to play with a bunch of friends, you're a high-energy mom who's always on the go, go, go. You probably like being active — and so do your kids. Though sometimes you might feel like a shuttle service, it's worth it when you're standing on the sidelines cheering for your little ones (no matter how big they are).You know that there's more to life than school and playtime. And that some of the best learning comes from places other than classrooms and libraries. So whether they're winning or losing, having a performance of a lifetime, or experiencing a temporary loss, you're sure to be there with your contagious enthusiasm. And who wouldn't want a cheerleader like you around?
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
(These are not mine, by the way....)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
You could ask me anything about that day and I can remember it exactly. Meeting Julia for the first time at the civil affairs building was like being in the delivery room for Cam and Anna. But with more people and another family in our same room. It was nice only having one other family to share that experience with. Liz and Brion have really become life-long friends that I can't imagine being without. Brion was the adventerous one, trying new foods, walking and checking out everything. Liz and I joke that we can't think of what it would be like to adopt again without the other couple there. Guess we're going to have to adopt again at the same time!! LOL!
2. Had some very horrible dreams and images that made it impossible to get back to sleep
3. Oliver whined and howled from 2:30-4:30am
4. Overslept til 7:05 meaning I would have to take the kids into school
5. Found the reason Oliver was whining...he pooped in his crate (but had earlier refused to go outside when I let him out at 2:30 & 3:30am...go figure!)
6. Needed to give the puppy a bath after returning from dropping the kids off at school
ALL THIS BEFORE 9:00AM....CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT THE REST OF THE DAY HOLDS!
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Here's my mom and my Uncle Jeff at Pentwater State Park. Not sure of the year on this one either.
This is my dad and my sister at the Oceana county fair. Samantha looks to be about 3 or 4, so that makes Theresa either 4 or 5.
This is my Uncle Jeff. He pasted away 12 years ago. This is my absolute favorite picture of him. Yeah, I know...this is going to make my Aunt Cheryl cry, but...there isn't a day that I don't wish that he were here. He used to give me a hard time and call me names when I was a kid. I can't hear an REO Speedwagon, Bruce Springsteen or Cheap Trick song without thinking about riding in his super cool green Regal he had. I love and miss you, Uncle Peff (that's not a typo either).
Uncle Wendell took this picture of Cameron when he was about a year old. I just love it!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
"I don't want to bring another kid into this world. But how do you argue against loving one that's already here?"
“It doesn’t matter where you come from. As long as you discover, where you belong.”