Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Yesterday was a wash out for the school Olympics as it rained and rained the entire day. Today was looking to be much of the same. But to everyone's delight, the rain stopped early this morning, and stayed away for the rest of the day. So though while very wet, the Olympics were a go!
Tubby, Laura, Crispy, and I spent our day running back and forth from event to event, trying to catch our Olymiads in action. From the hurdles and 200 meter dashes, to high jumps, mini golf, and hockey in the gym, basketball throws, and shoe kicks, these kids were BUSY. The highlight of the event was the Tug of War contest between the countries. Boy, are these little kids strong! Jonny's country of Trinidad made it to the afternoon finals after winning all 4 of their preliminary rounds. I am pretty sure that the reason they were so awesome was because of their incredible anchor at the end of the line. You just might be able to recognize him too!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
As is fitting for the day, we spent nearly 2 hours this morning at a Memorial Day service in the park. The boys (Alex, and his friend/guest) were participating in their first marching band performance of the year, so the kids and I, along with Grandma & Grandpa C, went along to the park to support them. We got front row seats on the lawn this year, allowing us to clearly hear the multitude of speeches and stories from a variety of people~ranging from war vets to high school speech contest winners. Though these services are SO LONG, it is really a nice way to spend part of the day......that is what Memorial Day is all about. Reflecting on the price paid for the wonderful freedoms we enjoy in this beautiful country of ours is very humbling and remarkable, indeed. What a calling to serve our country. The kids did an exceptional job. Though I am certain that they were bored to tears, not understanding most of what was talked about, they sat quietly and patiently on the blanket in front of us at our feet. I suppose it helped greatly that Laura was at home....she missed coming at the last minute because she did not heed multiple warnings to stop whining, so she was left behind with daddy who was busy taking down Christmas lights. Grandpa cuddled under a warm blanket with Tubby in the cold breezes kicked up by the lake. Tubby had a nice nap on Grandpa's shoulder as they stood under a shade tree.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Look at us now.....yes, only an hour from the cities, but hey, we are surrounded by country farms on all sides of our home. Seven kids (and two angels awaiting us), in public school (!!!), two medical degrees, and a house with a lake view. Our oldest son now the same age as we had been when we first met, with a girlfriend that may possibily be his own wife someday! Where has all the time gone? But even after all that time, I sometimes still feel like we are just kids, only we are now playing with more pieces in this game of life.
Bob took today off of work to recoup, nap, and take down some Christmas lights. The kids were off of school early today, so we had a houseful from lunchtime, on. Bob's Anniversary gift to me was a lesson from a really fantastic golf pro in Chaska. This guy was amazingly talented in reading people and understanding exactly what they needed to hear in order to get the concept understood. Where I had been so confused in my swing and missing the ball, the instructor got me hitting the ball 100% of the time....effortlessly. That, in itself, was worth the lesson. I went into it feeling like a hopeless golf playing loser, and came out as a baby-stepping-future-golf-playing-hopeful. Very good change in attitude!
We decided to include our kids in our Anniversary dinner. Odd, I know, but it seemed like the right thing to do. We have such little opportunities for family activities, and they are such an integral part of our marriage, that they deserved to celebrate with us! We piled everyone into the truck (including our extra guest) and drove out to Don Pablo's for one of the best Anniversary dinners we had ever had. It DID feel like a celebration, and it felt totally RIGHT to have our wonderful kids with us. I like all the funny glances we get from people as we parade by with all of the kids in line....you can always see people making comments to each other and looking on in awe and surprise. Makes me smile inside! Melissa made it worth it when she said "Thank you for taking us out to the restaurant for your anniversary. That was fun!" as she bounded happily up the stairs to bed. This may just be our new Anniversary tradition!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
All the kids beat us home, including the son of a friend who will be with us until Monday evening. But Grandma C was there, in charge, meaning that the kids got a warm welcome and snacks on their arrival home. The kids love it when Grandma comes because she actually gives them attention, feeds them food, plays with them outside, and takes them to the park. Things that their overwhelmed Mommy can never seem to do all in the same day. I look forward to these days as a Grandma myself someday (hopefully some long day away from now!).
We all went to the Carnival at the elementary school where Jonny and Michael were already stationed at their service posts. Jonny was a kitchen helper (like a real life "Bubba") and Michael was running the mini-golf game(where Melissa got a hole in one!). For just a small fee, we had 80 tickets to burn on games and food. Grandma bought the kids balloons, dinner, and an extra hour playing games. Between all of the golfing, baseball and basketball throwing, dunk tank hitting, inflatable obstacle course managing, bounce house jumping, ring toss and bowling ball rolling...the kids got a work out! I think that going to a carnival once a week over the summer instead of driving all the way out to Maple Grove each week will be plenty of therapy for my girls. And because of our very high out of pocket deductible, the carnivals would be a lot cheaper (and more fun for the other kids in tow). I think we have ourselves a new summer plan!
Jonny and I had to run out from the carnival early to make it out to St. Boni in time for his baseball game. This left Grandma with the trio of Laura, Melissa, and Crispy who were all on their best behavior and having a great time. Grandma ? met them for dinner and to drive them home as Jonny and I had left with the baby in such a rush. We were running behind (surprise), and to our horror, arrived at the baseball field with no other maroon shirts in sight. Were we at the wrong field? We spent the next 10 minutes frantically driving around the city, looking for kids we recognized at each field. No luck. We finally called Bob to ask him to double check the field and time for us online. Hmm....we were on the right track, so we circled back to the original field. Now there were 6 other maroon shirts warming up their gloves. By gum, we had been early.....we had made it there FIRST. Can you even believe it?!? Never considered that as a possibility!
The game was great, and tied at 22 to 22. Gotta love Pee Wee baseball. I worked with Jonny a bit on his batting (using some encouragement I had learned from the golf pro who gave me a few lessons), and Jonny hit the ball! It was great to see the relief on his face. He is doing a great job on the field, really playing his position and stepping in for others when they are after the ball. A great team player. Tubby was content to snack and flirt with all the adoring baseball moms on the sidelines. Babies just have a way with people, don't they? They are good therapy for anyone, any age.