Archive for May, 2014


Pictures are enough to show how happy that we are right now.

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The morning started with Muffins with Mom at the elementary school.  It was fun!  Then back home for a long day at work.  Madie ended up being sick, so she stayed home and tried to get better.  By the end of the day, she sounded ten times better, so a day of rest was perfect. This is the last day without Dad.  He is coming home today!20140510-112221.jpg

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Thursday was a busy day.  Besides work we have scouts on Thursday.  Ainsley’s troop earned the 2nd of the journey award by performing their skits about stereotypes.  They did a good job. Then I went to pick up Madie from school after her orchestra went to a contest.  They didn’t do as well as Madie wanted them to do, but they still did well. Then back to Girl Scouts for Madie’s troop meeting.  The girls learned to sew.  They had so much fun!  And as a miracle, we all brought enough sewing machine for each girl to have her own. They made “snakes” for the NICU.  They are long stuffed tubes that the NICU uses around the babies to help swaddle them.  The girls enjoyed making them.  Next week they have decided to make even more!

It was fun seeing the girls excited about making something that they can give to someone else.

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Today was a day of work. We ended up not going to Wednesday at the Tree in order for me to put a longer day in at work. The kids were sad, but they were also somewhat understanding.  But luckily I was in my office  most of the time, so I didn’t have to see the sad faces too much.

But it is also Teacher Appreciation Week.  We sent something to school each day.  I thought I would include the pictures.  It was fun.  The kids love taking the gifts each day.  I forgot to take pictures on Monday and Friday, so I’m including pictures of the ones online that I got the idea from.




Tuesday – Altoids


Wednesday – Sharpies


Thursday – Hand Sanitizer from Bath and Body Works


Friday – Gift Card to Starbucks

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Papa and Grandma Lake came and helped us today.  Chris won an award from the kids’ elementary school.  He was invited to a huge banquet at the Lone Star Convention center to be presented an award.  It was a huge dinner.  About 1000 people attend.  This was WAAAAY out of my comfort zone.  1000 people?  Hanging out with people I don’t know?  Yuck.  But out of love for Chris, I attended.  His dad joined me for the evening.  Thank goodness his Dad came.  The evening went way better.  Dinner was good, and his dad walked up front to pick up the award.

And to top it off, the girls got Grandma to take them to all of their evening activities.  It turned out to be a great evening.

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We can’t wait for Daddy to come home!  Ben spent part of the beautiful afternoon (after homework, of course!) playing basketball.


I got to talk to Chris today before the kids got home.  He wasn’t able to call later.  I miss him terribly.  I hate not having my best friend around.  I mean we talk over FaceTime on occasion, but it is not the same.  I am looking forward to him being home again. I know the kids really miss Dad too.  Plus my patience is wearing thin. Madie was sweet tonight and offered to rub my feet if I let her stay up and watch her tv show.  Of course I said yes!    I feel a lot better, but now it is time to clean up, fold several loads of laundry and head to bed myself!

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Sleep and laundry.  These were the themes of the days for Sunday.  We got most of it done, and then we had some delightful visitors that afternoon.  Friends came over and brought dinner and another friend came over and mowed the yard for Chris.  It was awesome and nice.  We are still exhausted and struggling to start the week with energy.  But Sunday was a nice way to end the weekend.

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It was a looooong day.  It started by dragging our tired bodies out of bed to go pick Madie up at 8:00am.  Then home to start cleaning the house and getting lots of chores done.  I made a chore chart for the kids in order for me to get help with chores and for the puddles to earn some money.

I took Ben to art class and then home.  By this point I was exhausted.  The week had officially caught up to me, so I took a nap.  The Lord knew that I needed a nap to face my next challenge . . . lice.   Yes, I discovered lice on M. Poor girl.  I immediately went to the store to buy shampoo for six people (our girls -Ben wouldn’t have gotten shaved if he had it and the girls who came over the previously evening to get ready).  I dropped off the shampoo at the friends’ house with my sincere apologies and then headed home to start on Madie.  8 hours later, I was finished.  When I finished at 4:00am on Madie’s head, I drove to church to spray all of the places that Madie put her head down and bagged up all of the pillows that she used at the lockin.  The only good part about that evening was that I was able to real time text with Chris at 5:00am because he was up and touring parts of Turkey at the time.  That was fun.  But then I crashed and went to bed to sleep for a few hours, before I started the next day.20140505-131920.jpg20140505-132005.jpg 20140505-131943.jpg 20140505-131929.jpg

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Friday was VERY busy.  We started off with Madie’s school and going to Pastries with Parents before school started.  Madie’s school always has GOOD coffee.  There was a book fair at Madie’s school, so she and I stopped there for some shopping before heading home.  A couple hours of work and then headed to the Third Grade Picnic with Ainsley.  I had fun eating hot dogs with Ainsley and her friends.  She decided to stay at school instead of coming home with me.  So I headed home to do some more work before heading back to school to bring snacks to Ben’s AR party.  He loves it when I bring ice cream cups for everyone.  This is my third AR party and apparently the kids look forward to the ice cream, so there is no chance that I will get to change it to something else!

I picked up both kids and then decided to surprise Madie by picking her up from school instead of making her ride the bus home.  She was thrilled!  To top it off we headed over and picked up two of her friends so that they could all get ready for the Murder Mystery Dinner/Lockin at church.  It was fun hearing the girls giggling upstairs while they got ready for the party.  They were all dressing up like different characters and pretending to go to an awards show.  We bought Madie that dress the week prior and I told her that it was perfect for this character because I would NEVER let her wear it again!!!!  Then we headed to church.  A & B went to the back room to spend endless hours playing with their electronics while I worked in the kitchen for the Murder Mystery Party.  It was a lot of fun, but a lot of work.  My back was pretty sore by the end of the night due to bending over the sink to wash dishes.  I washed A LOT of dishes.  Whose idea was it to serve the kids three courses?  The kids loved it.  I hope the church does it again.  I think it should be an annual event!  It was worth washing all of those dishes just to see their smiles and hear their laughter.  Then the youngest two and I headed home to bed!


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20140502-125510.jpg 20140502-125440.jpgYesterday was a day of work followed by our scout evening.  Each child has scouts that night.  Madie’s troop went on a field trip to a recording studio.  The girls even got to record three camp songs.  They had so much fun and really enjoyed learning about all of the science of recording.    Then it was off to home and bed.  Mom went home to laundry, chores, and then bed.  But all went to bed after a long evening of Girl/Boy Scouts.

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