Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Saying Goodbye

Leaving friends is really hard to do.  Being the one left behind is even harder.  I see it happen ALL the time.  Being in the Coast Guard we have had our fair share of farewells.  Some are easier than others but one thing is for sure , when it is hard hard.

One of my sweet babysitters just moved recently, leaving heart break behind her (my other sweet babysitter).  This extraordinary family only lived here for 18 months but they touched a lot of people's lives.

The mama and I were good friends for a short time and I enjoyed every minute.  She is the type of friend that makes you want to be a better ...everything, a better wife, a better mother, and better ...person.

 I learned so much from her in the short time we were close.  It makes me sad that she is no longer in my life.  I will miss her..I have for awhile. 

Tammy is really good at a lot of things.  Not wanting to reduce our friendship to a numbered list...but I must share a few specifics..
1.  My laundry system is her greatest gift to me (not the unfolded clothes part..that would be my own touch, I let the girls put away the once folded clothes from the laundry basket...not that you can tell that ANY of the clothes were ever folded from looking at this picture..but a genius system nonetheless)

2.  When I need something around my house Craig's List is my friend

3.  Being present in the moment is a gift and not always easy ...but well worth it

....there is so much I can say about this friend who now has moved on.  I have been blessed in my life to have great, long lasting friendships with people I only knew for a short time before one of us moved.  I have been forever inspired and transformed by some great women who I feel honored to call my friend.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Special Days

The day before the "Jack almost drowned but was never in the water" mess was Molly's birthday.  We had such a great day.  I enjoyed every minute with her and she was glowing all day.  This year , the year of no parties, I decided to make it a party with just US!! 
I get all the guests (my children) party favors.

I set the table all fancy and usually specific to the birthday person .  Another words, there was absolutlery NO pink for Jack (what other color is there??)

We have a fancy breakfast that includes brownies for all the guests (clothing is optional for some of the guests).

After we open presents, eat and talk more about the menu and plan for the day then we go and make a birthday craft.

I am a big crafty person.  I just have taken a break this last 2 years on attempting anything that requires an extra mess because I have been a little busy on 100 million other messes that I did not see the need to invite any more in!  But the kids love it and I love doing it for them.

And everything was going really well. 

I put some music on..because it's a party!!!

Jack was lovin' it!
And then I looked over at my little Priscilla Mae who was pretty quiet.... and then I just breathed it all in.

This is why I want to have a year of no parties.  I want us all to stop what we are doing and enjoy the party that is this family!

I want her to be part of Molly's day.  I want her to paint her belly and have us all there laughing together!

I don't want to miss these moments.  I admit ..I had to quickly put down the camera and save the moment from going south..but we all were happy to have watched this little baby enjoy the feeling of paint on her fingers and the brush on her belly!!
Each day is special!!
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Monday, July 26, 2010

The Good, Bad and the Ugly

I will start with the good. Over the past 2 weekends Pete and I got to catch up with long time friends from the Academy days.  Tony is one of Pete's oldest Coastie friends and we are glad to be close to each other for the 1st time in 14 years. 
Time has past but somehow everything is still exactly the same.  When we are with them we spend a lot of time laughing and more time talking over each other because we are ALL extravert's who like to get "the laugh".  So much fun!!
It is so fun being with people who speak the same military language.  What's even more fun is Tony is a boat guy who has had such a different Coast Guard career path.  He is "kinda" a big deal in the small world of the Coast Guard...we like hanging out with people who are..."big deals". He just got transferred from his last job as Admiral Allen's press guy.  There may be something more official to call him...but that's what I got out of the conversation.
Between us there are 8 children.  They have 3 boys that are not sure what to do with all the pretty faces sitting on top of the missile ....posing!!!!!  Lucy is not sure what she thinks either...clearly! comes the bad part.  We all had a great day down at Pensacola beach.  We first went to the Air and Space museum on the Navy Base and then headed over to the beach for dinner and fun. 
Flounders is a favorite place of ours for several reasons.  We used to go there years ago when Pete was in flight school and many a happy night was spent on the sand of Flounders.  Now a days we love going there because you can sit right next to your child playing on the playground.  It is the best of both worlds...parents happy!!
We ate dinner and headed down to the bay side quiet water beach.  The water is very shallow and there is no waves or rough water.  There were 8 children and 4 adults.  We all were watching and chatting.  Tony and Pete at one end of the beach and Tracy and I about 50 yards away with all 8 kids between us.  Pete went up to the bar to get a drink for himself and I asked him to bring me a water.  I told him..."I've got it...go ahead."
And I did have it. All kids were happily playing, some alone...some together.  But I had my eye on all of them.  I was even taking some pictures until Pete left then I put down my camera so I could watch more closely.
Pete comes back and forgets my water.  I said, "Don't worry just get it next time (knowing there would be a next time)."  He said, "No, I'll just run up now and get it."
When he left Jack was sitting right behind me doing exactly what you see.  Tracy and I were chatting right in front of him.  Next thing I know Pete comes back, gives me my drink and goes back to chatting with Tony.  He is standing in the water near a few children.  About 30 seconds later I look around and don't see Jack.  "Pete, where is Jack? I don't see him."  We both start yelling Jack... and he is nowhere!  We are getting totally panicked.  I am running around now FREAKING out.  He can swim ...but not well and he was running back and forth from the sand to the water.  I was not sure where I had seen him last.  Pete is walking through the water thinking the worst and I am SCREAMING his name.

I start running up to Flounders to look on the playground...not thinking he was there because I would have seen him walk past me ...right??  I glance at the playground and he is not there.  Still screaming his a completely full Saturday night crowd, a man comes walking out of the bar area holding Jack.  Thank you Jesus is all I could think.  I grabbed him and started bawling pretty good.  I tried to yell back at Pete but I could not speak.  I could not walk because I was shaking so bad.  I truly thought he may have drowned right in front of me while I was chatting with my friend. 

Of course the man who handed Jack to me just walked towards Pete and talked with him knowing I was not able to put 2 words together.  He told Pete he found the little man walking around the bar , he said he was looking for his dad.  The man asked him what his dad's name was and he said, "Daddy."  The man must have glanced down at the beach and seen a crazy woman running all over the place SCREAMING a boys name and put 2 and 2 together.
We got our Jack back and we all lived happily ever after.....

Here's what we think happened.  When Pete went back the second time to get my water Jack must have dashed off behind him.  Since he was sitting behind me on the sand I did not know he left when Pete did.  Pete had no idea he was being followed by the little guy.  I am so horrified and terrified by the whole event.  All is well, but super scary!!!

Needless to say we had a good day.  That whole event was probably less than 2 minutes long...but probably the most memorable moments we have had in a long time.  We hope to see our old friends again soon...if they are promised the SCREAMING terrified mom will not return.  I hope she never does either.

Friday, July 23, 2010

I Did It...Sorta!!

I tried to recreate last year’s picture this year .

It was hot and painful …especially for Jack….as you can see. Emily, clearly unaware of where I was wanting her to look.

Emily looks a little stressed out and desperate for help. This get worse...quickly!

And look at Lucy…her expression does not change a bit….this is her life…a party to be enjoyed at every minute, no matter who around her may be suffering.

And the birthday girl….just as cool as can be enjoying all this moment has to offer. She is the steady rock amongst us all.

And Priscilla…hanging on for dear life…to LUCY!!! God HELP US ALL!!
And I can't even tell you what Jack may be thinking....but I have a feeling he thinks it often when he is surrounded by!!!

And much to their relief this 3 second photo shoot was over.  I am not joking you...this series of pictures was taken within a 3 second span.  I showed you every one I took and  I must admit that when I first looked through these I was laughing so hard I started to really cry.

I am going to call this a failure overall.  I was hoping for a better outcome.  I will admit we had about 110 things working against us...
1. heat
2. heat
3. heat
4. Jack does not like to be touched by Lucy..especially when he is hot
4. heat
 5.  I was HOT
6.  Pete was hot
7.  It was REALLY HOT!!

p.s thanks mom for the box of Via Iced Coffee...I am SO EXCITED!!!  Thank you ...thank you!!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

So Good

I love being a mama.  I love that I made these people.  I actually physically made by one!!!!
I know God had a lot to do with it and so did Pete, but when I think back 7 years ago, to the day she was born ,it was her and I baby!!  We were the ones working together and I loved every minute of it...I still do.

Last year (when all the pictures were taken), I had just gotten my D-90 camera.  I decided on her birthday I wanted to take better pictures of them and I have been practicing ever since.  I have to thank Molly for all the posing she does for me...with never a fuss!!

Each tooth lost, each boo-boo, each word this child reads I have had something to do with.  I love it!! I love that she loves her brother and sisters.  I love that she is a GREAT reader and loves to do math.  I love her red hair and her sweet freckles.  I love her name. Pete wanted a Molly when we first got married.  When Emily came first she did not feel like a Molly.  We just knew the name belonged to this sweety!!

Being a mama is a lot of things.  Some times I get caught up in the details, like taking care of EVERYTHING for EVERYBODY...but the love that is always around me I am so grateful for.  They love me!!  I love them and I get to know this person her whole life...every minute of her life I get to be part of some how.  Life is good, birthday's are good ,and my GOOD!!!

p.s this picture was taken July 23 2009.  I am going to try this picture again with all 5 little people this year.  Priscilla was unable to sit by herself this time last how time flies! Come back and see if I did it.  Try to remind me if I forget!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Battle That Begins Each Day

My ever loving battle with breakfast.

Everyday they wake up hungry wanting to be fed.
They would love to wake up to a waitress at Waffle House and order a made just for them breakfast

But, unfortunately, they live here where the only thing they usually eat is cold cereal served in super cute bowls.

Unless Daddy is home making them the special made just for them breakfast they so often dream of...

Here's To Daddy's And The Days They Make Breakfast!!!...mama's everywhere LOVE YOU!!