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Posts from — April 2009

What’s going on with me?

Oh me oh my….my blogging just continues to go downhill. Or I guess in reality I am just so busy living that there is not much time to “write” about it.

I will back up to Easter. We had a wonderful couple of days with my parents Easter weekend. They came up for a night and joined us at our “Journey to the Cross” at church. They were able to watch Ali and I make our acting debut as ladies explaining the palm branches. Ha!! Ali wasn’t too thrilled. (ummmm, she’s a preteen…enough said) The program turned out wonderfully, especially considering it was the first year for it. Easter morning…not sure what we were thinking…but we decided to attend our sunrise service. I will admit that it was a lovely service, but we had to leave our house at 5:40am. (yawn!) Thinking we will catch the second service next year! Anyway, it unfortunately rained that afternoon, so the Easter bunny had to leave the eggs inside this year. Creativity was the key to pulling that off.

Last weekend was spent at the University of Houston for one of Ali’s swim meets. It was the first long course meet of the season, so Ali was a little nervous. She did just fine, and looks forward to other meets during the summer. She decided to join the community summer swim team in addition to her year around team. We will have swim meets every Saturday mid May through the end of June. We are changing year around teams as of this Friday. We weren’t completely happy with some dynamics with the team, so another opportunity presented itself and we ran with it. We hope this is a great opportunity for her…a new coach, new team, and a more dedicated Ali. She truly loves the sport of swimming and wants to push herself to improve. She is probably going to start swimming 6 times a week now. Don’t ask me HOW…but we will figure it out as we go along. I know it sounds crazy to a lot of people (going to swim practice 6 times a week), but if it is what she loves…then we will do what it takes. Some days that means running from swim practice, to a soccer game, and back to swim practice…but that is life as we know it. And have I ever mentioned, I LOVE my life. Even with the chaos of running 10 different directions at times, I wouldn’t change a thing.

Clark is loving soccer. He had his second game on Saturday. The game last week was rained out. We have gotten massive amounts of rain 2 weekends in a row…enough already. Ha! Anyway, he ran his heart out at the game. He definitely wants to have the ball…ALL the time. He will even try to kick it away from a kid on his OWN team. He doesn’t care…he just knows he WANTS that ball. It is pretty funny. He is understanding the rules better now, which is definitely a good thing. He actually kicked it to the correct goal this week!!! That was a great bonus. He will be sad when the soccer season is over. However, there is an indoor soccer place here that I might look into. Well, speaking of Clark…he continues to make us laugh with a few funny sayings. Here are a couple from the last few weeks.

Clark: (he was playing with an 18 wheeler truck and he proceeded to tell me what he was pretending…) “Mama…I am driving, Ali is right here (pointing to the passenger side) and you are in the back.” (meaning the trailer portion….GREAT…see where I line up in the grand scheme of things)

Clark: (we were in the van on the way to the swim meet last weekend and he was drawing on his magna doodle) “This is you, Mama…you only have ONE eye because an alligator bite it off.” (ummm, that is just fabulous…he erased it and started over…but this time…) “Now you have a hundred eyes and LOTS of legs” (his drawing this time was a person with MANY eyes and LOTS of legs…I am beginning to get a complex)

We are down to 5 days until we head off into the wild blue yonder!!! (vacation that is) Wew, lots to do between now and then. I keep telling Ali to wear old clothes this week so that I can keep the newer things clean and get them packed. We will see if she listens. We decided to spend a couple of nights in Ft. Walton Beach, FL on the way down. The beach is just too beautiful to pass up. The kids will enjoy playing in the sand, and T.C. and I will enjoy some relaxation before the craziness of “the happiest place on earth.” Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Disney as much as a child…but relaxing, it just isn’t. I might also get to see some old friends along the way.

13 years…….seems crazy to say that. T.C. and I celebrated our 13 year anniversary this weekend. How is that possible? Seems like just yesterday he was sweeping me off of my feet as a cadet at the Air Force Academy. Surely I’m not 13 years older….I mean I was JUST a 21 year old young thing becoming rather smitten with a handsome young fellow! How did the time pass so quickly? Yet, when I look at where we have come since those days so long ago…I realize how much time has passed since then. We have lived in 4 states, not counting Colorado where we started….have 2 children, endured graduate school, spent time on active duty in the military, and changed careers to hopefully settle down. Wew, a lot happened in a 13 year time frame. All I know is that we are more in love now than we ever knew possible. God blessed me beyond measure when he sent that cute dark headed cadet over in my direction…and my life would never be the same…thank you Lord!!

Here are some pictures from Easter and beyond….

Easter and beyond…

April 26, 2009   No Comments

I am getting worse instead of getting better at this blogging thing! I’m not sure what’s up with that. I guess I feel like my weeks are repetitive and therefore not usually “blog worthy” if you will.One day leads to the next, and before I know it, yet another week has flown by. I am looking forward to the approach of summer. Things might slow down a bit, and I can perhaps enjoy some laid back time with the kids. It is nice when we don’t have deadlines with schoolwork, and preschool to run off to. The kids will have their usual activities of swim team, gymnastics, and hopefully some swim lessons for Clark. Somehow though, summer seems a little more carefree. Ahhh, I look forward to it.

The countdown has begun for our vacation. We leave 3 weeks from Sunday to head down to the “happiest place on earth”….Disney World. The children are so excited. (ok, the big kid is too…and that would be ME!) I have such fond memories of going there as a child, that I want our kiddos to have that too! We will be getting 5 day hopper passes and plan on visiting all of the parks along with one of the water parks. It is such a blessing that they are having a special for military right now and giving away a 5 day pass to the military member (and we LOVE free!!) and only charging $99 for the other family members! What a great deal. It is saving us quite a bit of money. I also found a great rate at one of the Disney value resorts. I go a little overboard on all the vacation planning, but hopefully it will pay off in the end. We have reservations for a character meal with all of the Winnie the Pooh characters. Clark should enjoy that. We wanted to do the same character meal that we did last time, when Ali was 7. However, it was already booked….who knew you needed to plan your meals 3 MONTHS ahead of time. Jeepers! Hopefully it will be a week filled with many wonderful memories that we will think back on for years to come.

Clark had his first soccer game last Saturday. T.C. was sad that he had to miss it. It was his National Guard weekend, so he had to work. Well, the game was definitely “America’s Funniest Home Videos” worthy!! It was hysterical. Clark sure had enough enthusiasm. He would get so pumped when ANY goal was scored…even if it wasn’t his team member. Ha! The kids would generally kick it into whatever goal was closests to them, regardless if it was the correct one or not. Clark is turning out to be quite the ball hog. He got tackled a few times as a result of that. Oh maybe the rules will click in the coming weeks.

Ali made good grades on her last report card…all A’s and a B. Thank goodness she got her daddy’s brains. I think she is looking forward to this being her last 9 weeks of the school year. She has another big swim meet next weekend. It is at the University of Houston. She is really wanting to join the community summer swim team again. It is hard juggling 2 different swim teams, different practices, different meets…not sure yet what we are going to do. She swam on that summer team 2 summers in a row, and really looks forward to it. Oh the things we do for our children, like live at the pool all summer long in the 100 degree heat. 🙂

Ali got her braces off last week. To say she was excited is an understatement. After 4years of having first expanders and braces, a small break with permanent retainers, and then braces again, she was ready! Her teeth look beautiful. (thank goodness, after all the $$$ spent..haha)

We hope you are enjoying spring. It is lovely with all the flowers and trees in bloom. The warmth in the air, and the wind in the trees. For us Texans, it is a much appreciated time of nice weather before the heat of summer arrives.

I hope you join us, as we try and turn our focus to Jesus’ empty tomb. May we anticipate the celebration of the resurrection this Easter weekend. I am so undeserving of what Christ did for me at the cross. But so thankful he paid the price for OUR sins! Thank you Jesus.

Here are some pictures from the last couple of weeks. Clark attended an Easter egg hunt at the church where he goes to preschool…the bunny was there too! He was so excited.

April 8, 2009   No Comments