{Photo 315/365}  This is the time of year when the lips start to get chapped.  Actually, I often feel dry and flakey all over and am very grateful for lotion.  For some reason my boys get the “ring-around-the-lips” and we go through ChapStick like it’s water.  I can’t remember actually ever running out of ChapStick…like getting to the bottom of the tube and not having any left.  What I mean when I say we go through ChapStick I’m saying we lose them.  I stock up with a variety of flavors.  We’ve got them in nightstands, junk drawers, my purse, in our cars, and of course the boys take them to school in the pocket of their jeans.  The problem is that when we need them, they seem to have disappeared…SO I have to run out to purchase another variety pack.  I don’t know…it’s just one of those mysteries — ChapStick.  Chapped lips. Dry Skin.


{Photo 305/365}  I’m always willing to help, really I am.  BUT, most of the time — I have NOT-a-clue what to do.  Math is different than it was for me when I was growing up.  Seriously, what he’s working on in 6th grade I remember doing in high school.  Science?  That I want to block out of my head completely…didn’t like that subject.  Spelling?  Did I say that spell check just might BE the best invention ever? and is my favorite website on the internet?  Homework…it’s the last thing I want to do.  If I could release myself of this one duty as a parent, I would.  They struggle and I struggle too.  God help us.

It was a day…

{Photo 297/365}  I had the best intentions for today.  A family day at the beach — not a cloud in the sky — water, shells, sand castles, sun, then lunch, a little more beach and wrapping up our joy-filled day playing in the pool. BLISS.  Sounds fabulous, right?  Unfortunately the day didn’t pan out to be what I had intended.  These two little nuggets were having a World War III — my patience was tested, my nerves were irritated, my fuse blew a few times {YES, a few…more than once!}  Oh well…tomorrow is a new day.  Grateful for grace.  Grateful for mercy. I think these two guys are too. It was a day…

Another Day Deep Sea Fishing

{Photo 294/365}  This afternoon we ventured out again, on the same boat that we always go out on — 13 miles into the gulf to catch some fish.  Our goal is always to catch a grouper that we can keep, but none that we caught today were keepers.  Zach caught a couple little ones that he was able to keep and eat for dinner with his grandpa Bob.  When we got back to the marina, when Jason as done skinning all of the fish for everyone, he let Zach put the line in one more time — this is what he caught…a Jack {that’s what they call it}  They are not fish you eat, they are just ones to catch and release.  It took him several minutes to pull this feisty one in, but he did and he had fun.  It was another great day deep sea fishing with my nugget.  priceless.


{Photo 291/365}  The best to do when it rains, is let it rain — and enjoy it!  Today we ventured out, because the rain would not stop and we were all cooped up.  Brent and the boys got haircuts, when they were done, they decided to go play in the rain.  They had so-much-fun.  It reminded me of when I was a little girl — I loved to play in the rain.  Nobody cared how wet they go, it was all about jumping in the puddles, splashing, and letting the raindrops fall on our heads.  They were soaked — I let them play as long as they wanted.  After this adventure, we ran a few errands, then had lunch at a mexican restaurant…YUMMO, my favorite; chips and salsa.  memories.  ”Let the rain kiss you.  Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.  Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” – Langston Hughes

Season of Rest

{Photo 283/365}  This is the first winter in 6 years that we will not have at lease 1 nugget playing hockey.  These boys both requested a season of rest.  We all need breaks — it’s healthy and gives us opportunities to see things from a different perspective.  The decision wasn’t made easily, but once it was, we were all thrilled.  Coming home after school and eating as a family without having to rush to practices and games sounds delightful.  Wide open weekends with flexibility and choices to do…w h a t e v e r…is refreshing.  They are not hanging it up, they are simply taking a rest.  So, tonight while all his friends are at tryouts, he is home wrestling with his brother, having family dinner, getting homework done, sitting in the jacuzzi, and watching monday night football with his grandpa.  No regrets.

Addicted Games

{Photo 282/365}  There’s this website they like to play on — Addicted Games — Zach discovered a new game, Corporation Inc.  He’s building a company, it’s a factory with employees, janitors, and a human resources department.  They are watching it grow while we watch sunday night football.  It’s family time with the computers and the TV — we all had a great day, a very productive day.


{Photo 277/365}  Bath & Body Works Nectarine Mint anti-bacterial deep cleansing hand soap does not taste good, these two will be the first to tell you.  WHY?  Because our day ended with sassy lips, disrespect, fighting, talking back and I had enough.  My solution? Separation with soap in their mouths for 10 minutes.  Then shower and off to bed at 7:15.  I know, “I’m the mean mom” and “life is cheap” and all the other nasty-ness that came streaming from their lips was meaningless — I just did what I needed to do to bring order to the chaos.  I love these two nuggets more than anything in the whole-wide-world, tonight was a challenge.  Tomorrow is a new day…mercy and grace.

High School Football

{Photo 273/365}  I think this might be only the second high school football game that I’ve been to in 20 years, since I graduated from high school.  WOW, did it bring back memories.  Mascot and cheerleaders.  Marching band and dance line.  Crowded bleachers and concession stands.  It wasn’t cool for me to have my camera, both of the boys were sure to tell me that — I embarrassed them when I tried to get the mascots attention to snap a shot with them together; oops.  They saw their friends, but spent most of the night sitting with me wrapped in a warm fleece blanket watching the game instead of roaming around socializing.  We had fun…just the 3 of us.  It was youth football night, so Zane got to go down to the field during half-time.  He really loves football, I think it’s his sport. fun.



{Photo 267/365}  Today was his first day on the job at the coin shop.  He could not wait to get there.  He and Brent have been going to coin shows for the past couple of years.  Zach’s been collecting them and now, he’s taking it to the next level.  He’s turning this little passion of his into something more.  He’s committed to learning, being groomed.  He left the house with his inventory to sell and came home excited to tell me all about the day, what he learned, and the plan to go back to work.  So proud of this little “business man.” so proud.