Holiday Brunch

{Photo 309/365}  Today was the annual ladies brunch at my mom’s church.  She “sponsored” a table — decorated it so beautifully, she’s crafty and creative like that, I am just not.  We don’t get together as often as you would think, since we all live so close; it takes intentionally planned events like this to get us ladies together.  I got to see two aunties, my mom’s cousin, her friend, and of course my mom and my sister.  It was a GREAT morning…fun.  Quiet.  Relaxing.

Moms In Touch

{Photo 257/365}  This morning I attended my first Moms In Touch group at the school my little nuggets attend. Why? Because my son asked me, “Mom, will you pray for me?” I said YES! What a blessing it was to be surrounded this morning with other moms who are passionate about praying Truth into their children’s lives! I’m looking forward to seeing what God is up to as we seek Him first!! =)

Working Together

{Photo 255/365}  At the beginning of the school year I had both of the boys sign a contract.  They committed to positive attitudes, being a leader in their class, no complaining, respect towards others, and asking for help.  With that, comes my part — my commitment to working with them and being available to help when I’m asked.  Today was one of those days.  He needed help with his homework.  And, because it was such a beautiful day, we decided work together on the front porch.  Brent captured this moment for me.  I love watching and being a part of my boys growth.  I am amazed by how individual they are in how they learn and do things.  What a gift, a precious gift to be their momma.  ”Don’t prepare the path…prepare the child for the path.”

Fake Frogs, I like

{Photo 253/365}  The weather was amazing today — a great morning for Zane’s football game, and a great afternoon for our play date with our friends swimming.  Once all the kids were settled and had everything they needed, doing their cannon-balls and sliding down the slide, it was time for me to sit down.  There was a green “leaf” on my lawn chair, so I thought.  I attempted to wipe the “leaf” off and it jumped up at me — it was this bright green frog!!  It scared me and I screamed.  Of course the kids thought it was great, they all took turns touching it and playing with it.  I just took pictures.  I like fake frogs, I decided.  The stuffed animal kinds that aren’t slimy and moving.  The ones that remind me of FROG {fully rely on God}  This one did not remind me of that, I’m just sayin’ =)

Embracing The Bike Basket

{Photo 246/365}  We love to go for bike rides down here — explore.  My mom picked this bike out when she was visiting a couple of years ago.  At first I felt a little “mary poppinish” every time I would take it out for a spin.  I don’t know…it was the seat…it was the big white basket…it was the bright shiny fenders…the carrying thingy on the back.  But now — I embrace it!  I love the bike!  It’s comfortable, it’s convenient, functional.  Today we biked to Subway for lunch and discovered a park we didn’t know existed, fun.  Then I used the timer on my camera to capture this picture.  I love our adventures.

Freezing in August

{Photo 242/365}  What?!?!?  It’s 63 degrees in August — drizzling rain — super windy!  I was freezing tonight sitting at the football field watching my little nugget tackling the other football players.  Socks, runners, jeans, a couple of shirts, with my hooded sweatshirt up over my head, wrapped in my very large fleece hockey blanket and I was still C O L D!  Oh my goodness, it’s August.  I’m still thinking flop-flops and tank-tops!  Oh well, that’s me not giving ONE single thought to fashion or lookin’ good.  I just love watching my little guys — I’m their number one fan!

Day One of Many

{Photo 241/365}  Zach was up way early, ready to go!  Zane, he sleeps in — I had to wake him up.  Me, I didn’t pay attention to the details.  Apparently the back to school paper work clearly stated that school started at 10:00 not 8:45 like it typically would.  SO, notice the empty parking lot the boys are standing in for this picture?  Yep, that would be us, the only ones at school “on-time” — so I thought.  To kill time, we headed over to Starbucks, we talked, they ordered their favorite and I had another coffee.  It was great bonding time, but I must pay attention to details.  Details, Teri, details.  They both had a great day — they love their teachers, their classroom, the new students, and just being back into the swing of things.  I do to.

Water Park

{Photo 238/365}  Zach’s hockey tournament just happened to be where my friends were meeting for a play date at the water park.  I love how things work out unexpectedly.  We all got together and enjoyed hours sliding, rock climbing, rope swinging, laughing, and connecting.  We could not have asked for more perfect weather.  Zach had a blast entertaining this little guy, he loves babies and playing with the younger kids.  So sweet. What a perfect end-of-the-summer gathering for all of us…3 mammas and 8 little nuggets!  fun!

 

A Day at the Lake

{Photo 215/365}  The weather was perfect — we went out to lunch and then headed to the lakes!  We rented this paddleboat and ventured around the lake.  We talked, we laughed, we relaxed.  From the middle of the lake, we watched airplanes take off from the airport — we imagined and shared where we thought the plane was headed.  Zach jumped in it was SO hot.  Zane let all of us do the peddling.  It was simply a great day.  It just was. “The best memories are the ones that you can’t explain…you just had to be there.” memories.

 

Listening In

{Photo 211/365}  He found us, my friend and I, watching the sunset in the sun room.  There were other places he could be, playing with his brother and friend, but he enjoys talking with adults — asking questions, learning, and being a part of adult conversations.  I was the same way growing up.  I can remember always wanting to spend time with my parents and their friends, even when the “fun” was happening elsewhere.  Of course there are times when it is not appropriate, but tonight we welcomed his company, his insight, his laughter, and his curiosity — listening in.  ”Whatever they grow up to be, they are still our children, and the one most important of all the things we can give to them is unconditional love. Not a love that depends on anything at all except that they are our children.” - Rosaleen Dickson