Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hello, hello, hello!

Hey, y'all!  I'm back and better than ever!  Or at least, I was until I got back. It's been a crazy week.  I had all these plans of getting back and forcing all of you to look with jealousy at my pictures from Paris.  Unfortunately, it's been run-run-run since I got back.  We replaced my car battery Sunday and then finished up all our preparation for the first day of school.  Monday I dropped the kids off at school and discovered I had a very, very, very flat tire. 

Bullshit flat tire.  It started raining too.

Luckily, a good samaritan helped me out.  While trying to put on the spare, we discovered that I didn't even have a spare.  Let me tell you how defeated I felt.  I hadn't even been back in the country for 48 hours and it seemed like I was having the worst week of the year.  This very kind man and his wife helped me out.  The husband took off my tire and took me and George to a tire shop to get it replaced.  Then we brought the new tire back and he put it on my car while his wife gave us bottles of water.  Kindness seems to be overflowing and I'll definitely have to pay it forward.  As we always say, "If this is the worst thing that happens to us, then we're doing okay."  Then I lost a hearing on Tuesday, dealt with the aftermath on Wednesday, and this morning one of my brake lights went out.  Again, I remind myself, "If this is the worst thing that happens to us . . ." 

On a bright note, the kids are back in school and loving every minute.  George was the most anxious to get back to school.  I'm so glad he enjoys it as much as he does.  He even went to a new classroom and got a new teacher.  He walked in, showed her his new lunchbox, told her it was a Mario Brothers lunch box, smiled and winked at her, and she practically swooned on the spot.  And just like that he won over another fan.  It's a bit ridiculous.

George's first day of school.

Luke and Evie's first day of school.  Third and First Grade.

So, I'm fully engaged in the beautiful reality of my life.  Paris is becoming a lovely memory.  I will definitely share my trip with you as soon as I gather all the wonderful pictures together and find a minute to upload them.  It was absolutely fabulous.  I cannot possibly find the words to describe the beauty, the relaxation, the fun, and the joy we had together and with friends on this trip.  It was our 15th wedding anniversary and while we spent most of our trip on our own, gazing into each other's eyes and sighing, we also were blessed to have Lindsey (our first au pair and dear friend) and her mother and grandmother join us for a couple days.  It was lovely to see Lindsey and to meet her wonderful family.  I'm so glad she met us there and that they made our trip extra special.

Here's the proof that we were there.

Champagne Thursday in Paris!

Random view of the Eiffel Tower.

The Seine and some palace in the background.
A couple blocks from our hotel.
The Louvre is on the other side of the river.

Handsome husband at our hotel with a picture of Audrey Hepburn in the background.
I don't know why.

So that's the report.  There is more to come.  Life is speeding by, but we are loving it.  Just hope we can keep up our stamina.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


And I'm outta here, kids.  I'm heading to Paris.  Hope you all have a wonderful week.  I'll be back in while with lots of wonderful pictues.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

We are not alone (and I'm not talking about aliens)

I absolutely love my life. I particularly love my friends, specifically because they remind me that I am not alone in this crazy, whirlwind of a life.  For example, I received this text yesterday from one of my dearest friends, and I could barely breathe after reading it.

I'm sharing it here to remind you that none of us is ever alone in this world.  We all have these days . . . we just don't usually share them with more than our closest friends.

Monday, August 13, 2012

It's almost time.

Gearing myself up for our trip to Paris.  I'm ridiculously excited, but it will mean I'll be incommunicado for a while.  Too bad for all of you.  At least you can think of me while I'm relaxing by the Seine.  Ha!  Yeah, I'm totally gloating.  You'll have to deal with it.

Luckily, my dear sister has agreed to take care of my darling children while we are off on a honeymoon.  I think she'll probably have a great time too, but I'm definitely the winner in this deal.

Hope you all are having a good week!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Want a shock?

This is one Olympic story that absolutely SHOCKED me!

Will You Still Medal in the Morning?

Sore Loser

I'm feeling pretty bad for Olympic gymnist McKayla Maroney today, because this has got to be the worst way to learn your lesson about being a sore loser. You can read in this Wall Street Journal publication how her sour face after winning the silver medal on the vault has been used to make jokes about how she is not impressed. The string of memes known as "McKayla is not impressed" is providing lots of entertainment for the rest of the world, including myself. Here are just a few, but you can click HERE to see all tons of others.

Killed Bin Laden?  McKayla is not impressed.

The Sistine Chapel? McKayla is not impressed.

Man on the moon? McKayla is not impressed.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

That hat.

It's called an "Acorn Hat". 

Evie bought it at camp.

The kids are obsessed with it.

We've all had a turn (or more) with the hat.

It provides endless fun . . .

 . . . and giggles.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


My nephew is visiting again.  This time I offered to pay him $20 to fold our socks.


Friday, August 3, 2012


Sending thoughts and prayers to my friend Angie who is waiting out the last few weeks of her second pregnancy and currently at the hospital under observation. 

Hugs to you, Angie.  Hope you and your little bundle are well and safe.

Thursday, August 2, 2012


I'm just not feeling it, guys.  Don't know why.

Olympics, Chik-fil-A, the weather . . . meh. 

I just don't care.  Would like to go home and read a book.

Perhaps my motivation will kick in tomorrow.