Saturday, June 28, 2008

Vacation rambling

We are leaving tomorrow for this place: It is the most relaxing vacation I've ever been on. Our good friends, who are actually surrogate family, have gone there all their lives and their children's lives but we are new to the place. It's not easy to describe why it's so great; you have to go to Capon to discover if you're a Capon person or not.
Today I'm packing and getting some good books to read. We're all just fiddling around until we can get there.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Summer morning

I can tell that summer is finally here because I am unable to leap up in the morning and get going. Every summer I say I'm going to leap up early and get going and every summer I hit snooze and just lay there, knowing that the house will be quiet until midday when the girls roll out of bed.
Yesterday morn I went out onto the front porch to water the three potted plants I'm trying not to kill and locked myself out of the house. It's easier to do than you might think. I was in my pajamas so even though it was a beautiful summer morning, I was eager to get back in. I rang the doorbell nonstop and knocked on the door at the same time for about, I don't know, a really long time. My mind kept going to that scripture where Jesus says "Knock and the door will be opened." Scripture can actually help you keep your cool in most situations.
At long last L stumbled bleary-eyed down the stairs exclaiming "I'm so sorry! How long have you been out there?"
"A while." I coolly replied.
The youngest followed her down the stairs and began snickering uncontrollably and when I asked her what was so dang funny, she replied that she heard me out there and thought I was the clothes dryer gone berserk.
I ain't buying it.

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Today was unexpectedly a big day. The girls went off to the recital without me for the first time ever. I'm really not a hovering stage mother type but in the past they've wanted me nearby in the auditorium waiting "in case". I was happy to oblige. Today, they said "What time are you and dad going to be there?", loaded their costumes in L's car and drove off.

They did not think it was the big deal I thought it was as evidenced here in this photo.

My older daughter has attracted a boy's attention. This is the same boy that she went on her first date with. There has been a lot of other girls for him and a lot of flirting and dancing around their interest in each other. Today, he showed up at the recital with L's bf and one of his friends. To my surprise, the three of them sat with us. My hubby and I were impressed they showed up for as much as we love to watch our girls on stage, dance recitals last up to 3 hours and for the most part are boooriing. My husband has been known to doze off and require an elbow in the side when one of his babies is in the performance. These guys dutifully watched the entire event, with the aid of the bf who helpfully pointed out all the numbers L and her little sister were in.

Perhaps the most momentous event was the break in tradition by my older daughter. In the past we've all gone out for a celebratory dinner after the big show. Tonight, she went to dinner with her friends leaving me feeling a bit cast off. Probably because I have been cast off in favor of a teenage boy and a bf. Which, I fully realize, is as it should be. So, off the three of us went; me, hubby and our baby girl to eat sushi and Coldstone. During dinner, our youngest said "This is how it will be after next year-just the three of us."

I will not start the crying...yet.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

okay, so I'm bored.

I've been goofing around on youtube and came across some clips where I know people. I guess that's why they call it youtube.

A Thief In The Night ~ clip 3

My brother-in-law and his wife are in this movie. They play Jerry and Diane.

Virginia Belles w/ VGs

My oldest son's girlfriend is the dark-haired girl on the right.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Assorted events

Father's Day cookout with 1, 3, 4 and Hubby

The weekend went by in a big blur! J was home from NYC for the weekend to attend a film festival on Saturday. I had a wedding to attend 2 hours away. I took my youngest daughter with me and hubby attended L's ballet recital. Then SD and his girlfriend came for the neighbor's son's graduation party which they attended after their various events. Did I mention it was my hubby's birthday also? Five of us were able to take him out to breakfast and give him some birthday cards before heading off to our various points.
Sunday, hubby and I had nursery duty at church while J took SD back to town to go to work. Our fab five went to brunch and then went home and relaxed. The weather was beautiful. I got plants potted on the deck (the only kind of gardening I seem to have any luck with at all) and called my daddy. Hubby grilled steaks on the grill in the afternoon and then he and I took J to catch the bus back to NYC. The bus station is right across the street from where SD works so we were able to go in and say hi and by. Hubby was glad he got to see all his kids on father's day. Even though it was hectic, it was nice to have everyone around.

I took this picture after J got on the bus. If he knew I took a picture of the bus he was on, he'd never let me go to the bus station to see him off again.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Ballet demonstration rehearsal

This girl has finished her junior year in high school and will be a SENIOR. I have a wedding to go to tomorrow and will miss her ballet demonstration so I went with her tonight to watch the rehearsal. She does the ballet to strengthen her technique; her real love is for jazz. I was a ballerina wannabe so I really enjoyed watching this tonight.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Frick and Frack

These two girls have been buddies since they were babies. And that seems like-you've heard it before-a moment ago. I had E. in the nursery at church. Her mama had her dressed in ruffles and frills and little black patent leather shoes, one of which that baby girl kept pulling off and sticking in her mouth. Her mama came in to pick up baby girl with two other little ones in tow and I began to apologize profusely saying that I did my best to keep her shoe on and she took that slobbered on shoe and stuck it in the pocket of her jumper and said "Don't worry about it!" I knew this was a gal I could be friends with.
Whenever these two were together, mayhem was present. And they were together often. Huge messes made and things broken and always begging for sleepovers that more often than not, we agreed to. A lot has changed since those days. Their family moved to Atlanta for 18 months and when they moved back, they moved to a different area. The kids were at different schools and life just took us farther apart. Our families still got together every now and then and my friend and I have stayed close.

Now miss E is graduating from high school. Life will take them even farther from here and each other. I don't know if they see this fork in the road or understand that from now on their friendship will depend upon them and not their mamas. I pray their friendship grows. I pray it lasts a lifetime.

Camouflaging our old lady necks.

Friday, June 6, 2008


I saw this at 2nd Cup of Coffee. It has become part of our family's vocabulary to say something is Ken Lee. Thanks, Linda!