Monday, June 30, 2008
On another note, I'm getting back on track with working out and all that good stuff. I didn't work out at all last week, with Dana and Payton being here and I didn't eat really well either, but that is all changing this week. I got up at 5:15 this morning, brushed my teeth and hair, threw on some clothes and headed out for a run. I ran/walked for 30 minutes and went a little over 2 miles. Certainly not my best time, but I actually haven't ran it about a month, so I have to ease back into it. I'm sure tomorrow will be better. It felt so good to be outside so early, when it's just starting to get light and it's so quiet everywhere. It was a great run. I plan on running every morning, Monday through Friday and then doing some strength training exercises at least 3 days a week as well. Hopefully I can drop another 10 pounds by the time Dana's wedding rolls around on August 16th. Anyway though, I'm back on track and that feels fantastic.
So, all in all, life has been pretty busy lately but it has also been pretty wonderful. Praise be to God!
Here are some pictures from the past two weekends.
Delyn, Dana and I at Dana's bridal shower.
Dana and I at her bridal shower.
The bride and bridesmaids (2 were missing).
The bridesmaids again...being goofy.
Me, Gavin and Asher in the van.
Delyn and I in the van on our way to Ryan and Michelle's wedding.
A table of the cousins at Ryan and Michelle's wedding.
Brian and I at Ryan and Michelle's wedding.
Ryan and Michelle.
Delyn, Dana and I at Ryan and Michelle's wedding.
My Dad being a total goof.
Delyn and my Mom being cute.
My lovely Lindsay.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Gavin has his last day at basketball camp today, so no more mid-day runs to and from somewhere after this week. That will be nice, especially since it hits right at nap time for Asher, and that's not pretty.
Tomorrow we'll be heading up to Davison to hang out with mine and Brian's families at the campground. That should be a nice day. Brian's brother, his wife, and our nephews are up from Ohio, so I'm looking forward to seeing them.
We'll be back up there on Saturday morning and my sister, Dana's, wedding shower is at the clubhouse there. Do I have a shower gift yet? Um...nope. Do I have any idea of what I'm going to get her yet? Um...nope. So, as you can see, I'm quite organized.
I seriously feel so scatter-brained lately. It's terrible. It's like I can't keep anything straight. What's up with me? Such is the life of a Mom, I guess. I think this weather is kinda getting me down too. Where did the sun and the warm weather go? Don't get me wrong, rain is one of my absolute favorite things (thunderstorms really), but this is getting old. In fact, it's just chilly, occasionally drizzly, and gloomy. There haven't even really been any good thunderstorms. This weather has got to change or I'm going to go insane.
Yup, that's about all I've got for today. I'm sure I'll have lots of fun pictures and fun stories to tell on Sunday. So, until then...
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Here are some pictures from our day today. I've gotten pretty "picture happy" lately, so I'll be sharing a lot of pictures, I'm sure.
Gavin headin' down the slip n' slide.
Asher being his usual cute self.
Riley...word to yo mutha.
Gavin and his absolute favorite thing...basketball.
My 3 favorite little men.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
We had a great day working out in the yard, grilling, eating outside and then going to Venue (the church service we attend on Saturday nights). There was an awesome band there playing (The Brian Smith band). Turns out, one of the members is a guy I knew from way back, who was in a different band when I met him. Let's just say, the band he is in now is worlds away from the one he was in before and I am worlds away from the person I was back then. He recognized me and remembered my name and we got talking about how much life had changed for the better. It was really cool to see him there. His wife was there and they are expecting in January and it was just awesome to see how great he is doing. I even bought one of their CDs, because they were so good.
Also, Asher came out of his children's ministry class with this manila folder that said "ASAP Paper". I, of course, was curious and opened it right away and really liked what I saw. Glued inside was a piece of paper that said this...
A Special Note About the Abbreviation ASAP
Generally we think of it in terms of even more hurry and stress in our lives. Maybe if we think of this abbreviation in a different manner, we will begin to find a new way to deal with those rough days along the way.
There's work to do, deadlines to meet;
You've got no time to spare,
But as you hurry and scurry -
ASAP - ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER.
In the midst of family chaos,
"Quality time" is rare.
Do your best; let God do the rest -
ASAP - ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER.
It may seem like your worries
Are more than you can bear.
Slow down and take a breather -
ASAP - ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER.
God knows how stressful life is;
He wants to ease our cares,
And He'll respond to all your needs -
ASAP - ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER.
And I'll leave you with some pictures from our day...
Here's a picture of the awesome sky this morning.
My cutie patootie, Asher.
Gavin after just taking a shot...he made it!
Riley being his cute, goofy self.
Riley being a sweet big brother to Asher.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Yeah, so they needed an apostrophe in school's, but oh well. I had to point that out, because that kind of stuff drives me nuts. LOL
Yay, it's the last day of school! The kids are excited, I'm excited, everything's great! I have big plans for big projects around here and I can't wait to get going on them. Not having to get up at the crack of dawn (ok, 6:50 isn't really that early, but in my world it is) is going to feel soooo good. Yeah, I'm diggin' it. It's hard to believe Riley will be in 1st grade next year and Gavin in 4th. Riley has come such a long way this year and is reading like crazy. I bought him some reading and math workbooks that are 1st grade level and he's flying through them. It's cool to see him so excited about learning. Gavin has always been ahead of where he needs to be and because of that and his good behavior, he was a tutor to Kindergarteners last year (they don't typically let 2nd graders be tutors) and then this year. He also was nominated for and was on Student Council. He was nominated for Service Squad for next year and has already started his duties for that. (Both, Student Council and Service Squad members are nominated by staff, so that's cool that the teachers think he should be a part of that). He's really doing great. His teacher told me that they are having an awards assembly today and that he is getting every single award (minus the perfect attendance, but he only missed one day). She is super proud of him and of course, I'm beaming. It feels so good to see your children doing so well and being good people. I truly am blessed.
So, goodbye to another year of school and hello summer!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Some of you may know the story, but for those who don't...
Brian and I met in 1st grade at Memphis Elementary, when we were 6 years old. We became friends and in 2nd grade we both remember me giving him a stack of sticky notes with a question on one and then "yes or no" on the next that he was supposed to circle. There were several questions and "yes or no" pages and they all started coming apart and getting all mixed up, so he gave up and didn't give it back to me. I apparently got over that. We then went on to 3rd grade where we officially became "boyfriend and girlfriend". I remember he gave me a card for Valentine's Day with a monkey on it. (Man, I wish I knew where that was, because it would definitely be fun to have it now). We also both played t-ball and his Mom clearly remembers how he could've gotten me out, but didn't because he said he didn't want to make me cry. (Awww, he was a sweetheart way back then too). We remained best friends through most of our school years and hung out together often, but just as friends. Then, we dated the summer between 11 and 12th grade. That was totally weird, because we had been such good friends for so long and it didn't end up lasting more than a month. We still remained super close though and hung out all the time and were clearly uncomfortable when the other was dating someone else. Fast forward to age 19. I had been dating a guy for a while and we had gotten engaged (whoa, who knows why, now looking back). Brian and I still continued to hang out and do things with groups of friends. Then one day, the guy who I had become engaged to, looked at me and said "Now that we're engaged, you can't hang out with Brian anymore." I couldn't believe it! Of course I protested, saying that he had been my best friend since childhood and there was no way I wasn't going to ever see him anymore. This guy insisted that if we were going to be together, that was the way it was going to be and in that instant, I knew....I was in love with my best friend, which is just as it should be. I ended up breaking off my engagement a few days later. I called Brian as soon as I did and couldn't get ahold of him, because he was up north camping. I called and called and kept insisting to his roomate (who was also a friend of mine and who had wanted to see us get together for a really long time) that he HAD to have Brian call me as soon as he got there. Well, he did and I told him the news and he was sooooo happy! And well...the rest is history. We got married about a year and a half later and here we are, nine years later!
Oh wow, it took so long for us to finally be together, right where we were meant to be, but now we have shared so much together and look forward to sharing so much more!
Here's some pictures of us from throughout the years.
Brian and I at Marcin Bowl in Canada when we were 19.
Brian and I on Christmas 2001 (I was pregnant with Riley), we were 23.
Brian and I getting ready to go out for our 6th anniversary (I was pregnant with Asher), we were 27.
Brian and I on the beach in Maine, in October 2007. We were 29.
So, here's our $50.00 table set. In the picture, the wood looks all different colors, but it actually is all the same...weird.
I'm not sure what Riley was doing, but hey, it's cute.
Riley's birthday at the park. Gavin, Riley, his best friend Kennedy, Cheyenne and Caden. He's really excited about the Transformer he's opening.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Anyway, the boys have two days of school left until summer vacation. I think I'm happy about that. LOL Seems like they are at a stage where they just can't get along, no matter what the circumstances are, but I'm hoping that will start getting better. I know Asher will be happy to have his big brothers home all day to play with. I'm seriously looking forward to not having to get up at 6:50 every morning for a few months. Aaaahhhh, rolling out of bed, putting on my bathing suit and heading outside with the kids. Sounds nice to me.
My sister, Dana's, wedding shower is next weekend and I'm looking forward to hanging out with all of my family at that. Our summer is packed with graduation parties, showers, weddings, etc. Not to mention that, but on June 20th, I have to call and find out if I'm on jury duty in Detroit and even if I'm not called that day, I am on call for 2 weeks. I guess if you've ever been in this situation, you know the drill. If you know me, you know I'm an anxiety-ridden spaz about driving, so fortunately, my Dad has offered to drive me there if I do get put on jury duty. What an awesome Dad.
Ooooh, ooooh. Something else I'm excited about! I was looking on Craigslist yesterday and came across a kitchen set. It's a big rectangular table with the wrap around benches and then two extra chairs. We went and checked it out and it was super cute and is exactly what we need. Asher is no longer really digging being in a highchair and our current kitchen table only seats 4 (which is also a major pain when we have company), so this one that sits 6 or more, is perfect. The kids think it's awesome, because they think it's like being in a restaurant. It's also got storage under both of the benches, so that's nifty. We are picking it up today! Yay! The only bad part is they had a long-haired white cat that liked to lay on the benches, so I have to de-hair it and of course I planned on doing a thorough upholstry cleaning anyway, so it's no biggie. Wanna hear the best part though? It's only $50.00! How awesome is that?!
Also, my weight-loss plan got a little off-track with the happenings of the past couple weeks, so I'm getting back on that. I'm feeling way too good to stop now. In fact, seeing some really great people have their lives end so early, just makes me more determined to be as healthy as I can be. So, here's to health and happiness and looking forward to what's to come!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Dr. Murphy with Asher 10-26-05
Dr. Murphy and I, just after delivering Asher. 10-26-05