Friday, May 29, 2009

May '09 Highlights

Owen fixing breakfast for everyone on his last day of school; way to go..we are proud of you!

YIPPEE!!! Owen is finished with school, summertime here we come!!

Riverwalk in Chattanooga: boys + water = fun times

The fellas at the Aquarium in Chattanooga

Tada: a new do

Water fun with Spencer

On to blackberry jam.....

Tate's wonderful card including balls and balloons

Breakfast from Griffin, and then toast and jelly from Owen later - FULL belly!

Fred and Lois

While travelin'back to TX for the summer we get to soak up some wonderful time with my "1st year" mentor teacher, Lois and her hubby, Fred. We seriously spent most of it the front yard playing baseball. You can tell by the pictures that they are experienced grandparents. They also got to join us at church and then we went to see their home. Their own children call they homeless, so we did too :-) The boys loved seeing inside their home and playing with their dogs. Thanks Lois and Fred for making the time and effort to come visit! You are the best!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009


My little helper loves to turn on the vita-mix, sometimes without the top :-D

This past Tuesday we went to the farm to pick up strawberries. The best part was they were already picked! Yes I know that sounds weird to some, but I decided this year that I would make jam with these and then the ones the boys pick at a different farm we would eat on. Now, the boys can have there fun and exploration without me making sure we have enough berries to make jam to get us through the winter. Yes, we made 86oz. of jam yesterday, and I'm pretty sure we will have plenty:-) It was great this morning to wake up to, "Mommy, can we please have some strawberry jam with toast." We did and it was even better than last years!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

When You Thought I Wasn't Looking

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you hang my
first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately
wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you feed a
stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind
to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make my
favorite cake for me, and I learned that the little
things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn't looking I heard you say a
prayer, and I knew that there is a God I could always
talk to, and I learned to trust in Him.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make a
meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I
learned that we all have to help take care of each

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you give of
your time and money to help people who had nothing,
and I learned that those who have something should
give to those who don't.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you take care
of our house and everyone in it, and I learned we have
to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw how you
handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't
feel good, and I learned that I would have to be
responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw tears come
from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things
hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw that you
cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking I learned most of
life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and
productive person when I grow up..

When you thought I wasn't looking I looked at you and
wanted to say,'Thanks for all the things I saw when
you thought I wasn't looking.'