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Thursday, October 12, 2017

V-girl Turns 8...oh yeah, and I Turn....50!

Gulp.

I really, really cannot believe either of those facts.  Didn't I just have V-girl?  Yes, I was considered to be of advanced maternal age with her during the pregnancy (actually, I think I was considered advanced maternal age for at least 4 of my children!)

I do not feel 50 (although, seriously, once the birthday happened, various body parts started being mysteriously sore for no reason....)

I feel, maybe 30-ish.  Definitely in the "I am a grown up" phase of life, but not the middle aged dowager portion that I am actually in.

My birthday came just as we were moving into our new house.  So, I spent it unpacking. A-girl and L-girl had already started school.  Rainman had to work.  I was torn between selfishly still wanting a fuss to made over me....and saying "oh, goodness, we are all so busy and this new house is all the present I need, dearies." (But, come on, the house is for all of us, not just me....)

But, I will be honest.  I wanted the fuss.  I didn't get it.

I got this at like 8:30 or 9:00 at night, when I had already taken my bra off (notice the strategically placed cake in front of the saggies) and put on my pajamas.  So, yes, thank you, I guess I DO look 50.


Rainman also brought home Chinese food, which is one of my favorites.


My two little girls gave me a hand made coupon book filled with foot rub and back rub coupons.  My friend, Sherri, gave me some cute stationary.  That was it.  I get that my birthday isn't the most monumental occasion in anyone's world, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't a bit disappointed in how my birthday played out.

Okay, enough old lady whining.

V-girl turned 8 on the day of the eclipse.  Oh, my was she excited for the big event. (which ended up being a huge letdown for her - I know how you feel, sweetie)


D-man came home the weekend before her birthday so they could have a special day together since he wouldn't be here for the usual family celebration.

He took this picture of her getting to choose whatever she wanted on their birthday date.  😍

She was happy with all her birthday goodies.








We "watched" the partial eclipse through our homemade viewers.  I thought I had ordered eclipse glasses, but my order was never completed. I think it would have made the viewing much more enjoyable if we could have just looked right at the sun.  :(



For my grown up self, it was still pretty cool when things got a little....dim.....but, not the spectacular event that my kids were envisioning.  D-man, who ended up (skipping classes) driving to see the eclipse in totality, was the only one who was and continues to be blown away with what he saw that day.



Happy Birthday to V-girl who, literally and figuratively, whips through our lives adding fun and joy wherever she goes.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I Don't Know Where September Went....

I had fully intended to get back into the routine of blogging more regularly.  If for nothing else, than to keep my own pictures and memories of the kids and our lives straight.  Now that I have a smart phone, I am finding that I update my family a bit more but just shooting them pictures in a text of stuff the kids are doing and not by writing blog posts.

But, I miss writing.  I miss spending time forcing my brain to analyze my thoughts and feelings about our life events.

So, I am trying again.

But, these first few are going to end up being random, stuff all jumbled together with little to no rhyme or reason.  Fair warning.

V-girl got her 3rd grade Bible this year.

Once we actually found the boxes that had our school in it, we were off and running.  Now that we have an actual "library" space at our house, we are doing a lot more reading.  Yay!


I gave S-girl and V-girl bangs.  They look so stinking old.


S-girl has starting golfing, just like big sister, A-girl.  She has also started winning in her age range.


I just realized that everything I just talked about happened in August, and I still haven't touched on the three August birthdays we had!  So, apparently, I don't really know what happened to August or September!



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Normal Updates

It is time for just some normal "life" updates.  In July, we took a road trip up to Minnesota and Indiana to see both sides of our family.  Here are some random shots.

V-girl and my mom.

We went to the best movie theater I have ever been to.  Ever.  It is this cute, sort of french cobblestone street theme inside.  The seats are super comfy.  The tickets and popcorn are super cheap (compared to the Atlanta area) AND they have a bar where you can order adult beverages and bring them into the movie with you!  It was great.  



D-man met us here, since he rode my with sister, but apparently I didn't take any pictures after he got there.  Oops.


The scene by my mom's new townhouse.  Beautiful, quiet view of the Mississippi River.

I have to laugh after any of our road trips.  I know that we all love babies around here, but when I see my camera after road trips, it is just kid after kid after kid, with baby after baby after baby.  Makes me laugh.





Poor little tiny L-girl was so over us by this point!  Ha!






When we got back it was time for A-girl senior pictures.




I will leave it at that for now and bring you more normal life updates soon!