Friday, August 21, 2009


Sometimes it's just easier to sit on the floor to eat your dinner.

And sometimes it's just easier to lay down and eat.

P.S. I know, I know. I swore this kid off the blog. Cut me some slack-- I mean, have you kept your New Year's Resolutions?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Are You Sitting Down for This?

Attention everyone!
I have a special announcement to make.

When this kid thinks I'm not looking, he walks across the room.

Did you catch that?...WALKS across the room!
Did you catch that?...walks ACROSS the room!

I told you to sit down for that.

I still wouldn't say he's "walking," but we're getting there.
Give us another month, and he'll walk himself into Nursery at church.


P.S. I hope I made at least one of you think I was pregnant with my title and announcement bit.
P.P.S. I'm not, by the way.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Party Like It's 1995

My sister Heather and her kids are in town for awhile. That means it's a party 24/7, which is just like I like it.

At last night's party very calm Sunday gathering, somebody popped in an old home video from like 1995ish. The majority of the movie was shot in my parent's living room with my sister Jennifer and my niece Kimberly as the stars of the show.

But some of us had our cameos: me and my frizzy hair, big eyebrows, and braces; Heather and her pregnant self; and my parents looking just as cute as ever.

It got me all homesick for my mommy and daddy, though.

I think they're just as cute halfway across the world as in those family movies. But, life just isn't the same without them. Lucky South Africans.

P.S. This picture's just for you, Mom. Hope it puts a smile on your face. I love you guys.

Friday, August 14, 2009


Well, we've just about survived our first week of school. Really it's more like the first half-week of school, which I guess could account for the high survival rate. And technically the half-week isn't over yet, so I'll keep you posted on that survival thing.

In the meantime, I'm sure you're all wondering what an official half-day kindergartener looks like, so here you go.

And I'm sure you're all wondering what I've been doing with those precious hours while my eldest is gettin' his education groove on. Well, I'm a go-getter, so of course I've taken a nap each day (true story) and done a little bit of this (true story):

Alright, maybe a lot bit. I'm only doing it for the kids, okay? They love to watch the cascade of cards when I win, which is like all the time. So, win-win, right? Right.

P.S. I bet if Ashton was in all-day kindergarten, I'd be able to get more done with my day. Why didn't we do all-day again? Never fear, he's on a waiting list to be an all-day-er. Think of all the Solitaire games I could play!

Monday, August 10, 2009

We Don't Need No Education

Summer is officially over at our house. Ashton will start kindergarten on Wednesday and it's a little bittersweet for me.

He's a great kid and generally easy to have around. But, it will be nice to have a little less fighting and sibling rivalry for a few hours each day.

Our summer hasn't been fight-free, that's for sure. Being stuck in the house all day put us on edge at times.

Here are a few things that made the last three months bearable.

Lego Building
My boys can spend hours building those little things....until I have to put them up when they start fighting over Mr. Fee-Fee.

Movie Theater Visits
We'd turn our a/c up at home and then head to Harkins to let them cool us off for a couple of hours...and feed us dinner.


...And More Coloring
Good thing crayon is washable. I learned this summer that it can be washed off the couch, the kitchen floor, the table, and clothes...just to name a few.

And Finally, Swimming
This was literally my life-saver during the triple-digit madness.

It tuckered out even our most resistant nap-takers.

And since we're all still alive and our air conditioner still works, I consider this summer a success! Next up, Christmas! I swear I saw Christmas decorations up at the store the other day.

P.S. I just realized I've got 2 days to make a comprehensive list of all the bad words Ashton knows so that when he comes home from school with a couple of doozies, I know exactly who to blame.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Bad to the Bone

A friend of mine recently called me a silent rebel. I kinda like it-- has a nice ring to it.

Just to bring her point home, I am going to post a picture of that third child of mine.

Ha!!! Why does it feel so good to be so bad?

Pardon the disgusting shirt on that kid. I think I must have been feeling a little laundry rebellious that day too. Wouldn't surprise me. I feel that way most days.

P.S. I'm feeling extra wild today. I think I'll go eat some ice cream for breakfast or sit really close to the TV.