Saturday, October 31, 2009
She is loving the Wizard of Oz these days, so off I went to find a costume. Dorothy was easy. Finding a lion, scarecrow, or tin man I liked was the hard part. The lion and scarecrow didn't look like a lion or scarecrow. So I went with this tin man. He was okay with wearing the costume... the oil can hat? No way.
Nina came over to get in on the action. Can you see her? Yup, that's my mom in the grim reaper costume! I love that she wears this every Halloween.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The best part of our house... is that I'm back home. I missed Louisiana. There are some strange and crazy things about this state, but I love it. Where else can you get a daiquiri at a drive thru window?
Now, to the "two house" part of this post. We are SO CLOSE to closing on our house in Plano. The contract expires this Friday. According to our realtor, they are working fast and furious to get all the paperwork ready. I have temporary power of attorney for Chris because he is in Vegas all week, so there SHOULD be nothing stopping us. At that point, we will be the proud owners of ONE house!
Seriously, after nearly three years of living here - it's about time we got rid of that place. I say that with bitterness in my tone.. yes, yes I know it's the house that Chris and I made home for five years. I also know it's the house we brought our daughter home to. But truly - it's cost us so much time and money... so it's time for a clean break.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Hi Jen, I've been wanting to touch base with you re your 'Blog'. What a treasure! What a gift and a blessing this historical blog will be for your kids when they are grown. I wish I could have done something like that for Joshua and Benjamin. But, Steve and I do know that they appreciate whatever we could and did do for them. As parents we will always be there for our children and future grandchildren. That is what makes all of our lives so rich and joyful. I wish we lived closer so we could visit your beautiful family, but I feel like we are getting to know Kennedy and Brady through your 'Gem' of a Blog! You and Chris are so very busy but from what I can see you try to maintain a balance with family, work, and fun. I particularly love seeing your sincere gratitude for all your many blessings! Each moment that we can all be aware and appreciate life and its many gifts, makes everyone's lives worth living.
Aunt Lo is such a sweet and gentle woman and we miss seeing her and all the LaPierre family members in Maine. We are hoping to get up there for Christmas, but the delayed closing on our house in Plano has put everything on hold. Our money has been extremely tight, but we are still trying.
Hang in there LaPierres!! We'll be there soon!!
Now, if I could just get my husband to jump on my bandwagon and organize his side of the closet.......
Yesterday, she bit a little boy on the finger for no reason! She just reached for his hand, pulled it to her mouth.. and CHOMP. Seriously? First of all, that's gross. With all the germs on little boys hands, YUCK. Second of all, he didn't even deserve it! He was minding his own business when out of the blue, my reckless child takes a bite out of his hand.
Now, let's just hope Brady doesn't start this!!
Friday, October 16, 2009
So I let Kennedy pick what she wanted to be... She chose Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. Lucky for me, they had a toddler Tin Man! When we tried the costumes on last night, it was Brady's bed time... so he wasn't too happy. And he REFUSED to put on the oil can hat!
So, here is a Halloween sneak peek! We'll get trick or treat pictures later this month!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Yes, that IS candy corn. It was the featured cuisine to go along with our tea. Kennedy was such a fantastic hostess...offering us both tea with utensils and a coordinating blue gingham napkins.
The tea was quite tasty.... we asked for refills.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Saturday morning... up and at 'em at 5:15 a.m. to run with the Team in Training group. I opt for the wimpy run this week and only finish three miles. To be fair, I was running with one of our injured team members and she needed to reduce her mileage this week so she could test out her knee. She needed someone to run with, right?
I feel bad about only running three miles, so I go to the gym and do weights for 45 minutes. Then I head home, shower, breakfast, pack Kennedy in the car and head to a birthday party for our friend Ava, who turned two. Kennedy and I always have fun at birthday parties together.
At the birthday party, Kennedy jumps on a trampoline (she LOVES trampolines) and gets black stuff all over herself, her white socks, etc. So we quickly stop at home for a clean up before we meet our friends, the Arnold family, at The Revel. I LOVE the Revel... it reminds me of why I am so happy to be home. The Revel is a 'ol fashioned festival with food, music and vendors selling some of the most interesting and amazing home-made items. Of course there's face painting and other cool stuff for the kids, too.
After the Revel, run home and switch out kids. I leave Kennedy at home to play with friends while I pack Brady in the car and take him with me to the grocery store. He loves looking at all the people. After a 2-hour "adventure" in Wal-Mart, I head home to figure out what to have for dinner. That's the funny thing.... I came home with $125 in groceries, but what should we have for dinner? Ugh... the daily struggle. Dinner. Baths. Bedtime. Mom and dad crash on the couch and I start dozing off at 9:15 pm. I know... I know... PARTY, right? No.
Sunday - up and at 'em a little later, 7:30 a.m. Quickly feed the kids breakfast, throw on clothes, and out the door to church at 8:00 a.m. We go to the early service at 8:30 a.m. because it's less crowded, PLUS if we lay on the floor and start reading the paper or watching TV - we'll never get up and go.
Come home from church, start cleaning up the house to get ready for the week. Chris left for California this morning so when he's gone, everything HAS to be in order or I will go crazy. Neat and tidy kitchen, no toys on the floor, freshly vacuumed floors... you get the picture. In the midst of all the cleaning up, I also manage to iron for over an hour....
Then, Kennedy and I make two batches of rice krispy treats - one batch for her teacher, Mrs. Ward, whose birthday is Tuesday. We put it in this cute container. Precious! These are 1/2 fruity pebbles and 1/2 rice krispies. YUM-O!
If that wasn't enough, I decided to make a loaf of banana bread. I thought it would make for a quick breakfast for the kids since Chris is out of town this week. The easier I make it on myself during the week, the less likely I am to have a breakdown. Oh, who am I kidding... I will probably have one anyway about Thursday evening...
Then I vacuumed, Chris did laundry, cleaned the kitchen, struggled with the dinner plans... again. We settle on pizza (no dishes, no clean up). I managed to squeeze in a little research time for my class. Play with the kids. Baths. Bedtime. And then Chris and I, again, crash.
The trouble with the futile attempt at being Super Mom is that it is exhausting. And that leaves me no energy for my kiddos or Chris. So I will do my best to find that balance, which it seems I am always looking for. In the meantime, I think I'll leave my cape at the dry cleaners.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Kennedy likes books, too. She is learning to read, which is very exciting. And now Brady is starting to enjoy books! So maybe he only sits in my lap for about 30 seconds to look at the pretty pictures, but it's a start, right? I CANNOT WAIT for the day when I snuggle up in bed with both the kids and read to them. So it may be another year or two before Brady will sit still for that long... and Kennedy may be disinterested in us reading together by then. But a book-loving momma can dream, right?
As we approach the one year anniversary of Amber's diagnosis and death, I am really shocked at how quickly the year seems to have gone. I remember last fall very clearly, even with a four-month-old baby at home. But the focus of this post is not to reflect on Amber's struggle with Leukemia; it's to focus on how well Eric is doing, one year later.
We all watched as "E" has slowly started laughing more, running more, enjoying his friends more... He started slowly removing some of Amber's things from their house. He sold her car to her family. He started joking around more. You can see the sparkle in his eyes again.
And now, just recently - Eric has started seeing someone. He is testing the dating "waters" and it is going well. There is a very long line of women who would give their right arm to date Eric, but he has been quietly talking to someone I've known for a while... Pam. I first met Pam a couple of years ago when Sky was doing my hair at a salon on Line Avenue. Pam had the booth next to her. When Sky moved to Texas, I was stranded without a Tony & Guy-trained hair stylist. (Side note: I am a hair snob. I don't trust just anyone with my hair. Being in Dallas spoiled me). So Sky recommended "Pam Pither." Don't you just love that name? I haven't trusted anyone with my hair since.
So how did Pam meet Eric? What's absolutely amazing about this connection between people is that it seems to have fallen into place the way it should be. Let me explain.
Susie's path crossed with Pam's at Louisiana Tech. They were sorority sisters... Although several years apart, they knew each other by name.
When I started getting my hair done by Pam, we realized that we knew some of the same people - such as Ford and Eric. Pam's dad owns the company that Ford and Eric work for.
Amber liked the way my hair was colored, so she started getting her hair done by Pam.
Within the last year, Pam divorced her cheating husband - so her and Eric have been commiserating about loss.
Our circles have been overlapping for a couple of years. It seems as though there was a natural progression for Eric and Pam to go on an official date... and they did. What will come of this? Who knows. Am I hopeful about the future of these two? Sure I am! But what I enjoy seeing is both Eric and Pam happy.
At Eric's birthday dinner this summer, he bravely invited Pam to join a large group of friends to celebrate. It was the first step in public for him and it seems to have gotten easier each time. That night, a cover band started playing the song "Life Goes On." My BFF and I looked at each other and choked back the tears. It does.