"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters
compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Another Great Idea

I'm sorry I haven't been writing this week. I can't seem to get my creative juices flowing when I have to use the family computer. Too many helpers around.
I just ordered a new netbook keyboard on ebay. I am checking the mailbox daily!

Thursday was my birthday. Since my birthday is the last of our family's long line of August birthdays, everyone is pretty birthdayed-out (that is probably not a word. but it should be) by the time my birthday rolls around. But, hey, I am too mature to even notice. Sob!! I went out and bought myself some of those sugary cake toppers and ate them slowly, one by one.

I was staring pathetically into my Lucky Charms for dinner when Theresa came by with a fancy cake - thank you Theresa!
(Yes, Victoria chewing on the plastic knife, but don't worry, it's not the sharp end! You all know what a meticulous mom I am.)

Perhaps I should be worried that all the stuff on the refrigerator is going to make it topple over soon.

In other exciting news, Victoria is eating cheese by herself!!

Francesca is learning to share.

Sort of.

Today I was in the mood for an ordeal, I mean adventure, so we decided to go downtown. Atlanta has a really fun Olympic fountain that the kids can play in, for free!

We decided to go at 4:00. At 5:00 we were still searching for Isabella's bathing suit. The bathing suit apparently had evaporated into thin air, but I refused to let this minor detail discourage me. Then, we had to make a quick stop to put air in the tires. I have taught my girls to do it, so they can be independent, strong woman someday. Also, so I can stay in the air conditioning.

Then, we realized we had to return a movie. We pulled up in the fire lane in front of the store.
The next thing I know, blue lights are flashing and a man in uniform is peering into my car, asking to see my license.
"This is an awfully big car," the cop pointed out, "how many kids do you have?"
When I told him, he gave me a sympathetic smile and sent me on my way.

Though the sun was almost completely gone by now, but still, we persevered . I couldn't wait to see the joy on the kids faces when they saw where we were going!

I guess Catherine prefers water this way.

Party poopers!!!

Victoria loved the fountains!

I think the trip was definitely better than staying home and folding laundry!


  1. VERY cute! LOVE your girls, love your stories, and love that you share them with us! I don't know what kinda mama I'll be when we bring out daughter home but I think/hope I'll be a lot like you!


  2. Any time I feel overwhelmed or need a smile, I head over to you! Thank you for delivering again. The girls are all looking beautiful...blessings in your new birthday year!

  3. Love that last picture! I was missing your posts!

  4. LOL.... I love those sugar things too. :)
    Happy Birthday!!!
    We went to one of those splash pads and had a great time....

  5. The change in Victoria's face and eyes is phenomenal! She looks so joyful. It's so great to see how much she's just blossomed. Bless you.

    PS: I really enjoy the expressions on Katherine, too. She looks like a 70 year old woman from Manhattan. I just love her.

    Oh, and I don't know your kids, I just like your blog. :)

  6. Happy Birthday. I missed your posts this week too!

  7. I'm new to your blog but I really enjoy reading it! I love that picture of Francesca and Victoria smiling! They look alive! Beautiful!

  8. Love, love, love the post and you! Glad you're back! Next year I'm flying back for your birthday and we are going to dinner!

  9. Coming out of lurkdom to comment...Those last two pictures just warmed my heart! The picture of Victoria in the fountain with the big smile -- I have never seen a happier picture of her! I love to see how the girls are filling out in the last picture. I think I see some chub on those girls legs! Great job!

  10. Happy Birthday to you on Thursday. Today is my birthday and you made it definitely brighter! Did you say you do have facebook. I am Angela Snyder (yes that is one of the most common names on facebook). My email is: Msuangela@yahoo.com. I would love to catch up there too. I hope you have a great week!

  11. I love to see Victoria's little smiles. In every picture she looks like she is enjoying herself!
    In every way she just looks so much healthier!!
    What a joy to see....thank you for sharing.

  12. Oh my word! Just "discovered" your family and your blog... awesome!!! I am struggling with one of our "grafted in" kids... and this is just what I needed to see. Thanks for sharing!!!


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