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

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Hanging Around

We have been having such a nice time just doing ordinary things lately. We are all so excited that there is only 2 more weeks of school! Next week, the girls have their yearly testing, so we decided to relax with friends on the weekend. That water was really cold! Can you guess how long it took before everyone was soaking wet?  And who do you think whined the most? 

These are money plants in my mom's backyard. I am hoping that romping through them will bring us some financial success! 

We have had some new developments. My baby is growing up.  She lost her first tooth! She actually yanked it out herself. The tooth fairy brought her two quarters. The first thing she said was, "Mom, I will take you to the store and buy you some M&M's with my money." Such a sweet child! 

Such sweet, loving sisters......at least for the picture! 

Notice anything different? Someone else is growing up too! Victoria insists on wearing underwear and gets downright offended if you try to put a diaper on her. 

Who needs tv? We have a new favorite game around here. Blindfold the mischievous children and let them try to find their way around. On the one hand, they are slower finding things to get into trouble with, but, on the other hand, they have managed to make a new record for broken objects. 

Need a little extra oxygen to the brain? Call Isabella for a quick flip.

I lost my mind and took all five girls shoe and bathing suit shopping. Francesca has already lost her new sandals. Catherine wanted a size 10 bathing suit the size of a Kleenex and Anastasia tried on 20 different bathing suits before I started hiding in the Hello Kitty pajamas. They may be going naked this summer. 

The girls' school had a field day. The face painting took a long time to put on......

                              .........but the water slide took it all off in less than a minute. 
                                                                    Time well spent! 

This mud hole made me so glad that I had wasted precious brain cells in buying new bathing suits. 

Hopefully, Catherine likes the Georgia clay fashion statement, because her new bathing suit will be staying this way. Sigh.

Nothing like a playground on a sunny day! 

I love this determined look on Victoria's face.

Clover chains! 

The girls love to sit on the roof when we go to get milkshakes. Probably, this is not very good for my car, but how important is a smooth, non-dented roof anyway. 

No matter how tough things get, always take time to walk through the clover! 

Happy Mother's Day everyone! 


  1. I'm glad to see you're back. I'm sorry to hear about your divorce, but I'm glad you and the girls seem to be coping well. Happy mothers day to you too!

  2. I absolutely adore the picture of you and the girls on the court! Such an awesome statement its making and, of course, the very last clover pic with a gorgeous little flower face smiling away!

  3. The nice thing about losing your mind is that once it's gone you really don't miss it very much. At least, I don't.

  4. Happy Mother's Day to one of the best moms I know!

  5. Happy Mother's day! I'm glad to see things seem to be going well. I'm sorry about the divorce - your internet family is sending their love and support your way!

  6. Happy mothers day!
    All the pictures are great, but I really love the last one!

  7. Happy Mother's Day to you, too! Blessings to you for the weeks ahead. You all look great, stay well and happy!

  8. So lovely! Glad to see you back - your writing and your girls' antics are a spot of cheer in my day.

    Happy mother's day!

  9. Glad to see a new post. I miss these silly little moments!!And I hope you are all adjusting well to your new life!
    It's tough I am sure, but hoping you have tons of support!

  10. Ok needed to share in hopes of stopping my sobs at work. I just learned RR re-gifted donations. I wish I knew you could re-gift! Mine was re-gifted to wonderful boys I'm sure, just not ones I'm passionate about. Also, my sore spot is I'm a single parent and lost 47 USA adoptive referrals (of foster child referals ages 4-11) due to social worker preference for married couples (they actually said this) plus was wait listed and then not granted 4 grants in my international adoption due to preference for married couples (all four put me on the wait list stating they wanted to give married couples more time to apply, even though each said they did support single parent adoption). Of course the wonderful boys who got my re-gifts are all only available to married couples.

    Anyway whenever I'm down I just start hitting the blogs I follow as even in your struggles I find a bit of calmness for myself.


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