Friday, June 29, 2007

little sister

There is something special about being the little sister of two older brothers. Abby continually cracks us up with her antics; and with the things she has learned from her brothers. She loves to make "scary faces," which you can see below, and the sense of humor she has is certainly unique. Lately, she is into what I call "little boy humor."You know, any mention of the words butt, poop, or anything related and she is hysterical.
I was doing something in the kitchen the other day and Abby said, "so," which I replied with the So, So, suck your toe rhyme (I know, I should've thought that through first), and she laughed and laughed after the 'underwear' closing, and she said "that is SO funny."

Another cute story from recently....
We were getting out of the car and she pointed to her throat and said, "mom, what's this?"
I said, "your throat?"
She said, "no, this" (pointing to a specific spot)
I said, "oh, that's your adam's apple."
Well, she thought about that for a minute; looking very confused, as we have a friend named Adam, and said, giggling... "No, it's my abby's apple."
She makes me laugh everyday and constantly reminds me to enjoy these silly moments and for that I am so thankful.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

my "all-stars"

We just finished up yet another season of baseball in our household. Jason coached 2 teams this year; Matthew's T-ball team, the Mantarays, and Ben's Rookie team, the Silverhawks.
I must say, I was glad we were moving up to the next level of the game this year (Ben's team). The last few years we've only been in T-Ball and the games move SLOW, and the kids really don't get it very well. It's certainly entertaining occassionally, but more time is spent by most kids playing in the dirt than focusing on the "game."
However, in Rookie league, as they call it, the kids are really starting to catch on to the logistics of the game. Most of them that is..... Some rules are still tricky, and they're learning as they go, but it's much easier to watch and comes alot closer to resembling an actual game.
A few season highlights we've had: Matthew is becoming quite a slugger. He whacked several into the "outfield," and he's also gotten brave enough to slide. Mostly to be able to say later, "Ben, did you see me slide?" Ah, the approval-seeking little brother.
And for Ben there were several highlights..... he has 'a head for the game,' as Jason calls it, and it's been fun to see him develop that side of the sport. He also caught a pop fly, and slid head- first into homeplate. He enjoyed pretty much every position, but especially catcher and pitcher. As with every other sport's season this past year, he is totally obsessed with baseball right now. He watches ESPN in the morning to see scores, has been reading books about baseball's greatest players, and has recently asked me if he can look up stats on is all hilarious to me coming from a 7 year old!
But I'm glad he enjoys it, and he said the other day that baseball is his favorite sport. I probed a little further, and reminded him how much he liked football during the season and he insisted, "I know, but I like baseball more..." I'm sure that makes Jason proud! :-)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

kite running

If you haven't read this best-seller yet, you really must. It's captivating, and disturbing, and heartwarming. Strange to be all of those, I know....
I finished it over the weekend's long drive, and if I wasn't reading it, I was wishing I were. It's good. Really good. And I actually haven't been able to stop thinking about it since!
Just do nothing for the next few days and READ THIS BOOK!!
Can't wait to read his next book, recently released, A Thousand Splendid Suns.... I've heard good things about it!

Friday, June 15, 2007

father's day

I won't be around this weekend, so I wanted to blog a post to all the dads out there, and especially to our resident Daddy-O (as Abby calls him) to say Happy Father's Day.

One of my favorite things in marriage has been growing a family together, and getting to see Jason in a light that I would not otherwise see. He genuinely enjoys the kids, and it shows. He and the boys enjoy many activities together; fishing, hiking, playing ball in the yard, wrestling on the floor, and watching SportsCenter, to name a few. Many of these Abby enjoys with them, but she REALLY enjoys playing tea-party in her room and reading books most with Daddy-O. Oh the things a dad will do for his daughter (see pic below!!)

Jason is a terrific, very hands-on dad, and the kids and I are so blessed to have him.

Monday, June 11, 2007

backseat fun

I know, the title is misleading, and this is not about what you're thinking at on.
We told the kids to get their pj's on last night and that we had a surprise for them after....
They were compliant, and anxious to find out what we had in store. In the meantime, Jason and I gathered sleeping bags and sweatshirts, and folded down the seats in the back of the van.
We all met at the mudroom and loaded up to drive approximately 3 blocks where we backed onto the curb and opened the back.
Then we piled in and watched fireworks from across the field, all snuggled up together in the back. It sounds picturesque, but don't be fooled. We had our fair share of "I can't see." "He's in the way." "Get off me!" comments, but these are really the moments that I try to appreciate in life, and I hope that one day when our kids reminisce of childhood that these are the times they remember as well.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

just to see you smile

i've been hearing this song alot lately, not even sure of the title, but some of the lyrics say,
"it's only for a moment you are mine to hold,
the plans that heaven has for you will all too soon unfold;
so many different prayers I pray, for all that you might do,
but most of all I want to know, you're walking in the truth.
And if I never told you, I want you to know, that as I watch you grow....
I pray that God would fill your heart with dreams,
And that faith gives you the courage, to dare to do great things.
I'm here for you whatever this life brings,
so let my love give you roots and help you find your wings."
It goes on to say many more things that THIS mom wishes for her children, and it's a really touching song. But when I hear it, I have this mental "slide show" going through my head and I feel like I'm really standing on the sideline of my life watching it pass SO quickly.
Then I am overwhelmed with love for them and think of how much I LOVE to see them smile.

adam and laura

i feel like i need to write about these two. last week i hosted a party for laura, a wedding shower, and while it went really well, a lot that i had planned on sharing wasn't said. so since this blog is so much "safer" in terms of my sharing and truly being transparent, (since few read it!) i'll use this as my forum....
adam and laura have become two very special people in our lives; our entire family that is. we met them several years ago, though it's been a process of growing closer to them over those years. we immediately enjoyed time with them, respected them, and could only hope that our kids turn out to be such wonderful people as they are. our kids especially "latched onto" them quickly, looking up to them and just having fun with them. they are awesome role models for our kids, and our boys think the world of adam, and abby of laura. she talks about them both ALOT!
and now, over the course of time, growing, and life's events, they have become so dear to us, like family. i joke that adam is like the younger brother i never had, but really, we feel that in how much they mean to us. we have so enjoyed what they have brought to our life, and we are so excited to see their lives joining together.
each one of us love them both and would truly do anything for them. they are two pretty amazing people, and very lucky to have found each other; and we're so lucky and thankful that our path has crossed theirs.

Monday, June 4, 2007


Look out, second grade, here we come!!
It was Ben's last day of school today.... I have more things to post about recent school events later, like the one above from Track Day. But today I have to celebrate with my seven year old the end of another year of school and look forward to more exciting second grade apparently!! He has done a wonderful job this year...his report card was filled with only positive comments about what a great presence he is in each class and how thoughtful and kind he is to his peers. Exactly what we're going for.... Way to go, Ben!

Friday, June 1, 2007

slice of life

I got this from my friend you've heard about, Sara's, blog, and modified accordingly:

NAME and AGE: Vicki (31)
TODAY'S DATE and TIME: June 1, 11:32A.M.
1.) Inside, I feel like I'm(what age): 26
2.) A goal I'm working on right now: running a race
3.) My most recent achievement: throwing a party
4.) The last gift I bought for someone: a drill for Adam
5.)The last CD I bought: Rascal Flatts
6.)My current favorite song is: My Wish (Rascal Flatts)
7.)The last movie I saw in the theater: Shrek 3
8.)The last book I read: Intimate Issues
9.)The last new thing I learned: how to cut a pineapple
10.)What I'm wearing right now: brown capris and a pink tee shirt
11.)The last person I talked to on the phone: Laura K
12.)What I ate for breakfast today: cereal
13.)What I thought I'd be doing by this age: corporate life, big city; i like this much better
14.)Something I'm saving up for right now: my continuing basement project
15.)Someone I think about alot: God
16.)The last person I helped: Matthew, in the bathroom
17.)The last thing I apologized for: to my children for reacting about something
18.) Something I'm worried about: my kids
19.)What I wish for when I see a shooting star: I can't remember the last time I saw one.
20.)What my plans are for the rest of the day: eat lunch, pick up Abby, finish laundry, ???