This week…

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2011 by depechemom

This week is getting busier by the minute. Belle has a Toga Day complete with a Greek inspired feast and The Boy will be celebrating the 100th day of school. I have some cleaning to do in the basement-I’ve shoved all the Christmas stuff down there and need to take the time to organize it, not to mention the gigantic pile of clothing I set aside to donate but have not managed to do so yet. I’m helping with the yearbook again this year (I enter all the orders in the computer) and this is our prime order time. Of course, I still have Bible Study on Wednesday and Thursday…
How will I ever sustain myself through all this fun?? This pretty little magazine followed me home the other day and I think those brownies on the cover will do the trick!


Thanksgiving 2010

Posted in Uncategorized on November 28, 2010 by depechemom

We visited with The One’s family for thanksgiving this year. Only one of his brothers could come, but that didn’t stop the cousins from having a great time together.

We ate lots of turkey, potatoes, pies and cupcakes, but mostly I had fun hanging out with my SIL. We came home for the weekend and enjoyed a quiet weekend at home. December is going to be the busiest it’s ever been with travel, a birthday, the church pageant, Christmas, and so much more! Sadly, I know that means it will be over in a flash.

Enjoying the few quiet moments will be the key to this holiday season.

Soccer time

Posted in Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 by depechemom

The Boy loves soccer. He runs up and down the field, looks up before he passes, and scores plenty of goals all while wearing a huge smile. Here he is with one of his coaches giving him a five after TB scored a goal.

Big girl

Posted in Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 by depechemom

I love seeing how each child excels. Little Lady is definitely gifted in writing and drawing. The girl has been able to color within the lines and write her name in all caps for a year now. Her latest development is to write her name in what we call “The Kindergarten Way”. You know, first letter capitalized and the others lower case. The Boy only started doing it regularly this school year. Now, LL does still write it in mirror half the time, but it still counts in my book.

Here’s a pic of my big girl showing me just how big she is.

Ugh! I’m having difficulty getting the picture on here from my phone. Will try again later.


Posted in Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 by depechemom

Posting this from my phone, and I really have no idea how well this will work. I figure it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything anyway, might as well give this a try. Doubt I actually have any readers left anyway!

I have big hopes of sharing more pictures thanks to this amazing new gadget! The One spent days researching just the right combo of body and lens. We have already gotten some fantastic shots.

May 2010: Strawberries, Ballet, and a Birthday

Posted in Uncategorized on July 12, 2010 by depechemom

One of the things I will miss the most about living in VA is all the fantastic pick-your-own fruit farms.  This year brought the most fantastic strawberry season ever.  The Littles and I met some friends at one of the local farms to pick strawberries.

“Look, Mama!”

She’s very careful to pick only the best berries.  🙂

I just love pictures of my two Littles holding hands.  Even though they are developing their own interests, they are still best buddies.

Also this month, Belle had her Ballet performance.  The younger kids danced to various Mother Goose Rhymes.   Belle was in The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe, Mary Mary Quite Contrary, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  She had so much fun being a part of a real ballet performance.

My Beauty!

We also celebrated J’s birthday this month.  He’s now joined me in our 35th year!  He requested John Besh’s King Cake for his birthday.  I made an Emeril version at Mardi Gras which we all loved.  Unfortunately, we didn’t like this one as much.  I told J if he’d only chosen a regular cake for his birthday we wouldn’t have this trouble!  Oh well…Here’s a pic of the cake and J blowing out his candles.

My parents and I went in together on a hammock for J’s birthday.  The kids were thrilled to help set it up right away.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have all the right hardware.  Nothing a quick trip to the local hardware store couldn’t fix, but we did have to wait until the next day.  The kids helped me set it up so we could surprise Daddy when he got home from work.

Once he arrived home, the kids all piled in with him.  Daddy snuggles are the best!!

Well, that gets us caught up through May!  I’m only a month behind now…

Spring Break Fun?

Posted in Uncategorized on June 26, 2010 by depechemom

Just after Easter, J began a 3 week away rotation at a hospital in Northern Va.  Since the first week was the kids’ spring break, we decided to pack us all up and stay at the condo with him.  The place was nice and spacious, but on the third  floor.  So, I spent MUCH of my time quietly asking the children to please stop running/stomping/walking so hard!!  At first I didn’t worry too much, figuring that we’d be out and about most of the time.  We took the first day easy to plan meals, shop for groceries, and generally find the “lay of the land”.  That night, Little Lamb woke up with a tummy ache which followed with symptoms of a stomach bug.  I figured it was a basic 24 hour variety and hunkered down for another day.

By Wednesday, I thought she was over the worst of it, so I researched nearby parks to visit.  Little did I know, she was merely entering phase two…I did get a few fun pictures of our outing.  Belle and Little Bear had fun, but complained that it was too babyish for them.  Little Lamb wanted me to hold her most of the time and only smiled briefly while riding the dog.

By the weekend, we decided LL was well enough to visit with family in DC.  J and I enjoyed our time with his brother and wife.  The kids enjoyed their time with the cousins.  We happened to be there during the Cherry Blossom festival along half the rest of the world.  The Mall was crawling with people.  We drove around looking for a parking spot forever.  J kept saying, “I give up!  There’s just no place to park.”  To which I replied, “Ummmm, so what are you going to do?  Drive back to the condo and tell your brother ‘Sorry we couldn’t find a parking spot so we bailed’???”  Obviously he didn’t give up, but it did take quite some time to find a space.  We met up at the Capitol then chatted and walked the length of the mall to the Washington Memorial and back, stopping once for a potty/ice cream break.

Such an amazing view all the way to the Memorial.

We made it to the Washington Memorial.  The kids loved running up and down the big hill!

As if they didn’t get enough walking in already, the kids struck up a game of Follow the Leader.  I always get the song from Peter Pan stuck in my head whenever we play that!

Despite LL’s ups and downs, we had a nice visit.  There’s a whopper of a tale involving poor LL, a port-a-potty, and a grassy patch across from the Washington Memorial, but I’ll spare you those details.  It’s something I’ll never forget, but thankfully she is young enough that she will!