Thursday, March 28, 2013
She was very selfless, never seeking any recognition or spotlight, always happiest when she could be quietly in the background, making food, smoothing the way so that others could enjoy themselves. Some of my favorite words of wisdom from my Grandma:
-She was famous for her cooking, and her pies at Thanksgiving always got rave reviews. When I got married, she told me to just use the refrigerated pie crusts- she told me that no one would know the difference, and if anybody asked, I could tell them it was my Grandma's recipe!
- She always said that if you were a stay-at-home-mom, that it was your responsibility to do your job and do it well. She told me to think of it as any other out of the home job, and wake up on time, and do the work. There have been innumerable days in my life as a mom that I have been motivated and encouraged by her advice, and gotten up out of bed and did my job because of her words.
More than anything else, she loved each and every person in her family, and each and every person felt of that love. I certainly felt it growing up, and even my husband and children, despite living many thousands of miles away and only seeing her occasionally, they all felt of her love for them. When she passed, Kydon remarked that he rarely felt as loved by anyone as he did by her. I left her funeral with a renewed determination to love my family more, to serve them more, and to be more selfless than I have.
The day after her surgery for the aggressive brain tumor, calls were going around the family fast and furious that she was not doing well, and we were all tearful and anxious and worriedly waiting for any news. My doorbell rang, and there, sitting on my front porch was a package. Inside was a beautiful baby quilt for my newest daughter, born just 1 month before. Hand quilted by my Grandma, and sent to us by my Aunt. I will never forget that her last few months were spent the way that her entire life was spent- despite pain and headache and physical discomfort that she dealt with most of her life, her energy and time and effort was always thinking of others, seeking to show her love to them, trying to serve them. She loved each and every new baby, and I know she would have been delighted to meet my sweet Clara.
My grandma is in a better place now, and we are all better for having known and loved her.
Friday, February 22, 2013
For science this year we started out studying human biology. We loved it- it was so much fun exploring our bodies and learning about them! When I got invited to check out "Body Carnival, the Science and Fun of Being You" at the Children's Museum of Atlanta, I knew it would be a fun way to wrap up our unit before we moved on to chemistry!
It was really fun, the kids loved trying to "beat" the exhibit- to walk the line even while wearing the crazy goggles (it took a few tries), to not get dizzy in the tunnel, and to walk the balance beam while keeping your arms straight down!
First, he was dumping all the balls on his brother, but when he saw me taking pictures....
We had a lot of fun, staying for almost the whole day. A very enjoyable school day!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
One of the the things my kids miss most from "regular" school is the class parties, so we decided to have a homeschool party for Valentines day!
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Clara will not take a pacifier. She hates them! What she really wants is to suck her little thumb. Unfortunately for her, she has not yet developed the fine motor skills to release the thumb from her fist, so she is forced to suck on her little fist, just trying and wishing for that thumb to pop out!
Friday, February 1, 2013
Okay, I have been in serious hibernation mode. It is time to get back to blogging!! I think of posts all the time, I just never take the time to sit down and write them. I am going to make a serious effort to update this blog and write about all that is going on- because it is a lot!
All 3 of the kids have very definite plans for the future, and they discuss and refine them quite often. They are so specific, and funny/cute, I thought I better write them down before they change!
Aidan has had a hard time over the last few years as his passions are somewhat at odds with each other. His loves include: The Civil War, huskies and other dogs, the Iditarod, and the military. He has struggled with how to reconcile all of these loves into his life, because the Iditarod and huskies are in Alaska, which really has no connection to the Civil War. He thought about trying 6 months in one place, and 6 in the other, but who would take care of the dogs while he was away? It was a very disturbing problem, but he finally found a solution.
First, he will move to Gettysburg where he will live for a few years, studying the Civil War and doing battle reenactments. He will then move to Alaska, where he will raise dogs and run the Iditarod. After winning the Iditarod a few times, he will then move to Hawaii, where he will join the Navy, and his mission will be to raise the USS Arizona from its watery grave.
Jack has some pretty awesome plans. First, he is going to be a billionaire. No doubt about it. He will have plenty of money to finance his move to Hawaii, his huge house, his fancy cars, his surfing lifestyle, ...... and his 69 kids. Yes, 69. He started out wanting 100, but that got changed to 94 when he didn't think he could come up with that many kids names. Kydon and I broke the news that he probably couldn't have 94 kids with only one wife, so of course we had to look and see what the record number of kids with one woman was, which turned out to be 67. He wants to break the record, but still be "reasonable", so he is going for 69. Good luck to his future wife! At least she will have plenty of money for a cook and several nannies!
The other day they were once again discussing/refining plans, and Aidan started hitting Jack up for a donation! "Jack, when I move to Hawaii, will you give me some of your money to help me raise the USS Arizona? It is going to cost a lot of money, and we really need to raise it!" Jack was not as generous as you might think with his imaginary money... "Well, I might not have *that* much money, and I might need it for all my kids, and I'll have to see what I can do". I find it so funny that none of the other kids say they are going to have money- it is just accepted that Jack will have lots of money and the other two won't. They constantly ask Jack to buy things for them (fancy cars, etc), but they never say that they will be rich also!
As for this one...
Monday, December 17, 2012
Naked baby in a Santa hat- you're welcome.
She makes me want to have another. (It won't happen, but it does make me want it).
Christmas is wonderful. A few things got pared down- no outside lights this year, and it is looking more and more like the Christmas cards just aren't going to happen. But we decorated the house, my shopping is practically done, and we've even baked a few treats.
Homeschool was great today. Last week not so much, and I had a looooong talk with Kydon about if we should send them back to school. We decided to stick it out at least for the rest of the year, but boy-oh-boy, I would not have been that heartbroken to send them back last week! But today was fantastic, so hopefully there will be more of those.
My baby is big, and fat. She is one month old, and is in 6 month clothing. She is super heavy, but I don't mind a bit. She loves the sling, and I love to sling her. She sleeps all day long, and cries from 9pm till 12am. But after her crying and cluster feeding, she sleeps well- the past three nights she has slept either 5 or 6 hours after midnight. She loves her Daddy more than anyone, and also likes to scratch her face (FYI, 6 month clothing doesn't have those handy hand covers like newborn clothing does). And although it is a mere 1 inch long, she has all 5 of the rest of us wrapped around her tiny pinkie.
I am feeling better and better every day. I feel like cooking and cleaning again, I can bend and reach and sit and function without pain! I still have some lingering issues that I am working through, but overall things are getting back to where they should be. AND, thanks to my cleaning, the kids have a whole new wardrobe since I cleaned out a linen closet and figured out that when I told Aidan to put away a basket of laundry, he thought I meant "shove it all behind the towels in the closet"!
Who knows how long it will be before the next crisis, so I'm just going to sit back and enjoy feeling good.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
In just a little under 8 hours, I went from this:
She has fat rolls everywhere, cute chubby cheeks, and a very calm and sweet nature. She sleeps all day and wakes up around 2am, just to keep us humble! Having a new baby is pretty magical, and we couldn't be happier with our new little addition!