Monday, June 24, 2013

Dipping our toes

One thing my nieces and nephew enjoy over the summer is their pool.
They spend hours and hours swimming or just dipping their toes in the water.
This is the youngest little guy in our family.  He doesn't wear diapers anymore and is very proud of his 'big boy' swimming trunks.
On this particular day, it was a bit chilly. Thie kids were content hanging poolside.
Little M is the middle child.  She is a beautiful spitfire with a little bit of devil in her big brown angel eyes. 
Big M. was brave enough to test the waters. She wasn't in long before she wrapped herself in a towel.
 Summer is just beginning and I am sure the kids will doing more than dipping their toes in the water very, very soon!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Things that make my children's father a hero!

  • loves God
  • loves me
  • loves our three boys
  • loves his parents
  • loves our friends
  • works hard
  • sacrifices for his family
  • is dedicated to his family
  • desires to improve our family’s life 
  • makes time for questions
  • tries to fold the laundry
  • takes out the trash
  • is a wise teacher
  • makes time for our son's sporting events
  • plays golf with our boys
  • is trustworthy
  • is an honest man
  • makes me feel safe
  • sees the best in others
  • values commitment
  • values life
  • hopes for the best
  • is here
  • is different from me
  • encourages
  • he understands when I need to be alone
  • says ‘yes’ more than ‘no’
  • is flexible when I need something
  • is flexible when our kids need something
  • loves to play cards
  • loves photography
  • buys diet pepsi for me

These are just some of the things that I am thankful for my husband and the father of my children. 
Looking at the things that I am thankful for, makes him a hero in my eyes and the eyes of my children.

Friday, June 14, 2013


Good Friday Friends

This past week has been crazy busy with Zachary's high school graduation.
Buying kakis, shirt and tie.
Ironing the gown.
Getting his hair cut (1/2 hour before we need to leave for graduation - his idea, not mine).
Preparing for the party (which took a month's worth of planning).
And if that wasn't enough
Zach's drivers license test was scheduled the morning of the party.
This upcoming Sunday is Father's Day.
Brandon's 16th birthday is approaching too.
My dog, Ellie has discovered she can jump over the wire fence that surrounds the garden.
She now digs holes trying to find the phantom rabbit that lives there.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Zachary's Graduation Party

We celebrated Zachary's Graduation with a P A R T Y!
It was a small party consisting of family and friends.
My BFF made the coolest cake EVER!

Krista & Zach
Brandon & Great-Mommom 
Zach & Mommom



Wednesday, June 12, 2013

My Graduate

My son did it. 
He graduated High School!
Graduation day was hard for me.  It was a day that I went as a parent of a high-school student but came home as a parent of a future college graduate… a parent of a man who has his whole life in front of him… a parent of a person who thinks he has all the time in the world… a parent of a person who doesn't yet realize how quickly time flies by.
 As Zachary got closer to receiving his diploma, his smile became wider...
and wider...
and wider!
At the end of graduation the physical education center that the program was held in didn't have air-conditioning and was so ungodly hot.  
It was disorganized and too many people trampling over one another, trying to find their graduate.
Zach took off his hat and wouldn't put it back on for pictures.
I really wanted to tell him 'if he got his hair cut maybe he wouldn't be so hot'.
HOWEVER - he DID get his hair cut a few hours before graduation.
Zachary did semi-smile for his grandparents.
It was raining for two days straight, so the graduation ceremony had to be held at Alvernia College Physical Education Center instead of the football field at Zachary's school.
Each student was only allowed four tickets.  I thought it was wonderful that the school set up a live-feed for other family members watch graduation. 
Todd and I are very, very proud of Zachary.
It was a tear filled good evening, dragged out  motivational speeches and a somewhat happy graduate!