Thursday, March 27, 2014

His First Game and My Last First Game

Well, it happened.  Baby Cry Cry became a baseball player.  And I experienced watching my baby play his very first game.  He's been asking every season if it's his turn to play baseball.  And this year I got to say yes.  It's funny because when the other boys started playing baseball, I thought they were so big.  But when I see Nathan, all I see is a baby in a baseball uniform.  

So Nathan, I'm determined to begin embracing the reality of you not being a baby.  But it doesn't mean that I won't take a million pictures, shed some tears, and kiss you about a hundred times a day.
Those pants have already been worn to by two other brothers.  Can you tell?

Here's to a great season… go Mets!

Monday, March 24, 2014

More Old Family Pictures

My dad's college graduation pic.

And my mom's.

This is my mom bringing my brother home from the hospital.  Doesn't she look great?  She would say it's because she's been throwing up for the 9 months prior to this picture.  The things we do for our children, right?

I love all these pictures taken near the rear end of their cars.  They did own some cool cars in the day.

How about this cool orange Scout?

Hmm.  Overalls, some kind of fanny pack, and dark sunglasses.  Very cool.

That is me as a wee babe with my brother, or course :)

And this is about the only other picture of me by myself as a baby.  I was the second child and no one cared to take a picture of me… it's the truth, but I'm not bitter :)

This was one of my favorite Christmas gifts.

Here is another pic from my infant hood.  

Can you tell my mom cut my hair?

She did, maybe with a bowl.

Another bowl cut.

This is me with my dad's parents, Ralph and Elsie.

These pictures make me think that Nathan looks like me, just a little bit.

This is a classic picture of my brother and me.

I love this photo… so excited to show my grandparents how I could walk.  As a side note, I'm pretty sure my grandma was about my age in this picture.  

This is us with my mom's mom whom we now call GiGi.  

This is the classic "we are at church" picture, complete with "hello my name is" name tags.

And this may be the most classic shot of all.  We all have our prime.
I think this must have been my parent's prime.  So cool.  So hip.

Thanks for walking with me down memory lane.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


And when I say lately, I mean lately for the last two months.  
Get ready for lots of random pictures :)
The Superbowl was so boring this year, Asher pulled out his next day's math to get started.

Getting ready for girl's weekend.  A suitcase full of comfy clothes and a flannel blanket is all you need.

This is the way our playroom looks like after a home school day.  Because they play in there.  And I guess people say I'll miss the mess one day.

Kinda like the old Muppet Show… am I dating myself here?

I love him so very much that I gave him my free drink at the Starbucks.

A snowy morning in Texas!

Deep talks over lunch.  And yes, they are eating chicken strips and doritos.  Don't judge.  I was cleaning out the freezer and the pantry.

I've been framing some pictures… and we even hung some of them.  Then a couple of days later, one of the boys knocked three…. THREE of them off the wall and broke them.  One step forward, two steps back.

Sonatina Festival.  They were nervous but played great!


I love Trader Joe's cards.  99 cents of happiness.

Nathan is the ultimate golf ball collector.

I was a pretty cute (and chubby) kid, right?

I let Jopie share my coffee cake with me.  I'm such a nice mother.

We took some pics for a Valentine's Day.  It's hard to dress everyone without matching AND without clashing.

We have been enjoying the sunshine.

The blondes in the family.

Graham fell on his scooter and I googled, how to get your lip out of your braces.
Thanks to advice from Dr. Kelley, we got it loose.

From my Valentine

Some Valentine's fun.

Fun during baseball.

A panel with John Piper.  I'm sitting on the edge of my seat.

Asher spent his own money to make shirts for family football games.

Target practice

Deciding on gold dots or no gold dots.  

Junior Federation!

Fun with Grandma at Trinity River.

All of us.  A rare picture.

My biking buddy.

Kids and boxes.  Boxes and kids.

Jopie is mad at the Andersons, and it takes a lot to make Jopie mad ;)

I love this boy and how he loves his days of the week socks.

Oldest and youngest.