Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

"Be right back, Mom, we're just going around the block."

Sunday, September 27, 2009

So Much Gratitude

It was a long day. In other words, the boys passed up naptime for the-longer-my-eyelids-are-up-the-more-hyper-I-get time. Which made bedtime quite delirious. Which also made bedtime prayers quite bizarre. They went something like this:

"Thank you God for lightbulbs. God, and thank you for Target. And Lowe's, where the race cars are. Thank you for wheels on Reid's crib. God, thank you for shoes and socks. And thank you for Old McDonald's. And for food. I like milk. Thank you for Addison, and Addison's milk. Thank you for blinds and clocks. Thank you for books and toys. Thank you for our ottoman and rocking chair. They go together. And Jesus, thank you for God..."

It went on like that for quite a while. Until delirium finally succumbed to dreamworld. Sort of like a drunk finally passing out.

(Oh, and thank you, God, for sleeping, peaceful Hawklets...)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Overachieving Already

"It made the children laugh and play, laugh and play, laugh and play, it made the children laugh and play to see a lamb at school," I sang, proud of myself for getting all the way to the third verse, oh yeah.

He listened. Absorbed.

"Would you laugh if a lamb came to your school?" I asked.


"Oh, okay," I said, trying to remember the words to another song to keep things moving along. He had already had a testy morning. ("No Mom, don't park in the garage!" "No, I don't want to wear these shoes!" "Reid, DON'T TALK TO ME!")

But then, the rest of his thought spilled out.

"Because I would pet it. And then I would put a collar around it and attach it to one of those things (a leash? uh huh) and then we would go for a walk and I would walk next to it and pet it and then we would come back to my school and it would lie down on the floor and I would attach it to a string with black lines so nothing else could get to it and there would be a strap up here and I think that would be a good idea."


The best idea.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Where have we been?!? Here's your answer

I think about a year ago at this time I was apologizing for my lack of posting. There's something about this time of year, the blend of summer into fall, that kicks me in the mom jeans and reminds me that I take on too much. And then I laugh and shrug it off and take on more because I thrive on having just a little more on my plate than I can handle. I come up for air every few weeks or so and tell Hubby Hawks that I just want to be a stay-at-home mom and he responds, "No you don't," and I say, "You're right, I don't," and dig back in.
It's that time again. Let's call it my annual apology. But the truth is, in the past several weeks life has caught up with me.

But two weeks ago, I took a chance to catch up with my life. In other words, we enjoyed a whole week of vacation. An unplugged vacation at that. No laptop (except one night of finance homework! Dear God, I'm taking finance!), no phone calls, no e-mail or blogging (though I admit I allowed myself a once-a-day glance at Twitter and Facebook, okay, there, are you happy?).

We went to one of my favorite places in the world - the family beach house that five generations of my mom's family have now enjoyed. And what exactly did we do? Allow me to explain...

We took turns flying airplanes...

We learned about people rescuing injured sea turtles...

We ran... we ran a lot...

Until we fell down every once in a while and posed...

And then got back up again and kept running...

And jumped. We jumped up and down and over waves and laughed as we jumped...

And we focused on what really matters.

Apology accepted?