Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Wonderful Life

Yes, he lived a wonderful life...with lots of JOY and LAUGHTER...


LOVE and HAPPINESS...

and CONTENTMENT...


We know what made him happy. Can't you tell?

Yes, he lived a WONDERFUL life.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

So sweet

We had open house last week at the kids' school. And this is what was waiting for me on Julia's desk...


You know what I love? Not only are we holding hands in the picture...but she drew me skinner than her!!! : )

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Crane Kick

This is what Gianna did as she played goalie at her last soccer game...



with this face...


And this was the same face she was making at a little girl at gymnastics the other day and scared the heck out of her.

I'm going to have to start using sign language at gymnastics or the park or whenever she is getting in little ones faces, just as a reminder.

This means "stop"...



or how about this one...What am I going to do with her.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Winn-Dixie

I think I'm in love with Nicholas' 3rd grade teacher...and I haven't even met her yet. Why? Because she's helped him fall in love with reading again. She reminds me a lot of his 1st grade teacher. (And we can just forget about his 2nd grade teacher.) So 3rd grade is off to a fantastic start!

His teacher is reading this book to his class in school...

I've heard of the book but never actually read it. After days and days of listening to Nicholas asking me to take him to the library, we finally got a copy of the book last night. He just loves it. This morning over breakfast Nicholas and I started reading it together from the beginning. I know why he loves it now. I couldn't wait to read more with him tonight at bedtime.

If you don't know the story, it's about a 10-year-old girl who lives with her father who is a preacher. She finds a stray dog and decides to bring him home with her to the trailer park where they live. She names the dog Winn-Dixie after the grocery store where she found him. We got to the part of the story that explains how her mother left home when she was just a little girl. Because she never knew her mom she asks her dad to tell her ten things about her. As I was reading this part, I felt Nicholas looking at my face very intently and he very gently played with my hair and touched my face. When we were finished reading for the night, I said to him how much I loved the book...and I really, really do. He looked at me and said, "Me too. I just wish Papa was here to read it with us." And then he said, "Let's pray for Papa."

And that's what makes our boy so special. He gets it. He really, really does.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Apple Picking

So this morning we were headed out to go apple picking to the same place we go to every year, when Danny thought to himself...hmmm...I better call to check on the hours. When he called, they told him they had no more apples to be picked! Can you believe it? So we found another place...

and it was wonderful...

so many apples...


Just look at them all...

The kids loved munching on them as we picked...


No...she's not mad...she's just making one of her "faces" and I happened to catch it on camera...

Just look at the size of the apples!!!
Crazy big...

You have to wonder what they put in the fertilizer??? Well, maybe we won't think about that...


Rows and rows and rows of apple trees...

And then we moved on to the treats...

They had apple donuts...oh my...they were delicious!
And Gianna wanted cotton candy...


And Danny wanted the popcorn...popped fresh right there in this huge kettle...










We had a great day...although sadness was still in the air for me as I miss my Dad. How he loved apple pie. I used to make him my lazy man's apple pie with extra, extra cinnamon, just the way his Mom used to make it for him. I came home and went right up to bed to stare at the TV for 3 hours. I just couldn't move. I just miss him. So, so much.
I love you, Dad.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Cousins

Not a day I really want to remember, although it was a beautiful tribute to my wonderful Dad. The kids looked so nice.

Oh Pops, I know you are so proud of them. What a legacy you have left behind. How I wish you could have stayed with us just a little bit longer...





Soccer

Gianna started soccer yesterday. It was her very first time playing. She loved it...at first anyway. They did some warm ups and then had a practice "game" against some other little ones. Gianna took off with the ball once and scored a goal! But then after that she kind of backed off. Not sure why. We'll see how she does tomorrow night at her second game.

Doesn't she look cute?


Number 4...






She looks like a natural...




This video was after she scored a goal. She shied away from the ball and was...dancing???

Thursday, September 09, 2010

and Life goes on...

I often think in moments of grief and despair how strange it is that life goes on. The hustle and bustle of life continues even when you feel your life is standing still.

Kids are so resilient. They can be sad one moment, grieving for their much loved Papa, and then laughing and playing the next. Life goes on for them, as it should.

And so yesterday was the first day of school. And what a morning it was. The craziest thunder and lightening storm came over us just minutes before they were to board the school bus. Lighting was striking all around us and the thunder was deafening.


Julia's backpack is bigger than her...and I thought it was going to be too small. This was just seconds before the storm hit...one flash of lightening and we took off running for the garage!





But later that afternoon it was Gianna's turn to go to school...FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN.


and the sun was shining just for her...



She got to ride the bus for the very first time and she wasn't nervous at all!


I followed the bus to school to watch her go in.


Since today was a beautiful sunny morning, I decided I would take those "first day of school" pictures again.

Nicholas is off to 3rd grade...


and Julia off to 2nd...

They all came home happy and exhausted. Let's hope it's a great school year.