Wednesday, November 9, 2016


We have the strangest conversations every morning before school. My kids, especially Dominic, soak up information like sponges. We've researched waffles and when they originated. Yesterday we discussed politics and abortion.We've talked about tanning beds, marijuana, hedgehogs, and why muscles twitch after death. Some of these conversations leave me scratching my head at the direction they take. Kids definitely don't think like adults. And other times I'm in awe at the intelligence of my children.

This mornings conversation was on the number of children in a family and how the norm seems to go like a roller coaster. We talked about how many children were in the families all the way back to my great-grandparents. We talked about having an uncle the same age as you, and about surprise babies.

Then Caitlin popped up with this question -
"What if I accidentally have ten kids and don't know it?"

I about died and Dominic was right there with me.


Tonight I was loving on the kids right before they went to bed. I MIGHT have been doing a bit of tickling and aggravating. I told them to head to bed and Caitlin started to pout. 
"No fair. You didn't aggravate or irritate me as much as Dominic."

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Random Photos

This is what happens when you lay down on the couch to rest.
Dominic and his Mem.
 I do not remember what is so funny to Dominic. But I love this picture.
 Dominic and one of his favorite teachers.

Friday, June 10, 2016


Not long after we returned from the beaches of NC, we had a ton of snow. It snowed multiple times and once it was over 9 inches deep. This meant lots of snow days and lots of playing.
 There are some great sledding hills around, but the one on our street takes some work to make the sled go down. Just not steep enough. The adults got the privilege of pulling the kids around.
 Our snowman family.

Road Trip

In January we were blessed to be invited to a Marine ceremony for one of our friends. I won't insult the Marines by trying to explain the thing. But it was a pretty big deal for our friend. It was being held at Cherry Point Marine Base where he is currently stationed. We first met this family when we were living in New Bern. They've been stationed at Cherry Point several times and we were blessed to be there during one of those times. So we loaded the kids up in the car and drove to New Bern, NC, our old hometown.

The kids were super excited to go. Dominic remembers New Bern, but Caitlin does not. So we thought it would be fun to take the entire weekend and show her our old home, our favorite places, etc. 

Ironically enough, I only have pictures from the beach. The ones from the ceremony didn't turn out because of how we were sitting facing the sun.

It was great to visit with old friends, see our old haunts, and eat at my favorite restaurants. We came home with lots of shells and sand and some wonderful memories. But ironically enough, while we miss the people and it's awesome to visit, we are so happy to be living in Tennessee. It's feels like home.

Spirit Week

I have a love/hate relationship with Spirit Week. The kids have so much fun and they look so funny/adorable/cute. But trying to come up with a five days of cool outfits for two kids is daunting and often expensive. Trying to shop for this stuff when I'd rather be working on Christmas stuff or having fun with the family is not my idea of a good time. But the kids enjoy it and that is the main thing.

Maniac Animal Monday
 Dominic was a rabid skunk.
Caitlin was an owl. (note the reuse of a previous costume - mom is being thrifty here.)

Time Machine Tuesday
Meet my 1920s girl. Isn't she precious.
And then there's the 40s gangster. =)
Just an FYI - the gun didn't go to school. 

Wacky Hair Wednesday
 Dominic was going for the old man look. So we cut the top super short and sprayed the sides grey. Didn't really show it well in the picture, but it was hilarious.
 I had some hair extensions and Caitlin went with that instead of a do or colored hairspray.

Twin Trouble Thursday
 These girls are so stinkin cute!
The Hawaiian boys. Cracked me up.

Lazy Pajama Friday
 The one I never get pictures of because by this time I'm done and the kids don't want a picture of them in pjs.

Photo Shoot

Caitlin is definitely my girly girl. She was excited about her birthday photo shoot and had all sorts of ideas and suggestions. She was easy to work with and I took way more pictures than I needed. But here are just a few of them.
My beautiful 7 yr old.

Caitlin's Birthday

Caitlin's birthday was pretty low key this year. It was a non-party year so we told her she could pick a restaurant to eat out at. She chose IHOP. 
It's hard to believe sometimes that I have a 7 yr old. I know I say this every year and repeat what millions of other parents are saying, but time is flying by and my babies are growing up. 

But I've enjoyed having a 7 yr old. She's such a beautiful young lady - inside and out. She's still our little cuddle bug, but she's also so much more independent and confident.

Best Friends

Caitlin and her best friend. I had a best friend like this growing up and I love that my daughter gets this wonderful experience of sharing her school day with her best friend. 
I adore this little girl and would gladly steal her if only her mom would give her up. So far I haven't had any luck in this department. =D

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


The discussion right now -
Did God or Satan make farts?
Heaven help me! 


Dominic - "It hurts a man to brush his hair. It's like pulling it out. Men have crazy hair. That's why we keep our hair short. It just isn't a good experience to brush it."


Caitlin was being difficult this morning. Dominic and I were in the kitchen and I muttered under my breath "that girl is going to be the death of me". Dominic then starts singing "The worst is yet to come."
(Taken from a popular song on the radio)

The funniest part was that he was so incredibly proud of coming up with the perfect thing to say that he's mentioned it several times since. It's been weeks now, and he will still comment on how awesome it was that he said the perfect thing at the perfect moment that had me laughing.


Dominic and I were talking about how some kids went through "awkward or ugly" stages. He asked if I thought he'd gone through that stage. When I told him no, he said "I really think this generation is better than the last. We are stronger, healthier, and better looking."
WELL. . .


Trucks and history

Jon has been wanting a full size truck for quite some time. But with our business picking up, it was becoming a necessity. He found one that he wanted, but it was in Maryland. So we came up with the brilliant idea to take the kids to D.C. We'd make a trip of it around fall break and then if we liked the truck we'd buy it, but it wouldn't be a wasted trip if we didn't end up purchasing it.

We packed an incredible amount in a very short time. I think we walked our legs off. But it was a wonderful experience to show the kids so much history.

They enjoyed looking up at the Washington Monument and then getting dizzy.
I have the sweetest kids. They were pretty tired from walking by this point. So we stopped for a rest/photo break.

Somebody got locked in a head trap.
Both Jon and I have family members who are on this wall. It was a beautiful, but sobering moment to show our kids their ancestors and explain why they were on that wall.
Since the 3 of us were all born in NC we had to get a picture.
We had just finished watching the food truck race on Netflix and the kids were enthralled with food trucks. They were so excited to be able to eat from one. But the glamour quickly wore off when none of the food appealed and they realized they'd have to eat it standing up in the cold weather. So they settled for a picture.
We didn't end up buying the truck, but had so much fun that we've talked about doing the trip again.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Breat Cancer Awareness

In October my friend Tamorah and I took our girls got get pink extensions. The money spent is donated to breast cancer research and with breast cancer in my family history, I'm always eager to help. 

Dallas was so sweet and patient with the room full of giggling girls.

Tamorah had her dogs with her. Aren't these four precious?!

New hairdos.

Monday, January 25, 2016


I had plans to write all of these posts in the order they happened. But the others are going to have to wait. 

We had a wonderful 9+ inches of snow this last week and Jon and the kids were home. We had tons of fun sledding, building snowmen, and having snow ball fights. The kids would come in to warm up and change out of wet clothes. I had to bribe them one day to come in and eat. 

Church was cancelled due to the road conditions. So Saturday morning we all headed out to find the best sledding hill. About halfway through Caitlin fell and got her gloves and arms wet and packed with snow. She claimed to be tired and so we headed back to the house for a hot shower and some rest.

After the shower she begged to go back to find the others. She claimed to have heard them just down the road from our house - the hill we started on. I let her go into the front yard to look and see if she could see the sledders. She wasn't to leave the yard unless she could see them from the driveway. She turned and saw me watching from the window and then headed down the street. She raised her arm as if waving so I assumed she'd found them. I couldn't quite see the hill from the window, but it's almost in front of my in-laws house. So I knew she'd be fine. 

About 10-12 minutes later, Jon and Dominic came in. I asked them where Caitlin was and it dawned on us after a quick discussion that she hadn't ever found them. We all threw our clothes back on and headed outside to look for her. Several of the neighbors joined the search. After searching the entire neighborhood and tracking her as far as the next main road we begin to panic. I called 911 and Jon headed to the garage to get the truck so he could look further. Just as I began to explain to the operator what my problem was, I saw the sheriff's suv coming towards me. I flagged him down and was shocked and relieved to see my daughter sitting in the seat beside him.

She had decided to go find her Daddy and headed the long way around to the other subdivision. Someone saw her walking and called the police. By the time he reached her, she'd walked a mile from home on a curvy, icy, road that had traffic and no shoulders. A young teenage boy had been worried about her and was driving slowly behind her while he called it in. 

I've never been that scared in my life. I now have a tiny inkling of what a parent must feel when their child is abducted. Because for a moment I thought I'd lost my daughter. Those were the longest moments of my life.

So I've hugged both of my kids more than normal and savored their smiles and giggles.
If you see me sporting a head full of grey hair you can blame it on my danger girl.