Monday, May 30, 2011

Silly Girls and Strawberries Patches

There’s so many great things about being a mom. You watch with pride as your babies grow into beautiful, intelligent women. You smile as you quietly observe their interactions with other adults and you standby with hope and sometimes fear, as they make decisions that can be life-altering.

But the greatest joy is when you see those grown-up girls become little girls again!







Carefree, skipping and frolicking through a strawberry field. Oh those girls of mine! Guess they aren’t the only ones how have a bit of a silly streak….


















And sometimes, when I’m not within earshot or eyesight, I discover things like this….















And then there are these….































There are times, that I am privy to their silliness.










These are the moments I love and cherish. I love those girls of mine!















We enjoyed our time with my parents. We laughed, talked and ate lots of fresh strawberries!





































Sunday, May 29, 2011

A Birthday Letter

Dear Mother and Daddy,

Forty-nine years ago you anxiously awaited the arrive of your third baby. You already had 2 boys and you both hoped your third would be a girl. Joyously it was! On May 29, I arrived into a family of 4. I would be the last child of your small family, the first grand-daughter and the only dark headed child.

Sometimes I wish that there was a video tape of my birth. I know it’s a very personal moment for parents, but as a child or rather an adult child, I would love to have seen my birth. Back then fathers didn’t go into the delivery room and frequently mothers were, for the most part, semi-conscious. I would love to have seen both of your reactions when you heard, “It’s a girl!” I would cherish seeing you both hold me for the first time. I remember what it feels like holding my babies for the first time, as well as Mady, but to be able to peek at your own parents holding you would be amazing!

Being the only girl was wonderful. I truly felt adored by everyone, but not in a spoiled-kind-of-way. I had blessed relationships with each of your parents, my grandparents. Each grandparent relationship had its own unique bond. They loved me and I felt that love. And I loved them all dearly. The same can be said for my Aunt Claire. As silly as it may sound now, I thought she was just like Mary Tyler Moore and that was so cool in my eyes! You encouraged and nurtured extended family relationships and for that I thank you.

Both of you helped shaped me into the person I am today and I want to say, you did a great job! I don’t mean that in a bragging way, but I am happy with who I am. Because of what you have taught and exemplified in your lives as parents, partners and individuals, I was able to traverse the road blocks in life with confidence and grace. Yes, I am still learning and growing with each bend and block in the road, just as you are as you go before me on that road. Your examples, lessons, love, encouragement, help and laughter are buried deep in my heart. All of those things are treasures and I pull them out every day as I navigate the road before me.

So on this wonderful day, my birthday, I want to tell the two of you Happy Birthday! Thank you for loving me unconditionally. I am truly blessed to have you as my parents.

I love you both!









P.S. Thanks also for trying for a third baby!!!!!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Happy Birthday My Darling

Early this week was The Captain’s birthday. Cupcake Girl and I took him some balloons the day before his birthday and had a delicious Mexican lunch.














On his birthday I treated him to one of his favorite restaurants, Alleia. We were delightfully join by Kayla and Josh and were thrilled that they both tried entrees they have never tasted. Duck and quail. Yep, duck and quail. The duck was tasty but a little gamey and the quail had a great flavor. Delightful company and yummilicious food!





























Just when The Captain thought his birthday celebration was over, surprise! I planned a little party at the Lookout’s and invited friends and family. He knew we were attending the game, but didn’t know about the party part. After we entered the party deck he was the last to show his ticket to get through the door. The guy checking tickets wouldn’t let him through because he said he had the wrong ticket. It could not have been more perfect and it wasn’t even planned. I told the guy that he had to let him in because this party was for HIM! Surprise! We had a great time. It was the perfect night for a game and a party!








We were also treated to the vocals of Lauren Alaina, one of the last three contestants on American Idol and a local girl from Rossville, Georgia. Lauren threw out the first pitch AND sang God Bless America. She was a cutie throwing out the first pitch. Good luck Lauren, we are all pulling for you to win!








A little extra treat was a beautiful partial rainbow that popped up toward the south end of the city. It was perhaps the widest rainbow I have ever seen.













We may not have watched too much of the game (sorry Lookouts) but we all enjoyed ourselves and especially enjoyed celebrating with my sweet husband. Happy birthday my sweet husband! A special thank you to: Traci, Zak, Mady, Beanie, Trone, Scotty, Pat, Norm, Bev, Kayla, Josh, Kristen, Paxston, Lauren, and Jason. You made the party perfect!































These last four pictures just make me smile. They are so sweet!