Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
For the last three or four years a few members of the family gather and head for the corn maze to celebrate Fall. This year Tom's sister joined us with her three children. Some of the maze had been flooded and maps had to be redrawn. They were a little hard to follow but our fearless leader, Andrew (after an hour and a half diligent map reading) lead us out of the maze and into the opening once again.
We encountered but one problem. Grandad and young 4 1/2 year old Patrick, got separated from the group at the beginning, never to be found again! I'm not sure how long it took G'diddy to give up, find a forbidden short cut out and go sit himself down in a chair while watching his charge play on the tractor tires, but we all had faith that he would.
All-in-all, it was a really good memory. Come join us next year!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Some stayed. Kate granted a pardon and I rationalized keeping a few more under the pretense that they were special because...yada, yada, but let me tell you, it was a hard day letting go of the memories each one held. Also, I am like a child when it comes to wanting cute cuddly life like animals. (Where do you think Emily and Issy got it from?) So please don't feed the addiction! I never want to do this again...(except for that large lamb I have been waiting for that won't come in until December.)
One funny thing did happen. As I quickly lowered the animals into the large black plastic bag , so as not to think too long about it, one toy in particular grabbed me with laughter! It was a large, beautifully colored parrot that hadn't been played with in years, but when I threw him into the bag, he hollered, "Adios Amigo!" (who knew the battery still worked!) and I let out a loud chuckle and ran to tell Kate viva email. I knew then that someone else was going to get a smile from that bird, not just me.
So, Adios Amigos, it's been really good having you around with all the children that have played here.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
She is also a top cheerleader for the Fourth Grade Colts football team.
Andrew was invited to participate in the Duke 7th grade talent search for scoring so high on his CTP4 testing last spring.
Emily is working on the tech crew for Andrew's up-coming play this weekend. She also had the winning concept for the playbill!
William was moved into an accelerated program in math and reading due to his high scores. This will mean he accelerates into 1st grade curriculum while staying in his kindergarten class. Last week, Will also got 4...count 'em...1,2,3,4, green lights in a row, for good behavior! He has really been working on that for some time. Good job William!!
Morgan is making some $$ this fall by being a referee for soccer games. She took a class and is now official. The best part is that she has a whistle!! Morgan also went to Tallahassee this past weekend, with friends of her family, for two more soap box derby events. She continues to rock climb too.
Ford is having a successful baseball fall season with the Medlock Park IronBirds and Joe is all fired up in his football season with the Fifth Grade Colts. Go Teams!
I know there is a lot more family news to be broadcast, IE...environmental news, big cases, new decorating clients, winter workout classes. I hear Shannon's new job at GT is going great! How are things in CA going for our newly married family?
Got news? We want to know! I'll be looking forward to hearing from you.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I surprised myself (and everyone else!) when the tears started to fall as the men took the 25 year old nursery bedroom set down the stairs. I could almost feel Baby Kate (4/28/84) the day I so proudly brought her home from the hospital and placed her in the crib I had prepared for her. Then I thought of the day we moved a twin bed onto her room. She refused to leave her cozy, familiar crib even though she was old enough to read books alone at bed time. It took her forever to make the transition.
After Kate left the nursery and moved next door into her big girl room, the wicker-filled room still served as her play area, but the crib sat childless and waited for the first grand baby to arrive. I remember the first time Ford (7/2/95) came to the new nursery at Farmington. Grandad and I acted adoringly like new parents as we tried to endear ourselves to him. I was never sure if I was allowed to act as a “real” grandmother or not, but my instincts couldn’t wait to love and talk with him as he lay in the nursery bed.
When Mary, asked me to be in the delivery room for Joey’s birth (4/7/98), I thought life could be no better. I had always wanted her to trust me like that, and I dreamed it would bond us together forever. I might have failed her in my excitement, taking pictures of such a special event in her life, but I was so overwhelmed at the privilege that perfection just couldn’t be achieved with my photographs. I had another child to fill the nursery bed.
It wasn’t long before Isabelle (9-5-00), who looked just like her dark haired father, arrived. Mary and Mike again shared the experience with me and I realized fully that love is the only thing that you have more of, the more you give away. I was in love again! Aidan (8/25/01) followed almost a year later, again, too far away to touch but the perfect brother for Keegan to fill the nursery with when they came home. He also was born on the very day of my beloved son, Michael.