Happy 15th, Handsome!

June 26, 2014

My Dear Brian, Fifteen years ago today, you were waiting for me.  I can still see you in my mind's eye, there at the front of the church, gasping to catch your breath and to steady the stream of happy tears when the doors of the church opened and Daddy started walking me down the aisle to you.  You had proposed just five and a half months before, and we had only dated nine months before that ...

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89 Days of Greatness: Day #33

June 25, 2014

    Day #33.  I had plans for our Day of Greatness activity, but as we all well know, plans are those things that hold until some other part of life comes along and re-writes our day. The boys' flag football camp was canceled this week after the first day because the rain-soaked fields evidently couldn't handle yet another day of 25 pairs of feet trampling through and making a mockery of what was left of the grass.  So the boys and I have been having fun in the mornings doing great things together - miniature golf yesterday morning! - while Mariana has...

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89 Days of Greatness: Days #29 … and 30 … and 31 … and 32 [oops!]

June 24, 2014

So I kinda sorta maybe somewhat forgot to take pictures of our Days of Greatness activities from the last few days in much the same way that my Rangers have kinda sorta maybe somewhat forgotten how to score runs.  (We are currently losing to the Tigers 5-0, but with two men on in scoring position, I have a feeling that score will soon be worse.  Much worse.) Day #29 - we spent the day cooking and cleaning and generally preparing for one of our favorite families to come over for some swim time and a big meal.  We had a ball,...

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89 Days of Greatness: Day #28

June 20, 2014

  Day #28 of 89 Days of Greatness.  We had a little cousin time, a little shoe-buying time, a little - OK, a lot of) chore time, a little swim time, a little dinner time, a little post-dinner walk time.  Such a great summer day.  And that doesn't even cover the Day of Greatness activity. Of course, we also had the flip side.  (I knew it was coming sometime soon since we're almost a month into summer.)  Somewhere in the middle of the day, we had some "Holy cow!  Help me!  Someone has removed my children's typically stellar personalities and replaced them...

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89 Days of Greatness: Days #26 & 27

June 19, 2014

Days #27 (yesterday) and #28 (today).  These could be two of my top five favorite Days of Greatness so far this summer.  I would have posted about yesterday's, well, yesterday, but I had to get a new computer and all the data was being transferred.  (Seemed like a good idea to have the people who actually work with computers do the data transfer rather than do it myself, by the end of which, I'd have two non-functioning computers instead of one.) Yesterday's Day of Greatness activity was all about creativity.  I wrote out each of their first names on paper and...

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89 Days of Greatness: Day #25

June 17, 2014

    Day #25 of greatness.  I had a plan for it, but plans are only there in case other things don't come up, and today, other things came up.  Fortunately, today's other things were the ingredients in a recipe for a dreamy summer day. A couple of my cousin's kids ended up free for the afternoon, and she said it would help her out some if they could come over here while she worked to get her house ready to sell.     The littles had academic camps in the morning, and then after lunch we had those two cousins come over for a swim...

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89 Days of Greatness: Day #24

June 16, 2014

Day #24 of 89 Days of Greatness.  It's not just a picnic.  It's not just a playground.  It's Picnic At The Playground.  OK.  I've taken the kids to the playground before.  Often.  And I've taken the kids on picnics before.  Not so often.  But this is the first time in, say, a presidential election cycle, that I've gotten my act together enough --- wait for it --- to do both at the same time.  This is such an unusual experience for them that I half expected them to dance the fool in the proverbial end zone, but instead they played...

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89 Days of Greatness: Day #23

June 15, 2014

  Day #23 of 89 Days of Greatness. They say a picture's worth a thousand words, and if so, these pictures begin to tell about the greatness of today. Greatness is loving a daddy enough to want to do a special surprise for him. Greatness is turning our kitchen into 'Cafe Mimosa' - or was it 'Mimosa Cafe?! - with fresh food and the littles helping with the surprise while Brian read the paper for an hour. Greatness is a five-year-old boy pretending to be a wine steward, offering a Coke from McDonald's as Daddy's 'wine.'     Greatness is a seven-year-old boy making fruit kebobs ...

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89 Days of Greatness: Day #22

June 14, 2014

Day #22 of 89 Days of Greatness.  What was today's greatness?  Was it the mother-son date Brent and I had this afternoon to play miniature golf?  It's a rare thing - not lightning-strike rare, but grand-slam rare - for me to get one-on-one time with each of the littles. Last Saturday on my birthday, Mariana and I went and got our nails done for a Mama-daughter outing.  She convinced me to put a smoky blue-grey polish on my toes; it's still there, looking pretty smashing.  I think it's growing on me.  (Now that it is, it will immediately start wearing off....

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89 Days of Greatness: Days #20 & 21

June 13, 2014

          Days #20 and 21 of 89 Days of Greatness.  Between yesterday and today, I pick today.  But of course, that's not comparing apples to apples; it's comparing apples to, say, strychnine Yesterday, we were a little off.  And by 'off,' I mean that we were in a galaxy far, far away from the one where we wanted to be.  (This is especially bad if, like me, you are not well-versed in All Things Trekkie.)  Most of the day, my spirit felt like - and the littles' behavior looked like - the mess in the next three pictures.     Perhaps not coincidentally, those are pictures...

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