19 May 2017
18 May 2017
05 May 2017
30 April 2017
23 April 2017
These two amazing young ladies are all about doing things their way. I made sure to impress upon each of them, You will only get one senior prom. One. If you do not go, that's up to you. But you will never be a high school senior on prom night again.
Neither of them went to prom. They were both asked, actually by multiple people. They both have a grandmother who sews and could have had a custom dress. Nope. Rachel had finished school in the December before prom in April and she just didn't hang out with high school kids anymore. Samantha said it's all about getting dressed up for pictures only to go to the after party in shorts and a tshirt, so what's the point?
She's not wrong. The school district throws a huge after-party with bouncy blow up trampolines, roly-poly suits, door prizes like laptops and dorm sized fridges, and tons of free food - the community donates it all and the students are encouraged to come - no admission. This year they had a hypnotist and a DJ from the big pop station in Little Rock, Alice 107.7. But were my kids there? Nope. Working.
Samantha did go hang out with a few friends after work that night, who did go to prom, but, true to her words, only stayed a little while and then chilled with a bonfire and movies until late.
Make your way ladies. Make your way.
22 April 2017
07 April 2017
05 April 2017
Warning - Lots of pictures in this one!
So James and I have now been married for twenty years. Twenty. Wow. We used to joke that if we made it to five years he would not be able to "deselect me", as he called it. We flew past five and now we are working on our second set of twenty. Then another. Then another....
A few photos of the early days, and more recently:
30 March 2017
27 March 2017
14 March 2017
07 March 2017
A guy in her first period class was wearing this shirt and she genuinely commented that she liked his shirt. He said thanks and they went about their lives. This guy was just described as a guy in her first period class. Not someone she's known since third grade, not a friend, not even a friend of a friend. Just a guy from her first period class.
Now the detail of first period is an important one. Samantha does not attend her first period class on a regular basis. We are have serious getting up and out the door on time issues and she says even her first period teacher is astonished on the off chance she is actually there, physically in the classroom before the bell rings.
So the next time she graced her first period peers with her presence, this "guy in her first period class" pulls from his backpack the very shirt Samantha commented on and is sporting today. He said, here. I bought you a shirt. I carried it around until you came to class again. He probably had big puppy dog eyes and a lost expression on his face.
On the way home from school today, she was telling her dad his story. I said Samantha, repeat after me, "I like your car...." Beware the big brown eyes, boys. They will cast their spell.
03 March 2017
27 February 2017
24 February 2017
Our cute kid quote this time comes from Charlotte, age 14. As she was getting dressed this morning, she opened the front door to test the air. Mom, she says, it's February, right? Cause outside it feels like May. I guess Mother Nature is bi-polar.
North pole, south pole....warm and sunny, cold and breezy. Mother Nature IS bi-polar, Charlotte. Well said.
20 February 2017
Nine years old. Nine. JMichael was born on a cold winter day in 2008. He was hospitalized for the first 15 days of his life in the NICU of Arkansas Children's Hospital. I learned a lot in the NICU and I have an immense amount of respect for those angels that work there with those little souls. Not a place for the faint of heart.
JMichael was born with "whimpy white boy" syndrome - basically his lungs were heavy with fluid and he could not breathe on his own. He was on a breathing machine and intubated for weeks before he could breathe independently. We couldn't hold him, and he didn't wear anything but a diaper under his own personal heat lamp. James and I just sat and watched his numbers on the monitors. It was hard, but, you would never know it now. Just try to make him sit under a heat lamp in a diaper.
31 January 2017
23 January 2017