Posted by Sandra on September 11, 2009
Posted by Sandra on August 13, 2009
I wish I was young enough – eh, who am I kidding, I AM young enough! – to race towards a plastic sheet, flop down on my cushioned tummy, and fly thru the water… ah, to be a child!
Posted by Sandra on August 7, 2009
We had an impromptu shoot yesterday looking for artistic graffiti in downtown Columbus. We stopped by the museum and by the arts college and snapped a few shots. Girlfriend knows how to work the camera!
All three of them got cute for me a few times too:
Posted by Sandra on July 28, 2009
(And then I have to show off my cutie posing for the camera):
Posted by Sandra on July 21, 2009
What happened to Geriatric Mama?
Well. A lot.
This was an old screenname from an old time, and I always found it amusing and unique. But it’s time to move on. I can’t yet change the actual root name of my blog, but that will come someday.
Last night, I was laying in bed with my 1 year old and she slowly rolled over, put her arm around my neck as tight as she could, snuggled her head into my cheek, and fell asleep twirling my hair. I was listening to the muffled sounds of the rest of the house – Autumn and Justus playing in his room, Brett’s video games in his space, Daddy downstairs catching up on his NFL shows – and realized I’m really not the person I was a few years ago.
I cried as I said my nightly prayers, thanking God for this little person clutching to my neck and sharing my heartbeat, her breath warm on my face. I thanked God for the three other little miracles going about their business in the rest of the house. I know I’m blessed to have Gary in my life, to take care of us and love us all. We’re healthy, we’re happy, we’re a family.
I decided “Geriatric Mama” was no longer appropriate. I feel younger than I did a decade ago. Althought I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown tenfold. I feel rejuvinated, fresh, full of life because of the life in my home. Vintage, like a fine wine, is a much better term! 🙂
Posted by Sandra on July 17, 2009
Those are words I just never thought I’d have to say today. Or ever.
Posted by Sandra on July 13, 2009
We had planned on heading up to Berlin, Ohio, and the surrounding Amish communities over the weekend, but it rained miserably on Saturday – so instead, we headed up on Sunday, in absolutely beautiful weather. The downfall? Everything – and I mean EVERYTHING – is closed in Amish country on Sundays! I managed to get a couple of good images, but for the two hour drive up and the two hour drive back, it was not the amount I had planned. That being said, we finished the day at a small park with water play, and the three children (and Daddy!) had a great time splashing and getting wet. The day could be summed up as quite wonderful, even though we didn’t get to shop for Amish handcrafted items or eat at a wonderful restaurant… We’re planning a trip back up when the season changes this fall – should make for gorgeous pics!
Just wanted to show a few…
Posted by Sandra on June 26, 2009
housecleaning ala June Cleaver is dead???
Posted by Sandra on June 3, 2009
I forgot to post this on the 1st… but we’re still going strong!
Let’s see… I haven’t talked about Ayla’s achievements this year, now that I think about it. Some of Ayla’s milestones over the past few months… she can now get up on the trampoline by herself! She can get on the counter to get snacks like her big sister, too. She has almost mastered her tricycle – she needs just a little more encouragement to keep her feet on the pedals. She can scale the ladder to her slide, navigate the stairs almost the whole way, standing up; she of course has mastered the spoon and fork and eats anything and everything like a champ. She is “behind” Autumn in talking, but “ahead” of where Autumn was in regards to her physical abilities. No worries, it all will balance out in the end!
Autumn’s now writing all of her numbers and letters beautifully, writing her name easily and quite legibly, without help. She will start Kindergarten in the fall of 2010, and I think she’ll be right on track with her skills. She’s going to do great, I just know it.
Justus’ new medication dose has changed his life. He is now a social butterfly! He’s rarely here anymore, the phone rings until all hours of the night, and he has a girlfriend, Sarah! Compared to last year, when he only had one friend (who is a carbon copy of him!), this is a welcome change. I think he may be busier than Brett is! Now he’s hounding me for a cell phone, which, depending on how often he’s gone, he may just get. He sometimes leaves in the morning and I won’t see him for 5 or 6 hours or more, as he visits and travels the neighborhood and the neighborhood next to us. I’m so happy for him, so proud of him, and so thrilled that he’s making so many good friends. This will make the transition to the new 6th grade school so much easier – and there will be more new friends there to make too!
Brett finished the year on the honor roll – he was on it for every grading period. I couldn’t be more proud. He’s enrolled in some college prep courses next year to prepare him for medical school. He still thinks he wants to be a GP – I hope he keeps that dream alive. He has been hesitant to study for his temporary license though – I think he’s more nervous than he originally let on. I’m glad – he SHOULD be nervous, taking control of a 4,000 piece of metal! The insurance to add him is nominal, I told him I’d meet him halfway on that and he would have to pay for his own gas. He’s cool with it. He’ll be driving my van until he saves enough money to go in on a car. I think he’ll do fine.
And that’s a brief summary of the kids. All healthy, all happy, all doing well. Have a great day!
Posted by Sandra on June 2, 2009
Autumn got her “big girl bike” last week, and after only an hour on it, she was a pro. And we can’t get her off of it!
She could’ve gotten it last summer, but she was so attached to her Dora Bike (okay, it’s a regular tricycle that she put Dora stickers allllllllll over) that she didn’t want a big bike… but we had an opportunity to get a great hand-me-down from a friend and convinced her that she’d love it. And we were right. We “girlied” it up with a Princess basket and tassles and a pink bell, and Autumn is going to hunt for Princess stickers to put on it. She’s growing up too fast!
Showing her little sister how it works:
And really, what’s more fun than chasing your friends through the neighbor’s sprinkler??
And Ayla was enjoying the “rain” too… but she stopped to take a break:
Ah, isn’t summertime grand?
Posted by Sandra on May 20, 2009
So Autumn was doing something (I don’t even remember now – dragging dog food from the bowls to feed the dogs, right after I swept? I dunno) that I asked her not to do, please. She did it again a few minutes later.
So I asked her, rhetorically, in my familiar slightly-gritted-teeth style that lets her know I mean business, “HOW many times am I going to have to ask you to stop??”
To which she replied, after giving it quite a bit of thought, “Two?”
Okay, you’re forgiven.
Posted by Sandra on May 14, 2009
about making homemade chocolate cake, is sharing the batter-covered beaters and barely-scraped bowl with my girls! Ah, I actually DO love rainy day fun!
I think I caught Autumn off-guard! 🙂
Posted by Sandra on May 11, 2009
Hope all my mommy friends had a great Mother’s Day. I was blessed with flowers on Friday, a special meal at my favorite restaurant on Saturday, and a gift from the Diamond Cellar on Sunday. All that, and hubby did laundry, cleaned the kitchen, and took care of the kids for me. I must’ve done something right sometime, somewhere! Here’s a (not so good) picture of my gift, it made me cry… a charm necklace for each of my children with their birth stones:
Let’s see… other random musings for today…
Wanda Sykes needs moved to a deserted island and put out of our misery.
Thank GAWD Joan won the Celebrity Apprentice. When your boss asks you what you’ve done to earn a job, you DON’T start pointing fingers at someone else and blaming them for your failures.
I have decided I will never beat my carb addiction. Why are carbs so wonderful??? And isn’t it a gift for my grandkids to snuggle into a grandma with some meat on her bones? Yeah, I think so.
Ayla has a new trick. If you say, “Ayla, MEAN FACE!” she drops what she’s doing and does this:
But then she thinks she’s hysterical and falls out, cracking herself up:
Hm. I think that’s all I have today. We had a wonderful weekend, and I hope everyone else did too! Have a great week!
Posted by Sandra on May 1, 2009
(LOL… someone graciously pointed out that I had a typo in the title and wrote 17 months – I didn’t notice it, I have fixed it!)
Posted by Sandra on April 27, 2009
Autumn so wanted to plant a flower garden… so we gutted the old big sandbox and filled it with topsoil and let her shop for flowers. She’s completely obsessed… she checks their growth on the hour, every hour. There are wilflower seeds planted in the middle of the big area, and she checks several times a day to see if they’re growing yet. I think she’s going to get frustrated very quickly at this rate! She’s lovin’ it – Grandma and Grandpa have promised to go get some flowers for her to plant at their house too. Martha Stewart in the making, maybe?
Yes, that’s a lovely area of dead grass where the broken lid was left laying all spring… guess I’ll be shopping for grass seed soon too!
Visiting Grandma’s house, finding an interesting thing trying to hide from us:
That’s a teeny frog balanced one of the chairs:
And why oh why do I like pictures of them walking away so much? It’s so… “me and my shadow”!
Posted by Sandra on April 23, 2009
sans mantle. I don’t know why I don’t have a mantle. I built the house and didn’t include one. 11 years later I still don’t have one. I don’t know why. I guess the benefit is it’s one less thing to dust. But I digress…
Posted by Sandra on April 22, 2009
Autumn won 3rd place in her age group for an Easter drawing she did at a local restaurant… I think this girl has never been so proud of herself in all her life!
Daddy came home a little early and took her to pick up her prizes (and yes, she wanted to put on her pretty Easter dress) – she got a little plastic backpack, a playdoh set, a gift card for a kid’s meal, and a certificate. She’s so tickled!
Ah, mom brag over. 🙂
Posted by Sandra on April 21, 2009
… or should I say “Rainy Day Mess?”
And for the perfect end to playtime, we looked out the back window and saw this!
Posted by Sandra on April 20, 2009
We had a glorious Saturday enjoying a picnic in our local park. Grandma and Grandpa came to enjoy it with us, and we took some pics and watched the kids play. Our park has a water area, so the kids can fill up their waterguns and get everyone wet – including bystanders!
There’s nothing better than eating outside in the warm spring weather, laughing and being together with family. We are so blessed, and I thank God every day for that.
After we got back home and it got dark, we lit up the firepit and had roasted marshmallows. Is there a better way to end a perfect day?
Posted by Sandra on April 10, 2009
The kids decorated the Easter eggs last night, and we had so much fun (and made such a mess!):
And then we made gift baskets for the grandmas, so they can have an Easter decoration made by Autumn!
We used real eggs that we had blown out:
Then picked up some pretty little bows:
Then used hot glue to affix them to each egg:
I picked up the little colorful baskets at the Dollar store, along with the moss… put a drop of hot glue on the bottom of each egg, and now they have pretty little centerpieces for their tables this holiday:
This is such an easy and fun project… it’s just that your family will have to eat lots of omelettes or scrambled eggs while you are making them!