It starts with a field trip. Only truly fun things happen this time of year. The tests are done and passed so why not take the kids to NASA? They are still learning and this time it’s really cool stuff.
Then we have Field Day. Nothing better then some friendly competition between classmates. We work on working together all year long, but then at the end we celebrate it with games!
Even the church groups get in on this. Celebrating a great year with ice cream and a concert.
Then come the awards….UiL, Honor Roll, Science, Art, Music, P.E. awards. Those awards that say you are done! That you have accomplished all you can in this year and it’s time to move on to bigger and better things.
And while there are no pictures…there was that once in a lifetime “officially a woman” date to dinner and movie this week!!!
There you have it…all my evidence that time is an asshole and kids grow up way to quick and this mom isn’t ready for her babies to grow up!!
P.S. There are more pictures of Danielle because well teenager things!
Have you guys heard of Lootcrate?
It’s a monthly visitor that everyone in the house looks forward to! You never know what the theme will be but you know it’s going to be good stuff! My daughters got very excited about our first box and I’m worried that the hubster and I might not be able to enjoy them every time.
I’ll never be able to wear this crown!
A collection of magnets to match our dragon one!
The only way Veronica was allowed to keep this was if she promised to put it on her band instrument case when she starts band next year! Of course she agreed!
Last night while we heard our nightly report about the happenings of all the kids at the Montessori School, while Danielle almost tipped something over and made everyone life, while Veronica wanted to tell us what she learned at school, while the instrumental music played in the back I had a thought….it will never be like this again.
Oh sure we still have thousands of family dinners ahead of us because we eat like this EVERY. SINGLE NIGHT. but Jilly won’t be in class with her “boyfriend” Ryan. Veronica will soon be a moody teenager that hates the world and Danielle won’t always be a klutz (I hope).
It’s stress putting these dinners on every night…I mean why do the kids want food every day? Everyone who has kids understands that. The hubster and I always dream of meals without “the interrupters” and the few that we do get are magical, but one day I’m going to miss it. The laughter, the stories, the fighting over napkins, will be gone in the blink of an eye.
So last night when all this hit me, as I was rushing to get to a friend’s baseball game, I stopped and I did my best to capture it.
The magical moment that just makes my heart explode with love for my family and my girls.
It’s not a fancy picture. The light isn’t just right and I didn’t crop out the mess. Hell I didn’t even tell anyone to look at me. It was my view, my reality, my loves.
He had only been working there for about a year and a half but already had scored one of the best jobs available. He was in charge of the babies. It was an easy and fun job for him, checking the new babies and making sure they were just right. Each one came past him and he gave it a final check on the conveyer belt before they were sent down to answer the prayers of those waiting. Today was different…he stopped the belt from moving, halted the other workers and went back in the line about 5 babies down.
There he saw her. A few little freckles, a brain and heart so big it was about to burst and a sense of humor to make all the angels laugh. He said that he had to have that one, there was a special home that little bundle of joy had to go, even if there had been no prayers for it. It didn’t matter! He was her grandpa and if he said this child in heaven was made for her, he was going to make it happen.
But first one little gift…one gift to let his granddaughter know that this one was picked out by him just for her….a sense of stubbornness, anxiety, love and weirdness only matched by him.
When I woke up from that dream 12 years a go I had an urge to take one of my pregnancy tests that were in the back of my cabinet. See the Hubster and I were just married and we weren’t trying but not avoiding, always having the plan that God knew what he was doing (without being Duggers).
This week my baby turned 11. There are some days when I look at pictures of my grandpa and roll my eyes and say Thanks and yet I knew exactly why he sent her to me. I’m grateful that he stopped that conveyer belt that day.
At her first birthday party
* My Grandfather passed away on April 27, 2002 and my world was shattered. After marrying the Hubster I would have a dream one night and wake up and find that it had worked out. I choose to believe it was real. :)
because you must be careful when walking through the bluebonnets even if they are all over your own yard.
*You won’t find pictures of Veronica in the bluebonnets she is developing her photography skills and growing up. the pictures with the girls in them.