Thursday, May 24, 2012

(I Don't Really Love It)

I love, love, LOVE when other people tell me how to parent my children. Even better, when the person who won't mind their own business offering the advice is someone without children or only has a single child. That would be like me trying to tell an elementary school principal how to do their job. Sure, both our goals are to raise successful, well-rounded children...however even I can recognize that their role is on a much larger scale than mine, so they are juggling factors I can't even begin to comprehend. I can also recognize that they have a lot more experience than I do, at fulfilling their duties.

I don't pretend to know everything about parenting. Hell, most days I feel like I'm barely hanging on, by the tips of my fingers. What I do know is my kids. I know each of their personalities, strengths and weaknesses. I know the kind of adults I want to raise and I parent to support that.

So, the next time I don't ask for your input or advice...take that to mean that I don't want it. I appreciate your need to tell me everything I am doing wrong. I appreciate your need to point out every mistake I make. However, I don't really want to hear it. When I decide that a person with no kids or one child has invaluable parenting information that I must know...I'll seek you out.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Thought Tidbit

I have 1.2 milion blog posts I need to catch up on...but I'm busy. :) However, I heard this song today and fell in love with the lyrics. Enjoy!

Darius Rucker

Friday, May 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Jared!

Happy 30th birthday! I know if you were here we would have celebrated by skydiving. You did it first and I knew if you could do it...I could do it, too.

I watched the last episode of Desperate Housewives this week. The series is over and there will never again be a new episode. You loved that show and because of that, I began watching it, years ago. It was your "dirty little secret" and I loved that.

It was strange watching that show. I thought about you the entire time. It 's funny how the finale of the show coincided with your birthday. I wish you would have been here to watch it with me.

I love you Jared. We still talk to our kids about you and Josh loves telling you funny stories from when you were kids. I wish you could be here to laugh along side him, as he tells them.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Happy Birthday Lukey!!!

My little man is turning six! I can't believe how time flies. My first (and only) son has become so independent and grown up so much in the last year. He is just finishing up kindergarten and has done amazing! He is a little math whiz, has started learning cursive and can read just about anything you throw in front of him. He amazes me with how easily he picks up new concepts (unless they are new chores...then he forgets a lot!) and how friendly he is with his peers. He still does crazy things that make us wonder what in the world he is thinking, but overall he is extremely helpful and kind.

Avery is still his best friend. They do everything together.

He loves being outside.
Going tubing didn't scare him one bit and he was the first to go down the hills by himself.

This was taken last summer. I can't get over how much he has grown up!

He'll always be my superhero!

Who couldn't love that sweet face?

His laugh is infectious. His smile radiates to his eyes and lights his entire face up!

Photo shoot I did a few weeks ago.
I can already see the man he will be...and that makes me sad.
Where does the time go?
I love you so much! You were a miracle from the moment your Dad and I found out you we were expecting you and we have never forgotten that. You are named after your Uncle Jared Luke Garrard and I so wish you could have met him. Our family lost an amazing man in September of 2005, but I know that he took my request straight to Heaven for a little boy to join our family...and there you were, eight and a half months later! :)
You are becoming such an amazing little man. Your kindness and sense of humor makes me so proud. I love that you always stick up for someone that you know is being picked on and you always try to do the right thing. You are so helpful and my very best helper at laundry! Your eyes remind me so much of my grandmother and my mom and I love looking into them as they shine with happiness.
I hope your next year is as amazing as you are.  I know that you will accomplish so many wonderful things in first grade! Lukey, you make every day perfect. I love you, my little man. Happy Birthday!
Love, Mommy

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I'm Leaving...On A Jet Plane...

My flight leaves in a few hours and I am so excited! I haven't been in an airplane since 2001...two weeks after 9/11. I'm hoping that the atmosphere in the airport will be a tad less anxious than it was then.

I'm really excited about seeing one of my best friends and I can't wait to experience the Susan G. Komen in another state. I wonder if it will provoke the same feelings that the one in Utah does. It's always hard remembering past races when Mom was with us. Remembering where we took the last photos of her in the Gateway. Remembering things she said at certain spots along the route. Remembering where we took photos of the first race she missed.

I know that just being around other families who have this tragic disease affect their lives is always hard...and uplifting. I love wearing a picture of Mom on my back, knowing that I am representing her for every one to see. I love seeing the pictures of other people who have passed on and sharing a look of solidarity with the person wearing it. I love seeing the smiles on the faces of the Survivors and their families.

This race will always be such a special thing to me. I can't wait to see the photos from my family doing the Utah race and I'm excited to share photos from the Georgia race. I love you all!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tutu Cute!!

I have wanted to wear a pink tutu in the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer 5K for years...

...and I finally will! :)

I will be running in celebration of Mom in Atlanta, GA this year, thanks to one of my best friends who relocated there, last fall. I get to visit with one of my girls AND run for Mom! LOVE it!

Shockingly, these weren't too hard to make. There will be three of us that will be wearing them and it took about two hours for each one, at about $20 for each one. I cannot wait to get home and make more for my girls. I'm thinking a little red, white and blue?!?! What better way to celebrate my favorite holiday? :)

I know Mom would have made one for herself and wore it proudly. I wish she could be finishing along with me...but I know she's watching...and laughing. ♥