Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Support Signs for Marching Band

Maddie is in color guard. That means that she is part of the marching band and that means that I have support signs to make!! I'm having a ton of fun!!

Last week was region contest. Here are the signs I made.

We put the signs out before the band had to report Saturday morning.

And then when the band was leaving town, we had a send off. I quickly moved the signs, got the girls and our cans and set up with the other band families!

(Kylie does have shorts on.. really.)

And here we are cheering the band on! It was soooooo hot! Doug was there.. just not pictured.

We were so excited that the band advanced to Area competition!

So I made more signs for this week...

I'm hoping to have more to add next week...

Go Yellowjacket Band and Colorguard!!

All the way to state!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A little crafting and a lot of sickness

In the midst of Maddie being sick, I've been sick too. In fact, I haven't run in 12 days. I have the respiratory junk. I finally made it into the doctor on Monday afternoon and got a steroid shot and some antibiotics. I'm hoping to feel better soon!

Anyway, I have been doing a little crafting.  One of my friends is pregnant and we had her baby shower over the weekend.  I was in charge of decorations. So I put a different slant on it.  I'm not good at making party decorations. I just can't get excited about spending money or time on something that is only going to be used for a couple of hours.  So instead, I made decorations that we used on the gift table, but that were for the nursery.  I was way more motivated this way!

I really like how they turned out.  I only had a picture of the bedding to work from, so the chocolate color is exactly right, but I think it works.

Here are the completed pieces with the bedding!

Didn't they make cute table decorations!! I made the two matching large canvases, the small square painting, the L button canvas and I put together a chalkboard flower thingy.

The food was delicious. I used the valance from the bedding as part of the table coverings!!

Isn't this adorable! He wanted a cake pop SO BADLY! I think he ended up eating 5 of them! :) 

And here is Mandi. She is 8 months pregnant. If she wasn't such a nice person and a friend I'd have to hate her. 8 months and adorable.

Her boys. She's having a girl this time!

On a different note, I also finished another tshirt quilt!  I am really excited about this one as I didn't know how a jersey would work in a quilt. But it turned out great! The jersey squares are the two shimmery ones in the middle of the quilt.

And there you have it. A couple more projects completed.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What triggers a "relapse?"

I hope there are a lot of you out in blog land that have no idea what this picture is or means. But in our house, it's part of life. It follows my.. "I need some pee." So Maddie or on occasion a different child goes and pees in a Dixie cup and sets it on the counter for me.

Tonight's reading shows that Maddie is spilling ketones, blood and protein in her urine. All of this from a stomach bug.

Lexi had the bug too. They both started feeling bad Monday after school but Lexi was better by Tuesday afternoon and fine today. Maddie hasn't thrown up since 10am Tuesday morning and still can't get out of bed. You just never know what us going to throw her into a relapse.

I am really hoping that she feels stronger tomorrow. Her first colorguard/band competition is Saturday. When we were talking about it tonight, in her normal stoic way, she sighed and said she wants to be able to go, but if she can't, it's not the end of the world. 


But I'm the one that's supposed to have to say things like that and reassure her. 

I'm mad that her body has robbed her of a carefree child-like approach to life.

Monday, September 29, 2014

What I did and learned this weekend

It was a typical weekend in our house. Full of crazy and fun moments. Doug was out of town, so no long distance running for me, but other than that we were in our normal busy state.

Maddie performed at the football game on Friday night which makes for a fun but late night. She is incredible to watch! 

Once again, I'm so lucky to have friends with good cameras! Thanks Tammy!

Saturday morning I coached Lexi's volleyball team Crush and we won! Lexi even got one of her serves over. That was huge.

Then I worked on a quilt.

And I painted some on decorations for a friends baby shower.

The littles and I cuddled.

And they made paper doll fashions and had multiple fashion shows for me.

And then I hurt my toe. :( 

And sadly, there isn't even a good story to go with it! I just randomly knocked over something while getting something else and it landed on my toe. It hurts.

I am thankful that it is just bruised and not broken!

Anyway, in the midst of all the mundane, I learned something interesting about myself and the rest of you in bloggy land. 

I didn't realize that all of you out there couldn't visualize EVERY SINGLE bed you had slept in since were were four years old... Yes, I know, I'm weird. But I can tell you about pretty much every room I have ever slept in... Ever. And I didn't know that the rest of you out there couldn't. But now I know. And now you know.

So if you need to know how the bed is positioned in relation to the door in say a hotel in Mobile, Alabama, I can tell you.. A youth hostel in Vienna... I got that too. Every house my parents owned, yep. I've got that covered and every single friends house I've ever spent the night at...even friends from Kindergarten. 

Well, I'm out of time. Kylie is making pictures/shapes out of coins. She's pretty good at it. We are an odd family.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Oh life, how good, but how busy you are.

Whew. We are so very busy that I can't catch my breath much less blog!

This week was crazy, plus more! Our beloved Yellow Jacket football team played on Thursday night instead of the normal Friday so that they could be broadcast LIVE on ESPN2! It made for a truly crazy week and a long, long week.

But here is a recap.

Kylie loves school, soccer and playing. Her imagination knows no bounds. Here she is figuring out tricks on Lexi's skateboard.

Lexi loves to read and is the top reader in 4th grade at this point in the year with close to 10x the AR points of most of her peers!

She also is playing volleyball and really improving. I'm her coach. Her improvement is despite my coaching.

This past weekend she went to church camp for the first time. She LOVED it! 

Maddie is tearing it up on the football field as a colorguard member. This is HER THING! How fun to watch her excels at something physical.

Maddie is also doing great in school.  She is seeing a new specialist in a couple of weeks and we are hoping that will help one of her ongoing health battles, but overall, she is doing better than we could ever have imagined at this point in high school!

I've tried to post her performance from Friday night. If you click on the link, it might take you to the video...Post by Emily Maxwell McLemore.

And what have Doug and I been doing besides driving children from place to place? Well, we have been considering a lot about life. We are in that midpoint of our lives and have to ask ourselves if we are the people that we want to be. Are we the people we have been called to be? Are we doing what we are meant to do? Lots of questions. For me, this means going back to school. I'm going to work on getting an additional advanced degree in Education. No, I have absolutely no clue how this is going to fit in our lives. But I do know that I was created to teach others how to teach and at this point in my life I'm not doing that. So I'm going to work on that. 

And what about running? Well, I'm feeling great and so strong these days. Not fast, but my running and fitness base is solid. And sadly, there is no time to race. We have commitments every Saturday from now to Christmas and beyond. So I'm looking for a fall 1/2 marathon on a Sunday that's not too far of a drive! I'll keep you posted cause man am I feeling great!

That's all I have time for.  Hope to post again soon!