Monday, March 30, 2009

shouldnt that be ME??!!

it's been a while since i last updated, we have been very very busy. i thought i would give an overall update of each person's shenanigans.

tara- what have i NOT been doing? getting over shingles, taking care of sick kids, running a home business, traveling, gardening, getting ready for tess' GIGANTIC sale, cleaning, the usual mom overload...

tim- pink eye in both eyes, teaching, getting ready for school plays, leading worship at grace, HOG hunting (blechh), mowing (it's that time again!), on his down time being dad to two wild boys....

harrison- the flu, kingdom kids, playgroup, hog hunting with his dad, fishing, playing hard...

lockett- the flu, double ear infections, learning to sleep through till 7am (yeehaw!), learning to crawl, sitting up, latest trick- "shake your head", loving helping me outside! being happy in almost every circumstance (what a blessing!)...

i thought you'd enjoy a picture i hastily snapped of some of the shenanigans. notice: lockett, tim, AND aaron.
aaron and tim

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

the chris suels

i call them the "chris suels". they will be leaving soon in just a few short weeks. off to africa. they are taking with them, my precious nieces and nephews, one of my closest friends and sister, my husband's "buzzie", harrison's best friends, and my most faithful prayer partner. we will miss you guys more than we could ever express.

here is one of my favorite pictures. chris' face is priceless and zephanator, well, its just perfectly him.


Saturday, March 14, 2009

free money

im sorry i havent posted this week. i have strep throat and lockett is sick with something straight from the Pit.

so since i am just not up to writing this week, i offer a substitute.


Sunday, March 8, 2009

freaked out redneck

everyone is wanting to know......

yes. tim got his gun. not without a lot of hoopla though. BUT i did get all of my front flower beds weeded and mulched! so, maybe i won afterall.

the whole gun thing has brought a really ridiculous obsession with it. even harrison is getting in on it. i have never seen so much camouflage, bullets, and trucker hats nor have i ever heard so much redneck talk in all my life.

what happened to my artistic, alternative musician?!? he did a bait and switch! now all i've got is a gun totin', camouflage wearin', spittin', redneck. Lord, help me.

oh, and there are pictures of tim with the gun. but i refuse to post them. maybe someday i'll use them for bribing. they are so so so redneck.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

And the "Crappy Mom of the Year Award" goes to....

ME!! dont even bother entering the contest, i got this one. i win. hands down.

it started yesterday with an innocent trip to the mailbox. i walked out to get the mail and there was a strange letter in the mail. upon checking it out, i realized it was a bill for over $5,000. YIKES! it was for a student loan. i thought, jeeze some poor soul accidently used my social security number and now owes them big. but, no big deal i will get it straightened out. i called. nope. no mistake.

when i was going to school to get my certification to be a teacher, i did so under a "teach for texas" grant. it paid for my schooling as long as i completed 5 years of teaching in a shortage area. i completed 2 years before i got pregnant with harrison and then quit teaching to stay home. SO, looks like they want their money. they did say, however, if i can prove i worked those 2 years they will reduce the amount. so, by golly, i am gonna prove it! i had to get forms filled out from all over town and my mind was quite preoccupied with the whole mess, so this morning i called on my precious friend Kimberly to sit with lockett while i ran all over town getting forms filled out and harrison was at kingdom kids.

so, i was running around town like a chicken with its head cut off (thats just a gross, strange expression) and at about 11 o'clock i came home to pick up lockett from kimberly so she could go to class. After feeding lockett i decided i had time to run into walmart to get a few things before picking up harrison. so, i ran in and put lockett in the buggy and did a mad dash sprint through walmart. the cashier had finished ringing up my purchases and i realized i didnt have my wallet. uggghh. i mean seriously!!. with the line building behind me i looked helplessly at her and just said, "i dont have my wallet. what do i do??" she said, "run go it and i'll wait." so i did just that. i took off running to my car which was WAY on the other end of the walmart parking lot. about halfway to my car i realized that i had left lockett in the buggy.

my biggest fear, my absolute worst nightmare is that i will leave or forget my children somewhere. and here i am. i had the biggest 'oh crap' moment of my life. i couldnt breathe. i immediately turned around and ran back into the store and saw the ladies just playing with lockett as if IT WERE NORMAL! i just about cried. i said, "oh my gosh! i left my baby here!!" they smiled and said, "oh, we thought you left him with us on purpose."

okay, let me take a step back here and pause. WHAT??!! do you know that tells me that someone has, at some time, INTENTIONALLY left a kid to be watched by a cashier before!!?!

i wanted to absolutely die. even though my embarrassment faded rather quickly, because the women didnt seem bothered a bit, i cannot tell you how horrific i felt. i should be fired as a mom. WHAT WAS GOD THINKING WHEN HE MADE ME A MOM!!??!! my most precious, most valuable treasure on planet earth and i left him in WALMART. holy jeeze.

i struggled with whether or not to share this story for a couple reasons.
1. i dont want anyone to think this is normal and
2. i dont like looking like an idiot.

but i decided to share this anyway because
1. my family and friends with several kids will hopefully laugh and understand and
2. my family and friends without kids need to know mistakes happen.

all we can do is learn and grow. and i honestly think that when mom-guilt attacks, it is our responsibility as members of the mom club to encourage, uplift and crush guilt attacks for each other. so, if anyone is feeling mom-guilt today or in the near future, just realize we all make mistakes and go ahead, think in your head, "at least i didnt leave my kid at walmart".