Thursday, April 30, 2009

nothing but the truth.....

have you ever had that absolutely sinking feeling in your stomach and you just know something's coming? well, moms--particularly moms of boys-- should pay pretty close attention to that feeling.

today was a special day. we had the kingdom kids mother's day tea. let me say, i think my stomach was in knots because the last kingdom kids mother event was so rough with harrison that i swore off all future program attendance. i came home after that last one and told tim he was on notice, never again would i attend by myself with two boys who were climbing walls. or more specifically UNDER TABLES. but i digress, TODAY i had the mother's day program so i put my big girl pants on and went anyway. AFTER i secured a babysitter for lockett :)

I arrived right on time and the kids came into the room and sang some songs and did a little tribute to moms. it was so sweet. BUT the very first thing they did was the teacher stood up and said, "we asked the kids some questions about their moms and we didnt censor ANY answers." enter sinking stomach.

the teacher began reading all the precious answers about their moms. all the answers were so sweet. the two questions i remember (and you'll see why) were:
1. when is your mom the prettiest?
2. when is your mom the funniest?

there were great answers like: when mom goes to church she is prettiest, and when mom is cooking, she is prettiest. or, when mom dances in the yard she is funniest, or when mom plays pretend with me she is funniest.

listen closely. here are harrison's answers:

so APPARENTLY, I sit around naked, watching tv, drinking starbucks all the time. nice. and the WHOLE church now knows. the truth is out. :)

heres a picture of harrison at the table where we sat together:

i had a great time anyway, harrison made me a potted plant and even with all the funny answers, i am the LUCKIEST mom on planet earth. thank you harrison! i love you. :)

Sunday, April 19, 2009


for some strange reason i have these... well, markers, in my mind that i cant wait for. markers, moments in my life that i assume will happen and i get so excited when i see them happen. my college graduation, my wedding, the whole bunk bed thing..... i had seen those days in my mind for years then, suddenly, there it was, the day came. well, another marker happened this week. my boys taking a bath together. now, to clarify, i had put both boys in the tub at the same time once before but lockett wasnt able to sit up yet and it was a bit preemptive. this week, lockett was sitting in the tub and harrison came in and was striping before i realized it and was freaking out to get in the tub also. so i let him in and right before my eyes was another marker. my boys were PLAYING in the tub together. the markers are so bittersweet. the sweetness, that God allows me each and every one of the moments i've had so far. the bitterness, time is flying by. with the passing of each marker i realize just how quickly that marker came and now consequently is gone. here is my marker picture:

Thursday, April 9, 2009


every month i make a trek to tyler, texas. one of my many jobs requires that i go there every month. but i was born and raised in tyler and i get to see my parents every month but more importantly, my parents get to see the grandbabies when we come. last night i laid in bed with harrison and asked him if he realized that when i was his age i slept in THAT room. the very same room. he asked me if when i was little were there moths in my room. (!?) i said no. we moved on. he asked me if Nina was my mommy. i smiled. i said, "yes harrison. your Nina was my mommy. she fed me lunch, made me dinner, let me play outside, took me to school,... she did all the things mommies do...". i thought it was neat that he got to sleep in our old childhood bed and play in the yard i played in. here is a video of us playing in the yard today. but to be very clear: we DID NOT, i repeat, DID NOT have a power wheels of any kind. nothing battery propelled. it was tess, tara, or stori propelled or it didnt go anywhere. BUT we did and always will have "friendly forest" :)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

all that and a bag of chips...

Saturday we went to the George Bush library Easter free for all. i dont think thats the actual name but it definitely was a free-for-all. in many fashions. one, everything was free. :) two, it was a HUGE crowd and it put toddler Easter egg hunting into the physical competitive sport category. as my precious friend shay explained the process to her son, "elbow jab, bend, snatch, egg in basket! elbow jab, bend, snatch, egg in basket!"
we had a BLAST though. we got there a bit early and scoped it out. we had a map and we timed everything perfect. you know with tim, everything is a competition. we got some cotton candy first, which harrison hated, then quickly got the grab bag with the coveted (??!) wooden Easter egg (calling it a white house replica is quite a stretch though. i am SURE the white house wooden eggs dont have a huge BTU logo on the front), then registered for the prize drawing, then ran to the Easter egg "push and grab", then HIGH-TAILED it to get pictures with the Easter bunny, then back to listen for the prize giveaways. after they finished calling our kids' age range (or so we thought) we headed for the car and we got into the parking lot and almost to our car when tim and i both heard over the loud speakers, "next winner, Harrison Suel!". Tim was holding lockett who had fallen asleep but that didnt phase tim. he took off at a dead sprint (you have to be present to win), lockett was like a limp rag doll, but he made it in time to collect harrisons rather good prize winnings. they really did a fantastic job at the George Bush Library. I will say it was one of the best things we've done as far as being involved in city sponsored activities. really a wonderful time.