Tuesday, March 29, 2011

3rd grade

Kate is in third grade. What has recently become part of life with a third grade daughter is girl drama. For the last few weeks, I pick Kate up from daycare, and she tells me all about the fighting that happens between her friends. From what I can gather, Kate has a group of friends. Two of the girls in the group are very strong-willed and butt heads a lot.
Kate, thankfully, has made it very clear that she wants no part in the fighting. She has avoided the drama, and I am proud of her. Today, though, she said that one of the girls said something mean to her for being friends with the other girl.
Now let me remind you all that Kate is normally very sensitive. She is tender hearted. So I half expected her to tell me in the next breath that her feelings were hurt. Nope! She totally blew it off. She said, "Mom I just ignored her. I don't want to fight with either of them, and so *** and I are trying to play alone now. I don't want to get in trouble."
Maybe her motivation is that she doesn't want to get in trouble with her teacher, but I am glad that she is able to a) avoid the fighting and b) blows off rude comments to try to get her upset.
Who would have thought that this would be happening so early???

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A lesson on inspiration and humility

If you so desire, check out my friend Vicky's blog.
Vicky is kind, humble, fun, sweet, a deep thinker, creative, and happy. She is the mother to two sweet boys, Nolan and Colton. Nolan and Ryan have played hockey together for years and have been on the same travel team the last two years. Colton is a sweetheart. My girls love Vicky. We all love her really.
Vicky was diagnosed with breast cancer a week ago. Yesterday she received the news that it's stage 4. She isn't giving up, nor are her friends and family who love her dearly.
Read her blog and follow her journey. She is finding the good in the crappiest of situations.
If you are even further inclined, add the little graphic to your blog like I have. I'd love to tell you how I did it, but...yeah I'm not that smart.
Here's to Vicky--a mom, a friend, a wife, and now more than ever, a fighter with so much grace and dignity, it will leave you humbled.

Monday, March 21, 2011

weekend update

No this isn't SNL-style, although sometimes my life feels like a comedy skit, and I'm the butt of the jokes.
Katie and I returned from an absolutely fabulous trip to Washington DC/Maryland with my dear friends Ryan & Kara, and their sweet daughter Kate. It couldn't have been better. The flights were on time/early, we got to see all that we planned, we had wonderful weather, amazing meals, to die for cupcakes, great drinks, little sleep, good conversations, and made many special memories.
It was a mother's dream to travel with one child who was (for the most part) agreeable. I did have to scold her a few times in front of Ryan, but hey, I'm a mom even in front of my hosts.
It was a history teacher's dream to see all the sites through the eyes of a child. I could go there again tomorrow. I want to. There are so many more places I want to see that we didn't have time to get to.
It was a busy mother's dream to escape for a few days. It's been a long winter with hockey. This was much needed. Thad graciously cared for the herd of kids, and never once complained. Thank you Thad!


Waiting outside Ford's Theater..

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and after at the diner across the street called Lincoln's Waffle House (I think). It was amazing....and the extra order of bacon that I ordered really hit the spot. This was one of Kate's favorite things about the trip. It's the small things isn't it?
Ryan and I have butted heads many, many times over politics. But, he is a great guy, and we enjoy talking about music and stuff that won't get us in arguments. He was an excellent tour guide, other than the fact that he can't navigate for crap. Thank God for Kara. ;)

Then we hit the White House...

On Saturday we did the entire mall/Tidel Basin area....the was a little brisk that day, but eventually it warmed up.
This is "little" Kate....such a doll.

The Kates enjoyed one another.


The Jefferson Memorial is in the background. We were a little chilly at this point.
Kara and I met while working at Kohl's back in 1996. She happened to be dating my classmate from high school & even elementary school. Small world. We've always stayed in touch.
This is at the FDR Memorial. Ryan and I disagree about the effectiveness of FDR's policies during the Great Depression. He uses facts to make his decisions. I use feelings. See? We're different. But, to his credit, he agreed to take a picture with me and Franklin....but it seriously looks like a Grosz studio senior photo moment. Scary.

This was at the WWII Memorial...I loved seeing these two bond. Too sweet, seriously.
I don't have any photos of Kate's other highlights: dinner at The Melting Pot--YUM, Lucy the pug, or the cats.
All in all it was great. We both want to go back, and Olivia does too. We've talked Memorial weekend, but Thad says no. Whatever!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Guess where I'm going--today!?

Miss Kate Elizabeth and I are going to Washington DC today. I am so excited--which is why I have been up since 4:30 and am sitting her blogging at 5 bells. Dang! We are going to stay with my dear friends Kara and Ryan. Here's the coolest part. They have a two year old named Kate!
Ryan and I go all the way back to the good old Edison years. Kara and I go all the way back to my years working at Kohls in college. The cool part is that I have good friendships with both of these people who happened to be married to one another. Small world!
We are driving to the cities this afternoon and flying there tonight. Hopefully I don't fall asleep on the drive down.
Kate and I are going to see Mt. Vernon, the White House, Ford's Theater, The Smithsonian (Dorothy's ruby red slippers are there!), the monuments, Arlington, the Capitol, AND...we are eating at the Melting Pot. Oh AND we are getting some Georgetown cupcakes which Kara tells me are amazing. They are actually featured in this week's People magazine too.
Friends, frosting, food, my sweet daughter, and sunshine. What more could a girl ask for??

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Go Spuds!


Go Spuds! I'm watching them play right now...if they win I go to the cities tomorrow. Heck I think I need to go regardless.
Some of my best high school memories are being at the state tournament in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. So.Dang.Fun.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Help me please

Girls I need some help. If there are any boys...which I doubt there are...who read this, just stop now okay? Thanks.
So the other day I went to Victoria's Secret as my current supply of necessities are a little.....too big. Lovely. They measured me. I about fell over when she told me my size. Am I back in high school? I guess so.
I tried that size....it fit, but suddenly I had a slew of side back skin that looked....gross. So I tried the size up....too big. I tried every bra in about three different sizes. No luck.
Okay if VS can't help me, girls tell me where to go, what brand to try, and I will be there.
I am desperate.