Monday, May 24, 2010

A Little Baby Party



Ok, I am sure by now that you are tired of seeing sweet baby pictures on this blog--and I do apologize for fixating on the cutest nephew ever, really I do, but when I get ONTO a subject I have a hard time shifting gears. Remember the rapid succession of flower posts a couple of weeks ago? Well, I could easily walk out, snap more pictures of flowers and tomato plants and all that stuff, but I refuse to let myself--because enough is enough, REALLY it is, right?

So that said, this will be my last cute baby post for a WHILE anyway. Partly because I've run the gamut on pictures that I took during their visit, and partly because they had to go back to Colorado already. (insert pouty face here)

We had a PARTY. A small party. Close-by family and friends party. Planned and done in a week just so a few ladies could come by and meet the baby boy--and we could eat yummy girlie food and make things look pretty(any motivation to clean up is a good thing).

Let's start with a view of the table with beautiful Mom and baby(who was not very happy at the moment):

Here's the guest of honor up close:

Sleepin' in grandmother's lap!
Thoughtful little guy. ;-)

There were fun gifts--that I will be shipping because there was no room to pack them!


All of US are related:

My Mom's oldest sister and her eldest daughter. Much ado about Hunter!


Lots of Mommy talk was enjoyed.
We served shrimp pasta salad, chicken salad on croissants, fresh strawberries, brownie bites, and the best berry trifle EVER. Drinks were lemon sweet tea and strawberry lemonade--made by my lemonade-maker extraordinaire, C. It was gone quickly!

I hung one of my sweet vintage mobiles from the chandelier:


The favor bags were decorated with little hand and footprint stickers, tied with a pacifier charm on wired ribbon, and contained CHOCOLATES--what else?

A close-up of the yummiest trifle EVER:


And an afterthought picture of the flowers for the table--I took it that night after we had taken everything apart; I thought it was too cute not to show you up close:
This is a sweet little container with a music box in it. The little lamb(you can't see it well in the picture!)turns and plays "Rock-a-Bye Baby". It is OLD and one of my favorite baby collectibles, picked up for a song at a garage sale when my baby girl was expected nearly ten(gasp!) years ago.


Here's my dear friend Alli--also know as the BEST trifle-maker EVER. I don't know what I'd do without being blessed by her friendship and HELP whenever I need it. We didn't PLAN to wear the same color! I guess some things never change with best friends.

I think Hunter had a good time.

I know WE all did.

It was such a fun afternoon and a fun visit with my sweet sister-in-law. She is a jewel that we are blessed to have in our family.

Thanks for stopping by our little party!

~april

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Just for Coleman

Here ya go, brother of mine!

Sweets from snuggle-land-

We TRIED to get a smile, and WE WILL SOON.

:-)

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If you had this at your house . . . .









Would you find reasons NOT to do other things?

;-)

We are enjoying the fleeting moments--next week will be here all too soon.

~AUNT april


Counting

Focus on His blessings this morning:

Clean laundry tossing in a dryer that works.

Dirty laundry from four active, healthy kids with a curiousity about God's creation.

A cockatiel who loves me and is doing her "door dance" begging to spend time on my shoulder.

A quiet house before the activity begins for the day.

Air conditioning. The humidity is UP today.

A frog in my pond.

Mint taking over its box on the front porch.

Cucumber and cantaloupe blossoms.

Fresh radishes from our garden boxes.

A sweet baby boy and his mom sleeping upstairs. They're HERE!

A husband at work--he has a job and doesn't mind going there to support our family.

Coffee making.

Phones ringing--FRIENDS.

Count your blessings this morning?

~april

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Black Cherries

The black cherry tree is ripening fruit now--the birds LOVE the cherries. I've been watching an ongoing battle between a mockingbird and American woodpecker this morning, and I even spotted Mr. Red Bellied Woodpecker out there. Then, of course, are the cardinals and titmouse along with the rowdy blue jays. It's quite the fine feathered festivity out there!

I find the redheads, especially, like the cherries:











And then there's the cat--I am unsure whether she is more interested in the redheads or the cherries! ;-)

Enjoy God's world today!

~april

Monday, May 17, 2010

They Made It!

We had a good weekend. Spent the day Saturday cleaning like some kind of mad woman, but it was needed, as I often find OTHER things to do besides floors, countertops, laundry and the like. I actually cleaned the glass on my front door inside and out, washed the rugs in the entryway, and even double-mopped the ENTIRE downstairs(ok, except for my bedroom--the dustbunnies need SOME place of refuge, right?).

Not every day do I get a visit from a sweet little new nephew, you know. I thought the kids were going to be hanging by their fingernails from the ceilings before Katy, Hunter, my mom and dad arrived around 5:00 Saturday night. . . .everything from "did they get lost?" to "maybe they went back to Mississippi without coming here!" came from their mouths--it was too funny.

We had fun with them all. Hunter is so precious and tiny--sweet baby(OF COURSE!). Katy is so loving and gentle with him, and she just AWES my children--they love her dearly. We are blessed. Mom and Dad just enjoyed the chaos of four big kids adoring one tiny one. TOO sweet!

They will be coming back to stay with us a few days at the end of the week. We can't wait! I am sure I will have pictures to post then--my hands were too full of baby love to take pictures Saturday night!

Happy Monday!
~april

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Spring Concert--finally!

Wow. Last week went by so quickly! We had the two younger girls' choir concert Friday night, followed all-too-quickly by their choral festival early Saturday morning. That made for quite a tired family by Saturday afternoon, and Sunday--Mother's Day--was a blur of sleepiness, but it also made last week fly by. . .

They had normally scheduled practice Monday night. Gone all day Tuesday. Wednesday night we went grocery shopping(I am forever, forever, EVER writing something on the shopping list! We went again yesterday!). Thursday night they had an extra practice, and Friday was the concert. On WednesDAY last week I realized that we did not have SHOES or STOCKINGS(black!)for the concert, NOR did either of the girls have JEANS that fit for Saturday--so we had to go shopping. Strange how that happens before every concert, but I was really worried this time because our temperatures here are already hitting upper 80s, and I just knew we wouldn't be able to find black closed-toe-and-heel shoes AND jeans this time of year. . .
but God provided. Shoes for two girls--total of $20. Jeans for two girls--total of--WOW--$10.

Deep sigh of relief.

We made it. And the results were great. One day I will have a video to show you that actually has the SOUND we hear at the concert well-represented; but for now, this will have to be adequate. Hope you enjoy!

All three choirs Friday night for the Finale.

My four in Lafayette for the festival Saturday morning.

The Chorus TWENTY who went Saturday--about half of the actual Chorus. They still SOUNDED wonderful--I'll quit bragging now!

And now for the videos:
Possibly my favorite! J is at the top left, second from the end. The Redhead is on the right hand side--second row, end. It's hard to tell exactly where she is.

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This one is sweet:

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A patriotic tune:

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One from the festival Saturday--a tough song I had to learn for Freshman voice in college--they are better than I was! ;-)


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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mondays can be ugly




Wow. Some days just set out to be what they ARE--do you understand what I am saying? For instance, some Saturdays are perfect Saturdays, involving sleeping late or getting up really early because you want to, eating yummy something not healthy for breakfast, followed by all sorts of projecty-type activities OR shopping, and winding down into a neat, peaceful little package with a great simple home-prepped dinner and jazz on the radio--quite a bit before midnight. THAT is a Saturday.

Well, yesterday around here was MONDAY. CAPITAL M-O-N-D-A-Y. period. All day. I honestly didn't quite know what to make of it! We haven't had a true Monday in quite a good while.

It started in that I couldn't get all the kids to wake up and make it downstairs simultaneously for breakfast--chocolate chip muffins, one of their favorites. The muffins were good, but MY Monday began by having to make muffins. I despise muffin-making, start to finish. WHY did I put muffins on my Monday meal plan? Probably because of alliteration--a love for language can be a curse and a blessing! ANYWAY. We had muffins, but first I was OUT of the little paper liners, and you know what THAT means--scrubbing the muffin tin! UGH! Monday numbers 1 and 2, thankyouverymuch!

After breakfast finally was eaten--though not cleared fully away--the kids started trying to do what kids will do on Monday when they know they have no more choir practice and they've had too busy a weekend--wandering around looking for purpose in life. Sewing. Bickering over sewing stuff(MY sewing stuff, NOT theirs to bicker over!). Speaking meanly to each other to the point of tears. Slamming doors and going outside to ride bikes . . . .Cue Monday #4. . . . .
Brenn touched a buck moth caterpillar. The picture at the head of this post is one of their kind, only they're not that pretty in person! Google this term along with the name of our state, click on any of the links including the letters NOLA, and you will get a good idea of how we feel about these nasty creatures. YUCK. They are ugly AND ferocious. Painful to touch. Sneaky and CLUMSY. EVERYWHERE this time of year. . . this particular now-dead one was creeping along the treehouse railing--would putting up NO CATERPILLARS ALLOWED signs help?

Baking soda and ice pack applied. Two hours later, he is better. Apparently it was a MILD sting. THANKFULLY.

Monday #5 is lunch. Now, lunch is a perpetual burden much like breakfast--who wants to stop in the middle of the day to deal with food? Besides that, there is the need to feed five people who don't agree what to have, and at least four of them aren't even willing to THINK about the perfectly good leftovers from the night before. . . .then Daddy calls and says he's coming home early because of a sinus headache. GOOD. Delay lunch till after two o'clock--cue Monday #6.
THIS IS HEADACHE FACE. Poor guy! The ligustrums that are in bloom are ALSO EVIL. Cut them down if you have them!!!!!!!!!

Shortly after Daddy arrived home, C walks into the sunroom-on-the-north-side where I am talking to B by the computer, and she discovers that her sweet little green parakeet has died. He hurt himself about a month ago, but has been determinedly trying to get better. He seemed fine till Saturday night when he was "fluffed up" as if cold, but then was o.k. all day Sunday. We were dealt a terribly sudden blow, having become especially attached to him over the last few weeks of constant watching and marveling over his sheer will to recuperate.
This is sweet Taylor just a week or so ago. C is heartbroken.

Monday #6. . . . .Brennan lost a TOOTH. Now, this is not really so bad, except that he's my BABY. Last one. The baby has now got a snaggle-toothed grin. I am sad. Really sad. I love little kid smiles because those baby teeth are SO sweet and perfect. Now he enters the world of crooked smiles and gaps and not being able to say /th/ and /s/ properly. The upside, of course, is that he is VERY cute(though rascally)with the hole in the front. AND now the /f/ sound works "REALLY GOOD, MOM."


Whew! Are you tired yet? Because by this point it's not quite THREE O'CLOCK.

It was a Monday. I will refrain from rehearsing the rest for you because I'd like you to come back and read again sometime--and I will say that the end of the day did get better. Despite The Redhead having a tummy ache and dinner being kind of weird. . . .she and I had fun cooking together and C made a new fountain garden on the front porch and B tolerated my jumping up repeatedly from the dinner table to run outside and snap pictures of the fading light--that craziness will be explained later, too. . .

and today, is Tuesday. One of my favorite quotes from Anne of Green Gables is when Ms. Stacy her teacher tells Anne, "tomorrow is a brand new day, with no mistakes in it." A beautiful thought! So this morning I will wake the children, read Psalm 92 with them, and hopefully we will spend the day giving thanks to God Most High for all the wonders He has made and the marvelous acts He has performed--for His glory and our benefit. . . .and may we live, move, and BE in full awareness that we ARE because our God is THERE. . . .holding all things(even Mondays)together by His powerful Word.

May your Tuesday be blessed!

~april

Friday, May 7, 2010

A Peaceful Post

My dear daughter C cleaned our fish pond this morning. While her doing so was NOT on the day's agenda, with choir concert tonight and choral festival looming large tomorrow morning early, the benefits in peacefulness and prettiness are great. . . thought I'd share(even though one of the neighbors was lawn-mowing when I took this video, so you can't hear the fountain).

It's good to be able to see the goldfish!



Enjoy.

-april
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