Midweek Randoms

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Whew, what a week.  Today is Grayson’s last day of preschool, and tomorrow is Brantley’s last day of Kindergarten, so we have been slammed with Teacher Appreciation, the end of soccer season, teacher gifts, Mother’s Day,  two family birthdays (and three more to go!), class parties, and several other things going on.  Needless to say, this has been a busy May, and we’re not even halfway through!  But, like I said, only two days of school left, and then we will be on SUMMER BREAK!!!!  But I thought I’d share some randoms today, since that’s about all my mind can conjure up this week!

 

 

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We finished up Brantley’s soccer season last weekend with a boom!  This girl scored FOUR GOALS in her final soccer game, and I nearly cried I was so thrilled.  Scott and I were just screaming in our tailgating chairs on the sidelines, and I have never felt more like a parent if that makes sense?  I think I feel that way, because we’re finally getting to a point in our kids lives that they will actually remember things that we do and say and participate in, and I distinctly remember my parents cheering me on during softball games and tennis matches, and cheerleading.  I am now doing what I remember my parents doing.  And it is a blast.  I was really sad to see this soccer season end.  It was so much fun to watch my little athlete out there on the field, and I loved watching her enjoy playing.  She already said that she wants to play again next year, but only after she starts CHEERLEADING in the fall!!  If I’m bursting with pride now, just wait til football season starts and my little girl is cheering… GO! Go, G-O, Let’s Go!  I’m about to go practice my motions now to get ready…

 

I had a little scare after I went to the dermatologist last week.  I used to go to the dermatologist regularly when I was growing up, but hadn’t been since high school.  I have been catching up on all my annual checkups (gynecologist, dentist, primary doctor), since I haven’t been to a doctor regularly except for the OB in years, so I decided to get checked out by the dermatologist too.  During my checkup, my doctor found four moles that were a bit concerning to him, and he wanted to biopsy them to make sure they were not pre-cancerous or cancerous.  All I do was think back to my high school and early college days, when I was the poster child for what NOT to do to prevent skin cancer.  I worked at a salon in high school and college, and tanned in a tanning bed for THIRTY MINUTES for pretty much every single day.  At least I stopped in college, and only tanned right before my wedding, and hadn’t been back since.  But Baby Oil was my jam when I laid out in the summer, and only the bare minimum SPF to prevent burns, more just for the discomfort than the actual effects on my skin.  So all I could think about was the damage that I had done, and that it was finally catching up with me.  Not to mention a good friend that had skin cancer removed from her face last year, a spot my mom had removed from her arm earlier this year, and this article that I read from Facebook the other day was making me very anxious to hear back from the doctor.  Thankfully, I got word back yesterday that all four moles came back as normal.  My selfish prayers were heard, and I am so very grateful that all came back okay.  But you’d better believe that I will be on top of the sunscreen this summer.  It is surely by the grace of God that not even one of those moles came back abnormal, and honestly, in this day and age, and with me being almost 33 years old with small children, I know well enough, and most everyone ought to know well enough, that you just don’t go out in the sun without sunscreen anymore.  Skin cancer is preventable but can be deadly.  There are just too many good self tanners out there now to sacrifice my health for a good tan.  Same for you.

 

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On a MUCH lighter note, this kid learned what happens when you poot in the bathtub.  Needless to say, he thought it was pretty hilarious.  And kept doing it over, and over, and over.  And over.  And over.  ALL BOY, this one. 🙂

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Ben, Gracie, and I spent all day Monday at Brantley’s Kindergarten Field Day!  It was hot, and it was long, but man, was it fun.  It was really so much fun watching Brantley, and the way she interacts with her friends, and the way she behaves towards her teachers, and it made me so very proud of her.  She has grown and changed a lot this year, certainly tried new things and tried my patience plenty, but she is smart as a whip, she is kind, inclusive, polite, respectful, friendly, proud, funny, and a good and sweet girl.  I just couldn’t be more proud of her.  And actually I am struggling with the fact that the school year is over.  Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled to not have to get up early, and not have much of a schedule to abide by, and lazy days and beach trips and all the fun things that go along with summer, but, my girl is done with Kindergarten.  Her first big year of school is over and done, and in the books.  This year flew by, and I know the years to come will only move faster.  She’s done with Kindergarten today, but she’ll be graduating high school tomorrow.  The more I think about it, the more weepy and sappy I get, so let’s just say Cheers to Summer, and move on from there. 🙂

This year’s Mother’s Day and the couple of days after, was beautiful in some ways, humbling, brutal, and difficult in other ways.  I, personally, had a lovely day with my family.  I got a sweet breakfast in bed and three handmade presents on top of a trip to the fabric store the day before.  We went to church and came home for a simple lunch, before Scott had to leave for an out of town business trip.  But we still made the most of the day by going to a great park in Atlanta, and meeting my mom and grandmother for a picnic and lots of good playtime with the kids, and hitting up Baskin Robbins for a double scoop of Creme Brulee Ice Cream on the way home (YUM).  It was a good day, and I couldn’t have been more thankful to be able to spend it with my little family, my children, and even my own wonderful mother and grandmother.  But, my mother in law was in the hospital struggling with a health issue that has plagued her for several years now.  She decided on a major surgery that was completed yesterday, and thankfully went smoothly and she is on the road to recovery now.  I appreciate all the prayers from my dear family and friends, and know that they were heard!  I also heard the heartbreaking news that a friend of mine’s mother, who had been bravely fighting MS and breast cancer for years now, had passed away.  The news has truly shaken me up, since it hits so close to home. My friend is my age, with small children Gracie and Ben’s age, and her mother was only a year older than my own.  I can hardly let my mind go to the place where I put myself in her shoes, because I just get too upset.  I can’t imagine the pain that she is going through, and over such an emotional holiday too.  It just made me reflect on my own family, and my own blessings, and quite literally made me drop to my knees to thank God for my health, for my children, for my mother, for my mother in law, and for my husband.  I am so thankful to just have my family with me, not to mention their constant support and never ending love.  I think I get so caught up in the day-to-day, and the needs and wants of my life, and forget to sit back and really thank God for the simple and the most important things in my life.  They can simply be here one day and gone the next, and I am going to try to count my blessings and remember that I have all that I need right here in my home and a phone call away.

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Again, on a MUCH lighter note, how awesome are daisy chains??  Grayson’s sweet face lit up when  made one for her at Field Day on Monday.  Took me right back to my childhood. 🙂

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My little buddy woke up yesterday morning in a great mood (as usual), and was totally normal all through the morning.  We were shopping in Wal-Mart, and I picked him up out of the cart, and he felt warm.  I asked him if he felt okay, and he said yes, then I told him that he felt hot.  He said, “yeah, mama, I hot.”  I picked him up out of the cart, and went to set him down to walk, and just then, he started to jerk.  He had his 16th febrile seizure right there in the middle of the Wal-Mart accessories aisle. Sometimes I am downright exhausted with him, since he is such a rough and tumble, active, playful and spirited little boy, but 100 times out of 100, I would take those exhausting days over these sick seizure days.  I did get a lot of snuggles and lots of kisses too, but I would even sacrifice those for my sweet boy to feel better.  I can’t bear to think of families that have to live their lives like this everyday, with children with chronic illnesses, and how horrible it must be.  I give Ben some motrin and tylenol and he should be back to normal in 24 hours or so, but they struggle with these days over and over.  But even in his sickness, I am grateful for modern medicine, and for the fact that he will grow out of these seizures in the next few years.  Until then, lots of prayers and liquids for my little boy.

Anybody going to be watching the Mad Men finale with me on Sunday?  I’m actually pretty sad for it to be over; it was such a good show and I watched most of it during the Christmas madness the year before last when I was up sewing, like seriously all night long.  I just hope the last episode lives up to the rest of the show, and I am so anxious to see how Don Draper ends up…

ANYWAYS…that’s a fraction of what’s going on in my brain this week, but that’s probably plenty for you to read about for now, ha!  Just one more day after today, though, and a lot of the stress will be over and done, and then SUMMER!

Have a great day, and see you tomorrow!

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