Monthly Archives: June 2011


life has been so busy lately, and there seems to not be an end in sight.  last weekend we had our board of directors in town for a meeting, so work was crazy getting all the last minute details in place and being present for the meeting.  i put the girls to bed on wednesday night, and then didn’t see them again until saturday afternoon.  lots of late  nights and early mornings = tired mommy.  but michael finally got to meet most of the board members on saturday night, which was nice.  at least now when he hears their names he can picture their faces, too.  we had a board/staff dinner at village host pizza.  if you’ve not tried it yet, shame on you!  the pizza is delicious, the salad bar is amazing, and the appetizers?  let’s just say it’s hard to go wrong with fried pickles on the menu.  it was a casual, laid back kind of evening, which gave everyone a chance to mingle and get to know each other a little better.  one great thing about this job is that our board and our staff genuinely enjoy spending time together.  not many board presidents would pose for a picture like the one below.  (please ignore the bizarre yellow tint of the picture and my very sleepy, mostly closed eyes.)

it’s always a relief when the board meetings are over.  planning them isn’t really difficult, but there’s lots of stress involved, and i’m kind of a control freak, so i tend to have a hard time giving over the reins and letting someone else actually execute all the plans i’ve made.  i mean, if malone’s would have just let ME prepare dinner…  🙂

tomorrow we leave for virginia.  michael’s little brother is getting married on sunday, and we’re all in the wedding.  leslie and lucy are beyond excited about their roles as flower girls.  i promise to take lots of pictures (or have somebody else take the pictures since it might be inappropriate for the bridesmaid to take pictures of her adorable daughters coming down the aisle).  after the wedding we get to spend a night with bridget and brian, which i’m so looking forward to.  then it’s off to south carolina for some time with michael’s sister and the ocean.  a fun way to spend a vacation, full of so many people i love!




the video!

well, the video is technically finished, but because i’m not a youtube genius it cropped most of leslie’s head out of the entire thing.  if you ARE a youtube genius and know what i did wrong, please feel free to share some wisdom with me.  otherwise, enjoy watching leslie’s torso, and i’ll try to do better next year.

and notice the finale dance…leslie jumped around with all her friends while lucy stood still “as a piece of corn,” (according to leslie).  funny how different my two beautiful girls’ personalities are!

as promised…

PICTURES!  had you given up on me?  no?  thanks.  here they are…preschool graduation and dance recital and horseback riding…oh my!

class of 2011…one graduation down, at least 5 more to go.

they both danced their little hearts out, and this mommy is so, so proud of them.

this is chickie.  leslie rode her.  how is she old enough to be riding horses?

lucy isn’t old enough to ride a horse (thank goodness!), but she was happy to watch her big sister, and she kindly obliged my crazy picture-taking.

who’s the baddest 2-year-old?  lucy.  (ps – do not wear black dress pants and a long-sleeved shirt to a horseback riding lesson on a day when the temperature is close to 100 degrees…you will sweat and be miserable.  you’re welcome.)

dance recital video to come…

no pictures yet

i had every intention of being a rockstar mom and having pictures! and videos! and stories!  turns out, i’m just your regular, run-of-the-mill, working mom who has barely had time to keep up with l & l’s busy summer schedules (swimming! horseback riding! playdates! oh my!).  don’t worry…the pictures have made it from the camera to the computer, and the video is almost finished…so things are moving in the right direction…just not super quickly.


instead of pictures, all i have are some very random stories about my lovelies today.


this morning, on our drive to school (at 6:00am…snore), we passed the farm that we pass every morning.  the cows were out in full force, close enough to the fence that the girls could see them.  there were mommies and babies, black and brown (no pink, much to l & l’s dismay), and then there was a donkey.  i’ve noticed the lone donkey before, but he’s (she’s?) never been close enough to the fence for the girls to see him.  so today was kind of a big deal.  “the donkey!  mommy!  the donkey!”  (i think they thought i was kidding about the donkey all this time.)  leslie starts wondering out loud why on earth there’s a donkey in the field with all the cows (maybe he thinks he’s a cow? maybe his mommy left him and the mommy cow took care of him?), and lucy says (very matter-of-factly), “it’s waiting for my jesus.”  duh.  of course it is.  and just like that, leslie was satisfied that the donkey was just hanging out in a field with some cows waiting for jesus.


last night began an exciting chapter of the girls’ lives…we started reading ‘little house in the big woods.’  we made it all the way through the first chapter!  24 pages!  of mostly words and only a few pictures!  miraculous!  leslie loved it, and lucy actually sat still for tolerated most of it…which is an improvement over her nightly routine of bouncing on the bed and trying to perfect her wrestling moves during story time.  there were tears when pa killed the pig, groans when mary and laura ate the pig’s tail, and a few shivers when the wolves howled at the moon.  hard to believe my baby girls are big enough to sit through and enjoy their first chapter book.  i just hope they will love this series as much as i did…and if they like the tv show too i probably won’t be able to contain myself!  i had a serious little girl crush on michael landon.  (highway to heaven? my favorite!)


in other news, leslie has developed some bizarre notion about japanese people.  one night last week she got out of the bath tub, got her nightgown on, and whispered in my ear, “hey, mommy…let’s disguise ourselves as japanese people and steal lucy’s panties!”  huh?  what?  excuse me?  why do we have to be japanese to steal lucy’s panties?  and, more importantly, why do we want to steal lucy’s panties at all?  so many questions…i would just love to know where she comes up with these things.


pictures are coming.  i promise.


and if you’re so inclined, click over to this blog that i just love and send sarah some happy thoughts as she enjoys harry potter!


and here’s a picture, courtesy of kayla.  thanks for being more punctual than i am, kayla.

lucy is hard to please, but i think she approves of her sister’s makeup.

be ready…

since last we “spoke” leslie has graduated from preschool, both girls had their dance recital, and leslie had her first horseback riding lesson.  a deluge of pictures and video coming soon to a screen near you…