Friday, July 13, 2018


This was last fall, but I never posted about it.  Hubby and I were humbled to receive the Angels in Adoption Award.  We brought along Lan Lan and Mei Mei and had beautiful weather and an amazing few days in D.C.  The award ceremony was so very meaningful, listening to all the amazing work so many people have done to help children around the world.  It was inspirational to hear stories of hope, faith, and perseverance -- the tireless work people do to make life better for children in need--and the members of congress who support that work.  

The gala was also very special with Steven Curtis Chapman, Scott Hamilton, Willie Robertson, and others, all connected to adoption in some way.  We also played tourist, became best friends with Uber, and went to several memorials and Smithsonians, including the new African American museum.  Powerful and heart-wrenching, while also incredibly inspirational.  A wonderful honor and lifelong memory.  

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A Bun In The Oven

In my Book Group we recently read Call the Midwife: A Memoir of  Birth, Joy, and Hard Times.  As a woman who loves babies, wanted to become a doctor, spent years as a lactation consultant, and is now a social worker, I LOVED the book!  Oh, the characters, the midwives, the writing, and the babies!!!  Now I'm watching the Netflix series.  So great!

The only downfall is that now I kinda want to have another baby.  Am I too old???  Wasn't there a famous actress who had a baby in her 50's?

If my husband is reading this you can be sure that he just pooped his pants!  And if my teenagers are reading this you can be sure they just barfed!

Well, lucky for everyone, I don't think I'll go that route.  I'll just love on all my grandbabies instead.

And extra lucky for us, there's a bun in the oven!

And yes, K wanted to show off his tummy too!

Due date November!  We can't wait!

Monday, July 9, 2018


My sweet baby is growing up!  Where did my little Boopity Bop go?  He's taking a gap year, which for all I know might become a gap decade, but he's happy and enjoying life, working at the bowling alley, and driving a sweet Charger.  You know your child is truly an adult when they drive up in a car that they purchased and financed all by themselves!  

It's been a year of discovery, moving out, moving on, moving back in.  I love seeing his sweet face around the dinner table and it was fun to spend his birthday lunch with Kim and K, then dinner with the whole family and his ever favorite lemon cake. 

He's golfing a lot more these days, so gifts revolved around his favorite sport.  And also around his favorite eats (McDonald's and Chipotle).  Hubby and I were out of town on his actual birthday, but Lizzy and her Beau stepped in to make sure he had a whole lotta fun!  I love how the big kids take care of each other -- even when they are, well, big!  

Happy Birthday Paul! I love you so much!  Have a FANTASTIC year!!!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Grandkids! And The Reason Our Pool Is Still Sitting In The Garage

So, I know you've been lying awake at night wondering if I've put the pool up yet.


But before you get your panties-in-a-wad and tell me summer is half over, let me explain.  You see, I have this worry.  We are putting the pool on the basketball court for the summer.  Which is a good plan.  Except that I am slightly worried some crazy teen is going to get the bright idea that it would be fun to jump off the deck into the pool.

Which wouldn't really happen, right?  Because that would be very, very dangerous.  I don't know where I get these crazy thoughts! I know, I'm paranoid.  And then I phoned Will to confirm dates for a summer visit.  At the end of the conversation I told Will about our new pool and my freakish worry about the deck.  He paused.  Laughed. And then said, "You know Mom, we used to jump off Jesse's ROOF into his pool!"

A roof peoples!  As in a house roof!  It's a wonder the child is still alive!  Just preparing for future skills I guess!

Well, after that conversations I started biting my nails.  Surely not all my kids are that crazy?  After more consideration, I decided to just put my paranoia aside, move forward, and set up the pool the next day. 

Even though Hubby and I were going out of town.  And the teens were staying home alone. 

Luckily, I have a book group and they are ladies who make me laugh and stay sane, while also directing good life decisions. (Sidenote-- we even read and discuss the monthly book!  Shocker!) Well, when they heard my pool plans -- to put up a new pool, have a whole lotta fun for one week, and then expect the kids to abstain from the pool (and all other temptations including deck diving) while mom and dad are out of town --  well, you KNOW my smarty-pants reader friends talked me right out of that!

So . . . my teens are still alive, and we have just returned from a wonderful trip to visit two adorable grandkids and their awesome parents!

Pool set-up can now commence! Teens have been duly warned against any and all daredevil thoughts!

In the meantime, for your viewing pleasure, photos of our trip!  What we like most when we visit are to just stay home, play, read books, make cookies, cuddle, and talk to the big kids.  Will and Cookie made us an amazing steak dinner, and we played Sweetpea's LOL Doll game.  We also went to a fun center for video, golf, and go-cart extravaganzas.

Thankful for our time together!  LOVE!!!

Also, just for the record, I am now completely spoiled.  Hubby travels non-stop in his job, so we got upgraded to first class.  Ahhh.  Spoiled for life!  They even gave us food and free movies!

Have I ever mentioned that summer is my favorite time of year?