Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday will always be GREAT to me

My second child was born on good Friday.
That's usually the first thing I think about...
How his birth forever made good Friday not just good,
but GREAT! Friday.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

That's some gigantic shelf bling

In keeping with the theme of dishing out accolades, I almost forgot to mention Enrique and the biggest trophy he's ever earned. Actually, he thinks it might be the ONLY trophy.

Enrique is the president of his fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi.
He's spent many long hours devoted to this brotherhood, and made plenty of personal sacrifices in their behalf. Countless hours and a tireless commitment paid off a few weeks ago at the Northeast District Convention when his chapter (the Epsilon Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi) won the District's Top Chapter Award. 
Congratulations, Presidente!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

blowing the whistle on the newest ref

It's official.
or
SHE's official.
or
She's THE official.
Leeli made her refereeing debut on Saturday.
She loved it, was VERY official, and now has a real (paying!) job for the Spring.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Being a Senior means there are many culminating events

A few weeks ago our sweet Mesquite performed a piano piece for her Senior Showcase. She did an outstanding job, and one of my favorite parts was that she asked her sister to turn pages for her. At the end of her performance, they turned and looked at each other and the unspoken understanding between them was as loud as the applause: 
that was great! 
-and- 
thank goodness it's over.
(and I'm really lucky to have you)
 Also clear to me is that she is adored by many.
Including me.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Twenty-ONE!

 When your second child turns 21, contemplating and CELEBRATING become the orders of the day. Unfortunately, distance and schedules kept the whole group of us apart.
There was NO WAY, however, that I was going to let April 9th go by without sharing some birthday love IN PERSON with this dashing ADULT (!gasp!).
His sisters and I were laughing about the fact that he is the only member of the family to be born in Fitchburg. How did that happen?  It's a badge of (?something?)... well, it's unique.  Like him.
And honestly, you can roll your eyes if you haven't already, but I swear it was just last month that I was wondering (after 12 hours of hard back labor) if he would EVER make his appearance?  
 We met on campus for lunch.
It was so nice to just sit and chat and catch up.
I miss him!
I look at the bins of legos he's willed by default to his younger brother, and wonder why he's not still nine or ten, playing in the room at the top of the stairs and raking his fingers through the small plastic pieces, finding just the right parts to some amazing creation under construction.
Of course there were birthday cupcakes in the car.
 And some gifts that he was so graciously thankful for.
(Even the vitamins Mimi!)
The rest of us lit up a cupcake in his honor after dinner on the homefront.
Happy Birthday Enrique!
We love you so...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

just me, the boy and the (stomach) bug

Sunday morning this freckly face wasn't feeling quite like himself. It was our semi annual Sunday Brunch. 
(thank you, General Conference
He kept telling me he couldn't believe there was bacon, (and eggs, and fruit and muffins and more...) and he didn't want to eat it.
 Our plan was to clean up from brunch and head to my parents' house for the day. We loaded the car and drove away. Not two minutes into the trip I could tell that Morning Boy was feeling less and less like he would be able to tolerate a 30 minute car ride. So we bailed. We sent the girls off and got comfy at home. By the time the choir had finished singing the opening hymn, he looked like this:
I started unpacking my conference treats... (not as fun when there's no one to share with) I enjoyed the quietest two hours of conference I've ever experienced.
After the first session we went outside where I thought some fresh air and sunshine might perk him up a bit. He told me he felt like an elderly person. There was no perk.
In fact, he stayed pretty stationary right through Monday. By Tuesday morning there wasn't much spring in his step, so I kept him home from school again, but by noon time he felt well enough to run some errands with me, and even talked me into a steamed lobster at the grocery store.  Things are looking up.
I think a pretty good life philosophy is to enjoy a good lobster with your mom as often as you can.