My trip to Memphis was so fun! The food was great and the people watching on Beale Street was hilarious. Our only regret was not taking a carriage ride around downtown. Graceland was incredible. It is amazing to see all that Elvis accomplished and many of the good things still coming, like rescued horses living on the property. Asheville, NC was fun too. I enjoyed eating and shopping. Nashville was nice, but raining so I did not get to really experience it. However, I love the show Nashville and saw many buildings on last week’s episode! There was a lot of driving, but we had fun talking and singing. We listened to satellite radio, the Elvis station, and had fun singing. My sister and I are bigger fans than my mom and had more fun with this part of the trip (we know more songs than she does). I missed my little ones so much, but it was nice to get away for a few days. The kids enjoyed a break too, I believe they ate out the whole time. I am glad to be home and back to normal, but next year’s girls’ trip is already planned, Williamsburg!
I leave for Memphis tomorrow morning!! My sister, my mom and I are going to Graceland (we love Elvis!) and Sun Coast studios and eat alot of good food. I am excited about getting a break from the daily routine. My children have mixed feelings about my trip. They say it is more fun when Daddy is in charge because he is less strict. On the other hand, they do not want me to be gone for so long. Both enjoy my reading more than my husbands so bedtime may be a little rough. However, I think they will enjoy a break from me and from our regular routine. I think everyone needs a break now and again. Sorry this is a short post but I have tons to do before I leave tomorrow.
I had a great Mother’s Day! The kids brought me breakfast in bed, orange juice and a doughnut. I laid in bed and watched TV for a little while and then we did a little shopping. We had mexican for lunch and then my husband went to his part-time job. We met my parents and my sister and her husband for dinner (it was delicious!). So all in all it was a nice quiet day. While I was in bed relaxing I thought about my beautiful children and how much I love being a mom. I could hear them eating their breakfast downstairs talking and laughing. It was nice to be on the outside listening to my family. I am so blessed to have the sweetest children around. They are not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but they are pretty close. I truly enjoy being their mom and watching them grow and learn. It is tough being a mom, but on days like this you know that it is all worth it!
The season has begun! The town we play in kicks off the season with a parade! Each team makes a float and throws candy out. Lilly threw out all her candy before she got to us but she was so cute on the float waving to everyone. Tyler was very cute chewing his gum and throwing out his candy. It was really cool that their floats were right behind each other.
Lilly on her float with her t-ball team the Rangers!
Tyler on his float with his team the Twins!
The games were good. Lilly’s game was first and very interesting. T-ball is very funny watching the kids get bored, playing in the dirt or just sitting down. Lilly had good hits, but her next game was better. She hit really well and caught a few balls. She even made an out (they don’t count in T-ball). Lilly and her fellow girl team mate had an argument with a boy on second base about who was out them or him (he was the runner and they did not have the ball).
Tyler lost his first game. He only batted once and struck out. He had a good catch in the outfield. His next game was much better. They won! Tyler had two good hits and a good catch and throw from the outfield. The coach gave a game ball for how well he played. My family was very excited and cheered loudly. We practice when we can, it has been a bit rainy here this year. I am managing pretty well with two schedules, it can be tiring but it is so much fun.
Tyler and Lilly posing for pictures.
Posing for one more picture.
This Saturday is Lilly’s birthday and she will be five years old. Sometimes time moves so slowly and then I think back to when Lilly was born and it does not seem like five years have gone by. Everyone reminds me that she is going off to kindergarten this Fall. I really don’t need to be reminded This is one of the hardest parts of being a parent. Each year that goes by we lose a little of our kids. But, then again, maybe this is the way it should be. It would be too hard to just let go all at once one day. As parents we let go in baby steps. Every milestone from first steps to leaving home is a way for us to slowly, very slowly, let go and let them find their own way. This process is hard on us but much needed. I am learning that as my children grow older it gets harder. As infants we can fix just about anything. Unfortunately, as they are away from home more there are more things you can not fix. And there are many more things to come and I will do my best to help them.
I am so proud of my Tyler! He just got his report card and he received good grades. He had a rough spot in the middle of the term. He was forgetting to write his name on his paper and was having trouble in language arts. He pulled his grade up and he is remembering to write his name on his paper. He worked very hard to pull up his grade and I am so very very proud. Second grade has been a little tough. The school system changed the curriculum. His teacher told me that the work at the beginning of the year was the work they did at the end of the year the previous year. Tyler has worked hard and had some punishments lately, but he worked hard and tried his best. I am a very proud mama. Watching his work at something and succeed at it one of the best parts of being a mom. It is so amazing to watch him grow and find his way. He make my heart sing!