Monday, March 30, 2015


We dropped the kids off Saturday afternoon with Brian's parents; spending a couple of child-free days is both awesome and sad. Awesome because in the first 24 hours we've done things like finish a conversation without being interrupted, watched a non-animated movie (The Good Lie if you're curious), shopped with no complaining, etc. Sad because, well, no extended good nights and I love you's.

It's possible I snuck upstairs just to take an affectionate peek at Camden's empty bed with his stuffed animals and blanket neatly piled up. Sigh.

And then I looked into Rory's messy room with the wet towel on top of her bed and felt my blood pressure rise.

Speaking of those stuffed animals, we're at a crossroads. Camden chose not to take any sleeping aids (he has both a blanket and animal) for the first time. Rory forgot hers (and was very upset about it), but I hear she's surviving. I'm not super sentimental (understatement!), but it made me feel a little teary-eyed.

One more detail about the kids so I don't forget: Camden wasn't overly thrilled about being gone from his bed/routine/parents, etc. for the week. Rory, however, climbed into Gram and Gramps' car without even a goodbye.

Brian and I both have a full slate this week so I'm sure it will fly by. I'm going to miss those kiddos like crazy, but I'm totally going to take advantage of fewer responsibilities and enjoy the quiet time.

You see this kid is officially taller than me!

Road trip

Friday, March 27, 2015

Catching Up

We're coming off several very busy weeks, and I can't remember the last time I had a morning at home. It was a gift to my introverted soul to have a stretch of 4ish hours to clean closets, do laundry, and organize dressers in peace. We've been barely surviving around here in terms of cooking/cleaning, and I'm feeling a little better about the weeks ahead now that I have a clean closet and clean sink.

I also spent time packing up Camden and Rory for a week-long visit to East Tennessee. Since Brian and I both have to work, they're going to spend their spring break at Gram and Gramp's house. Our weather is that weird mix of sunny and 78 degrees one day followed by rain and 40 degrees so pulling together enough clothes that still fit (uniforms certainly reduce the amount of extra/fun clothes they have) has been more challenging than I imagined. I've been scrounging around in rubbermaids and the backs of closets, but finally found enough so they'll at least have jeans and  t-shirts for the week. This is certainly a switch from when they were younger, and I felt as if it were my full-time calling to provide them with the cutest wardrobe possible. ;) Priorities change, I guess.

The kids have standardized testing all this week at school, and while Camden seems to be sailing right on through, Rory has been a BEAR morning and night. I think she feels the pressure to perform (through no fault of her parents or teacher, I might add!), and those tests have worn her little brain out.

Brian and I took advantage of a babysitter last weekend and went to see Insurgent. Let me spare you some time and money - it's horrible.

I see my oncologist again on April 7, and I will be curious as to what my CA125 is doing. I've got a feeling I'm in for a big jump based on how my stomach/bowels have been acting. I've learned to chase my twice-a-day Tamoxifen down with a Zofran and Tylenol because apparently I am in the 8-9% who experience nausea, headaches, and insomnia. Still, many people take this for years and it is certainly easier than IV chemo so I am not complaining.

Nashville has been beautiful this week as the flowers and trees bloom. Clarksville is just enough north that we are still looking at brown, but I know green is on its way! I am really looking forward to pulling out my big girl camera and taking photos this spring.

(but for now, here are the first pink blooms I saw this week - they are much prettier than my poor picture!)

The kids had a little program at school during their regularly-scheduled monthly chapel yesterday. Because of work, I had not planned to attend, but Rory burst into tears when I reminded her it was a work day for me, and I decided maybe it was important that I be present. Of course, when I arrived, Rory was too cool for her mama and pretended I wasn't even there. Stinker! Camden, however, was happy to see me.

My 15-minute break from the cleaning/organizing binge is over so I'm going to get back at it. Have a great weekend, friends!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Awkward Family Photos: the Cousin Edition

We only have ourselves to blame for these photos since we somehow waited until the last day, indoors, nearly dark, etc. And we managed to pull the kids down from the middle of a game so they were not too excited about photos. All you can do is laugh, right?












Wednesday, March 25, 2015


I knew that I'd been pretty absent on the blog, but when I received the 4th email along with multiple texts and Facebook messages, I realized it has been a while.

Thanks, friends, for checking in with me. All is well. I am trying to keep up with life (and not feeling very successful). My brain feels sluggish and foggy these days although my mom suggested that my brain is not working more slowly than normal, it's just spread thin - and that's probably true. Work is busy. Kid issues are happening. Laundry and housework need doing. And I'm so very, very tired by the end of the day. And by end of the day, I mean 6ish. I really wish that were an exaggeration!

I have not picked up the camera since Becky and the boys left last week, but here's a snaphot of William and Camden just hanging out at the table reading . . . the same book . . . at the same time.



I still have some funny cousin pictures from last week to share. Maybe tomorrow?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Break #2

Brian's spring break was last week. Becky's spring break is this week. My kid's spring break isn't for two more weeks. We're just had to make the most of it in terms of trying to be together; we're calling this week Spring Break #2. :)

My mom has been patiently waiting on pictures while the three girls and grandkids were together. I didn't take a ton, but here are a few.

Lots of tutu-wearing from this girl.


There was alot of trampoline wrestling (rain or shine) going on. Becky and I pretty much decided someone was going to finish off the week with a broken limb, but everyone survived.




Because it's Tennessee, we had nearly 80 degrees one day and rain and 40 the next.


Rory did a really good job of keeping up with the big boys during the impromptu soccer game. Mostly because she was the only one not willing to give up.

Addison has nailed the chokehold/hug for photos.



It was a jam packed week, full of more work/church/required events than I would have liked while Becky, William, and Xavier were in town, but you've got to just make the best of it. I took the kids out of school Tuesday/Wednesday and was also able to take off work for the most part. Becky, Liz, and I went to see the Drop Box Film MOnday night, took advantage of the sunshine and 80 degrees Tuesday by a trip to the park then DQ. Wednesday was gray and gloomy and cold so while the kids played, Becky and I stayed in our p.j.'s, watched American Idol, and solved the world's problems.

This weekend is shaping up to be very busy as we try to get caught up while moving forward with new activities. Hoping to maybe snag a few moments of rest Sunday afternoon before the new week starts.