Friday, October 31, 2008


Doc found this song on youtube while pulling up music for the kids to dance to one evening. He says it's his theme song but I'm stealing it for my own because, let's face it, he's grumpy a lot more than me. Amen.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Proof of Love

Sometimes being a stay at home mom (or a mom in general) is a thankless job. You know what I mean...where is the "Thanks!" for picking up the underwear off the bathroom floor and washing them and folding them and putting them away (only to get them back out, put them back on a hiney and at the end of the day have the whole process replayed over and over.) It is just what we do as a mom. We do not get a raise. We do not get awards for being "employee of the month." But what we do get is infinitely more meaningful. I just love the little moments when you know you are loved. Here are some of my "proof of love moments."
This was a moment when my little Ladybug was comforted to sleep by my presence. Just having her hand on my arm and knowing I'm near makes her world safe and happy.

This moment was when Lou, Lou and her best friend Pixie (Birdie's daughter) brought me "flowers" because they thought they were beautiful and I would love them because they are my favorite color.
I also felt loved the moment Birdie showed up at my door for an afternoon chat with a cappuccino in her hand for me. (Knowing that I had something on my mind and I was needing a listening ear!)
This moment was when my Heavenly Father seemed to paint a beautiful sky just for me to remind me that getting up at 6 am with my babies isn't the worst way to start a morning even though I just wanted to go back to bed.

Looking at those little "proof of love" moments makes the mundane, routine things in life tolerable. And if we can, by doing those routine things, give someone else a "proof of love" moment (like clean underwear put away in their drawer), then it is all worth it! Let's remind ourselves that God is Love and when we do things out of love, it is pleasing to Him and it makes the one you are serving feel valued and special.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Racin' Day! It's Racin' Day!

I've shared my aversion to public displays of exercise with you all in this previous post, but as you know I opened my big mouth and told my Weight loss Rock Star Sister that I'd run a 2 mile race with her. Well, the race was yesterday and I'm proud to say, all that waxing and running paid off. We were able to run the whole way and finish without embarrassment (at least of our running, the hair may be a different story). Here we are looking all hard core and serious...

Rock Star and I also piqued our youngest sister, Pretty Princess's interest and she signed up to run with us the morning of the race. Oh yeah, if you saw us coming up behind you, wouldn't you just move aside and let us by?

Birdie also decided to run because she started training with her daughter (like any good mom who doesn't want her beautiful daughter out running the streets by herself would do.)

We met at Birdie's husband's work and stretched out and warmed up and posed for cheesy pictures like this one!

Pretty Princess modified her gloves so that she could use her touchscreen mp3 player while she ran.

It was stinkin' cold out but we were all about to warm up really quickly once the running began.

I wanted to take pictures during the race, but I didn't really consider the fact that to get a good picture, one must be relatively motionless which doesn't really work when you are trying to run. So instead, Rock Star reenacted her running for me. By the way, she beat the rest of us to the finish line. But I'm not bitter. Really. She just better watch her back next time. Just kidding. But not really.

We had so much fun and the best part was having a reason to get off our rumps and exercise. We decided we would do another 2 mile race next month in Rock Star's town. Next time we will have all 4 of us sisters together for the race. What a great joy and blessing to have such great fun and goal accomplishments with my sisters (and my unbiological sister, B.)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Fondly Daydreaming About Vegas

Now that we are back home and in the groove of our normal life, I'm thinking about what a wonderful vacation/educational trip we were fortunate enough to experience. We stayed at the Venetian in Las Vegas. It has a full on recreated city inside, complete with "canals" and (sorry, Venetian) cheesy gondola rides.

The surroundings are spectacular. And they pretty much spared no expense building this hotel.

In the mornings I would wake up and open the curtains so I could sit at the desk, drink coffee and check in with cyberworld.

I had the freedom to do whatever I wanted to do. I could go jogging...

Or go in the luxurious bathroom...

And soak in luxurious bath...

or take a luxurious bath, read and drink coffee. And enjoy the fact that I had no little ones barging in to tattle on the other ones. Ahh, sweet peace.

The hotel was pretty smart. Take a look here at what I found in the bathroom. That brochure underneath the MAGNIFYING mirror is the guide to Canyon Ranch Spa. I guess when you see your skin close up, they figure you will run to the phone and make an appointment for a facial right away! Great marketing strategy!

We also experienced some weird food. This is Doc's pizza which cracked me up because the top looked like a hamburger bun complete with sesame seeds.

I also ventured over to Fashion Show Mall where I shopped (and bought lingerie because I could walk into a lingerie store without the risk of scaring my children's precious little psyches) and got a FABULOUS haircut!

Back at the hotel we stayed in a Concierge suite. These were some of the team of concierges that took care of us! They cracked me up!!!

They were a great couple of guys! And very helpful when it came to making dinner reservations.

Although, I had to veto the Hawaiian Tropics Restaurant suggestion. Sorry, dudes! And yes, I'm sure they do have great food and yes, I'm sure that is why men like to go there.

Even the elevator was fancy!

They had lots of stores in our hotel, as well. Doc got caught in a staring contest with this mannequin. She won.

He also got to bet on his precious KU Jayhawks football team.

They beat the 20 point spread and he won some money!!! (That was pretty much the extent of our betting. We didn't even drop a quarter in the slot machines.)

We ate at Dos Caminos. It was a yummy Mexican restaurant famous for its guacamole. Which is one of my favorite foods on the face of the earth.

This is my version of heaven on a table top.

And at the end of our meal, our waitress (Kristin, who was FABULOUS) made sure we got a Pumpkin Dessert Drink. YUMMMMOOOOO.

We also got to hang by the pool. Ahh, warm sunshine.

It's was so nice to listen to some tunes and feel the sunshine on my face!!!

I talked Doc into reading "The Shack" which he fell in love with just as much as I did. BTW, the lady behind him on the left side is also reading it! She loved it, too. READ IT PEOPLE. READ IT.

Also, just a note. Doc does indeed have a swim suit on. It was not a nude pool. Even though, I would have enjoyed the view, I don't think you will ever in all his days see that man anywhere that requires one to sit around without any clothes. Just so you know. Isn't he handsome. I'm a blessed woman!

Any time we go to Vegas, we always go to the Bellagio and watch the fountains. If you've never done it, I highly recommend it. It is better than most of the shows and totally free.

The same hotel also has a conservatory inside that changes seasonally. It was so beautiful. It had an archway made of pumpkins and other natural fallish things. It also had a tree and Venus flytraps that had motors that made them do different things and a few sculptural trees that were fountains.

We just had a blast spending time together. For those of you who have read my blog before, you know that I'm on a silly quest to achieve a "come hither" look without looking stupid. Turns out I just needed one thing....

to be looking at this man while I do it. I guess he brings out the inner seductress in me! LOL

We had to say goodbye to our little home away from home early in Monday morning.

We got to ride in a limo back to the airport. What fun. Neither of us had been in one before!

We had so much fun but we were glad to see our funny little monkeys when we got home!