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Birthdays, black belts, and basketball

Birthdays:  Torin had one.  A double digit one.  We celebrated by renting a video game party truck that parked in front of our house for two hours.  Fun stuff!

Black belts: Parker earned one.  It was technically a junior black belt.  But still.  We’re pretty proud of the hard work that he’s done over the past two years.

Basketball:  I went to one with my dad.  We went to the Vanderbilt/UT game, and I loved it, despite our horrible seats.  I much prefer basketball over football (and I know that makes me a strange duck, especially living in the south where football dominates the world).

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Our photo session.

Several weeks ago (before it got blazing hot), we had the privilege of being photographed by Angela Crutcher.  She was running a fabulous spring special, and I jumped on it immediately.  I have admired her work for a long time, and it’s  nice  to switch sides occasionally and experience the  process as a client instead of a photographer.  I knew she could get shots of our family that I could never get using the tripod/self-timer method, and I thought maybe my kids would be less goofy with a total stranger than with me (I was wrong about that part, but it turned out okay).  The coolest part was traveling to her parents’ field up in Robertson County.  I was sooo jealous of her location!  (If my parents really loved me, they would buy a super cool field for me to shoot in like Angela’s… hint, hint.)

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A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

The trees behind our house have their leaves back, the sun is heating things up, and the countdown to summer has begun (only 5 more weeks of school!).

We had the cutest cheerleader ever join us for a baseball game last week.  Sabrina’s little voice yelled “GO PARKER!” while he was batting, fielding, walking across the parking lot, and getting into his car at the end.  We appreciated her relentless enthusiasm.

And finally, our big news… last Friday night around bedtime, Parker prayed to receive Christ.  He has now been washed in the blood, there’s a new name written down in glory, and he’s got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in his heart!

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Hey, Atlanta, my family needs to eat.

 The kids went back to school today, which meant I caught up on work in the morning and hit the grocery store in the afternoon.  I love Publix.  I’ve tried Kroger, but I don’t like it as well.  I’ve tried Wild Oats, and it’s too expensive.  I’ve tried Wal-Mart, and their produce section scares me.  So I will stick with Publix and their fabulous customer service and their great BOGO deals.  But good gracious, it was slim pickins’ this week.  Apparently, the trucks that bring the food to the Publix stores have to go through Atlanta, and nothing has “gone through” Atlanta for several days.

This is sort of how I imagine the end times… a world completely void of boneless, skinless chicken breast.

And no Kraft shredded sharp cheddar.

And no crescent rolls. 

So listen, Atlanta, it’s time to plow the roads and push those trucks out before I have to start eating the baby yogurt.  Thanks.

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Flashback to 1993.

My best friend from high school drove down from St. Louis this week to visit, and we had so much fun!  It was just like it was 20 years ago… we sat around and talked for hours about fashion, celebrities, diets, and hair color.  Except this time we had a 2nd grader, two kindergartners, and a 2-year-old yelling and screaming in the background.  There were stinky diapers to be changed.  There were chocolate milk cups to be refilled.  And Hannah Montana was blaring from the speakers instead of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.  But other than that, I felt like I was 17 again, just like I was in this picture (taken 17 years ago).

Thank goodness our daughters have a much better sense of style than we did.  And thank goodness their hair doesn’t touch the ceiling.

Christine’s oldest daughter, Creighton, will start kindergarten in a couple of weeks.  Her younger daughter, Maris, is 2-going-on-18.

Parker’s goal during their stay was to keep all females away from his Lego table.  This may look like a mess to you, but he has got his table memorized and knows EXACTLY when one single piece is missing.  Trust me.

Uh-oh.  The small one got too close and he had to take her down.  I warned her.

Just a few more random pictures.  We will miss you girls!

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A weekend to remember.

Yes, she has her shoes and coat on, but don’t let that fool you.  She’s not going anywhere but the deck.  And she’s only allowed to be on the deck for a couple of minutes just to put a little space between her and her brother.  None of us are going anywhere today.  And we couldn’t go anywhere yesterday, either.  Oh, and school has already been canceled for tomorrow.  If you’re not in Nashville and haven’t seen it on the news, let me share something with you.  We have been in major crisis mode all weekend.

These pictures were taken by people who were brave enough to be on the road.  The left picture is the street by our house.  The right picture is the submerged parking lot of my grocery store.

On the left… you get the idea.  This was I-24 over the weekend.  On the right… that’s Dave’s office.  He’s going to have an interesting week.

We feel so fortunate that our house sits on top of a hill, and we are praying for our friends who have suffered major damage to their homes.  The rain is supposed to stop tonight, so hopefully the water will go down and the big cleanup can start tomorrow.

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Spring Break 2010.

Our spring break was pretty subdued this year.  Dave had to work, so the kids and I went to Illinois for a few days.  The time always flies by when we’re up there, and I never get a chance to see everyone that I want to see, but here’s a rundown of how we filled our four short days:  I hung out with Grandpa Marlin (for more on him, click here)…

We fished, drove the mule around the farm, and played outside A LOT…

Torin tried desperately to teach Sabrina to play the Nintendo, but Sabrina just wanted to lick it…

We all went to an awesome birthday party and Parker showed the pinata who’s boss…

And finally, I got to take pictures of sweet little Emery, who turned one on Easter!

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