Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
3.24.15: "Mom, will you come in and lay down with me for a bit, and maybe cuddle?" Zola said.
I hightailed it over to her, and we snuggled and watched Chopped.
Best evening ever.
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Monday, March 23, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015
I mean, who wouldn't?!?
But no fear was going to get to her Sunday morning.
I'm so proud of her willingness and ability to get out there on the mat, and do what she has been practicing for months. And then be ready to see the score the judges give her.
My Mary Danielle... a girl with so many talents :)
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Saturday, March 21, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
I'm going to let you in on a secret... I had no idea this kind of thing existed.
We had tickets for an Orioles vs. Twins game, which I knew. But I don't know what exactly I was expecting.
As we pulled into the parking lot, I shrieked "Oh my goodness! Look at all of these Orioles fans! And the whole stadium is decked out with cute Orioles decorations! SO CUTE!"
Mitch was all... "Ummm, you know this is the Orioles Spring training facility, right?"
Ummm, no. I did not know that. Thank you for that information.
But it was FUN! And the girls had fun, which is most important.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Monday, March 16, 2015
I decided, very last minute (I'm on vacation, for Heaven's sake), to change up my hairdo.
Short hair is awesome, but I look the same when I go to the gym every morning and when I go to a fancy schmancy event in the the evening.
I wanted to try something different.
So sue me.
Zola said, "What in the world happened to your hair? Do we not have a functioning hair dryer in this hotel?"
MD said, "MOM! I didn't know you were trying to look like Elvis!"
Elsie just poked at it. Over and over and over.
We were at dinner and I literally had to say, "Elsie, quit poking my hair with your finger."
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Sunday, March 15, 2015
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Saturday, March 14, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
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Thursday, March 12, 2015
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
We found out early this morning that our friend, Jacque, passed away during the night. Exactly four months ago today, she was diagnosed with metastasized breast cancer. Three weeks ago she hosted a Valentine’s party at her house.
Nothing about this is right.
Jacque’s fiancée and our dear friend, Dez, is heartbroken. Which, really... breaks our hearts, Mitch's and mine. They met and immediately fell in love, and built a beautiful life together with their boys. They had big plans together – a wedding in July, raising Jacque’s two boys and Dez’s two boys under one roof. A mash-up family at its finest.
"All who have been touched by beauty are touched by sorrow at its passing." —Louise Cordana
Death may be able to end a life, but it cannot end a love.
I looked up at the moon very early this morning; its brightness actually woke me. I believe the warmth of the sun and stars tell us that Jacque is at peace, living a life cancer-free. Whether she was pouring "the world's worse pour" of a beer, or playing tag on a beautiful Iowa fall day, she was a happy woman, living a full life.
I just wish she could have stayed longer.
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3.10.15: One (AND ONLY ONE) thing I will miss about winter are the bald eagle sightings around town. There are days I will see 10-15 soaring above, or perched by the river. Truly majestic animals.
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Monday, March 9, 2015
It was my first experience with an out-of-control, angry and inappropriate parent/coach.
She really doesn't deserve any more of my energy (we were pretty drained afterwards), but I cannot ignore the mark she left on my kids.
This woman came unglued during the game - screaming at the refs and stomping around, making angry gestures and causing quite the scene. After the game, as we were all filing out of the gym, the referee (fairly quietly) said to her, "You really ought to be ashamed of yourself and your behavior."
You can probably imagine her reaction.
It was escalated so quickly that some of our team parents had to escort the referee to his car. I did a headcount on my kids, making sure they were close enough that I could usher them away from the craziness quickly if needed.
In case anyone wonders if adult behaviors leave an impression on kids, this photo is an excerpt from Mary Danielle's journal entry from today:
"And then the mom was like 'excuse me' and at the end of it got real nasty I can't even right it down, I'll just say that she wanted the owner of the game, got in a fight with the referee and said real bad words."
And then MD drew a picture of the moment.
So, nasty-mom-that-said-bad-words, my kid saw you and heard you. She wasn't even that close to you when you had your immature outburst. I hope you had a moment of reflection afterwards, and realized that this is a 4th grade basketball tournament. I hope you've been forgiven by your team and their parents. I hope that your players don't assume this is acceptable behavior, because those players will learn that it is OK to talk to teachers that way, to parents, to bosses.
And most importantly, I hope you don't do it again.
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Sunday, March 8, 2015
Brilliant, Hyvee, brilliant.
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Saturday, March 7, 2015
This whole season has been amazing - Zola has improved so much as a player, she's made the sweetest and most wonderful friends, and all of the girls' parents were such a joy to cheer alongside.
Number 5... I'm so proud of you. You joined a team mid-season, didn't know anyone, and you've pushed yourself and worked so hard with these girls AS A TEAM. I honestly believe that you will remember this team, this season, this tournament WIN for the rest of your life.
You might have a number 5 on the back of your jersey, but you are Number ONE to me.
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Sunday, November 2, 2014
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Friday, October 31, 2014
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Friday, October 3, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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Monday, July 14, 2014
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Sunday, July 13, 2014
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