Our busy weekend

Hi all!  I really wish this was a post with a new maternity dress that I feverishly sewed over the weekend.  But alas, there was just too much to do and I started to cut one out but that’s as far as I got.  It was Claire’s last volleyball tournament for the club season on Saturday.  She had a great turnout of fans…

Andi & Tony, Ebin & Ethan, Papa Ron & Marta, Me & Claire, Justine and Grandma Cindy (Grandma Trudie not pictured, she's behind the camera on account of she hates having her picture taken!) Mark and Enzo were also there, but this was about the time he was on a drive to get the little peanut to nap.

 It’s weird to think the season is over, it went by quickly if you ask me (probably not if you ask Claire). No more making two trips to Gresham a week for practice, no more getting up at 5am on a weekend and spending 14 hours in a noisy gym.  Weird!  What are we going to do with ourselves?

She had a great team this year, and it was fun to watch them grow in their sport that they clearly love playing.  It was a sweet group of young ladies and I wish them all the best in their volleyball futures!  I am sure we’ll meet up with a few of them down the line. 

Go Power! (Claire is the floating head third from the right)

And I want to thank my Mom for being there every single tournament, bright and early to pick us up and do all the driving, endure hours of waiting in between games and nail-biting volleyball action!  I wouldn’t have enjoyed the season as much had you not been there next to me!

I forced her to have this taken, I look HUGE, please keep in mind this was after a 12 hour tournament day (please and thanks!)

 Papa Ron and Marta made the trip from Arlington to watch her play, it was awesome to have the day with them and they enjoyed seeing how much Claire has improved her skills.

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 They finished 6th overall in the tournament (it was the Regionals championship) but they played their hearts out and it was a close game every single time.   Those are really fun to watch, but also really tough to take when they lose knowing how hard they worked for it.  Luckily, it doesn’t cause them any tears – they hit the team food table and munch their cares away until the next match.  I wonder how long that will be the case, or if Claire will eventually start getting emotional about a loss. 

I’m proud of my girl, she works hard and is very dedicated to the sport.  I’m a volleyball Mom, all the way!

Then on Sunday we got outside and worked in the yard a bit.  Mark was cleaning out and organizing the shed and Enzo enjoyed seeing all the toys and things coming out of there.  A basketball, a kickball and some lawn games like Bocce.  He spent a good twenty minutes putting tennis balls in the container and then dumping them out again, and then repeating.  So while he was happy doing that, I dug up the weeds and mess that had taken over our little area along the back porch.  Then I laid down paper so that the weeds would have a hard time growing back and covered the paper with decorative pea pebbles.  It looks great!  If I do say so myself.  And I also checked in on the garden, which is looking super happy!

radishes and romaine lettuce, all in a row!

 Mark played soccer in the evening and then we reflected on our very productive weekend. 

Although, I was NOT productive in the sewing area AT ALL.  Sorry about that.  I put out a plan to make a dress a week and that has not happened yet.  I have also been a little preoccupied with my new gig…

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More on that later, but let’s just say I am spending lots of time researching possibilities and trying to get all my ducks in a row.

I love when I look at the pictures on my phone and find random ones the kids have taken.  Here was my treat this week…

My sweet darlings!

 I hope you have had a great Monday and tune in tomorrow for some VERY EXCITING NEWS.  We have a very early ultrasound scheduled to find out the gender of our baby and see him/her on the big screen.  We can’t wait!

And don’t worry, we’ll make our announcement on the blog.  Well, actually, this guy and his big sisters will be helping with that…

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Stay tuned!

xoxo

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Chit chattery…

So it was another crazy busy week at work for me, which is why you have not seen a new post since Sunday.  Um, what can I say besides HIRE MORE PEOPLE…okay, I’m done before I really get started or we’ll be here all night.  Plus, I really don’t want to talk about work on my beautiful family life-themed blog.

Instead, I’m going to be thankful for the blue sky that was above me as I left work this evening, and celebrate the good things.  These are some things that make me happy:

• I saw this on a blog that I read frequently, called Design Mom, and had to order one.  Immediately.  It’s coming from the United Kingdom just for me.  I’m so excited!  Design Mom often does giveaways and she posts some really cool stuff, and no – not all of it is baby stuff, there are things for Moms too!

Rope Necklace by The Vamoose

Rope Necklace by The Vamoose

• I have also requested a custom headband by one of my favorite bloggers and crafter extraordinaire, Princess Lasertron.  She is due with her first child any day now, and it’s been fun to read her posts about her journey along the way.

Princess Lasertron, whose favorite colors are also yellow and grey like mine...

Princess Lasertron, whose favorite colors are also yellow and grey like mine...

• Claire lost two teeth in two days this week.  And since we’ve already had the discussion about the Easter Bunny, Santa Clause  and the Tooth Fairy, all I had to do was say “Hey, the tooth fairy told me just to take you to Yo Cream as a payment” and so it was.   A few months ago, when I asked her if she believed in those things, she wisely answered, “Not really, but it’s a nice idea” which to me translates to “If I say yes can I still get gifts from them?”.  Which is an interesting question.  And the answer is yes, but only until Veda catches on, too.  It would be unfair to let the cat out of the bag for her because she also believes in Fairies.   Which I think is the cutest thing ever.  When I met her 3 1/2 years ago, she told me that “Fairies are real, my favorite one is the Blue Fairy”.   And I became a believer.  Mainly because I thought, “why not?”.  I mean, really… why not?

• Last Saturday I met my amazing lady friends for Brunch at this quaint little place called Wild Abandon.  Things were talked about, food was eaten and mimosas were served.  But I don’t remember anything, except how amazing it was to do this:

Sweet little Anika Hil, a perfectly delightful girl

Sweet little Anika Hil, a perfectly delightful girl

Don't you just love her?

Don't you just love her?

• It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday.  That’s pretty sweet.  I really enjoy this holiday but no matter how far ahead I start having ideas of what to do for people, the next thing I know it’s the week of and it’s way too late to do what I originally wanted.  So lame.  I don’t know, I guess I still have tomorrow night and Saturday morning before our Moms come over for dinner.  I could still try to fashion something up!  If I am successful, I will definitely share pictures next week!

• The sun was out this afternoon around 6pm.  It may have happened a little bit earlier but I was still stuck in the confines of my cube at work so I didn’t know what it was doing.  When I went from one building to another at around 3pm it was still very grey out.  Or maybe I never even looked up?  I don’t know, now that I think about it.  It’s possible that it’s been grey for so long that I’d given up hope it would ever change.  Wow, hello melodramatic!

• If the sun is out tomorrow I may just get to end my work week with a fun game of sand volleyball.  We have a court at work, and we play on our lunch hour.  It’s almost time for the summer league to start!  I play on a team called the Kitten Wranglers.  I don’t remember how that name came about anymore, but it was suggested and we grabbed it and ran!  This will be our 3rd season together, seems like just yesterday.. *sniff sniff*.  Maybe this year I will get some pictures taken to share on here!

• My family:

Seattle, February '10

Seattle, February '10

xoxo


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