Monday, September 5, 2016

Lifeguarding 101

Life Guard bw

Kaish got his first official job this Summer. He was a lifeguard for apartment complexes. Some were busy. Some were not. He read a lot of books. He had a little trouble adjusting to the boredom. 

I am really proud of him for making it all summer. There were a couple of times I was sure he would quit. Perseverance is an important trait to learn. 

Happy Fall one and all. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Here's To Kids Who Are Different :: 11th Grade :: #BestKidEver

Kaishon 11th grade

 Here's to the kids who are different, 
 The kids who don't always get A's 
 The kids who have ears twice the size of their peers, 
 And noses that go on for days. 

 Here's to the kids who are different, 
 The kids they call crazy or dumb, 
 The kids who don't fit, with the guts and the grit, 
 Who dance to a different drum.

 Here's to the kids who are different, 
 The kids with the mischievous streak, 
 For when they have grown, as history's shown, 
 It's their difference that makes them unique.

Digby Wolfe

Monday, July 18, 2016

In the blink

This is Olivia.
She has been around for just 6 months.
The time has flown.
And here is Sammi.
She is going off to Ohio State University.
It happens so quickly, doesn't it?
In the blink of an eye. 
Treasure every moment.
They will be gone before you know it. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” Pablo Picasso

This is a mix of old and new photos that are on my computer desktop.
Life has been deliciously busy for months.
We are thankful for Summer. 


Thursday, May 12, 2016

teenage parenting

Two weeks ago I was driving Kaishon home from a school dance.

It was the night before Mother's Day. 

This dance was a dance that had been thrown upon me 48 hours before attending. A dance where the outfit of choice was questioned heavily by me. A dance that cost $48 to attend.

A dance. A dance. A dance.

So, picture this. It's 11 PM. I have to get up the next morning to work at the hospital. I had been with 2 little people all day and was completely exhausted. I had a million more photos to edit of a wedding but I had broken away to pick up my one and only child from the dance. I was drained. You get the picture, right?

 My cherub, says to me, in all sincerity, "You aren't going to win any Mother of the Year awards, Mom."

I am sure a more loving and kind mother would have smiled sublimely and said, "Maybe I can win one next year." 

This mother, yelled. I yelled something like this: "Are you crazy? I am not going to win any Mother of the Year awards? Why would you even say something like that to me? You aren't going to win any Child of the Year awards. You aren't even going to win any Human of the Year awards." Or something equally stupid. 

And then I cried.

Kaish, being a rational and intelligent person, got out of the car and went into the house. 
So, I sat there in the driveway hyperventilating.

I am not going to lie to you, I am terrible at mothering a teenager. More terrible than anything you could ever imagine. I would have thought I would do fine at this. Back when I was a young Mom and we were breezing through the baby, toddler and pre K years, you couldn't tell me anything. I just knew, without a doubt, I would rock out ALL areas of motherhood.

But here I am.

Flat on my face.

I am terrible at it and I admit it. They say that is the first step, right?

I know things will get better soon. 
Kaish is a great kid. 
In fact, I think he is the world's greatest.

My friend Skeller recommended Dr. Lehman's books and I intend to read one soon. Just as soon as I can trim my massive amount of editing. So, basically, next Christmas...

With love,
the Parenting Failure of the Year

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Best face of the Year?


I missed the Best Face of the Year contest
at I Heart Faces for the first time.
I think this might have been my pick.
Or maybe this one.

8M8A5488 Or8M8A4357 Or8M8A1579

Life is beautiful.
Humans are beautiful.
Today is the best day ever.

Check out the photos. I challenge you not to look for the most beautiful and attractive humans that were submitted. I challenge you to look at the hearts.

In the heart there will be great beauty. 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Katie Jo is 8!

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
Henry David Thoreau
katie is 8