You really can't tell from the top photos, but there were rows and rows of spectators, and I was actually at the back. Only 2 seconds on that podium, and she spotted me with her huge grin. I really can't even describe how that makes my mother heart feel. That in this room full of people her eyes were searching, searching, until they found mine, so that together, we could celebrate her success. I know this makes me a bad gymnastics mom, but the following is the memory I will take with me from her very first season of competition: It was her first meet. Rebound. Just before Christmas, and I think, as the coaches explained it to me, the purpose was to get out all the nerves before some of the bigger meets began. We had checked her out of school early, spent the afternoon removing nail polish, and slicking her hair back. She was dressed up in her competition leotard and warm ups as we entered the gym. She spotted her team and with giggles and jumps headed over. I watched her as she jogged away, her team backpack literally stretching from her neck to the back of her knees. Soon enough it was time for open stretch. The girls from all the gyms began to run in a big circle around the floor. Most had done this before, old hat. But Lily was literally giggling the whole time. Eyes wide and sparkling, and each time she passed by us she would insert a jump and frantic waving our direction. I couldn't take my eyes off her. She was perfection, she was adorable.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
One morning, a couple weeks ago, Roman spent over 2 hours putting various puzzles together. There was Lightening McQueen, Dora, Peanuts...and on and on. Every time he started a new one, I became more and more impressed by his patience and focus. And every time he finished another one, I could see his confidence building. "Puzzle master extraordinaire!!" I would say as I passed his diligent work. He smiled big, and I was reminded of the pattern that hard work plus patience, often equals ability and self assurance.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Trust me, I did NOT think that this was my "thing".
And yet, here we are.
Alternate titles for this post as follows:
"Hurry before they stain them with candy canes again"
"The full range of Poppy"
"Lily smiled like a champ through 54 photographs"
"Up next...Easter Dresses!!!"
For my Savior Jesus Christ,
For my testimony of His love for us and His great plan,
For my eternal companion, whom I love AND really like,
For my adorable children and this particular season of life,
For our health and our home and many many more blessings.
I kept thinking about how swiftly my lot in life could change,
but that what I treasure most about my life... (my family)...
is a blessing and gift that I can keep forever.
I can't fathom anything more precious than that knowledge.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
After a 2012 lapse (just barely surviving morning sickness), we are back in photo wall business. I'm so excited to have these hanging in my hallway again. I love these sweet smiling faces so much it physically hurts. Ugh. In the best way possible of course.
#1 - Why does Zachary (who is only 8!!) look like he's about to drive off in the family car in this photograph.? I very literally had tears spring to my eyes when I loaded his photograph. My sweet firstborn is looking so. grown. up. I can't.
#2 - My beautiful Lily. In her October journal at school she answered the question, "When I grow up I want to be..." by saying: "a good mom, a jimnist, and a balurena". Love. I think she will too. Also, "A person I admire" was answered with: "my sister".
#3 - Robino is looking so big too! He still has the most adorable smile I could imagine. It's impossible to think about him heading off to kindergarten next year. And finally, we did it. Roman is getting "a team" next month and he couldn't be more excited about it. Bitty Basketball here he comes :)
#4 - Oh Poppy. One of the sisterbabies. I love her so. She is talking all day long, and constantly surprising me with her adorable phrases that reveal her awesome imagination. "Oh no, the dinosaurs are coming! It's ok! I ride them!" (said in her indecipherable 2 year old voice)
#5 - And seriously. Violet is killing it with her bald head, chubby cheeks and gummy smile. She is so in love with me it is unreal. (All I had to do was put the camera down and say "Violet, I love you!" and this is what I got!) Follows my every single move, and cries until we are reunited. I have never had a baby so young be so attached. I won't lie...I love it.
For History's Sake: