My Mother’s Day

I came across a bunch of “mommy” things on pinterest-i would link you there but I have no idea how to do that, by all means, go check it out and become a follower or whatever that is, anyway, found this quote . . .

“Motherhood is a choice you make everyday to put someone else’s happiness and well-being ahead of your teach the hard do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is . . . and to forgive yourself over and over again for doing everything wrong.”  Donna Bell

I think that about sums me up, I am so grateful for kids who adore me even though I’m getting things wrong all the time:)

I had a great day yesterday. We had a nice breakfast with the Sunday School kids that some of the dads prepared for us.  We went to our usual Mother’s Day spot, a chinese buffet for lunch-they take really good care of us there.  The kids all got their own plates this year, a nice change of pace for us;)

Then, Marian & I went to my favorite scrapbook store and did a little cropping and picture organizing.

I got some sweet homemade gifts from the kids, in fact, I had to open Tobin’s on Saturday because he just couldn’t stand to wait!

It is a note pad with a picture of our family that he drew . . .

from Marian . . .

from Ezra . . .

and, have to include his colorful envelope, Uncle Rob always has super fun, creative envelope designs . . .

Happy Mama Day

I was lucky enough to have an amazing mama, which is what I called her until Middle School when I decided Mom was less embarrassing in front of my friends.  Not sure when she was at her best . . . When I was really young and she played games, baked cookies (like quadruple batches of 6 different varieties, I feel good when I manage to make 3 dozen cookies!), & taught me to pump on the swing & do cartwheels?  When I was in middle & high school when she came to EVERY softball game and EVERY game I cheered at, and was seriously my biggest fan?  When I was in my twenties and in a terrible relationship that she knew was making me miserable but just loved me through it?  When I found Jesus and turned my life around and she was overjoyed with having her daughter back?  Or, now when I’m the mama and she supports & encourages me-even when we disagree?  I’m not sure but I have always been able to trust that my Mama loved me!

And, I don’t like posting without a picture, so here is an old one from Tobin’s birthday last year.  (makes me want to get a picture of her & I next week on our visit!)

The Chronicles of Narnia

We have been struggling to find level appropriate books for Marian, she loves to read but her reading level is higher than her interest level.  After talking to her teacher at conferences, we have been researching and asking a lot of people about book suggestions.  I have been trying to get her to read the Narnia series for a long time but she thinks they will be too scary.  So, I decided I would just read them to all the kids (maybe that would get her interested).  I found the set in Ezra’s Scholastic order for only $20 so bought it for Christmas.  I started reading the prequel The Magician’s Nephew  soon after Christmas and got through the first 3 chapters when Marian says “Mommy, do you think I could read ahead a chapter?”, “Sure, if you want to” I said, she finished the book the next day, then the next book 2 days later, then the 3rd while we were on vacation and now she is on Prince Caspian.  Mission accomplished, and I LOVE them, and so does Ezra, they are a bit too long for Tobin but he sits with me for a lot of it.  It’s all I can do to not read ahead without them:)


Annual family Christmas picture

Every year we take a family picture, usually in front of the tree and usually a frantic one just before the tree comes down because we forget until then.  We’ve been doing this since Kelly & I had our first Christmas together 13 years ago.  I have a little 4×6 red velvet photo album that I put the picture in.  And, I love getting it out every year to see how the kids have grown and how our family has changed over the years.  One of my favorite (and easiest) of Christmas traditions:)




I guess you’re wondering why Tobin’s curls had to be cut.  We got a call from the school 2 weeks ago-yes, the dreaded head lice call.  Ugghhhh, I honestly can’t believe we have escaped it this long.  And, I’ve decided that one of the reasons it spreads so rapidly is the shame we feel as moms about it-so, I’m on a quest to dispel the shame.  I am Trenda, and my family had head lice;)

Kelly & I feel like resident experts on these critters, we even got Marian’s microscope out to look at them-we tried to make it as light hearted as we could.  So, here are a few facts to share:

  • they like clean hair
  • they attack all socio-economic levels
  • they don’t really harm us at all-except for the annoying itching I guess
  • 30 minutes in a high heat dryer kills them and their eggs-and there are lots of other ways
  • it’s pretty easy to kill the bugs, getting all their eggs is the part that takes time, follow-up & diligence
  • we know a lot about them and when you’re trying to rid yourself of them, knowledge is power!
  • you don’t need to buy the super toxic stuff at the drug store to kill them
  • if you get it, tell everyone so they can be checking their kids too, you don’t want to give it to someone else and then get it right back from them!
I thank God that His hand was mercifully on us, and our case was caught early I believe so it actually hasn’t been awful, there is a wonderful local place whose entire business is checking and treating head lice.  They can give you a wonderful peace of mind, they aren’t cheap though.
So, who has an itchy head?  Probably everyone reading right now;)
So, if you find yourself with these dreaded creatures, just give me a call, between me and all my friends who have had it, we are a wealth of knowledge.
Treatment #1 (Marian was after the boys):
Follow-up treatment #2 (SUPER important!):
We were happy to do the follow-up treatment a week later and find nothing at all:)  It’s still active at their school so we’re still checking but for now, we’ve rid ourselves of these little pests.

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