What?! We still have a blog?

It has been a while, but I do vaguely remember this site. Good times. Well, now Tigger and I are both on facebook, I joined just yesterday.

As my cousin said, “welcome to the modern world.”

Published in: on August 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm  Comments (1)  

Talented Friends

I have got some talented friends with the most precious families!  Here are some great blogs out there that I recently found out about (I am so in the dark, or so very self-absorbed, or just so too busy)…

Jennifer Strange at:  http://jkpstrange.blogspot.com/

Lauren Semmes at:  http://photosonthedashboard.blogspot.com/

Rebekah Aillet at:  http://grace-filledchaos.blogspot.com/

Published in: on July 28, 2007 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Amo l’Italia!

My apologies of tardiness are overflowing and guilt has sunk in as more and more friends are asking when I will update this blog to tell of my “once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy”.  I was planning on writing this from my journal that I kept, but I have temporarily misplaced it.  Once its location is found, I will write more in detail of where we went and what we saw and did.  Overall, it was a wonderful trip.  Without kids or husband, I was able to be myself, not a mom or wife.  I woke up when I wanted, I went to bed when I wanted and throughout the day, did what I wanted to do.  It sounds selfish, but in my day to day real world, I do not get to do those things.  I love my life, but often have found myself getting wrapped up in the insignificant details.  Italy gave me time to step back and see a bigger picture.  It has been about a month since I went and I am still not “settled in” yet.  I am looking forward to school starting and a routine beginning again.  Here are a few pictures of beautiful Italy…

 Florence         The family at dinner        My bedroom view       

Published in: on July 28, 2007 at 8:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sto andando in Italia!

That means “I am going to Italy!”   Although by the time you read this, I will be Italy.  We’re leaving today, June 20 and returning Sunday, July 1.  I’ll be going with my mom and meeting family there.  Pray for Tigger as he will be with the kids some and alone most of the time.  Pray for my sister and dad who will have the kids for a whole week.  Hopefully I will be commenting on this blog while in Italy depending on time, available internet connections and my laziness (I am on vacation).  When I return and the jet-lag wears off, I will update you on my adventures.  Arrivederci!

Published in: on June 20, 2007 at 8:56 am  Comments (3)  

“I’m an overweight, working mother of two…

young children (a kindergartner and an infant), with a husband, dog, house, yard, debt, two cars, and a job with a lot of responsibility.”  That’s my excuse for getting behind on this blog, not ironing, not dusting, and not writing thank you notes.  I apologize to everyone who has given me a hard time about any of this.  However, as of this moment, the house is quiet as Tigger is out working sound, M.E. is with Manny & Ra-Ra, and the baby and dog are taking a nap.  Oh, it feels good to get something crossed off my “to do” list that has been collecting dust.

Let me get you up to date by telling you about the pictures below.  I posted them in chronological order, and saw that they posted backwards, so beginning with the first picture we will journey backwards through time… 

Not sure when I took the picture of Tigger with M.E. and Van in the hammock, but it was a beautiful day. I was somewhere else and came home to find my family enjoying the outdoors.  They were all sleeping until I came out.  The next picture of me and two strange people is a highlight of this year for me.  In March I went with my boss, Charla (the tall blond), to Dallas for a Curves Regional Convention where we met the founder and CEO of Curves, International, Gary Heavin (the man in the middle).  He is a Christian, multi-millionaire with a huge heart for helping women with exercise, weight management, and health related issues.  His research has, is and will do a lot for women’s health.  (Go to curves.com to learn more about it!)  The next two pictures are of M.E. and Van swinging in our back yard.  M.E. is very hot-natured like her daddy and enjoys wearing t-shirts and shorts no matter the time of year.  I made her wear a hat and gloves so she wouldn’t get too purple.  And Van is just the cutest thing sporting his snowman hat (yes, that is a carrot for the nose!).  Hannah came down to El Dorado from Colorado to visit and Philip Greer was there too.  (Philip is Hannah’s “friend”, hee, hee, hee.)  He is great with a soccer ball and M.E. enjoyed playing with him in the backyard, although she does not want to learn to play soccer because “my legs will get tired!”  It was a great visit with them.  We miss Aunt Hannah very much!  Hopefully we will see her move closer to home this fall.  It’s Christmas at Grandmother’s and Daddy Boots’.  We got great pictures of all the family and I was going to post them, but you can really see my “baby fat” and I don’t want to embarrass myself too much.  Santa brought M.E. a new bicycle which is a whole other story as she learned to ride such a big bike!  Then there is Halloween at Manny and Ra-Ra’s.  I have to note that M.E. went trick-or-treating in the back of a wagon pulled by daddy and Ra-Ra the whole way- it won’t happen next year!  M.E. loves her brother, Van.  She is such a good sister, I could not have asked for anything better.  I am learning the many pro’s and con’s of having kids five and a half years apart and we are enjoying them everyday.  One obvious pro would be the helpfulness of big sister, and an obvious con would be that we are far out of “baby mode” and cannot remember when M.E. did or started whatever.

Overall, the kids are healthy and happy and we are blessed to have loving family and friends.  Some-days I feel very old- tired and worn from daily tasks and challenges, never monotonous.  My mom sums it up well when she reminded me that when we were little, she had no hobbies either.  But I have to remember that with everything, this is a season, just a breath in my life, just a day among many.  In a blink of an eye the moment will be gone and a new season will dawn.  I am learning peacefulness with the help of M.E.’s “Jungle Jams” CDs, which are stories featuring jungle animals and Razzle-Flabins who overcome childhood problems with the help of God’s Word.  I believe God gives children to adults to remind us of what life is really about:  being kind, holding hands, giving lots of hugs and kisses, playing, snuggling, sitting on the floor, taking time to pick a flower or color a picture for someone, singing and dancing wherever there is a good tune.  Of course there are lots more reasons we should look to children to remind us of a simpler life and the joys of living, but I would be here much longer than I can.  Tigger is home, the baby and dog are awake and my solitude is gone.  At least now I can cross this off on my dusty to-do list.

Thank you for reading and enjoy your season.

Published in: on April 7, 2007 at 4:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Here’s some pictures of lost time…

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Published in: on April 7, 2007 at 2:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

M.E. at the Heart of Texas Rodeo

Mary Elizabeth Denison from Shreveport, Louisiana is a champion Mutton Buster.  Check out her performance.

Last weekend her aunts in Waco, TX entered her in the rodeo to ride a sheep.  As you know us, we are not rodeo goers, but for the entertainment of family and the joy of a child, you will do anything.  As we arrived to weigh in, the limit was 45 pounds, a few other kids were crying pleading their mothers not to make them ride the sheep.  One boy in front of us was too heavy to ride and he was disqualified.  I told M.E. to take off her boots and hat.  She weighed in at 45 pounds.  Then we had to wait for the rodeo to begin and go through the bare-back riding and cattle roping.  M.E. waited anxiously.  Finally the time came.  I positioned myself along a rail with the video camera while Tigger went down to the floor with the digital camera.  Aunt Sarah took M.E. down to the sheep.  M.E. was coached to “give the sheep a big bear hug and grab handfuls of his wool, then hold on tight with your legs.  Ride until the clown picks you up off the sheep, then you raise your hands high.”  Looking back I felt I should have prepared her for what to do if she falls off or gets hurt, but that was not said and she did exactly what we told her to.   It was very exciting to watch the sheep run out of the pin toward the rest of the herd in the confusion of the moment.  M.E. held on beautifully and the crowd erupted in cheers as the clown pulled her off and held her high above his head, her arms raised like a champion.  There were about 10 other kids competing.  They all got a small trophy with a sheep on it, but M.E. earned the largest trophy and a new pair of boots with a score of 92, the next highest was an 80.  She also won the privilege to stand in an inflatable “money machine” where $200 in cash was flying around her and she caught as much as she could.  She came out with $48.  As she and Tigger went to ride rides at the fair she tired quickly and said, “I just want my trophy.”  Now she has informed us she wants to collect trophies.  I asked if she wants to take horseback riding lessons, but she only wants to do gymnastics.  We are looking at area rodeos to take her on tour.

Published in: on October 18, 2006 at 4:21 pm  Comments (3)  

More Milestones…

Not only are we starting school, loosing teeth, and smiling here at the Denison house, we are riding bikes without training wheels and laughing. Last Wednesday evening M.E. tried, and succeeded, riding a bike without training wheels. Tigger held the back of her neck and ran with her. I held the baby and the video camera. Tigger’s rule of riding was to “pedal”. And she did. The bike is two years old and she’s almost too big for it, but it was so cute to see her little feet pedaling as fast as she could, swerving to try to stay balanced with her oversided Disney princess helmet tightly strapped on. She did great. By Friday she wanted to ride her bike to school, which we did, and were almost late. All the way to school I was praying, not for her safety, but for my patience and a quiet tongue. Needless to say since then we have gone out to the Stephens’ wide driveway for lots of good practice and she can now make a 180 degree turn. As for our latter news, Van laughed as I playfully kissed his hand today. It was a cute little chuckle that soon was replaced with a smile, then a look of “okay, mom, that’s not funny anymore”. I’m just glad that I was the first.

M.E. wants to add that she can write her name, M.E.. We’re trying to teach her to write her full name, Mary Elizabeth, but she has no interest in doing that since she can write her abbreviated name. (I guess she’s not the overachiever of the family)

Published in: on August 20, 2006 at 7:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Van is doing more…

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  See Van smile.            See Van cry.       See Van… oh, my!

Published in: on August 10, 2006 at 10:09 am  Leave a Comment  

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On the way to school All smiles before our first day of school.

After schoolEven a bigger smile after school.

Published in: on August 10, 2006 at 9:56 am  Leave a Comment