Sunday, July 31, 2011

Goodbye Summer, Hello Grindstone

     Yes, that is my August calendar and agenda.  Already packed with tons and tons of meetings, first days of school, and other appointments.  Thank goodness our beach trip is only 2 weeks away or I might get exhausted just looking at it!  We have (almost) finished buying school supplies for all 3 kids, and now we are all anxious to see what teachers we get.  Jackson will have 2 - 3 teachers this year for 4th grade, so hopefully he'll like at least one of them!  Mia will be moving up to the "big" school for 1st grade and we love all the teachers there.  Parker's biggest concern about preschool is that he will be in the bluebird class instead of the yellow bird class.  He was really mad about it at first because yellow is his favorite color, but when I brought home a Transformers thermos, he quickly forgot about it and was all about his new big boy cup for school.  Parker won't actually start school until after Labor Day, so he still has some time at home after the others get started.  Jackson and Mia will begin classes August 15.  Lucky for them we leave that same afternoon for the beach!  Nana is coming with us this time, so everybody is excited.  Especially me, since Jeremy will have classes and meetings to go to a couple of the days we're down there.  I won't have to wrangle 4 kids in the pool all alone. 
     Everett goes back for a checkup in Huntsville this week with his urologist.  Hopefully they will find that his hernia is still shrinking on it's own.  We went to the pediatrician last month for a well check and the doctor there could still feel it, so we'll know by the end of this week what's going on with him.

     Our garden is literally a hot mess.  We have vegetables EVERYWHERE.  If you are in need of squash, okra, cucumbers, or tomatoes, PLEASE come get some from us!  We do love being able to get what we want to eat right outside our own door, but as the sun gets hotter the field hands get lazier.  I will say Mia has been our biggest helper in the garden thus far.  She is always willing to go grab a tomato for her daddy!
     I am still getting up early at least 5 days a week to go for a walk.  Notice I said walk this time.  I had been jogging for about 2 weeks when I starting having severe pain in one of my legs.  I'm talking barely made it home and in the door before I broke out in tears pain, and I can take a lot of pain.  It never fails that when I finally try to do something for myself I have to stop.  Hopefully whatever it is will subside and I can begin again.  It's just extremely frustrating!  I did get some new shoes and some inserts to correct my placement, so maybe with rest and my fancy new duds I will be up and running again soon! 

Art Show

     Saturday was Mia's art show at Lucy's Artsy Place.  Mrs. Lucy is our neighbor and also our very favorite art teacher.  Jackson and Mia have been taking art with her over the summers since they were 6 and 4.  Before she had her studio, Lucy taught out of her home, so Jackson and Mia would just ride their bikes across the street.  Now she has a fabulous little place right down the road and she teaches tons of kids all year round.  We met Grandma at the Artsy Place around 6 p.m. and got to see all the stuff Mia had worked on over the summer.  Of course Mia wanted to dress up since she was showing off her creations, so she picked out her dress and put on some lip gloss.  We were all very proud of what she had accomplished!

When you go to the Artsy Place you get to sign the wall.  On top are a few of the paintings you can choose from for you group to paint.  Lucy does classes for all ages.

Mia with Mrs. Lucy
 Mia with all her artwork

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Early Mornings & A New Prize

     Yes, you read that right, I have been getting up EARLY to walk/jog every morning this week. Trying to look fabulous (or close to it) for our cruise in September.  I haven't dropped dead yet, so that's a plus.  And I get to draw the attention of all the construction workers that are building the house right next door to us (insert sarcasm).  I know they probably think someone is chasing me. Why else would a fat girl be running down the road so early in the morning?  So, if you see me out eating junk food, I give you permission to scold me.  Well, maybe not on the weekends.  And maybe not if it's chocolate.  And the new Five Guys did just open up in Florence. Ok, never mind.  Just say hi and move on.  Jeremy gets up at 5ish to get to work by 6 a.m., so I have been getting up when his alarm goes off (the 2nd or 3rd time) and hitting the road.  If you know me, you know I love my sleep.  But I do have to say once I'm up I'm glad about it.  I can get so much done before the kids are up wanting breakfast, and I can even have an actual  "quiet" time and read the paper all by myself.  Speaking of reading, look what I just got!
     SO EXCITED!  I love to read almost as much as I love to sleep.  I have been looking at these for a while and trying to decide between the Kindle or the Nook Color, and wouldn't you know the gift fairy shows up with this!  Jackson is almost as excited as I am because he shares my love of books.  I have played around a little bit on it, but I'll let Jeremy figure out all the technical stuff and just show me how to use it.  Lucky for me that's one thing Jeremy does love to read is an owner's manual!
     Not much else going on these days.  Jackson finished basketball clinic last night and I think he learned a few things. Mia has new shoes, and that's all she wants to talk about.  She's been trying on different outfits with them ever since last night.  Parker has discovered the game of Clue, but he only wants to get the little weapons out and kill the "people" with them.  Everett is teething, and is as clingy as ever.  I did sell a few things on eBay this week and booked our first excursion for Costa Maya with the proceeds, so I'm pretty pumped about that.  You can find me here in approximately 8 weeks

    Now if I could only find some more stuff to sell I'll have it made!  So, we are just counting down the days until school and our beach trip.  I don't mind the heat so much when there's sand and surf to go with it!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Conversing with Kids Continued

Jackson: "When you get divorced and you're old it's hard to get married again because you're old and you don't look so good."

A perfume commercial comes on TV with a scantily clad woman prancing around in the ocean.
Jackson:  "Why do all perfume commercials look like really good movies?"

Row Your Boat, by Parker
"Roll, roll, roll your boat gently down the scream.  Merrily, merrily, merrily, life is down the scream."

My sister went to prom this year.  As we talked about who we would take, we asked Parker who he would invite.  He said, "Ewww, I don't like girls.  But I like Mia, I'll take her."  To which Mia replied, "Parker, that's illegal."

Mia:  "Somebody wanted to borrow my rainbow crayon today, but I told them no."
Me:  "If the shoe was on the other foot, you would've wanted them to share with you."
Mia:  "Mom, we're not allowed to swap shoes at school."

Parker: "I want some applesauce mommy."
Me: "I have some strawberry applesauce."
Parker: "Is it criss cross?"
If you have school age children you will get it.

Mia: "When you lived in the 90's did they have time machines?"
Me:  "Uh, no."
Mia:  "Well did you at least have sporks?"

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Lately

Funny story about this picture.  I took it to fill a frame I got at a yard sale that says "Brothers" (brand new, in the box, $3, major yard sale score!).  Anyway, I snapped it this morning to send to Walmart to get printed and Parker looked at it, then looked at me with a frown on his face and said, "Why are you taking pictures of me fat?"  It was all I could do to keep from laughing! I love that little chubby boy!  Ok, on with the blog.
     Not much happening this week at the Robison household.  I actually bought school supplies this week.  Made me sad to load my buggy up with crayons and glue sticks.  Only 29 days of summer left, then we're back to the routine.  Mia finished up her art classes with Mrs. Lucy on Thursday.  She will have a show to present all her work later this month.  Jackson begins his last summer activity tonight.  He is going to a basketball clinic at the rec center given by the high school coaches, and he is very excited.  Basketball is his favorite sport, so I'm hoping he will learn a few things so that he will be a more confident player.  This past Saturday we celebrated Jeremy's mom's birthday.  We grilled out and made homemade ice cream.  She and Jackson love Harry Potter, so they are planning on seeing the movie Friday night.  As our summer is drawing to a close, we are actually gearing up for our vacation.  Jeremy has a work conference every year in August, just about the time school is starting back.  Wouldn't you know that this year it is the very first week of school.  I think our plan is to let the kids go the first day and then leave that afternoon heading to Orange Beach.  I'm not one to let the kids skip all the time, but this is our family's "summer" vacation, so we will just brave the makeup work when we return.  I can't wait to get away for a while!  Our garden is getting huge and we have lots of squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes so far.  The Japanese beetles have fallen in love with our okra, so we'll see if we get any out of it.  All the melons are producing, but none big enough to pick yet.  Our sweet corn is putting on ears and the kids can't wait for it to be ready.
     I do actually have a BIG announcement to make.  One which Jeremy and I are VERY excited about!

We will be on this ship for our 10th wedding anniversary in September!  We will be gone a full week with NO KIDS!!!!  Don't get me wrong, we love our kids, but we haven't gotten away together like this in, oh I'd say 10 years!  Jackson, Mia, and Parker will be in school during the day, so I'm hoping it won't be too hard on the grandparents that are so kindly keeping all of them for us.  I cannot wait to get away and reconnect with my husband.  No laundry, no sweeping/mopping, no dishes, nobody using me for a jungle gym, not having to fix breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack for 6 people for 7 days!  Ahhhh, can't wait.  Now, Jeremy isn't one for taking "vacation" vacations.  By this I mean he wants to be up with the sun and on the move, so we will be in port 4 days.  We will be in Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize, and Roatan.  I know Jeremy wants to snorkel one day, but other than that we have no idea what we'll do.  If anyone has good ideas, please pass them along!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Goodbye to Granny Smith

     Early Sunday morning my great grandmother, Inez Smith (Granny Smith) passed from this world.  She was 99 years old.  I have vivid memories of going to her house as a child, usually to shell peas or dig potatoes.  I can remember walking across her floor and thinking it felt like waves (from years of settling).  I always remember her wearing a dress.  In fact, I don't ever recall seeing her in pants.  Not that she didn't wear them, I just don't recall it.  She had one of those big propane tanks outside her house, and I can remember pretending it was a horse and climbing on top of it with my cousins (of which I had 5, all boys).  She had a crocheted throw in every room of the house, and I remember thinking why would anybody want a blanket that has holes in it?  She has looked the same to me for as far back as I can remember.  When she first met Jackson she put a coin in his hand and told me that what you put in babies hands, they will reap later in life.  I guess that is the last photograph I have of her is the 5 generations of us together with her, my popaw, my mom, me, and Jackson.  She lost 1 son when he was only 2 months old, and also lost her husband when my popaw was around Jackson's age.  She never remarried.  She raised my popaw and his 3 sisters on her own.  She never drove a car.  She had her right mind even until her death.  That is something I pray for my own self if I live that long.  She was the last of my great grandparents.  I never knew my great grandfathers, but I was lucky enough to know my mom's other grandmother (Granny Carley) and my dad's grandmother (Mama Kate).  We buried Granny Smith today in a little town called Bexar, Alabama.  It's sad that the only time I see many of my relatives is at a wedding or a funeral, but I did see many aunts, uncles, and cousins today.  99 years is a long time on this Earth, but I thank God that Granny got to see them all.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Red, White, & Blue

     We are still tired out from a great 4th weekend.  Ours started Sunday night with our annual church family picnic.  We have food, games, and fireworks in the back parking lot the Sunday before July 4th every year.  It's always fun, but there was a small malfunction this year.  The little train that was giving rides through the parking lot caught on fire.  I remember looking up and seeing a flood of people running toward where the train "stop" was, and a huge cloud of smoke in the air.  No one was hurt, but the tractor that was pulling all the cars had burst into flames.  Next we hear the music stop and Brother Tom comes on the loud speaker saying, "The train has caught on fire next to a marroon van.  If you own a marroon van you need to move it."  Guess what color our brand new, week old van is.  Yep.  Now, Jeremy couldn't have been farther from the train, but I see him sprinting across the parking lot.  Luckily it wasn't anywhere near our car, but I will always remember the look on Jeremy's face as he ran to save his van!  As it got dark, Nana passed out glow swords, masks, and sticks, and the kids loved them.  We actually had to make the boys stop playing and sit down to watch the fireworks show.  The fireworks started around 9 p.m. and they were fantastic!  We have a company that puts on a professional show and all the people in the churches next door and the neighborhood behind the church come out to watch.  This year was the first time Parker actually enjoyed them.  Everett was a different story.  At first he didn't like the loudness, but he actually closed his eyes so he couldn't even see the colors either!  We thought he was asleep about half way through, but he just didn't want anything to do with fireworks.  As soon as it was over he popped his head back up and was ready to play.

Mia, Sage, and Rosie

Parker, Ezra, Isaac, and Everett enjoying the picnic

Mia on the rock wall (scared to go any higher)

Parker in the ball pit

Pop and Everett

Michael (the boyfriend) and Carley

SO excited about the glow swords!

     Monday morning I made breakfast for us and my parents.  I found a recipe for French toast and berry butter on a website and decided to try it out on everyone.  I made blackberry and strawberry butter, and it was so good.  The kids wanted to eat it by itself, but I convinced them to put it on their toast instead. 

     After breakfast we got ready to go to Grandma's for lunch.  She always decorates the backyard and has family over.  We grilled out over there and the 3 oldest kids decided to stay and swim while Jeremy and I took Everett home for a nap.  On the way home I had the brilliant idea of grabbing our swimsuits and laying Everett down at Nana's for a nap, so we could swim a while too.  Grandma brought the kids back around 4 p.m. and we swam all afternoon with the cousins and grilled out again for supper.  Pop bought fireworks and the kids all had a great time, until Jackson starts screaming at the top of his lungs.  He had tried to grab a lit sparkler from Nana, but he grabbed to close to the flame and burned his finger.  Needless to say everyone was done with sparklers after that.  They watched Pop shoot the "big" fireworks and watched all the others in the neighborhood.  We could even see the ones from the show in Florence through the trees.  Everyone had a great weekend, and after getting to bed later than usual, we are still catching up on sleep!

Grandma with the kids

Lighting the sparklers

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