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The End of an Era

The flag football spring season is over (I know, I know…football in spring????  Here in Texas there is no such thing as a football “season” or a baseball “season.”  It’s just sports, sports, sports all the time!).  For Connor and his friends this marks more than just the end of a season, this is the end of an era. 

Next year Connor will be in tackle football.  Pads, helmet…the whole works.  Connor has been playing football for the past 4 years now with Chris being a coach for most of that time.  I have to admit, I was worried about Connor playing football in Texas.  Football in Texas is NO JOKE and I was picturing a horror of a coach.  You know, yelling, cussin, spittin, totally competitive…way over the top.  But, we were soooo lucky to land in Coach King’s hands.  This guy is an amazing coach.  I knew it was going to be a great experience when Chris respected and really liked the guy (Chris has HIGH coaching standards). 

So, the last game was on Saturday and the girls and I actually arrived on time and I got a chance to take a lot of pictures.

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The boys have so much fun playing and Chris just loves to coach.

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Even though they have a lot of fun playing…this game is also serious business to these boys.

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Plus, you have to keep in mind all the pretty girls that may be watching you…

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In the end, it was all about the time we all shared together.  Fathers and sons, every Friday and Saturday spending time together.  You just don’t get that opportunity very often.

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I’m sad that it’s over, mostly because I didn’t appreciate this time very much.  I was often overwhelmed by life and just saw football as “one more thing” that had to be “fit in” to an over-stuffed schedule.  You know what has dawned on me??  I will never be here again.  I will never be a mother to my children at this stage again and it goes fast…just like we all say.  I need to relax, keep my mouth shut, be patient and enjoy this time.  Because, really, what else do I have to do?  And when again am I going to be allowed to witness boys being this happy to just be together and have fun? 

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It’s just a widdle smiley face Momma….

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Yep, it’s just a little smiley face alright…

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drawn on our bed in marker…Emmmmmmaaaaaa!

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Sorry Mama…it’s just a widdle smiley face.  

Good gravy.  I’m doomed….

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I’m tired today….

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My Baby…My Big Girl

Emma is 3 years old today…THREE!  I know I sound like every other parent out there, but really!  Where does the time go?  I feel especially frustrated that the time has gone so quickly with Emma because after having Connor and Gracie I knew that time was going to fly and I made the conscience effort to pay attention.  To slow down and enjoy the moments.  To notice the little moments.

I thought that doing all of that would some how slow down time.  Would allow me to have my baby just a bit longer.  I was wrong.

Emma is my baby.  Mine.  When God told me to have Emma…well, yell is more like it…I already had the “perfect” family.  A boy and a girl.  One of each.  I would be a rich woman if I had a dollar for everytime someone (mostly strangers) said, “Oh, how lovely!  A boy and a girl!  Now you can be done!”  I didn’t feel done, but who was I to argue with “perfection?” 🙂

Then there was the night.  The night when God yelled at me that I was waiting too long.  That there was a little girl just waiting to come to our family and we were taking to long.  Her name was Emma and she was getting impatient.  I cried on my bed that night to Chris.  Told him what I knew; what God had told me.  I had never had an experience like that before and I haven’t since.  But, when God yells, I listen.

Emma has been a joyous addition to our family.  She is cute, fun, kind and stubborn.  She expects the world to revolve around her because usually it does.  She has changed so much since she was born with such chubby cheeks that she could barely open her eyes.  She is loved and she loves back.

Happy Birthday Emma!  We love you!

Emma Marie Hess  9lbs 6 oz 20 inches

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Three days after she is born

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Emma turns 1, we call it the orange year.

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Emma with her cousin.  He was born one day before her…a year apart.  Oh, just to update a previous post, Emma’s birthday is tomorrow…NOT Tuesday.  I give a word of thanks to my little sister for  teasing torturing pointing that mistake out to me.  And just on a side note, she worships admires stalks is so in tune with me that not only did she steal have her first born almost on Emma’s birthday, but she is expecting again and will give birth right around Gracie or Connor’s birthdays!  Love ya Sis! 😉

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Emma two.

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Emma today with her two favorite people in the whole world!

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Valentine’s Surprise and Parental Fail

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Today has been a weird kind of day.  Both wonderful and slightly disorientating. 

Connor stayed home from school because…well, because.  In return for this consideration he had to help me whenever I wanted and I made him a long overdue Dr.’s appointment (with shots).  I also made a well check appointment for Emma also because she is going to be THREE next Tuesday…goodness, my baby…

During all this planning and working and such, I spoke to Chris about these plans and reminded him of Article 2 in the Parental Addendum of our Marriage Agreement.  What is Article 2 you ask??  What is the Marriage Agreement you ask??  Well, it is the agreed way of handling certain situations we have arrived at over the last 15 years of marriage.  Here is what Article 2 states:  “In the case where the afore mentioned child(ren) require a medical appointment where injections of any kind will be taking place, the Father (Christopher David Hess) will transport and accompany said child(ren) to the appointment without the Mother (Julie Diane Hess) needing to be present. ”  Thus, Chris took the two children to the doctor’s today.  Connor got two shots and Emma one.

Then the good part!  After the appointment we all met at Olive Garden for lunch!  WooHoo!  It was to cheer up the kids, of course!  Ahem, anyways we ate lunch courtesy of Fidelity due to the award Chris won recently.  So, what is better than Olive Garden for lunch?  FREE Olive Garden for lunch!

After lunch…work, work, dinner, work.  Chris left to deliver a piece of equipment for me due to our new family business (more on that later) and while he was gone I started to wrangle the girls to bed.  They were in the tub making a HUGH mess  washing when I saw some figures moving on the other side of the front door. 

Now let me give you a little background here;  We have had someone leave stuff on our front porch lately.  Sometimes it is nice (ice cream cake) and sometimes it’s not (burrito…alone…no plate).  So, when I saw something going on by the front door, I thought is was our prankster and I took my chance to find out who it was.  Well, it wasn’t our prankster…it was AWESOME!  I’m guessing it was some young women from our church because they ran screaming to a waiting Suburban when I opened the door, but the surprise was amazing!  Our house had hearts taped all over it, Chris’s car too.  And on the front porch was a plate, oh WHAT A PLATE, of goodies.  It made my night.  You couldn’t help but smile at the surprise and thoughtfulness of it all.  Really lovely.  But, here is where the parental fail comes in.  While I’m basking in the glow of M&M’s, cookies, etc.  I”m reminded of the young women at church and that thought leads to the thought of, “how sweet of them all to gather like that.”  Which leads to this thought, “OH CR*P!  BOYSCOUTS!”  I totally forgot about Connor’s Scout meeting at church tonight!  Ugh! FAIL!

So, there you have it.  A day with more good than crazy and really…can you ask for more than that?

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Ice Storm ’09

Well, if you live anywhere in North Texas then you could not avoid the constant discussion and threat of “ICE STORM ’09.”  I love how every time there is a storm of any import the media gives it a title and (if it’s a really big deal) it’s own theme song.  School was cancelled yesterday and really…there wasn’t a reason.  The threat of the storm was so hyped that I can only guess that the school district thought to play safe and cancel school.  I can’t blame them, if you watched the news it was touted as the storm of the century… almost.  And this storm really was a killer further north than us, just around here…not so much.  Then the storm finally did hit last night and school had to be cancelled again today.  I was glad…honestly.  I like having my kids at home with me.  It can be loud and chaotic, but I really do like it.  I feel like the older they get the less time they get to spend together forging their relationships with each other.  They learn to appreciate each other and they have been playing so nicely together the last two days.  Mental note…set aside more time for them to be together…

Here is what the great ice storm produced at our house:

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And here is the result of being home from school, cold and with a Mom who won’t make a fire…

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The last two photos weren’t staged at all….:)

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Sisters

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How do I have time to take these cute pictures of my girls while in the midst of a huge and overwhelming move you ask??  Why by living in my favorite place…Procrastination town in the state of Denial!  When they are getting along there is nothing sweeter;  when they are not, well…get outa the way!

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Gracie had made Emma a apple juice popsicle because apple juice is Emma’s favorite drink in the world.   Here they are with the finished product after church:

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Finally…

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I will have a moving post up soon, I promise.  But, while I am on vacation in Procrastination, I will just take my pictures, read and lay in the bath, thankyouverymuch!

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