Valentine’s Surprise and Parental Fail


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?






Filed under Connor, family, food, parenting, Valentine's Day

5:30 pm



This is not good.  This is not good for anyone…


Filed under Emma

Sleeping like a baby


All I can say is that I have wanted for my entire life to look like this when I sleep.  ALL MY LIFE.  Instead, I, the mother of this child, look like a drooling, squished faced, crazy haired zombie.  Without even wanting too or trying she looks like this:


It’s not even fair.


Filed under babies, dream life, Emma, issues, Julie

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:





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






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


Filed under Connor, Emma, family, Gracie, school, Winter



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!


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:






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!


Filed under babies, Emma, family, Gracie, sisters, Uncategorized

3…2…1…Happy New Year!

Here is how we (the cool people) chose to spend our New Year’s Eve….


First, a rousing game of Apples to Apples (we had never played before…quite fun)!


Next come the party hats…a must have.


Cuddle on the couch and watch the ball drop…


Toast the New Year with the VERY special Dublin Dr. Pepper.  If you don’t know what’s special about Dublin Dr. Pepper…well, that’s another story.


And finally…blowing your horns outside to welcome in the New Year! 


Well folks, who needs those fancy, smancy parties with their lobster tail, crab and champagne?!  Not us!  Well, the lobster and crab would’ve been nice…and maybe dancing or a movie…BUT I digress!  This is the stuff that New Years Eves are meant to be!  I hope you all had as cool a New Year’s as we did! 🙂


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Happy New Year!

Has it really been SIX weeks since my last post?!  Hmmmmm, not very blog friendly am I?  Well, I just want to wish everyone a very happy new year.  I know that our lives will be very different in 2009 and I’m hoping that’s good.  No, I know that it will be good.  God has directed all that has happened in our life and He only has our best interest at heart, so I am confident that while all the change may be hard…it will be for the best.  I promise to post more details tomorrow, but for tonight I raise a glass (of soda 🙂 ) to all of you and bless this New Year to be happy, secure and filled with the spirit of the Lord.

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