The truth as I know it:

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life. But those who make their journey home across time & miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us by God's very own hands. ~~~ Kristi Larson

Friday, June 20, 2008

Will the REAL Righty Harrison please stand up!

This little elephant went to Russia with us to bring Jack home. It was a gift from his Godmother, Kendra. This elephant was LOVED LOVED LOVED by Jack from day one. He held onto it and wouldn't let go. It was his security thing. I have countless photos of him holding this elephant in every location we have vacationed because it literally went everywhere with us.

Two summers ago, we left our condo and couldn't find Righty anywhere. The lady who owned the condo ended up finding him in the fold up couch and mailed him back to us. Shortly afterward, he went missing again, and has been gone for over a year. I have felt sorry several times for the loss of Righty because it was such a sweet part of Jack's babyhood.

Well, guess what! Last night Jack had a sleepover and we got sleeping bags, etc. out of the attic. Now remember we've used these sleeping bags on MULTIPLE occasions in the past year, but somehow or other, Righty appeared on the living room floor this morning, and I can only assume he fell out of one of the bags when the boys were cleaning up from the camp-out. I am SO happy to have him back!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

These Boys Can Swim!

Swim team practice has been going strong for a few weeks, but today kicked off our first meet of the season. It was against Old Natchez Country Club, a big rival. This team is coached by a former Olympic Swimmer and they generally have good, fast swimmers. However, I must say that I will take our FABULOUS Coach Catie ANY DAY over any Olympic Swimmer. And our Flippers just ROCKED the pool today! I forewarn you that I took 342 photos, so if you don't have much time, don't click on the link over there. :) But if you want to see some amazing shots of some awesome kids doing what they do, then feel free.

This is the best activity the boys are involved in. This is a neighborhood group of kids that has come in four short seasons to form a very cohesive team. To think back where we were four years ago to now, our kids are doing their strokes appropriately, they are tagging the wall, they just know what to do. It's amazing to see it come off! The kids are so sweet. They have swim buddies and they all support one another, they are using good sportsmanship, and they are making lifelong friends and memories that I know will tie them to our neighborhood and neighbors for years to come. I just love our neighborhood! I am so happy we live here. I was just so proud of these kids today... especially Liam. He swam hard, won a second and third place, and overcame nerves to get in that pool and do his thing. Jack did great today too! The great thing about Jack is he does it all with a big grin on his face. He is well known at the pool for grinning ear to ear when he takes his breath, you can clearly see it in the photos! Connor was even so well behaved. I'm proud of them all for the work they did today!

Only one week 'til we leave to get the M and M and this will no longer be a "boys only" blog! :)

Friday, June 13, 2008

Summer is for sleepovers

When Brian left town, I planned to let the boys have lots of sleepovers and lots fun. We accomplished one of two goals. This week has been a blast. We have just been on summer time schedule, no chores, just hanging out together and having fun. But we only managed one sleepover. However, it was a fun sleepover. Liam's best buddy, Connor, spent the night with us. Jack enjoyed him as much as Liam did, I think. We caught lightening bugs and bumble bees (Liam's new favorite passtime) and picked apples off the tree. The funny thing was that the apples then became missiles that could be launched back and forth between our yard and the next door neighbors. The boys would lob the apples over the fence and the neighbors kids would lob them back, which eventually turned into an "Apple War" that evolved into and over the fence water fight with the hoses. It was such a fun night for all the kids.

I was getting everyone popcorn before the movie and I heard Liam and his friend in here talking, I had to laugh, the conversation went like this:
Liam: Remember when you just loved me a little bit. Why did you just love me a little.
Connor: I just knew you a little so I just loved you a little.
Liam: Yeah, that was back in the old days when you didn't know me alot.
Connor: Now I love you alot.
Liam: You're the one I needed. I love you!

Now, I was laughing my head off at the "back in the old days" comment, but how many six year old boys do you know who met at age three and are like bossom buddies? These two truly love one another.

The night ended with the boys on the pull out sofa. But one by one, starting with Liam's buddy, Connor, they ended up in my bed. So, this morning I woke up with four boys in my bed (all four!) I took a photo of it, but I am typing this post on Brian's laptop and my camera software is not on here, so I will have to add the photo later.

Now we are off to end our week of "vacation" with a movie. We are going with the boys Aunt and Cousin (my beautiful niece, Reilly) to see Kung Fu Panda. I can't wait to have popcorn, coke and candy for dinner! :)

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Ahhh, Summer!

Okay, I LOVE summer. No schedules, no homework, no bedtime, no alarm clocks. And on top of that, my favorite shoes in the whole wide world are flip-flops, so needless to say, summer is time for happy feet! :)

So, today was a big day for us at the pool. Connor actually started swimming on his own, unassisted, under water! :) Yeah! Very exciting stuff in the life of a family who LIVES at the pool. Now if I could just figure out how to not burn one part of my body every day in the sun, life would be perfect!

Connor really loves rubbing Liam's head. So does everyone else for that matter. It's really funny, one of our neighbors is due to have her baby next week and she has this gorgeous tummy. She's been wearing a bikini to the pool. She rubs Liam's head while he rubs her tummy. :)

Oh yeah, one note, you might notice that I've added the Ray Stevens song "the Streak" to the blog music. That's because my house seems to be an exhibitionist resort. Each of our three boys have enjoyed going around in the buff, the youngest being no exception. Connor was out standing in the front yard yesterday with no pants on and at least three different sets of neighbors stopped to talk to us. So I thought this could be our summer theme song! :)