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Saturday, April 28, 2007

I am alive

really, i am. yet ive somehow managed to go an entire month without posting. i do have a lovely little meme brewing that i havent finished....and i have tons of great photos to post but it seems my suddenly overly generous husband has loaned our camera to our construction guy (umm, yes) and my oodles of great photos are off roaming atlanta with him. good thing i finally located the cord ive been missing for so long. you remember? the cord that i was searching all over the place for because i had some really great photos to download onto my computer?? yes, you remember. so here i sit with ample time to post a wonderful little ditty about my girls followed by some adorable little pics with silly little captions to fill you all in on what's been happening around here, and ive got my little cord for downloading but...um...wait...where's that thing that fits so perfectly on the end here??? you know, that small silver thing that snaps pieces of life and holds onto them for wonderful memories in years to come??? oh, that's right, it's riding shotgun under a pile of construction hoo-haw and tool belts and paint junk revealing my private family life to anyone who's interested! but i digress....

i am alive. my mom left this morning after a ten day visit and honestly, it was a good one! i say this with "exclamation!" because (without getting into too much detail) we've had our ups and downs (to say the least) and we managed to pull out a good visit this time around, which is great. the whole mother/daughter thing is on my mind a lot these days because Luxie and i have, wow, reached an interesting point in OUR relationship. im getting a heaping spoonful of what the teenage years may look like and i tell you what...she's exactly like me. it's shocking. and frightening. and i am continually baffled at how to respond! when we finished the twos i was like, "whew, glad THOSE tough days are past us" then the three's hit and i was like "WHAT? i thought those days were past us???" and now with the fours, well, let's just say, im learning my lesson the hard way. im always a bit surprised that it's tougher than i imagined, but really, we are raising up little human beings, right? i mean, it's not like im just growing some tomatoes out back and hoping a few of them make it.

the girls are great, by the way. lux is getting sooo big (at least for her) and so mature (ya know, in a four year old way.) she had shorts on the other day and she had GIRL legs, not little toddler legs like she did just last summer. i was so caught off guard i just kept staring at them wondering where i was when they grew in! and she talks so well and is so creative and imaginative it is just amazing. she is sooo full of life and energy, it is something i hope she always possesses. And Zaine, well, she has such a sweet spirit. her sister does most of the talking in our family, so zaine spends her time quietly following lux around attempting any and everything her big sister does. needless to say she has lots of bumps and bruises. the other day we came around the corner and zaine had put the footstool on the couch and was standing on top of it..on the couch! she has also begun taking off at full speed with her head tucked down and arms wide spread running across the room over and over again. not sure where she came up with it, but it is one of those things that makes me chuckle every time i see it. she's different than luxie in that she will come up to me and just sit down on my lap and relax...i think it is called "sitting still" but dont quote me on it. ive only heard other mothers talking about it, never witnessed it for myself.

that other guy that lives here, (the one who loaned out the camera to some perfect stranger...) he's doing pretty good too. working really hard these days with two albums coming out this year and running sound for our church. he just returned from the Gospel Music Awards where his group Mars ILL was nominated for Best Rap/HipHop Album of the Year, and although they didnt win it was a nice nod. and he got to meet Mandisa! other than that, we are just living.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Good Times

Well it has been a long time since Ive posted. I guess sometimes I just dont know how to get my thoughts together and put them into a concise message or point. That and the fact that I have very little time to actually write anymore! And the fact that we have lost the cord that dumps the photos from the camera to the computer so I cant post any new ones. So I keep putting off posting.

We are so thankful to be in our new location. I just cant say it enough. Minutes from everything we need, enjoy doing, and are a part of...plus a comfortable environment and lots of friends. It has been simply wonderful. It seems like we could settle here forever, and I love that because one of the things I loved most about my childhood was that familiarity of growing up in one town and knowing people thruout my school years. I am so glad we will be able to give that to the girls. Our house is feeling more and more like a home now that the basement is almost finished, and we are settling into regular life.

I think part of the peace also comes from winter ending and spring being here in full force. We were sick the entire winter with more illnesses than I ever thought imaginable! I am so glad to have had weeks of healthy happy kids, and time outside to play. Down here in the south we treasure these weeks of Spring because before long May will arrive and the humidity will set in and the dog days of summer will drive us back indoors. It has been so refreshing to get out each day with the girls...walking, yes, WALKING to the park (we used to live 15 minutes drive from the nearest park and I am loving this) with a great library along the way. Our front porch has also become such a wonderful surprise, with the girls spending hours outside playing in the sandbox and picking dandilions like they are going out of style.

And how can I forget to mention how great television has been these days. So many great shows to choose from. I know, I know, I shouldnt care so much about tv, but I really look forward to some of the great dramas and comedies we have this year! LOST is still right up there at the top of the list for me. This second leg since January has been pretty amazing, and I love how they are finally giving us some answers. Some of our other favorites are The Office, Grey's Anatomy (ok, nate would have me clarify that that is not one of his personal favorites but mine) Heroes, and also Friday Night Lights. If you arent watching this show you should be. Ok, it looks like a teenager show about football, but it is so much more than that. The writing is exceptional, the acting is point on--almost every character is downright believable, and the relationship between Coach Taylor and his wife is the most realistic portrayal of a marriage that there is on tv. AND if you grew up in a small town, you wont be able to resist such a true reveal of what life was like there. Watch this show!!! Ok, Ill step off my soap box now. Tv is good these days, and I cant wait til the end of the hiatus.

Life is good, and so is having a family to love and take care of and live with and all that stuff. Sometimes I get so tired of it all and find myself complaining. But really, these are good times.