May 30, 2014

Today was the last day of school for Noah and Lily.  Noah will be going into 8th grade, his last year of middle school, and Lily will be going into 5th grade, her last year of elementary school.  So next year I will be a sentimental wreck.  But this year I enjoyed taking the kids to school, helping at Noah’s field day, and going bowling with the kids, their friends, and my friends.

Friends are so important at any age.  At the age of 40, I have learned to be friends to those who treat you well and who are there for you through it all.  Teaching this to my kids is not always easy, but I feel that Noah and Lily are learning and they have found some wonderful friends at their school.

While I waited for field day to start, I took a walk along the bike path and talked to my Mom on the phone (as I always do on Friday mornings).  I ran into my dear friend Dawn running down the bike path and joined her for a run.  This was a great start to my Friday which continued with the sincere friendship of Stephanie, Liza, and Tammy as we took the kids bowling.  Then I went to a girl’s night out at Courtney’s house with my friends Ally and Mary.  Who knew that two dietitians and two chaplains could be so much fun?  So going to bed last night I thought of how lucky I am to be surrounded by such supportive, loving friends.  They have helped me through the death of a close friend, father-in-law, and an old dog over the past year.  Turns out lots of loss in one year is tough and sometimes you need the help of others.

So horray for great friends and school being out and summertime!

May 28, 2014

Lola came to Noah’s baseball game tonight.  She was so impressed at all of the touchdowns Noah made and his amazing dribbling ability.  She thought he just ate food and played video games but turns out he’s a talented athlete.  Also she enjoyed all of the other canines at the ballfield.  And the popcorn.

May 27, 2014

Lily and Lola are inseparable these days.  I’m glad they have each other.  Lily comes home from school and walks Lola and then they take care of her flowers together.

May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day!  T4 hiked and then biked.  We were going to swim too but a storm came through.

May 25, 2014

I couldn’t pick just one picture from today.  It was a beautiful day.  We spent it hiking, picnicing, and horseback riding.  I didn’t even get kicked by my horse, Montana!

May 22, 2014

Noah’s 13th Birthday was a beautiful day in the Quad Cities.  He opened presents in the morning and was thrilled with the loot.  He go a cool outfit from Grandma and Grandpa Hottman, MONEY from Aunt JJ and Grandma Tackett, Sequence from Aunt Lori, a desk from Mom and Dad, and lots of clothes including a nice polo from Lily (for his STEM conference).  Oh and Lola got him a gift card to his favorite restaurant Buffalo Wild Wings.  I think she is expecting him to bring home the leftovers.

At school Noah aced his last math test, and his egg survived the egg drop in the aparatus he created.  After school, his team won their baseball game 23-0.  We were hoping for 22-0 but you can’t get everything you want.  Then T4 went out for Mexican food to celebrate.  We didn’t have any space in our bellies for cake, so the party must go on tomorrow.

Happy Birthday, Noah Lee!