Thursday, July 29, 2010

An Ending and a Beginning

Yesterday before Dave left for work I had him bring up all the girls outgrown baby clothes.  After over a year of going back and forth on whether or not to have another baby it has been decided that we will remain a family of four.  And while I have had a hard time accepting this (I hit rock bottom twice over it. It was not pretty) I finally was done crying the other day and realized that I could either remain beyond sad about what will never be or bask in the fabulousness that is my amazing daughters and incredible husband (even if we are on different pages about this). 

So, with Mary heading to Long Island for the weekend, and her sister Sue being one of the only mamas I know who has a little girl that would fit in the bulk of these clothes, I offered to send then down with Mary for her.  This meant the girls and I had to go through them before Aunt Mimi left for her trip.  So up come the bins.  The girls, especially Grace, loved seeing the clothes they wore when they were babies (and beyond)! 

First batch going to Susie. 

Empty bins are lots of fun!

The clothes that I will be using to make each girl a patchwork quilt of their baby clothes. In addition to the quilts, I will be tucking away some very special dresses and outfits for if/when they have daughters of their own.  

The top two bins are going to Susie, and the bottom bin will most likely head to my friend Annie's La Leche League Tag Sale.  

You never know what you will find in giant bins.  The Wonder Woman cape was mine when I was little. 

"Flap your wings, Emma!"  
Going through the bins was much. much easier than I had anticipated.  It was fun to walk down memory lane with the girls, tell them stories and remember them being much smaller than they are now. It's crazy how fast time has gone.  It's crazy to think we won't be using these clothes again. I think I had an easy time of it since I knew that these clothes were going to Susie (we sent her three 28 gallon bins of clothes), who not only would enjoy them but who is also like a sister to me.  And it helps knowing some will turn into some very special quilts someday soon too. There will indeed always be a hole in my heart left by the feeling that someone is missing.  And I will always wonder what it's like to "know" when you are done.  I am a very lucky girl though. I have two of the most incredible daughters ever, and even though I am sad that Dave and I are not on the same page with this big decision, I am so lucky to have a husband that will give the three of us girls the world!  I love our life and wouldn't have it any other way.  

So, while one chapter was closing another was about to open.  I was thrilled to get word today that I was accepted into the Midwives' College of Utah!  Provided we can figure out tuition, I will begin work on my Masters in Midwifery in September.  I will do all my academic courses online and apprentice with a  midwife starting in roughly a year.  The best part of this whole thing is that I can go at my own pace and we can continue to live the incredible life we live.  The icing on the cake was that during my interview (with the president of the college!) she did not bat an eyelash at the idea that we are intending to homeschool the girls.  Apparently, we are not the first family to homeschool and have mama taking midwifery classes!  Fabulous!

I leave you with this very fitting quote from the movie Hope Floats: "Beginnings are scary, endings are sad but its the middle that counts!"  That about sums up life around here.  :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Day At The Lake

This week is Grace is taking swimming lessons.  She participated for the first time last year and loved them so much that she's been looking forward to this summer and "swimming classes" ever since!  Yesterday was a rather chilly day to be lakeside, but today was just perfect.  We arrived a little later than I would have liked but got their just in time for her not to miss a moment of her class!
Grace heads down the beach to meet up with her friends. 

Which means Em pretty much has this part of the lake to herself. 

The older girls have returned from their lesson.  

First discovery of the day.  

When my Mom stayed with the girls while we were at the James Taylor concert she poured a bucket of water down Em's back.  

Ever since then this has been her favorite thing to do. 

And of course, there is the joy of dumping water on an unsuspecting older sister!

The girls spent a lot of time finding things in the lake and collecting them in these buckets.  

Now, if only we could have caught some of the little fish to add to the buckets. 

A beautiful day at the beach was only made more lovely by a visit to the ice cream truck. 

It was a glorious day at the beach.   A beautiful day spent outside with good friends is good for the soul!
Enjoy the rest of this beautiful day, dear ones.  
With any luck we'll see you tomorrow!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Happy Birthday, Gramma!

We celebrated my Mom's birthday when she was up visiting during David and Grace's birthdays.  It seemed most appropriate to share these photos today, on her actual birthday!  

We ended the celebration with birthday ice cream (Dairy Queen!) since we'd had so much cake in the days prior! It was a lovely evening to honor a fabulous woman! 
Thanks for everything, Mom/Gramma!
We love you!
David, Shel, Grace and Emma

Friday, July 23, 2010

{This Moment}

{This Moment} - A SouleMama Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 
Have a wonderful weekend full of simple, special, extraordinary moments.  

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bubble Fun With Gramma

My mom came up last Thursday to be here for Grace's fairy party, and stayed with us until the following Sunday.  We had such a blast!  We celebrated Dave's birthday, Grace's birthday and Mom's birthday (which will be blogged about on her birthday) and we got to check out all the wonderful gifts Grace's was given by her friends.  We played in the pool and had general fun outside.  And of course, the only way it could get any better was to blow some bubbles!

Bubbles on a beautiful summer day.  
Does it get any more wonderful?