Friday, July 31, 2009


Can you hear it? (unless you're on dial-up like mom and dad...)

Yippee!! Let the fun begin.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

First Day of "School"

Yes, you read it correctly - Eveley's first day of school. Well, her first day of Vacation Bible School. And she was so excited.

She had to wear her "back-ack" and her teachers said she kept it on for most of the day!

We began talking about her going to "school" several days beforehand so I could prepare her for a different place and different people. She just wanted to know if she could ride the bus. She was disappointed when I told her she would have to ride in mommy's white van to school.

Here is Caleb on his first day!

Eveley and Caleb are too young for VBS but if I volunteered then the kids were able to go to a preschool program for workers' children. I really felt that Eveley would LOVE it. She seems pretty advanced for her age -- knows her letters, numbers, colors, shapes, has a larger vocabulary that I do, and enjoys all sorts of activities. (In fact, I have kinda been wondering if I should let her go to preschool next year.) So, being the good mom that I am, I volunteered. I was assigned to the 4 year olds. Robbie would have been in this class. I couldn't believe how old they all seemed. We had a great class, but I'm not gonna lie, they were a handful.

Here is the beginning of what I presume will be a rather extensive craft collection. (Good tip - take pictures of their art work rather than trying to keep all that mess...! I am keeping these, of course.)

It was a fun week, but one thing I learned - Eveley is NOT ready for preschool. She would rather be with her mama even if it gets boring some days. Her mama agrees.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Look what came in the mail . . .

I'm giddy!

Update: Just to be clear, this has nothing to do with my marriage (you crazy people...). If you're confused, see post below.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Where's Waldo?

Yes, I am still here - just miserably behind in my blogging. I write multiple blog posts in my head during the wee morning hours, and I have wondrous creative thoughts while I'm changing diapers or nuking a hot dog.

So, what is keeping me so busy? I'm glad you asked.

As most of you know, after graduating from college, I attended law school and graduated in 2003. Bob and I got married that summer and then I began working as a prosecutor in a big city in Virginia. I had an awesome office with big windows overlooking the city. I wore my beautiful business suits and fancy shoes. I carried an attache case and wore perfume.

Then I became a mom. My office is now tucked into the corner of the playroom. I wear t-shirts from my college days, mismatched socks, carry a diaper bag, and smell like green beans.

But, did I mention that I am still a practicing attorney? After my husband took his new job in our little town, I quit my job as a prosecutor and began working for an appellate judge. When I found out I was pregnant with Robbie, we were able to arrange it so I could work from home. This opportunity was definitely God-sent and has been a major blessing! When I did need to go into the office, Robbie went with me!

I was able to manage everything with Robbie, and then with Eveley. But now that I am juggling 2 little monkeys, it "ain't so easy"! So, the time has come for me to clean out my desk - pack up my law books and replace them with coloring books and play-doh.

And, I must say, I am absolutely ecstatic! The Lord has given me complete peace that this is His timing and my husband has been wonderfully supportive. My last day will be July 31.

I don't believe this is the death of my legal career or that my legal education will no longer be of any use. In fact, I am sure my children (and husband, on occasion) will be the recipient of my amazing cross examination skills and investigative techniques.

People now ask me, "Well, what are you going to do now with all your time?" Seriously? Are you kidding me? On top of all the mundane things that go into running a home and a family, I plan to schedule multiple playdates, trips to the park, museum tours, zoo visits, roadtrips to see family and friends, and -- oh yeah -- some blogging time!

The monkeys approve!