Saturday, May 09, 2009

Ketchup. Catsup.

Catch up. Yeah, that's it.
I have to play catch up here.

This last week was a rough one.
The kids were extra naughty.
The Man was extra cranky.
I was extra grumpy.
It wasn't pretty.
But we made it through. And things are looking better now.
We're all just stressed and busy.
I'm anxious for summer!

The Girl had a birthday the other day. Thank you to everyone who left birthday wishes on her blog! She was completely thrilled. You guys made her day!

She got a ton of books as gifts and that was perfect. She's an avid reader. She would read 8 hours a day, if I let her. Seriously.

Last night we went to "Riverfest" in Wichita. I've heard about it for years.
I guess it's just a big festival. ?? I hate to say it, but I didn't love it.

There was a parade, which was fun. The kids' favorite was the helicopter going down the street!

This sweetie waved the entire time.

They had one float with bubble blowers on it and the little kids all went nuts.

There were interesting people. One lady spewed a mouthful of alcohol on me and several others. (Not this lady, but someone else.) Didn't exactly love that.

There was a carnival. Clearly I'm no bomobob. And I'm okay with that.

A pretty shot of downtown Wichita. It actually is a nice place, see?

Remember that bird's nest I told you about on our porch? I climbed up and held my camera as high as I could and got a little picture of the pretty eggs inside.

And then I got squacked at by the mama bird.
I love that maternal instinct!

We mamas will do anything to protect our children and make their lives better.
After our very rough week, I went and got balloons and teddy bears and had them delivered to The Boy and The Girl at school on Friday.
I haven't done that in ages. But they deserved it.
And they were thrilled.
All is well again and we're refocused on recognizing our blessings, rather than bickering.

My Mother's Day gift each year is a little garden planted by The Man and The Kids. And I love it! It's a day spent with just our little family and it's perfect.
Then all summer when I pick those fresh tomatoes, I'm reminded of how loved I am.

I hope you have a beautiful Mother's Day!


Erica said...

boy do i hear you on a rough week! next week will be much better for you, i'm sure :) what a sweet idea for the garden. if i was a tomato fan i would consider hinting for my husband to do that too ;)

Wendy said...

Fun pictures, as always! Love the little girl waving - so cute! I wish it could have been more fun for you. I guess any day that a stranger spews alcohol at you can't be the best day ever... Ick. I hope that next week is more stress-free for you all! And if not, I've got a lovely guest room...

Jenny said...

I am glad you are having a better day today. The garden sounds like a great Mother's Day gift!!!! You are so blessed! Happy Mother's Day!

MariaSoleil said...

I like to blame things on the full moon. Next week should be better!

Jennifer said...

I don't remember how I found your blog...sorry, but I've been reading it for awhile. Just thought I would let you know you shouldn't feel bad about not enjoying the River Festival. We live in Wichita, near all the activities. We DREAD this time of the year. The mess, the alcohol, the noise,... YUCK-O! I am thankful for so many things in my life, River Festival is just not one of them!

Kim @ Everything Etsy said...

Oh, don't you love when your kids love to read! I'm getting ready to order some books for my son's birthday.

The garden idea is great! It's so nice to do something together...happily! Have a wonderful Mother's Day!


Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

OMG!! I had the SAME week!!


Happy Mother's Day

traci said...

so glad your daughter had a nice birthday. i loved books too and still do. I am not always a fan of those kinds of things. i thing the drunk people ruin it for me. unless you can just sit in a comfy chair and observe them all night long and have a great laugh at their expense.

Ruth said...

"squacked"?! what a brilliant word. hope you have a better week coming up!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Awww. Happy Mothers Day. Enjoy your tomatoes!!

Sarah said...

What a cute blog...and my kids were extra crabby this week too...I think it's just anticipating the transition to summer, sick of school etc. Cute pics! And what a great attitude you have.

Robynn's Ravings said...

What a FANTASTIC Mother's Day idea! LOVE that. Hope you had a great day. :)

Jeanne Oliver said...

That is so funny about the Robin. We have one in our yard too and they can be little stinkers...but she is just protecting her babies.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a good Mother's Day weekend! Great to hear - have a good (better?) week.

Brenda said...

I love the idea of getting your garden every year for mothers day! I always get a hanging basket picked out by the kids for mothers day, it's nice to anticipate it every year.
Don't feel bad about the bad week, we all have them! There are some days when I am stressed and yelling at everyone to HELP ME PICK UP THE HOUSE at least. It's good to have those weeks to appriciate the ones that go smooth.

Karina said...

I can relate - a stomach bug has been rampaging through our house and I have three kids under the age of four!!! Here's to a better week ahead...

gina said...

We had a ROUGH afternoon yesterday. Tears, mine, yelling, fighting, whining, and sarcasm- theirs but it all worked itself out with help from early bedtimes. Today we are all on a much more even keel. Sometimes I think we need the rough to appreciate the every day wonderful. :)

Vicki said...

Glad the rough week is over and things have gotten better at your house. Glad your daughter had a good birthday...books,yea! Great photos of the Riverfest The ferris wheel photo inspired a treasury on Etsy at T-West! Hope this week will be fabulous for you and your brood with many blessings to count!

nic said...

sounds like The Girl and i would get on marvelously. give us a pile of books and some floor cushions (and ok, maybe some chocolate jelly beans), and you will hear nary a peep from our corner.