Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Last week in Barberry Woods

We have been packing and packing.  
Keep, Donate, Trash
That has been my motto.
Goodwill is my new bestfriend.  Don't tell my mother she'll want to go and buy everything back!

Our trailer was delivered yesterday and David and I started packing it last night.  We almost have the garage cleared out.  Tonight and tomorrow night we have friends coming to do the heavy lifting while I serve them pizza and beer.  That's a total equal trade, right?  
Cheap greasy pizza and light beer = a couple of hours of manual labor
No?  Well, don't tell them!

For what it is worth and because I know David reads the blog - NEXT time we move, we're definitely shelling out the big bucks for packers, movers & unpackers while I go to the beach and relax.  

On Monday, Suzie organized a playdate with all of our friends in the neighborhood who we have been having playdates with since the oldest kids were babies.  I joined the group officially when I quit teaching and stayed home.  I love these kids and I hope they will all come visit our nation's capital and us, too!

Back Row: Hughes(6), Banks(4), Miller(6), Conley(6), Wyatt(6), Thomas(6)
Front Row: Collins (1), Nola(3), Chandler(3)

Honestly, the mothers of these children have seen me at my worst and at my best.  They provided six years of free therapy and parenting advice.  We hashed out the world's problems during playdate and gave each other pep talks and pats-on-the-back when needed.  We admitted our mistakes and laughed at the antics of our children.  We were a mix of parenting styles and discipline styles but we were loyal to meeting, relaxing and letting the children play.  We watched the group expand with new siblings and we shared each other's grief with losses.    These mothers got me through the early years of parenting and for that I'll be forever grateful and will never forget this group of friends.  

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Guess who graduated for the 4th time in his life?

David Holman, Ph.D., J.D.

On Saturday, David graduated from Charleston School of Law.  It was a beautiful day and a fun weekend with the family.  This is a day I dreamed about for four years and it finally came!

 Being hooded.

After he got back from his seat with a smile for the family.

At the reception, Collins enjoyed the strawberry shortcake.

Banks and Hughes being goofy.
 Me, Collins, David and Mom

 Big Daddy and MaeMae were there to support.

 Mrs. Pat, Dr. Dave, David, Hughes & Colllins

 Family of 5

David with his brother Neal and sister Deyna

 Letting loose!

Take me out to the ballfield . .

Baseball season is coming to an end.  We only have a few more games left between the two boys and I'm exhausted.  It was a fun season with Banks doing t-ball and Hughes doing coach-pitch.  It will be sad to leave Hughes' baseball team because he's been with the same coach and players for three years.  Coach Rod was awesome with him and I hope we're as lucky in DC finding a coach like him.

Pictures were last weekend so here are a few shots I got with my camera.

 Banks - age 4

 Lucius - age 5

 Banks' and Lucius' T-ball team
Banks is on the back row, 2nd player from the right
Lucius is on the front row, 2nd player from the right

 Collins was the ultimate cheerleader during the boys' games.

 Hughes' team
He is on the front row, 1st from the right with Conley right beside him.
Wyatt is on the front row, 1st from the left with Hudson right beside him.

Hughes - age 6

I'm ready for summer break.  I'm ready for no schedules, no start times, no dismissal times, no scheduled baseball games, no interrupted naps - just free time to do whatever whenever.
Bring on Summer!