Friday, March 12, 2010

Moving On

I'm not sure it's ever really going to feel like the time to emerge. So, I'm starting to think if it is ever going to happen, I'm going to need to force it a little. A lot of things are getting 'back to normal' on the surface, but underneath, nothing is the same. And I think it's finally occurring to me, that it never will be.

I had this thought recently that I'd eventually like to resurface in the blogosphere with a beautiful tribute post, in memory of my mother. And that after that, I'd be able to move on - go back to 'Enjoying the Journey' ~ here on the blog, but more importantly, in real life. But, the thought of going back to inane posts about sleepovers and marshmallows - the thought of actually letting myself enjoy the journey again - without her to share it with, still feels wrong. At the same time, this sort of hibernation I've been in is starting to feel wrong too. So, here goes.

Dolores Connell Schafer

Young Beauty

Adoring Mother

Delighted Grandmother

Forever Friend

Some of the things that will always bring my mom to mind...

little league baseball
St. Augustine
Barack Obama
Meryl Streep
Paul Newman
primary peritoneal cancer
Wilt Chamberlain
June 29
July 13

Winnie the Pooh
crossword puzzles
German chocolate pie
Joan Baez
Elizabeth Berg
Lifetime movies
Terms of Endearment
Crimes of the Heart
swimming pools
the beach
window treatments

Her spirit is alive and well in each one of these incredible people.

I love you Mom, and I miss you more than words can say.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Marshmallow Madness

A little disclaimer...the pictures in this post are not for those with weak stomachs!

So Chel, how many of those things do you think you can stuff in your mouth at once?

SIX...not bad!

Now, let's see what that big mouth brother of yours can do...

Oh no, I think he's gonna hurl!

On second thought, I think I'm gonna hurl!

Crowned the official winner, with EIGHT marshmallows!

At least until Matthew gets home...

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Another Party Post!

It's official, Matthew is 10! Unfortunately, I forgot to get a group shot with all of the party guests until the morning after - so the non-sleepover guests aren't in this one. There were 5 girls and 2 boys not pictured here that joined us for most of the festivities.

Let's see...where to begin?? So, people started to arrive - and while Matthew was insistent that he wanted the 'sisters' in on the party, in the early stages there was definitely some boy/girl segregation going on.

Once we had the gang gathered, we headed over to Mom's backyard for swimming and a cookout.

Next on the agenda was a trip to the baseball field, now we get some real co-ed fun!

Can you spot Chelsea doing a cartwheel in the outfield in this one...

Okay, none of those were great pix, but I wanted to give a little feel for the action. Here are some better shots from the field.

We brought the cake and ice cream to the field too. Here's Jono giving Matthew his first taste...


How about some sugar rush induced table dancing....

And, what were those concerns over the boys and girls not comingling enough? Hmmm...

This may be totally inappropriate and politically incorrect, but a friend of Chelsea's sent her this link just before the party, so she had to play it for everyone. They ended up going back to it over and over again throughout the afternoon/evening/night to the point that it became sort of the theme song of the party! Here they are listening..

They must have put everyone at the party's name in this thing at least 3 times, and it never failed to crack them up. Listen at your own the 6th or 7th time you hear it, it actually does become pretty hilarious - and I don't know why each time you hear it say a new name it gets funnier.

After we got home from the field and listened to Da Breakup Song a few thousand more times, we played 'Who Knows Matthew Best' and then Matthew opened presents.

Next we played flashlight tag for a while and soon after, the girls headed home (and took Chelsea with them) Everyone decided it must be time for what has become the traditional late night trip down to the elementary school for Capture the Flag. I stayed behind and cleaned up a bit - and enjoyed some time with one of the VERY understanding moms whose son wasn't spending the night, but who didn't want to miss out on the adventure. The boys finally headed home when the security guard who lives on campus came and shoed them away after close to 2 hours!

They started to wind down after that...

Matthew was standing guard in the kitchen.

And checking to see if it was bedtime yet.....ummmm...YEP!

I woke up on Mothers' Day morning to the sounds of 13 boys laughing and playing! While I was glad they'd all be going back to their own moms soon, and that I'd be getting Chelsea back for family time, in that moment, I was as happy as could be - hosting the boys and watching Matthew revel in the end of a great birthday party!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Strange Children!

Okay, so I'm minding my own business at 11pm on Wednesday night, wrapping up a chat with my sister on the computer and trying to get to bed. Just realizing how late it is and wondering if the kids are still all up too, I wander into the playroom and find this...

Okay, a little odd, but at least they have their blankets and are ready for bed, right?


Are they supposed to be superheros, or what??

Turns out the costumes are all about being dressed appropriately for the wrestling match!

There's your slice of life for this time!

Couple of other quickies...

Andy spotted this guy in the backyard from the kitchen window and went out and got this shot. It was giant...about 6 inches across. cool!

And, Chelsea's class went to a minor league baseball game this week. Andy and Matthew tagged along. Here is C with friends. She's stunning, isn't she??