i’m a bad blogger…

it’s probably a good thing that not  many get too excited about what i have to say, huh?!  i am sorry, though, for those of you who did notice my absence.  obviously it was a super busy weekend with Josh’s last track meet of the season (boy, that went fast!)  and then mother’s day festivities… which, by the way, were all absolutely wonderful.  i had the best weekend ever in the history of good weekends!  😉  okay, that may be a slight exaggeration.  it really was pretty fabulous, though – all jokes aside. 

obviously i have a lot to catch up on – so i’m going to do it as quickly as i can and try not to bore you too much – i know my life may not be quite as exciting to you as it is to me. 😉  saturday was Josh’s last track meet for this season and let me tell you – he went all out!  he competed in events he hadn’t competed in before and in events that no other seventh graders would even bother with.  i was super impressed with his willingness to push himself to try new things – even if he wasn’t super confident that he could win or even finish it.  i suck because i got lost on the way to the place where the event was being held and i missed the 100 m hurdles, which was his first event.  blake’s dad, neil, was there and he still didn’t even see josh.  (i guess he was just that fast, ha!)  so – not long after i arrived and got the kiddos settled, Josh found me and greeted me with a big kiss.  (aww)  he also informed me that he would be racing the mile and that he was the only 7th grader participating so he would be running against the 8th graders.  talk about pressure, right?!   so off he went to line up…

papa watchin' josh line up for the mile

so – i didn’t get any photos of him actually running the mile because i was wayyy too nervous for him.  he had a hard time pacing himself.  he was in 1st or 2nd place the entire time for the first two laps and then in the last two he was visibly tired.  he stuck it out though, and wound up in 5th place out of more than 30 runners.  and he was the youngest!  when he finished the last lap, he totally collapsed onto the grass and didn’t bother moving for atleast 5 min.  he was worn OUT!   he also ran the 400m dash – these kids ran balls out for a quarter mile.  i mean they ran!  Josh finished that race in 3rd. 

he's in the middle...

and this is him after that race…


here he is competing in the 200 meter hurdles…  i have to make this one big because i really LOVE it! i’ve been trying all season to catch him in mid-air over a hurdle!! (i really need another new camera!)


i am so proud of him… he ended up bringing home 2 ribbons and he worked really hard for them! 

Sunday – I woke up to a lot of cleaning to do that I was supposed to tackle on Saturday night.   that didn’t happen because 1. mama was exhausted after spending the entire day at the track meet!  and 2.  we got invited over to BBQ and roast marshmallows at Noelle and Donnie’s house…. such fun!  Noelle got all the pics on her camera, so i don’t have any cute pics to show you.  sorry – but i’ll make up for it now.  🙂  

so i got the sweetest breakfast in bed (cereal and orange juice) and then the kids pitched in to help me clean up the house.  (hey, it’s mother’s day, right?!)  i was a little grumpy about having to clean so that we could entertain blake’s mom, dad, & sister – i was even kinda pissy about it to tell you the truth.  i sent josh to clean his and cameron’s room, piper to clean hers, and then put cameron to work on the big toy closet downstairs.  about halfway through, he walks over to me and says “mommy, do you know what your job is?”  (as if scrubbing the oven weren’t enough)  and i say “what’s that, cambam?!”  i was expecting him to tell me to finish his toy closet but no… he says “your job is just to give me lots of hugs and kisses!”  awwww!!! he’s already learning to suck up!  and let me tell you, he is convincing!  i love it!   so blake came home and brought an armful of cleaning supplies… sets them down on the counter and says “Happy Mother’s Day!” and laughs.  he thought it’d get a reaction out of me, but i love getting new cleaning supplies!  it’s like christmas, seriously.  he told me to take myself to lunch or go buy some new wine glasses or something (since you know i’ve been using the classy mason jars since i -piece by piece -broke all eight of my Lenox glasses)  so i did and when i came home, the house was sparkling!  love it!

wanna know why the house was so clean and why i didn’t do it?  because i told blake i wanted a cleaning lady for mother’s day.  that’s why.  and if you know my blake, you also know how much it pains him to part with money – he’d much rather do it himself.  which is totally fine by me … so long as mama gets a break, right?!  🙂   Piper set the table…she is always so helpful.  😉

Shortly after I showered and got comfy in my jeans, blake’s family started to arrive, wine in hand.  (woohoo)  there is never a shortage of wine when karen, blake’s mom, is around.  heh.  we grilled filet mingon and skewers of yummy marinated shrimp… i made a fabulous caesar salad to pair with the grilled shrimp for a before dinner snack – then mashed potatoes & roasted asparagus to go with the filets… then we gobbled up of the yummiest peach pie and caramel ice cream you could imagine…

then they all played around in the back yard – tossing water balloons and such… til papa got soaked!   

everyone left just before dark – and i got a chance to relax on the hammock with the babies… the sky was the prettiest shade of blue and i was able to capture it in the background of this pic


blake was able to snap a photo of the four of us before josh jetted off to watch ‘river monster’ – and i read to the littlest babies before we went inside for the evening…

these are the moments i live for...






  1. Wow! You DID have a busy Mom’s day weekend! Huge congrats and pats on the back to Josh for doing so well in his track meet. I’m not just talking about the ribbons. Your boy definitely have heart Amanda. I hardly know him and I’m so proud of him, you must be super super proud beyond words.
    Aaaack! Where are all the yummy food pictures? Lol.
    Hope you and Piper are feeling better. And thank you for your sweet words 😀

    • thank you so much, girl. you leave the sweetest and most heartfelt comments and i can’t tell you how much i appreciate them… they make my heart happy – especially coming from someone like you. thanks!

  2. bryan

    I love the picture of Josh jumping the hurdle!!

    • thanks, bry – i’m pretty proud of that one too!

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