Pictures, pictures everywhere. Wednesday, Jun 6 2007 

An update? What? With pictures? Are you nuts?

Here’s some pictures from Memorial Day weekend. There may be some more coming soon – Mom hasn’t gotten me the other 400 or so pictures that I took that weekend and put on her computer.


In case you get confused (it’s easy when they have little hair) – this is Molly.
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This is Michael, the Serious.
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This is sibling love.
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This is Molly concentrating.
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This is Michael concentrating.
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This is Alexis. Alexis was a bigger ham that the babies.
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Here we go again! Friday, May 25 2007 

I know, I know, we’re awful. I never keep up with this thing, and I really need to. Has it really been more than 9 months since we updated? Yikes. Sorry! Okay, so let’s catch everyone up, shall we?

Alan started working in October as the manager of a local community center. He’s been preaching, oh, it seems like every Sunday, even though I know it isn’t, at churches in the area (“the area” meaning 30 minutes away for the nearest, and I think 8 hours away for the farthest, although he generally preaches in the New Orleans area, about 1.5 hours away). Any more than that, he’ll have to divulge!

Alexis finishes up school tomorrow with their awards ceremony. It’s been a long year. She hasn’t been happy at the school for a long time now (her class has serious discipline – or lack thereof – issues), and she keeps telling me that she wants to homeschool again. So, we’re looking into that. Other than that, she’s been doing a lot of hanging out with her friend, who I’m starting to think is growing an attachment at the hip. Have no doubt, this is a good thing. We love the little girl, and she’s so definitely becoming part of the family, as is her mom.

Michael is our “thinker”, as Aunt Kathleen likes to call him. He likes concentrating on things. He was my snuggler for a long time, but not so much anymore. He doesn’t kiss or hug, but if you ask for one, he’ll give you his forehead. Oh, and if he really likes you, he’ll bite your clothes. Yeah, he’s a biter, but just clothes. He doesn’t generally go for skin. He still has the most beautiful blue eyes.

Molly is our giggler. She can laugh and laugh and laugh. She’s also a monkey. And an escape artist. She’s the one who, when you hurt yourself (or she hurts you by digging in those ridiculously pointy elbows), she’ll run up and kiss you, and hug you while patting your back and saying “awww, awww.” She’s a kisser. Oh yes, she is. She’s also learning that she can pull Michael around by the back of his shirt, tackle him, and love him. Loving him looks an awful lot like Greco-Roman wrestling.

As for me, well, I’m me. I stay home a lot. But I have a wonderful husband, good friends, and I’m living in a house that I mostly grew up in. What can be so wrong with that?

I’m heading to bed. Pictures forthcoming, I promise!

Alexis and the Big June. Thursday, Jun 29 2006 

Alexis has had a pretty busy summer so far – and it isn’t even as busy as it was originally supposed to be.

She spent the first week of June at a cheerleader camp hosted by the local high school. She had a blast, even if for the first few days she was primarily the “support girl” – because she’s so much bigger than most girls her age, she was on the bottom of pyramids and lifts and things. Although she still enjoyed it, she enjoyed it more when she was able to do all the flips and cartwheels and such for the final program of the week.

During that week, she decided that it was time to cut her hair. Alexis’ hair has only had more than a trim three times total now. The first time she donated it to Locks of Love. The next time was just before the wedding, and because I didn’t want her to cut off the 10 inches necessary to donate, she only had about 7 inches cut off. This time, she wanted to donate again. Check out the before and after pictures:

Alexis Before


Excuse the stain on her shirt. She’d had a long day.


See that cake she’s posing with? That’s from her cooking class. Yes, she’s taking a cooking class once a week. The first week they made cake, the second week cookies, and the third was pinwheels (ham, some mayo/cream cheese mixture, herbs, etc, on a tortilla). She’s had homework of taco dip and lasagna. They’re technically making stuff that most of us would consider junk food, but the woman running the class uses all organic products, dairy with no growth hormones, meat without nitrates, etc. The cakes and cookies were, I believe, gluten-free as well. The kids have no idea – yet. What a revelation that will be!

She’s also involved in the summer reading program at the local library, and goes not only to our library’s programs, but other local libraries as well. In fact, today she’s a few towns away listening to a storyteller. I haven’t been too pleased with her choice of books – in fact, we had to bring back the one she checked out yesterday. She likes to think that she’s a pre-teen or a teenager, and it’s hard to convince her that she’s not even nine years old yet. So tomorrow, she goes to the library with a list of acceptable books that she can choose from. Just when I think she’s the easy child, she decides to prove me wrong.

So, that’s what’s going on with Alexis. She was supposed to be in art lessons (which fell through) and swimming lessons (which kinda fell through but may be on the agenda for next month). She’s spending lots of time with friends, and being a typical kid.