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Spring 2015

Friday, May 29th, 2015

I have to keep my blog writing a secret from Madeleine. I am not supposed to talk about her. At all. Ever. On any platform or to anyone. However, I am often proud of her want to share stories about her. This has been banned. Now, when I talk about my kids it will sound like I only have two children. I’m worried people will think I don’t love her and have her locked up in a box somewhere.  However, If I was going to talk about Madeleine I would say she has really worked hard meeting her some of the goals she set for herself. She wanted to do better in Math and also learn some new skills in gymnastics. I would love to show you pictures of her doing math but those would be rather boring so I show you some gymnastics pictures.

Madeleine and Charlotte Upside Down

Madeleine and Charlotte Upside Down

 

Math has been the hardest challenge this year. She has had to learn a lot in a short amount of time. I don’t remember learning long division until fifth grade but she is doing it in fourth. I feel the familiar math panic set in when she brings her homework out at night. I have been saved many times by the internet and face-timing with my mom. Madeleine has some kick ass teachers who work really hard with the kids. If Madeleine doesn’t understand a homework assignment I will write a not on the top of the home and the teachers will go over the assignment in small groups to make sure the kids are learning the concepts. This is our second year with this teacher and I hope that Charlotte will get her too.

Some parents seem shocked when their children are learning more than they are. Not me. I assumed  my kids would be smarter than I am. I’m banking on it. It is going  to take some serious intelligence to take care of me when I’m old.

 

 

 

 

Horse Show

Monday, November 10th, 2014
Madeleine and Cinders

Madeleine and Cinders

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Madeleine and her ribbons

 

Madeleine has been riding for 4 years now. I should clarify and say she has been taking horseback riding lessons and not bike riding lessons.  She can ride a bike but it’s not her favorite thing. Side-note: She might not enjoy bike riding because her bike is really small for her and she looks like a circus act. Anyway, Madeleine has been riding for awhile now. I’m proud of her. She is extremely cautious and has learned to take risks through her riding lessons. I made it my goal to not push her or give her any feedback on her riding other than to tell her she did a great job. Her first year riding was strictly a time to figure out if she liked riding. She rode little ponies that were already tacked up. She rode on a lead rope the whole time, which means the instructor is leading the horse around the practice ring. After a year of that, we followed a friend to a new barn. Madeleine was matched with her first riding instructor, Marie.  Madeleine is very shy around adults. It took her a long time to actually communicate with Marie. I think they communicated through by using thumbs up or thumbs downs. She took lessons with  Marie for over two years. I feel like it was longer than that. Maybe it was, the years have started to blend together. My old age has addled my brain. Marie worked her ass off trying to get Madeleine to gain some confidence.  Two weeks ago Madeleine went way outside of her comfort zone and did her first horse show. She chose to show a horse she really trusts. Granted, the horse is super old and sometimes falls asleep during lessons. But, she knows he will take care of her.  Madeleine rode in two events and earned some ribbons. I’m totally proud of her and her horse. I’m mostly proud that he stayed away the whole time.

Madeleine and a Pony

Madeleine and a Pony

Madeleine and my horse enemy.

Madeleine and my horse enemy.

Madeleine and Lily with Gatsby and his cards

Madeleine and Lily with Gatsby and his cards

Christmas Past

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

So, I thought it would be really cute to post pictures from the last 10 Christmases. It would have been cute had I been properly organizing my pictures from the last 10 years. I haven’t. I wouldn’t know organization if it stabbed me in the eye. Although, I’m not sure I would know much of anything if I were stabbed in the eye. Here’s what we are going to do, I’m going to pretend like you care and you’re going to pretend that I have labeled the past 10 years correctly.

December 2003

December 2003

December 2004

December 2004

December 2005

December 2005

December 2006

December 2006

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December 2007

Christmas 2007

December 2007

December 2008

December 2008

 

December 2009

December 2009

December 2010

December 2010

December 2011

December 2011

December 2012

December 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frozen Photo Shoot

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

One of my former gymnasts is a grown up now. An actual grown up who is almost done with college. Kyri is incredibly artistic so I wanted to have her take some pictures of the kids. I wanted them to be real and not matchy matchy. I admire people who match, I really do. People who can get their kids to match are usually the same people who are well organized and tidy. I’m neither, so the chances of my children having clothes that match was pretty low. Also, Aiden gets super mad when I try to dress him up in lady clothes. Lame, but really funny. Anyway, Kyri came and took pictures of my kids being themselves. We headed down to the community beach where the weather was cold and windy. I know how to pick days to make sure my kids suffer. They were very happy when the whole thing was over. And I’m happy with the results. However, the next time we do a photo shoot the big kids will probably have braces. Which is awesome because I didn’t want to save for retirement anyway.

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An Aiden dance move.

An Aiden dance move.

This is where they were supposed to jump.

This is where they were supposed to jump.

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Madeleine Birthday Pictures

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

I realized, after I blogged about not having any pictures of Madeleine’s birthday, that I had a few pictures. The night of her actual birthday we went out for dinner at La Madeleine. Ya, she likes her name so much that she chooses places to eat based on her name. Then we went to the Lego store because she wanted to pick out a new Lego friends set. Lego = Legos with accessories. I only find it odd how different the chicks from Lego friends look compared to Lego men. It’s obvious they won’t ever date. Or exchange hair.

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Oh and birthday pictures:

Cake full of poisonous food colored frosting.

Cake full of poisonous food colored frosting.

Daughter getting ready to enjoy poison cake.

Daughter getting ready to enjoy poison cake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Easter and Stuff

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

My blogging fell apart after I went back to work.  And let’s be honest I was never very consistent to begin with.  March sort of flew by while I wasn’t paying attention. We were very busy with work and kid activities. I would love to share some pictures of Madeleine at gymnastics however, she doesn’t not like me to take her picture. I need to figure out how to take her picture without her knowing. Charlotte loves to have her picture taken during gymnastics. She loves it so much that when I start to take her picture she stops doing gymnastics.

I do have pictures from Aiden’s last few hockey games. It’s fortune he has no idea his picture is being taken, otherwise he acts completely obnoxious.  He takes enough pucks to his head, he doesn’t need anymore distractions out there.

We are coming off of our spring break. It was rough to say the least. The family was hit with flu this year and it caused temporary insanity in me. I think (crossing me fingers) we are at the tail end of feeling like crap.

Inherited Comedy

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

We are pretty funny on my side of the family. Well, my dad, sister, and I are really funny. Probably some of the funniest people ever. Keith is becoming funnier than he used to be. He feels is he way funnier than he really is so I like to knock him back down to reality. I am the funny one and he is the smart one.  Those roles need to stay that way.

Aiden and Charlotte are overtly funny. Slapstick in your face comedy. I love that about them. We are working on the whole “it’s only funny the first time you do it” aspect.  Let’s be real, the third time you have seen/heard a joke you want to duck tape the joke teller’s mouth shut. Maybe it’s just me.

Madeleine’s sense of humor is very different. She is the queen of one liners and sarcasm. A couple days ago she made me so incredibly proud with the joke she played on Aiden. Should I be ashamed of myself for feeling proud? Probably. It’s really hard to feel shame when she was so freaking funny.

Ok, so a couple days ago we were coming home from school. Madeleine pointed to my car and told Aiden that there had been a bowl of candy on the trunk a while ago. She then told him that she and her friend Lexi took the candy and ate it without sharing.  Aiden became really upset at her. He started ranting about her lack of sharing, fairness, and kindness. Which, can be very true, but we are working on that with her. Madeleine just listened to him rant, smiling the whole time. I knew she was full of nonsense because I would never leave a bowl of candy out. I would have hidden the candy in my closet and ate it in silence feeling only slightly shameful. Only slightly though. I finally interrupted him and asked him to look at Madeleine. I explained that she was smiling and that maybe she was tricking him. She then said, “You shouldn’t believe me Aiden. I make up stories, it’s what I do”.

After that she ran, quickly, away from her brother. I yelled something parenty about making up stories and loving your sibling. Really though, I thought it was really funny. I was impressed by how calmly she told the story and then let her brother completely freak out.

Aiden took it well when he realized it was a joke. I was impressed with him too. He was able to laugh about it and let it go. Which, is something I am not always good at. Letting things go. But, that’s another story.

October

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

I think it is safe to stay we made it through another hurricane. It wasn’t terrible for our neighborhood, in fact we never lost power. I’m still bewildered that we kept the power on the whole time. Of course, the lights kept flickering on and off. Which, plays serious head games with a person.  I think the kids were a little mad that we did a lot of storm prep and nothing disastrous happened. Every time the kids used the water or watched TV , I lectured them to enjoy modern conveniences while they lasted. I am pretty sure they started using the bathroom secretly because when they would go in I would shout,  “I hope you enjoyed flushing the toilet because we won’t be able to do that soon”.  When we woke up the next morning and we had power I almost felt foolish for my crazy antics. Almost. I am a big fan of my crazy antics so I usually don’t regret them.  Our neighborhood came through the storm in tact and the kids were able to enjoy Halloween. Well, almost all kids. Madeleine became sick an hour before trick or treating so she spent the evening on the couch watching terrible Halloween movies. Do not feel bad for her. Charlotte, Keith, and my cousin Lindsey, took a bag for Madeleine. I honestly don’t think Madeleine minded laying on the couch while her candy was fetched for her. Her costume is stored in the closet until next Halloween. I highly doubt she will want to wear it next year so I bought a costume that no one will wear but whatever. It doesn’t bother me. Much.

My Madeleine

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Madeleine

 

Here is a link to Madeleine during a riding lesson.  A year ago she refused to trot!2

Crazy Weekend

Monday, April 16th, 2012

I usually dislike busy weekends. Usually. This weekend started out with a trip to the Maryland Ballet and any weekend that starts with ballet is OK by me. I took Madeleine with me because while she might hate performing with a hot burning passion, she does love watching ballet.  I practiced ballet when I was a child and I had it it my head that Madeleine would love it too. She does. Just not dancing it. If she dances it then someone might look at her and if someone looks at her dancing then she will turn to stone. I’m not sure if this is actually true, its a theory of mine.  Anyway, I learned a big parenting lesson from Madeleine when she was younger. Your kids will probably not enjoy the same activities you did because they could turn to stone. Again, I’m not sure if she will turn to stone but there has to be something that is keeping her from loving to perform.  She will eventually be given the opportunity to show a horse she rides for lessons. I might have to put the horse blinders on her so she won’t notice people are watching her.