Tuesday, August 17, 2010

What We've Been Doing Lately

Things have been really crazy lately, so I haven't had much time to blog.  As summer comes to an end and I'm getting children ready for school to start, we've had a lot of exciting things going on.  
My 12 year old played in his first Southern Sectional Tennis Tournament and did quite well!

Anna got her permit and is learning how to drive......kind of scary!

My younger kids got to visit their older brother at work (he's an EMT) and see the inside of an ambulance.  It's great having a cool big brother!
And Mattie did his first climbing wall : )


  1. Awesome!You have been busy!Such a wonderful family!Blessings,Marla Grace

  2. Ahhh...the new driver! How are you doing with that? So far only one of my teens has a driver's license. That was HARD on me, let me tell you. It's not so much his driving that I worry about...but it's just now that he's OUT THERE, on the road...there are so many crazy drivers, people who text while driving, drunk drivers, sleepy drivers. This just gives me one more thing to worry about. Yet...it's inevitable. They are all going to drive one day. :::: sigh:::: Tomorrow my oldest son (the one who drives) is going to drive his 15 year old sister to her soccer tournament for me. It's an hour's drive on the freeway. He's 19 and has been driving for a while now...but this is the first time I'm trusting him to drive somewhere so far with another one of my kids in the car. The freeways in southern CA can be crazy. He drives his siblings to and from school sometimes, to sporting events and practices, etc...but this is the first long distance freeway trip. Ugh. I'm sure they will be fine, but you know...I worry.

    When do you stop worrying about your kids? Does it ever end? Somehow I don't think it does. On some level, I guess we always worry. Afterall, it's our hearts out there. Each one of my kids has a piece of my heart and always will. It's really hard to give your heart to someone and say, "Be careful with my heart, okay?" but that's what we do when we have kids.

    Okay, it's late and I'm talking crazy. Just wanted to say congrats on the new driver in the family :)

    Mattie is adorable in that photo. If I had a son named Matthew, I think I would call him Mattie, too. Such a cute nic-name. (of course here I am just assuming that his name is Matthew...I appologize if I'm wrong!) I love nic-names, though. I have a son called A.J. and his real name is Adam John, but funny thing...I named him A.J. first then had to find names to go with the initials. My #7 child is named Aislynn (pronounced ACE-lin) and I call her Aisy as her nic-name. My #9 child is Aria (Ar-ee-ah) and I call her Ari. Then I have Alex (#4 child) whose name is NOT Alexander. Just Alex. So with him I just went straight for the nic-name and did away with the "real" name altogether, LOL. Naming children is so fun! Each one of my children's names took a lot of thought. Naming someone is such an awesome resonsibility. I remember with my #3 child, I was so worried that she wouldn't like her name (Afton) because it's very different, but yet I loved that name so much. But I worried a bit that she wouldn't like her unusual name. In the 5th grade she had to fill out a get-to-know-you paper at the beginning of the school year...and the last question was "What do you like best about yourself" and she simply put: My name. Oh! I read that and about cried. That made me feel so good. She is 15 now, and she still tells me that she loves her name. Her email addres is Happilyeverafton and I think that's so clever of her to have thought of that. So cute.

    Okay, I'm rambling here...and it's your blog! I shouldn't take up so much space here. LOL

    One more thing...my husband is a fire fighter/paramedic, and I absolutely love his job. I am so proud of what he does. We all are. I think it's wonderful that your son is an EMT! You must be so proud of him. It's such an important job!

    Have a Happy Sunday :)


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