Remember THIS? And I don't even think I got around to blogging about when I was hit a couple months ago!
Anyway, today we were on our way to try and find a car to replace The King's totaled car. We come up to a line of cars at a stop light and slow down--just like you should. Out of nowhere--BAM!! We were rear-ended--UNBELIEVABLE. I just couldn't believe that it had happened and I bust into tears.
Up until about 2 months ago, I had NEVER been involved in a car accident! I believe the rest of my life will be accident-free as well!
So, my car went to the shop (who now recognizes my husband), and we had to get a rental. We are spending our Memorial Day finding a car to replace The King's and waiting for the assessment of my car.
I was raised in a SMALL (like 2000 people small) rural/farming community in Nebraska. One of my favorite things to eat has always been corn on the cob. Really, my mom has pictures of me eating some in the back corner of my mouth when my front teeth had fallen out--I HAD to have my corn.
So, with corn season pretty much here, we bought some at the store this week. I let the kids shuck their own corn--they were amazed by the cornsilk. Then they had their first corn on the cob. (Yes, they've eaten corn before, just not on the cob.) It was a HUGE hit--like, "Can we have this every night?" hit. I actually thought to grab my camera and take some pictures.
I'd like you to meet Robert. Robert is a Webkinz chihuahua that The Prince has made his own. He's not really interested in the whole computer world of Robert--just the real world. Yes, Robert has his own collar and leash. Yes, Robert sleeps with him. Just when we start to get a little concerned about his perception of reality, he'll say something like, "You know, Robert can't really talk. He's just a stuffed animal." For us, this is the better option than a live dog--we've done that and we're just not ready for another one......yet.
The King finished his 2nd half-marathon this past weekend. He got up early and started the race. I got the kids up and fed, then took them to see his big finish. He didn't quite meet his goal, but he was close--considering he had just been in a car accident 3 days earlier. He was in quite a bit of pain, but those endorphins kicked in, and he finished like a champ.
The race was sponsored by our local aquarium and the kids had some fun playing on a giant alligator.
The King had a little car accident this week. We are VERY blessed that he wasn't hurt badly. He was in a parking lot when his foot slipped off of his clutch and he hit a concrete light pole base. His neck and back are a little sore (he's seeing the chiropractor), but he was well enough to finish a Half Marathon race today.
He thinks his car may have to be totaled--UGH! Here's a picture he snapped with his phone:
After a long period of deliberation, I decided to go darker with my hair.....AND I decided to do it myself. It just got to the point that I couldn't justify what I was spending to have my hair done. I'll still go in to get a good cut, but to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised at how my hair turned out. Here's a few peeks in some different light:
Oh yeah--did you see my necklace in the 2nd picture? Erin made it for me and I LOVE it! You can see a better picture of it on her blog HERE.
So, The King loves to run. Don't ask me why, it's just something that I don't understand, but he loves it. He's been training for a while now and has completed one half-marathon, and has another race next weekend. It's almost incomprehensible to me that someone would willingly run for that long, but I have to say that I'm quite proud of him!
Anything The King does, The Prince wants to do also. So, The King registered them for a 5K race last night (that's 3.2 miles). The ran with a training friend and his 5 year old daughter. I have to tell you that I was AMAZED, absolutely AMAZED, that at the age of 5, my son RAN the entire race--with no training--RAN it--as in no walking. I couldn't believe it and was so proud of him. More importantly, he was proud of himself. He zonked out last night and took a long nap, but wasn't at all sore today.
The runners meeting up and sizing up each others' gear.
A little pre-race stretching.
Some more serious stretching.
The Prince and his racing buddy.
Getting the official racing number just right.
AND THEY'RE OFF!!
I had called their name, but they didn't quite see me.
While we waited for them to finish, The Princess took in a little face painting.
Coming up to the finish!!
OK, so he's practically pulling him to the finish line, but STILL!!
When it was all said and done, they finished in under 40 minutes--which is probably better than I could do right now. He thinks it'll be a little while before he's ready for another race.
Mother's Day is coming, and as a mom, the day has a whole new meaning than it did when I was just the daughter. Today I went to a Mother's Day Tea with my son's K4 class. It was sweet....it was precious....I wouldn't have ANY pictures if Erin hadn't brought her camera! UGH! I'm so glad she did! The kids went through their typical morning routine, and it's amazing how much can be learned in one year. I taught 2nd grade for 8 years, but viewing school through the eyes of a parent is a whole new ballgame! I'm so proud of my little guy--I'm so thankful that he LOVES school. It definitely helps that he got the PERFECT teacher for him.
His teacher told the kids to wear their "Sunday Best," so The Prince decided he needed to wear a tie. The King took one of his and pre-tied it for him. What really cracked us up was that he DID NOT want to take any of it off until it was time for pajamas tonight. He told me he looked "Just like Daddy."
His teacher also handed out class awards for the year and he received the award for "Leadership." She told him that was because he was going to be in charge someday (he'd like to think that day is NOW). :)
**I'm just too tired to mess with editing any of the pics, so here they are "raw."**
Me and my baby--I tell him that even when he's big like Daddy, he'll still be my baby.
The class doing Praise and Worship (yes, he goes to a private Christian School). He's over on the right, second one back. I was a little surprised (but pleased) at how serious he was.
With his buddies--Erin's son and another boy he's known since playgroup started when they were one.
Beyond the typical day to day life of a family of four, we had our last soccer game of the season this weekend and our first dance recital. Practices, rehearsals, and boutique sewing orders, OH MY! Toss in a traveling husband, and you end up with a tad-stressed mommy who is lacking some sleep. Last night I stayed up to watch a movie that I KNEW would make me cry, just for the release. (Does anybody else do this? Please, say YES!) It works for me, and I feel much better. I don't cry easily, but sometimes I feel emotion building up and I've used the "Sure to Make Me Cry Movie" method before. Weird?
Anyway.....back to the kiddos and some pictures:
She doesn't take many naps anymore, but on this day she was SO tired. I had gone in to wake her up twice already, but she wasn't budging.....so, I snapped some pictures. She pretty much is as sweet as she looks in this picture (most of the time):
The last soccer game of the season. It's been a crazy spring. By this time of the year we are usually sweating at the soccer games, but on this day there was a mean north wind. I love these types of pictures of him kicking the ball, because we have a few of his dad at this age and they look SO MUCH alike!
AND....the dance recital. They asked for curly hair on all the girls. The Princess has STRAIGHT hair. However, by putting her wet/moussed hair up in these spiral curlers for the entire day, we were able to accomplish curls that lasted throughout the recital. We were a little too far away from the stage to get a really good picture, but here's one that I edited the best I could. Plus, a few from after the recital.
If I can figure it out, I hope to post a video of her dances, too. We were so proud of her. She really got up there and PERFORMED. We were a little concerned.....the day we got her costume at dance class, she tried it on and the class did a little performance for the mom's who were there. She just stood there, glaring at me and crying. I felt bad for her until she explained that she wouldn't dance because the costume wasn't her "Dance Clothes" (like the ones she had been wearing to class). Anyway, the worry was for nothing because she hit the stage like a star (well, a 3 year old star.....to her family.....). We were PROUD!
If you do, you MUST check out Kristen's blog this month. She is having DISNEY month with all kinds of give-aways and lots of information. She is the most knowledgeable (unpaid) Disney expert I know. You are sure to get tons of useful tidbits and having heard about some of her giveaways, you'll want to check back all month long!