New Friends and Flowers

Saturday hike with Tanner on a perfect spring day. I’ll take it. We met new friends. This is Sadie and Sophie Bassett. We found random fields of flowers… …some Bleeding Heart… …and the show-stopper: loads of lilacs just starting to bloom. We’ll have to go back when the bushes are at their peak. But today…

Sunday at the Ball Park

Yesterday Tanner and I got to go see the Cardinals play the Cubs, courtesy of my sister and brother-in-law. Not only was it a ton of fun, we saw a winner! Above is a panoramic view from our seats. Click on the image for a larger look. “That’s a winner” is always a favorite expression,…

Time to GO!

Today was a very good day. For several reasons. After several months of training, Drew and I got to run the GO! St. Louis Half Marathon! This was Drew’s first half and my third. And boy, did he smoke that course. Initial race results had him finishing 100th out of more than 6,000 runners, but…

Top O’ the Weekend to Ya

Lemme start this by saying it: this has been a very, very good weekend so far. While there’s good in every day if you look around hard enough, this is the kind of good that hands itself to you in a colorful package with a big, sparkly bow. A Pharrell-Williams’-“Happy”-playing-in-your-head kind of weekend. It started…

Sunday

A super cold race…Drew’s first (and FAST) 15k…to start the morning and a Christmas concert at the Fox to close a late evening. And a super long nap in between. I loved this day.

Grateful

“There’s that moment every year. We sit down to a much-awaited table – the sum of the attention of to-do lists across town. Not a detail missed. Yet no matter how perfect the setting, it is something else for which we are grateful: the simple pause that comes from the gathering. That’s it. The reflection…

Dear So-and-So…

Well, my firstborn is 21. We celebrated with a Veteran’s Day road trip to see the Chicago Bulls play. While there, we were formally introduced to Sprinkles Cupcakes and experienced Chicago’s first snow of the season. But people-watching along the way has reminded me that I haven’t done a Dear So-and-So post in a very,…

From Where I Sit…

An uncharacteristically disorganized and irritating follow-up visit with the neurosurgeon for the boys made for a very cranky mother today. Misplaced discs with MRI scans, missing physician orders for lab draws, and startlingly stupid questions from a social worker are just a few of the things that pushed my patience to (over) the brink. These…

Fall Sunday Fun Day

  …And they’re off!! See Batman and the Riddler at the front of the starting line? Those are my guys, barreling out of the gate and running their first 5K race with reckless abandon. Pre-race silliness. I can’t begin to tell you how many people asked to pose for photos with them. It was hilarious….

Geeez …

Just a small glimpse into what happens when we shop for socks and boxers in our house. Gotta say, my kids are funny and fearless. Not shown: my hot pink compression socks for running. They’re supposed to help prevent further injuries. Given that my single pair of running socks cost as much as nine pairs…

A Long List

These came home with me today from a local candy store. Gifts for my boys. There are so many things that I love about my boys, but the fact that they still love toys ranks right up there at the top. Even Batman Uglydolls. (I found these while searching for Hello Kitty Uglydolls. Go figure.)…

Look again.

Yesterday afternoon brought a day off from training, so I tried to cram in as many chores into one evening as possible. Chores that I’ll admit that I’ve been neglecting quite a bit lately. Like going to the grocery store, for instance. We were out of everything, so I dragged Tanner to the store to…

Cousins

A walk through the woods with Tanner and my nephew. I think my nephew kinda likes my boy. Just a hunch.

When did THIS happen?

Somewhere along the line, I blinked and my baby grew up. I wish I could remember exactly when it happened. Nevertheless, here we are, celebrating my  youngest son’s last year as a teenager. Big birthday wishes, sweet boy. And to borrow from the words of one the greatest one-hit wonders of all time, The Spiral…

Whoa…

This morning as I was getting ready for work, my phone rang. It was Tanner, telling me to “go outside and look west.” Are you kidding? An enormous, perfect double rainbow filled the entire morning sky. I loved him so much for that call. I loved that he saw the rainbow and that it meant…

Road Trip

First road trip of 2013 is in the books! Oklahoma City and back…in two days. We got to see our favorite ballers up close. And I mean really close. Above were our actual seats, but during the pre-game warmup, an unbelievably obliging customer service woman arranged for the kids to sit in the owner’s seats…shown…

Ten Thousand Hills

Parents’ Day Weekend at Tanner’s fraternity house brought a much-needed road trip this weekend. It’s so weird to see how grown up and independent my youngest child has become. Weird, but fun. Early this morning I decided to stop by a state park before heading home. Ten Thousand Hills State Park is just outside of…

Move-in Day

An unexpected garden in the middle of campus… Right next to the parking lot, an immediate greeting from my favorite lilies in the world… And my baby making his way to his new digs… Just a few scenes from today’s big move. Wish I had something profound to say, but it’s been a long day…and…

Well…

…it’s official: life is about to become really different. I have two college students and we’re moving one tomorrow. I’m nervous, excited, a little sad, and so very proud.

Past…Present…Future

After spending part of the afternoon catching up with a long-time colleague and friend (one of her sweet kitties pictured above), I came home and noticed a letter addressed to my younger son in our pile of mail. His elementary school was scrawled as the return address in the obvious penmanship of a child. I…

I’m good with it.

This was the scene just under a block from our downtown. A wild turkey and a chicken family wandering down the sidewalk. Funniest. Thing. Ever. Our little town is quirky, but this is weird even for us. This was a highlight from an altogether goofy evening earlier this week. With the close of Tanner’s high…

And there you have it.

My baby. My graduate. My soon-to-be college student. Pictured: my brother-in-law Keith, me (omigosh, I’m actually on the other side of a camera), my sister Robyn, Dad, Mom, Tanner and Drew. You know, I wish I had some words of wisdom to extend to my last high school graduate, but I don’t know what it…

Wow. Just Wow.

Some scenes from Tanner’s last few weeks of high school tennis. Conference singles champion. District singles champion. Sectional singles champion. Now he’s headed to the state championships for the fourth time in four years. What a stunning accomplishment. Wow, that’s my kid. I find myself saying that a lot lately. About both of my kids….

Going to the Zoo

My kids might both be adults now, but they’re never too old to celebrate with their mom on Mother’s Day at the zoo. Okay, “celebrate” probably isn’t the right word. How ’bout: They’re never too old to humor their mom on Mother’s Day at the zoo. I’ve been so anxious to pet the stingrays at…