Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day

Today we were off school to celebrate Veterans Day.  Above is a picture of my Dad when he was in the Navy stationed in Washington DC.  Ashley loved learning about Veterans.  Her school yesterday had assembly and she sang a song in Spanish.

Daycare had a day of in service today so daycare was closed.  So I took Ashley, Little D, Sebastion and London to the indoor playground at our church.  London is my cousin daughter.  We babysat today since daycare was closed. Grandma brought pizza and we had apples and snacks to eat.  Indoor picnic at the playground it was great!!! Ah I just start hyperventilating thinking about my children growing up. One I don't want to get older and I don't want my mom to get any older.  Ashley said at dinner tonight the best Veterans Day ever.


This afternoon we still had a boys basketball game at home.  We played Kingsley.  Our 7th grade lost but our 8th grade won.  Tomorrow night we play our cross town school Edison.
After the game we went t eat at the local Mexican restaurant Dos Relas.  I sure hope Ashley has found memories of her childhood.  Not memories of her mother yelling at her or being upset with her.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Birthday Parties


   Ashley turned 7 in October.  Ashley wanted a Minecraft party.  Ashley is obsessed with the game minecraft.  Grandma was nice enough to let us have the party at her house. I searched pinterest for weeks.
   I wanted to have a bounce house - I thought I can just rent one from a local store and put it up with no problem.  When I went to rent the bounce house.  They told me make sure you have a truck.  I made sure we had a truck.  I went to go get it and the bounce house was so heavy.  We about never got it out of the truck and into the side yard.  You needed a army to move it.  They really should not rent this bounce house to a single mother.

Except the kids had a wonderful time.  All the work was worth it. 

We had a great minecraft cake from ricksbakeryurbana.com/cakes

 I also won a party from Kona Ice it's a shaved ice truck.  We followed the Kona Ice truck around all summer.  Ashley was so excited to have the truck at her birthday party.  It is also at Illini home football games for street fest. The kids loved getting shaved ice.

I love this picture of the group - we are so blessed with great friends.  Little D in the middle melts my heart.  He enjoyed the day also.

Kona ice was so sweet.  They gave Ashley a birthday bag and a t-shirt.  She looks so big in this picture.

I think they had a wonderful time at the party.

Ashley was so happy at her birthday party.  Ashley is so full of life. I can't wait to see her grow up into a beautiful young lady.  I sometimes wish I had a crystal ball so I could see into her future.

I need to step back and remember -

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you" declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future.


Sunday, November 9, 2014


 I can't believe it's November!  Where does time go?  How did Ashley turn 7 in October?  How is she in the first grade?
    Another Cross Country season is in the books.  My girls XC team made it to State. Baseball made it to the regional championship game first time since baseball started 9 years ago at the middle school level.  We are finishing up another season of girls basketball at Franklin.  Just starting Boys Basketball season.  8th grade is off to a 3 and 0 start.  As 7th graders they finished 2nd in State - so the pressure is on.  U of I Football is 4 in 5 with 2 games to go.  Lots of tailgating this season.

    Little D and Ashley been involved in swimming lessons.  Ashley is playing Y basketball on Saturday mornings.  She is so fun to watch.  Ashley piano recital is coming up Dec 6th.  I have gone into practice practice mode with the piano.
    We had a great weekend.  Friday night we stayed in.  Saturday morning we had basketball in the morning at the Y.  Then we went with Grandma to the indoor market at Lincoln Square.  Then Ashley and grandma went off shopping for shoes.  Later in the afternoon Ashley and I went off to skate land.  They had Olaf and Elsa there from Frozen. You could skate with them and also have your picture taken them.  Ashley loves skating.