Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Weekend

Mr. C and The B-Man went to Parker, CO today to see


Yes. That is
Freddie Couples.
My favorite golfer
(Phil runs a very close second).

The Senior PGA Tour Championship is going on right now near Denver.
And I was not able to go.
Ugh.
A knife through my heart....

We decided that Katie-Bug is too young to go to an
all-day golf tourney.
And with this being
Memorial Weekend
I did not feel good about
asking someone to babysit her - especially on a Sunday.

I know how much Mr. C likes Freddie
(he was Mr. C's fave golfer before he was mine)
so I told him to make it a "guys day" and take Bren.
I opted to stay home with Katie.

The sacrifices I make....
One day she'll appreciate it, right?

Because she owes me...
BIG
for this one!

Actually, we've had a fun morning.
So far:
I have served her watermelon...
in MY bed.
I turned on her favorite kids shows.
I painted her toenails.
And selected her wardrobe for the day.

Tonight when my guys arrive home, Mr. C is going to grill Baby Back Ribs for dinner.

Then tomorrow he and Bren will drive back to Denver to pick up my
Traveling Fisherman
from the airport!

While Katie and I help a dear friend decorate for a graduation party.

Marc is coming home for the week before he flies off to
Alaska
for the summer.

I'm so looking forward to spending some time with him!

Happy Sunday!



Friday, May 28, 2010

New Project on the Good Grief Blog!



I created this layout about my
Grandmother.

The story and journaling are on


Go check it out

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The blessing and the curse of being Martha

housewife Pictures, Images and Photos

I am going to admit something that I NEVER EVER admit. My name is Martha. That is truly the name given to me at birth. I've always hated it, even though I was named after a really fabulous lady for whom I have immeasurable respect and admiration (my mother's dear aunt). I remember being incredibly embarassed by my name when I was younger. It was horrifying to me when anyone found out my real name. I have gone by the name "Marti" since I was a small child. But lately I've realized that my mother named me correctly.

The name Martha has been used in conversation much more frequently than in the past. First, there is the Biblical Martha. The woman who worked and worked and refused to see she should be sitting at Jesus' feet rather than trying to do everything. I am so guilty of this. If Jesus came to my door, would I be able to take the time to sit and listen to him, or would I be running around trying to make sure his visit was perfect? I'm guessing it would be a little of both.

Then we come to the other Martha: Martha Stewart. I have a cousin who jokingly calls me "Apple Pie" because she thinks I am super-domesticated. Ha! I told her that if she could see my house right now, she wouldn't be calling me that. Seriously, I have 3 baskets of laundry waiting to be ironed. I have a trail of powdery pixie dust (super-fine glitter) leading down my hall and into both my scrapbook room as well as Katie's bedroom (thanks to my super crafty daughter who was making me a project - and the blasted stuff will not all come up off of my wood floors), and I desperately need to dust. But, I must admit that I am a huge fan of Martha. She just does things right (with the exception of her investments). She makes it a point to go the extra mile when caring for her home. I bought her Homekeeping book a year or two ago and it was wonderful!!!! But I am sooo not even close to being Martha Stewart (how can one even aspire to such perfection?).

I truly believe that homemaking is becoming a lost art. We are so busy in our daily lives that we don't have any extra energy to do those small finishing-touches that make our families feel special. So, while I am not Martha Stewart, I do feel the pressure of the name. Life would be easier if I didn't care. I know that. But, I do care. I enjoy making my family feel special and loved, whether by ironing their clothing or by cutting the kidlets' sandwiches with cookie cutters when I pack their lunches. I want them to remember these small things and I hope they know I do them with love.

Nope. I am not Martha Stewart. I'm just Marti.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Twister



No, not the game - the weather event. It is one of the scariest things I've ever been through. I had taken Katie to the studio for ballet and tumbling, then come home to wait for Brendan to arrive from school. He was only here a few minutes when the sirens started going off. We ran downstairs and turned on the TV to see what was going on. It took a few minutes for the news and weather channels to break into programming with the tornado warning. They then informed us that the twister was 13 miles south of town...which is right where Mr. C's construction project is located. I called him, and fortunately he was in town for a County Commissioner meeting and had just left the site. I asked what I should do about Katie and he told me to go pick her up. I drove down Carlson and turned onto Powderhouse when I was faced with a ginormous funnel cloud in this distance - but it was all I could see in my windshield. It was far away, but not far enough that I wasn't terrified for my daughter. I drove to the studio, ran in and grabbed her and her things, jumped into the car and came back home - all in 14 minutes flat. We went downstairs with Brendan to wait out the storm. Fortunately, the tornado went back up in to the clouds, but there were a total of 8 tornados in Cheyenne yesterday afternoon.

I asked Mr. C to take a night off from his gym workout just in case another one hit, so he came home at about 6:30 pm. The rest of the evening was just filled with thunderstorms, thank heavens.

The kidlets went to bed at their normal time, while we watched our DVR'd episode of The Biggest Loser. Best show ever!!! I love this group of participants (well, except Melissa - she was horrid). I love how supportive they are of one another and how there is no back-stabbing going on. I am also hoping that Michael and Ashley end up dating. They seem so cute with one another. It's just sweet.

After watching BL and the news, we went to sleep...only to be awakened at 3:30 by a miserable little girl who could not sleep and had a sore throat and fever. She climbed into bed with us around 4 am, which meant we've been awake ever since. Ugh. She seems a bit better this morning, but I couldn't send her to school with a fever and no sleep so we are hanging out in our jammies today.

Have a happy Wednesday!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sundays...

I love Sunday. It is pretty much my favorite day of the week. Well, except for the fact that it means the weekend is coming to an end.

Every week, we go to church at 9 am, then take the kidlets to breakfast. We have done it this way forever - well, probably 9 years anyway. It is a nice way to spend our morning...worshipping
Him,
then enjoying one another's company.

This afternoon, Mr. C and the boys went to play golf and I have a baby shower to attend. Katie did not want to go with me so she gets to hang with Chlo until the guys get back.

After the shower, Mr. C is going to grill steak. Truly, he makes the
best steak
I've ever had. Seriously. I haven't had a better one anyplace. ever.

Chlo is leaving Cheyenne this week to head back to Utah for her Mom's college graduation (she is a super incredible lady!), and then staying until Sean arrives.Sean will be following her soon. He will remain here to pack up the apartment, then load everything up and head west so he can begin his new job.

We decided we needed to have one last Sunday dinner with them before they make their big move.
On most Sundays since they came to Cheyenne, we have enjoyed
Sunday dinner
with them. It is one more wonderful thing I love about Sundays - family time with even the big kids!

But this one will be bittersweet.
It's the last one in a long while.
I will miss them both so very, very much.

I love you three bunches!!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Katie-ism #20,936

We were having Mother's Day brunch and everyone had gone to get breakfast except Sean, Chloe and Katie. Katie is out of her chair and looking through a little window behind her chair...

Sean: Katie, sit down.
Katie ignores him.
Sean: Katie, sit down.
Katie: Did you say something?
Sean: Yes, I said sit down.
Katie: Oh, because all I heard was blah blah blah blah blah.

Sean: sits with a shocked look on his face and doesn't say another word.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Photographic Recap...

This arrived for me on Saturday afternoon from my Mom and Jimbo. I love it. It is beautiful and it smells wonderful.


Brendan made me this for Mother's Day. I have always wanted to learn how to work with wheat, but haven't yet. Now I don't have to...I can just put him to work creating little wall hangings for me. :) Really, I just love it and was so excited when I opened it.
 Here is Marc and Joon. It was difficult getting either of them to pose for a picture so this was the best I could do. Isn't that face just adorable? Joon's, too!


I did get Katie to agree to pose on her biggest brother's lap. It is always so fun watching Marc play with the younger children. He is awfully patient with them.

Katie couldn't go a minute without loving on Joon. Obviously, the dog didn't mind too much.


Here is just an awesome picture of my B-Man. I love that sweet smile - it only cost us $2600 so far. A bargain, in my opinion.

And, finally, here are Sean and Chloe. This picture was taken by an amazing photographer named Katie. She is slightly vertically challenged, but held the camera steady nonetheless.

 We are expecting a winter storm tonight and tomorrow. I've heard we're getting anywhere from 4 - 15 inches of snow. Heavy wet snow. Yippy. Skippy. The only redeeming thing about storms like this is the possibility of having a snow day tomorrow. I love snow days - little unexpected breaks from the every-day. Sigh. One can only hope...

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Mother's Day

First, I want to wish my Mom, Patti, and my amazing aunts a very Happy Mother's Day. I love and appreciate you all!!!

We had a really nice day today. It began when Mr. C and I woke up early and had a few minutes to just relax and talk without the noise of the kidlets invading our conversation. Then, Katie woke up and climbed into bed with us to cuddle. We got ready for church, went to Mass, then met Marc, Sean, and Chloe for brunch. It was delicious and the mimosas were divine! After brunch, we came home and the guys all got ready to head back to the golf course. No, they weren't being selfish - I TOLD them to go. Today is the only nice day we're going to have this week, and Marc will be leaving for Alaska next month, so I knew this would be their only chance to go out together to play this spring. Brendan was very excited that he got to go and hang with the guys. Katie, Chloe and I have been hanging out at the house with Joon (Marc's dog...AKA the Grand Puppy).

I am so grateful for my four children, and the opportunity God has given me to bear them (although I do wish it had been less painful :o) ), nurture them, and love them. My entire life is devoted to my family and my gratitude is boundless for these four beautiful souls. I want each of them to know how much I love them and that being their Mom has been the best thing I've ever done in my life. I am not perfect, and I blow it all the time, but I have always tried my hardest to do what is best for them.

Mother's Day isn't a day where I expect to be catered to, or treated extra special. To me, Mother's Day is a day to be grateful for my children - and the joy they bring to my life. It is a day to remember the good times, and the times that were not-so-good. It is a day for me to reflect upon the areas where I can improve. I also love that Mother's Day falls right before summer. I like to sit and think of all the fun things I can share with my children this summer. Nope, it isn't about "me" - it is about them.

I want to thank my children for their patience and their understanding when I have screwed up royally (and there have plenty of times THAT happened). I want to thank them for the joy, the tears, and the laughter. I am so looking forward to the years ahead, and the fun that is yet to be had. So, Marc, Sean, Brendan, and Katie...my heart is always with you. I love you more than I can ever say. You four have blessed my life immeasurably. Love, Mubs

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Missing Them Already

This has been a sad week for us. Sean was presented with a great job opportunity...in Evanston. We are so sad that they are moving (and taking that precious baby with them), but we know that they are doing the best thing for their little family. Chlo will be just an hour from her parents - and she won't have to work on her feet all day (which will be much more difficult in the months to come). Plus, we have done that "Cheyenne to Evanston" trip a kazillion times over the years. I think I could almost drive it in my sleep. Five hours isn't THAT far. Sigh...





Brendan had his first baseball game this year - and he did great. It was FREEZING and windy, but he scored, and played great defense. We were so proud of him. Unfortunately, he woke up again this morning with the flu. If we could stay healthy for just a week, I would be shocked!

Here is my Ad Inspiration layout from the Creative Cookbooking NSD crop this past week. We had some great participation and it was a lot of fun. I wish I could have spent more time online with everyone, but with all of us battling the flu, it just was not possible.

I am excited to be attending the Women of Worship Hope's Alive concert with Kathy Troccoli tomorrow night. I am sure it will be an evening of inspiration and great music!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Tropical Breezes...

...not. It is an incredibly windy day here in Cheyenne. Right now, we are gusting to 75 mph. That is hurricane-force, people! aaack! I wish I were back in Hawaii enjoying the Trade Winds instead of this. For some reason, the wind always hits on Tuesdays, which are Katie's ballet days. It is always so interesting to try to get Katie, her ballet bag, and her tutu all delivered into the dance studio in winds like this. I am always convinced that I will lose SOMETHING (preferrably not Katie) along the way and it'll end up somewhere in Nebraska.



I went to Design Team last night at The Treasure Box. One of our team-members had a baby a couple of months ago so we had her baby shower last night, too. I got to hold sweet little Jude for a while. He was screaming his little head off because he was tired, but even with the screaming, I just loved cuddling and holding him. I cannot wait until October when our grandbaby is born. I am going to enjoy just sitting and rocking him for hours. It is going to be heaven!!!



While I was at DT, I bought some of Jilli Bean Soup's corrugated alphas! They are fabulous! I cannot wait to use them - hopefully this afternoon.





Aren't they great? I bought the white, but they also have Kraft and an awesome Green.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Monday, May 03, 2010

...and we're off!!!

Another busy week is upon us. Between Design Team, school for both kidlets, ballet, tumbling, 2-3 baseball practices, Mr. C's work schedule, Mr. C's gym schedule, my work schedule, and a minute amount of family time, we are booked solid. It's all good though. School is almost out for the summer (yea!) so I can see a light at the end of this crazy tunnel.

We had a fun weekend. On Saturday we went to Ft. Collins for the day. Mr. C and the kidlets hung out with Uncle Don while I spent the afternoon with my girlie, Houston. We had lunch at The Red Table in Old Town, then walked around and shopped. I scored some new clear stamps and some cute MM butterflies at Tuesday Afternoon (what a fun store). Mr. C then picked me up and we headed south to Centerra for a little shopping and dinner. I talked Mr. C into going to PF Chang's. It was a hit! Katie even ate her dinner (which is rare). She also charmed our waitress- who slipped a dozen extra fortune cookies into Katie's "to-go" bag. While we were there, Katie let us know that she had learned what "Senior Citizen" means (it's someone who has grey hair and is a grandma or grandpa - Mr. C and I are thrilled that we will be qualifying for that definition in the fall...not). Anyway, she then proceeded to point out (in her nice, quiet way) each and every one of the senior citizens in our section of the restaurant. Ugh.

On Sunday, we did our usual: church, then brunch with the kidlets. When we arrived home, Sean and Chloe were waiting for us. Mr. C put on a pot of his famous chili (it is soooo yummy), then everyone just hung out watching TV. The big screen in the family room had NBA Playoffs, and our bedroom TV had the final round at Quail Hollow. It was a nice, quiet, relaxing day. I even snuck in a very short nap.

I am so looking forward to Mother's Day weekend! Marc is coming home to see us. He hasn't been here since Thanksgiving so we are really excited for his arrival. He will get here either Friday night or Saturday. I think they will try to fit some golf in while he is home, as well. On Mother's Day, we are going to church, then to a Mother's Day Brunch that looks just amazing (lobster quiche, crab, shrimp...). I began my diet and work-out program again this week, but I think I'll let it slide for brunch on Sunday.

Speaking of Mothers, Chloe looks just amazing. She has the cutest little belly ever. And she doesn't even mind when I touch it. I've never been one of those people who has to touch pregnant bellies, until now. It is the most wonderful thing ever!!! I can't wait until I can feel the little guy kick.

Have a super week!