a decade of katie

August 15, 2008 at 11:06 pm | Posted in family, kids | Leave a comment

Happy Birthday, Katie!

This year Katie had about 15 of her friends over for a party. Everyone in attendance had a blast – especially Katie. Every time I looked at her, she was grinning ear to ear. The party was a lot of work, but to meet her new friends and do this for her was totally worth it.

Lotsa cake and ice cream to eat

Katie's 10th

You can’t go wrong with a Webkinz!

And apparently Funkeys are a hit too. I’m so clueless!

volunteerism and rocking the weekend

August 1, 2008 at 12:59 pm | Posted in family, kids, rock-n-roll | Leave a comment
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Over the years, I’ve tried to instill some sense of volunteerism and community service in the kids.

We’ve volunteered at the shelter – washing and walking puppies and dogs, socializing kitties. We’ve baked cookies and brownies for fundraising bake sales. We’ve stood outside a certain national retailer and panhandled for donations.

When choosing organizations to work with, I always try to find something the kids will be interested in. So I was totally excited when I found the local organization highlighted below:

Girls Rock NC is a nonprofit organization that runs programs that encourage girls to be confident, creative members of their communities. Girls make bands, have workshops in teamwork, body confidence, zine-making, DIY clothing, recording, Tech Talk, songwriting and more, and are supported as they speak up and share their experiences as girls. We’re part of the international Girls Rock Camp Alliance, helping each other stay true to our mission–empowering girls! Close to 1,500 girls around the globe will have the rock camp experience this coming summer– this is a true feminist movement that you can be a part of!

At a concert on July 19, we watched these girls rock out on stage while we sold t-shirts and bumper stickers to their screaming fans. What a rush! As the mother of three girls, I want my girls to have the confidence to express themselves whether it be through music, art, written or spoken word. And that’s what these girls are learning… to be themselves, to respect themselves. The whole experience moved me.

So, when I found out they were having a grown up version – Women’s Rock Retreat – I had to sign up! In just a few hours I’m heading out to meet the other campers, and I’m stoked!

A big thanks to my wonderful hubby who staying home the kids and mutts all weekend allowing me to do this. I love you.

what really matters

July 31, 2008 at 9:31 pm | Posted in family, kids | Leave a comment

I complain sometimes (well, let’s face it, “often” is probably more accurate) about work, my husband, the kids, cleaning, cooking… you name it, I’m complaining. I can’t keep up with the dishes, laundry, or general housekeeping. Cooking is such a chore – there is always someone who doesn’t like what’s being served (result: pb&j). I haven’t seen the top of the dining room table in a month (big thanks whoever invented eat-in kitchens – or is it a breakfast room? whatever it is, at this point any and all meals are eaten there). I’m always on the go: music lessons, tennis practices, tennis matches, softball practices, softball games, scout meetings. The phrases “clean your room” and “finish your homework” and “take a bath” and “go to bed” have to be repeated often, and occasionally at a louder than necessary volume, to get the intended action (note: call otologist for appts for all kids).

But when I put aside all that stuff, I realize my life is really good. All that other stuff, doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things does it? What really matters are the people that I’m doing it all for.

I have a fantastic husband. Three super-great, healthy kids. Three fairly well-behaved, housebroken mutts.

What more does a girl really need? My life rocks.

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