My Brats

I have 5 kids.

  • kara

    Wild at Heart…

    Kara went to each of my sky dives and she would watch the training video.  After the hour introduction she would say, “I want to do it!” You have to be 18 before you can sky dive and she was more than willing to wait. She’s an aries though…and aries want it now, if not yesterday. When I started my training at Lodi, I found out that you can be 16 with a parents signature.  I told Kara and after thinking about it for 3 seconds she said, “Okay!” Yesterday we got up and headed out to the drop zone so she could jump out of a plane.  I paid…

  • alyx

    Alyx 1 – Mom 0

    Having already gone through raising two 12 year old girls, I figured Alyx would be the same.  Boy crazy, school is only for socializing and ignoring my parental demands.  She isn’t like most 12 year olds.  Boys are an after thought, school is for socializing, but it’s also about getting good grades and go figure she listens to me when I tell her do something and not once has she rolled her eyes. She’s also about questioning absolutely everything.  She also has a very firm opinion on everything. The other day she noted I was not wearing underwear. “Oh God, that could be the grossest thing in the whole wide…

  • tyler

    The Long Awaited Picture!

    As we were walking out the door for me to get Tyler to college I glanced back at him. Three guesses on what shirt he WAS wearing before I fell to the floor cracking up, the first two don’t count. He ran back to his room and changed his shirt out of the red one he wore the first day of his junior and senior year of high school into the classic black one he’s sporting in the picture. Funny thing is, it didn’t even phase him as we were walking out to the car and I insisted he stand there so I can get a picture.  The children have…

  • My Brats

    The Every Year Tradition…

    Our first year as a blended family. 2003-2004. Tyler was a Freshman. The older girls were big, bad 6th graders and Alyx was going into 2nd grade and Shea into First. Tyler was Sophmore. The girls had moved on to a new school and were ‘Sevies’. Alyx was a 3rd grader and Shea moved into 2nd. Tyler now a Junior; The girls 8th graders and Alyx and Shea in 4th and 3rd grade. Last year: Tyler’s last year in high school. The girls first year in high school as freshmans.  Alyx in 5th and Shea in 4th grade. This year. Lawn dead.  Grandma’s here. Tyler starts college and I don’t…

  • alyx,  marina

    Conversation going on in my room RIGHT NOW.

    Marina: When I start driving, I will drive you where ever you want! Because I am such a nice sister. Alyx: So when I say, “Marina, I want beef jerky, take me to the store, you’ll say yes!?” Marina: Yes Alyx, because I will be like, you’re my sister and I am a good sister and I know there will be a time when were not all here. Me: Hold on, I am blogging this. Alyx: I’m going to go write that down…and make her sign it.

  • stuff portrait friday,  tyler

    Stuff Portrait Friday

    The Children are our Future Taking these pictures were hard on Shaun. Seeing him in a tux..and then when he put on his cap and gown…you could actually see his heart being ripped from his chest. This is our future.  Nooooot too shabby if I do say so myself. Did you play?

  • shea

    Happy Birthday, Shea!

    This was my baby girl, Shea before she was even a year old.  Today, she turns TEN. “When is your birthday again?” “MOM! it’s TOMORROW!” Today was spent driving around like a mad woman getting balloons, cake and bike. Another birthday disaster narrowly avoided. Happy Tenth birthday, to the little girl in that picture, how I will ALWAYS see you!

  • ex,  My Brats

    Sha-Right…

    This week was one of those that you feel like you’re just ‘going through it’. Shea was in the health office on Thursday at 9 am. When my insomniatic ass woke up at 11 am, I rushed to the school to check on her. “Is she okay?” the receptionist who has been there for as many years as I have had kids there, said, “Yeah, she said she had a headache and her stomach hurt. I told her to come back after lunch and if she didn’t feel better.” AND FOR SOME REASON, maybe because of the lack of sleep, I said, “Yeah, she probably just had a hangover. I…

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    and then a hero comes along.

    This week Stuff Portrait Friday is Hero.  I had several days to think on it and as the hours came down to minutes, I realized that if you have been reading this blog for anytime, you know who my heroes are. 1. My Mother: You know that saying, “you’ve come a long way,baby.”? I’m pretty sure that was made up for her. Her road isn’t a road I would wish on anyone.  I wish over and over she could see how proud of her that I am. To see her at rock bottom and not only pull herself up, but bring those around up with her is awesome. 2. My…

  • tyler

    As if…

    Later the same night that I posted the last entry, Tyler comes bursting into my room and going straight for my clean towels. “Tyler! What are doing?” “I’m getting a towel.” He looks at me like he’s about to say, “Here’s your sign.” “WHY?” My voice has risen to the level that only dogs can hear. “Because the dog barfed on the floor.” Uh. Straight A student. Honor roll. Advanced classes. Complete idiot. “WHY ARE YOU USING MY CLEAN TOWELS TO CLEAN IT UP?”  I can’t even understand my own voice anymore. and then he does something that changes every fiber in my being.  HE looks at ME, like I…