22 years it has been since I saw my sister, Meggan. It is a constant struggle of wanting my sister to talk to when I need advice. There is no fill in for that. I am grateful my girls have each other and hope they never have to experience the loss I have.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
We have spent the spring/summer/fall playing soccer and it has finally come to an end for 2013. It has been a great time for the kids and for us. Chad is on the board for the Kimberly Area Soccer Association and played soccer for many years. I love to watch and photograph the sport. My grandpa came to the US from Scotland to play soccer. So, it is quite exciting to see my kids as excited for the sport as I am guessing my grandpa Jim was when he was a kid.
They are still learning the ins and outs of the sport, but they love it. If we asked them what their favorite sport was they would most likely say Soccer. They each have their favorite position to play. Jack likes to be on the offense so he has more chances to score goals. But, he is an amazing defense player.
Meg really loves to play goalie. Who would have thought that our little irish dancer wanted to be a goalie? She constantly is smiling when she is on the field. It is a great thing to see!
Ally is quite the fast one on the field. There is no stopping her. She plays all over since she is newer to the sport she is getting more familiar with the different positions and the game. But, wow watch out! She is not afraid to get in there and steal the ball. She has played up several times to help out Meg's team and so is playing with kids that are at least a head taller than her. I guess it has helped having her play with Jack and Meg in the yard.
We are sad to see another season end. But, look forward to 2014 when the next one will begin. As long as the kids are happy and enjoying it then we are happy going to the games and being a part of such a great sport and carrying on the family tradition of playing soccer. :) Our hope is that this year we can take the kids to a soccer game in Chicago. We think it would be amazing for them to see a professional game in person. They watch all the games on TV with Chad, but to be there with that amazing energy would be great to watch!
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Something that is important to us is teaching our kids about giving back and paying it forward. Last year Meg (and Jack and Ally got to help too) had the chance with Brownies to work at St. Joseph's Food Pantry and it really sparked something in them. They asked when could we go back to help. When I contacted the Food Pantry about volunteering there they said it is very difficult to get on the list of volunteers because they have their "regulars". It was very disheartening to hear. Here were my 3 kids wanting to do this and they basically were being told "No we don't need you." So, I searched for something else that we could do. I had heard about Feed the Starving Children. But there are not a lot of options for that up in WI. So, I looked for it down in IL.
They could not believe that there were kids in other countries that did not have meals or food to eat every day. It was a great expereince for them to do and see that not everyone is lucky like us to have a roof over our heads and blankets covering us every night.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013
She continues to have a fascination with animals and is determined that when she grows up she will be helping animals. She loves to read and will read to anyone that will listen. She prefers to read out loud because she likes to hear it how it sounds she tells us.
We love her so!
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Yep that's right my baby has officially turned 6 years old. WOW! Where has the time gone. Really my youngest child is 6 years old??? I can't believe that. This year Ally got to have her 1st kid party. And boy was she ever excited. Not sure why I decided to wait until she was 6. But, I just wasn't ready before now with Ally to do it. So, Ally and her girlfriends went to a salon to get their hair and nails done. And all glittered up. As I sit here I have a piece of glitter that I can't get off of my face. Real nice I tell you!
Anyway, Ally has had a great year of school, Irish Dance, Karate and so much more. She goes from one minute playing with her American Girl dolls or Lolaloopsy dolls to then being in an army with Jack or building a snow fort with him. She definitely has some tomboy qualities to her. She is not afraid to get in there and do things, but yet at times will make the comment that she is shy. We all know Ally is far from being shy.
This past week she was Star of the Week at school and she had to write what about her is special. She said in this order 1) I'm an Irish Dancer, 2) God made me, 3) I'm a firecracker. There you have it. And she also let everyone know that when she grows up she wants to be a superstar. My brother, Jim, was lucky enough to attend the Oscars this year and when we talked to him the day after Ally said "When I go to the Oscars Uncle Jim, I will take you with me." WOW talk about confidence! Just one of the many reasons we love Ally and we are so glad she was born!!
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
So, instead of calling my doctor right away I did all the important things like taking a shower and getting things done around the house. I was feeling fine and had no pain. So, I thought this couldn't possibly be labor. I even logged into work and you can ask anyone that worked with me 9 years ago how funny I was with "Yeah I think I am labor but need to get some stuff done because this is too early" kind of attitude. I did eventually call my doctor and he told me to get to the doctor right away. So, off we went. But of course I had to stop and eat something because I knew once I got there they would never let me eat until after the delivery and who knew how long that would be. By this point I had a little pressure as I liked to call it. Some cramping, but still nothing that I would have been crying or screaming over.
When we got to the hospital they did all the fun stuff of setting me up on monitors to see if I was having contractions since I did not feel a lot of pain it was hard for me to say. Sure enough I was in full blown labor. The nurses were laughing at me. When they checked me after first arriving I was already 7 cm dilated. I thought WOW could this be any easier? My mom worked at the hospital where I was delivering so she showed up for work around 8ish and my dad came thru. The excitement was really in the air. We had no idea what were having, but we had our names picked out very early on in the pregnancy. I always loved the name Jack and everyone knew that if he had been a girl he would have a Meggan.
So, by about 10am Jack had arrived. Chad's shock of him being a red head has surely worn off given we have 2 red heads now and he can't imagine him any other way. The things I learned during my delivery is that I am tough cookie and did not need an epidural. Apparently I have a high threshold for pain. Who would have thought? I also learned that I never thought I could have loved something/someone as much as I loved that little baby when he was born. I love him more today than I did that day 9 years ago. I look forward to watching him grow into a fine young man. I love that he protects his sisters. I love that he has an imagination the size of the moon! I love him for who he is and whoever he wants to be! We will love him no matter what!
Happy Birthday Jack! We are glad you were born!!