Monday, April 29, 2013

The newest family member has a name

Since finding out the wonderful news, that Christopher and Jaclyn are having a baby, we've all been anxiously awaiting to find out what is a brewin' in that belly. 

I personally have been thinking boy, just because I couldn't imagine Christopher not making a boy. :-) 

 But Hope has been so rooting for a girl, she's tired of being the only girl.

Here they are the day of the ultra sound. Which btw, WHERE EXACTLY IS THE BELLY JACLYN? I was already in maternity clothes at this point, but hopefully you don't get the size of Montana like I did. 

And here's the baby!!  SO SWEET. 

I decided I would record the kids reaction when I told them. 


As the video says, IT'S A BOY!

A his name shall be, Camden Carter Robinson.

Now we just have to wait until September to meet him.

SO, that gives me approximately 5 months to perfect my OBNOXIOUS GREAT-AUNT persona.


Friday, April 26, 2013

A major countdown to summer

I will eventually stop talking about working. 

But not today. 

I'm finding my groove and I really like my job, but my job this week? 

Trust me and my happy face, it's been GREAT! With lots of cards, gifts, long lunches, and treats. But don't be surprised when I soon tip the scale at 609 pounds. 

Other than work it's just the usual around here.

Most nights are filled with games or practices, and most mornings are filled with unexpected faces. Why this still surprises me, I'm not sure....but according to Hope she needs to sleep with us, because she 'hears footprints in her room'.

But you know, I don't mind one iota.

The only other thing to report?

We are on a major countdown to summer.

I really cannot wait to spend more time with the kids.  Especially time not spent rushing from one place to the next, or homework to do, or blah, blah, blah.....

I just want time with these two kids.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A sneak peek...

We all know my friend Brittany is a fabulous photographer, right? And she's pretty, and sweet, and fun,  and well, if I didn't love her, I would hate her. :-) 

But I do love her, and I love the work she does. 

SOOOO, let me just show you a little sneak peek of Hope's 6 year pics....


Monday, April 22, 2013

Opening day

Friday night someone was dressed head-to-toe in his baseball attire, ready for what awaited him Saturday morning....

Opening day. 

This league is serious business. The coaches are serious. The kids are serious. IT'S SERIOUS.

But Pierce? Cool as a cucumber.

If you know anything about me, you know how I acted. But the poor woman whom I almost knocked out of the stands when Pierce hit a triple? She was unaware what she was sitting next to. I bet she runs the other direction next game.

But check him out heading into home...

I was ready for an awesome home plate shot, UNTIL THE COACH STOOD IN MY VIEW.

Considering they play until Thanksgiving the end of June, I'm sure I will manage a good shot or two. But still annoying.

Game one in the books, and the hefty win made it all the better!

Oh, and we aren't the OREOS this time.

Sadly I don't think Pierce can mess up this name.....

Here's to a great season TIGERS!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Making good impressions at work, you know by getting pulled over

So, here's me after one full week of work. 

Actually it's just a random picture I sent to Tracey, as we are known to do, but it sort of sums me up right now.

Working full-time is a whole new world for me.

Most mornings I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut-off, or better yet, driving so fast into work that, I GET PULLED OVER IN THE WORK PARKING LOT.


I think once the officer realized that he pulled me over in front of where I work, he took mercy on me.  Thankfully I just got off with a warning and a red face. I basically just waved at the kids like, "hey guys, don't do what Mrs. Bush does!" Oy.

So, I am attempting to adjust, BUT, I really like my job.

I've never worked in a high school setting before, and it's really fun. There is ton to be learned, and my old brain is taking it all in. And my favorite part of the job? Getting to know new people.

And check out my pretty flowers that I bought from the school greenhouse! Supporting those FFA!

And lastly, I just wanted to post this link of Boston fans singing the National Anthem at the Bruins game. 

Katherine posted this link on her blog yesterday, and holy cow, it's awesome. The tears just welled up in my eyes, and I have to agree with what Katherine said, God bless America.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Celebrating life as long as we can

I think I've heard somewhere that the Queen of England celebrates her birthday for a week. 

Well, around here we seem to celebrate for A MONTH. 

Hope is now officially a big 6 year old, so we can move on from this topic, BUT I do have pictures to share from the last few days...

Paul and I decided it was time to upgrade her bike, and kept this gift a total surprise.


Next up, we gotta get those training wheels off!

She also got some fun mail from Meemaw and Grandpa, which was THRILLING. But really, what about turning six isn't thrilling?

Thanks Meemaw and Grandpa!

And there has been enough sugar consumption to last her till, well, FOREVER.

And enough renditions of HAPPY BIRTHDAY for all of us....

But after some sad news on Hope's birthday, (not ours, but of a friend) it feels alright celebrating life as long as we can.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Hope Elizabeth,

As of 2:12 this afternoon, you will officially be six! 

I do believe we started counting down around February, so I know how excited you are about this day!

Of course it's exciting for mommy too, but it also makes me cringe a little bit.

I love watching you grow, but I also want you to stay little.

This last year has been a big one for you.

With your biggest adventure being kindergarten.

Being in school full-time has been a big adjustment for you. It's not that you don't do well, because you do, it's just been hard for you to be away from mommy.

You and I have always been attached at the hip, so sometimes the separation has been really difficult for you.

But your teacher always raves about you, and I'm amazed at the changes you've made in just one school year.  You are tackling reading and math like it's no big deal!

You take pride in your friendships and the fact that you've never moved your clip down for bad behavior. Your daddy and I take pride in that too.  Trust me, we are very proud of how well you have done in your kindergarten year.

You really do keep daddy and mommy on their toes, and sometimes all we can do is look at each other and laugh.

You are a seriously funny child.

Bu you know how I would best describe what you add to this family? Hope, you add spice.

And I am so thankful for that flavor and spice. I pray that you always live life with your trademark zest, vigor, and sass, and that nothing slows you down.

Hope, I pray for you. I pray for you physically, emotionally, relationally, mentally, and spiritually.

And I pray that you understand that God has big plans for your life.

Hope Elizabeth, I thank God for you and cannot wait to watch you flourish this next year!

Happy birthday, baby girl!

I love you,


Monday, April 15, 2013

Coming of age

These days we are chest deep in baseball. 

There are several practices a week, and baseball related jargon on the tips of our tongues daily. 

So with all that baseball on the brain, we were in for a real treat Saturday night.

Paul worked it out so that Pierce's whole team could go to a Hot Rods game! The Hot Rods are a Bowling Green baseball team, I guess minor league? I'm the wrong person to say really, but anyways, it was our first time to a game.

Originally I assumed Paul would be taking Pierce, but he had to work a job fair there, so that mean ol' mommy had to get him there.

Baseball is not my idea of a good time, but I'm usually game for whatever. I imagined fun food, and lots of cute moments to capture.

But as we were walking out the door...

"Mom, please don't yell, cry, or take pictures of me at the game tonight."

I guess I've scarred the poor children and they think I will behave like it's a Borden game. Whateves.

"Okay, sure, I will behave."

Of course, I still had intention to drag in my big camera, but he plead with me again.

"Mom, please don't take pictures at the game. You will embarrass me."

And with that, I knew that Pierce was serious. He did not want me to act up in front of his friends, and I realized that I do in fact embarrass him. Kinda sad for me, but I guess he's growing up.

I did get the yummy food I had envisioned, and I did manage to sneak a picture or two with my cell phone.

But I was very subdued and quiet, and did my best not to embarrass Pierce.

I think Pierce had a great time with his friends, but as we were driving home he acted kind of bothered about something.

"Mom, if we go again, I want you to yell and take pictures."

"Oh you do?"

"Yeah, I do."

 Maybe he is coming of age, but I guess he still likes me some.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Is this a girl thing? Or a Hope thing?

You know I'm not very savvy with technology, so I'm hoping this video I uploaded to YouTube shows up here. 

I just had to capture some of my daughters dramatic flare on video. She has lost two teeth already, so losing another really wouldn't cause so much drama. Or at least one would think so, right?

She was in the bathtub last night and started hollering for me (hollering is such a Kentucky word) and oh my stars, the blubbering and carrying on. 

Is this just a girl thing? Or better yet, is this just a Hope thing? 

Thankfully, daddy came to the rescue.

And as quickly as the soap opera tantrum started, it just as quickly ended.

My goodness she wears me out some days.

But that little bundle of fiery drama, also delights my soul.