Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day, John!


Day one of fatherhood: hanging out with Nate in the hospital room (He's kinda cute...what do I do now?)

















Napping with Baby Jack at home. (I've got the hang of this cuddling thing.)


















In the delivery room with Maggie, diapering her up for the first time. (I'm a pro at this!)

















You are such a great Dad! I'm so proud to be your wife and the mother of your children. I couldn't have picked a better father for them. Your devotion and love are evident in how you work, play, discipline, pray, tease, laugh, cuddle, wrestle, teach, and protect them. I thank God for you every day!

Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Family Divided?

LSU advanced to the College World Series championship series (best 2 out of 3) on the strength of their skillful pitching game and monster bats. They defeated Arkansas 14-5 yesterday--it was never close. Four home runs and six shutout innings put the game away. This team reminds me of Skip Bertman's dynasty of the 1990s when LSU won 5 CWS championships. Monday's game ought to be fun...


...because we'll be playing against TEXAS! Yes, I live in Texas and have many Longhorn friends. As is often the case, since the two teams rarely meet, I'll even cheer for Texas if LSU isn't in the picture.

Not this time, obviously.

The kids and I will be wearing our purple and gold proudly (and loudly, so Daddy won't miss it), even if Daddy pulls out the burnt orange (a rare sight but you never know). The van will keep its Tiger paw, the front yard its LSU flag. My Cajun neighbors and we will hunker down together, weathering the storm of local indignation WHEN WE WIN IT ALL!!!

GEAUX TIGERS!!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Berry Picking Day

My kids love to go berry picking. So do I. Last summer we went twice, and this morning was our first visit to Bailey's Berry Farm in Sadler, TX. The freeze of April 7 got most of their blueberries, but the blackberries are looking good!

Jack picks a beautiful one! Look how he's concentrating.

Nate is a fantastic picker. Don't you love the floppy hat? When he'd find a bush particularly full of ripe berries, he'd yell out to me, "Jackpot, Mom!"

Maggie helped Maw-Maw Marty fill her bucket.

About half-way there!

Teamwork! They had a great time.

The weather was gorgeous--very breezy so the sun didn't bother us a bit. I'm sure if we'd waited a few hours we'd have wilted quickly, but going early was perfect.

Maggie helps M-M Marty fill her bucket. Almost there!

Tired out! Glad our bucket is loaded.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

New Facebook Address

I don't know how useful this is going to prove, but it seemed worth the effort (all of 10 seconds and a few clicks)--I registered for my personalized Facebook address: www.facebook.com/kelley.mathews. Come on by and see what I'm up to.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My Sweet (toothed) Daughter

Yes, she's licking the icing off the ginormous beater. Cream cheese icing...good taste!

But okay, bad hair day.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Summer is Here

I've been quiet on the blog mostly because things are hopping at the homefront. Last week my second-grader retired that phase of his life and began his summer sabbatical before tackling third grade. His younger brother now proclaims, quite often, that he will start Kindergarten in the fall. He's truly excited about the whole idea of starting school (Mom is excited to hear that). And little sister knows that she won't get left out of the fun because she'll be attending a local pre-school twice a week.

So yes, Mama here will have a whole 10 hours a week to experience life without children hanging around. What a concept! Still thinking through what projects and relationships are going to benefit from that :).

But for now, I live and breathe children, since all of them are home. All the time. We swim, we play computer games, we Wii :), we nap, we read, we swim, and we eat. Attempting to keep a routine of sorts so they don't overrun me with "i'm hungry" or "when can we....?" We'll see how it goes!

Daddy works abbreviated hours, in the sense that he's off on Fridays. We are hoping to make some Friday memories this summer. He's anticipating a week-long canoe trip in MN later this month, possibly a family vacation in July, and a birthday (ok, so he's not really anticipating that one, but it's coming).

I am hoping to travel abroad--should find out soon if that's a go. I'm also leading a Bible study at my home (can you say "clean house"??) with some friends from MOPS, going through Sandi Glahn's Premium Roast with Ruth. Lotta good stuff in that one. My mom will be coming to visit, probably during the hubby's canoe trip (backup). And we plan to go berry picking again, probably next week. Blackberries, anyone??

Flexibility is the game out here. Any friends who want to come hang out, just call! The guest room is open (unless Grandma has claimed it first). :)

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Sad But True

A friend recently forwarded this quote to me.

"Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money."
- Jules Renard