March Inn

Why"March Inn?" March Inn was the name of that magic place where I spent my summers growing up. I have alluded to this place before, and I probably will again. March Inn is no longer standing. The waters of Katrina rendered it unlivable so my children will never know that "March Inn." That makes me sad. In fact it brings me to tears whenever I think about it. I want my children to have their own "March Inn," and I want to capture our lives as they are growing and changing. I invite you to "march inn" to our lives. My hope is that you will catch glimpses of the real world. You will see our creations. You will see our chaos. You will see our affection. You will also see our frustrations, fears, and disappointments. Enjoy your march!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Star Light, Star Bright

Hello out there ~

I sure do have a lot of life to catch you up on, but for the moment I will start with today ~ the present, the here and now, what's happening currently or at least the last couple of days or maybe even a week.

Last Sunday after church, Betsy and I took a moment out of preparing for a neighborhood block party to play peek-a-boo.

It is such a blessing and so much fun to have neighbors who we love and want to spend time with.  There has been a fair amount of turn-over on our street over the last couple of years.  Not everyone knows each other so Frank and I decided to host a block party where we could "mingle and jingle" while grabbing a bite to eat and getting to know one another a bit better.  It was fun, if I do say so myself.  These boys would certainly agree!
Monday, we had the pleasure of hosting our small group for dinner.  No pictures but a good time was had by all.  They are some of our favorite people and they certainly know what is going on in our lives more than anyone else.

On Tuesday, Betsy and I helped out in Stephen's classroom as they sampled each other's favorite foods.  Interestingly, there were lots of noodles and sweet breads but no cookies.  My favorite was Santa Fe Soup which is something we all love in this house. 

Wednesday, um, I don't remember.  Oh yea, I went to the doctor for a physical.  You know I would never think of missing a well-child visit for my children, and I always see my OB once a year, so I knew I needed to make this a priority.  Then the big three had dentist appointments after school.  For the first time ever, I wished I had a cool phone that would take pictures.  The dentist's office probably didn't know what hit them when our clan arrived.  Not only did we have three appointments to get teeth cleaned, but I had to have a cavity filled.  Sweet Betsy put her head on my chest, and remained that way the entire time my tooth was being filled.  Then it was time for Dr. Jason to check the children's teeth.  The boys climbed in the chair together and were checked in tandem.  Definitely picture worthy!
And then there was Thursday, which served as the inspiration for this blog title.  First off, Betsy received her third set of tubes while having her adenoids taken out.  It was a long morning for me and for her.  She had on this same hospital gown, and I was trying to pass the time while we waited, and waited, and waited some more for the doctor so I was singing everything that I could think of with the word "star" because of the stars on the gown.  Go ahead sing along "Star light, star bright first star I see tonight, wish I may wish I might have this wish I wish tonight."  And well then I was actually just singing anything I could think of to engage her and keep her mind off of the fact that she couldn't have her cup of milk.
After a nap for Betsy and a shower for me, we went to Walker's Christmas program.  This was the first year that they did something more than singing.  They put on a version of The Christmas Story, and it was pretty cute if I do say so myself.  Check out Walker giving us the high sign.  

He was hilarious.  We were sitting towards the back so I didn't have a great view, but I could hear my little boy belting out the words to Away in the Manger and Silent Night as well as some other Christmas favorites.
 This sweet girl really just wanted to be in her bed...
 I thought a cookie might help...
 ...and it did eventually!
 Thursday evening Mary Frances lost her 8th tooth.  She is getting so BIG!
That brings us to Friday which we affectionately call "Mama Day."  Did you know that left-over pancakes make an awesome snack?
On mama days, Walker gets to help decide what we are going to do.  This week it was the McWane Center to see the trains.
 ...and a picnic in Daddy's office.  Fun times! 
So after all that I had to say I doubt that you stuck around but if you did you will know that I hope you have a great Saturday.

And if you were wondering, I'm wishing that this will be the last set of tubes Betsy needs and that they keep her comfortable and capable of hearing.

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