Charlie: 7.5, Jackson: 5, Lillian: 10
1: What is something mama always says to you?
Charlie: Have a great day
Jackson: Goodbye, I love you when I'm going to school
Lillian: Clean your room
2: What makes mama happy?
Charlie: Having a date with me
Lillian: When the house is clean so she can relax and have fun with us.
3: What makes mama sad?
Charlie: When I get a yellow, orange or red
Jackson: When she lost her camera
Lillian: Us not cooperating with her or us getting hurt.
4: How does mama make you laugh?
Charlie: Telling some jokes
Jackson: Tickle my armpits
Lillian: Says funny things, tells me jokes and she says some things in this way that just makes me feel happy.
5: What was mama like as a child?
Charlie: Her Teddy bear. Oh wait, the middle kid - like me.
Jackson: I didn't see her when she was a little girl, I don't knoooooow
Lillian: Strict parents but a very happy child who usually did well in school and was very creative.
6: How old is mama?
7: How tall is mama?
Lillian: 5' 50" um... wait, that wouldn't work, probably 6'. Like 6' 5".
8: What is mama's favorite thing to do?
Charlie: Play with me
Jackson: Playing with me
Lillian: Hang out with us and be with family - play games with us.
9: What does mama do when you are not here?
Jackson: Go to Trader Joes
Lillian: Exercise, work and shopping
10: What is mama really good at?
Lillian: Photography and music, singing especially
11: What is mama not very good at?
Charlie: Drawing the best picture in the world
Lillian: Art - I mean she's good at it, but not amazing
12: What does mama do for a job?
Charlie: Runs this company called Marie Taylor Photography
Jackson: Cleaning the house
Lillian: She is a singer
13: What is mama's favorite food?
Jackson: Sweet Potatoes
14: What do you enjoy doing with mama?
Charlie: Having a date
Jackson: Playing Angry Birds with mama, but now it's going to be legos
Lillian: Eating sushi and watching Harry Potter
I know, two in one day, but I set this photo as my screen saver I love it so. Happy Mother's Day to me.
And just in case you were wondering, I did have a photo of Charlie smiling very sweetly, but this is him. Happiest kid in the world with a giant silly look. Jackson looking all coy and sweet, and Lillian with the exact same smile that I have. Love these three so much.
Yesterday started out as a normal day...well the new normal Jack and I are getting used to-bigs go off to school and we are left to our own devices. Breakfast (or greh-kest as Jack calls it) and a Target run. We returned, Jack settled down for Sesame Street (which he loves thank goodness as Charlie never really was a fan and I have missed it) and I went to work.
And then there was a knock on the door.
A package! Always a very exciting day when one receives a package-especially when you can see the FedEx guy pull up outside your window but know you haven't ordered anything. Today however was exciting, and a little scary as we have a bee problem. Like, a big bee problem. I don't really like opening my front door as they are zooming around, crawling behind my porch light, flying into my door and generally making me nervous for anyone who needs to come onto my porch for any reason.
But I got the package in and SCORE! Someone had gifted me coffee! Ok so it was in cans and not K Cups, but I have the ability for either and, my crafty brain started working, in cans of a lovely fall shade of yellow. A little burlap and ribbon and now I have three matching vases for some fall flowers. What a fabulous day.
Ok write a note to myself to see who could have possibly gifted me this coffee, go back to answering emails and editing and...
There was a knock on the door.
Ok so the bees aren't swarming like crazy, lets see if I can drag this package...oh wait, kind of heavy package into my house (heavy door, heavy package, frantic woman trying to not allow bees in ridiculousness ensued and GOT IT.) This package contained two books perfect for Lillian, a dinosaur book that the boys would love, and egg cooker...wow this person is very, very generous, and, Act mouthwash. Well. This is suddenly turning a little odd. Very odd.
So off I went to FB to see if I could figure out who could have possibly gifted me these nearly perfect items. Katherine! The day before we had received a beautiful leather bound journal with a horse on it. No note, but I could only assume it was for my horse loving daughter (who now believes she will write about adventures with HER horse in the pages.) So I said in my status, we received a package and who is our benefactor, and Katherine claimed responsibility.
Thank you Katherine! Charlie LOVES egg salad SO MUCH! He will be thrilled! I can only imagine the confusion when one gifts a leather journal and the response is egg salad! Yea for egg salad. So she asked the contents of the package. I listed them. Her response was "Do you really think I would give you mouth wash??" As not to hurt the feelings of my generous benefactor and shut down any further comments on this interesting choice of gift, I responded "I DO NOT KNOW WHO GAVE ME THESE THINGS."
And then there was a knock on the door.
The bees are now more active so I decide to go all the way around to get this third package. Good thing cause this one was heavy. Very heavy. I get inside, the bigs are home by now begging to get into the treasures that lay on the table and I open the box to find an ice cream maker. Now one may think that my danger senses may have been triggered by the mouthwash...but this is when it didn't get fun. I have a stalker. A stalker who knows WAY too much about me and my children...and perhaps is a little iffy on my breath. A STALKER I tell you! No random RAK is going to include an ice cream maker.
So finally the truth came out-for some reason my address was set as the default, thus sending me what we should have received (books) and all the rest. We had a laugh, Elizabeth angrily erased every address in her Amazon account and we said goodbye. Then suddenly, without warning, I begin laughing. The kind of laugh that you don't know if I am laughing or sobbing. The screeching laugh. Everyone came to check on me. So of course the only thing you can possibly do in this situation is call your sister, laugh uproariously on the phone while neither of you can understand a WORD that is being said because of said laughter and your children all look at you like you have lost. Your. Minds. Just another moment in the history of The Willis Sisters.
Today Bj's Father's Day wish was to set off a bottle rocket (I believe that is what they are called) just as he had done 25 years before. It was an interesting adventure-perhaps the rocket/parachute will be found one day, but it wasn't located by us so it was a very short adventure. But we did get some new photos along the way...
My girl...who needs a haircut or at least a far more talented hair dresser than her Mama. Ha.
My Charlie. Who looks so much older to me now that he is on his way to kindergarten. *sigh*
And then there is this kid, who OHMYGOODNESSGRACIOUS needs a haircut but as it is practically torture for him I tend to wait quite a while. It is ok though, he is still the cutest thing EVER. *doublesigh*
And now for Mama's adventure today. Please note, it gets a little graphic...FASCINATING but graphic. I saw a hawk. Just sitting there. So I went in for a closer look.
And he began to check me out too.
And here is where it got interesting. And further proof why I can never be a wildlife photographer...Please read about why I originally decided I could not be a wildlife photographer here.
Blurry as I totally jumped thinking the large bird with the dead thing was coming towards ME for a second. It then purched itself up on the fence, protecting its prey, one of the thousands of squirrels in our neighborhood.
Gross? Yes. Super stinking cool? Totally. :)
And with that, the weirdest Father's Day Post ever!
1. It has been a really really long time since I have ten on tuesday'd. Or blogged for that matter. Sorry about that. 2. I officially signed up for the Akron 1/2 Marathon. I will be running it with Katherine. Scared, super excited, and incredibly touched that I get to reach this milestone with my sister. It will be on the anniversary of me leaving the hospital...for the first time. 3. Just got an email today that I have been invited back to shoot for Janie & Jack again, not once, but twice. Yes, super duper pumped about this one. 4. Is it just me or has the iPhone also ruined you for typing. Double space for automatic period? Yup. Autocorrect (for all of its hilarious problems) ever so helpful? Oh yeah. It is like I forgot how to type on a real keyboard. 5. School is out tomorrow. Can I get a #yeabutnowtheyarehomeallthetimeandwhatamigoingtodobecausealltheydoissquabble #summerfun? 6. #talkinginhashtagsisfun 7. I need to get my act together and get some first and last photos together. Soon. 8. Can I say once again that I LOVE Mumford and Sons? And Lumineers? And Avett Brothers? And a bunch of other people? Whoa nelly. I love when I have other things I want to listen to besides Ben Folds :) 9. I ran my first 10k last night. I really need a better path-one that I can just keep going and not cross roads, but I really enjoyed running in my favorite neighborhood, picking out which house would be mind someday ;) 10. I have spoken a few times recently about my grandma who passed away a year ago, but I haven't mentioned y other namesake recently. This is my absolute favorite photo of her. It looks so much like how I remember her, yet obviously so much younger. I always think of her when I open a jar of jam (she made her own) and if the kids are doing something they shouldn't on the swingset. Off I go to tell her is what we would say. She called the fenced in yard where our swingset was "the pen." And she smelled of powder and had the softest shoulders. Funny the things you remember...
We had another wonderful day. Two excited bigs, and one content toddler with his free honey gift (Batman cave.) After present opening we had a lovely breakfast with the other Taylors, then a wonderful and unexpected dinner with the Jebber Family-boy are we lucky. Merry Christmas to all.
Just how Lillian and Charlie were at about this age, Jackson was just not having the story tonight-even milk did not disuade him from climbing down from Daddy's lap right after I took this photo. But it is ok because after milling around for a bit, he came to see me. I took this photo just as Daddy said "And to all, a good night."Good night...
Tonight we went caroling. Last year we randomly stopped at only one house, but this year we planned ahead and stopped at a few. Smiles and made up songs made for a very fun night. Thanks to the Jebbers for this shot of the carolers :)
Tonight we wrote letters to Santa which will appear in the hopefully soon to be completed 12 days album. Tonight we also enjoyed the first snow.
We bundled everyone up and went outside in the dark and Lillian, Charlie and I had an awesome snowball fight while Daddy pulled Jackson in the sled (Jackson said "WHEEE" with a big smile on his face.) After we were cold enough, it was inside for some peppermint hot chocolate with peppermint whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. It was just a perfect night.
Tonight was movie night and there was no way I could capture the night's fun in just one photo.
This year we watched Elf, which may actually end up in our collection as I didn't remember just how sweet it was. During the movie there was cuddling (which may have actually been Daddy biting Charlie,) playing some Batman, showing off an impressive Kraft dinner beard, smiling sweetly for Mama's camera, and proof that Lillian is my daughter and watches movies just like her Mama, with a huge smile on her face. Boy do I love my little family.