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Saturday, May 30, 2009

5/30 Dale McGowan Parenting Beyond Belief seminar

Pics from the Dale McGowan Parenting Beyond Belief seminar at CFI Indiana

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

5/17 Earth Scouts Hike @ Southeastway park

The Earth Scouts!
Andrew & Nadine
Dane on a tree                                                            Aiden on the slide
Daddy & Aiden
Aiden exploring a hollowed out tree
Joe helping identify tree species
Joe teaching the kids

Has the curse been broken?

As I sit here at my desk contemplating the days events, I cannot help but feel a bit silly. After 2 years of bad happenings on Aiden's birthday party day we finally had a year without event. I didn't see it coming, the feeling of fear that stirred in the pit of my stomach yesterday.

After nearly losing Aiden, and thinking I would see my friend be shot in the head, I really needed this year to be different. It had to be. I couldn't handle another traumatic event.

The day went off without a hitch! We had Aiden's party, the family came over, and we just enjoyed the day with the kids. Krista came over with her kiddos after the party and we sat on the deck while the kids played in the back yard.

It's tomorrow now, and I'm feel a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. Somehow the curse of Aiden's Birthday party has been broken!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

5/16 Aidens 3rd birthday party

Today we had Aidens 3rd birthday party. He received more Tractors than we know what to do with. haha! He had a great time, and we enjoyed seeing the family. It's hard to believe he is 3 years old already. It still seems like his 1st birthday was last year. Happy Birthday Aiden!

5/15 Gabby & Aiden on Aiden's birthday

These are just a few pics of Aiden and gabby after our meeting at the CFI on Aidens birthday.

5/14 Andrew's meet SMS vs Perry

Andrew ran the 1600 today in 6:01. He did good considering he did not have his spikes.

A Fish that sits like a bird.

5/12 SMS Spring concert 6th & 7th grade band.

Tonight was Andrew's 6th Grade Band spring concert. The 6th grade band played 3 songs, and the 7th grade band played 3 songs as well. They did a great job!

Monday, May 11, 2009

5/10 Mothers day

Mothers day was sweet. The kids gave me 4 jumbo pixie stix, homemade cards, Season 1 of Sex & the city, and a Juno DVD.

Our SHHH (Secular Humanist Heathen Hoopla) Moms night out was on Mothers day weekend too! It was the best turn out yet.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

5/10 The adventure of being alive!

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.
(The Invitation, Oriah Mountain dreamer)

Often times in life we find ourselves taking the "high road". We do the right thing not because it is what our heart desires, but because it's what is right for those we love the most in our lives.

Being selfless is supposed to be honorable. It's supposed to feel good. What are you supposed to do when the right things feels anything but right?

I suppose we have to make sacrifices in our lives for spiritual growth. And for this sacrifice we will find some sort of karmic blessing for this. In the end it's supposed to be worth it. Right?

I heard a friend say that the right decision is usually the hardest one to make. I'm sure she couldn't be more right. If doing right things were easy, we'd all be on the right path!

I want to show my children that sitting with their pain, and suffering through doing the right thing is worth it. That doing good is rewarding, even when you have to sacrifice big things to do so.

I don't know...maybe I am over thinking life, as usual, but I'm pretty sure I'm not.

Here's to doing the right things in life, and being patient enough to see it come into fruition! I don't know if I am ready to risk looking like a fool for the adventure just yet, but I do hope to get to that place someday. I hear it's complete bliss!

This is my Aiden, climbing a tree (age 2). The one with an adventurous spirit!

5/7-5/8 2009 Southern Indiana trip

Nadine and I went on the Southern Indiana trip with the 4th grade class this year. We had a good time, and got to see a lot of really neat places!

5am. 2 kids. Check! 2 donuts. Check! 2 cups of Coffee. Check! Time to get on the road!

Nadine and Mommy on the bus, and ready to go!

Avery and Nadine at Zimmermans glass factory

Mrs. Wards class at Merengo Caves

Friends at Angel mounds

Nadine & Mackenzie at Angel mounds!

Nadine & Mackenzie at Groussland

Mackenzie and Nadine at Vincennes University!

Kids on the bus working on their study packets

5/7/09 Track meet SMS vs Belzer

Andrew got PR today at his home meet. He ran the 1600 (1 mi.) in 5:53, and the 2400 in 9:01!!!