Monday, August 18, 2014

a little catching up from the last week

We took the kids to the local drive in movie on Friday evening a week ago! I am a little behind. It was the first time for me as well.
Saturday evening, we went to a faculty party for Tim's school.
Last week, I shopped for birthday party good, started Tuesday folders, went to a PTO meeting, made food, had lunch with Tim and the kids at their school on B Boy's birthday, took birthday pictures of the kids, and had my last trip in the school carline for a while!

This past Friday, the kids were out of school, so we hung out at home and then I took them to CFA for ice cream and playtime. Saturday was their birthday party and I will share more on that another day!
Yesterday, we spent the afternoon after church, going through the kids' rooms and finding things to throw away and donate. It was a very productive afternoon!
Today, I'm catching up from the weekend, cleaning the house and running a few errands.

And I have a question. I have read a couple of blog posts lately where people have expressed not writing about their kids as much now that they are getting bigger. One even mentioned not invading their privacy as much. What do y'all think about that? At what point in sharing about them is invading privacy? I've always wanted to document things here to look back and remember our life. I don't feel like I'm invading their privacy, but is anything I put here doing that? I'd love to hear thoughts on this topic.

 Happy 8th birthday B Boy!
I started taking pictures of them every year around their birthdays :-)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

my nine year old girlie

How do the years fly by, but yet, the baby years seem SO long ago?

C Girl, I just cannot believe that you are nine. 
In nine years, you will start your senior year in high school. 
I'm just not ready for that. 

I remember putting that crepe paper on your chair for your first birthday party. I had wanted everything to be so girly and perfect. The next year, I had a two year old and one year old and we had literally JUST moved to Paris. I did a joint cake (B did get a smash cake and he cried most of the party) and had a few decorations, and I think, pizza at the community center. We have only a couple of pictures from that party. Motherhood of two littles rocked my world.  Things got a lot better after that first year and we ended up with a great routine and I found my place as a momma.

You have always been the child that has stretched me the farthest.
You are just you, and it took me the first few years of your life to figure that out.
Honestly, I'm still figuring it out. There is just no set way to describe except, you
People who know you, know exactly what I mean.

You have changed so much in the last few years from how shy you were before in social situations. 
It has been so awesome to see how easily you interact with other kids and adults now!
You just started 3rd grade and this is a big year for you. You started this year with so much confidence and enthusiasm and I am just so very proud of you.

You and I are alike in so many ways, and I think that is why we butt heads a lot.
I have to be your momma right now, but I pray when you grow up, that we will be best friends.
You are strong, spirited, sweet, sassy, smart, silly, and oh, so mischievous!

I know I'm partial, but you are so beautiful. I pray that your beauty from inside always shines through. It will always make your outer beauty so much better.

You will always be my beautiful brown-eyed girl and daddy's sweet, sweet baby. 
I will always remember how he sings to you every night- Twinkle, Jesus loves me, Jesus loves the little children, Jed, your song, and most recently, Angel Dream.

You turned our world upside down from the day you were born and we could not love you more! 
No matter how rough some days are, you are our precious baby girl, always.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

my eight year old boy

B Boy, you are eight today!

I just finished bawling my eyes out. I found your school journal from last year. 
You wrote in it every few days. It was the most precious thing ever to see your thoughts written down over a year. It was like a written blog. I will treasure it forever.

You have the most precious heart and personality. You are a friend to everyone you meet.

People always say that there is something really special about a momma and her boy. 
I'm so thankful for our times together. I know sometimes, I get frustrated when you are constantly talking and telling stories. I'm going to try harder not to be. You are so creative and smart and I want to listen to everything you have to say.
the day you were born.
 big sister loved you from the moment she saw you!
 Oh, your twinkly eyes and happy smile!
 2 years old. you have always been such a boy!
 3 years old!
3 years old. You have always loved playing guitar with daddy! Maybe a family band one day?!
 3 years old. You have always been my snuggler.
 4 years old. You have loved ball since you first set eyes on one when you were a baby.
 5 years old. You are so funny and silly! And a lover of superheroes!
 6 years old. You started kindergarten and you loved it!
7 years old. You had an awesome 1st grade year! You read so much, love Legos, and learned to ride your bike!
7 years old. You are such a handsome boy and such a joy to be around!
And now you are eight and I just cannot wait to see what this year holds. I love you so much more than you will ever know. I'm so thankful God surprised us with you! It ended up being the best surprise I could ever imagine!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tim McGraw concert

We went to see Tim McGraw at the AMP on Thursday evening.
This was our first time at the AMP. We arrived, parked and walked towards the gate. The line to get in the gate (gates were not open yet, but about to be) was probably literally a mile long. I'm not sure what time people began lining up. We sort of meshed in to the line as it was going in. I know it sounds wrong, and I felt awful, but there isn't a law that says people had to line up or enter the gates in any certain order. I really did not like the line deal. 
Once we were in and found a nice spot, we were able to check out the facility and people watch.

The first opener of the night was Cassadee Pope. She was great! I love "Wasting all these tears" and "I wish I could break your heart."

Next was Kip Moore. We really enjoyed him too!

What I did not enjoy was how many people walked back and forth over us. We were right by the sidewalk aisle and everyone had to go get more alcohol every five seconds. 
If all they wanted to do was drink, they should have stayed home and saved some money! 

Finally, it was time for Tim!!! We saw him in Little Rock in 2003, but I think this show was much better! We had great seats and he sang so many songs!!! I'm listing them below.
I was in love with Tim McGraw while I was growing up and know almost every word to all of his songs.
I tried to really just enjoy the concert without using my phone much. I noticed how much people had their phone cameras out to take pictures or video. It made me wonder how much people experience first hand vs. through a phone camera.

Tim introduced his band members and his keyboard player is from Fayetteville, AR and his drum player is from Hope, AR. OF COURSE, the audience went crazy and then also called the Hogs!!!

It was a great, great show and we had an awesome time!!!
"One of Those Nights"
"Real Good Man"
"I Like It, I Love It"
"Southern Voice"
"Red Rag Top"
"Down on the Farm"
"Southern Girl"
"Just to See You Smile"
"Better Than I Used to Be"
"Lookin' for That Girl"
"Please Remember Me"
"Back When"
"Keep on Truckin'"
"Meanwhile Back at Mama's"
"You Are So Beautiful"
"The View"
"Highway Don't Care"
"City Lights"
"Where the Green Grass Grows"
"Two Lanes of Freedom"
"Indian Outlaw"
"The Cowboy in Me"
"Truck Yeah"
"Something Like That"
"Felt Good on My Lips"
"Live like you were dying"

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sparacino family summer vacation Day 8 US Olympic Training Center and heading home

So, I'm finally posting the last post of our vacation back in June. Oh well, life happens!

We visited the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs the final day of our vacation!
The kids were very into the winter Olympics in Sochi this past year and it was so fun watching it with them. 
I have always loved watching the Olympics. 
The first Olympics that I actually remember was Barcelona in 1992 when I was 11 years old. My favorite things to watch were always women's gymnastics and ice skating.

We had a great time touring this facility and learning things along the way! The video they show you before you start the tour will almost make you ugly cry, but in a good way. It was a montage of great Olympic moments and it was SO moving. And they used "I believe I can fly" as the song. Geeeeezzzz!
The kids were enamored with this spot in the visitor center.
I didn't even know Olympic shooting was a thing!
The facilities were awesome and the views of Pike's Peak were stunning!
Countdowns to the next winter and summer Olympics!
After leaving the training center, we left for the drive home. We stayed overnight in Salina, KS and finished the drive the next day.

We very much enjoyed this vacation. We desperately needed those 9 days together without the stress of home or work. We saw some very cool things and made some very special memories. I, for one, am a huge fan of car trips. I'm looking forward to where the road might lead us in future vacations!
Home sweet Home!