Saturday, August 20, 2016

Preston is 8!!!











Preston Luke Parker how in the WORLD are you 8 years old??  It just doesn't hardly seem real.  I think the first years don't exactly fly--just being honest---but a wise woman that I have spent a lot of time with over my Mommy years once told me once they get in real school the time FLIES.  And it totally does.  Have to treasure the time I get with you and make the most of school breaks and Summers!

Closed down our Summer with a super fun pool party with the ALL of the boys in the 2nd grade invited.  We had  GREAT turnout--despite the rainy weather--and I am SURE this party will be the talk of the school for weeks to come.

I keep this blog because it is my scrapbook...and so I want to document how I feel right this moment.  I feel sometimes like I could never be a "good enough" mom to you Preston Luke because you are SO special.  We just found out last Spring officially that you are a Gifted student.  And for that I am SOOOO proud.  But that is not even your biggest strength.  You are so humble and kind and loved by everyone and sometimes I literally am blown away by your sweet spirit.  I pray to God to make me the Mom he would have me to me for you.  I know I fall short....every day....but I pray that I can be the Mom He would have me to be to you...because you are truly a gift from Him in every way.  I LOVE YOU PRESTON LUKE!  Happy Birthday!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Eureka Springs Family Trip 2016










Nana and Pop treated us to a wonderful trip to Eureka Springs, AR last week and it is one we won't soon forget.  So many fun things to do ....and so nice to have downtime as well.  We boated, ziplined, went to museums and caves, hit up Silver Dollar City, canoed/kayaked, had a spa day for the girls and of course had some great food...not ad SDC lol.  So much fun with family...especially "baby" Patrick.....Thanks so much Nana and Pop!

Dream Come True








If you know me at ALL, you know that I am a musical theater junkie.  No, really.  I know every word to my favs and have seen almost all of the shows every produced.  Can't get enough.  As a little girl...heck, as a big girl, I have always DREAMED of singing on stage in the lead role of a musical.  My top choices would be Elpheba (Wicked) and Eponine (Les Mis) but really any dream will do ...(get it???)

I auditioned for the Lead in Ruston Community Theater's production of Oklahoma and literally could not BELIEVE I got the role!  I felt silly trying out because...let's face it....I'm knocking on 40.  But I GOT IT!  I gave that audition my ALL--I really acted a fool---and I GOT IT!

Early in the process I was painfully aware that although my singing voice--and believe it or not my old person dancing skills--are pretty great.  My ACTING was a little lacking at first.  That coupled with the fact I had a LOT of love scenes with that cute cowboy I'm pictured with and I just was rattled...nervous, unsure of myself,...doubting....rattled.  BUT I STUCK IT OUT.  I had to totally get OUT of any sort of comfort zone...and in the end I thought my performance was on point!  Broadway is NOT calling...but on point for RCT!

Had a little sidetrack a week before the show when a show prop I was riding on catastrophically broke while I was on it and I ended up with 5 (yep, 5) staples in my HEAD......but I rallied and was at rehearsal the VERY NEXT NIGHT.  Look, you can't keep me down.  And, they weren't giving my part away...oh no way!

Preston had a TINY role in the show and of course he LOVED staying up late, eating junk food and playing on his iPad...oh yes and his role...lol.  But I was truly proud of some of the acting I saw from him onstage...he may have the bug as much as Mommy does.....

Gotta keep my figure and get some botox so I can hopefully have a few more years trying for leading lady roles.  It was a BLAST!!  So grateful to Jeff for essentially being Mr. Mom for months while I followed my dream...know not every husband would do that.

Until South Pacific 2017.....

Friday, July 8, 2016

Beach Pics 2016






Whoohoo!! Two blog posts in less than a month..I'm on a roll!!  Really, though, I just couldn't wait to post these.  Trying to decide what to print is going to be so hard.  Family (if anyone is still out there and hasn't given up on me...) which ones do you want!

I actually paid for the rights to get ALL of our old images on CD this year (dating back to when John Cole was 18 months old...) and I don't know that I don't love those even more!  But I do love where our family is right now.  I look at this bottom picture and am so proud of my little boys and love that Jeff Parker more that I did 4 years ago...and even then I didn't think it was possible.

Grateful for fabulous photographers and family memories....


Friday, July 1, 2016

Beach Getaway 2016







Actually embarrassed at how long it has been since I have logged onto this blog! Here are a few pics from our quick trip to Orange Beach this past week.  The boys had a BLAST---stayed at the beach ALL DAY and played in the ocean ALL DAY.  They are super tired!  Of course, you know how much I love the sun and sand.  Great times.  We enjoyed having sweet Miss Kelli along so that Mommy and Daddy could spend some time date nightin', running and sunning by ourselves.  A real treat and a real vacation!

Hope you are having a GREAT Summer....more later....

Monday, March 21, 2016

Loooooong time no blog











OOPS!  It looks as though I haven't blogged in three months.  Goodness, it's just not part of my daily routine and I just haven't gotten around to it.  Hopefully this gives you a glimpse of our winter months...and there have been some gorgeous sunny tennis days already and I can't wait for more! Happy Spring everyone!