Thirteen years ago today, I married the love of my life.
To celebrate such a momentous occasion, we drove to Marquette for orthodontist appointments.
And since our three beautiful daughters are the greatest thing that the two of us have accomplished in these thirteen years (even if their teeth aren't perfect), we spent the day exploring with them. We walked halfway to the lighthouse out on Presque Isle (I wouldn't let them go further, much to their chagrin) and found hundreds of beautiful rocks on the beach. We also went shopping, which is something we have to do in Marquette since they have these amazing things called stores there. Like Target, Menard's, and Michael's.
We did manage to arrange some babysitting for the three princesses while we headed off to an anniversary dinner at a fancy schmancy restaurant. We couldn't have gone there without a gift card from some dear friends, and even after that generous gift we paid much more than we usually do on a night out to dinner. But, thirteen years, you know. It's something to celebrate. And it was absolutely worth it.
Thirteen years, and he's still the love of my life.
I like to pretend that I am a SAHM of 3 beautiful little girls (well, I certainly don't pretend they are beautiful, and they really are mine...the pretense lies in the fact that I'm rarely actually staying at home). I'm married to Joel, Dr. Maestro Orchestra Conductor extraordinaire. When I'm not working on my mother of the year status, you can find me singing professionally, teaching voice lessons at the University or in my home, taking lots and lots of photographs, listening to opera, finding a good deal on groceries, reading a good book, or maybe even scrapbooking (that is, if I'm not blogging). Life is definitely overstuffed, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
Bria is 12 years old (!!!) and in her SECOND year of middle school. She is growing up into such a wonderful young woman, even though it's killing me to watch her childhood be left behind. She is enjoying school, unless you're talking about math, but her math tutor is helping her to at least understand why she has to do it. She gets up every morning at 6:00 to practice her violin and is beginning to play some really difficult stuff. She may tell you she hates it, but she loves it. I know this because a mom just knows these things. She doesn't feel that she has outgrown her American Girl Doll and loves her to pieces. She loves to read and has discovered that she really likes the fantasy genre. She is such a good girl who always tries to do what's right, help with her sisters and be a friend to everyone and I'm so thankful that she's my daughter.
Chloe is in the fourth grade this year, and absolutely loves school. She is always bursting with things to tell me (consonant clusters! science discoveries! art projects! playground drama!) as soon as she gets off of the bus each day. She is always drawing or creating something and loves to write sweet notes to people about how much she loves them. She has really taken off on the piano, and can spend hours playing each day. She especially likes to compose her own little songs and is quite good at it, too. She loves to read books about cute little puppies or kitties and still plays with her vast collection of Littlest Pet Shops often, but her favorite thing in the entire world are her American Girl Dolls, Rebecca and Chelsea. They are pretty much inseperable. Chloe is always ready with a hug and a kiss and a kind word and is a joy to be around.
6 years old and First Grader at last! Sophia is in love with school--everything about it. She loves riding the bus, doing work stations, recess, friends, and reading. Oh, and snack time. Can't forget that. She is such a delightful child, who is constantly telling us all of the hilarious thoughts that are running through her mind. She is so active that I can hardly keep up with her and is our first child to ever be interested in sports. She took up soccer this past summer, and is looking forward to doing it again when the snow melts. She would also love to do Karate, but since that probably won't happen, she finds solace in Super Mario Brothers. Don't let any of that fool you, though. She's also about as girly as any girl comes. She loves make-up, insists on wearing dresses and skirts to school every day, and loves Barbies and American Girl and dressing up. She started violin lessons this year and has masterd her Twinkles already, because she LOVES to practice. Almost as much as she loves Super Mario Brothers. She's such a fun kid who keeps me on my toes every minute!