Yesterday we celebrated Cory's birthday. We had a nice low-key day starting with church, an afternoon of football, dinner at Babes, presents, and homemade birthday cake for dessert. Yes, you read that right, I decided to make Cory's birthday cake this year. Christopher helped me pick out the decorations and got to choose the icing colors that we used, and of course he helped me decorate it too! I should have looked a little closer when were at the store getting the goods because the sprinkles he picked out were flavored...green apple and blue raspberry!!! Nice. Not exactly the kind of thing you want to top your cake with but we went with it and Christopher said they were very good. I attempted to make the cake into the shape of a golf flag on a green. My sweet husband kindly pointed out to me that most golf flags are square, but I thought the cake would be cuter with a triangular flag. I'm certainly no pro but I don't think it turned out too bad for my first try at a "shaped" cake.
See where Christopher wrote "Daddy" with the icing pen? Not too bad for a three year old, huh?
Happy Birthday to the best husband and father anyone could ask for! We love you!!
Monday, 19 January 2009
Posted by The Locke Family at 14:17
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Sad but true. I haven't bothered to bore the blogging world with my volunteer work nightmare but I think that it is time.
Many of you know that I am a member of the Junior League of Plano. I completed my Provisional year in the Dallas League back in 2003 right before we left for St. Louis. I spent our time in St. Louis as a transfer into the JLSTL and earned three active years with very little work. That League is run very differently than either of the other two I've been in. After a year of being "lost among other paperwork" the Plano League finally had all my info and I officially transfered in there last year. I really like the Plano League the best of the three I have served in. I have lots of friends that are members and have met some cool people too. I like the projects that they offer and basically find it as a nice adult outlet for me.
That being said, the JLP may become my breaking point over these next three months. I'll try to make this story as short as possible but I believe background info is always key so I'll do my best here.
About a week before Christmas the Chair for my committee (Trinkets to Treasures or T2T) called me in desperation. She was relocating to Indiana and had to find a new Chair for this project. This was her second time to ask me this after I had already told her no once. I could hear the desperation in her voice and I felt sorry her with all that she had going on in her life. So I reluctantly told her that I could step in and take over for her. There was a small period of grace over the holidays while I occasionally reminded myself that I had agreed to this. I casually looked over her things and notes for this project and thought, well this will fun and a good way for me to increase my involvement in the JLP. The holidays ended and so did my little community service fantasy. Basically since January 5th, my e-mail inbox has been flooded with e-mails from all over the JLP asking me questions that I don't know the answer to, asking me for numbers and budgets that I have no idea where to find, complaining to me about poor communication, asking me for keys to storage facilities, warehouses, and to get U-haul rentals. E-mails telling me that rooms have been wrongly booked and meetings have been double scheduled.
It hasn't taken me very long to realize that I. did. NOT. sign. up. for. this. Maybe at some point in my life when my children are in school five days a week but right now my life consists of caring for my little ones and that is exactly how I want it. I am happy to commit some of my time to the community and want to do so but this I fear is going to require far too much of my time.
Alas this brings me to the title of this post. For the past two weeks, every time I have sat down at the computer I have found myself up to my ears in Junior League. By the time I finish with that, someone is awake from their nap, or it is way past my bedtime. I will try to get back on the blogging bandwagon once I get a handle on this but in the meantime, please be patient with my lack of posting.
Posted by The Locke Family at 13:45
Sunday, 4 January 2009
Our little Lucy turned 9 months old yesterday! She continues to be such a blessing to our family. She has her daddy wrapped completely around her little finger, especially after these last two weeks where he has been home with us! I know she is really going to miss him tomorrow! Lucy loves to smile and she just melts our hearts. She's accomplished several milestones this month, and I have a feeling their going to just keep on coming as this little girl continues to grow way too fast!
- Crawls all over the place! She definitely prefers to be on the ground rather than anyplace else (except Mommy or Daddy's arms)!
- Pulls up on some furniture. Most of the time she just pulls up to her knees but yesterday she made it all the way to a standing position and she was so proud!
- Eats a little bit of table food. She's been introduced to the Gerber Puffs, Cheerios, and yogurt. All of which she thoroughly enjoyed!
- Mimics certain sounds.
- Waves hello and goodbye.
- Has two teeth and no sign of any others on the way.
- Loves her toys that make noise and play music.
Posted by The Locke Family at 18:01