Totally Random Nonsense & Proud Mommy Moments…

Blah!  Great way to start an entry, huh?!  Well, I’ve been in a big ‘ol funk and I don’t think I can find a shovel big enough to scoop myself out.  I’m trying not to let it get me down, but some things are easier said than done.  Hopefully I am not the only adult in the world that feels like screaming, crying, laughing hysterically, and flailing around like a two-year old having a full on temper tantrum, every once in a while! Then again, I’m not sure that would even help…just make me look like a fool and get me a one way ticket with the white coats! lol..Anyway, enough of that!  I thought I would share more of my “Proud Mommy Moments”!

I mentioned in my previous post, “Yesterdays Mail”, that both of my girls seem to be really enjoying school…well, as much as any kid really enjoys it, but we haven’t had too many complaints.  Malerie (9) is doing well already.  She aced her first spelling test and wrote a story about “The Girl Who Always Smiled”.  It is always quite funny when you get a chance to get inside Mal’s head and find out what’s going on in there!  This story was sad and hilarious all at the same time.  The girl, Stella (have no clue where she came up with the name), was being picked on at school, because her face got stuck in a huge smile.  The kids at school wanted to know why she smiled all the time and why she was talking funny.  Stella became upset because she was being picked on so much and she didn’t know why her face had gotten stuck, so she stood up for herself and told the other kids that it wasn’t nice to pick on other people for the way they look (written in capital letters, and all!) and the kids finally left her alone.  It was sad, to me, that my little girl wrote a story like this…about a girl being bullied for her appearance, but at the same time I was proud that she ended her story with the girl doing something about it and standing up for herself.  The hilarious part was her reading/shouting the story to me and the pictures that she drew of Stella and the other kids.  I love the fact that my kids have crazy imaginations, but can somehow put a real life issue into perspective at such a young age.  Kinda makes me feel like I’m doing something right.

I also mentioned last time that, Madelynn (11), has started volleyball.  Her first game was last week, she wasn’t able to play because she had broken a blood vessel in her wrist, but they won!  Last night was the first home game and she got to play.  This is the second sport that she has ever been in.  Over the summer both girls were in fast pitch soft ball for the first time and seemed to adjust and do really well.  Madelynn’s team has had practice every night after school and when she sets her mind on something, she really gets into it…she is constantly messing around with her ball in the yard.  I cannot begin to tell you the swell of pride I had while watching her play that game last night!  She is a rock star when it comes to serving the ball!  She had fans cheering for her in the bleachers!  They do two games up to 25 points and the third game is up to 15.  I was pretty impressed when they rotated around the first set and she served.  I was thinking, holy crap that was awesome!  The girls have to rotate out, too, but the coach kept her in and all but one serve was perfectly over the net!   She started the third game serving and it was, like, every time she served, the opposing team could not return it!  She had five points on the board!  I was seriously getting teary eyed watching her.  She is always so nervous about things, but she just looked so confident and it was like she had found this perfect spot in the floor and there was no stopping her!  The rest of her team played well, too.  They didn’t win last night, but they tried hard and that is all that matters.  I am definitely excited to see more!

So, there are two of my “Proud Mommy Moments” for the week!  I suppose I should get off of this thing and do some grown up type activity *groan*!

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Yesterdays Mail…

I have lots of things that I want to get posted on here, but I just haven’t had the time lately. The back to school routine should settle down here soon and I hope to have more time. Just like any other mom, I was more than ready for the ladies to head back to school, but this school year has had me a little nervous. Our oldest started middle school. I’m not sure why I’m freaking out, internally, that she is now in 6th grade. Maybe it’s because it doesn’t seem like all that long ago I was there, in the same school (it was our high school then), feeling shy and awkward, trying to remember which class I had next, that stupid locker combination that wouldn’t work because I was always getting my gym combo and hall combo confused? Or, maybe I just can’t come to terms with the fact that she is growing up too fast and that makes me feel OLD!! Yep, that’s it! I remember putting her pretty little face on the school bus for Kindergarten. I cried. Two years later, putting our youngest on the bus was a breeze! I teared up a little, but not like when Madelynn left that day. I think about this and wonder, why? I was used to having, at least, one of my girls home with me all day and now they are both gone. I should have been a mess..guess that episode is still a mystery, because I can’t figure it out! So, this school year starts. I took Madelynn for her open house. I was fine. I was fine until I got home from dropping them both off that first day and I lost it again! (I’m actually getting emotional writing this..Geez!) Malerie seems to love 4th grade, so far. When we found out who her teacher was going to be, I knew it was going to be okay for her, because she had the same teacher for Kindergarten. Madelynn is now in school sports. She is a little more adventurous, like her dad. I didn’t do sports in school..I was on the yearbook committee..Good enough! We are a full week in to school now and everything seems to be going good. Mornings are working out with less arguing than in past years and soon we will be going to Madelynns volleyball games.

On to the title and reason for this post..I got the mail yesterday and I teared up again. Don’t get me wrong, I usually feel like crying or destroying the mailbox when I get the mail, but I maintain because that’s not real mature! Anyway, yesterday the only thing in the mailbox was a light blue post card. On the label it said, “To the Parents/Guardian of: Madelynn”. I flipped it over, while pulled up to the mailbox, in the wrong lane of traffic (good thing we don’t have much traffic on our street) and read the following:

Dear Mom and Dad,

Wednesday our first day of  school went good as you know. I had Mr. Erb for a homeroom.

I love this school. It was hard at first but I like it a lot. We can chew gum and eat candy and have

our cell phones. The teachers are nice. Lockers are getting easier everyday, except for the fact I

need to clean it! The thing I don’t like is the locker is next to the bell. That is SO LOUD! Mrs. Bivins

is an awesome teacher. She is my teacher before the lunch!

Love, Madelynn

It may be strange to some, but that little post card, with her hand writing, telling us about school made me feel so much better. In the past the kids have received letters or post cards from their teachers, but we have never received anything like that. It is a little hard to read, since she wrote it in pencil, but I plan on keeping that with all of her other school memories. Once again, it’s the simple, little things in life that make me happy or feel better. That little blue post card was the highlight of my day..all because I got yesterdays mail.