Monday, May 23, 2011

A bat, a ball, and a boy

   Well, the first night of All-Star Baseball Practice was tonight...2 hours of it! But Joseph loved every minute, so how could I be anything but happy? I have to admit, we are a sports loving family! We got his schedule also for the next month, and it looks like tournaments/games just about every Saturday & Monday through June, with practices in between. And some of those tournaments continue the next day (and the next day...) as long as we are winning. Well, who wants to lose?!
   It's already a busy time of the year....Jessi & Jaimee both go to Impact camp June 6-10, Jessi goes to another camp, Snowbird, the week following that while we start Vacation Bible School on the 12th. VBS is probably the busiest yet most satisfying week of my life each year! I absolutely love it! I like to plan my week-long trip to the lake at the end of VBS's my much deserved rest after such a busy week. Well, wouldn't you know it, the day we are scheduled to leave, Joseph has a ball tournament in Vidalia...but the girls will go on up, and we'll join them as soon as we can! I think I will take the whole month of July, and not plan one thing to do, unless it involves relaxing!
    Right now, I'm off to sit on my front porch, glass of ice tea in hand, and just listen to the evening sounds....

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lazy Lake Daze

   One more day until school is officially out! It's a half day today, so my plan is to pack some snacks & drinks, do a quick clean around the house, pick the kids up from school and then head to the lake for the afternoon. We purchased a new boat last weekend, and everyone's chomping at the bit to try it out! Boating is a hobby we happened upon 8 years ago, when a friend had his boat for sale, and he happened to ask Les to "try it out"...we did, and we've been hooked ever since. We enjoy the family time together... it's one of the few things that will entertain 4 kids (age range 10-21 yrs. old) and the parents as well. But the greatest enjoyment for me is being right in the middle of God's creation. I absolutely love nature, and if there was ever anyone who appreciated the glorious creation that God blessed us with, it's me! We marvel at the tiny tadpoles we see in the water's edge, and gaze at the clouds, trying to pick out the shapes that we see in them, and we enjoy the cool refreshing of the water on a hot summer's day. And it's all FREE! We serve an awesome God...I hope you slow down this summer and get outside and enjoy what God has provided!
   Well, we're back from our afternoon on the lake....very relaxing, and just before we left Jaimee looked up and said "Doesn't that cloud look a lot like Pegasus?" Indeed it did! I couldn't get my camera out fast enough to snap the picture...but it was so clear I can still see it in my mind! Now off to bed....this chick is gonna sleep well tonight!
    ♥ Sheila

Monday, May 16, 2011

I Can See the Light at the End of the Tunnel!

   It's Monday, and the very last Monday of this school year. It's been a long time coming, and I don't know who's happier to see or the kids! It's now time to slow down and enjoy some quality family time tennis team has ended, (though there will still be weekly practices) and Joseph's last ball game is tonight. His team ended in 2nd place this year, and Joseph had an awesome season!The busyness has been fun, but the slower pace of summer is always welcome.
   Summer will bring church camps for Jessi & Jaimee, my backyard filled with all the little neighborhood boys playing ball, late night swim parties with friends, evenings spent in the swing on the front porch, the always fun week of Vacation Bible School, and our much anticipated trips to the lake! I absolutely LOVE summertime!
♥ Sheila

The Storm before the Calm

After a month of not blogging due to pure busyness...I get back on and realize I never posted this blog you're about to read...well, it's a month old now, but one I simply must share!

You've heard the saying "the calm before the storm"? Well, I must say it was the opposite way around in the Jenkins' household the last week or so. That's why it's been a couple of weeks since I've blogged. Spring Break week was wonderful...didn't do anything, didn't go anywhere (other than a trip to the movies & bowling), didn't blog, etc. Very relaxing, I must say....and it's a good thing because the next week, it all turned to chaos around here! Jessi had region tennis, Joseph's baseball games began , I subbed in Joseph's class at school Tues.-Thurs., Jaimee had region Track on Thursday....and THEN came Prom weekend! It started last Thursday night when Jessi tried on her prom dress which we had just picked up earlier in the week from being altered...I was at work, and I get this phone call that sounded like a forced calmness that said I MUST come home immediately (luckily we live only a few blocks from our grocery store)...the dress had been hemmed too short! Now this may not sound like much, but to a 15 yr. old it was basically the end of the world! Fortunately, I missed the total meltdown she had prior to the calm phone call! What could I do? It was 10:30pm Thursday night...the prom was Saturday. After calming her down, I told her what all mama's tell their babies...."I'll take care of it". I didn't know how, but this was not going to ruin her prom. Next morning, she woke up with a better attitude and decided that she would just buy some flats. If she was ok with that, I would be, too. That day was to be our Prom Preparation Shopping Day...we left at 7:30am...1. Hair Extensions/Trial Hairdo 2. Shopping for a fancy pair of flats (many, many stores later, she finally found a pair she could live with...mourning the beautiful heels we had bought 5wks ago that she couldn't wear). Overall, it was a good day. Early Saturday morning we met with others from her class to help disassemble the EBA Prom which had been on Friday night. We had a hair appt. in Martinez, and much later than planned, we arrived back home to start getting ready for the Jenkins County prom. About 45 min. before Jessi was to be in Millen for pictures, she came downstairs for me to adjust her dress in the back. As I did, horror above ALL horrors, the zipper on the back of the dress separated! The zipper pull would not amount of trying could get it moved back down the zipper. Thus, there was no way to get the dress off, although at that point, I hadn't a clue what could be done. In my mind, I'm thinking that there's no way for her to go to prom, but as a mom, your mind keeps churning trying to figure out what to do next. Jessi's Aunt Phyllis came by about that time (Phyllis has always been there for Jessi in every crisis! I faint very easily, so it's been Aunt FiFi who has held her hand in the emergency room more times than I care to count!) Well, we decided we would sew the dress up...on her...the only way to do it! So, if we'd have videoed this episode, I'm sure we'd have won $1,000,000.00 Jessi had to lay on her bed, tears streaming down her face, on her stomach, with her dress pulled over her head inside out, while I held the zipper together, and Phyllis sewed it up. It was quite the ordeal, but she made it to pictures, and then to prom. It ended up being the best night of her life according to her!