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Life is sooooooooooooo busy as a working momma of THREE kids... but, life is also full of so many "little" things...you know, those simple pleasures that really bring so much joy... I'm mostly thinking of the dopey things that my kids say and do that make me laugh... but also the little adventures we have or the day trips that we do... you think you will remember them all, but those memories really do fade over time. I am hoping to sit down once a month (ideally, once a week, but being that I hardly manage one decent shower a week, we'll aim for once a month for now! LOL) to detail those quotable quotes or beautiful little actions (or those not so much) as well as our family activities. I hope you enjoy!! :)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Two Boys & a Little Rose Meet the Lloyd Sisters

Four score and a lifetime or so ago, I was a young, single teacher just finishing her second year of teaching up in New York.  I was feeling restless.  Not quite sure what to do with my life, particularly, whether New York was the place for me or if I should move back "home" (-ish, hard to define "home" as a military brat).  So, I sent my resume down to Virginia and got called, nearly immediately, for two interviews.  The first one was at Montclair Elementary.  I instantly bonded with the first grade team there, particularly with whom would be my "next door" teacher - Angela Derecola.  Two interviews and two offers later, it was that instantaneous bond with the first grade team that had me packing my bags and accepting the job at Montclair.

Angela and I became friends instantly!  :)  We worked together, joined a gym together, traveled together, and enjoyed happy hours (especially those blue margaritas at El Paso!) together.  She was there when a certain police officer ran into some Montclair kids I knew at a bus stop and passed a cute little note to me through one of them.  Love was in the air for me by the end of that first year and, coincidentally, not too much longer after that for Angela!  In fact, we wound up only teaching two years together, side by side, since, by the end of the second year, Angela was taking a gamble on love and moving to New Jersey.

Of course, Angela came back to Virginia the next fall to be in my wedding.  And, I was in her wedding the following school year.  John and I were welcoming Patrick to the world around the time that she and Brian were thinking of starting their own family.
April 2004
 We took turns being pregnant, each time balancing each other out... me having two boys to her two girls (who have their own blog... check it out here: The Lloyd Sisters).  Angela decided to let me have the last turn, opting out of our maternity game after her second. ;)  We do the best we can with keeping in touch.  But, let's be real...two working mommas with young kids living life in two different states does not always leave much time to keep up.  However, we manage to...usually with marathon phone conversations on a non-school day, scheduled, at least in part, around nap time.  And, as the saying goes, you don't need to talk to your truest friends everyday.  You can very easily just pick up where you left off the last time, yet know, at a moment's notice, that they would drop everything if you needed them (and that you'd do the same)! :)

Lunch date to Chick-fil-a-
Summer 2011; Kids
played for HOURS while Ang
and I gabbed.  K was napping in the
infant seat! ;)
We try to see each other every year.  Patrick went to Kirsten's 1st birthday party (I spent the entire time chasing after him as he wobbled around after balloons weighted down by rocks that seemed to be EVERYWHERE... they are 13 months apart).  Kirsten came to Ryan's (they are 13 months apart, too!).

First summer playdate- Summer 2010,
Little Rose was in the belly
(gender still a mystery!)
We have had two summer playdates (although the last one was a simple lunch TWO years ago, so this was a novelty for all involved).  We had hoped to do a sleepover visit last summer because John was supposed to be out of town one week, but his trip got cancelled and we had to shuffle yearly physicals around for the boys and then, next thing you knew, the summer was DONE.  This year, I was determined to make it happen- especially since Angela turned the big 4-0 (to be clear, SHE'S OLDER... ;) LOL) in February and I was unable to make it up to her bash due to obligations of being a detective's wife.
Summer 2010- Ryan got big
brother practice with Addison!

In any event, the trip to New Jersey wound up being our summer finale!!  We headed up there last week on Monday and stayed through Thursday.  We enjoyed backyard fun (Angela + Kimberly + bottle of wine= Brian playing baseball with 5 kids) and day trips.  The BIG trip being the Philidelphia Zoo.  The kids, as they now "always" seem to do, got a long SUPREMELY well... any conflicts reserved to the siblings and meltdowns to overtired, we've-had-too-much-fun kids! ;)  In fact, on Tuesday morning the boys were already asking me if we were going to get to come back again!!  I had such a great time, too!  Angela has mellowed over the years... yes, she still can be a tad-bit obsessive (where is the class list??!), but, as a momma, she's super go-with-the-flow and allowed us to explode all over her house, be picky eaters, and even have a potty-training oops!  It truly felt like a vacation as it was incredibly great to be able to have such quality, relaxing time to catch up!!!

But, alas, all good things must come to an end!!  We hope to get up there again soon.  Just got that whole school year thing to get through... *sigh*  I've already set foot back in s-c-h-o-o-l.  I am back lower key three days next week and then on contract the following.  Where DOES the time go?

Thank you, Angela, for your friendship.  It seems like a lifetime ago that we'd grade papers with Mr. Sketch markers (Is there a better scent than blue?  And, that's DARK blue...  not light!) late into the evenings.  Fond memories, those years, and I know that those two young things would be proud of the chaotic, grayed, frazzled mommies we've become!

Two blogs in a week!!  And, since school is looming, I will likely blink and it will be fall before I return.  Maybe I'll get to that "Fall Fun" post that I saved space for last year but never returned to write!  No promises...

Until next time...
<3 Kimberly (and John, those two stinky boys, and our sweet little Rose)

Monday, August 12, 2013

How to Be a Good Friend! :)

So, what do you do when when one of your closest friends decides to open a photography business??!  Volunteer your little family as "perfect" practice for her, duh!  Because, surely, if she can survive two boys and a little rose, then she can conquer anything, right??!

In case you thought
I was kidding!!
Mrs. Jones, as the kids know her, just plain Nikki (now of Nikki Lee Photography... check out her website here... www.photographybynikkilee.com ) to me has been a friend for many years now, but turned dear friend over the last couple, especially after she was Patrick's first grade teacher.  She had a knack for photography then... most notably, back then (and, to be real, sometimes even still) Patrick had the GOOFIEST, most UNNATURAL smile known to mankind, but behind Nikki's lens?


He was a SUPER model with his gorgeous bluish-green eyes and a smile to match.  It was a challenge to her to capture his genuine smile and then became a joke between us as she would find me in the halls to sing "nah, nah, nah, boo, boo once she had... well, not QUITE, but pretty close!! ;)

I mean, SERIOUSLY!?!



So, here is our VIDEO!!

http://photographynikkilee.blogspot.com/2013/07/lennox-family-slide-show.html (or rather the link to the blog where Nikki uploaded our video... won't upload here directly and I'm too lazy to fight with it!!)

We also have our own blog post, plus are featured in a few others because we are great entertainment for Nikki over the summer!!  Check them out:






So, umm, yes... after all that, I'm sure you'll agree!  There are two things for certain:

1.  Nikki is a NATURALLY talented artist who does BEAUTIFUL work.
2.  We have had MORE than our fair share of GORGEOUS pictures this summer.  WAY more!

And, so, in true "How to Be a Good Friend" fashion, if you're on FB, please like her page https://www.facebook.com/photographybynikkilee !!!

And, if you're as in love with my family as I am, here is a link to where I have uploaded a majority of the pictures so you can order anything you'd like: http://photos1.walmart.com/walmart/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=10534517001/a=10285240_10285240/otsc=SHR/otsi=SALBlink/COBRAND_NAME=walmart/

TTFN (Ta, ta, for now for you non-Tigger fans!),
Kimberly (John, two boys, and a little Rose)

P.S.  I'll let you finish with this philosophical question:  In this equation (i.e., above Blog post), WHO is showing How to Be a Good Friend?!  This is a reading comprehension question on your upcoming SOL test (yes, I am getting punchy... it's August and work is on the brain)!