Happy 1st Birthday Delaney!

September 18 is a special date in our lives.  September 18, 2002 was the first charity golf tournament that the hubby and I produced together to benefit the National Capital Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  September 18, 2004 was out original wedding date (until we moved up the wedding for the sake of Bill's mother whose health was failing and so that we would be married when our first baby arrived).  September 18, 2014 is the birthday of our last baby who completed our family is ways we didn't even know needed completion.

Happy birthday sweet baby girl.  Your bright eyes and smile light up our life.  The way you love your siblings is amazing -- so young and yet you know how special those two people are in your life already.  I have loved every moment with you this first year and am so so so excited to see what you have in store for us.  Watching you turn from a baby into a toddler -- seeing your personality emerge -- has just been amazing.  You are hysterical, determined, sweet, and funny and are the light of our lives.

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My Why

After a summer full of heartaches and disappointments and struggles, I took a leap of faith and bet on myself.

As of this month, I am an Independent Distributor for IT WORKS.  Have you tried that crazy wrap thing?!  If not, you should....they are amazing.  But this post isnt about the products...it is about My Why.  Why am I doing this?  Why did I take this chance?  Why am I pushing myself so hard on this? 

This is why: 

My babies. I took this leap of faith into a new business for them.  I am pushing myself hard from day one to make this work - to make my new IT WORKS business one that will help pay some bills and help support my family.  The products are wonderful - we are already using several of them here and they are making a very positive difference in our lives.  My energy level is up, my motivation and general attitude is soaring -- I am happy, focused, and excited about this venture.  

So, that is my WHY.  I am doing this for my family.

My IT Works website - visit to check out ALL the products! 


Conversations From The Backseat

I laughed all the way home from cheer practice tonight.....all because of the conversation between the two 10 years olds (Grace and her BFF A) in the backseat of a minivan.

At the start of the drive,

Me:  So girls, what is the best part of 5th grade so far?
A:  I get to have lunch with Grace.
G:  Recess.
Me:  Well, okay.  How about....what is something that you don't really like about 5th grade so far?
G:  Writing.  I like typing better and really don't want to have to write.
A:  Learning.  Sometimes I just dont like to learn things.
Me: (laughing so hard I could barely drive).

Then, just a few minutes later................

A:  Hey Grace.  I have a great idea for when we go to college.
G:  Okay. What?
A:  Well, you can pick the college we go to.
G:  Okay.  I will pick somewhere far away and fun.
A:  Okay,  Definitely someplace fun, like clown college.
Me:  (more laughing....now the tears are rolling down my face too!)

As we pull into A's neihborhood,

A: Hey Miss Jaime.  Guess what?
Me:  I cant even guess!
A:  I am already studying for my drivers test.
G:  You are? I can drive a golf cart...kind of.
A:  Grace, no you cant.  You fell out of one 2 weeks ago and got a concussion so you cant drive one! (very good point!)
G:  Well yea.
A:  I only know one thing so far.....you have to turn on your blinker when you want to turn.
Me:  Always a good idea (tears are flowing now cause I am laughing so hard).

Just a few minutes later, as A's mom and I are chatting on the sidewalk, the girls start asking where the trashcan................we are literally standing next to 3 trashcans on the curb.  Glad they are so aware of their surroundings.

Oh these girls.......always making sure we are laughing.