Monday, April 2, 2012

The Weekend

On Friday, Jacob won the Citizenship Award for the past quarter at school. His two teachers said he is kind and caring to his classmates and he has a good attitude at school. They said he is always willing to hold the doors open, pick up his friends' books off the ground or help others when needed without being asked or told to do so.

Once you leave your child at school all day, you never know how they'll act without you there. But, this guy has made us proud. He is one kind servant at school and he's leaving quite an example for his friends to follow. (Now, if we can just keep this going with him and his sister at home, we'll be good!)

That night I surprised Jacob and Brooklyn and we met up with my dear friend, Anna, and her two girls at Chuck E. Cheese. Anna and I had planned a girls night out at a nice restaurant without kids a few weeks ago, but her ex-husband flaked at the last minute so we picked a kid-friendly place instead.

(Brooklyn was there, she just wasn't in the picture-taking mood.)

Anna and I hadn't seen each other in a couple years, so we had a lot to catch up on. We first met at the play area at Hickory Hollow Mall about 7 years ago. Jacob and her girls started playing together, Anna and I started chatting and found out we were both Christians and the rest is history. Our lives have changed so much since then, especially for Anna who went through a divorce 3 years ago. She went from being a married stay-at-home mom to a full-time working single mom and even though she's exhausted most of the time, she's doing an amazing job.

It's always great when we get together because we just pick up where we left off and we can vent to our heart's content about the struggles of divorce. Co-parenting our kids with a father of a completely different lifestyle. Dealing with bad attitudes, financial stress and our ex's crazy antics and never-ending drama. Going in and out of court. Having to be a totally different mom than we ever planned. Letting our children go and continually giving them over to the Lord. Staying positive. Learning to love and forgive and not be bitter. This stuff ain't easy, but it's great to have a friend who understands and we can encourage each other along the way. God brought us together for a reason and I'm so glad He did.

On Saturday, Brooklyn had her first Ripples soccer "game" at 9:00. (At her age, they don't practice during the week so most of the time is spent doing drills and just learning how to play.) There were a couple times when she just sat and looked around, but she got up and participated most of the time with her mentor friend so we were happy.

Can't believe how old she looks!

Connor, teething like crazy.

And, just like that, it was over!

We headed back to the soccer park for Jacob's game at 12:30. They lost 4-1, but their team is really good.

Just look at my big guy. The goalie.

The peanut gallery on the sidelines. :)

The day ended with Brooklyn and I getting some pampering at the Paul Mitchell School for haircuts. Brooklyn decided she wanted a major haircut so she had 6 inches cut off!

Here's the before and after.

My baby girl, looking all grown up.

Sunday was spent doing Easter and grocery shopping after church, so there was no rest for the weary. With three kids and the summer coming up, I have a feeling it's going to be this way for awhile.

It was a good, busy weekend.

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