Thursday, May 21, 2015

Can't wait for summer!

This is hopefully going to be one of the best summers ever!

This summer Kerri's godparents and our goddaughter are coming to visit us.  I cannot tell you how long we have been trying to convince them to come.  And our wish finally came true!  We haven't seen them in years, and are really excited for their visit.  Kerri is looking forward to spending a lot of quality time with Erin, Tammie, and David (and so are we!).

This summer Nana and Meg are getting married, and Kerri is a Junior Bridesmaid in their wedding.  We are hosting Nana's Mom and step-Dad, and a bridal/bridesmaid "sleepover" party the night before the wedding.  I have had the immense privilege of stepping in for Nana's Mom for dress fittings, hair appointments, etc....and it has been such a joy to see Nana and Meg so happy.  This will definitely be a wedding to remember!

This summer, if Dad is given the all clear, he will be visiting us too!  He has had a tough year with many cancer operations.  We are very hopeful.  Kerri is looking forward to spending quality time with her only remaining grandparent, and is very much aware how precious any time we have with him really is.

This summer we planted a wonderful garden, with tomatoes, pumpkins, lettuce, rosemary, basil, sage, parsley, green onions, shallots, sunflowers, baby's breath, and other flowers.  We are looking forward to lots of barbecues, hopefully a fruitful harvest, and enjoying our beautiful new (to us) patio furniture.  Even though it is not summer yet, we got an early start.  I have already used the grill more than a few times, and Kerri is spending every possible moment playing outdoors when she comes home from school. (Sun exposure is really important for her psoriasis).

I am hoping this summer will be a great one for Kerri, since it has been a long time coming.  We are only too aware how precious life is, and how little time we have to spend with the ones we love.  So we plan on making the most of every moment.

Life with Kerri is looking forward to summer!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

"The Gentle Cow"

Acrylic paint mixed with sand for texture (painting).

When Kerri was very young, she was head-butted by a cow and went flying.  She has hated cows from that moment on.  Yesterday she painted this cow in art class, and wanted to call it "The only cow that I like because it can't head-butt me."  Daddy convinced her the title was too long and to change it to "The Gentle Cow".

Life with Kerri is mooooving right along.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Mother's Wish (list).

Hubby asked me to make him a list of what I wanted for Mother's Day. So I did, and here it is:
  • I want to sleep in as late as I want with no one waking me up.  (Good luck with that one). 
  • I want a cleaning fairy that will leave my house spotless and do all the laundry, including folding and putting it away. (Yeah, that's not happening either). 
  • I want someone to cook all the meals that day. And I do mean cook. Not go to a restaurant, or get take out/delivery. I want a delicious home cooked meal, made from scratch with love, even if it is just toast. Kerri has to help too. 
  • I want to be able to use the bathroom without being interrupted, not even to ask me if I have seen your so and so that you put away somewhere and cannot find. 
  • While I am on the subject of the bathroom, I would like all the bathrooms to have rolls of toilet paper exactly where they belong - not on the floor, or perched atop the empty cardboard roll in the toilet paper holder thingy. And I mean a fullish roll - not just three sheets left. 
  • I would like to spend the entire day without having to remind anyone about a single thing. Or have to play referee or peace keeper. 
  • I would like to find all my hairbrushes, combs and scrunchies in my drawer where they belong. Somehow they have all gone missing. Kerri? 
  • I would like to watch something I want to watch on TV. I am not sure I remember how to turn it on. One of you will have to show me how to do that. 
  • I would like all tablets, computers and cell phones turned off that day. The world will not end. Find something else to do together. Outside preferably. 
  • I would prefer you didn't waste money on a store bought card, or flowers the cat will eat. Just write down your thoughts on a piece of paper. That would mean so much more to me. 
  • And finally, I would not be a mother if I didn't have such a wonderful husband who encouraged me to open my heart to adoption, and a wonderful daughter who is the very reason why I get to celebrate Mother's Day every day of the year. And two fur babies who also think I am their mom. So I want to thank you. 
 I read the list out loud, and Kerri smirked. When I was finished, hubby said: "I'm doing everything on your list." And Kerri said: "That's not happening."

Life with Kerri wishes all the Moms a very happy and well deserved Mother's Day.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Too fast.

Wednesday night, Kerri told us her back tooth was cracked.  Hubby confirmed it.  A few minutes later, she pulled the tooth right out.

The Tooth Fairy came yesterday morning.  Just in time for the book fair apparently.

Yesterday afternoon, I took Kerri to the orthodontist for a retainer check up.  He advised that Kerri lost her last baby tooth, but will still grow a few more adult molars.  She apparently is ahead of schedule (at age ten).

As for the retainer check up, she now only has to wear the apparatus at night.

This morning, Kerri was measuring her chest.  She wanted to figure out what cup size she was.

My little girl is growing up.

Life with Kerri will miss the Tooth Fairy.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Yesterday I told hubby to meet me after work at Kerri's art studio.  He thought he would take me out on a romantic dinner date while Kerri attended her art class.  But I had other plans.

I packed our first ever picnic supper, complete with blanket, ice tea, chicken wraps, tuna sandwiches, fresh fruit, cheese, chocolate, and some other goodies.  But it was pouring rain. So we camped out in the back of the Mama Mobile in the art studio's parking lot.  And had a pretty romantic picnic in my dirty, old van.

Our first picnic was a memorable one.

Life with Kerri "isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.  It's about learning to dance in the rain."  Or in our case, picnic and romance in the rain.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hear her roar.

 This is Kerri's pencil drawing from last week's art class.
She calls it "The Lion Queen".  When I asked why she would call a clearly male lion a "queen", her response was: "Because I don't like boys".

Life with Kerri is apparently raising a talented feminist.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Cherry blossom tree.

 Kerri made this today in art class: Cherry blossom tree in watercolor and acrylic paint.
And after I posted it on Facebook, cousin Kim offered her $20.00 to buy it.  It's not for sale though.  Kerri wants to frame and hang this one in her room.

Life with Kerri loves art class.