Friday, May 29, 2009


Last night we had to pick up Kevin from the Nashville Airport, so we we decided to go a little early and do some fun things with the kids. I had to work before we left, so we got kind of a late start, but we finally made it to the zoo around lunchtime. After waiting out a quick thunderstorm under a cute little grass hut, we roamed the zoo for hours. We've been to the Nashville Zoo several times, but have never made it all the way through. We always walk through the main part and then Drew sees the gigantic play area and we end up spending the rest of our time there, but this time, we made the long hike to the back of the property and walked through the African safari area. It is now by far our favorite! It's like you're walking through the grasslands and then you stop under these huge tents with over sized benches to sit and watch the animals roaming around in huge fields. Awesome. After our safari, we toured the home of the family that donated their land to the zoo. The home was 199 years old and had 95% of its original furnishings. It was fun to explain things to Drew like why the kitchen wasn't attached to the home, what the well was for, and why there were no toilets, bathtubs, air conditioning, light switches, or refrigerators in the home. He just couldn't believe that people used lived that way. I was so humbled to walk through that 'mansion' and realize how truly blessed I am. I can't imagine having to go outside to get water one bucket at a time for my family to bathe, cook, and clean with. I can't imagine using an outhouse or having to use cloth diapers and clean them without a washing machine and detergent! It just made me realize how lucky I am to have all of the things that I so readily take for granted, and how easily they could all lost... one horrific natural disaster and I'd be reading by candle light and running to the Flint River trying to scrub dirty diapers clean. We are so blessed! I am so blessed. After the tour, we hit the 'jungle gym' on the way out. We took turns playing with Drew and watching Maddi because she fell asleep in he stroller after puking on the 200 year old hardwood floors right in the middle of the tour of the old homestead. Ugh! So, when it was my turn to play, Drew took me up and down and in and out of all of the holes and tunnels and passageways. Our favorite part was the huge nets that hung out over the river. You had to climb through them to get to the other side, and I really felt like a monkey swinging around on the ropes. Each area made you feel like a different animal wiggling your way through. It was really fun.
When we left the zoo, we went to downtown Nashville. We were looking for a place to eat and thought we'd walk around downtown for a while 'til it was time to get Kevin, but let's just say that downtown Nashville isn't exactly family friendly. We couldn't find a place to eat that wasn't a 'saloon' and there wasn't a single stroller or child out on the sidewalks. There were, however, lots of scantily clad ladies, men in their finest cowboy hats and boots, and even a man puking all over the road. Yum. So, we decided to head to Opry Mills instead. We found an awesome place to eat called the Rainforest Cafe. The food wasn't great, but the atmosphere was AMAZING. It felt like we were sitting in the middle a rainforest with huge trees, waterfalls, fish tanks, animated jungle animals all around, and rain showers created by lighting and sound effects. The kids really enjoyed it.
So that was our day. A little bit of rain, a whole lot of fun, and a bit of humble pie. A perfect day.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


I'm a simple girl... especially when it comes to my flower garden. Simple is my friend. I'm not one to weed and water and fertilize, but I do enjoy beautiful flowers... a bit of irony I admit. So, there's only one kind of flower that I plant. I guess I like the continuity, and it is hearty, blooms every year on its own, requires no maintenance, and is gorgeous. Sadly, I always forget its name, but I still love you exotic, elegant, sleek, and slender beautiful flower. You make me smile every time I walk outside :)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day

I took the kids and my sisters to Kids Kingdom on Memorial Day to play. Sean was working with my parents at the new BBQ place we just started... I'll post more details about that venture and a link to our website as soon as I get the site finished, but we had fun together anyway.
I am so grateful for the men, women, and families who have sacrificed their time, their energy, their loved ones, and their lives to provide me with freedom and safety, and even more personally, I thank Papa Bill, Grandpa Glouner, John, and Bishop Winters. My life is better because of your sacrifice; so, thank you and Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Rolling Over

Maddi rolled over for the first time on Saturday, AND I MISSED IT!!! We are dog sitting Kevin's two precious little pups, and Maddi adores them. I had to finish getting ready to go to work, and no one else was home to entertain her while I got ready, so I laid her down on her back beside the dogs' cage and went to my room to finish getting ready. I heard her squealing and cooing and laughing at the dogs the entire time I was in the other room, and when I came in to check on her, she was on her tummy with her little hands in the cage laughing while they licked and nibbled on her chunky little fingers. If only I could have been there to see her.... but her huge gummy smile when I walked in the room and caught her petting the puppies was priceless.

Sunday, May 24, 2009


I've had this secret desire... this thing that I hoped for... even prayed for... a wish that meant too much to utter aloud. It was a silly something really... not nearly as grand as I'm making it seem, and life was still so wonderful without it that at times I even forgot it was missing, but occasionally the bitterness of it's absence felt like a weight in my heart. I honestly believed that I didn't deserve this special little gift. My life is already so amazing that sometimes I would feel a little guilty for wanting more, but God loves me and gave me the gift that I've secretly craved for YEARS. It came in a way that was completely unexpected and at a time when I wasn't particularly searching for it. It was simple yet profound and nothing like I imagined it would be. It wasn't epic or climatic, but it was exactly what I had secretly desired. I am humbled to be loved by a God that knows me so well and shows such compassion and charity toward me. My heart is full, and I am grateful for my own little miracle.


To celebrate Drew's completion of first grade and his magnificent grades, he got to go to the book store and buy a few books. He chose Fudge-a-mania, Super Fudge, and Double Fudge by Judy Blume. He thinks they are hilarious! Sean read them as a child and loves them too, so they've been reading a few chapters together at bedtime every night. I love that Drew loves to read, and I must admit that my heart even flutters a little when I look over and see him nose deep in his book mouthing the words and giggling at the adventures of Fudge and Pete.

Saturday, May 23, 2009


My SIL gave me some vinyl lettering to put in Maddi's room. I put it on the wall over her crib, and I LOVE it!!! Honestly, I was amazed that I could do it because I am so not crafty, but it was really easy and oh so cute. Thanks Candice :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Awards Day

Thursday was Drew's last day of first grade. We all went to his class pizza party and then stayed for the awards ceremony. Drew got three awards:
A Honor Roll, Accelerated Reader Achievement, and the Citizenship Award.
We are SO proud of him. He really worked hard to maintain his good grades. He is reading above his grade level because of his participation in the accelerated reader program, and he was the only boy chosen by his teacher to receive the citizenship award because he showed integrity, honesty, kindness, and compassion to his classmates through out the year. When they called his name I seriously wanted to jump up and down and cheer for him like a good old classy red-neck mamma, but I stifled my urges, and just clapped violently. I'm just SO proud of him and all of his hard work, and I know this is just the beginning of many successes to come.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sitting Up

Maddi has started to sit up on her own. She's still a little wobbly because she's always trying to bend over to play with her toes, and once her noggin starts going forward, she tends to topple right over. But she loves sitting up like a big girl, and doesn't seem to mind the occasional tumble.

As I'm watching my sweet little girl grow so quickly, I have been consumed with thoughts of how to be the mother that my sweet babies deserve. I am constantly reminding myself that although I am staring at beautiful children, my goal is to raise amazing adults... adults that can thrive with confidence, self esteem, and self motivation. It terrifies me to know that my every act shapes their futures. The scars from my past still haunt me every day. Unkind words and unkind hands have jaded me. The most common sound or object can flood my tainted mind with horrible memories, fear, and insecurity. I know I can't possibly be a perfect parent (See my earlier post about not feeding Drew. Sorry babe!), but I do know that I refuse to mess up on the big things. My children will never doubt my unconditional love for them; I will always sacrifice for their well being over my own, and maybe the memories that we make together will heal my own wounds.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Field Trips, Picnics, Baths, and Brothers

This post is a hodge podge of events, but we've had a busy week with family visiting and the school year coming to an end.
Drew's class picnic was yesterday. We got to go eat lunch with him and then play outside for a few hours. I'm burnt to a crisp, but we had fun spending the day with Drew and his classmates.

Drew had a field trip to the library and then to kids space. Uncle Greg was here visiting, so he got to go with us. It was pretty chilly, so we left a little early, but it was still fun.

Ben came to visit, and we got to celebrate his birthday while he was here. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOO BOO!

Maddi loves bath time now. She plays and splashes and giggles. It's precious. Unfortunetly she also has a dirty little habbit of peeing on me while I run her bath water. :( So it quickly becomes bath/mommy changes clothes/sterilize the counter tops/mop the floor time. One of these days I'll learn to coordinate the whole bath prep/getting supplies/diaper off process, but apparently it takes a little practice.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Double Zeros

Today is a fantabulous day!! I finally squeezed myself into my prepregnancy size 00 pants. YAY! It wasn't exactly as I had dreamed the experience would be. There was a whole lot of tugging and pulling and jumping around, and there were some seriously disgusting love handles billowing over the sides, but they were on, buttoned, AND zipped. I still haven't lost that much weight since I've started working out, but I'm slowly toning up the flabbiness. Hopefully in a few months, I will be able to put my sexy little bitty pants on AND be able to breathe after they're all zipped up. Hey... a girl can dream :)

Monday, May 11, 2009


Happy Mothers Day.
By. Drew.
Pictrers By. Drew Glouner.

for my mom. 5-10-09

This is my momy
She is butful.

My mom is a good cook
She makes me makrroney.

My mom's fafrat food mieal is saled.

My mom's fafret thing to do is play with me and madey.

My mom play's uno with me.

My mom tot me to hold my sister.

My mom's favret coler is pink.

When I go to bed at night my mom tukes me in.

My mom likes to rest.

My mom is the best becuse she loves me and madey.

The best gift to my mom is a ciss.

Dear mom,
I love you mom.
Love, Drew

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Seven Years

Sean and I were married seven years ago today, and look what we've become.
Mom and Dad... Lovers...Bestfriends....Snuggle Buddies....Confidants....Husband and Wife
Thank you friend for spending the past seven years with me.

Saturday, May 9, 2009


These are the times that I think my life is absolutely, positively, PERFECT.