Friday Fill in Fun and Essence of Now

September 27, 2013

This week we had lots of fun.

We celebrated our littlest’s birthday. She’s 5 now. As someone said – one whole hand and that’s kind of a big deal. I marveled last night that middle daughter was this age when little one was born. Time just never stands still… In three short months we’ll have a teenager under our roof. HELP!!!

birthday girl - 5 years old

I got in some evening snuggle time which I’ve enjoyed so much. It happens less and less and she’s the only one that still likes to sit and snuggle like this. Grabbing these moments with both hands and holding on tight.

snuggle time with mommy

Dealing with some typical stormy Florida weather for the past few days. It comes and goes. And while I much prefer the sun, sometimes, watching the clouds roll in and do their thing can be a spectacular show.

rainy stormy day

Oh yeah, and this guy seems to be interested in buying some fruits and veggies at Publix. He was fluttering about and actually made me screech when he swooped in while I was picking out tomatoes. Quite the sight, I’m sure. πŸ™‚

finch inside store

I’ve also been enjoying weekly lunches with this guy. It’s so nice to just sit, enjoy some great food and talk without having the kids around. Yes, there apparently is a pleasant side-effect to having all three kids in school!

the husband


Each week, Hilary plans on listing four statements with a blank for us to fill in on our own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her. If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! This week’s co-host is Beth Ann from It’s Just Life– she came up with the last two statements! Hilary REALLY, REALLY, REALLY NEEDs SOME STATEMENTS!

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This week’s statements:
1) I am so ____ for my _____
2) ____ me, I ______
3) I am _______ at keeping secrets.
4) I ____ that _____ was here already.

My answers:

1) I am so ready for my kids to come home and get the weekend started!

2) “Listen to me”, I say that to my kids ALL of the time.

3) I am much better at keeping secrets. ( Now that I am older.)

4) I wish that next summer was here already. ( Can’t wait for camp to start.) πŸ™‚

Essence of Now


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  • Darcie September 27, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    I think I say the exact same thing to my kids all of the time too.

    I hope you have a great weekend!

    • Susi September 27, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      It’s a mom thing! Have a great weekend too.

  • Judy September 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Happy birthday to you daughter. Snuggle time is definitely special.

    • Susi September 27, 2013 at 5:51 pm

      It is very special and I love it to death. πŸ™‚

  • Brooke B. September 27, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    It’s definitely a mom thing πŸ™‚ Snuggling, telling them to listen lol. I’m glad that fall is here, though I do love summer!

    • Susi September 27, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      I wish, we had fall type weather and the changing leaves. I’m going to have to wait a bit for cooler temps. πŸ™‚

  • Rorybore September 27, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    oye – if I had a nickel for every time I said “listen to me”. they probably would listen to me because I would be rich!
    Happy Birthday to Little! yeah – even though she’s 5, she will always be your littlest.
    my little turns 4 in a month. she’s still cuddly.
    but then again so is the 9 year old. honestly, if I am in the same room, at least 2 of them will be touching me in some way. ha
    Lunches with your sweetheart without interruption is a sweet deal, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

    • Susi September 27, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      It’s a very sweet deal. One I could get used to. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah K. September 28, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Happy Birthday to your sweet girl. Oh I can’t imagine how much I’ll miss the snuggles some day when the boys grow up. My husband wonders why I’m so content to just sit with the baby sleeping on my lap or shoulder, it is because I’m so grateful for time with him now before he gets too big for it. They really do grow so fast.

    Your rain storm picture made me miss our visits to Florida so much. Watching a thunderstorm roll in there was magical. And if it happens during the day, the sunset after is incredible.

    • Susi September 29, 2013 at 11:01 pm

      I used to love to lay on the recliner with the kids when they were babies and just hold them. πŸ™‚

  • Hilary September 28, 2013 at 7:15 am

    can you tell me your secret for keeping secrets?

    • Susi September 29, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Just bite your tongue!!! πŸ˜‰

  • Lisa September 29, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Please don’t wish for next summer already! I am wanting to slow time down!

    • Susi September 29, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      Lisa, I know what you mean. As much as I wish it was that time again already – I do want time to slow down just a little when it comes to the kids growing. πŸ™‚

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