Saturday, September 20, 2014

Young Bucks!

A little Ohio State football advice for Buckeye parents everywhere...
Go to the alumni band day for three times as much of a band and pick a game with the potential for a lot of scoring. 
We took this crew to Columbus last weekend where we got to cheer for a 66-0 Buckeye win AND watch the most amazing half time show ever with five times the band with the addition of the alumni band.
The black uniformed band around the giant flag is the student band, all of the red shirts are the more than awesome alumni band. 
It was beyond impressive to see everyone marching on the same field.
My kiddos also had a great time semi stalking the OSU cheerios, who didn't seem to mind the attention from their youngest fans.
This photo was organized in approximately 3 and a half seconds…. 
"girls each hold a pom, buddy, take this megaphone, ok here we go... GO BUCKS!"
I think the Ohio state cheer squad should contract themselves out as wedding and event photographers, they can pose a photo in record time. 
There is something about seeing your kids at a football game that make you think forward a few years.
I can imagine Ryan in this same pose in about 12 years and enjoying it even more.

And I can see Rosie and Lucy having too much fun together in the not so distant future while Lily and Mia are on hand to keep things a little bit regulated. 
Until then, these two are enjoying their new Buckeye fanship and are happy to prove that you don't need to be born in Ohio to be a Buckeye…O-H-I-O!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thank You IMPACT 100!

 Laura Jekel and John Morris Russell, a most remarkable duo, delivered an OUTSTANDING presentation last night asking the women of Impact 100 for their support. 
And this afternoon when they meet, the young musicians of MYCincinnati will receive some amazing news.
 They will learn that their dedicated teachers did whatever they could to make sure that they will have instruments in their hands and a safe place to practice everyday after school and now their program is even stronger than it was yesterday. 
They will KNOW without doubt that the people of Cincinnati believe in them just as much as their teachers. 
These hardworking students will also know that their very good friend John Morris Russell, will stand by those teachers and ask anyone who will listen to help support these young musicians in bringing something beautiful into our corner of the world.   
Thank you women of Impact 100, for agreeing with Laura and John and offering your support. 
This is truly a transformative gift that will make an enormous difference in the future of Cincinnati's most dedicated young musicians.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Happy Birthday Pony Rides.

I am a very lucky mom for many reasons, but on this happy Tuesday morning I am feeling especially fortunate to have been able to celebrate my birthday weekend 
(why just one single day?) 
doing something I really love with my favorite people in the universe. 
I got to take Lyle to a horse show at the Kentucky Horse Park, which is the most gorgeous place to ride ever, and, even more terrific, my mom and my rider girls came too.
So really, very much like my 5th birthday party in 1972, I got to have pony rides with my mom for my birthday.
Rosie is fortunate to be taught by the most patient and kindest trainer ever, it was a treat to watch Jess get my girl ready for the ring in the early morning light…Kentucky sunrises are the best. 
Rosie got to ride sweet and patient Cocoa Puff over walk trot poles on the same grounds as where the best riders in the country train… and very likely started out with these types of "jumps" too. 
Somehow Lily went from being a kid to a really brave rider over the summer… it's been so fun watching her and I'll admit, I'm more than a little envious of her strong teenage body and brain that can remember more than three things at once. 
Here are Lily and Seville posing with their ears up and smiling… 
For my birthday dinner, Mom, Rosie, Lily and I celebrated with utter gusto at a Kentucky Cracker Barrel, which was completely full of awesome.  
And then, to continue the celebration, my guys (well, Karl mostly) made an I Heart Mom birthday cake from scratch which was waiting for me when we arrived home from Lexington.
I was so excited about their thoughtfulness and baking skills, that I bossily insisted that Karl take my picture hugging my party cake before anyone touched it. 
(pretty cool, right?)
But then I was able to step away from the cake for long enough to gain perspective and ask Karl to take a photo that included the kids instead of just cake.
And my youngest wombats were really nice about standing close to their momma and smiling for the camera even after playing second string to dessert.
Thank you dear family for making my birthday weekend perfect in every way!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Little Lupita-ish.

Rosie has many celebrity heroes who are either animated or princesses, or both. 
And so she was absolutely thrilled when her big sister gave her this awesome Elsa blue fancy dress to wear while lounging  about the house. 
Which she does often, because why NOT wear a ball gown if you have one readily available? 
But she was even more thrilled about her look when I pointed out the very obvious similarities between her and and the very real, and very beautiful… Lupita Nyong'o.
You have to admit, she looks more than a little Lupita-ish rocking her fancy blue evening gown.  
So thank you dear Lupita for being you and having your gorgeous classy self splashed across so many magazine covers which I will always buy so that Rosie can and decorate her bedroom walls with your beautiful face.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mmm...Yeah, Henry's mom is a Mahomie.

This was a big week for Henry. 
He is now 10 years old.
Double digits.
And so some pretty cool things happened for Henry this week. 
For his birthday, our little H-bomb wanted to see Austin Mahone in concert who happened to be coming to town just 2 days after the big birthday.
For those who might not familiar with his body of work, Austin Mahone is an 18 year old singer dancer dude…and is quite awesome. 
At the concert I learned that fans of Austin Mahone call themselves MAHOMIES.
And so I became a mahomie.
And when handsome and polite young Austin came on stage and asked… 
"Hey yo, mahomies, wassup?" 
Henry and I both threw our hands up and yahooed along with all of the other mahomies in the house. 
This is Henry in eager anticipation for Austin to sing his hit single Mmm…Yeah. 
Usually he performs this song with Pitbull… sadly, Pitbull was not in the house but Austin was still able to rock it solo.
I agreed with Henry...Mmm…yeah was fairly epic.  
After the show, we waited in front of the electronic signage for the Austin banner to come up…"take it quick, mom" So here is Henry, double thumbs up in front of the Austin Mahone sign. 
For my friends who might not yet be mahomies, Austin is a mom approved kind of guy with really quite amazing Michael Jacksony dance moves. 
And while I personally don't think that dance inspired crotch grabs add much to the show, Austin didn't ask me for my opinion and so grabbed his very own man parts a few too many times…which was the only not so pre teen friendly part of the show. 
But, well…whatever.
So I forgave him for those indiscreet grabs, especially since I think they were likely inspired by Michael Jackson, king of pop and inventor of moonwalk/ man parts grab.
And really I was just really very happy to be out rocking a Wednesday night with my still sweet ten year old Henry who was happy to be out with his newly mahomied mom.    

Friday, August 22, 2014

For Those on the Verge of Going Julianne on a Zucchini…BEWARE!

For all who right now might be thinking how awesome it might be to julianne up some delicious zucchini for dinner tonight, this is my public service announcement to you.
And step slowly away from the evil julianne-er device pictured here.
It will hurt you and forever rob you of your zucchini innocence.

And there is a decent chance you might end up lying of the kitchen floor giving it your all to not faint while your sweet little 8 year old neighbor friend advises you to "breathe into your center." 
Which was really the best advice ever…and most helpful at the time.

And so as I am now in full thumb recovery, I am ordering anyone related to me (this means you Anna and Mary!) not to partake in this dangerous activity. 
Your thumb is no match for this device and will most definitely lose. 
AND it will totally hurt A LOT and definitely give you the Heebiest of Jeebies. 

Happy Friday Friends- stay safe!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Being 46, but feeling 13…Back in the Saddle.

About a year ago, I got back in the saddle and got serious about riding again after being away for a really long time… maybe 15 years.
Mostly it been a whole lot of fun…I love to ride and really enjoyed it when I was much younger and I still do… but it's a lot different riding as a grown up mom than it was in years gone past. 
And by different, I mean very, very, humbling to body and brain..  
This weekend the girls and I went to a show, and the boys were not exactly thrilled to spend the day watching their mom and sisters ride around in circles, but I made them come anyway and Jamie took these photos. 
There aren't many things that you can do when you are 46 that make you feel exactly like you did when you were a 13 years old, but for me riding is one of them. 
Jamie took this photo of me as I was on course and I look just how I felt… really nervous and also kind of barfy.
I had just made a whole slew of mistakes and was really mad at myself for making bad decisions and messing up. 
This is the not so fun part of feeling like your 13 again. 
Lyle looks pretty annoyed too and cranky with his ears back.
I have relearned that riding, like most good things in life, is all about balance and rhythm… keeping the same consistent pace and having enough momentum to get the job done, but not so much speed that you are out of control. 
A little luck and some happy zen are helpful also… this is the cool part of feeling 13ish.  
I am really impressed that Jamie got an over the jump photo of us, and I am most proud of being square in the middle of the fence, that doesn't come easy to either one of us.    
Here, Lyle and I are having an argument. 
He wanted to go super fast and I thought that was a pretty lousy idea but couldn't do much about it. 
Lyle thought that was HILARIOUS that would even try. 
I like that Jamie shot it going downhill fast, because that's exactly what was going on.  
Jess Jurkowitz is a extremely talented rider and by far the most patient and understanding trainer in the world. 
There is something really terrific about having a teacher that you 100% trust and is able to lend you enough confidence to reach your goals. Even if I'm a little (or a lot) nervous of doing a particular exercise, I know she wouldn't ask me to do anything beyond my capability. And again, I often find myself feeling middle school-ish… a little scared but happy to have a good teacher on my side. 
Jamie thought this was a cool photo of Lyle and I cantering through the smoke from the lunch tent grill while warming up.
Cheeseburger smoke makes watching your mom canter in circles far more dramatic and exciting.     
I like that he captured the essence of Lyle's butt and his cute little toes, while leaving mine out of the picture.
My son has great photographic skills. 
And then he took a selfie which is an expression of how he felt at that moment.
And also one of his brother… Henry was pretty bored by the experience as well. 
And this is me when I really was 13 years old.
And I find that the grown up me is still trying to do the same… looking for a steady balance, counting out the rhythm and then holding on tight.