All About Our Family

November 26, 2014

Have you ever thought about the 6 things you want to do before you die? Well I have just the things for yourself.

1. eat

2. drink

3. plane ride

4. world’s of fun

5. get a phone

6. read

What do you believe or not believe in?

1. I  believe in God

2. I believe in what is right

3. I don’t believe in the Tooth Fairy, Santa or the Easter Bunny.

Have you ever had a moment you never want to forget?

One of my unforgettable moments actually happened today. I scared my sister and she screamed bloody murder. It was so funny!

That is an unforgettable moment I will never forget!

Thank you for reading my post!

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Grades

November 8, 2014

Hi, Welcome to this post, I, Alyssa Flener wrote this post. thank you for reading this post.   I hope you enjoy this really great post.

my favorite grade is kintergarten. kintergarten is my fav. grade. beacuse i had the best teacher ever 🙂

Mommy guilt

August 20, 2014

Yep, mommy guilt.

You know that feeling after you sat your sweet babe in front of the TV for hours so you can scrub toilets?!?

Yep, that.

Well, today, for me…it was grocery shopping. With a 3-year-old boy.

We drove across town. Sprouts. Costco. Back across town. Unloaded. Then off to get the sisters from school.

Poor Chase.

It’s such a struggle! I try to bring my kids along for the adventures in grocery shopping and scrubbing toilets, but the guilt remains.

Why? These are all things that have to get done at some point in my day.

Maybe it’s because of our Pinterest-centered culture that makes me feel bad for not doing a craft with my kids every day and making their birthday parties look like something out of HGTV magazine.

Thank God for grace…not my daughter, Grace (although she’s fantastic too!!), but God’s unmerited favor that He gives me daily…hourly…every minute. Because I desperately need it.

So, while I let God’s grace cover my mommy guilt…Chase pretended a cantaloupe was his baby while we shopped in Sprouts, tasted every sample in Costco, and, when Daddy got home from work he shouted, “Daddy! I got pizza at Costco!!!”

Emotional mommy

August 13, 2014

This morning was a blur…

The kids all got up before their alarms, so anxious and ready for their first day of school. Getting out the door was not stressful because I had packed and planned the night before. All was well on the home front.

A friend and I planned a “coffee and cry” for the Kindergarten parents, so I was focused on all that I needed to do to make that happen…

Get out the door, pick up the coffee, get it to school, lug 5 gallons of coffee across the parking lot, set it up, mingle with kindergarten parents, and tear it all down.

I lost sight of the fact that I was also dropping my girls off for their first day of school.

Tear. Which became another tear. And another. And another. I was a mess.

Fortunately, I had plans to meet a few friends at Chic-fil-a, so I was distracted from the void I was feeling with the girls gone.

We picked the girls up this afternoon at the end of the day and they were beaming!! Fantastic day! Making new friends, learning new things and loving every minute.

Makes it worth the mommy heartache 🙂

Back to school again

August 11, 2014

Around this time every year I love the anticipation of a new school year. A fresh start. A new beginning. A chance to start over.

While this is all well and good, it still means sending my babies off to be exposed to things I cannot protect them from and be vulnerable to the insincere 1st and 3rd graders of our American suburb. (The majority are sweet, but you know what I mean!!) 😉

As much as I wish I could protect them from all the evil and wickedness of this world, I cannot. I must let go and trust God with His children that he entrusted Matt and I to raise.

Instead of worrying, I must pray. Instead of being anxious, I must trust.

Even though it’s hard for me to understand this fact…God loves Grave and Alyssa immeasurably more than I do.

Say what?!? Impossible. But true.

He is there when I am not…to protect, to guard, to shield, to love, to guide and to teach. He is there because they are His creation and His children and He loves them more than I can comprehend.

With that, I recognize my lack of control…and fall to my knees to pray.

That is the best thing I can do for my kids. And I will fight this fight with them!!

Only 1 “today”

January 5, 2014

A few days ago, I was having a conversation with our 5-year-old daughter, Alyssa. She was filling out a new calendar she got for Christmas and asking what our plans were for each day.

When she got into February, I became overwhelmed. “Alyssa, I don’t even know what we’re doing next week!”

So, she resolved to talk about our plans for that day, January 3rd. After many questions about the month, day and year, she said, “So, there’s only ONE January 3rd, 2014?!?!”

Yes.

There IS only one January 3rd, 2014. And only one January 4th…and 5th…

You only have one shot at making today worthwhile. ONE SHOT. No do overs. No redoes. No second chances. Only one today.

This has challenged me to take captive every day…every hour…every minute…every conversation…every teachable moment…every text, phone call, Facebook message, and blog post…because it might be my only opportunity.

I’m trying my best to love this out and be an example for our kids not to waste their lives or a day or a moment. But, to seek first the Kingdom of God and follow Him even when it might not make sense to anyone else.

The heart of a child

January 1, 2014

Our daughters, aged 5 and 7, have been playing with their new drink dispenser all afternoon having tea parties and pretending to be princesses. This “drink dispenser” resembles a Keurig coffee maker, so they feel like adults.

After hours of playing and many cups of “tea” later, they approach me with a plan…

“Mommy, we want to use the drink dispenser to have a lemonade stand and send all the money to an orphanage so that those kids can have a mom and dad some day.”

Wow. WOW! Where did they come up with this?!?

Yes, we have been talking a lot about orphans lately because of the command in the Bible…

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1:27 ESV)

We have been praying about how we, the Flener family, can take care of orphans and widows in their distress.

But…I had no idea that our kids were processing any of it.

They notice. They hear. They listen…even when it doesn’t appear that they do.

And, I guarantee you one thing…this Mommy is going to do everything in my power to make sure that lemonade stand is successful! I am, after all, an entrepreneur at heart. 🙂

So, in the Spring, when the grass is turning green, the flowers are blooming and we are all struggling with allergies…the Fleners will be selling lemonade, homemade donuts, bread, bracelets (and whatever else we can come up with) to raise money for children who are far less fortunate than my sweet children.

Anyone thirsty?!?

the night we met Tony

August 1, 2012

For Mother’s Day, Matt surprised me with Club Level tickets to the Rockies/Cardinals game.  Just us.  No kids.  Club Level.  This felt fancy for me.  Usually we have the kids in tow (which I love!) and we’re in the cheap seats (aka Rockpile, which is upper deck center field).  And, I have to get up and walk to right field to get my order of Monster Nachos.

Not this time…2nd level, no kids, a waiter to take our order, and just above the Cardinals dugout.  Couldn’t get any better.

We hired a baby-sitter (which is only the 2nd time EVER) and took off for the game a little early.  We parked, walked a few blocks, and made our way through the stadium, passed several rounds of security to get into the Club Level section, and found our seats.  Of course, this is after I got my sunscreen confiscated because they don’t allow aerosol cans in the stadium, but they were kind enough to give me a “claim ticket” to get it afterwards.

Our seats were on the aisle directly up from the Cardinal’s on-deck circle.  Again, thought I’d died and gone to Heaven.  We were thrilled to see that Cardinals fans were sitting in the seats next to us.  We immediately started chatting with them and found they had flown in from St. Charles for the Cards/Rox series and had never been to Denver before.  The girl behind us was from Springfield, IL, and worked at the ABC TV station there as a producer.  She now lives in Denver and is getting her master’s at UCD.  All of this to say, we were sitting by people who we had a lot in common with.  🙂

A few innings into the game, Todd Helton’s foul ball bounced a foot from Matt.  Unfortunately, it landed in someone else’s cup holder.

Shortly after that, the sweet couple from St. Charles went to the air-conditioned area in the Club Level to get something to eat.  They were gone for awhile, but upon their return they told us that Tony LaRussa was in the stadium!  They saw him on a TV screen with a bald man in one of the press boxes.  We had a great view of the press boxes (I had been keeping an eye on Al and Mike Shannon all night), so we were searching for Tony with no avail.  I kept glancing that way, hoping for a peek at Tony.  No such luck.

After cheering our Cards to an 11-6 victory, we said “goodbye” to our new baseball friends and headed toward the exit.  I was showering Matt with praise for the awesome tickets, how perfect everything was…fun people, a high scoring game, a Cards win, and on and on and on.  As we were walking through the air-conditioned hallway talking about our perfect evening, we look up and see a familiar face walking toward us.  It took us no time to realize who it was.  I tapped Matt’s arm with my scorecard and said in the side of my mouth, “Matt, there’s Tony LaRussa!”  He made DIRECT eye contact with us (I think he recognized Matt from TV, but Matt thinks he was just admiring our Cardinals attire).  We said, “Hey, how’s it going” and he said the same.  I was in shock.  I looked at Matt and said, “Let’s go get his autograph!”  He agreed, so I started digging in my purse for a pen as I moved closer to the former Cardinals manager.  Lucky for me, we had gone to the Broncos Training Camp practice the day prior and I still had the Sharpe marker in my purse from that event.

I came up behind him, put my hand on his back and said, “Excuse me, Tony (later Matt got on me for not calling him “Mr. LaRussa.”  I can’t believe it either!  I guess I wanted him to know he’s like family to us. haha), we are huge Cardinal fans and were wondering if we could get your autograph.”  He said, “of course!” and proceeded to sign the scorecard that I had just filled out.  Matt asked if he could take my picture with him and the “bald man” who was with him (and our friends had seen on TV) told Matt he’d take the picture so he could be in it too!  And, unlike the image he portrayed in post-game interviews, Tony is very kind!!

When we walked away, I felt like a little girl again.  I grew up going early and staying late at the Cardinal games to get the players’ autographs.  The thrill and excitement were vibrant in me again.  I was squealing and in disbelief.  I quickly called my brother and dad.  Looking back, I’m not sure I made a lot of sense on the phone.  I was beside myself and not thinking clearly.

I met Tony LaRussa. Unexpectedly.  Just walking through the halls with the common folk.  It made the “perfect” night even better.

The whole family is going to the game tonight.  It couldn’t possibly be more eventful than last night, but it will be so fun to continue to pass down the Cardinals baseball tradition to our kids!!

Go Cards!!

 

4 years old?!?

April 6, 2012

This is Alyssa…or “A-kissa” as we like to call her.  She’s full of love and full of kisses.

I’ve had a hard time with her turning 4.  Grace was 4 when we moved to Denver.  4-year-olds are big kids.  My sweet Alyssa is now a big kid.  🙂

  1. What is your favorite color? Pink
  2. What is your favorite food? Tilapia
  3. What do you want for your birthday dinner? Fish tacos and cooked carrots
  4. What do you want to do for your birthday party? Princess Tea Party
  5. What was your favorite part of the day? Hanging out with my friends
  6. Who are your favorite friends? Addison, Annie, Caroline, McKenna, Aspen, Willa and Lyla
  7. What are your favorite movies? Sound of Music and Annie
  8. What is your favorite cartoon? Super Why and Little Einsteins
  9. What is your favorite book? BOB books
  10. What is your favorite restaurant? McDonald’s
  11. What is your favorite thing to do outside? swing on the swingset
  12. What is the best thing about staying home with Mommy and Chase? spending time with Mommy and Chase
  13. What is your favorite thing for lunch? Peanut butter and jelly
  14. What is your favorite breakfast food? cereal
  15. Who is your favorite character in a movie? Belle
  16. What was your favorite present? everything
  17. Why are you so excited to be 4? Because I just am
  18. What is your favorite outfit? a dress or a skirt
  19. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
  20. What is your favorite lovey/doll? Pillow Pet

While asking her these questions, she attacked my cheeks and arms with kisses.  That explains my sweet 4-year-old in a nutshell.  🙂

 

My baby is 6

March 25, 2012

It’s crazy…where has the time gone…

Grace turned 6 on Thursday.  How is that possible.

Last year I took Alyssa on a date and asked her some questions (you can read the answers here).  Recently, I saw the same idea on Pinterest with the idea of doing it every year on your child’s birthday.  Genius!  🙂

So…here are my 20 questions along with Grace’s answers.

  1. What is your favorite color? Red
  2. What is your favorite food? Cake
  3. What do you want for your birthday dinner? Tilapia, mixed vegetables and homemade rolls
  4. What do you want to do for your birthday party? Bowling
  5. What was your favorite part of the day?Being the line leader all day at school
  6. Who are your favorite friends? Jacob, Kalena, Owen, Olivia, Ms. Sutton (I had to stop her because she would have gone on forever) 🙂
  7. What are your favorite movies? Sound of Music and Pocahontas
  8. What is your favorite cartoon? Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
  9. What is your favorite book? Snow White
  10. What is your favorite restaurant? McDonald’s
  11. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Roller skate
  12. What is the best thing about school? Lunch
  13. What is your favorite thing for lunch? Macaroni & cheese and peaches
  14. What is your favorite breakfast food? Toast with jam and butter
  15. Who is your favorite character in a movie? Ariel
  16. What was your favorite present? Knitting machine and Lite Brite
  17. Why are you so excited to be 6? To be 6 like Owen and Kyle
  18. What is your favorite outfit? My new Easter dress
  19. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
  20. What is your favorite lovey/stuffy? Isabelle (Pillow Pet), Roselle (Happy Napper), Lily (Husky), Bunny, Flower (Gray Cat), Lilla (White Cat)

I really enjoyed hearing her answers and I can’t wait to compare them to next year’s…