Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Track...and Kentucky!

Maddy Moo.....1st Track Meet! Go TMS!

  • What a great weekend we had! Kathy, Lauren, Madisyn and I spent the weekend in Lauren's soccer tournament for travel soccer! Way to go....second place, they were only beaten by a team from Canada! It was a lot of fun and the team did awesome!
    We ran into a bit of chaos when we showed up (Ummm, we left at 5:30 am, and for those of you that know me...I am NOT a morning person!!) Poor Kathy..I tried to stay awake but every time we would start a conversation she'd look over and I'd be zonked out! We all slept on the way there so she had no one but the radio to interact with! Got to the hotel and they had messed up her reservation and we had no room. It was the weekend for "thunder over Louisville" and the "Women of Joy" conference, so no hotels anywhere. I finally found us a Comfort Inn and Suites who would give me the military discount so that she didn't have to pay any more for the room than she had the first room (which they had already charged her for by the way....they had her check in and out on during the week on a previous weird!). Anyway...when I finally found a room at a decent hotel, they gave us a large suite for the right price, but I went up to use the restroom and when I went in, someone elses stuff was in there. I told the lady at the front desk I did not have time to fix it then and there, but gave her my cell. She called me while we were on the field and said that there was a glitch in their computer system but the only room they had left was the presidential suite and since it was their mistake...we got the room for the same price, no upgrade! :-))) Hectic...but worth it! The suite was large enough for Maddy and Lauren to play volleyball in! We spent a lot of time in the pool, hot tub and on the swings outside!!! And of course a lot of time on the soccer fields, in the malls and cracking up!! Good for the soul and spirit!!

    Madisyn had her first track meet tonight and placed 1st in the long jump and second in the 100m sprint! GREAT job..... all the Thompkins gals and guys did a great job!! Congrats to all! Tomorrow night is a "free" night, but track meet and soccer game on Thurs! Should be a long, fun filled night! I also bought Lyza her first tiny soccerball....that has a strap that goes around her waist so she can kick it and not have to chase it (though at this age, I think that is most of the fun, chasing the ball), it is also a good practice ball for Madisyn!

    Blessings to all....until next time....

Madisyn and Lauren in 400 meter relay

Allison, Lauren, Madisyn and Jane

Alex looks a little out of place with all these girls, but I'm sure he was enjoying it!
Alex, Ashley, Cera, Malorie, Emmalee, Rhiannon, Lauren, Chelsea, Madisyn, Lacey, Kelsey

Madz's new #12 necklace :-)

Mama and Madz in KY

Looks like fun to me.....

Even more fun!

Lauren showing off some moves!

Madisyn and Lauren

Thursday, April 15, 2010

"Big Dreams" - Madisyn

Everyone dreams of being rich, famous or having a mansion to live in. Everyone always wishes to have something someone else has. "Oh, I want that toy!", "Oh I want her shirt, I would look better in it anyways!" No teenager, child or adult can deny that wanting of something better. That's how every person is, whether you want to hear it or not. If all of us would just take our time and look around at what we have, we might not be so greedy, unthankful or wanting more and more. I had everything a child could ever want, but I don't want that anymore. I want to be a family, a daughter, a friend and mostly, someone that could reach out to someone in need. That's what I want now.....

~~ Madisyn Kleinfelter

Thank you once again, Madisyn for letting me share one of your short stories and insight through your eyes! What a perfect job you have done again to make us all "stop and wonder" ~ with Love ~ Mama

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

"Everyone's Welcome" by Madisyn

"Everyone's Welcome"
"Life- in comparison to a Garden"
~~~Madisyn Kleinfelter

Life is like a garden, it gets overgrown, ugly, takes hard work and becomes dead. The solution is to work at it, tend to it and nourish it. You need to weed it and take out all the bad and ugly things. You need to trim it so you can set limits and goals so that it does not get crazy! You need to plant flowers with bright colors to make it more exciting. You need different types of flowers and plants to make sure everything is different and beautiful in it's own way. You need dark deep soil to keep the plants grounded and rooted. You need an "Everyone's Welcome" sign to let everyone in. Whoever may come in and wreck your garden, welcome them in still. For they need to tend, work and noursh their garden too. Lastly, all you need in your garden is LOVE, for love is the only thing that will keep your garden alive.

This short story was written by my 13 yr old daughter, Madisyn. I have found her writing to be very interesting and enlightening, so I will be sharing some of her short stories over the next few days. This particular one jumped out at me due to the fact that we just planted several beautiful, very vibrant gerber daisys... which are my absolute favorite. The photos of the flowers we planted went perfectly with this short story so I decided to use this particular story with the photos I had just taken of the flowers and the daughter, that so very dearly touch my heart, soul and spirit! Thank you Madisyn for a story well written on your view of "tending to lives....and our gardens"! I love you!

Monday, April 12, 2010


Life is short,
Break the rules,
Forgive quickly,
Kiss slowly,
Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile..

Friday, April 9, 2010

Favorite Foto Friday - "Easter Memories"

"Easter Memories" is the Favorite Foto Friday theme for this week! Please visit for more fun photos!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Camping, Camping, Camping......

I figured I had just better get some of our camping photos on here since my blog was updated today to fit our "camping" lifestyle! Didn't Jen do a fabulous job??? Scroll to the bottom also, our campsite is getting raided, as usual by raccoons! We had an awesome time this last weekend...Madisyn took her friend Allison and they actually played on the beach most of the time being was fun! It was hot out.....and Lyza just helped herself to the water, if she'd had a suit on I am more than sure she would have gone all the way in. There were some swimming, but I didn't really want a sick child! We took lots of walks on the beach and around the lake....played in the sand and water a lot.....went hiking and mushroom hunting. It poured buckets in the a.m., but we were dry and packed up when it let up a bit.

This coming weekend Chris has to work and Madisyn is in a singing competition with her school we won't be camping, but weather permitting we'll be back at it the following weekend!

Blessings to all and I hope you are enjoying this beautiful summer like the spring!