Thursday, December 18, 2008
And said this, "Mom, I drew a picture of you...MAD!"
Uhhh, what does this mean? Is this how she sees me, with psycho eyes and an intense mad mouth? There's nothing like getting a mood check from your 3 year old. I thought about the day and how it had gone and I guess she was slightly justified in drawing "mad mom" Twice that day she had gone running to the bathroom in a panic, only to make it as far as...right in front of the toilet. One of those times she had her dress on ready to go to church. ARGHHH!
After seeing this sad drawing of myself, I realized I need to try and be more patient with her. Life can be so short and I need to sit back and enjoy every day. I try to remind myself that these are the easy days compared to what's ahead. I hope next time she draws a picture of me it's a little different.
Monday, December 1, 2008
While they were gone, the boys went outside to throw the football and Sam, the youngest cousin at 8 years old, threw the football through the dining room window. The pane must have shattered into a thousand itty bitty pieces. It took 4 of us almost 1/2 hour to get it all cleaned up. Sam was so upset. This is him shortly after the incident, you can tell his face is still red from crying. Sheriee got out of the Emergency Rooom with a bandage instead of stitches.
And to top it off, while in the middle of an intense game of Zilch, a really fun dice game, Chloe started yelling my name from the bathroom. I was in the process of rolling what I thought was going to be the winning roll and yelled for Ryan to go check on her. He goes to check on her and starts yelling for me to come and see. I go look and Chloe had made a mad dash for the bathroom only to make it as far as, I bet you can guess, right in front of the toilet.
Despite all the craziness, we ate delicious food, spent quality time with family, and expressed thanks for the wonderful blessings we have in our lives.
Monday, November 24, 2008
But it did look pretty cute so I talked myself into giving it a shot.
This was my end result: It's just a little carriage because I couldn't find a big watermelon.
I would like to thank:
1. Bertie for giving me the idea and believing I could do it.
2. Channing for being my cheerleader along the way. She kept saying, "Good job mom! It's looking like the picture."
3. Chloe for taking a wonderful nap. Sometimes it's hard having, not 2, but 4 extra helping hands.
4. And last of all, HEB grocery store for having a decent price on out of season fruit. I couldn't have done it without them.
The girls loved the carriage and couldn't wait until the next morning because I promised them any leftovers. It's funny how in their eyes the ordinary fruit turned into something extraordinary when put inside a watermelon baby carriage.
So if you ever need a cute fruit dish idea for a baby shower, here are the instructions.
Monday, November 17, 2008
So, today is the day. I'm going to post a new entry!
The girls were black cats this year.
Chloe originally wanted to be a cowgirl until Channing decided to be a cat. Then, that was all Chloe wanted to be. We tried to talk her back into the cowgirl because my friend let me borrow a cute pick cowgirl outfit and I found a pink trimmed cowgirl hat and some adorable brown and pink boots at Goodwill, but there was no changing her mind. We thought, maybe if she tried on the costume she would see how cute she looked and change her mind.
Wes, Kate, Logan and Ben came down from Dallas and spent Halloween weekend with us. We went to the trunk-or-treat party at the church. The kids had a great time.
The last part of October and first part of November is a busy time for birthdays in our family. We celebrated 4 birthdays throughout the weekend.
Our little Channing turned 5 years old on Nov. 1st. She is such a joy to have around and is a good big sister to Chloe. Every Sunday she comes out of her primary class with a few snacks folded up in a napkin to give to Chloe. A lot of times it will be as simple as a fruit snack, usually stuck to the paper towel, and 2 or 3 goldfish, or 1 peanut butter cracker, but it's always something. We love her so much.
Ben turned 2 years old on Nov. 2nd. He is a little cutie pie and it was fun having him here to celebrate his birthday. He may have gotten a little ripped off on his cake though(my fault). It doesn't look like a very fun and exciting cake for a little 2 year old. We opted for 1 cake for all the birthdays so we wouldn't have a ton of leftovers and due to lack of time, I didn't even get it decorated. Sorry Benny.
We also celebrated Ryan and Wes's birthday.
Ryan is a great husband, my best friend and a very caring and doting dad. I am blessed to have someone that I enjoy hanging out with after 9 years of marriage.
I guess I should say something about Wes since I said something about the other 3. Let see what is there to say.............ummm.....
Ok, just joking, Wes is a fun brother-in-law and he actually acts like he doesn't mind when I'm on his team for sand volleyball at the lake house. This is a big deal to me, since I'm slightly challenged when it comes to sports. I'm glad they live close enough that we can see them often.
Grandma and Papa had a great time with the grandkids and Papa took advantage of the Halloween holiday and tried to scare the kids with a very creepy mask. Grandma came to their rescue and made him promise not to scare them too bad. Next year they might not be so lucky.
That pretty much sums up our weekend.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I love this framed sketch. I found it in the gift shop at Enchanted Forest, which is an amazing garden center. It has already been placed in several different spots around my house. I'm trying to find the perfect spot.
My Favorite Snack:
As I watched this on my computer I realize how horrible I sound snickering each time she falls. It just looked so funny.
What are some of your favorites this week?
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Chloe's Birthday August 31st.
Chloe turned 3 the end of August. She was really excited for her birthday this year. She wanted a lollipop, a clock bracelet(a watch), and a birthday cake.
Argh!!!! The dreaded closed eyes.
First Day of School, Sept 2.Both girls started school last month. So far...great! They go twice a week for 3 hours. This is such a nice breather for me. I get a few hours to clean, shop, grocery shop, do nothing, whatever. It makes me a happy mom when I pick them up. I actually feel like I appreciate their "sweet" personalities a little more after these few hours.
Hurricane Adventure, Sept 11-15th.
Our story isn't that exciting, but that's probably a good thing. Ryan and I decided to leave Houston and head to his parent's lake house to weather out the storm. We left early Thursdday morning to avoid any traffic. We spent the weekend fishing, relaxing, enjoying the beautiful weather, and taking advantage of our time away with the girls. I felt a little guilty about having such a great weekend while there was a hurricane causing so much damage.
After a few days at the lake house we traveled to Dallas to see Wes, Kate and the boys. The girls love Logan and Benny and get so excited when we tell them we get to see them. They had a lot of fun playing together.
We left for Houston Monday afternoon. It took us about 2 hours longer to get back. Most of the gas stations along the way had lines all the way down the feeder roads of the freeway to get gas. It was a little crazy driving into a dark Houston. Our house still didn't have power but Ryan's parent's house did so we stayed there.
We spent all day Tuesday cleaning up our house. These pictures don't look that bad, but it took us quite a while to get it all done. We were really blessed because our area wasn't hit nearly as hard as expected.Before the clean-up...
We didn't get our power back until Saturday, a week after Ike hit. I am so glad we had somewhere to stay. We are blessed to now have our life back to normal.
Friday, August 29, 2008
I am happy to say that we closed on our new house and have moved in, which means I no longer have to have our home "show ready" Yahoo!!! I will post pictures soon.
Friday, August 15, 2008
1. You milk it out of them and mix it with something and it makes meat.
2. They lay an egg and the meat is in the egg.
3. They grow it and you pick it off them like fruit on a tree.
4. They eat something and then when they throw up it comes out meat, just like birds do with food for their babies.
POOR CITY GIRL!
We couldn't decide whether or not to tell her the real story. We opted not to. We're afraid we would have a little vegetarian on our hands.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
She loves collecting pieces of paper, brochures, comment cards, receipts, credit card applications from stores, basically anything that she can use as directions, instructions, an invitation to a special party or a treasure map. I love that she does this. She will find something and carry it around for days. I've posted this picture before but notice what she has in her hand. It's a comment card from Kohls.
Prayer by Channing: Dear Heavenly Father, We're thankful for our day and our breakfast. Please bless it that it will be healthy for our bodies, well...not the Marshmellow Mateys because they have a lot of sugar in them.
Prayer by Channing: Dear Heavenly Father, We're grateful that we have a nice home to live in so we don't have to live, like outside or at the zoo.
Mail Lady Channing and her helper Chloe:
Girls In Boots:
Chloe went through a phase where she licked everything. I am so amazed she wasn't sick all the time. I wrote down a few of the things I witnessed her lick. Who knows what else there was that I never saw?
1. Ryan's IPOD
2. Kitchen floor (it wasn't even freshly mopped)
3. Channing's tap shoe
4. The carpet(I bet that was a sad surprise, a mouth full of fuzz)
5. The entire lenghth of my arm(she's quick, she got all the way up my arm before I could pull it away)
6. Ryan's hand
7. The hairy part of the hair brush
8. Channing's arm(what's with the arms?)
9. Bottom of her own shoe
10. Wal-Mart grocery cart(The worst of all in my book. What is it about Wal-mart carts that make me cringe to touch them and she LICKED it.)
11. Brand new computer monitor. Story: We bought a new computer and Ryan was taking it out of the box and checking to see that all the parts were there. He walked out of the room for a minute and came back to this:
The girls got balloons at the store and were playing with them in my room. Chloe let hers go and it floated right into the fan. It made a horrible thumping sound as it was getting whipped around and tangled up. There was a small freakout by both girls and then I saw Chloe on her knees: Dear Henly-a-Father, please bless my balloon doesn't get windy in the fan.
Her favorite socks:
My goggle-eyed ballerina:
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Here we are at the airport waiting for Michael to arrive. 3 of my sisters were there, my parents, and of course my sister and her kids who live in Atlanta.
He was really surprised when he saw us all. He was only expecting my parents and Tiffany to be there. We had a great day eating, shopping, and hanging out.
Channing and Chloe had so much fun with daddy while I was gone. They played in the pool, went to the movies, ate out for dinner, and had a fun day at Grandma and Papa's. I'm not sure how much they really missed me. Ryan had the house all clean and the girls bathed and ready for church when I got home Sunday morning. Everything went smoothly, well almost...
On one of their excursions there was an incident that involed pizza, Chloe, and a chair. The result was this nice black eye.
I am thankful for a wonderful husband who was willing, and loved being Mr. Mom for a few days.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Memorial Day when I was growing up was a day for us kids to spend with grandpa and grandma. We would decorate graves of great grandparents, great aunts and uncles, and cousins we never met. We would hear the story about the aunt who died giving birth to twins. The babies also died and she is buried with one in each arm. After deorating the graves and hearing all the stories we would finish the day with a special treat at the store. I love my memories of this special day with my grandparents.
Ryan and I took the girls to a local cemetary to let them see what people do on Memorial Day. We each told them a story of our grandparents. It was a nice morning.
Chloe finished her swimming lessons today. She took swimming lessons from one of my young women and did great. It took her a little while to want to do it, but once she realized it was fun and not torture, she loved it. This is her jumping and swimming at our pool:
The girls had dentist appointments today. They did great. Channing has been several times and actually looks forward to her visits. This was Chloe's first time. She looked so tiny sitting in the big dental chair. She was a big girl and the hygienist was able to clean her teeth without any resistance. She even let the dentist count her teeth. The best part of course was the new toothbrush and the goody bag full of toys.
I'm not sure what it is, so if anyone knows, fill me in. It was about 4-5 inches long. I had a jar and I wanted to catch it so we could get a good look at it. As I was trying to catch it, it sprayed some milky substance all over in the jar. The kids and I all looked inside and got the most horrific wiff of nasty I have ever smelled. It stung my throat and all the kids' eyes were watering. Not the most successsful spider hunt.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
We took the kids on a fishing trip and after about one cast they were done and wanted to know where the snacks were. Thank goodness Grandma came through with snacks and drinks.
They found a little tiny turtle that was about the size of a silver dollar. Ryan was able to catch it for them and they were all so excited. That poor turtle was carted around ALL day. They made him a home in a bucket with some grass, sticks and water. They named him, Turtle. Channing said she checked on him 3 times during dinner to make sure he was safe. When we finally coaxed them into letting him go, Chloe cried. I tried telling her he had to go back to it's mommy and daddy and she said, "But I love him so much." I have to say, it was a cute little guy.