Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
With our beautiful 70 degree weather I can't help but get excited about Spring being just around the corner! I came across these sweet pics of my girl taken in April 2006...almost 5 yrs. ago!
This is one of my all time favorites!
It's so important to take time to smell the flowers...
Sunday, February 20, 2011
**I thought I scheduled this to post on Monday but just realized I didn't...oops!**
I'm really bummed I didn't take a picture with Emma yesterday. But we had such a fun Mommy and Me day I just had to share! She's been asking for awhile if we could see the Justin Bieber movie. I honestly didn't understand what all of the hype was about with this 16 yr. old kid. Really I was kind of over hearing about him at home and from my students. But, Emma has been singing his songs and talking about him for awhile. She even wrote a story about how cute he is! The funniest thing is when she saw some pictures from my parent's wedding in 1976 and couldn't believe that her Papaw looked like Justin Bieber. I'll have to scan a picture--the hairstyle is so similar!
So I finally took her to see his movie Never Say Never. It was so neat to see her get sooo excited--there was definitely some squealing involved. I have to admit I have a little Bieber Fever myself now. He's so talented and has such a neat story to share. I really enjoyed the movie and feel like he sends such a great message to kids. You know that will probably change...but I like to be hopeful and try to stay optimistic that there is good in this world! I don't however understand all the crying and craziness from some of these girls. I think that's a little extreme. I guess it's like any teenage heartthrob...brings me back to my Tiger Beat days and hanging up posters of New Kids on the Block & other cutie patooties!
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Four posts in one day is a record for me...I just want to make sure I get it all down so I don't forget. Because my memory is so bad...I can barely remember what happened last week.
I love Valentine's Day---the ESE teacher who works with me in my classroom was joking with me that I say that about every holiday and I guess it's true. I love decorating my house and my classroom for the holidays. On February 1, all of my V-day decorations were up! I do love the holidays. But I mean I really do love Valentine's day. I tell and try to show my sweeties every day how much I love them. But I think it's great to have a day to celebrate love and friendship. I love the color red and hearts. I also love any excuse to give gifts! Emma and Max had a blast making their valentine cards for their friends this year! Also, my students in my class were so excited to hand out their valentines and of course make crafts and have a party. Sometimes its nice to just have fun! At least one of my students says every year-"This was the best day ever!" That just makes my day! We had a terrific Valentine's Day this year. Damian and I gave the kids mailboxes with their favorite candy-M&M's for Max, Reese's Peanut Butter cups for Emma. Emma also got a big box of chocolates---her first one---she is such a chocoholic-she was hugging it-ha! She got her new fav movie Ramona and Beezus too. Max got a heart box of gummy lifesavers and a Star Wars Lego set. They are still thanking us for their gifts--too sweet! We had one of our favorite meals-chicken parmesan--by candlelight with the kids. Then on Tuesday, Damian and I had a hot date at Outback-yum! We also bought each other a new laptop--- I LOVE it! Which is partly the reason I have so many posts-this computer is awesome!
She had two cute pigtail braids which you can't really see in the pic...cute cowgirl!
Even though I didn't get a chance to write about my sweet boy last week. I just wanted to do a quick update with what he's been up to...at almost 3 1/2 years old. Yikes!
He is such an outdoorsy kid. He wants to be outside 24/7. He could run around and play all day! We had some cold and yucky weather and he was stuck inside for awhile, so he is the happiest now that it's been in the 70's and beautiful. He and Damian have been playing golf, t-ball, going to the playground and riding his scooter or bicycle most afternoons.
He is also really into pirates and swords right now. He has been playing with his Mickey Mouse pirate ship nonstop since Christmas. He's really excited about the new show on Disney Junior "Jake and the Neverland Pirates". He also tells me that I have to call him a Brave Knight when he carries his foam sword around--he's too funny! He even sleeps with that sword and his little Lego guys. He also has a new love of Legos. The big boy legos...not the megablocks. His big cousins have shown him how to build things and he loves it. I think it's great for his fine motor skills. Those pieces are so small and he concentrates so hard when he's building his spaceships, castles, or whatever else he feels like building. I also bought these little bins at Ikea and he's great about cleaning them up when he's done playing. I'm pretty sure when I told him that if they are left out they go back to the store--that worked! He's been playing with his puzzles, Pop the Pig, and Elmo Memory matching game. He and Emma love to play games and put on little shows for us. I can't wait until we can all play Uno, Yahtzee, and Dominoes together. I love those games! He and Emma have been playing so well together and have so much fun. Damian and I get a kick out of watching them and listening to them.
Since January, my poor little boy has had an upper respiratory infection, bronchitus, and the flu. Needless to say, I would be very happy if we can get through the rest of the year without any illness or doctor's visits.
I am feeling very anxious right now and I have been for most of this week. I feel like I'm sitting on pins and needles waiting to hear from our dear friends, who are really family. Their sweet baby boy Benjamin Michael was born on Wednesday morning. He has a congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Basically a hole in his diaphram. We've known about this for awhile and have been praying. We've known he has to get surgery right away and that he would not be breathing on his own. We also know the hole isn't as big as they originally thought. We even heard he took a small breath on his own. He is at Shands Hospital in Gainesville under the care of some top doctors. I just can't stop thinking about why this is happening. I believe in God and know that He never gives us more than we can handle. It just still seems unreal to me.
And then I got a call last night from my brother that Benjamin is not doing as well as he should be and they are holding off on the surgery for a few more days. This scares me. I can only imagine how Cindy and Anthony are feeling right now---so many emotions. I just hope they know how many of us are supporting and praying for them.Damian and I were both in tears as we were talking about it last night. I know how blessed I am...I had two "textbook" pregnancies...no complications, delivered two healthy babies on my due dates.
I just couldn't hug and kiss my own "babies" enough last night. And I cannot wait until the day I can see Cindy and Anthony loving on baby Benjamin and holding him in their arms. (I also can't wait to give Benjamin BIG, loud gifts just like Aunt Cindy and Uncle Anthony have given to Emma and Max!!)
Monday, February 14, 2011
Emma and Mommy
my sweet kiddos
Sunday, February 13, 2011
I'm also very excited and anxious because Benjamin Michael should be here this Wednesday! Here are some of my favorite pics from this weekend:
Look who's 6!! (Don't pay any attention to Joshua-he really was happy about his birthday-he just wasn't feeling very well-poor little guy!)
Happy to be 6!
Max had so much fun with his boys & playing with their toys!
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I love when my sister dresses Noah in some of my favorite outfits that Max wore. She is so thoughful like that.
Below is one of my faves! It's the sweetest little elephant outfit from Gymboree. It was the first outfit I bought when we found out we were having a boy. I just want to kiss and squeeze my baby boy...I still do... but now he's huge!!
Max-October 2007(2 months old)
Noah-December 2010 (1 1/2 months old)
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
January was a terrific month! I honestly cannot believe it's over! We spent time with family and friends and have enjoyed making some happy memories.
On the 15th we showered our dear friend, Cindy, who is really family(her sister is married to my brother!) with baby blessings for Benjamin Michael. He will be here in a couple of weeks and we can hardly wait! We are praying for him and know that he will be a little miracle!
Here's Cindy after the shower...she'd probably not love for me to post this pic but I love it! She is sitting in Benjamin's nursery and is such a cute preggo!
Opening gifts at her shower at Mimi's Cafe!
I am looking forward to February...we have so much family that will be visiting us this month. We are kicking off the fun next week with my Uncle Dennis, Aunt Tanya, and cousin Abby from Louisiana. Abby will be competing in a cheerleading competition at Disney! Emma is so excited to watch her perform! Also, my aunts, uncles, and cousins from Indiana will be visiting! I can hardly wait!