March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

Today is such an important day in our lives. It's Easter.  The day Jesus was risen from the dead!  Hallelujah!  

Here are a few pictures of my Easter happies!

We took bunny pictures with out favorite photographer 2 weeks ago.  After we were WORN out (all 4 of us!), Aunt Jean read the Easter story to my kids.  We love her so!  After we left, she took a nap!  ha!  My 2 are a handful!

But I wouldn't trade it.  Ok, maybe some days.  But most days I wouldn't.  I'm thankful they are learning/know what Jesus means to them!

Happy Easter. He is RISEN!

March 30, 2013

What I've Been Trying To Say...

This.  Totally this. Angie Smith is so elegant with words.  This is what I have been thinking and trying to put into words for so long.  I just couldn't pinpoint it.

Please read her post here.

March 28, 2013

Musical Good Friday

Today is Good Friday.  I love Easter and what all it is about.  Our Savior died on the Cross for us just to save us from our sins.  How awesome is that?  That someone would wash the feet of anyone, especially knowing that He was going to die and that one of them would betray Him.

I love this from Max Lucado's Six Hours One Friday. 

Six hours.  One Friday.  To the casual observer, the six hours are mundane.  God is on a cross.  The Creator of the universe is being executed.  Thorns rip his scalp.  His lungs scream with pain. Yet, death is not ready. 

And there is no one to save him, for he is sacrificing himself.

It is no normal six hours... It is no normal Friday. 

Living He loved us, dying He saved us. Oh Glorious day.  By Casting Crowns.

March 26, 2013

Color Me RAD!

Quite a few months ago, my friend Lisa asked if I wanted to run a 5K with her in Jackson.  I haven't run in a race in 2 years so I was skeptical.  Then she sent me the info.  I was hooked.  It seemed like a fun race and it benefited our favorite (and only in MS) Children's Hospital.

So I signed myself up and Bis Sister, knowing she would LOVE this.

The race is called Color Me Rad.  Click here to read more about it.  You start out wearing all white and after the race, you are full of color!

The best part?  It's all for fun. And the kids.  You don't have to run but you can.  You just have to keep moving.  

Basically what they do it 'bomb' you with color.  It's colored corn starch.  As soon as you get there, you are getting bombed.  They throw color on you at the beginning, middle and end of the race.  They had (I think) 4+ color stations along the route.  They also had a few stations with colored water that they would squirt you with. And that was COLD. 

I went with my kid and one of Lisa's twins.  The three of us ran probably half of it.  I was so proud of how well they did. 

If you are a competitive runner who likes your time to be taken at the end, this race is not for you. If you like to have fun and be RAD, this is the place for you.  I can't wait to do it again next year.  Thanks Lisa for asking me to participate with you and your girls.

 This is what the kiddo wanted to wear so she wouldn't get corn starch in her mouth or nose!  It was actually a hit!  We didn't use the snorkel but she wore the mask. People were asking to take her picture. She thought she was a celebrity.  

 This was us before the race. All nice and white.  They give you the sunglasses and tattoos in your race packet.

 This was at the starting line.  Yes, already bombed some.

We stopped along the way to take pics.  Not as many as Lisa did though.
 After the first color station. Yellow.

 Going through the green station where they were squirting the colored water.

The plume of pink smoke up ahead was the finish line.
Waiting on the rest of our crew to finish.


 With the random Zebra we kept seeing.

The girls 'surprise' bombed Lisa when she got to the finish line.

 Mom had a meeting in Jackson so she brought Baby Sister to me.  All the girls were loving on her.  Which she in turn ATE UP.

After the race, we headed to the Mellow Mushroom to eat.  Yes, still colorful.  There were others there dressed the same.
Baby Sister was entertained by a ton of girls, Sam especially.

We had a great day full of laughter and memories.  One, I'm sure, we won't forget anytime soon.  

I can't wait to see more pics!

March 21, 2013

Keeping It Real

I read a few blog posts yesterday that were too good NOT to share.  Both of these posts are about people keeping it real, and you know, I'm all about that!

This is how I feel a lot of the time. I love being a Mom but let's be honest, it's HARD work.  If your life is all roses and ice cream, then kudos to you.  Mine is not and I can admit it.

This might be my favorite blog post of all time!
To the parents of small children: Let me be the one who says it out loud.

If you have not watched the show Duck Dynasty, you are missing out. It's hilarious and so relatedable.  My hubby says it's all scripted and yes it is, to a point. Most of the things that happen on the show, have happened to them before.  It's a good show that I can actually let me kids watch.

Here is the story about their family and life before the show.
Their show comes on A&E Wednesday nights at 9 pm CST.

March 20, 2013

The evolution of a picture

This is how unbelievably hard it is to take ONE picture of my busy 1 and a half year old.

This was after bath time the other night while her Sister was in the shower.  She thinks I'm a jungle gym.

She eventually got mad at me because I wouldn't give her my phone so she could look at the pictures.

Then she popped me on the face.  Yep.  My sweet BABY.  So I told her NO, we don't hit, especially Mommy!  Then she rolled over and curled up into a ball and started WAILING.  Until Daddy came to pick her up.  As soon as he did, she jumped for me.  I'll take it.  That NEVER happens. Especially when I'm the one getting on to her!

She's (usually) soooo sweet. I've just resigned the fact that all my pictures for the next year will be blurry since she's constantly in motion.

March 18, 2013

19 Months

Baby Sister is 19 months old today.

Photography courtesy of a 6 year old.

Saying Bye Bye!

Boring Stats, etc:

Diaper -I have a few size 4 left that I'm trying to use up. Once those are gone, we are moving on to size 5.

Weight -  I have no clue how much she weighs. 27 or 28 pounds?  We go to the Dr. for her 18 month check up next week.  We were supposed to go last week but her Dr. was off for Spring Break so we rescheduled.

Clothes - Some of her 18 month clothes she has grown out of.  She's in such a different season with clothes than her sister.  All her 2T and 24 month clothes are for winter so she's been wearing those. Now that's it's warming up, she is able to wear some of the other 18 month stuff. Then again, some of it is just too small. She has a ton of clothes so I'm trying to NOT make her squeeze in the old stuff.

Sleep -Sleep is better this month. Well, last week was rough.  I think somebody's cutting either her eye teeth or her 2 year molars. Other than that and the fact that she's a pretty gassy kid, she's been sleeping pretty good.  Still naps about 1-2 hours during the day.  Bedtime is 7:30 and she gets up anywhere from 6-8 in the mornings, depending on the day.

Teeth -  She has 4 on top, 4 on bottom and 4 molars, all in now.  I think she is starting to get her 'eye' teeth but I can't really tell, or maybe her 2 year molars as I said before.

Activities - She goes and goes and goes and then crashes.  Nap times are generally easy. When I know it's time, she is usually easy and drinks her milk and sacks out.

She ADORES her 'Sissy.'  That's the first person she wants to see in the mornings.  Sissy usually gets sugar or loving before any of the rest of us.  Except maybe the dog. She LOVES the dog.  She is a Daddy's girl, just has her sister was.  If Daddy's in the room, you can hang it up.  She wants Daddy first, Sissy second, Sage (dog) third and Mom last.  Unless she's tired, or sick, or ticked. Typical.  I'll take it.

She LOVES to dance and 'sing.'  In the car, in the living room, anywhere.  She loves the music we listen to and will start dancing as soon as she hears it.  Sometimes in the car, she tries to sing the songs.  Her sister and I have a good laugh at all her silliness. 

She loves to wave at people.  When she rides around the neighborhood in her 'car' she waves at everybody, whether there are people there or not.  I call her my pageant princess.  She'll have that wave down pat by the time she's old enough to compete. ha!

Eating - She's still a little too busy to sit down for long and eat.  She loves bananas and cheese right now.  She ate almost all her sister's hamburger from McD's one night before church.  Yet, she hasn't eaten one since? She's still growing good so I'm not too worried about how little she eats right now.

All in all, I can't imagine our lives without this sweet girl.

March 15, 2013

Tradition - Bulldog Baseball

Ever since I was little, I have been a HUGE fan of Mississippi State.  And more importantly, MSU baseball. My brother played baseball growing up and even went to one of MSU's baseball camps when Will Clark was in school there.  Pretty cool huh?

My mom's sister has lived in Starkville for as long as I can remember.  We used to always go stay with her and go watch baseball. She's a season ticket holder so we always had a ticket or 2.  

I have such fond memories of MSU baseball.  Coach Polk's temper, many a regional and super regional, and that was before I was ever even in school there.

Needless to say, when I got to campus as a student, I couldn't wait for baseball season. I got to know a sorority sister named Julie.  She was as much of a fanatic as I was.  We've spent many a night at Dudy Noble with a blanket and heater. We've also shared some sweat at the Dude and at Hoover Met for the SEC baseball tourney. I'm so glad I had a friend that truly understood my obsession, as my husband calls it.

Since we moved back home, I still try and go to Starkville for at least 1 series a year.  I think I've only missed 1 season where I didn't watch at all.  Sad times.  I've been when I was pregnant and I've been when Big Sister was just a few months old.  She also went with Mom and Dad and I when I was pregnant with Baby Sister, but it rained most of the weekend so we moved to basketball instead.

One of my dreams has always been to carry on this tradition with my children.  I just KNEW my first child would be a boy that would LOVE baseball and one day play at MSU.  Well, God laughed and said, "I'll show you."

Instead, He gave me a beautiful tomboy who loves most sports.

When I mentioned going to Mississippi State for a baseball game, she was soooo excited!

After the birthday lunch and surprise, she and I headed to the stadium.

 She was pretty excited.  For the first few innings.  She did ask my lots of questions and I LOVED sharing my baseball knowledge with her.

 Looks like a postcard. Ah, my favorite place.

 She would NOT let me take a picture of her.
 Eating Sweetarts.  I'm sure I had enough candy and junk to last the rest of the day.
 My view for the afternoon.  So many people were at the beach for Spring Break.  I was right were I wanted to be.

About the 4th or 5th inning, she got bored with it all.  So she played on her Kindle. I was fine with it because she wasn't complaining and asking when we were leaving.  Oh no, that came in about the 6th.

By the 6th or 7th inning, all she wanted to do was go back to Lisa's house to play with the girls.  She didn't want any part of going to the basketball game that she was excited about as well.

We ended up leaving at the end of the 8th because I'm superstitious and we were behind.  We had won 16 in a row, up to this point.  So we left and went to the bookstore to get Daddy some MSU stickers for his new car.  We listened on the radio and we came back and tied it up in the bottom of the 9th. I was super excited thinking my leaving (or the kid leaving, I went Fri and they won!) actually helped them.  The ended up losing in extra innings. Which stinks, but they lost Sunday too.  It's ok, we are still really good.  (Big test for us this weekend as SEC play begins!)

I snapped this picture as we were leaving the field.  Might be one of my favorite pictures of all time.

So happy for these memories!  

Hey SS #1, now we have to get our kids to Hoover Met!!

March 14, 2013

Birthday Celebrations

Last week and weekend there were some birthdays for a few special people!

When I knew the gift one of them was getting and after talking to my BFF, I decided that Big Sister and I should make the trip to Starkville to celebrate.

And what do you know?  There just happened to be some Bulldog baseball in town.  For the (then) undefeated Diamond Dawgs.  Look for that post tomorrow.

The stars aligned and since it was the beginning of Spring Break, we didn't have a soccer game.  And since my kid doesn't get to do anything fun for Spring Break, I decided it was time to go to my favorite place on Earth.

My BFF's twins turned 8 on March 7th.  Man, I can't believe it.  Syd and Sam. So sweet and sooooo different.  And my girl ADORES them.  I think I could have left my kid there all week and she would have never missed me.

 Happy birthday sweet girls!  Now, stop growing.  I won't have it!

Then on March 9th, their Big Sister Presley turned Sweet 16.  That girl has grown into such a beautiful young lady, inside and out.  She's going on a mission trip to Alaska this summer.  So send her some money!  She's using all her birthday money toward her trip.  How mature of a 16 year old!

She is the best big sister and friend anyone could ask for.  She's been through so much in her 16 years and has handled it all with such grace.

We love you to pieces Presley.  You and all your family.
Pres and Granddaddy Bobby

Since she was turning 16, her mom decided she needed a car.  She can't drive it by herself until May so that gives her 2 good months to learn it all.

After long deliberation, Lisa and Bobby decided on a Ford Focus.  It has great parental controls and is fairly affordable.

The color is beautiful!

So, Presley got the surprise of her life on Saturday.  After a birthday lunch at Lisa's parents' house, Pres was blindfolded and led outside.  I'm so glad I was there to catch her expressions!  There were TEARS from most every grown person there!

 It was soooo windy that day that our balloons ended up in the trees in the yard.
Getting ready!
 The reveal!

The tears!

The happy teenager!

I could not have been more excited to be in on this sweet surprise!
And to get to hang out with this wild bunch!
Christmas card pic Lisa??

We had a GREAT weekend!