Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Preschool Helper Day!

Sweet Annie celebrated her Happy Half Birthday and had helper day! She got to have her super fancy (read EXPENSIVE!) purple flower cupcakes that had been in the freezer since last August! (because I forgot to pick them up in time from the bakery!)  They still tasted pretty good, good enough for preschoolers at least! Annie also did a wonderful job preforming in her first preschool show!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Ellie is SEVEN!!!  Happy Birthday sweet girl!  


Seven Years.

Today is my first baby's birthday!

I cannot believe she is Seven.


Here are some of the thoughts running through my head...

Ellie, our life was forever changed when we found out about you. I was so thrilled to find out you were coming! I was so thrilled to find out you were a girl! I craved jalapenos while I was pregnant with you, and I've often wondered if that's one reason you've always been such a "spicy" girl! I wanted you here SO badly! When our doctor wanted to induce, I jumped at the chance. You barely made it on Valentine's Day, you were born at 11:37 pm, after 16 hours of labor. I will never forget that. You were perfect. 7 lbs, 14 ozs, beautiful and healthy. I loved bringing you home. You sent me on quite the hormonal roller coaster though! I couldn't wait to take you somewhere! I finally took you shopping when you were 8 days old. I bought a nursing bra. I couldn't get enough of you, and I loved every day of your babyhood. I loved dressing you up. You were a very strong baby. You loved tummy time. You did everything early, and I often wished you'd slow down. I knew even then that time was going too fast.

And now, seven years later...I was right. Time has gone too fast. I love being your mother. Even through the challenging times, you bless me. I pray that this year is your best year yet! I pray that you find Peace. I pray that you are happy. I pray that you realize just how loved you are, by so many friends and family. I pray that THIS year is the year that sets you up to have a brilliant childhood.

Happy Birthday Ellie! You will always be my baby.

Love, Mommy

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Da Girls!

SuperBowl Sunday at our house! Da Girls!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Little moments.

There are little moments, when life slows down, and time just seems to stand still.

It gets a little crazy at bedtime at my house. Three kids, all who still need to be tucked in, read to, cuddled with, let's just say it takes awhile! I find myself rushing sometimes, partly because I'm tired, partly because it's gotten too late and they need to get to sleep. But there's one of them, who can always make me slow down.

Annie Grace. This girl, this second daughter and middle child of mine, completely captures me at night.

She only has a handful of books she wants to choose from, and she usually chooses the same two every night. Goodnight Moon is almost always picked. She has it memorized, and so now, she reads it to me. She's so proud of herself for "reading"! After we read, we snuggle, and then she starts telling me things...

Stories about her day, or things that happened last week. She'll think of things from our vacation, and we'll re-live our Disney days (only the good parts :). Sometimes she'll pull something completely obscure from the depths of her memory, like a play and exercise class we attended once, a year ago. She will just talk and talk. I usually have to stop her, and tell her it's time to be quiet, but sometimes it takes me awhile. I love hearing her sweet voice, I love finding out what's in that little brain of hers. Often I come out from her room to see that I've been in there for 30 minutes!

She does the same thing with her daddy. We take turns tucking her in, and on his nights, I love standing in the hall outside her room for just a few moments, and listening to her talk to him. It melts my heart.

In the midst of our very busy life, she slows me down, and makes me listen. I thank God for her, she is the calm between the two tornadoes. :)

She'll be four and a half on Sunday. So, happy half birthday Annie! I have loved seeing your personality shine this year!

And thank you for these little moments at night, they are precious to me.

Monday, February 2, 2009

We have some SUPER AWESOME friends that we love to hang out with! Somehow we all managed to get away for the weekend together hang out at the lake house that one super awesome couple own! We had a blast, only adults and babies! Definitely a memory we'll cherish!