Saturday, September 4, 2010

My girls...

Could my girls be any more different?

Molly looks like me. Fair skinned, blonde hair, light eyes. It took Geoff and I about 1 year to get pregnant with her. She presented me with a fairly uneventful pregnancy (besides EXTREME morning sickness - but we'll forget about that for a bit). She made an easy enterance into the world. She was slow to walk, she didn't even attempt her first steps until she was 15 months old. Always very cautious, Molly takes her time. Never in a hurry. Everything has to be perfect and in its place. At school, her work is so tidy. In fact, she gets a bit behind, because she is so hard on herself if it's not perfect. She is shy, quiet and embarasses easily.

Ally looks like her Daddy. Olive skinned, darker hair and darker eyes. I got pregnant with Ally on week #3 of trying. She started her tricks in utero. You see, when I was 5 weeks pregnant with Ally I was told after an ultrasound that there was no heartbeat and that I had miscarried. A week later, just to be sure, we did one more ultrasound, and there she was .... beating away! I fell flat on my belly 29 weeks, chasing Geoff through the house and had to go the hospital to be monitored. All was fine, but I am sure Ally's tendency to fall, or be generally clumsy stems from this! Ally is not in school yet, but I am almost certain, her work will not be perfect! She's a hurry up and get it done kind of girl. She makes messes everywhere she goes. She is not shy and pretty darn loud.

But thank you Lord for giving us these 2 precious girls, no matter how different, they are sisters. And I love them!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A bittersweet September song

A friend on Facebook shared this and I thought it to be so very true!

A bittersweet September song - The Boston Globe

Friday, August 13, 2010

It's that time of year....

It's that time of year again.
When a Mommy has to send her baby off to 1st grade. In complete awe at how much she's grown in the past year and knowing that she will grow by leaps and bounds again by the end of the year...physically, emotionally and spiritually.

It's the time of year when little sisters (who have one more year til they can go to school) get a little lonely when their playmate heads off to school.

It's that time of year when new bonds are formed between students and teachers and many prayers are said for teachers. Praying that Ms. Malone has a fabulous first year of teaching and that her enthusiasm for learning and love for our Savior seeps into our precious kids.

Molly, may your FIRST grade year be as FANTASTIC as you!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Future Rock Star

Ok, so I'm not sure if this is good or bad, but Ally LOVES to rock!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Barbies in the Bathtub

A friend of mine from church inspired this post.
You see, she's the mom of 3 grown girls. And now a grandmother. (Although you'd NEVER guess when you meet her). She recently posted on my Facebook that one of my posts reminded her of when her girls used to leave barbies in the bathtub. She reminded me to cherish these moments with these little girls, because they will pass so quickly.

This very much sums up this phase of my life...Barbies in the Bathtub.

(yes here was naked barbie in the girls' bathtub--tried to cover her up a bit,she's very modest!)

You see having 2 girls, barbies are everywhere...

What a great reminder from somebody who's been there. Every day I feel like I walk around hunched over picking up toys, barbies, dress up clothes. I feel like I'm always saying, "Clean this, pick up that." Many days I am frustrated. But soon this will be replaced with girls closing themselves in their rooms, not wanting Mommy to play princess with them. They will have cell phones and friends, and boyfriends (not til they're 30!).

Just a friendly reminder to Enjoy Each Moment! Thank you Lord for blessing me with 2 beautiful princesses.

Friday, June 18, 2010

A Tale of 2 Dancers...

The girls wrapped up Dance Camp this morning. They both learned so much this week and had a great time dancing and meeting new friends. We are already looking forward to next summer!

My girls' 2 distinct personalities truly shine through in their dancing!

Ally -

She is my adventerous one. Not scared. Having a good time. Go with the flow.

(here is a link to her doing her lyrical dance)


She is my cautious one. She gets nervous. Doesn't smile too much. Always checking to make sure she is doing it just right.

(here is a link to Molly's ballet dance)And yes, guess who's shoe is always untied after school...same girl who was the only one with her ballet shoe untied!

It cracks me up how very different the girls are. Molly is so intense and dramatic while Ally is equally dramatic but loves to be the center of attention. Molly was terrified that someone was going to laugh at her, and Ally was delighted to have all eyes on her.

The girls also each did a ballet, lyrical, jazz and hip-hop number. They did awesome. We are very proud of them!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Dance Camp here we Come!

First day of Dance Camp!

Both girls started Dance Camp this morning at Suzanne's. Molly is an experienced dancer, and this was Ally's first time!

They had a blast and are learning a lot. Molly's favorite it hip-hop, Ally's is ballet.

They have a performance on Friday and hopefully I will video and upload a few clips.

Mommy is loving Dance Camp, I have 3 hours every morning to go and get things done! YAY!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Parent's Worst Nightmare

2 posts in 2 days...AMAZING!

Last night our Sunday School class had a party out at the ranch of some of our church members (who are also the parents of 2 ladies in our class).

This place is AWESOME! They have a splashpad and playground, every kid's dream come true.

They also have an INCREDIBLE pool. As we were walking up to the pool after dinner, I reached into our pool bag to get Molly her goggles, put them on her, arranged a couple of things and was getting Ally's life jacket for her. I turned around to put it on her.

"Where is Ally?" I said. I didn't see her to my left, to my right. Straight ahead, the pool!

The sun was starting to go down so there was a glare, but there in the pool I could see the top of my baby's head going down. I jumped in as quickly as possible and got her out.

She had taken in a lot of water and was gagging and gasping for air. After about 3 minutes, she was completely fine. For a lifetime - I will not. The image of Ally's head under that water will forever stick with me. It is quite honestly one of my worst nightmares.

What ifs playing in my mind. What if instead of turning to look for her, I'd started talking to one of the other mom's around me, got caugt up in a conversation? I try not to think of those things and just thank God for watching over her and I that night.

It was a reminder to me to always (especially when going to a new pool) go over the rules. No getting in the pool without permission, etc. It scared Ally. It scared Molly and it terrified Geoff and I.

On a happier note. We had a wonderful time with church friends and look forward to many more!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Quick Catch Up!

Since it's summer and things move a bit slower, I'd love to get back into this thing.

A lot has happened since I last here it is in a nutshell.

In March, I ran the Armadillo Dash 1/2 Marathon here in College Station while the girls and Geoff cheered me on. I then took a break from running to do a boot camp for a few months. Now I am starting training again- this time I have my sights set on a 10K!

April brought Geoff's first ever Marathon in Oklahoma City. He did really well considering that he hurt his knee really bad at mile 7 and still ran the rest of the race! We are proud of him for sure!

In early May the girls attended a Father/Daughter Dance at our church, Central Baptist Church. I was on the planning committee. We started planning in February and we are all so happy - it was a huge success. I was involved with the room decor and it was a big task. Myself and 2 other very dedicated flower makers (Sutton Pitcock and Tiffany Wall) made close to 1,000 tissue paper flowers! Lots of little girls had the time of their lives, so it was well worth all the work.

Geoff also took on a business partner. Randy Hightower is now a co-owner of GreenPrint Real Estate. We are so excited about this venture. Randy is great and his wife Erica and baby girl Hailey are wonderful. We look forward to where this is going to take us!

Later in May, my sweet Molly graduated from Kindergarten. Can hardly believe my baby girl will be in 1st grade. That seems so incredibly old. It is beyond amazing how far she came in 1 short year. She is reading like crazy and loves to write. We went to the library this week and checked out some books. About an hour later, she had read one already, 60 page chapter book! This girl is like her Mom for sure, a bookworm!

On June 3rd we welcomed a new member of our family. My brother Erik and his wife, Laura had their 2nd baby boy, Knox Benjamin. He is just as cute as can be. I love being an Aunt to 2 precious little boys.

Really am going to try to keep it up -- Keep checking in, I might surprise you!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy

That one word sums up my life.

I remember when I first had Molly and how bored I was.
I would plan out our week and stretch out our errands to where we would have somewhere to go each day just to get out of the house.
I would watch the clock move so slowly through the day.
Longing for Daddy to come home from work.
When she started Mother's Day Out, the day seemed to last forever, I'd go home, watch TV, nap, etc.
If I had a blog back then, I'd have been able to post several times a day.
Don't get me wrong, I cherish those memories of quietness and stillness.

Fast forward.
I no longer am bored.
I can't possibly fit every errand into my week.
Yesterday for MDO, I never even came home, my day consisted of errands and meetings.
The clock seems to move at super speed.
Daddy works from home now (which is nice) so when I'm not busy with the house or kids, I am busy helping him with his business.
I have no time to blog, except once every few months.

So thankful that God has given me this time of being busy.
I have a wonderful husband who is providing for our family by working hard and growing his business.
I have 2 beautiful, healthy children who bring me so much joy!
I have a roof over my head that I can take care of and clean (whoo hoo!)

Enjoy your day and hope to be back soon!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Time Flies...

Geoff and I in early 2000. Our engagement picture.
Eager to begin married life. Moving into a tiny little one bedroom apartment in Dallas.

Here we are 10 years later in 2010. Still in love, and now also in love with 2 precious little girls.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Playing Catch Up

With my new blog look I plan to be much better- promise! Our lives are going at warp speed it seems. Weeks are flying by.

The girls had a great Christmas this year. They both really got into all of the Christmas songs and traditions. Ally really understood more this year and was so excited for Santa to come. On Christmas Eve the girls got to open their Christmas gift from us. They each got a princess dress. We then told them that we were going to DisneyWorld in January. They were very very excited.

Random, but our Dog Brady decided to make herself into a plant:

Up next--- Molly turns 6 in DisneyWorld!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Did you Miss Me?

After a long sabatical- I'M BACK! And thanks to Shauna I have a new look. What do you think?

I have lots to catch up on! Since I left you last we had Christmas, New Year's, and Molly turned 6 with a trip to Disney World in Florida.

Will start updating ASAP!