Saturday, April 24, 2010

Day with Dad

On Thursday, I went with my dad to a math tournament. No, seriously, I did. He is the high school math teacher at his school, and they participated in an all girls tournament, so I went as a "chaperon". Call me what you want, but I had a great day. I have been to one with him before and it was very interesting. But at this tournament their were teams of five girls from each school and they were a lot of fun to be around. They took one test but we did a lot of group things and I got to participate. While they were taking a test, my dad and I walked around the campus of VSU while we were waiting.
I always enjoy being with my dad. I am a lot like him, and in the past has caused some major clashes. But, as I got older and more mature, I realized just how much he has sacrificed for me and how much of a role model he is to me. My daddy is that person that "you don't want to dissapoint". EVER! He has always expected my sister and I to do our best and "remember who we were." And I think that helped me to be who I AM.
My dad is great with my girls. He loves them and it makes me smile everytime he lights up when they are around.
I inherited a lot of things from him: my organization, my love for math, my mood swings, my attention to detail, my passion for my family...just to name a few.
Anyway, I love my daddy. He is so great to my family and has always been one of our major supporters. Thank you dad.

And, it is sad to say, this is the most recent pic of just us and it is a year old. I will work on that!

PS, I got possessed and posted 3 more posts after this one...read on!

Jaden Boutique

Today, Kayden went to her friend Jaden's birthday party. They had their nails done, make up, and dress up clothes all at their disposal. It was so fun to watch them. They danced or twirled alot! Happy Birthday Jaden, thank you for letting Kayden share this day with you!











The girl got the "dance gene" from her daddy...not her momma.



the girls

Just in case you ever wonder....

who Brecken's daddy is...here is the proof! (don't think you need the proof, but couldn't resist this picture) And, in case you CAN'T tell, John is the top picture, B is the bottom.

Happy Birthday Gabi!

Thursday was Gabi's birthday, so the girls and I went out to eat with my parents and Gabi to celebrate. We went to Gulio's to give Gabi some other choices. I think she enjoyed her Greek salad.
As I have said before, Gabi is now part of our family and we love her very much.
Happy Birthday Gabi!




Kayden was asleep in my bed and I went in to get something and I couldn't find her head when I looked in there. So, I got a little closer and this is what I found. It was hilarious.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Weekend Review....

We had a great weekend. Yesterday after church we went to the Schultz's for a cookout and to check out their homemade slide! The guys had a lot of fun! Rachel and I had a lot of fun chasing babies! Ha ha... I do plan to try it next time though.





The girls have a new obsession...the sink. I found them "playing in the water" the other day. There wasn't a thing dry in the bathroom! Oh well, they had fun.


I think Kayden did most of the "wetting".

Saturday was March for Babies. There was a great turnout and I was very blessed to have some close friends come and support us. It really meant a lot to me that you all were there. I have raised almost $500 for the March of Dimes, and I just pray that it will help some other family.

Our loyal supporters.
And since I am here...three years ago TODAY we found out about Janey's condition. It is so weird sometimes the dates you remember. I will never forget today. I will never forget anything about it actually. However morbid this sounds, today is the day that Janey died for me. Yes, I bonded with her and felt her every move for 4 months after today, but it was just a waiting period for me. I knew what was going to happen when she was born. I started grieving for her on April 19th, 2007. I can recall my clothes I wore, how my hair looked, every word the tech and my Dr. said. When I got home, Patience was there. She was 9 mo. pregnant with Rowan and she just looked so helpless when I told her what was going on. My parents came over immediately and my mom just held me in my bed like a little baby. My dad made some business calls for us and numerous people came over throughout the day. I remember thinking, "I can't believe this is happening, and this is just a dream." Well, it was very real and there isn't a day I don't think about her. So, today I will remember her short little life and how much I miss her. I love you baby Janey.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Tales of a Trip

For Kayden's spring break, the girls and I headed out on a trip across America...well, not really, but to Arkansas and Tennessee. Here is a quick run down of our trip, and a few observations on the way. By the way, the girls were great in the car. We stopped often, but I couldn't have asked for them to be any better travelers.
This picture was so funny because you have to look hard to see Brecken between me and Kayden...she was not happy!

Ok, we left on April 1st and went to Summer's house in N. Atlanta. Observation #1. I HATE driving in Atlanta. We got there late, see observation 1, so we didn't get to visit a long time. Anyway, it was good to see her.

Then, we headed to Terri's on Friday. I turned 30! Observation #2. Turning 30 isn't such a big deal after all. Terri took us to Chili's and we had some yummy dinner, then we bought a cookie cake and ate on it all weekend. And look, she got candles...how sweet.
We went to the park, per Kayden's request. Observation #3. My allergies attacked me as soon as I got to terri's. I about died in her yard...horrible!


Check out those baby blues.

Easter morning and the girls with their baskets.
Picture time in front of the flowers.

Ah, I love these girls.
Momma and her babies.
Sunday afternoon, we went to see my college roommate and her family. Burke is so precious and has the sweetest smile. Sorry I didn't get to see my other roomies. Maybe next time.

We had Cozymel's for Easter Lunch...this is for you Tiff and Ang!

Good of everyone, except me...lovely! Observation #4. Take allergy meds before leaving GA!

We also went to spring sing and walked around HU campus. I loved being back there. Observation #5. Why do some shows ALWAYS have to have some complicated plot????
Anyway, had a good time!


We had a great time at Terri's. She is a wonderful host, and we miss her. She made me do Zumba monday night. Observation #6. Zumba isn't for everyone, namely, ME! There should be levels!!!!!
Tuesday, we left for Grandmama and PawPaws. We did a lot of visiting and seeing family and friends. We always have such a relaxing time there. I love going!
We also got to meet Aaden!
Brecken loved for Eric to tote her around!

Friday, we went to the Children's Museum in Memphis. Very cool! The kiddos and adults (ahem, mary and George) all had a fun!




This is for you Todd.

Even Aunt Mary decided to climb in the maze!
Disco baby!

Kayden and Grandmama made two batches of cookies and one batch of cupcakes! We ate good, can'tch tell.

On the way home we went to Lauries for a layover. She took us out to eat for my birthday and it was oh so yummy. We talked for a while before she had to go to work. Then, as if I hadn't eaten enough in the past 11 days, she brings home Krispy Kreme...for the love! Thanks La for everything!
We had a great trip! We were all a little ready to be home though. And, what better way to welcome home, but than for Brecken to start running fever...welcome back.