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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 year in Review

January - We were so blessed to celebrate Emma's 1st Birthday!
February - Emma and I flew to Knoxville into visit friends...ended up in the ER with a very sick baby.
March - We celebrated Chloe's 3rd birthday! She is getting so big so fast!
April - We went to Oklahoma to celebrate Grangran's 91st birthday!
May - Went to Georgia on a mission trip.
June - Flew to California to see Loreal and her family! We also got to go to Sea World! YEA!
July - We went to Branson for one last little get away...without kids!
August - Maci arrived via c-section!
September - Chloe and Emma started preschool and MDO.
October - We thought our house had sold (for the 3rd time) but contract fell thru....again.
November - I got to go to the New Kids on the Block Concert!
December - We celebreated our 8th anniversary. We went to Oklahoma for Christmas. The girls LOVED playing with their cousins.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas

We road tripped to Oklahoma for Christmas this year! We opened presents with the girls a few days before we left. Here are a few picts of our Christmas! This one is Chloe playing with the new doll house that Santa brought her and Emma to share! She didn't know where to begin!




Next we have Emma and the doll house! She was so overwhelmed by everything she didn't know where to start!




Next is Emma riding her Pony's that G-ma bought her! I think perhaps G-ma should have bought bigger ponies for Emma to "ride." Sooo funny!



And sweet little Maci! She found a new friend at g-ma's house! This is a doll that G-ma had that Maci LOVED! When she would start to cry we could get her "friend" and she would stop and just coo and smile at her. So adorable!

Maci the chatter box

Wow, what a difference a week can make! Maci was doing simple coo's when we left to go to Oklahoma for Christmas. This is what she started doing while we were there! So sweet!



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Before leaving, I wanted to make sure our Little People Nativity was all together. Upon checking it, I noticed that Jesus was missing! I searched everywhere for Him and couldn't find Him anywhere. Having no luck, I finally asked Chloe if she knew where Jesus was...and in the cutest 3 yr old voice possible, she replied "Yip, He's in Bef-la-ham" So cute! The next day I found Him! I yelled "I found Jesus" and Steve thought I was out of my mind...he didn't know what I was talking about! LOL I thought this was such a great reminder from the Lord to remember that Jesus is the reason we all exist and should be the focus of the holiday season!


Thursday, December 18, 2008

The sweetest Christmas wishing

My sweet blue eyed baby! She was just bathed! She is getting so big! Such a sweetie! Here is cute Emma and her bubble beard! She is loving the new found freedom of bath taking. She is no longer confined to a suction seat...so she "swims" in the bath.




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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

25 things about me

1. I never dreamed that I would be a mother of three girls.
2. I overthink my thoughts and decisions too often.
3. I went to college 4 years and got two degrees....my B.S. in Psychology and my MRS. degree
4. I love being crafty...anything hands on!
5. I wear black and brown too much.
6. I miss Loreal like crazy and can't wait to see her again soon!
7. I was born on my moms b-day.
8. My husband makes me laugh...daily. He's so goofy!
9. I rush my kids too much and wish I could stop.
10. I love Target!
11. I'm a coupon shopping diva!
12. I hurt when others hurt.
13. I often wonder why God chose me to walk the journeys He has.
14. I clutter up the house and am trying to stop that.
15. I have a stock pile of diapers, wipes, and formula in my basement.
16. I enjoy dressing my girls a like!
17. I hate seafood.
18. I am a facebook addict.
19. I was a cheerleader in highschool.
20. I dye my hair every 6 weeks...the grey keeps coming back.
21. I need a workout buddy.
22. I have never been a girly girl.
23. I am comforted by my Father daily and love Him dearly.
23. I have an amazing group of girlfriends...yes you are one of them!
24. I love baking.
25. I am amazed that one can love three chidren as much as I do!

Holiday stress...

I love the Holidays. I love the shopping and giving of gifts. I do not, however, love the stress. I told myself this year that I would not rush my girls. I do it everyday. I can't seem to stop myself. I hate being rushed, yet I am doing it to them. "Hurry get your shoes on", "hurry climb in the van", "hurry put on your coat". It's out of control how much I rush them. I am going to just be late for now on...no more rushing.

Yesterday was a stress filled day for our family. So much sadness filled our day. My brother in law, who is a fireman who I have so much respect for, came upon a wreck and did everything he could to save the mom. The kids were okay, but she didn't make it. I am in awe by how much strength it must have took for him to do that. He is amazing and I feel I don't appreciate my family (verbally) enough. I cried like a baby for this family who lost a love one. This mom...of girls. It brought back memories of losing my own mom and that pain. I hurt for this family. It reminded me of how precious life is and to live in the moment. Don't rush! Don't take family for granted. Tell them you love them every chance you can. Invest in them.

A few hours later, Steve received a call that again reminded us how precious life is. Another lost love one. A church family had lost one of their children. As he was heading out the door to be with this family, we received a call from his dad. His mom was in a car wreck. We had no details to go on, we had to rush to pick up his dad and head to the ER. The world stops when a loved one is in an accident and you have no details. We were grateful and blessed to find her with little injury. She was emotionally shooken up, but who wouldn't be?

All of these crazy happenings right at the holidays. I am left to wonder what God is intending for me to learn from all of this. Life is fragil, it's short, and we should appreciate each other more. That is what I have concluded thus far. If you are reading this blog entry, please know that God has placed you in my life for a reason and me in yours alike. I praise God that He uses people and circumstances to teach us more about Him and His love. Love you!

(I promise fun picts and lighter blog posts in the near future)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Holiday happenings and forever friends

We have had a busy last two weeks! Time is flying these days! I thought I would log on and upload some picts from our latest fun! These are a few of my girlfriends girls. We were having a lazy winter day and thought letting the girls play together would break up the indoor boredom. They enjoyed themselves and as you can see, there were lots of little girls over here that day. 3 mommies and 8 daughters!
This is my oldest little angel! She was one of three angels in her preschool Christmas program. The angels were selected by behavior. Just kidding! I was such a proud momma. I cried as she sang "Happy Birthday Jesus, I'm so glad it's Christmas" There is nothing sweeter then hearing your child sing about Jesus at Christmas! And she even got the words correct to the "sheep song" by singing "I DON'T want to be a hypocrite". We were worried after many weeks of her singing "I just want to be a hypocrite". We caught her singing Happy Birthday Jesus to her baby doll as she had it wrapped in a blanket. So sweet!

Chloe got to enjoy watching her daddy in his role as "Tony" in the church Christmas Dinner Theater. This is the face she made after her mommy talked her into trying fruitcake! Guess I won't be asking her to try that again. She is such a ham...just like her Daddy!

Oh and Maci gave her first laugh! I will try to get it on video and post it soon!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas jammies....

This is about how the other 30 pictures we took turned out. Below are some cute ones though!
As you can see above...we couldn't get a great one of all three of the girls...but here are two good shots.


Emma has pig tails in this pict...you just can't see them!