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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Father's Day 2009

We spent this Father's Day with BBQ and pool fun! We are trying to take advantage of our pool as much as possible since we will be moving soon.....our house is currently on the market. Here are a couple of fun videos of our little fish.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I swear I did not fall of the face of the earth....really...



































































WOW. I have not posted since Christmastime!!! A lot has happened since then. I turned the big 3-5! But, did not get to celebrate because Maddie came down with the flu.:( In March, we took a vacation to Disney World....LOVED it and can't wait to go back! Maddie turned 8. My grandmother (my mom's mom) passed away...we buried her on Maddie's birthday...very difficult day for me...was happy and sad at the same time. April: Easter, Jim turns 39 and holding, Rockwall TEA party, Maddie earned her purple belt in Taekwondo, and we list our house in preparation for a move to Rockwall. May...not sure what happened...it blasted by with Maci's 1st dance recital, Maddie's Flippers and Dazzlers recital, end of year stuff, the fleas cracked my wrist and now...I have a 3rd grader!! I HAVE A 3RD GRADER. Seriously, I do...and it's crazy. Am I that old already...oh yeah, I told you how old I turned this year. Here are some Spring pics to catch everyone up...bring it on Summer!


Now here comes camp, VBS, more camp, golf lessons, horseback riding lessons, Schlitterbahn, Hawaiian Falls, Tybee Island, pool parties, sleep overs....whew! When does school start again? I'll sleep then I guess.






























Sunday, December 21, 2008

Breakfast with Santa

We made our annual trek to Cedar Hill for the Breakfast with Santa event at the home of our dear friends. It is always so much fun, tons of great breakfast foods, Santa coming thru the woods to see the children; then, calling each child by name as they eagerly wait their special gift picked out by mom (ahem, I mean Santa). Afterwards, Santa takes the kids on a hay ride through the neighborhood. It is such a wonderful time and we have been going there since Maddie was an infant.

We have been there when our girls hated Santa. Later, they thought he was cool but they took their gifts and ran like Forest Gump. This was Maci's year to embrace Santa for a change - one of Maddie's last years to "believe" I think....the pictures of this day were wonderful. You know, one of those "Mom" days when all stars are in alignment and you get all the "best" shots....

WELL, GET OVER IT.....my memory stick corrupted on me and I lost ALL my pictures!!!! Unfortunately, I lost Maddie's class party and pictures dating back to October because my computer was down and I had not downloaded anything in forever. In fact, I lost many pictures on my laptop from a hard drive crash that I was still grieving....and then, THIS!!!! ARGHHH!!

I guess what gives me peace about this situation, is that the family's house we went to, well, their home burned to the ground a few years back. This is only the 2nd year in their new home. Can you even imagine all the things they must have lost - baby albums, family heirlooms, pictures, video, etc...things that no amount of money will ever be able to replace. So, I guess memories from the last few months...I can deal with that.....

Merry Christmas everyone.....

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Our newest addition....


I must admit - I am not really a "cat lover" - I have always had dogs and my mother detested cats so much that it kind of rubbed off on me I guess. But, when I went to pick Maddie up from school last week, the Librarian had 3 little kitties she was giving away. Maddie has been wanting a kitty for a long time - so, I decided - why not?


This poor little kitty - named "Blackberry" - is literally being carried from one end of the house to the other, over and over again by Maddie and Maci - he probably wishes I had just left him in the Library!!! But, I must say, he has really grown on me...

Monday, September 15, 2008

Maci Turns 3!!!



I can't believe my "baby" is now 3 YEARS OLD!!! This year we decided not to do a party and instead, have a "family party" as Maddie keeps referring to it....we went to the Great Wolf Lodge for the weekend. Let me say, they are making a killing there....from MagicQuests, a waterpark, arcade, kids only salon, other crafts and such - oh, and when you are completely beaten down tired, they even have a bedtime story by the gigantic fireplace that all the kids come down in their pajamas to hear. We then retire to our suite that includes a private bunk bed retreat for the kiddos - to include a flat-screen TV for them to watch, play games, etc...



So, all of this sounds good, however, in reality it includes over-stimulation to create little monsters out of your once sweet darlings. Anyone remember the old horror film that came out years ago - that evil toddler, Chuckie....well, you get the picture of the weekend......And, Maddie woke us all up on Sunday at 5:30 AM!!!!!!! Anyone who knows me well, can tell you that I am NOT a morning person - for that matter, I am not really a night person - I guess I am more of a good middle of the day kind of gal...



So, we return home promptly after checkout on Sunday...oh, and did I mention how uncomfortable the beds were???? Not only did we get up early, but we couldn't sleep because the beds were just terrible. With the kind of sticker shock that the Great Wolf Lodge comes with, our beds should have rocked us to sleep, popped a Benadryl in our mouths and sang a lullaby!!!



Well, we did cap it off nicely though with MiMi and Papa and Uncle Rich (who was in town due to Hurricane IKE - glad to report that his home has little to no damage...but it was a treat to see him). We ate BBQ and had a Baskin and Robbins ice-cream cake and watched Maci play with her new things....



Happy Birthday Maci Lyn!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Tale of 2 Pools.....



It goes to show you....that even if you have a fabulous pool with a deep end and diving board, kids just need a back yard and a blowup pool for a good time....


Here is Maddie at her Mimi and Papa's house:



Moral of this story, save your money and time and make a trip to Wally World.

The End.

















Sunday, August 31, 2008

The REAL Labor Day.....

Just for fun, I'm playing along with my friend Jennifer Liane Hunt.....

How long were your labors?

Kid #1: Watched the episode of Bold and the Beautiful, ate a PB&J and then a WHOOOOOSH sound - yep, my water broke. To this day, I still believe that Jim finished his enchiladas and margarita at Ojedas in downtown Dallas. It took him FOREVER to come get me in Sachse to head to Big Baylor. The entire staff at Mom's office listened on speaker phone until Jim arrived. Thank you Environmental Protection Agency - you timed my contractions perfectly!!!! However, Maddie had Jim's shoulders and head, so after 12 hours of labor, and 2 hours of pushing, she was delivered by C-section at 2:11 in the morning (ironically, my b-day is February 11th!)

Kid #2: Planned C-section, no labor - full make-up and hair until the guy with the epidural came in and freaked me out....so much for good pictures....

Where did you deliver?

Baylor Dallas (not my favorite)
Medical City Dallas (this hospital rocks!)

Who delivered?
Dr. Charles Brodsky (performed my emergency c-section in the middle of the night!)
Dr. Michelle Heintges (awesome and played some rockin' music during my c-section!)