Monday, December 21, 2009

Jenga Night with the Girlies

In the surreal-ness of having so few cakes to do in the glorious, glorious month of December, I am able to do fun things with the girlies that I don't usually have time for.  It struck me that we used to play Jenga in Bible college, and I set out to find the game locally for the girls.  I couldn't stand to wait and give it to the them for Christmas. :)

Sure enough, Target had just, one, left!  Yay!  And I think it was $10!!  Even better.  I feared that the girls might be a little young for it, but I should have known better - they loved it.  And so, for your viewing pleasure, here is my Jenga Photo Journal from the other night. :)



This last shot is a gem.  Baby was pulling out a block that I knew was going to doom the tower, so instead of rescuing her, I just sat there with my camera at the ready.  I wish I had waited about another half second to push the button, but the look on her face is awesome.

I think this was Friday night.  On Saturday morning I awoke to the loud sound of a Jenga tower crashing down on the dining room table, along with one little voice giggling and another saying, "Aw, maaaaan."  I'm so glad that Baby is home from school for two whole weeks.  They are such little treasures. :)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Natalie's Christmas Concert

I know it has been over a month since I've blogged!!  Bad blogger!  BAD!!

I just haven't had much to take pictures of...
Day to day stuff is all we've had going on, just the busy-ness of making cakes, running errands, and dropping adorable little girls off at school.
Jesse is working in North Carolina, but he has been home on and off and we've been soaking up the time together when we have it.

I promise I think about our sadly neglected blog almost every day...
And today I'm glad to report that I have some pictures to post! Yay!
BUT, please bear with me - Blogger has changed their format and so I am learning all over again.

Natalie had her Christmas Concert at school yesterday and because December is blessedly slow for cakes...
I got to go and take Rooney too. :)

 I'm afraid that most of the pictures I got were terrible quality...
It wouldn't hurt me to sit down and read the manual for my camera some time, I'm sure that would help.

Also, I showed up 30 MINUTES early for the concert and still got a seat like 6 rows back...
I think most people must have dropped their kids off for school at 8:15 and then gone straight to the sanctuary to reserve their seats...but the concert didn't start until 9:30!!

So of course I did the logical thing...
Go get Starbucks to kill time and then come back. :)

Notice anything different about Bug than the other children?

Well, she goes to a Methodist school...
We go to a Pentecostal church....

THE DAY BEFORE the concert they sent a note home...
"Please have children wear their SUNDAY BEST."

No problem. :)
It's just that our definition of Sunday Best is,
a little different than everyone elses. :)

Even without a frilly Christmas dress (sorry, she doesn't own one)
she was pretty as a picture the whole time.

She even had her own speaking part.

She was the 'M' in C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S.

'M' is for the Many blessings He has given us.

Amen. :)

They turned the lights down for the last song and gave all the children these candles.
I'm afraid this was the best of about 50 blurry and psychedelic pictures I took. :)

After the concert we headed back to Baby's classroom for her Christmas party.
The children exchanged gifts (books) and Christmas cards...
and there was an unholy amount of cookie-eating that took place.

Madeline jumped right in with Baby just like one of the gang.

They are growing up before our eyes.
I love that they are best friends.

The bun (and the oven) are doing great. :)
I'm starting to show and
with the exception of the lingering morning sickness,
I'm really enjoying being pregnant again.

Just 2 more weeks until we find out the baby's gender!!

WHEW!! That was a long one. :)

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. :)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Second OB Check...

Saw the Baby Doc on Thursday and everything looks great. Lost some weight since the last check but Dr. didn't even mention it, it's just what happens sometimes when you have morning sickness. I really like our Dr. - Jesse and I joke about the number of times she says "kick ass" or "big ass" in one appt. She said "big ass" in the first 10 seconds after she walked into the exam room this time. She's hilarious. She is pregnant too but she's due in just a couple of weeks. I wouldn't be surprised if her baby's first words were "kick ass!"

8 more weeks (2 more visits) and we get to find out the baby's gender. :)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Photography Contest

A friend of mine is a budding and talented professional photog. She often posts her pictures on her blog and Facebook and it is obvious that she loves what she does - her passion for family and children shows thru in every shot. She wants to win this contest over at SOULOGRAPHER, and the prize is a photography workshop in workbook format.

I thought it might be nice to give her a little support...and an extra entry or two. :) So I entered as well. Michelle, if I win, the workbook is yours. Love you and love what you do. :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

First OB check today

Everything looks great! Saw the baby, heard the heartbeat, chatted with the doctor. Using the same OB/GYN who took the ovarian cyst out. She is also pregnant, but will deliver in less than 6 weeks so she will be back to deliver our baby at the end of May. :) Yay!

Monday, September 28, 2009

How to...

...find out for sure who *REALLY* reads your blog.....

We are expecting #3 early next summer!! We did not expect this AT ALL but of course we are thrilled. Getting to tell the girls was a lot of fun too, because they are old enough to understand (5 & 7) and they were SO excited. So are we! ;)

Duck house

This morning when we walked out the door to take Baby to school we were greeted by a surprise...

Two freshly-laid ducky eggs resting in two different spots in the grass. This meant we could wait no longer...the little critters needed a place to build a nest.

Since we are lucky enough to have a farm supply yard just 3 miles from our house, I just popped in there on the way home from dropping Baby Bug off. We came home with a bale of mulch hay lashed to the Jeep (I love my Jeep) and this:

Isn't it perfect?! I think our little feathered friends will be very cozy in there. It was also HEAVY!!
This is the male (you can tell by the curly feather sticking up from his bum.) He has been positioning himself between us and the female, who has been keeping her distance lately. (You can see her behind him under the Japanese Maple.) They are both very sweet but the male will walk right up to me and let me rub his belly sometimes.
I love my Jeep. :)
It only took like 1/10 of the hay I bought, so we got way too much. Maybe we'll spread some grass seed and thatch it. (No way, the ducks would eat it.) I picked up the eggs and snuggled them down in the dry, sweet-smelling hay. From what I have read, the female will lay 1-2 eggs per day but she won't sit on them until she is done laying. That way, they will all hatch at the same time. Who knows, we might have ducklings in about 6 weeks. All we need now is a heifer tied to the front porch and maybe an old car on blocks in the grass. :)

I will keep you posted and take lots of pictures. Hope your day is full of sweet little surprises! :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

LOL courtesy of BabyBug

Jim was in town to help Jesse with a work project, and on the day before he left they took the girls fishing. Jesse recounted this story to me the next day. :)

After several hours out on the boat, they decided to head home. Once the boat was back on the trailer at the launch, BabyBug said she had to go potty. They pulled the truck into the "No Parking" zone in front of the launch to free up the launch. Jesse was tying down fishing poles in the boat while Baby went around the side of the truck out of the line of sight of any approaching traffic to tinkle in the woods. GrandPap stood nearby with his back turned. :) After just a few seconds, Baby came running back from behind the truck and said, "GrandPap, I can't go potty here! The sign says NO PEE!!"

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Baby's 1st day of 1st grade!!

Brace yourselves people, I know this might upset the very fabric of time and space, but I am posting about something ON THE ACTUAL DAY IT HAPPENED!!!!!!!!!

Today is Baby Bug's first day of school! She is a First Grader! Let's all take a moment to have a mini panic attack that almost 7 years seem to have flown by in less time than it takes a gallon of milk to spoil. :)
Oooooooh she has grown so much. She will be turning 7 on October 1st. Doesn't she look gorgeous in her cute little school uniform?! I'm so proud of my little sweetie pie. :)

Monday, August 03, 2009

Mini photo shoot

I got the girlies these cute little matching sundresses from Target the other day...and they are so gorgeous in them that I had to take a thousand photos. They were only too happy to ham it up for the camera...please to enjoy:

This one is my absolute favorite...Rooney is just a riot.

Are they gorgeous? I love my little beauties. Hope your day is as full of tiny little beauties as mine!