Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas!

This post is a little late, but better late than never I always say! :) I hope everybody had a very Merry and blessed Christmas. Our Christmas was simple but filled with love. More to come in the next couple of day!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Prayers Please!

I have a "little angel" that is running a fever today! She says her throat and head hurts! I hope it is a 24 hour thing since she is scheduled to dance in the morning. I have put her to bed for a nap which she isn't too thrilled about, but we wanted to go to Vigil Mass for Immaculate Conception tonight since she has to dance tomorrow. Any prayers would be greatly appreciated! She has worked so hard for this opportunity and I would hate for her to miss any minute of it. Thanks!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Chattanooga Ballet's The Nutcracker

Brianna is dancing in Chattanooga Ballet's production of The Nutcracker. This was the first year that she was able to try-out and was VERY excited when she was chosen to be a "little angel." Rehearsals were every Saturday from mid-September till last night for the Dress Rehearsal. She diligently prepared and practiced her routine over and over and today was her FIRST performance! All 2nd grade students in Hamilton County schools will be coming to view a morning performance this week Tuesday - Friday. Brianna danced this morning and will dance the Thursday school performance as well. She will also dance the Saturday night public performance which is SOLD OUT! My parents as well as one of my sisters and my brother and his family will be coming to see her perform! We are all very excited to see her dance. Here is a picture I took before the school performance today. Sorry it is a little fuzzy, but I don't have a iphone 4!

Emma, Victoria, and I were able to watch her dance from back stage today and she was SOOO cute! Emma can't wait till we get to see the whole show this Saturday! Let me tell you I am one proud Mama!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Feast Day of St. Andrew

Today is the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle. This is a VERY VERY special Feast Day because it is also the name day of my husband! The girls are all excited to "celebrate" with Daddy! I have printed off the St. Andrew Christmas Novena that is over at JOYfilled family and we will be including this with our nightly Advent reading. I also saw over at Woman for Faith and Family that St. Andrew is the patron saint of fishermen. I think I may stop by the grocery store and pick up some fish to have for dinner. (Especially since I forgot to take the chicken out and I KNOW it won't thaw in time.)  Have a blessed day!

Monday, November 21, 2011

What I Have Been Up To.....

I know I have been MIA the past couple of months so I wanted to update you on the reason I have been absent.  I have been VERY busy with Brianna's First Communion preparation. I know many (if not most) churches do First Holy Communion in May, but our church does it in NOVEMBER! I know crazy HUH!

With only 10 weeks to prepare from the start of school, I have been in OVER DRIVE! I condensed her First Communion Prep from Catholic Heritage Curricula into from the 9 - 10 months into 9 - 10 WEEKS!

As of yesterday, we are officially FINISHED with First Communion! Hopefully, I can get back to some sort of routine of blogging in the very near future. (However, there are some more things in the works that may make me MIA until after the first of the year. I will let you know as soon as I can tell myself!)

Here are some pictures from yesterday. Our camera is not very good, but I have others who took pictures as well and I will be posting more in the near future.

If I am not able to post until January I wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving, Blessed Advent, and Merry Christmas!

Monday, October 10, 2011

First Penance

Brianna is on track to make her First Confession on November 6. She is a little nervous, understandably, and I want to help her to understand the beauty of this Sacrament. Those of you who have children who have already gone through First Penance and First Communion, do you have any ideas that will help? Having grown up Protestant, I am still learning about how to best teach my children the Faith. I would LOVE to hear what y'all did! Thanks!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

My Daybook:: October 4, 2011:: Feast of St. Francis

Outside my window..... The sun is raising and there is a nice chill in the air. We have had some lovely fall weather the past couple of weeks and I hope that it stays for a while longer.

I am listening too..... Fox News & girls arguing talking downstairs.

I am thinking..... I really wishing that it was Thursday and Andrew was coming home! Being a single mom is NO fun!

I am thankfull..... that the Lord answered our prayers and Andrew is starting his new job!

From the kitchen...... I need to go grocery shopping tomorrow so the cupboards are bare. I do have the ingredients to make Jambalaya which is what we will be having for dinner.

From the learning room..... We started our 2nd six weeks period this week and will be learning about Pilgrims and Colonial Life, Pablo Picasso, & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 

Living the Liturgical Year at home..... Today is the Feast Day of St. Francis. I am hoping to find something little to incorporate into our day. It has been hard to get much of anything done with a crawling baby! I don't know how you women do it!!!

I am creating...... Plans for our first meeting for Wreath 2 of Little Flowers. The group that we were attending decided not to do it again this year so I am venturing on my own with just my two girls. It will be fine, but it sure was nice to let somebody else do the work for a change :)

I am reading...... I haven't had to read much this year. With Brianna reading fluently I was able to get her to read many of the books to Emma. This sure has helped a lot especially with a wiggly baby!

Pondering these words...... ‎"If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?" --Mother Theresa

Noticing that..... I am MORE productive with Andrew gone! I guess it is because I know I HAVE to be. If I don't do it, it doesn't get done!

Towards personal care (and exercise)......  I am back to counting my calories! I want to loose this last baby weight so that I can fit into my Christmas skirt! I am also trying to take a walk everyday with the girls!  

Around the house...... Packing AGAIN! We will be moving into a new house soon!!! YEAH!!

On keeping home..... With Andrew being gone ALL the housework has fallen to me! I got a little spoiled with him around so much. I am now trying to get back onto a schedule of cleaning, laundry, etc.

One of my favorite things...... Cooking for a large family! It is so much more difficult to come up with what to have for dinner when I am cooking for just me and the girls! With Andrew gone it just doesn't make sense to cook a full meal. 

A few plans for the rest of the week...... 

  • Finish up school
  • Grocery Shopping on Wednesday
  • Pick up Andrew from Airport on Thursday
  • Our First Little Flowers meeting for Wreath 2 on Friday!

A picture thought(s) I'm sharing..... Victoria is getting SOOO big! She is pulling up on EVERYTHING!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

My St. Therese Story

Margaret over at Minnesota Mom asked for our St. Therese stories. Here is mine!

I met my husband, Andrew, on a Catholic singles website. I was a single mom living in Tennessee and he was living in California. We talked via email and then phone for almost a month before talking about meeting. During this time, I was trying to discern if this relationship was going to lead to marriage. I was not going to be the mom who paraded men in and out of her kids lives so anybody that I had a relationship with was going to progress to marriage relatively fast. I decided to pray a novena to St. Therese for her guidance. I got about three days in before I forgot and started back up again to only forget and stop again! During this "almost novena" Andrew sent me pink roses for our 1 month from meeting each other "anniversary.

Well, I wasn't convinced. I was sure that my broken novena couldn't have generated ROSES! I still questioned if Andrew and I were supposed to be together. (Just a side note: I WANTED Andrew and I to get married but after going through a rough divorce I was skeptical of my judgment thus all the questioning.)

Andrew wanted to come and visit me in Michigan, but I was cautious about him meeting my family and I didn't want to introduce him to my girls yet. So I decided to go to visit him in California. I know, I know probably NOT a good idea if his is some psycho-serial killer! Good thing he wasn't ! Besides I had never been to California and this was my chance! Great reasoning huh!

I booked my ticket and started praying ANOTHER novena to St. Therese. This time I was determined to finish! My final day would be the day I landed in LA!

Fast forward to day 9 of the novena. I left Detroit bright and early texting Andrew about my whereabouts along the way. When I landed at LAX Andrew wasn't there! I called and he said he was just pulling into the parking garage and was running a little late. The thought in my mind, "How can you be late on the day that I am coming into town! HUMPH!". I got off the phone and looked out the window of the airport to see him walking across the street with 2 dozen long stem ROSES!

We were married one year to the day later from when he sent me the FIRST set of roses!

Happy Feast Day of St. Therese!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My New Goal!

I found this quote over at The Frugal Girl and thought it was absolutely beautiful! This is my new goal in life. Boy do I have a LOOOOONNNNNGGG way to go!

Learn to like what doesn't cost much.
Learn to like reading, conversation, music.
Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.
Learn to like fields, trees, brooks, hiking, rowing, climbing hills.
Learn to like people,
even though some of them may be different...
different from you.
Learn to like to work and enjoy the satisfaction of doing your job as well as it can be done.
Learn to like the songs of birds, the companionship of dogs.
Learn to like gardening, puttering around
the house and fixing things.
Learn to like the sunrise and sunset, the beating of the rain
on the roof and windows,
and the gentle fall of snow on a winter's day.
Learn to keep your wants simple and
refuse to be controlled by the likes and dislikes of others.

-Lowell Bennion

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My New FAVORITE Sport!

I don't watch a lot of sports. I don't know why. Maybe I am burnt out from playing soccer and running track growing up. Maybe I watched too much sports shows when I was married to my first husband (he was a soccer coach so it kinda went with the territory). Again, I don't know why. I just don't like watching sports.

My hubby watches San Francisco Giants baseball RELIGIOUSLY! Which isn't a whole lot when you live in Atlanta Braves territory. But he still manages to pick up a good number of games on the MLB network. He even watches Giants baseball online via Gamecast. For those of you who do not know what this is (I didn't know what it was till this year), Gamecast is a real time pitch by pitch tracker (Andrew's definition). Basically, he sits looking at a computer screen waiting for it to update after each pitch. Thrilling huh?

Another sport that Andrew watches regularly is golf. Now before we were married I NEVER watched golf. I even joked about those who did watch golf! "GOLF - How Boooorrrrinnng!"

You want to know a secret.......

I actually like watching golf. (I know SHOCKING!) The main reason I like watching golf is that it is very calming. The green grass, the pretty blue sky, the commentators talking in quiet soothing voices.! Especially when my day is usually anything BUT soothing!

Also, there aren't any macho guys patting each other on the heiney, or getting in each other's face. Yeah, you might see Tiger throwing his club down occasionally, but that doesn't bother me much since somebody usually throws something at least once a day around our house.

I am gradually learning the lingo: Par, Birdie, Bogie, Eagle. And I even find myself already having a favorite player - Keegan Bradley (I know I seem to have a soft spot for the baby face boys!) There are certain things I don't get. Like why is it a two swing penalty for hitting the ball in the water and not just one?? If you can go in the water and hit it that is only ONE swing!?! Makes sense to me but not to those who created the game I guess.

Overall, I have been pleasantly surprised. Hubby is too! He asked me, the other day, if I would now go and play with him! Ummmm.......don't push your luck!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Crazy, Crazy, Crazy!

It has been a CRAZY couple of weeks! We officially started school last week and I am having a tough adjustment. Trying to juggle two doing "official" school and a CRAWLING baby is really testing me! I feel like most of the day I am running around in circles! I have a number of half- finished posts that I am hoping to finish up today or tomorrow and be back to a daily post! Keep us in your prayers! I know each day will get easier!

Monday, August 22, 2011

I think I deserve some sort of award!

I have been very busy this past weekend. My sis-in-law (love you Mellissa) gave me some wonderful tomatoes from her tomato plants! I wish I would have taken a picture of how many there were, but I forgot. Here is my final product:

(impressive isn't it!?)

I was able to make 6 jars of tomato sauce and 3 jars of diced tomatoes! This was my first time canning and I was a little tentative at first. However, by the second batch I was a "PRO." My husband was quite impressed as well! (I just hope they taste as good as they look!) Betty Crocker, I will be waiting for my homemaker of the year award!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Admitting You Have a Problem is the First Step.....

I am a house snob! OK, there I said it! Admitting it is the first step right?

Let me take a step back and give you some background info. As I stated in an earlier post, we downsized a couple of months ago while we waited to see if we needed to move for Andrew's job. Well the time has come that we can start looking to move out of this townhouse. Now, while I am anxious to get into a larger house (especially one that has a back yard!) I am not going to move into a house until I find one that I absolutely LOVE.

That is the problem of the century! (At least for me!)

I simply cannot find a house that I LOVE. I have looked through hundreds of houses and can't find one. Just so you know, we are not limited by location, since we homeschool, except that I want to live in an area that is safe for the kids to play outside. I also have very simple, at least in my mind, requirements.
  • We need 4 bedrooms. We could even get away with 3, if the house had an office.
  • I want a backyard for the girls to play in, but that doesn't even need to be big. 
  • I would like enough space to have a small garden, however, that is negotiable. (I can always use containers.
I can find the above requirements relatively easy. Now come the necessities which are proving more difficult.
  • Large Gourmet Kitchen (we have a large family and we LOVE to cook!)
  • Nice Master Bath - with a tub. Because if I get pregnant again, I NEED a tub! (I said IF!)

I have looked at houses of varying price ranges and still cannot find a house I love. It seems like the houses that have Kitchens and Master Baths that I find acceptable are TOO big. I am not paying money for a house with empty space. I don't NEED 5000 square feet with a theatre room! I don't want to clean it & to me it seems wasteful.

So I find myself looking at house after house and ruling them out for one reason or another. I know that the Lord will provide the perfect house for what we need when we need it ~ I just hope He realizes how much I NEED that gourmet kitchen!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

10 Things I don't do.......

  1. I don't Knit. I can cross stitch and I have cross stitched stockings for Brianna, Emma, and myself. I have never learned to knit. Maybe I will when I'm not so busy. (When do you think that will be 20 - 30 YEARS!)
  2. I don't kill cockroaches! I am fine with spiders and other bugs, but NOT cockroaches! They are too crunchy and gives me the Wibby Jibbies!
  3. I don't draw. My father and my older sister are VERY artistic. Me....not so much! I can draw stick figures, but that is about the extent of it.
  4. I don't act. I am not one that likes to draw attention to myself. I am a typical Introvert and being in front of people would be VERY nerve wracking. I even chose to play soccer in college instead of run track because track is too much of an individual sport. TOO MUCH PRESSURE!
  5. I don't sing. You can refer to #4.
  6. I don't know how to speak a foreign language. This one is on my bucket list! I want to learn to speak either French or Italian. 
  7. I don't ski. I don't do cold and the idea of going down a mountain with toothpicks on my feet in the blistering cold is not my idea of FUN!
  8. I don't play baseball or softball. My husband would LOVE for me to play (or even WATCH), but I just don't find it that interesting. (I do like Buster Posey though. He is just SOOO cute. See. 
(Don't you just want to pinch his cheeks!)
         9.  I don't organize my dresser drawers. Every so often I will try, but it never lasts long.
        10. I don't do dishes. This was in the fine print of my wedding contract. 

See, I'm not perfect! (Regardless of what my husband says!)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Yours, Mine, & Ours

Have you ever seen the movie Yours, Mine, & Ours? If you haven't here is a quick synopsis. High School sweethearts reunite, each toting 8-10 kids. They marry and what happens next is trying to blend two COMPLETELY different families. He is in the military and she is a free spirited artist. It is quite humorous! What makes it even more funny is that it reminds me of my life! OK, Andrew and I are not as extreme as the main characters in the movie. We are, however, polar opposites on the parenting scale.

Andrew was raised by (for lack of a better term) a "military brat." (This label is given in the most loving way since I ADORE his father! LOVE YOU, PAPA!!!) Because of this, Andrew's tendencies are towards order and rigidity. Not a bad thing mind you, but WAY different from my upbringing. I was raised.....well I was homeschooled! That should about sum it up! Homeschoolers (from my experience) are not really know for there structure and rigidity. (Get a bunch of homeschooled kids together and tell them to "line up." You will get a bunch of blank stares!) Homeschoolers are more free-spirited and creative. Probably because they have more time to BE free-spirited and creative. Also, there is a 13 year age difference between Andrew and I which may contribute to our differences. I am not 100% sold on that since he grew up in the 60's and 70's which I would say are VERY free-spirited.

Anyway, watching this movie always makes me laugh because I can see us and the many arguments discussions we have had about the children. Here are some quotes from the movie that could very well have been said at one time or another at our house:

  • Homes are for free expression, not good impressions. (This would have been said at our house after Andrew came into the dining room and saw one (or both) of the girls sitting on the table. "What are they doing sitting on the table?" "Crafts." Enough said.)
  • Lets just let them all run naked and wild. (or "Just let them hang from the chandeliers." Which is funny in itself because we don't even HAVE a chandelier!)
  • That's it, I am putting the hammer down. (This is usually reserved for the older boys, which I agree needs to happen from time to time.)

Needless to say that our journey in combining two families has come with its ups and downs. The best advice we got was from our pre-marital counselor. She said "don't try to blend your parenting styles, instead, come up with a completely new style." Easier said then done!

In the end, we both compromise (him probably more then me). I keep the glitter to a minimum and don't let the girls sit on the table (even during crafts!), and Andrew turns a blind eye to LOTS of things. Somehow it all works out!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Should I be concerned?

Here is a picture that Emma drew......

It is a picture of Rapunzel being eaten by an alligator!

Obviously she did not give Tangled "two thumbs up!"

Monday, August 15, 2011

Meet Victoria

This is our youngest daughter Victoria Noelle. When deciding on names for Victoria I wanted to find a name that ended in "a." I went through books after books looking at names but none ever stuck.  Then all of a sudden I remembered that my Grandmother always wanted to name a daughter Victoria, but my Grandfather wouldn't let her. My Grandmother grew up in Victoria, Virginia and I think that had something to do it it. (Especially since she named her oldest daughter Virginia.) I asked Andrew what he thought about the name Victoria and he liked it as well. Simple enough. Her middle name is Noelle because she was our Christmas baby being born December 28th.

Even though Victoria is little I can already see bits of her personality. First, she is very dramatic! This became obvious at about 2 weeks when she started crying from 6 - 9 EVERY night.  Thank goodness I found something that helped calm her or I might not be here today!  She also get very mad if she doesn't get her way. I know many of you will say it is because she is a baby, but wait till you meet her (if you ever do) and you will understand. If you tell her "No" or take something away from her she gets M.A.D!

Victoria loves to have people pay attention to her. While she does have stranger anxiety she will smile and laugh at people if mommy or daddy is holding her. Victoria is more of a mommy's girl then a daddy's girl, but I only think that is because I am her food supply right now. She doesn't want the food supply to go too far away!

Victoria is the apple of every one's eye and will probably grow up to be the most spoiled rotten. She even has her big brother's wrapped around her little finger.

Is she my last, you may be asking? Well, I won't say yes because  you know what happened last time! However, I will say that I am happy and content with the children I have. God has blessed me beyond my dreams and if He chooses to not give me anymore I am PERFECTLY happy with that.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Homeschool Tips

All around the blogging world (and in the real world) people are getting ready for school. The public schools around here have already been in school for a week. I am also getting things ready for our official first day. (I still don't know what that will be, but it will be by Labor Day.) Having been homeschooled growing up and this being my 4th year of homeschooling my girls, I thought I would give you some "tips" for homeschooling. Now these are things that I have discovered that work for us, and I understand that they may not work for others. Each family needs to find what works for them. However, if I can help even one Mom in her homeschool journey I want to. So, here are my homeschooling tips:

  1. Only school four days a week.  The curriculum that we use in our house has a built in "free day." This is a day that can be used for errands, doctor appointments, or for anything else that needs to get done. On this day, I schedule our extra curricular classes that are not required for the grade level. This includes Art Appreciation, Music Appreciation, American History, and Geography. If, during the school year, we need to take a day off of school for any reason, this is the day that we skip. Since it is not required, I don't feel like we are behind. It also helps me not feel so stressed to know that we have a built in "free day." Our "free day" is usually Wednesday or Friday depending on what we have going on during the week.
  2. Don't worry so much about having a school room. Work wherever it is best. For our family that is the kitchen table. I have tried a number of times to have a room set aside just for schooling, but we always seem to gravitate back to the kitchen table. This is probably because I spend most of my time in the kitchen and surrounding areas. This year I am not even bothering with a school room because I know where we will end up!
  3. Don't be afraid to tweak your curriculum. If something isn't working for you child/family then change it. Last year, in first grade, Brianna was getting nothing out of science. This was very disappointing because I knew she would LOVE science. We ended up completely stopping  science! This year I was determined to not let that happen. Looking through the science for 2nd grade, I knew immediately that she would not enjoy it. So, I pulled rank and completely changed science. (Yes, as Mommy I have rank over WHAT my kids learns! Wonderful isn't it!) This year we will be using Apologia Science since I have heard many rave reviews about their science program!
  4. Children are pre-programmed to learn. You don't have to be the BEST teach! Your child will still learn! 
  5. Enjoy homeschooling! I love homeschooling! I love having my kids around!  Does it get crazy? Sure, but in the end it is very enjoyable and I wouldn't do it any other way. If it homeschooling isn't enjoyable then something is wrong. The main reason I see why mothers do not enjoy homeschooling is because they try to do too much. Remember you are homeschooling not doing school at home! There is a HUGE difference. If I tried to recreate school at home I would go crazy! It is OK if you child finishes and then plays. Really it is! In the state of Tennessee (where we live) you are only required to be in school 4 hours a day! (They don't even say they have to be consecutive hours.) The rest of the day is yours, enjoy it!
Happy Schooling!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Meet Emma

This is Emma Elizabeth our middle daughter. Emma is 4 1/2. She was born January 8, 2007. (Does anybody know who else was born on January 8th? ) Emma got her name from the movie Emma with Gwyneth Paltrow (yes, I know that Emma is a book by Jane Austen but I have never read the book). I was watching Emma right after I found out I was pregnant and decided then and there that if I was having a girl her name would be Emma Elizabeth. Elizabeth is my middle name and since I KNEW I wasn't going to have anymore babies I decided to name her after me (naive wasn't I). It is a good thing she was a girl because I couldn't come up with a boys name for the life of me!

Emma was my fastest birth of all my babies. I didn't start having contractions until 10 pm and I didn't get to the hospital until 2:30 in the morning. She was born less then 90 minutes later!

Emma is my "little me." She is very much a mama's girl and can be very clingy. I am so glad I home school because I don't think she would go to school without me. She can also be painfully shy, especially in group situations. However, when she is one on one or in a group that she is comfortable with she is quite talkative and outgoing. Unlike her older sis, she does NOT like to be the center of attention. The running joke in the family is that Emma will never be a prima ballerina for the simple reason that she would not get on stage by herself. However, she would be just fine being part of the corps.

Emma has a temper and can be "mean as a snake." She doesn't like to be teased or joked with and she will let you know (usually by screaming) to leave her alone. She is quite stubborn and not easily swayed once her mind is set (we don't have to worry about peer pressure with her!). She also is not as empathetic as Brianna is and therefore I can't use the "you don't want to make Jesus and Mary sad do you?" argument when parenting her. She will simply say "I don't care!"

Emma is very creative! She loves to draw and color and will do so for hours on end. She is able to play by herself for long periods of time and doesn't need to be entertained. She learned how to write her name at the young age of 3 and is very good at copying words that she sees. (This is all without any prompting on my side.)

Even though Emma doesn't like to be the center of attention she is quite funny! In fact, I would say she is  THE funniest person in our family! She is always saying or doing the silliest things that make you laugh. However, because she is so shy if you do laugh at her she immediately says "Don't laugh at me!" and goes and pouts!

Emma is also the fashionista of the family. She lives to pick out clothes, shoes, and accessories. She is the first to notice if I have my hair done or if I am dressed up, and will then immediately tell me how beautiful I look! I usually can't go wrong if I ask her opinion on which outfit to wear.

Emma is the child who was not in my "plan" for my life! However, God knew what he was doing and I am forever thankful that He decided to go against what I thought my life should be! I always say that He has big things planned for this little girl!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Meet Brianna

This is our oldest daughter Brianna Marie. She is 7 (going on 17)! I chose the name Brianna for the simple reason that was the ONLY name my first husband and I could agree on! (That wasn't the only thing we couldn't agree on, but that is for another post.) Since she was my first born daughter, I gave her the middle name Marie after our Mother Mary. I was a little concerned about her initials being BM and was trying to think of other names all the way to the hospital! I couldn't think of anything else so if she is upset when she is older about her initials I will just have to blame it on her biological father for not agreeing to any other names. (OK I won't...........maybe..........we'll see!)

Brianna has always been very......what's the word I'm looking for.....dramatic! When she was born (all 5 pounds 12 ounces of her) she screamed from the moment she came out until they brought her back from being cleaned and checked. Wait a minute, who am I kidding, she is still screaming! She LIVES to argue and wants to always have the last word. This has made it difficult to parent her at times. However, she is also very empathetic which I can usually use to my advantage. She doesn't like others to hurt or suffer and she cares about how her actions make others feel. This empathy is even shown towards inanimate object like her toys and dolls. She sleeps with a gazillion stuffed animals because she doesn't want to hurt any of their feelings!

Brianna is very inquisitive. She loves to read and learn about new things. Her favorite subject (at the moment) is the human body! (Can we say Doctor!) Last Christmas, I bought her a book called Open Me Up. This book is all about the human body and how it works. She has looked at this book so much that it is falling apart. Still, this doesn't stop her from reading it over & over & over & over!

Brianna has a very outgoing personality and has never met a stranger (even when she was a baby she NEVER had stranger anxiety). She is a friend to everybody and expects everybody to be her friend. She doesn't understand if somebody doesn't want to talk to her or give her a hug. (She will even try to hug her "friends" that she has just met at the McDonald's play place!) I had to have the "stranger" talk with her at a very early age because she wanted to talk to EVERYONE!

As I stated before, Brianna can be quite dramatic and currently holds the title for the most break downs and dramatic outbursts in the family. (Maybe second to me....but only when I'm pregnant!) She is especially dramatic when she is hungry or tired, and since she is SO skinny she is almost ALWAYS hungry. It is a challenge for me to stay on top of her hunger fits, and I feel like I am constantly feeding her!

Brianna is not afraid to be the center of attention and actually looks for times that she can be. She LOVES to be on stage and is not afraid to talk, sing, dance, etc in public - even if she is the ONLY one! She loves talking, riding her bike, reading, and ballet.

All in all, Brianna is a pretty WONDERFUL kid! She has a future of great potential ahead of her (I say it is a toss up between Doctor and Lawyer) and I am honored that God chose me to be her Mom!