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.


It.is.WONDERFUL! 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!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Court 101


Having returned from my first ever experience with a court case of ANY kind, I thought I would share some of the things I have learned about court. (Disclaimer: I am not an attorney nor have I ever played one on television. This is my own personal opinion and should not be used in the place of actual legal counsel!)



  • Courts are like mechanics, it will take 3 times as long as you expect it will! (We arrived at 8:30 in the morning and expected to be done by lunch, but didn't finish up until dinner!)
  • Judges only look tall because they are sitting higher then everyone else in the court room! (Our Judge wasn't taller then 5'5" or 5'6", but he looked so much taller when he was sitting in his little booth! I was watching People's Court today and Judge Marilyn got down from her seat to go look at something and she was just as SHORT!)
  • Nursing babies and court waiting rooms do NOT mix! (Poor Victoria! I think the long day was hardest on her! I could hear her crying while I was in the court room. Her big brother William was such a trooper watching her whenever I had to be in court!)
  • It is VERY cold in court. (I don't know why. It may had something to do with the Judge sitting higher then everybody else. You know hot air rises!)
  • If you can't produce documents of your life it NEVER happened! (Really.....it didn't happen.)
  • Judges basically already know how they are going to rule in your case. (I think they just enjoy putting people through the circus of "court.")
  • Crying does help your case! (Especially if you are a women and you have a MALE judge! Guys just don't like seeing a woman cry! *wink*)
  • Male attorneys do NOT like getting beat by a girl! (Glad my attorney was the girl!)
  • Using allegory such as "You can't throw a skunk in the jury box and tell them not to smell it!" is proper legal jargon. (Especially in Mississippi).
And finally the most important lesson I learned in court yesterday.......
  • As long as you answer "I can't remember" you are NOT lying! (Even if the question is "Have you been to Trinidad since your daughter was born 7 years ago?")
Court Adjourned! 

Quick Update.

I wanted to take the time to give you a quick update on how the court hearing went yesterday and to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.  It was a very long day with us starting at 8:30 in the morning and not ending until 5:30! We then had to drive the 5 1/2 hours back to Chattanooga which got us back in after 1 in the morning!

However, the court hearing itself turned out very well. The visitation schedule with Brianna was modified which I knew it would be since the old schedule was based on her being 15 months old. However, the modification was overall positive and does not hinder Brianna or our family. My main concern was her biological father asking to take Brianna out of the country to see his family in Trinidad. The judge did not order for me to make her go which was an answer to MUCH prayer.

Brianna and Emma are coming back from my parents today and we are all very anxious to see them. It is amazing how much you miss your children even when they are only gone for a couple of days!

Again, thank you so much for all your prayers!


Monday, August 8, 2011

Prayers Please!



Today Hubby and I (and Victoria) are heading down to Jackson, Mississippi to fight a custody battle onTuesday with my ex-husband (Brianna's biological father). We have been waiting for this day since last October when I got served with the papers. Pray that God will protect our daughter!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hubby's Blog!



My Husband has a new blog! (I guess I inspired him!) If you like baseball (or politics) then this is the blog for you (or your husband)!

Congratulations Hubby!



Saturday, August 6, 2011

Aloha Hawaii!


Three weeks ago Andrew and I were watching TV. Actually Andrew was watching television, and I was nursing a baby (as usual). Anyway, it was pretty late - almost 10 PM. (Yes, that IS late for ME!), when his telephone rang. He went into the other room to answer it so as not to disturb the almost asleep baby. (For those of you with babies, you understand the wrath that can procure from waking an almost asleep baby!) He came back into the room and told me that there was a job opening in Honolulu and should he put in for it!

Honolulu! As in Hawaii?! (I guess he felt like he needed to ask?)

YES! YES! Tell them you will take it! (This wasn't quite yelled since the baby was now asleep.)

He proceeded to explain (like I was listening) that it wasn't a sure thing but there was a good possibility. Which of course in my mind meant "Sell the furniture we are moving to Hawaii!"

(A side note. Andrew and I went to Hawaii for our Honeymoon, so I have been there before. See:






Also, Andrew has covered Hawaii as part of his sales territory for 10 years and has been there A LOT and has many friends on the islands. OK. Let's continue.)

The next couple of days involved me inventorying all of our furniture, deciding what would come to Hawaii and what would be sold, how much we paid for it, and what we would sell it for. After that was completed, I then began looking at where to live. I knew he would be working in Honolulu so my search was limited to the island of Oahu. But where? After much research (and discussion) it was narrowed down to Hawaii Kai. I found PLENTY of houses that would work and were quite cute. (Housing in Hawaii is SO expensive that I had to change my idea of the "perfect" house.)

We discussed how we would get Andrew to Honolulu to start work, where he would live while waiting for the rest of us, what to sell of first, when to ship the car, and when me and the girls would go out to meet him. LET ME TELL YOU I WAS IN HEAVEN! Planning is my cup of tea and planning a move to paradise was paradise in itself!

Good Thing.........

Three weeks later, Andrew received a phone call from Hawaii. They wanted somebody who was ALREADY in Hawaii! WHAT?  We are NOT moving to Hawaii!? But I already have the furniture sold (in my mind), and I have found the PERFECT house! And....And....!

"Sorry, Honey, it isn't going to happen this time."

"This time? So your telling me there is still a chance we are moving to Hawaii?"

Start selling the furniture!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

North & South



The past couple of days have been horrible! It has been the Civil War at our house. Emma vs. Brianna! North vs. South! Sister against sister! Blame it on the heat, lack of structure, geographical birthplace (Emma was born in Michigan and Brianna in Mississippi), or simply not being able to go outside since we are currently without a backyard (or front yard for that matter). Whatever is the reason, the results are the same:

All out WARFARE!

Here are some common sayings that could be heard around the house the past 3 days:

"She sat down before I did."

"She got more than I did."

"I wanted to tell you first."

"Mooooooooooooommmmmmmmm! She won't play with me!"

"She ALWAYS gets to help you and I don't." (that's about a poopy diaper...you REALLY want to help?)

"I had that first!"

"That is MINE!"


You get my drift? (I really hope you do since I don't want to torture you with any more! )

I have tried everything I can think of to get them to stop fighting. I have separated them for an extended period of time and not allowed them to play with each other. That helps.

For 15 minutes.

I have taken away toys for days to weeks. That works.

Until Brianna decided to manipulate the situation by asking for  toys to be taken away. The toys that Emma happened to be playing with and she wanted!

I have rearranged sleeping and eating schedules to ensure that neither of the girls are overly tired or hungry which could lead to short tempers and patience (them, not me!) That didn't work. I appealed to their softer side by evoking the disappointment of Jesus and Mary when sister's fight. (Yes, good old Catholic guilt!) That worked with Brianna (who is more empathetic then Emma) but it caused dramatic outburst of "I am such a horrible person" and crying fits!

AAAAAAAAUUUUUUGHHHHH! 

WHAT AM I TO DO?

I AM AT MY WIT'S END!

Bottom line, siblings fight (especially sisters).  I remember fighting with my sisters growing up over clothes, make-up, and boys. I have even fought with my sisters in the past YEAR! However, through it all my sisters are my BEST friends, and that is what I tell my girls. "Don't fight with your sister, SHE is your best friend." Does it work? Sometimes, not always. But I know that just like my sisters and I, in the end, after all the fights we got past them and grew up.

Why? Because, "tomorrow is another day."  Or it better be......

Brianna's 7th Birthday!

Here are pictures from Brianna's 7th Birthday Party! She had a butterfly birthday and was SO excited to help make the cake! She wanted a BIG party with friends and all, but it didn't seem to work out this year. Maybe next!



Didn't it turn out cute! She did such a good job!




Dress for her Felicity doll.





Happy 7th Birthday Brianna!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Better Late then Never ~ Emma's 4th Birthday!

Looking through the pictures on my computer I realized that I never posted pictures from Brianna's Birthday in June! I am working on that posting, but I also found these pictures from Emma's 4th Birthday in January!

This was only 11 days after giving birth to Victoria and I tried VERY hard to make it a fun party! I feel that Emma's birthday has not been celebrated to the extent that Brianna's does for the simple reason that it is so close to Christmas. After taking all the time to plan and execute Advent and Christmas it is SOOO hard to turn around and plan ANOTHER celebration! I am thinking that this year I will try to do a bigger party for her in the summer so that she can maybe have it at the pool!

Anyway, here are some pictures from Emma's 4th Birthday Party!












(No laughing at the cake! Remember I was 10 days post-partum!)




Happy 4th Birthday Emma!