Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Spring Showcase 2012

This past Sunday the girls has their Spring Showcase for Dance. I thought I had posted Brianna's dance from last year, but I can't seem to find it. Oh well. Anyway, she has definitely improved. In fact, she has been chosen to start the pre-pointe class in the fall. This is kinda a big deal since they usually don't start pre-pointe until 10 and she will only be 8 next month! Not that she is the FIRST or ONLY girl that has or will start pre-pointe at 8 but it is not the norm.  I was a little worried when we moved in January that starting her half-way through the year into a new class that she would be behind. However, that has not been the case. In fact, all I have heard since we started was how GOOD Brianna is! Now I always thought she was good but I thought maybe I was (a lot) biased. However, Andrew danced for 15 years and he said that she is really THAT good. Makes me smile. Anyway, here is her video: (Just a side note, this video was taken during dress rehearsal and you can hear the teacher talking in the background. Also, Brianna keeps looking around! It drove me CRAZY but I think it was nerves. She did much better during the actual performance. When I asked her why she kept looking at her friends she said that she just wanted to see how they were doing. That's Brianna always worried about what others are feeling!)

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This was Emma's first year dancing on stage. Last year at this time she had quit dance because she didn't like marching (her words exactly). WOW! What a difference a year can make! Not only did she LOVE dance (her class included tap and ballet) she LOVED being on stage! She was in the 4 year old class and with her January birthday she was probably the oldest little girls in the class! I have been told how she "has the dancing genes" as well and she really enjoyed doing tap as well. Next, year her class will include acrobatics which should be a lot of fun for her. So, here's Emma!

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Did you see Emma MARCHING!!! She is so funny that one! I asked her if she was nervous dancing in front of all those people and she casually said "nope." If y'all could have only seen how shy this little girl was even 6 months ago! She has really come a long way. I couldn't be prouder of my girls and can't wait to see what the next year holds!



Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Today has been a mixture of emotion. It is always a fun day to celebrate with my wonderful children here on earth. The girls are always so anxious to wish me a happy Mother's day and to take extra care to help out in whatever way then can. I also look forward to phone calls from our boys and well wishes from family miles away.

However,this year mother's day holds some sadness in that I am not awaiting the arrival of a new little one. I have more than once today thought of my sweet Micah and how far along I would be had I not miscarried. I have morned the thought that there will be no Mother's Days with him or her on this side of Heaven. Because of this, I know Mother's Day will always be bittersweet until we are all reunited in heaven. Until that day I will continue to hug my babies here on earth and thank God for the many many blessings He has given me!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

One down...four more to go.

This past weekend we drove 9 LONG hours to Chattanooga, Tennessee for our oldest son Daniel's college graduation. It was so nice to see family and friends and to go to Mass at our old church. It made me really miss Tennessee even more than I did. However,  I know God brought us to Florida for a reason and that his ways are always perfect.

 Anyway, here are a couple of the photos from Saturday:

Andrew, Daniel, & William (I do not know why 
William insisted on wearing those silly glasses!)

Daniel & Emma

Andrew, Daniel, & Me

Daniel & Victoria (she had just woken up 
and didn't really remember Daniel)

Daniel & Brianna

Daniel & William

We are very proud of Daniel and this accomplishment in his life! He graduated with a Political Science degree and is currently working with a US Senator in hopes of getting a job/internship in Washington DC! 

Friday, May 4, 2012

On the Road Again

We are heading up to Chattanooga, Tennessee for our oldest son Daniel's college graduation! It will be a LONG nine hour drive but it will be worth it to see everybody. I brought the camera so hopefully I will be able to post pictures.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Birthday Month



When Andrew and I got married there were a couple of things that I felt I needed to tell him about me that were of utmost importance. These were not necessarily negative aspects about my personality or life but they WERE make it break issues on MY part!

The first issue was that I HATED washing dishes! Now don't get me wrong I will wash a dish or two but it may take me a while to actually get to the sink full of dishes. Usually this will happen when the dishes have been sitting in the sink for a couple days. By this time,  the food is stuck and probably needs a good soaking in very hot water (which can buy me another hour of NOT doing dishes!) When faced with this not so lovely aspect of my psyche, Andrew simply stated that HE would do the dishes at night and if I could simple wash them out after using and pile them on the counter he would be fine!

The second issue was even more important than the first and non-compliance would DEFINITELY be a red flag in the relationship! I get a birthday month! My birthday falls at the end of the month, May 28th to be exact, so it was fairly easy to celebrate once May 1st rolled around! Again, my wonderful husband didn't bat an eye! He said he LOVED giving my gifts and this just gave him another reason to shower me with little lovelies. The only request he made was instead of starting Birthday Month on May 1st could I start on May 3rd since his son William's birthday is the 2nd. Well, since we were at the beginning of our courtship, I didn't want to appear greedy and selfish and insist I on the WHOLE month so I graciously agreed.

So, there you go. The story of Birthday month. And it is right around the corner!!!! I am SO excited! *sigh* I "heart" Birthday Month!