So.. here I go.. not a moment wasted today!!!
Thursday, February 25
So.. here I go.. not a moment wasted today!!!
Wednesday, February 24
'I wish' .... I could play a character's role in a book and it would be Allie Hamilton from The Notebook!
If I could pick another it would be another Rachel flick.
Claire Abshire from The Time Traveler's Wife.
I have not read the book, but I have the movie and LOVE it! I think Rachel just portrays her characters in such a real, gentle yet strong way.
Miss Scarlet O'Hara!
"You are quite the powerful thinker. It’s this talent that allows you to overcome a plethora of great obstacles. Luckily, this doesn’t affect your ego and you give off a pretty easy-going appearance. You enjoy the finer things in life and also have an attraction to art. If you can help it, you try not to rock the boat. But you also can’t stop yourself from searching for new ideas, methods or styles."
Last thing for today...
I am definitely LOVING today's challenge! Don't we all do this??! It's definitely true what they say.. "We are our own worst critic!" I know I am! I am always doubting myself.... Did I do this ok today? Was I good enough at this today? I should have spent more time with that today. I should not do this anymore! You know the drill! Well, today's the day... I'm done with that! From now on, I will do my possible best at everything and at the end of the day I will know that I've done my best and move on. No more second guessing my way through life! :)
The other day I found this verse and fell in love with it. I think it speaks such truth.
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come"
I also love this one...
"But godliness with contentment is great gain."
1 Timothy 6:6
Tuesday, February 23
I'm behind a few days, so I'm throwing them all into one to get caught up.. here we go!
Think of something you are willing to give up for 21 days,
and commit to it once and for all.
Write it down.
Tell someone so they can help to hold you accountable.
it's just for 21 days.
you can do anything for 21 days.
What am I giving up?? I'm going along with Julie here.. Cursing! Now, I dont curse hardly ever.. I think it's completely unattractive. BUT, one does slip out every now and then.. particularly while driving.. ha! So.. I'm going to do better! AND - if I can swing it.. I'm going to try to give up caffeine too! Surely, I can make it 21 days?! RIGHT?? :/
Well, I am FULL of Love today!! I finally finished LK's Birthday Thank-you notes! I even dropped a few lines to a few special ladies in my life! :) Tonight I plan on spending a little quality time with my sister at Zumba and Yoga (lord, just kill me now.. ha!) and I even have some story time planned with a certain big bad six year old at home!!! This is one area I definitely need to get better at.. showing my love! Well, friends and family.. get ready for the wave of love from this girl! :)
What a great idea!! Definitely starting a journal!
So, go over to these ladies blogs and join along with the challenge! :)
Monday, February 22
Chris and I managed to get out in the garden and start preparing for spring! :) We weeded, trimmed bushes and got the soil ready for new pretty flowers and new mulch! We also got the garage cleaned out and re-organized. That definitely makes for a happy wife! ha!
After dinner, we all headed down the street to the neighborhood park! The kids had a ball! I didn't realize how much energy they had stored up! They ran and played for about an hour, till dark! We even took their scooters so we could walk around the path.
CHARLIE and LOLA
If you have kids around the 5-6 age, I'm sure you remember this Brother and Sister duo from Playhouse Disney...
When LK saw these, she immediately wanted to name them C & L. Good thing Ethan liked it too! :) Yes, they took FOREVER to make!!! But aren't they so dang cute?!
Friday, February 19
We started Monday off with no school for President's Day. I mean, really?! These kids have missed enough school because of snow and ice already! Was it really necessary to miss Monday?? UGH!
The weather was YET AGAIN snowy and super cold on Monday! I'm beginning to hate it! The last time I checked, I lived in Tennessee NOT New York! I didn't sign up for this much snow! Dont get me wrong... it's pretty! But when you have to drag two kids around in it.. not.so.much.fun! Luckily we have ended the week with extremely beautiful days! The sun has been out and the temps have been above 40! Woo Hoo! It's even 50 today! :) Hopefully it'll stay nice through the weekend so we can get some stuff done around the house. I noticed that garage is in quite the mess and the back door is covered with mud from the dogs. All the ice that melted created a mud pit by the back gate and of course the labs have had a field day playing in it!
Among other things, the Olympics have kept me up entirely too late every night this week! I just can't turn them off! I have to say that Shaun White completely amazed me!! How does he do that?! So, of course, since I've been up late watching the Olympics.. that means that mornings have been a little rough! ha! LK has barely made it to school on time all week! OOPS! ;) We are all promising to do better next week!
I snapped this pic of Ethan at school the other day! Ms. Katherine said that he refused to take his nap and finally fell asleep right at 2 o'clock. This was at 2:20! Hilarious!
In one day I found out that two close friends are expecting!! That makes 3 in one week with Jessica's annoucement! Your are definitely NOT helping the baby fever, ladies.. NOT.AT.ALL! haha! :)
*sorry for the poor quality of the pics.. all I seemed to have handy this week was the iPhone! :(*
Tuesday, February 16
Quite honestly, I haven't given it much thought since. I've become more focused on other goals for my kids.. a good education, a good balance of discipline, activities, teaching her to makes friendships and be a good person.. you know, the usual! But the other day, this quote sort of smacked me in the face again!
You see, LK has been getting into a little bit of trouble lately at school. Nothing big, just a lot of talking and socializing. (yes, she's only in Kindergarten, so i see the trend that's already starting!!! OH BOY! ha!) Her teacher and I were talking and she told me that Lilly is just a ball of energy and that she's friends with everyone in her class, so there's just no good place to put her without her talking to her neighbor. Of course, as a mother, I immediately worried about her getting into so much trouble. I wanted it to stop! I wanted her to understand that there is a time to talk and a time not to talk! As I started telling her teacher that we were trying new discipline techniques to try to get her attention on the matter, she quickly stopped me. She said what is quite possibly the most amazing compliment for both me and LK that I've ever received....
She told me not to be so hard on Lil for talking so much. Yes, she needs to know when and where to talk, but really just so she doesn't miss class lessons and fall behind on her work. She told me that there is a fine line with LK. She told me that LK is one of the most self-confident children she's ever seen and we have to be careful not to break her spirit. Apparently, when Lil was Star of the Week, she got up in front of her entire class and sang a song.. THAT SHE WROTE! I was blown away. When I was Lilly's age, I was painfully, ridiculously shy. There is NO WAY on earth that I would have done that! Mrs. Jeffrey told me that I should be proud of my "never-met-a-stranger-take-on-the-world-head-on" little girl. She told me that whatever I've done as a Mom has been incredible for Lilly Kate. To be honest, I dont think I've done anything special as a Mom. I think this is all just part of who Lilly Kate is. I've known from Day 1 that she was a special creature. She came into the world on her own terms (5 weeks early and perfectly healthy!) and has made her own path along the way. She does not conform and does exactly WHAT she wants WHEN she wants! She's level-headed, imaginative, carefree, smart and at the same time, tinderhearted, kind and loyal. Now, I know that she will be the type of girl who can stand up in front of anyone and have her say, do what's right and never back down. Most people would give anything for the type of self-confidence that this girl posesses! (i know i would!) Her teacher told me that she sees great things in LK's future and that what LK posesses is what she hopes for most with her own girls. And that the last thing I should be worried about is LK talking too much and having too many friends. :)
I almost cried while Mrs. Jeffrey was telling me all the wonderful things about my child. I knew that it wasn't me who was a perfect mom.. lord knows, I struggle every day to be better and better. But I knew that I had just gotten lucky. God decided to let me have this incredibly little being and I'm just lucky enough to call her MY little girl.
So, right then and there, I knew that my goals had changed. Yes, I still have the sames ones that I mentioned above, but they've shifted just a little. I've gone back to just before birth and to the quote...
"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots; the other, wings."
My main goal now.. NEVER break her spirit! Do everything in my power to further instill that self-confidence. With that she can back away from drugs, she can say no to pre-marital sex, she can graduate from med-law-or whatever school she wants to go to, she can lead a board room and be confident. Without that... she has nothing.
My main goal is to give her the wings to make her fly and provide the roots, so she always knows where God is and where Home is!
Am I a lucky Mom or what?! I wake up everyday and I thank God for letting me get to have this wonderful little girl in my life!
Sunday, February 14
So, of course, LK was a little jealous that I got to open my gift early. We decided to go ahead and give them their gifts. I'm sure you remember me mentioning the lap trays that my friend, Haley, is making. Well, I had her make up a couple for my kiddos for V-Day! They turned out adorable!! The kid's absolutely LOVED them!
We spent another night relaxing at home, watching the Olympics and then watching my new movie! Gosh - I just love that movie!
I woke up Sunday morning to breakfast in bed! My husband is just THE BEST! He even turned "High Society" on for me! Nohting like a romantic Grace Kelley, Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire movie to start off your day! :) After breakfast and the movie, we headed to church for the late service. We've had to miss the last few weeks due to sickness and bad weather, so it was nice to get back to church!
After church we ran a few errands and came home to another yummy dinner, made by Dad! So far, Valentine's Day has been perfect!! I'm so blessed that I'm able to spend it with my 3 (well, 5, if you include the puppies!) FAVORITE Valentine's!!
The kid's are out of school tomorrow for President's Day, so we excited about being able to relax for an extra day! :)
I hope everyone has had a wonderful Valentine's Day!! :)
After spending all day Friday recovering from the bug, we were more than ready to get out and about on Saturday! Luckily, we had plans to meet up with LK's friend Anna-Claire, her mom Courtney and her GiGi, Ms. Paula. We had heard through the grapevine a few weeks ago that Davis Kidd Booksellers was having a "hush hush" Fancy Nancy Story Time! Of course, we immediately bought our tickets and made plans to get the girls together! So, we woke up early Saturday morning and started getting dressed up!