Saturday, December 17, 2011
Dear Little One,
I've known about you since October 15, 2011 when I took the first test and found out it was positive :) Your Daddy and I had a dinner date with another couple that evening and I remember looking at him so many times throughout that night thinking "We're having another baby!" I was so excited. I told your grandparents, some aunts/uncles, and some of my closest friends right away. Then, I waited. I waited until this week to tell the rest of the world. On Wednesday, your Daddy and I got to see you so clearly. You were moving your arms and legs and you kept rolling onto your side. It was amazing. We heard your heartbeat too! It was incredibly strong and then whole time I had tears coming from my eyes. You are a miracle. We have a long wait to find out if you are a girl or a boy. And an even longer wait to meet you. But, that's okay. Your big sisters keep me very busy and someday soon, you will know what I mean.
I already love you so very much.
*Pictures from top left: Positive Pregnancy Test, 7 weeks tummy, 10 weeks tummy, Sisters Reading their new favorite book "The New Baby"(By Mercer Mayer), & 12 week Sonogram Picture....
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Today is your fifth birthday and I'm completely blown away. The time has seriously flown by and if I think about it too long, I will cry. Now that you are 5, I want to tell you some things about yourself so that you can know who you were today.
You LOVE anything to do with Strawberry Shortcake. You have amazing manners for your age. You work very hard to be kind to others and sometimes the sweetness you show to Grace brings me to tears. You feel all feelings very strongly, which makes me think you are passionate. You crack me up when you belly laugh after using "potty" words at inappropriate times. You are terrific at Tae Kwon Do and just received your black stripe belt last week. Most of all, you are an amazing little person with a beautiful heart for God. You often sing songs that you've made up. They almost always have to do with Jesus. They are beautiful. Your whole life I've said to you, "Maddie, you are beautiful on the inside as well as on the outside." I never really knew if you were listening. But, a couple of days ago at bedtime while I was sitting beside your bed, you looked at me deep with your eyes that are a perfect reflection of mine. You said to me, "Mommy, you are beautiful on the inside and on the outside. And, I love you." I will never forget that.
I love you.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
The funny thing about my pictures on these particular shelves is that they are almost all part of my life's journey. The majority of them, are of me and my family. All of my parents are represented (although I wish the pic's of them were a little more current), my sisters make numerous appearances, Gabe & I are there (pre-kids) and, of course, the Girls. As I look at the photos of times past, I'm reminded how much I love all of them and how much I know they love me. Since I believe that one's bookshelves say a lot about a person, it's only fair for me to interpret my own, and I think mine say "Wow! She is blessed."
Saturday, October 1, 2011
So, our family went on a trip to Georgia about a week ago. We headed down south for a dog show; more specifically The National Portuguese Water Dog Specialty. There were a lot of things about Georgia that I did not enjoy, however, I want to focus on the positive :) The following album of pictures (there were too many to narrow down) showcases the fun times we had! Gabe did a great job of showing dogs for confirmation, Sandy did an awesome job of competing with both Lois and Zora in obedience, and the girls and I did a terrific job of hanging out ;-)
When Dog Shows were not happening, we did have some down time. We took the girls to the butterfly exhibit that was on the premises of the resort we stayed in. That was fun and if you look at the pictures, you can see when one of the butterflies landed on Grace and she didn't even know! We also took a day trip to Atlanta and played at the Children's Museum. It was a blast and Gabe and I even got in on the fun ;)
This week has been busy with preparations for Maddie's 5th birthday (which is fast approaching!) The girls and I have also been cooking and baking a ton. I love the Fall just for the simple reason that it's a season that seems to be all about food. It is cold and raining here (finally!!!) and so tonight's dinner will be Butternut Squash Soup with crusty warm bread and roasted fall vegetables. Happy Weekend!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Happy 3rd Birthday baby girl! I love you so much and so deeply that it's hard to find words. You are such a light in our lives. Your sense of humor is amazing for your age and your little laugh is infectious.
In one hour from now, three years ago, you were born. I was so happy to meet you. All I ever wanted for Maddie was a sister and you were it. After you were born, you cried for literally an hour straight! I was exhausted and thought it was a sign that you would be a tough baby. But, I was wrong. You were an easy, easy baby who really loved to sleep :)
I just want you to know how very important you are to me. I love you so unconditionally. You are indeed a gift and a blessing. I can't wait to see what this year has in store for you :)
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
We went to a crab feast the other night in Maryland at my dear friend, Rosana's, home. It was spectacular! We picked Maryland Blue Crab to our hearts content. While the adults were busy with messy fingers, caked in Old Bay seasoning, the children were...umm...playing. Or so we thought. Us, adults were having a blast listening to music, eating and most of all laughing. We should have wondered at the quiet coming from the playroom; after all there were 6 kids.
One by one they started to appear and each looked a little more marked than the one before. Suddenly Grace appeared and this picture is exactly as she looked. She had drawn all over her face, feet and arms (sticking almost entirely to the right side of her body). She looked a little lost and the only thing I could do was...laugh, and laugh, and laugh. She has never done this before and it was so funny to me. Other parents were, shall we say, upset with their kids; for a minute I thought mine and Gabe's reaction was wrong. But, I thought about the fact that I really like those moments when "kids will be kids" and to me, that's all I really want them to be. :-)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Then, a thought hit me. It was something I've heard from my mother many times before: "A little boredom is good for kids." It seems so radical in today's world! The idea that I don't have to be their constant source of entertainment!? That I can pick up my own book and enjoy it while they find something to do that doesn't require me driving them anywhere! That if I allow them some boredom they will actually find a way to have fun; maybe even tap into their imaginations. That if I turn the TV off, they will survive!
It all seems so retro and because of that, I'm in. The old way of doing things sometimes is best. The time before IPads, DVR's and Leapster Explorers. I want to taste that bit of nostalgia for myself. I want to see the girls come up with skits and dance routines to perform for Gabe and I (just like Lizzy and me :). I want them to scribble on paper and call it their "journal" because that's what they saw me doing this morning. I want them to find fun in the ordinary. I want them to get lost in a book!!!
So, the other day while I was having these thoughts, my sister posted something on her website that is exactly what I was thinking but didn't have the words for. While my sister didn't write it, she is an amazing journalist, writer, sister and you can find her here.
I want to say for the record that neither Maddie nor Gracie have said they want to be a writer, (this week Mad's wants to be a Firefighter and Grace wants to be a frog) but I found the suggestions in the following piece applicable to all parents; of girls in particular! ;)
Written by M. Molly Backes
What should you do to help your child pursue her dreams of becoming a writer?
First of all, let her be bored. Let her have long afternoons with absolutely nothing to do. Limit her TV-watching time and her internet-playing time and take away her cell phone. Give her a whole summer of lazy mornings and dreamy afternoons. Make sure she has a library card and a comfy corner where she can curl up with a book. Give her a notebook and five bucks so she can pick out a great pen. Insist she spend time with the family. It’s even better if this time is spent in another state, a cabin in the woods, a cottage on the lake, far from her friends and people her own age. Give her some tedious chores to do. Make her mow the lawn, do the dishes by hand, paint the garage. Make her go on long walks with you and tell her you just want to listen to the sounds of the neighborhood.
Let her be lonely. Let her believe that no one in the world truly understands her. Give her the freedom to fall in love with the wrong person, to lose her heart, to have it smashed and abused and broken. Occasionally be too busy to listen, be distracted by other things, have your nose in a great book, be gone with your own friends.
Let her have secrets. Let her have her own folder on the family computer. Avoid the temptation to read through her notebooks. Writing should be her safe haven, her place to experiment, her place to work through her confusion and feelings and thoughts. If she does share her writing with you, be supportive of her hard work and the journey she’s on. Ask her questions about her craft and her process. Ask her what was hardest about this piece and what she’s most proud of. Don’t mention publication unless she mentions it first. Remember that writing itself is the reward.
Let her get a job. Let her work long hours for crappy pay with a mean employer and rude customers. If she wants to be a writer, she’ll have to be comfortable with hard work and low pay. Let her spend her own money on books and lattes – they’ll be even sweeter when she’s worked hard for them.
Let her fail. Let her write pages and pages of painful poetry and terrible prose. Let her write painfully bad fan fiction. Don’t freak out when she shows you stories about Bella Swan making out with Draco Malfoy. Never take her writing personally or assume it has anything to do with you, even if she only writes stories about dead mothers and orphans.
Let her go without writing if she wants to. Never nag her about writing, even if she’s cheerful when writing and completely unbearable when she’s not. Let her quit writing altogether if she wants to.
Let her make mistakes.
Let her stay after school to work on the newspaper, but only if she wants to. Let her publish embarrassingly personal stories in the school literary magazine. Let her spill the family’s secrets. Let her tell the truth, even if you’d rather not hear it.
Let her sit outside at night under the stars. Give her a flashlight to write by.
Let her find her own voice, even if she has to try on the voices of a hundred others first to do so. Let her find her own truth, even if she has to spin outrageous lies in search of it. Remember that her truth isn’t the same as anyone else’s truth, and that even if you were there with her when it happened, your memories of a moment will likely be vastly different from hers. Let her write thinly-veiled memoirs disguised as fiction. It’s okay if she massages past events to make a better story, or leaves entire years of her life on the cutting room floor. It’s okay if she writes about characters who have nothing to do with her life, her experience, or her world. That’s what fiction is.
Let her write poetry on her jeans and her shoes and her backpack, even if you just bought them brand new.
Keep her safe but not too safe, comfortable but not too comfortable, happy but not too happy.
Above all else, love and support her. Love her and believe in her. Love her, and let her go. In the end, your love is all that matters, and it will be enough. The rest will come from her.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Sometimes it's the thoughts that were racing through my head 2 weeks ago this evening: "Will I be okay?" "Will Gabe be fine if I'm not?" "Will I be able to have any more babies?" "Is God hearing me?"
Those thoughts pass and then I'm overcome with the thought that God did hear me and that He kept me safe. I cried most of the time I was at church on Sunday and when I wasn't crying, I was just trying really hard not to. My emotions are barely below the surface.
The last thing I think about is the love and help that have been expressed and offered since my sickness/pregnancy/surgery began. I'm humbled that people care that much for me. It makes me cry because I feel undeserving of it but at the same time I know that I'm worth it.
Heading into summer I'm looking forward. I don't want to deny what I've been through but I can only stay so long. So, the sadness washes over me and I just tell myself "it's temporary" and I breathe.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Well, many of you know that we have moved out of our 1st home and are waiting to move into our new home. I think (finger's crossed) that tomorrow is that day :) We cannot wait to be reunited with our stuff and start a whole new chapter for our family. I've been dealing with some physical ailments and sadness and that has also made it really hard for me to blog. But, in the spirit of the fact that things are looking up I wanted to post a picture of Mad's and me on Mother's Day from last weekend. We went to the park in the morning because that's what I wanted to do. Happy Sunday!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
On Thursday the girls and I headed to the National Zoo but since we totally forgot it's Spring Break and everyone-under-the-sun was there, we had to leave. I mean, there wasn't even any parking. So, because I saw Maddie's face begin to crumple at the thought of leaving without seeing any animals, I offered to take them to the toy store and let them each choose 1 toy. (This was easy to do because almost all of their toys are in boxes at this point!) We headed to the toy store and each girl was different as to how she chose her item. Maddie had a plan; she wanted the Barbie a friend has. We found it in no time. Grace, on the other hand, wanted to peruse each and every aisle. She finally decided on some toy cars. They were on sale and there was 9 of them! As we headed home, I an idea. I remembered how my Dad would do "picnic's" with us inside the family room, on the ground,on a blanket while we ate a meal. I used to LOVE it. So, I offered up this idea and Maddie was excited! As we dined among Maddie's new Barbie and Grace's new Toy Car collection, I thought to myself "this is the kind of mom I like to be."
*The Collage above shows our Indoor Picnic, The girls enjoying "Resurrection Rolls" and also the egg dyeing fun we had this afternoon!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Then, this evening Gabe decided to get the ingredients for Strawberry Shortcake for dessert and it was a hit :) So, to honor how fun it was, I created yet another collage :) Enjoy!
Friday, April 1, 2011
The pictures I'm including are from the beret I finished knitting 2 nights ago. I took a knitting class and my friend asked me to knit it for her sister's boyfriend (Hi Siobhan! :) So, it turned out well and I plan to make it again!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Our week has been extremely busy with home staging, cleaning, packing, laundry, haircut (Maddie), preschool, house-hunting and regular life! But, the good news is that we leave for a very magical place in less than 48 hours and while we're away playing, our house will go on the market!!! All the hard work is finally paying off :)
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Oh yeah....We did! We broke the news this afternoon to the girls that we are taking them to Disney World next weekend. The video is long because we wanted to capture the Scavenger Hunt Gabe and I made up :) Enjoy!!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I got to go out to dinner tonight with my dearest friend and also made a trip to the knitting shop...Heaven. Gabe, on the other hand, took the girls shopping :) Disney, here we come! We leave in 10 days and will be there on St. Patrick's Day. So, all the shirts fit the bill :-)
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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|Princesses on Ice|
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Grace knew what she wanted right away; sparkly shoes that light up with every step she takes.
Maddie needed more time; she considered all the options and chose the one's with Rainbow laces. I should have known this would be her choice considering every time I give her a pedicure she requests "Rainbow toes!"