Monday, November 28, 2011

Finally settling in!

We have moved again! We are living in some apartments now and are getting all settled in. The girls are sharing a room and it's working out much better than we thought. There's no greater sound than the sound of their door being opened and four little feet racing to our room every morning. Although, the sound of coffee brewing is a close second.

We chose not to get cable and have so far really appreciated the time we have to all spend together. The girls are growing up so fast! We play more games and read more together. I'm so blessed to have a husband who appreciates these things just as much as I do. Although, I do miss some Real Housewives of New Jersey!

Maddi has improved so much lately in her reading, I am so so impressed with her. Homework is much easier and doesn't take all the hair pulling and flailing about on the floor. She enjoys reading and enjoys math and is such a joy to be around. She enjoys reading various signs we see as we drive down the road as well as magazine covers in the grocery store aisle- which always make for awkward conversation. Like, "So mom, who is Lady Gaga?"

Macy is still the sweetest, smiliest baby I've ever been around. She loves giving hugs and kisses and playing for hours. Which is why our laundry basket MIGHT be overflowing. She can still only say her three words that stand for 100 different things. Da-da, Night night, and ma-ma. Everyone is da-da except ma-ma. And juice, blanket, food, and everything else she might want are all night night. Genius. She loves to run around outside and go for walks in her stroller. She loves sleeping with Maddi and playing tickle. She loves flipping through the pages of a book while listening to us read to Maddi. We love her so much!

Josh and I have been reading Love&Respect by Emerson Eggerichs and have really enjoyed it. Such an eye opener at how different men and women really are. I love our marriage and love being married to him. What a blessing it is to have a husband that considers it to be a woman's highest calling to be a wife, mother, and homemaker.

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow,
For babies grow up we've learned to our sorrow.
So settle down cobwebs.
Dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

First Grade

A few weeks ago, Maddi started first grade.

Had to let that sink in just a little, becasuse the memories I have of holding her as an infant and thinking OH MY GOD, HOT POTATO! are distinct.

We walked her to class on her first day, which means we all woke up early, showered, AND got dressed all before 7:30. This upset our normal morning routine just a bit as I normally slip on pants and take her wearing the shirt I slept in. We stopped and took a few pictures in front of the school which were "a little emberassing, MOM" and then we walked her into her classroom. We put her lunch box and backpack on the wall-hanger outside of her room and then helped her get settled into her desk. She hugged us both and then waved goodbye.
One of my favorite memories was that day, as she smiled sheepishly to her classmates and hugged us goodbye. Such a wonderful little girl that we're so blessed with.

She has Mrs. Maddox for a teacher and loves her to death. Every day is better than the previous one and she is learning so much already. This week she got the Proud Panther award and got to decorate a poster about herself and gets some special time hanging out with the principal this week.

Macy also went to her first daycare last week. Josh and I both worked, and my parents had to go out of town so she went to a little daycare for a few hours. I thought this would be good for her. If you follow this blog, you know she has some crazy seperation issues. Like the time the nursery worker had to come get us from working out becuase she was crying and gagging herself.

Good times!

I called several times to check on her and they said she was doing well for her first day. AND, she even laid down and took a nap on her nap mat. However, I haven't called and signed her up for another day because she's had a runny nose and diarrhea ever since. You win, Macy.

After school this past week

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

That time we went school shopping

Yesterday, I decided to take both girls to Walmart and get Maddi's school supplies.

You know, like less than a week before school starts.

I've been working hard, PEOPLE.

 Apparently, the rest of the world decided to also. It started out great, picking out her favorite pink glittery pencils, puppy dog notepads, and twistable markers. UNTIL we had to pick out the folders. She needed 2 each of red, blue, yellow, and green. She WANTED the pink one with the rainbow and the barbie. And because she was born with this lovely personality trait that she inherited from her father, SHE MUST GET EVERYTHING PERFECT. And when she doesn't, she gets very upset.

So I tried telling her about the time that daddy went skiing but DID NOT KNOW HOW TO SKI. And he wasn't very good at it and ended up knocking several people the same one person down over and over again, got stuck in an orange netted fence, and then threw his snowboard down and knocked over everyone elses skiis. BUT, this only got her mind off of NOT HAVING THAT PERFECT FOLDER, for a second.

And she went back to crossing her arms and scowling because she'd be the only one with ugly PLAIN PRIMARY colored folders. And then she complained about everything else afterwards (walking, breathing, HAVING to blink her eyes.)

And then the snowball started.

She had gotten so worked up and had forgotten what made her mad in the first place and then started talking about another ten things she had picked up as she started spiraling out of control: we never took her to six flags, we always make her wear clothes, we won't get her an iPhone.

So I made her stand by the buggy and not say a word for five minutes. Thinking, MAYBE, she'd calm down, and "now that it's quiet, I can think clearly, and my mom is totally right"

Or something like that.

FINALLY, we get to the check out line. Maddi is crying. Macy is holding my keys and chewing on a dollar bill. AND we're backing up the line because I can't find my checkbook.

I have become THAT woman.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Good Morning Maddi

My alarm went off  this morning at 7. I yawned and stretched for a while then fell out of bed around 7:25. Maddi was up and getting ready for her dentist appointment. Since she's six years old now, she is able to get up by herself, gets herself dressed, and get herself something to drink. 

Parents of toddlers: YOUR FUTURE IS AWESOME.

Once we were ready, we headed to her dentist appointment to get a filling. At least that's what we thought!
Maddi has teeth just like mine and they're way too close together and there is no room for her permanent teeth to come in. Which is why her baby teeth didn't fall out, her permanent teeth are just starting to grow BEHIND them.  SO, while the dentist already had her mouth numbed, she pulled her bottom teeth. ALL FOUR OF THEM. Because not only do we not have any room for our baby teeth, our permanent teeth are HUGE. 

Our dentists bank account would like to thank this lovely gene pool.

So now were back home. Weaning off the sweet air also known as nitrous oxide. Which by the way can not be converted into a liquid and then poured into a bottle for a teething 14 month old. 

Here are the pictures she wanted everyone to see!

While we were waiting on the dentist.

Right when we got home.
Just a little bit of bloody drool.

See her two permanent teeth back there?
They should now have room to move forward!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Say Mama!

"Macy say Mama"


"Mace say mama"


"Where's mama, say mama"


"Who is your least favorite between the two if you absolutely had to choose?"


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

I had..

A good post coming but since my husband must use this computer to study for the CPA exam, I have to keep it short.
 I'll upload more pictures tomorrow!
My Sweet Mace

Macy and Sadie enjoying a snack

Maddi at the dentist!

Again, at the dentist!

Love these two girls

Bunny ears for sister

Maddi at the Ranger game!

Loves her daddy

Doesn't she look big here?

Good morning Macy Lou

Hope your having a wonderful Summer!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Our Home

I hope everyone had a great Fathers day! I am so blessed with the father, grandfather, and husband in my life! Love them so much. We don't do too much for Mothers Day, not because I'm a selfless angel, but because if we don't go all out on Mother's Day, we don't HAVE to go all out on Fathers Day. See how that works?

We grilled burgers, ate way too much pie, and played dominoes with family. I LOVE my husband and am so grateful for the love he has for our girls.

I had to go to Tyler today to pick up a few things from our house and go by the bank. Last time we left the house we were all in a hurry, trying to clean and move out.

I went back today for the first time in a few weeks. It was so quiet. So clean. Wasn't it just yesterday that I laid my sweet little infant into that crib? Or tucked Maddi into her little iron bed the night before Kindergarten. I hadn't realized how much I'd miss that house and all the sweet memories we'd leave behind.

SO, here is a list of the top ten things I miss about our home and Tyler in general. Come on, you knew this was coming.

1. The pitter patter of feet (and knees, Macy!) across the wood floor that creaked early in the morning.

2. Painting, re-decorating, and rearranging while Macy sat in her swing on the back porch.

3. Laying the kids down and rocking on the back porch with my husband. Talking about our girls, school, and          if I was lucky, ACCOUNTING.

4. Watching Maddi run As Fast As She Could up the sidewalk when she got dropped off from school.

5.Working out, eating lunch, and laughing with Allison Carr. 

6.Walking around the neighborhood with Josh and the girls. Smiling at each other watching Maddi ride her bike down the hill. 

7. Arguing with Josh about who has to drop Macy off in the nursery THIS time.

8. Fresh, The Potpourri House, and Stanleys

9. Rocking my 10 week old Macy outside for way too long most days, because there was just nothing better to do.

10. Being only about 40 minutes away from Canton.

11. Wearing my pajamas all day long. 

I had to add that one. 

We're enjoying Longview ALOT and enjoy being so close to friends and family. Maddi has made several new friends in the neighborhood and is at her first sleepover tonight! She loves it here. Macy is standing up but still refuses to take a step. AND Josh and I both love our jobs. 

I'll be off orientation next week and then I can go back working my usual one-to-two days/week. I love getting to stay home with my kids but work is such a nice break. REAL. LIVE. PEOPLE. who don't throw themselves on the floor and cry about having to wipe. 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Loving my girls!

Sweet Sisters Making A Mess!

Our little artist

Loving the outside!

 She loves this bucket!

Just hangin' out

Football after work!

Maddi and Leighton. Isn't she tiny??!

Macy on the way to Church. 
Already dreading the nursery.

Watching the kids play

Macy and Sadie enjoying some pillows!

Animal crackers and juice. Doesn't get much better than that!

Love these girls!
Maddi's dentist appointment!
We'll be taking donations soon.

After they loaded her up on pain meds she got to watch a movie before the procedure

She did so well!

Right after her dental work I asked her to smile. :)

So sleepy! 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Feeling So Blessed

We have officially moved to Longview! To my parents house! 
We are waiting on our house in Tyler to sale before we purchase another one. Thankfully, we were able to move in here and not have to pay ANOTHER mortgage. 

I thought that moving in here would be chaotic. So far, we love it. Probably a. little. too. much.

The last time we lived here I was 17, attempting to raise a colicky, fussy, sleep hating infant. We called that thing karma Maddi. Who knew that she would turn into such a wonderful child that I can't get enough of. Also, Josh was finishing up High School, taking college classes, and working. I was just starting Kilgore College and cramming in as many classes as I could. We watched our friends start planning dorm arrangements and listened to all of their plans about going off to college and getting away from this town. I felt like the biggest burden and disappointment here. COMPLETELY dependent on my parents. I couldn't wait until Josh and I could get out on our own. OH THE POSSIBILITIES! How proud my parents would be. And we'd never have to move back in. 

We got married at 18 and lived with my parents for about 5 months until we bought our first house. The FREEDOM! WRONG! More like, bills! and Yardwork! and  WHO AM I GOING TO ROCK ON THE FRONT PORCH WITH? Eventually we adjusted and finally I graduated and we moved to Tyler so I could work at a larger hospital and Josh finished up school at UT Tyler. 

Three years later, WE'RE BACK! And I thought it would be chaotic and just as crazy as before. However, I was wrong. My brothers are older now and  Trip will be moving out soon. Josh and I both have jobs and NO more school, Maddi sleeps through the night and doesn't scream 25 hours/day.

What a difference 5 years has made. 

What a blessing my parents are.

Now if I can just convince them to get a pool. And a maid.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


Maddi had her first field day last Friday and we all went to cheer her on!  Macy came also and crawled around the field and smiled for pictures most of the time. We loved it and loved getting to watch Maddi have so much fun.

Afterwards, we dropped Josh off at work and ran to grab Trip a GRAD-U-ATION gift. Can you believe it? Wasn't he just 7 years old chasing my friends around with scissors and his machete? Using his scissors to CUT THE SEATBELTS OUT of my dad's car.

So anyways, we headed to Barnes and Noble to pick him up a book series. Me, Maddi, and Macy. THE DAY OF his graduation. We plan our gifts for others like we plan for parenthood. THOROUGH. As soon as we walk in, Maddi starts saying she wants a coffee. And I say no. And I'm SoOoO mean from then on. At least until I let her pick out a book from the clearance section and I'm "The best, most special, amazing, excellent mommy ever!" Is it bipolar disorder or just 6 year old disorder?

We celebrated Trip's graduation that night and stayed up way too late playing ping pong. Because we're lame like that.

Maddi made a book for Mrs. Lewis (her teacher) to give to her tomorrow for her last day of school. At the end she wanted to put, "And we are going to move to Longview but we might be back in Tyler one day of our life and we might see you if we ever go get groceries." I told her it was too long and it didn't really make sense. She looked at me like I had 10 heads, grabbed a fistful of hair, and stomped off crying. Only to return 10 seconds later with a new ending sentence. "A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z THANK YOU!"

So that's what she put. And she couldn't have been more proud. And neither could we.

Macy has started standing alone today!!!!!!!
Yes, she's 4 months "behind schedule" but she smiles and sleeps a lot so we forgave her.
She goes from crawling to army crawling to pause to standing up.

Then we all scream, shout, clap, fist pump, and jump up and down at how much of a genius she is.

Then we have to do the same to Maddi.

And Maddi has never stood so tall and straight. Smiling ear to ear as we cheer her on for standing.

It's the little things, really.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Quick little update!

Soo much has happened this past week! Josh graduated with his MBA, we celebrated Macy's 1st birthday, Maddi got everything she wanted, ANNND, I started a new job!

Josh graduated last Saturday morning and we couldn't have been more proud! I am so glad he is done! No more long nights at the library, or working on projects, or studying ALL THE TIME. I'm so glad to now have help with these girls at night. I threatened him often with "When you get home the kids will be left at the neighbors house and I'll be on my way to Arkansas to start my new life. Waitressing at Chili's."

See how selfish I am?

Macy had her first little birthday at Mimi's house and loved her cookie and petit four. She loves all of her toys and clothes and books. She is one sweet sweet TODDLER!

Macy and I stayed in Longview from Sunday until Thursday afternoon because I had orientation at GSMC. Which means that I got to hang out with my parents and  Maddi and Josh had 5 days all to themselves. Maddi loved it and was so sweet when we finally did see her on Thursday. She also made me promise that I'd never ever ever be away from her that long again. And I did.

Macy did great at Mimi and Papaw's house all week. She crawled around everywhere, played outside, and was fascinated with the water hose. She also got to hang out with Taylor, Trip, Blake, Collin, The Cowans, Brooke, Jessica, TJ, and Amber. She loves having other peoples attention. I was certain my mom would have her walking by the time we left. If not walking, then cleaning because you CAN'T JUST breathe air, You must WORK for the air you breathe! But, she's still not. She's lazy like that.

I enjoyed getting to hang out with my brothers that week. They're so funny and FROM ANOTHER PLANET.

Once, I called my mom around 9:30 one night and Taylor (who is 10) answered.


"Hey Boo Bear (don't ask) what are you doing???!!??"

"Just laying in bed with mom watching celebrity rehab."


They really are funny and keep me laughing like no other. Boys are just so different than girls.
Just yesterday Josh said, "I know this might sound weird, but the snuggle exhilarations is my favorite fabric softener." 

See how awesome your parents are, girls? Yaw'll just so dang lucky.

Yay he's done! Love him So So So much!

Love them so much!

I have the best family.

Macy, even your mother's OCD couldn't tell your father that that sign is crooked.
WAY Crooked.
He looked too cute putting it up.

Papaw! She loves him!

Love this little sprout.

"Look! My sign is crooked!"


Macy feeding daddy her cookie.

Macy is enjoying that sugar!

Macy and Reed! They share the same Bday!

Macy getting her shopping cart!

When Maddi first got to see Macy again! They laughed and played the whole way home!

And danced until bed time!

Love Love Love these girls!