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!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Macy Gracey

Happy First Birthday Macy Lou!
Here you are just 3 weeks before you were born!

Right after you were born. What a blessing you are!

If you're lucky, you'll look JUST like her!

We love  you so so much. You have brought SO much joy and delight to all of us. You just had your one year old checkup and you H.A.T.E.D it. Three shots AND a blood test. How dare they. You are now in the 9th percentile for your weight, 20th percentile for your height, and 75th percentile for your head! We assume this is the reason you aren't walking yet, or even trying to. Or you're just lazy. You're a great eater although your parents are Com.plete. Mor.ons. We have been feeding you whole milk from a bottle instead of a sippy cup (YOU prefer this), we have been giving you about 24 oz of milk per day when all you need is 16, AND I don't think I have been talking to you enough because you can't say 5 words yet. COME ON, I could have barked at you for the first 6 months of your life and you would have found it just as instructional as if I were reading you the dictionary. YOU try talking to someone who refuses to answer you and gives you no indication that she can distinguish your voice from the dishwasher.

However, you are becoming a person now! Your sweet, babbling personality is so fun and MUCH more enjoyable. There used to only be so many ways we could entertain you: Let's walk into the kitchen again! Let's look out the window! Here, chew on my finger! Now, you're talking, listening, crawling, playing, and developing into a very sweet little girl.

The majority of this past month has been spent watching you in amazement at how fast of a crawler you are. And how fast you can transition from a crawling position to a sitting one with a very mischievous "I didn't eat it, there. is .Nothing. In. My. Mouth. so. just. keep. walking." look in your eyes. You crawl faster than most other kids your age, which means you should be reading by the time you're 16. Make us proud.

You have the sweetest personality and we can't get enough of you. You love when Maddi and I sing and dance with you. You love your playtime with daddy and will do anything to get his attention. You love making everyone laugh and often get shy when too many people, more than 3, are around. You are the baby that has to be walked around by all the nursery workers because you won't stop crying for mommy and daddy. Once you cried for over an hour and they had to call us to come pick you up. You're getting better with that.

You still love your sleep and can now say "nigh, nigh" when we lay you down in your crib. You can also say Da Da but refuse to even make the mmm sound for Mama. You love to clap your hands and smile with your little wrinkled up nose. You are absolutely the sweetest baby. You love fruit, boiled egg whites, and green beans. And, when your dad is home, your favorites are ice cream, ice, chocolate cake, M&M blizzards, and milk shakes. He is so smitten with you and you know it.

You can disappear in the two seconds it takes me to set you on the floor and say, "I gotta go get your diaper, stay RIGHT THERE." You don't get into too much trouble when I'm not in the room to catch you because what's the fun in that? The fun is knowing that you're not supposed to open that drawer, and when I look at you and say, "Nu uh uh" you go ahead, jerk open the drawer then flee the room giggling.

Lately, you have started to fore go your morning nap. CUT IT OUT. You love going on walks, playing in sand, mud, or dirt, and watching sister run around and play. You LOVE when she gets home from school. She often runs to you, whisks you up off the floor, and heads straight to her room with you. You don't even mind letting her be the princess or queen while she proudly announces you as the dog, pig, or slave. Which ever fits the particular storyline best. Last week, while practicing for her part in the Jack and Jill play, she was dumbfounded as to what you should be. Then, a light bulb went off and she said, "Macy, can be the HILL!!"

Your grandparents, aunts, and uncles absolutely adore you and give you everything you want already. Papaw and Mimi love to play with you and hold you. Nee Nee loves watching you crawl around the floor and playing with all the new toys she has bought you. Which is usually ALOT. We also never have to worry about clothing you. Mimi gets you a new little outfit or dress just about everytime she visits and when we go in to visit Nee Nee we know that the she has bought everything from Gymboree's newest line. Even matching shoes that I can't wait for you to be ale to fit in! We LOVE this. You are so fun to dress up!

This morning, while I was getting you dressed and playing peek a boo, you crawled up to me, pressed your nose against my cheek and smiled. There are only a few moments in life as sweet as this. Thank you so much for that. We love you so much and can't wait to watch you grow even more! I love being your mommy.