Archive for May, 2010


wordless wednesday


so I’m 31 now

Don’t birthdays feel like that when you’re older?  Just another day.  I know for sure Asher doesn’t care it’s my birthday and he wouldn’t dare let me sleep in!  🙂  You smile and say “Yay!  It’s my birthday!”  (as you put another load in the washing machine, change a poopy diaper, and wipe up yogurt all over the table).  Birthdays as an adult make me realize how blessed I was in my family to have been celebrated each year as a child!  And don’t get me wrong, I don’t want a party for my birthday now!  I am just as happy with a few thoughtful presents from family and something chocolate!  But my mom made sure we felt VERY special every year on our big day.  She went all out with decorations, party games, friends, cake, and presents.  Those who know me, know that I have loved to carry on that tradition and treasure getting to celebrate each of my children with a special party in honor of them!  What a joy to celebrate life! 

So, I’m 31 now.  Yay!  🙂

I can’t post without a picture so I thought it would be fun, since Rilyn is about to turn 6, to post my 6th birthday party picture.  Obviously, I loved Cabbage Patch Kids!

May 1985

happy mother’s day!

My Mother’s Day started yesterday and James let me have the whole day off!  It was wonderful and reenergizing!  This morning started with breakfast in bed, church, and then a picnic on our front porch of Freebirds!  Yum!

This was Rilyn’s Mother’s Day letter to me that she wrote in school.  I love the picture!  It is supposed to be me lying in my bed (ceiling fan above me) while her and Ella are bringing me breakfast in bed!  It says, “I love my mom because she takes care of me and sister.  This is the day to thank my mom for everything she does.”  So sweet.

The girls planted flowers next to their stepping stones

for me! 

James tried to get shots with me and the kids sitting

 together but Asher wouldn’t cooperate, so this will do!

So blessed!!!

he was splishin’ and a splashin’!

Yesterday, Asher got his first turn at the kiddie pool.  He loved it after he got himself accustomed to the water temperature in his own way!

step 1:  grab a cup
step 2:  dump it on your head
step 3:  laugh about it!
Freshly squeezed water! 
our busta man
His fav thing to do:  stand up and jump…
then fall down!
Ella and Asher having a blast!
Then Asher got stuck over the side of the pool when I put his floatie on
But Ella saved the day!

flashback friday-mother edition

Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

My mom pregnant with my brother!  I was 2 1/2  yrs.old
James with his mom!  He was pretty amazed at her!
The first moment I became a mom!  June 3, 2004  Rilyn showing off her pipes!

the first swim

Ella had the honor of the first swim of ‘kiddie pool season’ this year at our house!  Since we are in the low 90s already, I think the time is right!  I signed up Ella for ‘advanced swimming lessons for ages 3-5’ in June since she did so good last summer, but now I’m having second thoughts…what do you think?  🙂

I asked Ella to swim
Choking after holding her breath under water
trying to back float

It was sure fun taking pictures of our little cutie!

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I’m foreseeing lots of this with my girls!

guess who’s coming to dinner?

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all my teacher friends out there!  I’m not just saying this because I used to be a teacher (well maybe I am!), I believe being a teacher is the second hardest job in the world-second only to being a mother!  🙂  Imagine having a hard day as a mom with your kids.  Tough right?   But maybe you can just pop in a movie and close the play room door and tell them “mommy needs a break.”  Well teachers sometimes have a tough day times 10 (2 kids x 10), plus all the kids are the same age BUT with very different abilites on the way they learn and behave.  Then throw in paperwork such as turning in lesson plans, progress reports, report cards, individualized education plans for children with special needs, behavior plans, testing reports…   Don’t forget the pressure from parents, the principal, and the state to be at your best every day!

So to show our appreciation for Rilyn’s teacher, Ms. Kerley, we are inviting her over for dinner tonight!  Rilyn is over-the-moon excited!    We bought her favorite dessert, drink, and favorite flowers (thanks to the PTO who handed out papers with each teachers favorite things on them).  We love Ms. Kerley and I just really appreciate her organization, routine, gentle spirit, and love for her class.

Here I am at my first teaching job out of college!  Teaching 3 year olds at Carver Early Childhood Center in Bryan, Texas.  Can you tell I look exhausted?!?  (And those high waisted pants with short shirt combo wasn’t working for me!)  In this picture it is teacher appreciation week and each child brought me a flower that day!  You can see my beautiful bouquet in the middle!  That was a very hard year for me, but days like that make it all worth it!

May 2002
Rilyn’s kindergarten class picture!

My photography business!

May 2010