Friday, May 27, 2011

Five on Friday

It's been a while, hasn't it?! Life is busy these days but 8 weeks off is finally here!

1. We're going to the lake tomorrow for the first time this summer! We are all so excited! This was our trip last year on Memorial Day!



2. My brother and sweet family will be here this week. Can't wait to love on them for a while before we send them off, and wish them luck, on their big move to Japan. This was the last time the girls were together.



3. Leighton graduated from preschool this week. It was the sweetest little graduation. I was so proud of her and still get teary when I think about it.



4. Leighton was awarded the "most thoughtful" award from her class. I couldn't have picked a more appropriate award. It does my heart good to know that Leighton shows how caring she is everywhere she goes. And it brings tears to my eyes to know her teachers saw in her what I see.



5. Ainsley will be TWO in less than a week. Really?! When did that happen??? My little wild child. I hope her zest for life never lessens!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

5 on Friday

1. I'm sitting here watching the Grizzlies game...game number 6 of the second series! The Grizzlies are playing the Thunder and I feel like I'm going against everything I know not pulling for Oklahoma but I just can't do it in this case. I don't chew my fingernails but I might start after tonight! What a great game (great series really)!! It's the 4th quarter and a two point ball game! Go Grizz!!!!



2. The city has been in a flood...the great flood of 2011 to be exact and it wouldn't be right if I didn't blog about, right?! It really has been heartbreaking. Many people have been evacuated from their homes as they are underwater. We have been lucky...we are high and dry.

3. Leighton loves to hide from us...every chance she gets. Here was her latest hiding place this week.



4. We spent the evening at my parents this week and this is what I got to watch unfold. They are so sweet!







5. It has been HOT here and Leighton has worn her rain boots almost every day without fail. She did manage to find some water too!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mom

Some days I feel as though I am just the "go-to" person to be at my children's every beck and call.

Momma, I need a band-aid (Nan-aid in Ainsley-ease). And not because she's hurt but because she just likes to put them on and take them off. (Note to self...look at stock in band-aids).

Momma, why does this happen, or that happen?

Momma, don't forget I have gymnastics tonight.

Momma, what day is it? (Leighton judges her week on whether it is a "stay home" day, school day, sitter day, etc.)

Momma, can we go to Sonic?

Momma, can we go to Mem's house?

Momma, I wanna watch "Good Luck Charlie." Can you find the Disney channel?

Momma, can we have pizza for dinner? I don't like green beans.

Momma, I want to wear that dress. You know, the one that's dirty?

Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't have it any other way. I wouldn't want my kids to go to anyone other but me. But as we go through our daily routines, days in and days out, I can feel overwhelmed and unappreciated.

I spend much of my time (and money) making sure my girls are cute and often forget about myself. It doesn't seem to bother me at work since I'm on the floor with kids all day but on those rare occasions I get a girls' night out, I find myself looking around at my friends and all their accessories, most up-to-date outfits, and I am not-so-put-together.

But then I remember the work I am really doing...what my hands are for, what my words are molding, what two little beings I am raising. I would wear the clothes on my back for years if it would give Leighton and Ainsley more.

And so yes, some days it feels as if I am just the "go-to" person. But I am more than that. My kids come to me because they trust me. Because I am their Mom. And I am honored to have been chosen to be a Mom to these amazing little girls.

In the end, I don't want to be the Mom remembered for the cakes I make, or that I woke up early to make sure the house was spotless before work, or that I ironed their Sunday dresses on Saturday before church. I want my kids to remember me for being there when they needed me. For playing with them when no one else was there and they needed a friend.

I want them to remember their Mom made their house a home. I want them to bring their friends home to meet their Mom. I hope in the years to come that my house will be filled with children. Yes, even with all the squealing (and drama) it will bring. And I hope kids fill this house not because we stock the fridge with Mt. Dew (however I will do that if it will help), but because this home has a loving Mom. A Mom who wants the best for them. A Mom will go to bat for them. And because of that, I hope my girls will bring their friends home and the first thing they'll do is say, "Meet my Mom..."

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Catching up...again

Week 17...Easter Sunday. I adore this picture. I love how Leighton is eyeing Aaron...and Ainsley admiring Leighton. Just precious!



Week 18...I took some pictures for my sweet friend who is expecting baby Will any day! I can't wait to get my hand on him! :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Five on Friday

1. Leighton is doing awesome at her new gymnastics class. These are few little videos of her skills.

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2. Can you believe this little singer has been asking to go potty and then actually going?! :) She's not yet 2 and over the last 2 days has consistently gone to the potty. Looks like I am going to be doing some serious potty training in the not-too-distant future. Good thing I only have 14 days of work left for the year (not that I'm counting)!

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3. Only 14 days of school and I can't wait! I can't wait to spend my days with my kiddos...doing just what we did last year...

We went shopping...



And spent time at the baseball games...



And cooled off at the sprinkler park...



And just played together (because that's what "seesters" do best)!



And we love to hang at the pool...



It's where we spend most of our days.



But our very favorite is to be at the lake!



4. I have my 6 month scan on Monday. I'm already dreading it.

5. Leighton loves to pick up her sister these days....and truth be told, Ainsley loves it too!!! Are they not the cutest!? :)