Sunday, August 30, 2009

Burn Baby Burn!

We all survived the first week of school and felt the need to celebrate! The Law's and the Duts joined us for a night of fire and fun!

Just the girls!

The Laws

The Duts....and Clar!

My husband loves getting his picture taken! And the kids are nowhere to be seen because the oh so exciting Wizards of Waverly Place movie was on and it trumped smores!

See Marshmallow Man

See Marshmallow Man burn

See Marshmallow Man melt and die

See the firey wrath in her eyes!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Where Did the Summer Go?

School started yesterday!
Check out my big first grader and second grader!

After they got home Daisey went on and on about her day giving me every little detail.
Isaac said, "It was good. There were nachos." Ha ha! He reminds me of his dad!
Every year I like to make them a "back to school treat". It all started with the school bus cake when Daisey started kindergarten. Now it's something they look forward to and it makes the first day special.
This year's idea came from Woman's Day. It's not quite the same, but you get the idea.
Our's says "Happy School Year Daisey (and) Isaac. They were thrilled!

Maggie helped. Here is her creation for Daddy!


When did this happen?
She's SEVEN!
I'm just sayin'....

Short and sassy!

Ok, so I loved Maggie's hair long, it looked so cute....when she'd let me do it, or brush it, or shampoo it, or touch it! But often hair styling time turned into total melt down screaming and kicking and ripping the elastics out of her hair!
So after much thought and a particularly bad hair related tantrum I broke down and cut 6 inches off my baby's hair!
I think it turned out quite cute! And short and sassy definitely fits her personality! :)


Side view:

Back View:

Upside down view!

Just Keep Swimming! Just Keep Swimming!

I am happy to announce that after only a week a swimming lessons my little fishies can swim!
Their no nonsense teacher doesn't allow parents to be there during lessons. But we were able to go watch on the last day of class. I didn't know what to expect. For all I knew we could have been paying this woman to let our kids play and splash around in her pool!
After watching my kids on Wednesday I must say that I am very impressed with how much they learned in such a short time! The change in their swimming abilities is amazing! They went from trying to dog paddle with floaties on to jumping off the diving board and swimming across the pool! Even Maggie is blowing bubbles in the water and floating on her back! We will definately be taking them back to her next year!


Between Daisey and Isaac the tooth fairy spent some serious money at our house!

Isaac's adult teeth grew in before his baby teeth fell out!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

For everything there is a season

This week has been an emotional roller coaster. Yesterday we attended a funeral. The day before, a wedding. Last Sunday was a baby blessing.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds me that God has a plan for each of us. It's hard to trust in Him and believe that everything happens for a reason. I've been thinking about this scripture as I rejoice in the new life of my nephew, share in the happiness of my newly married friend and mourn the loss of my dear cousin.

Life is precious. Precious time...precious life...far too short.

For everything there is a season,

And a time for every matter under heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;

A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;

A time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

A time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to seek, and a time to lose;

A time to keep, and a time to throw away;

A time to tear, and a time to sew;

A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate,

A time for war, and a time for peace.

It really puts things into perspective for me. Life is a gift and I need to embrace it.

Starting today I will strive to live life to it's fullest.

I will delight in the sweet and giggly moments with my children.

I will take chances.

I will appreciate the beauty around me in the world.

I will tell the people I love that I love them. And I will tell them often.

I will date my husband. Even if it's only eating popcorn on a blanket in our backyard!

I will count my blessings and remember how truly blessed I am.