Saturday, September 24, 2011


See this precious, brand new baby girl?

She looks like this now:

She is five.  FIVE. 
How did it go so fast?  How did I get so lucky?

This girl, she is brilliant.  She counted to 100 this morning, knows all her letters and sounds, and can write basic words.   She remembers things from YEARS ago in great detail.  She says, "Well, actually..." when she has every day conversations.  

She is loving.  She hugs her brother multiple times a day.  She ran to get her nurse's kit (that she made at church) when he fell down.  She snuggles in the mornings.  Her lovie duck, Ming Ming, is starting to look like the Velveteen Rabbit.

She is creative.  She sings often, and raises her hands to worship songs in the car.  She gives all of her Barbies different names and remembers who is who without fail. She draws or colors every day.  She is using a trash can and markers for her drum set as I type this. 

She knows what she likes.  She loves green beans and hates corn.  She would eat spaghetti or Chick-fil-a at every meal.  Strawberries are her favorite fruit.  She loves to watch musicals.  She prefers dress pajamas over ones with pants.  She loves to have her toenails painted, but hates getting them cut.  She will choose girly stuff at every opportunity, and spent thirty minutes being "Miss Hairstyler" with me earlier today.

She is five and fantastic.  I'm going to keep her.

Bella Kathryn,

When you were born and I heard your first cry, my heart felt like it was going to burst with love.  It was a moment I had waited and waited for.  I prayed, begged really, for God to give me a baby.  I told him I would take any baby...a girl baby, a boy baby, a green baby.  I didn't care.  Well, you see, God wasn't just going to give me any baby.  He is so much wiser than that.  He is never early.  He is never late.  He waited until September 15, 2006 at 5:09 pm to give you to your Daddy and me.  He was right on time.  And five years later I know that I really didn't want any baby.  What I wanted was you.

Grateful and so in love with you,

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"What's on my phone?" Wednesday- Edition 3

Hello blog readers!  Here's a tour of my phone from the last two weeks.  Brace yourselves...I live a wild life. 

First, I have a confession to make. 

My kids love Hamburger Helper.

Don't judge me.  They will live.  They also had delicious pot roast with potatoes, carrots. and biscuits tonight.  So it's not like HH is all I do in the kitchen.

2-0.  Ranked 17th.  HB1 wears his RG3 jersey and says, "Sic 'em!"

I'm so glad Baylor Bear football is here.

Does this even look like Rachael Ray to you?  I didn't think so.  I thought it was very airbrushed, and just...odd.  She's a pretty lady.  Leave her alone.

And here is something Rachael Ray would never eat:

It's actually quite delicious.  I close my eyes and try to pretend that I am a PeiWei. 

Look at this masterpiece...

And no, I don't mean the marker drawing.  It's good, don't get me wrong.  I mean that sweet baby face.  God did some amazing work knitting this boy together.  I am still in awe.

And another happy sight...

We got our carpets cleaned for the first time ever in this house.  It's make me sooooo happy.  Do you see any coffee, mud, baby spit up, or throw up?  Yeah, me neither.

Andy and my brother-in-law don't see much difference.  Boys do not appreciate the finer things.

And last but not least, I had a Pumpkin Spice Latte today because as you can see, it is clearly below 90 degrees. 

Hot coffee when it's 86 outside.  I told you I was wild.   Happy fall, everyone.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

"What's on my phone?" Wednesday-Thursday Edition

I'm a day late. 

Punctuality has never been a strength of mine.  Ask anyone that knows me.  I love "fashionably late".

Here's what is on Iris the iPhone this week:

(Yes, all of our Apple products have been named with "I" names for when we hook them up to our iTunes.  I find it to be interesting and intelligent on our part.)

Bella and I went to the dentist for check ups.  This was only her second time, and she was a little hesitant.  Once they brought out Allie the Alligator and Bella was able to brush her teeth, she became a fan of the dentist. 

As for me, I'm not a big fan.  I don't have a fear or anything, it's just every time I go I have something else that is wrong and is going to involve pain and money.  If only I had Allie's teeth...

The kids were all smiles after swimming at Uncle Matt's.  Bella's hair post-pool = Oh my.

My rocket man...

I bought a certain little girl this tunic to match these funky green leggings she had.  I got it for TOTALLY FREE!  (Thank you Kohl's $10 off $10 or more coupon.)   I walked out of the store without even handing over a penny.  How often does that happen?  I took this pic to send to my mom, because she had purchased the leggings for Bella (and I wanted to brag about my deal).

Even worse than last week...Fall, where are you?

Our four-legged family member, Beatrice.  She is not allowed on the couch, but she was looking so sweet that I put a blanket down and let her watch some TV with me.

And last but not least, my baby girl started preschool (two days a week).  She is SO excited!  I am so excited that she already loves school.  And this picture will go great next to her Valedictorian cap and gown picture at her graduation party in 14 years.