Monday, July 23, 2012

a summer of firsts

After a few weeks filled with wiggly anticipation, the Tooth Fairy made her first appearance at our house last night. Her brother is convinced that he's next in line, telling us constantly to feel his tooth because "it's totally wiggin."

Sunday, May 13, 2012


Another year, another recital. Except this year, she's with bigger girls and holding her own. She tolerates ballet but loves, loves, LOVES jazz. She'd wear those jazz shoes all day long if we'd let her.

I hope she keeps dancing for as long as it brings her joy. SO proud of my girl!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

my daughter, published author

It's a thing of tradition at my kids' school that in early spring, the Pre-K students begin working on books with the hopes of being "published."

They take the time to painstakingly sound out each word and carefully illustrate each part of their story.  Once their books are officially ready to be published, they are awarded the honor of walking their precious pages down to the school office, where the director helps them to type out an official cover page. It's kind of a big deal.

The first one to be given that honor this year happens to live in my house.

My heart is full of pride for my happy, life loving girl, who just shines and sparkles. She has matured in so many ways this year.
At her conference last week, her teachers gave us a copy of her evaluation. In the comments section, they simply wrote "WOW!" 

My thoughts exactly.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

merry christmas, friends!

We were so fortunate to spend all last week celebrating with family in Florida.... a wonderful trip that we managed to keep a surprise from the kids until 30 minutes before we left for the airport. SO FUN! Happy, happy memories. So thankful.

Tonight it's all about the children's pageant at church and celebrating with sweet friends. Life is full. Love is all around. Our children are healthy and happy. Blessings are endless.

Merry Christmas, everyone! We love you!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

birthday eve

We celebrated our super girl a day early---

4 was such a good year. Can't wait for all the fun that 5 brings.

Friday, November 11, 2011

an american in dallas

When we first visited American Girl Place, 5 just seemed so far away.

But here we are in the last few days of 4, ya'll. Whew.

Lil and her Grammy had been planning this trip for months. The drive from Austin to Dallas was a loooong one. Such excitement... but can you blame her? Serious girl wonderland.

Her Just Like Me doll has been majorly loved. Note my hasty attempt to get her crazy hair fixed up into the only bow I had in my bag. That doll goes through at least 5 wardrobe and hair-do changes a day. An entire section of Lil's room has been devoted to all things American. I love that she's so into it.

She's so into it that her biggest fan happens to have a "boy baby" of his own, thanks to Grammy. My American Boy. His wife is going to thank us all one day. :)

Choosing that doll was a painstaking process. SO many to pick from. But when she came across this one, the decision was made.

And that sweet, happy smile on her face is exactly how I'll remember my girl at not-quite-5. Love you, Lil.