Milestones

In 3 days, my sweet girl Lyla will be 5 years old. Not in a million years did I feel like we would be here. 5! I can still remember the first time Tony felt her kick in my belly. When she crawled across the floor and took her first step.
It’s incredible how much they change in front of your eyes! She is so smart, caring, and loving. Her passion for animals at her age is remarkable. She always tells me she is going to be a vet. She will be successful in whatever she chooses to do when she gets older.

Just a little questionnaire for my Lyla:

Favorite color: All the colors
Favorite food: broccoli
Favorite holiday: my birthday
What do you want to be when you grow up?: veterinarian
Favorite stuffed animal: a little doggy
Favorite thing to do during the day: draw
Favorite animal: snake (thanks uncle Danny)
Favorite season: summer

Happy birthday my sweet girl! You’ve turned into such a lovable girl.

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A Letter to my Daughter

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Dear Tenley,

My dear sweet baby. That is what you are. My baby. In two days you will be turning 2 years old. I still remember it like it was yesterday finding out we were pregnant.

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I was not only losing my current baby into a big girl, but gaining you as my new baby. The nine months I carried you went by so fast. I don’t think I was completely ready for you yet. You were my strong and independent baby. I knew that the day you decided to stay in my belly when I fell down the stairs. That was a huge scare. I didn’t want you coming that soon and thankfully you decided to stay in there. 38 weeks was a huge milestone for me, for us. After my body decided to make your sister come at 36 weeks I was afraid you were going to as well. Such a big girl listening to me when I told you to stay in.

The last few weeks you kept teasing me though making me think you were coming. Of course you decided the day daddy worked in another town to come. We even had a 40 minute drive to the hospital. Although you didn’t care! That morning mommy had Grandma doggy come and get mommy and Lyla. That was definitely a ride. I am pretty sure Grandma didn’t want you to come in her car so we got the hospital really really fast! Safely but fast!

Once we got to the hospital it didn’t take long from there!

Only about an hour or so after we arrived daddy did too! Thankfully!!

Because at 3:27pm you were born.

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If you want to read the entire birth story
Here it is

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You were beautiful. You smelt so amazing. That amazing baby smell that I didn’t want to get rid of. I could smell you forever. I didn’t get the chance to smell your sister because of the c-section. Which saddens me because she probably smelled really good too. I know I sound crazy! Moms, am I right?! That smell is incredible. I could see so much of your daddy in you. The way you overtook my heart. It was love at first sight. My biggest fear of not having enough love for two children, well it was squashed. My heart grew! It’s a love like no other.

Wow!! Baby love really is a passion of mine. Cant ya tell?!

Back to you being a big girl! Makes me want to sob right now.

I am writing this letter to you to tell you all the wonderful things about you and what you have taught me.

Always to laugh. Dont make a scene when you get hurt. You are one tough girl. You pick up right where you left.
Patience. You don’t say much at this point yet but if I just watch you we will understand each other.
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You inspire me to be a better mom.
You give the best kisses.
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Babies don’t divide love they multiple it.
You help me remember that you want to be free. You are independent. Crib=cage!
You taught me not to buy new items because you are the destroyer of all things.

I love this picture of us.
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Even though you love being with me all day- you make me smile when I come to get you out of your crib and you yell “daddy” at me! Makes me know you love us both.
I love how you trust me to always catch you. You are so brave but at the same time still lean on me. I love that. Don’t ever stop.
You have taught me that it’s not really you needing me, but I need you.

I love you. I always will. Through it all. The hard the bad the good and amazing. Tenley Rose you have blessed me in so many ways. I cannot thank you enough.

Love forever and a day,
Mommy

Hawaiian Luau

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Last year on my side of the family we all discussed how troubling it is to meet everyone for birthdays throughout the year. We decided that it would be fun to plan a one year birthday party for all the kids. There are seven all together. Ranging from age 14-1. We also live about 20 minutes to an hour away. Also, most of the older kids have so many activities going on its hard to plan for weekends that are free with summer school, dance, softball and church. It gets just a little crazy. So last year at christmas we planned that we would try it out this year in July. My parents and sister had most of all the decorations for a Hawaiian party so that’s what we went with. We were suppose to buy each child a present ten dollars or more. We also had since Christmas to get something. Which made it easier I think!! Since, most of the time I am a procrastinator when it comes to that and always buy last-minute. Well, it turned out great my parents decorated it perfect, we had grass skirts and leis and good food! Here are a few snap shots from the party!

There is a ton!! Lets just say it will be like you are there!

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The kids really loved getting together! My parents made up games and an obstacle course which was a blast. I helped Lyla through it but really she did great by herself! She kept up really well with the older kids. I cannot wait for next years party. We decided we are doing a pirate party! So fun!! Arrrrggg Matey! Well I may have to perfect that a little before the party. I have some time which is good! It had been fun already searching pirate ideas on Pinterest!!

Celebrating 4th of July

I know it’s a little late but I am wanting to show these adorable pictures of our time together! This is the first year we decided to go to the towns fireworks. Usually, we go to Tony’s side of the family and they have lots of food and they light off their own fireworks. This year it was so much fun doing our own thing! I think we may make it a tradition!

They ate too many cheetos but did awesome when it came to being so close to the fireworks!! It was loud!

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I hope you all enjoyed your July 4th! I am definitely excited for next year!!

Postcard Birthday Wish

My daughter Tenley’s first birthday was October 5th, 2012. Since we did not have a birthday party besides family for her older sister Lyla we did not with Tenley either. I don’t really find them necessary especially since they are so young and wont remember who was there! We got some great pictures of cake eating that we will use for the scrapbook. I was kind of bummed that I had not thought of this idea for Lyla but will probably do it for her as well for her 5th birthday.

We had everyone family and friends send a post card with a birthday wish to her from their state, country, city or any kind of post card they could find. I sent an email and made an event on Facebook asking instead of presents and a party to send a postcard! It was so successful! I was so happy and couldn’t thank those that took the time to send them enough! I was overwhelmed by the love of family and friends from around the world!

I am now- yes over a year later …. she turns two in four months turning it into a scrapbook!

I was so thankful I almost started crying when I was reading all the wishes on the cards!

Really everyone who sent one… Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

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Busy busy life of a mom

I haven’t been on here in awhile and I’m not even sure why. I feel like I have been way busy and haven’t gotten much done. I did on the other hand get my bulletin and white board hung up! So excited to have an area to teach. I have to still get some kind of bookcase up to place items in. In the end I think it turned out well.

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Excited for when Tenley can sit at the table with Lyla. Either way they enjoy the area a lot.
We went to a wedding at the Mitchel Domes. First time I had been there. The bride was beautiful and the food was amazing.

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Since last posting on here I added to my collection of owls. So excited!!

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We’ve been soo busy just living life! We just recently took family photos! We will be taking more. First time doing this by ourselves. Tripod works well but if we had a remote it would be much easier.

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Here are a few updates of our lives lately!!

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We bought a tv stand for 40 dollars on the buy sell and will be painting it!! I will update with pictures!! Can’t wait to pick out cute knobs for the doors!!

Celebrating a Birthday

Yesterday was my mothers birthday. She turned a young 61. This year has been pretty stressful and rough on everyone especially my mom. She was diagnosed with Autoimmune Liver Disease. After being out on medication, they realized the medication gave her early diabetes. She also lost her mother this year.
My mother is the most caring loving person I know. She’s been the best mother that anyone could have. Always has the best advice and knows how to make us laugh. What’s even better is she’s an even better grandmother. The love she has for all of us is undeniable. I love her so much. I hope that I can be half the mother she is. Happy birthday mom!

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