Sunday, February 28, 2010

Weekend recap...

We had a really quiet weekend---and after a long, exhausting week---I couldn't have been more greatful!!

Saturday morning started with Ava begging to go get her hair cut. It was true, her hair was long overdue for a cut. The only problem was she was begging for it to be cut short! After contimplaiting the cut during my morning workout & taking a very important facebook poll (( where all BIG questions are discussed )) I decided it was just hair, and we should just do it!

So we headed to Cool Cuts (( this place is great for kiddos)) and put Ava's name on the list. It was crazy busy ((hello Saturday morning)), so after an hour wait it was finally our turn!

Here she is before...









During...








And after...







We headed home so I could dry and fix it---and then followed it up with a mini photo shoot!













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Saturday night was pretty low key--we went to dinner at Razoos and spent some time browsing around Best Buy :)

Ava & I at dinner...



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Today has been a great day at home. Ava and I went to church this morning, and I've seriously done 5 loads ((and counting)) of laundry today! Hubs is going to pick up pizza, and I'm going to wrap up the weekend with desperates and brothers&sisters.




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I hope ya'll had a great weekend :)

I for one am so excited to say goodbye to February!!! Hello March & sunny days!


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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

wordless wednesday...




A girl should be two things: Classy and Fabulous!
~Coco Chanel


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Friday, February 19, 2010

no one ever told me...

I really never thought parenting would be so hard. In all honesty, I never even gave being a "parent" much thought. I was in such a state of denial when I was pregnant with Ava that I didn't even think about being pregnant. seriously. I never wondered if she had 10 fingers, 10 toes. I didn't wonder what her personality would be like. I didn't think of what kind of mother I would be, or how I wanted to raise her. As awful as it sounds, all I could think of was wanting to not be pregnant.

My entire world changed in an instant on August 1, 2005. In a single moment, I was a Mom. And I was so in love and amazed that this precious, sweet, and perfect baby was mine. What and amazing and terrifing thing. Since that day I haven't stopped worrying. I ask myself at least once a day, "Am I doing what is best for her?" I feel like I have made a million mistakes, and it goes without question that I will make at least a million more before she turns 18.

She is so smart. She is currently working on recognizing "big numbers" like "53" and "67". She is getting really good at reading a digital clock ((praise the lord--I don't know how much more "what time is it" questions I could take!)) She is learning the sing & sign song for preschool, and practices every day.She will be "graduating" Preschool this May. She knows what number to dial in an emergency, but we are still working on learning our address (it is sooo long). She can write her first & last name , albeit sometimes her last name comes first...

She is sweet. Always wanting a hug and kiss. Always saying "Hey Mom? I love you". She is also so sweet and loving to her babies--such a good little "mommy". I love to hear her bossing and playing in her room :)

She is funny. The kid seriously has the best dry humor I have ever heard. Sarcasm is one of the greatest gifts for this kid!

She is beautiful. And this helps her out a ton when I am getting after her!

She is social. After about 5 minutes, you won't be able to get another word in. Seriously, this girl can out-talk me, and that is saying something!

She is so strong willed. While I know one day I will appreciate it, it has been a huge challenge as of late to deal with such a strong personality ((I can almost hear my mother laughing as I type)). We can get into some serious arguements at four. Yes, I argue with a four year old.

She is trying. Sometimes, she is too smart for her own good. I am constantly having to come up with new disipline and punishments for my 4 going on 16 year old child.

She is spoiled. So many people love her--and sometimes she gets a little rotten for it.

All these things and more make up my beautiful, smart, funny, loveable, stubborn Ava. And at the end of days like yesterday, when she got her second note sent home from school for bad behavior (this time she was sent to the office --MAJOR NO NO!) in just two weeks, I ask myself "What do I do? How do I handle this? " I know some of you are thinking --no big deal--but let me tell you as a parent, this is HUGE. You start to think "This is NOT my child. She knows better. What was she thinking? " Then your mind starts to wonder and you shutter as you invision your child, your sweet, smart, beautiful little girl with a nose ring and baby bump on 16 & Pregnant ((so i might be being a tad bit dramatic here)) ! Seriously, those thoughts WILL cross your mind!

Where is the manual? Why don't parents have a guide book? Where is her set of instructions? I know in the grand scheme of things this isn't a big deal. But last night, I was something that made me sick to my stomache. I was disappointed in her. And that was not a good feeling.

Of course I turn that disappointment to me. What am I doing wrong? What can I do to make her see? Am I setting the right example? Have I disappointed her? LHM--where are my anxiety meds??

No one ever told me parenting was hard...but I am definately learning that now. I will continue to learn and will make mistakes. I doubt I will ever feel like I am the best Mom I can be, but I know I am trying. I know it is worth all the crying, arguing, punishments, and trials in the end. We come out a little smarter, a little stronger, and just a little bit more mature. Looks like we are writing our own manual :)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Feels like home ...




It feels like home to me.


It feels like home to me.



Feels like I'm all the way back where


I come from...



It feels like home to me.





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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Weekend recap...

I know I've been a really l.a.m.e blogger as of late, and I really don't have any excuses. It's been pretty uneventful around our house. This past weekend was the first time in a month that we did something other than work!

On Saturday morning, I made myself get to the gym for the 9:00 turbo kick class. We took the plunge about three weeks ago to get gym memberships, but I hadn't mustered up the courage to take one of the classes. And this class helped me to remember why! I spent a majority of the class staring at the clock & praying I didn't throw up. Nicole was intense! I left looking like a cherry tomato---just glad I made it out alive! Needless to say, I am pretty frightened to take another group class. Ha!

Saturday night we headed to an engagement party for Justin's cousin, Leigh. She is such a sweet girl, and asked Sarah & I to be bridesmaids. She is the most laid back bride-to-be I have ever met. For our bridesmaid dresses she wants us to wear any black dress we want--just no sequence :). So fun!

On Sunday we spent the day with our favorite Emerson's. Sarah, Ava, and I did some shopping and found some super cute baby shower invites! Then we headed back to their house to watch the super bowl :).







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Good friends, good food, great weekend!

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Simple Pleasures...

This post has been circling around the blogosphere, and I wanted to join in!

These are my "simple pleasures":

• snuggling

• towels right out of the dryer
• ice cold pepsi

• sitting outside talking to my best friend late at night

• cold sheets

• sweet blog/facebook comments

• rainy Sundays

•getting mail

• sonic cherry limeades

• hearing Ava say 'douh, stouh, guhl, fouh...((door, store,girl,four))

• pedicures

• scarves

These are just some if my simple pleasures. What are yours?


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