Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Cutting Edge...





OMG! Can you buh-lieve how stinking cute ice skates can be on a 6 year old? Seriously. Cute. Today, for the first time ever, Delaney and I attempted ice skating. Yes. I too have never been ice skating. Mostly because I really suck at rollerblading and I thought it would be a similar if not harder experience. Boy was I right. For those interested, I also happen to suck at ice skating. The only thing that kept me from busting my ass repeatedly today was the fact that Delaney and I were holding hands about 90% of the time and any time she would start the one-arm flap I would yank her back to her skates before she would eat it. I can't say I saved her every time but certainly did my best. For the first 2-3 laps around the rink, we were both hugging the wall. I'd like to think of that wall as a security blanket. I had a hard time saying good-bye. Eventually I thought I should quit making an ass of myself and let Delaney hold the wall with one hand while holding my other hand. Which means I had no wall and no security. It didn't help that little 3 year olds were whizzing past us at ridiculous speeds. Show offs. Nonetheless, we survived today and by the end, I was impressed at how much solo skating Delaney was doing and at a semi-quick pace. She had a great time and can't wait to go back! And while I too had a great time, my ankles were practically weeping as we left. Who knew it takes a lot of "ankle strength" to pull off that shindig? I can already hear Doug's "I told you so" speech. I look forward to seeing his abilities.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas at Nana's....


The 3 Amigos (Hadley, Carter & Delaney) My girls sure do love their cousin!


The kids never get tired of making silly faces. This one really cracked me up!


Hadley & her favorite uncle Chris


I am thankful for today. I am thankful for these people. No matter what happens in this family, I will love them to the ends of the earth. Merry Christmas....


Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. ~Denis Waitley

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Have yourself a merry little Christmas...







From our home to yours....Merry Christmas! Hope Santa was good to you all :)



Friday, December 17, 2010

Our photo shoot with Kate Byars...



























Here are our photos taken by Kate Byars Photography. As a photography lover and wanna be, I am in love with them. ALL. I feel they captured the beauty of our family.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Play date with Hadley






Hadley has wasted no time in getting Oliver acclimated to how we roll around here. Despite the fact that we're coaching her daily on how to properly hold him (NOT by his neck), the crazy kitty seems to really like her. I daresay maybe even love her.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Oliver



Meet Oliver. Our new kitty! Because I am a woman of my word, exactly one year later, we are trying again (never mind the fact that Delaney has reminded me every single week for the past year that we can get a new kitty in December before Christmas). So we decided to return to the shelter that we adopted our sweet dog Buddy from, the Cobb County Animal Shelter. Delaney found the noisiest kitten available and said, "I want this one! He needs us mommy!" So after giving Oliver the third degree and all but sifting through his cat box to make sure his poop was firm and not odd looking, we slapped our $30 down and got the hell out of there before I could change my mind. Which I've done three times in the past two weeks. Seriously. I had cold feet like no body's business. Nonetheless, our little Oli (as only I like to call him) is a joy. I forgot how effing adorable kittens can be. I also forgot that I have to watch where I'm walking constantly so I don't step on the poor kitten and crush him. All 1.6 ounces of him.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gingerbread house












As you can see, the girls delightfully decorated their pre-assembled gingerbread house. And boy how I love the pre-assembled part! Now, if I could just figure out a way to keep certain people from eating all the decorations.



Sunday, November 28, 2010

Yellow River Ranch

Today, we ventured over to the Stone Mountain area to a place called the Yellow River Ranch. Several friends had told me I just had to check this place out. I have two of the biggest animal lovers on the planet. I'm sure Delaney is dreaming up a way to trade in her new coat for fur as I type this. Anyway, this place did NOT disappoint. In fact, we all loved it so much we're planning our next trip.
Hadley feeding the deer (with her BARE hands people)! I have to admit, at first I was a little nervous. I mean, has anyone else seen the show, "When Animals Attack!" Needless to say, I had a clip of this playing in the back of my mind as I planted a few sliced apples into Hadley's hand. All for nothing though because these little deer were so precious I was ready to trade in my coat for fur as well.

Delaney feeding the deer. The deer loved the quiet kid. Told Delaney to shut up her little sister who was scaring the shit out of her.

The deer staring at Hadley. Hadley was shrieking "Look, it's a DEER!!!" at the top of her lungs. I lost count of how many times in the first two minutes I tried to quiet her down.


Bob the squirrel. These little guys were everywhere! They were damn adorable! This squirrel walked right up to me and politely took a peanut from my palm. I fainted from all the excitement.



Delaney giving her neck hold again. Clearly showing she dominates little sister. Or perhaps would like to think she does.







Hadley petting a bunny. There was a sign posted in front of the bunny pen that said, "Do NOT chase the bunnies. If you can't follow the rules, you may NOT enter." I reiterated this all to Hadley word for word.


I seriously thought for a fraction of a second that I would love to own a bunny. They're so soft!



Only 25 cents! Sign us up....



This 25 cents almost cost a trip to the ER. No one told us that is was three times as fast as the others. We were just happy that Hadley held on for 8 seconds.



See how annoying we can be? Delaney is already over us.



Me and my sweet little pea












Thursday, November 25, 2010

This year I am thankful for....















This year, Thanksgiving, was one of the best we've ever had. Why? Because it was the first year the girls were so darn helpful. They wanted me to include them on the WHOLE process. From the early morning pumpkin cheesecake making to the turkey to the casseroles. And I enjoyed every minute of it let me tell you. I always knew there was a reason God blessed us with girls. I know what makes them tick and I know what to do to keep the occupied and happy. So not only did they help in the kitchen, they also helped with setting the table. They did about 85% of it without me. I gave them a little direction and the rest was all them. They were so cute. And so darn proud of themselves! It was one of those days where I felt like my heart would just burst with joy. Like I couldn't love them anymore than I did today. It's moments like these that again, I am thankful for diabetes. I know that sounds crazy but it's true. With diabetes, I can stick around with my girls and my favorite guy and enjoy my life. I can sing silly songs to the girls each night and snuggle with them under their covers until their eyes get droopy with sleep. I can kiss their boo-boos and hug them tight when they fall down and get hurt. I can make their favorite cookie dough and let them eat it out of the mixing bowl. I can read them their favorite stories day after day and never once get tired of doing it. Yes. This year there is much to be thankful for. It's nice to have a reminder of what I still get to do. And I'm so grateful for it.