Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mother's Day Lunch with Hadley

Hadley drew this picture of me! At least I'm smiling...

"Please walk slower, Mommy" said a child so small.

"I'm walking in your footsteps, and I don't want to fall.

Sometimes your steps are very fast, sometimes they're hard to see;

So walk a little slower, Mommy for you are leading me.

Someday when I'm all grown up, you're what I want to be;

Then I will have a little child who'll want to follow me.

And I would want to lead just right, and know that I was true,

So walk a little slower, Mommy for I must follow you."

Hand print flowers with a hand painted vase. So cute!

Card made by Hadley (she's so crafty this kid!)

I especially love that I am "60" years old but only weight 3 pounds! I guess one cancels out the other!

Took this picture for Daddy because he LOVES a good lion face...

Me & my sweet little pea (thanks Lily's mom)!

Hadley & Ms. Jennifer (her fave!)

Today was Hadley's Mother's Day Lunch and Music & Movement Observation at preschool. I always looks forward to this special time of the year. Being a mom is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I cannot get enough home-made goodies from my littles. Upon entering the Fellowship Hall today I was greeted by delighted little squeals from Hadley as she bolted for me and threw her arms around my leg. "You came back momma!" We sat at our designated seats which was surrounded by the cutest goodies made by yours truly. Hadley then jumped up and went bounding off to retrieve a glass of lemonade for me. While we munched on our lunch she babbled on about all the things she made for me. "I gave you a smiley face on your picture Momma." As I've said before, being a mother is such hard work. There are good days and bad days. Days we cherish and days we could forget existed altogether. Days like today, they make me know that there isn't anything else I'd rather be doing. These girls give me joy that nothing else can compare to. I am thankful for them. I am grateful to God for allowing me to be their mother. Above all else, I know how blessed I am.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Our Easter at Amicalola Falls

I did NOT care for how close this snake was. Luckily, it wasn't moving at all. Judging by the bulge in its mid-section, I'm assuming it had just eaten and was dozing a bit. Sometimes I think we're all so much alike.

Centipede or as my girls like to call them, a thousand legger! Gave me the heeby jeebies...

This is us all sweaty and starting to get tired; about half way up to the top of the falls. I'm not mentioning any names but there was someone in our family who was so not having the picture taking at this moment.

Almost there! Isn't it just beautiful? So amazing...

We have reached the top! This is the view looking down at the falls.

Getting to play in the water always makes our campers MUCH happier!

It took all of 2 minutes for Delaney to slip on a rock and fall on her side, soaking her with really chilly water. Aside from the shock of the temperature of the water, she was a really good sport about it. Which was good because her spare clothes were in the car which was all the way back down the mountain.

Time for silly faces (although Hadley looks a bit peeved).

According to Hadley, this is her "lion" face. Hee, hee...

Our view on the way back down the mountain. Just so beautiful...

Delaney kept calling this particular section of the woods, the "scary" part. I kinda thought it was cool but did agree with her nonetheless.

For our Easter, we decided to spend our day at Amicalola Falls State Park. To give you some history, these falls are 729 feet long~tallest east of the Mississippi River. The girls and I had never been before. Doug had been years back & didn't remember it all that well. So we packed up the car with lunch, tons of bottled water and back packs. I could not believe that not only did our girls hike all the way to the top of the mountain on foot, they did it with little complaining. Which is miraculous considering our last hike through Red Top Mountain was a disaster and we maybe hiked a mile or so on pretty flat land. Of course we encountered "wild life" along the way which I didn't really care for all that much. We encountered 3 snakes before we were even 1/4 of a mile into our hike (2 snakes could NOT be photographed because they were in the water, very poisonous and I didn't feel like spending my day off in the hospital). And it was all I could do not to stomp on that thousand legger we saw. Guh-ross!

Doug and I have been to several of the state parks and in my opinion, this is one of the more beautiful ones our state has to offer. The falls were so amazing! Just beautiful. I look forward to going back again and possibly staying in one of the cottages you can rent. No tents for this chick. I can just picture us sitting around the fire, roasting marshmallows and hot dogs on a stick and watching the girls catch fireflies in their jars. What could be better than that?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

A big girl now...

Dear Hadley,

I just cannot believe we celebrated your 4th birthday today! I mean I know I say this every single year but it's really going by too fast! I need it to slow down because I fear that you and your sister are just growing up WAY too fast for my taste. This was a really fun birthday for you because it was the first year you were so anxious to turn a year older. You've been talking about turning 4 for weeks. "Am I 4 yet?" This was something you've asked us every single day. And what better way to celebrate your special day than to do it at your very favorite place?! Gymnastics! This is one of your favorite things to get to do each week. You always know when it's Friday and we suit up into your leotard and head to Ms. Beth's class where you hang upside down like a monkey, roll on the mats, walk gracefully on the balance beam, and tackle the many obstacle courses that are always set up. I love that you love it so much. I love that you're so passionate about it. And I hope it is something you continue to love as I enjoy watching you do it.

This has been a very big year for you. You walk the halls of your preschool without big sissy at your side. You gave up your pacifiers! Hallelujah! That was a really BIG deal but apparently not too big because you didn't cry one single time (thankfully). You did it so matter of factly. You transitioned from the crib to toddler bed. Okay, so you did this like a year ago but I don't think I ever mentioned it so I'm doing that now. And you never even gave me a fight on this either which was sooo nice. And it was super nice that you not the wanderer like your sister. You just go to bed. No questions asked. You do things all the time without my asking you and it makes me realize how grown up you truly are. You're silly. Super silly sometimes but I always know that if I'm having a bad day, you will brighten it up. You like to come home from preschool and "snuggle" with me in my room. You like to brush my hair and attach about 30 hair clips in various places. You are much too lenient with letting Delaney boss you around but you seem to sense how important this is to her and it doesn't bother you. You are always the concerned sister/friend if someone gets hurt. You cry sometimes if I am too hard on Delaney. You tell me "you hurt D's feelings!" And it makes me want to squeeze you so hard because you're so compassionate.

I love you so very much my sweet little girl! I hope you've had an awesome 4th birthday! You make me so proud and I couldn't have asked for a better baby girl.

Love, Momma

Friday, April 15, 2011

Diary of an annoyed older sister who has kung fu moves...

I feel that these pictures pretty much speak for themselves. Too bad Hadley can't read (not that it would intimidate her the least bit).

Delaney officially started Tae Kwon Do this week & freaking LOVED it! She wants to go every single day. While I admire her dedication, I told her that she can go 2-3 days per week...tops. I can still hear the S-I-G-H she let out. I'm sure it feels like I'm crushing her dreams.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Like father like daughter

I told Doug we better soak this kinda stuff up now as the day will come when she won't want to be anywhere near us. I dread that day.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Let the games begin...

Delaney & Karalyna

The Littles (Juliana & Hadley) deciding they'd rather watch Hadley's favorite! "The girl bunny."

Yes, Hadley was NOT happy and cried on the baby swings.

Now I know how Six Flags makes all their money...$3 per kid to play a game.

So Day 1 of Spring Break was spent at Six Flags with our neighbors and good friends, Karalyna & Juliana. It worked out nicely going with them because the littles don't really want to ride anything which means the adults don't ride much and the older girls have each other and are tall enough to ride without an adult. Karalyna is definitely more adventurous than Delaney. If this occurred and became a problem, one of the adults would ride with her while the others would watch and corral the rest of the kids. I told Doug about her enthusiasm to ride roller coasters and I swear he became envious of our neighbors. I'm not even gonna tell him that Kristen informed me she rode Space Mountain with Karalyna while they were at Disney this past fall. Because while we love our girls, they are totally wimpy in the ride department. While we are not.

All in all, GREAT first day spent of our Spring Break. The kids watched a show. They ate popcorn. Delaney rode the log ride...and freaking LOVED it. Never mind that I had to coax her onto it and she was very hesitant to get on it because of the hill at the end. When it was over she declared it her favorite ride of the day and wanted to do it again! As the temperatures hit 83 degrees and fights starting breaking out between the siblings, Kristen and I gave each other a knowing look and packed it up. We refilled our drink cups & popcorn buckets and hit the parking lot where we said good-bye to each other while the girls all exchanged hugs and excited squeals. I cranked up the a/c, hit the gas and took our tired, stinky selves home for day.