Monday, September 15, 2014


So I have started back to Xfit...yea!! Said no one ever...
What can I say? The summer was hard and I gained a few pounds. Nothing major, but I need to get back in shape. I know I will feel better physically and mentally if I do. I can't say that I missed going to Xfit, but I have missed the feeling and satisfaction I got out of doing it. I send Brian texts almost every day when I finish my's text was "Haaaatttteeeee" and Brian's response was "Just get one of these..." with the above picture attached.
If only that would work...
Another day was...
Me - "Did I ever say that I hate Xfit? Miserable. Absolutely miserable. My clothes better fit better after that crap."
Brian - "lol! I'll be sad when I don't get any more funny text messages when you're super Xfit buff."
Me - "That will never happen."
Brian - "Oh yes it will! Eye of the tiger, bird!"

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mack's Monet Exhibit Field Trip

We were only about 3 weeks into school and Mackenzie already had a field trip to the Philbrook Museum to see the Monet art exhibit. They normally wouldn't schedule a field trip so early in the year, but this was a special exhibit that is only there for a limited time. After looking around the museum, the kids were each given a clipboard, paper and pencil and had to draw a picture of something they saw in the garden area of the museum. I love getting to go on field trips with my kids!
I didn't realize at the beginning that we weren't supposed to take pictures in the Monet exhibit!
This is The Shepherdess painting.
Mackenzie looks absolutely bored to tears!
Mackenzie, Ellie, Natalie & Preslee

Sunday, September 7, 2014


A few hours after everyone left the day of Jonah's birthday party, he was watching tv on our bed and somehow managed to fall forward and cut his eye on the footboard. I wasn't watching him at that second, so I'm not really sure how he did it, but he must have hit it just right. I knew the second I heard him cry that he was really hurt, so I took off running for him. It instantly started bleeding, turned purple and swelled up. After sending some frantic texts and pictures to our Pediatrician and my good friend, Jill, I was reassured that he would be fine and it didn't require stitches.
Poor baby boy! Not a fun way to end such a fun day! The cookie at least helped a little. (I was trying to get a good picture of his eye to send to Dr. Raley.)
This was a few days later. It scabbed over, which almost acted like stitches, holding the skin together. We just made sure his eye didn't get wet for a few days. He had a pretty purple eyelid for a week or two. I have a feeling this is the first of many injuries for this adventurous little boy. Hopefully I'm wrong!
Those eyelashes...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

It's What's in the Heart That Counts

This was too funny not to share! Madison and I went to Wal-Mart one day while Mackenzie was at school. Madison got two small cookies from the Bakery and said, "Momma I'm going to save one for Mackenzie!" She has the kindest heart and is always eager to share. So she quickly ate her cookie, and then as we were shopping and she was holding the extra one she starting saying, "I just want to eat it SO bad!" I told her it was okay, that she didn't have to save it, but she REALLY wanted her sister to have it. After a few minutes, she said, "Maybe I'll just eat a little of it." So as I finished shopping, she nibbled on the cookie, but definitely didn't want to eat it all so that Mackenzie could still have some. Well, by the time we made it back to the van, this is what was left...a tiny little piece! I LOVE that she didn't eat it, but instead saved it for her sister...even if it was just a bite! After all, sometimes it's just hard not to eat a cookie if it's in your hand. Just the fact that she left any at all showed her love for her sister and her willingness to share! It's definitely what's in the heart that counts!
By the way, I had to prep Mackenzie before I let Madison give her the bite...She very graciously said, "Thank you, Madi!" instead of "WHAT?! Where's the rest?!" =0)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ELP Birthday Treats

Jonah's birthday fell on the second day of school. It seemed so strange to me to not spend the whole day with him, but I knew he would have fun at school! I made Mickey Mouse cookies and took them to share with his friends. When we got there, the kids were just waking up from their naps. I'm not sure if Jonah really knew what was going on, but we sure had fun celebrating his birthday with his new classmates! Ms. Becky had a little toy birthday cake with candles that lit up that Jonah got to hold while everyone sang Happy Birthday to him. I guess this was Jonah's first "friend party!"
Waiting patiently for his cookie! Cutest 2 year old boy EVER!
Jonah is always arching his eyebrows like this!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Momma & Madison Days

So this year Madison will be in school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday's at Regent. And Jonah goes to ELP on Tuesday's and Thursday's, which ultimately means I have ZERO days with no kids! Great planning, huh?! I am so excited to have some special one-on-one time with Madison on Tuesdays/Thursdays though. It will give us a chance to work on her school work too. Daddy is also planning to take Madison to work with him on Thursdays sometimes, which will be fun for her and me! Mackenzie started school a week before Madison, so this was our first week of "Momma & Madison Day's." One day we went to get pedicures with Connie & I took Madison to get her haircut before her first day of school. She wanted it to be "just like sister's!" So cute that she wants to be like her big sister! After her haircut, complete with special heart braid, and pedicure, I took her to meet her teacher, Ms. Alessandro. She may be a Daddy's girl, but she loves her Momma too & I'm sure looking forward to the time I get to spend with just her this year!
Coolest braid EVER!
I'd say she was more than a little pampered on this day! I reassured her that this was not the way things would be every Momma & Madison Day! Mackenzie was definitely a little jealous about all this. Sometimes life just isn't fair...
Here she is at Regent, going to meet her teacher!
She is working really hard on sounding out words and trying to read. We have a long way to go, but I can't wait to see how much she learns this year! I'm so proud of her for how much she has learned already!