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Friday, August 15, 2014

The baby chicks

Earlier this summer, we took a field trip to see Uncle Todd and Krystal's new baby chicks! 

This was also a brand new chicken house with the first flock of chickens, so this trip was well played on my part!!  :)

Smalls and I had never been in a chicken house before and we were amazed at just how many babies could fit in there! 
AND this was just half of the house!

The sound of thousands of little peeps sweetly filled the room as they scurried away from us and fought over tiny bits of paper. They were pretty entertaining to watch! 

Smalls finally got up the courage to hold one.

They were all so stinkin' cute, 

but she really liked the pink ones! 

The baby chicks now have a regular spot on her night-time prayer list! 

It is hard to imagine that when it is finally time to say good-bye to the chicks, that you won't be able to see the ground at all! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

That's my baby

My baby girl is not such a baby anymore. 

I've chosen to ignore the signs... losing the paci, walking, converting the crib to a toddler bed, potty training, and even growing enough hair to have her first pig tails.

This, however, is a sign that cannot be ignored.

That's right! Smalls got her ears pierced! 

She picked out a pair of fabulous Hello Kitty studs and was pretty content as long as she had her blue sucker. 

Then came the death-grip-mega-hold that I had to put her in to ensure that she didn't wiggle when it was go-time. She was not a fan of that. But those ladies double teamed her and it was over in less than a second. They are ear piercing rock stars in my book!

Then my sweet baby cried "They hurted me!" 
(Now that broke my heart and only then did I stop to question whether or not it was too early for earrings.) 

Despite that look on my face!

Smalls LOVED her new earrings and was excited to be a big girl and have ears like her big sisters!

Then Husband treated us all to pretzel bites and a smoothies before we headed home.

This whole week, she's been showing and telling anyone that will listen about her new earrings! She just looks and acts so grown-y now! 
Sigh....I guess it's time to retire the name Smalls....

Monday, August 11, 2014

Just a little sistahood

This July, I had the opportunity to join some pretty fabulous ladies in Orlando for the Chi Omega National Convention. 

I'm not going to lie...I did not want to go. Summer had been a blur so far, and we had just returned from a 6 hour car ride (read: 10 hour trip with a potty training 2 year-old) for a family wedding. But I sucked it up and went.

I'm sooooo glad that I did!!!
It was one of the most inspiring trips that I've ever been on! Just 15 minutes into our first session and we were getting advice from a former National president. Everywhere we turned were the most amazingly accomplished women...and we all shared this common bond of sisterhood. 

AND Disney! (well, about 5 hours of Disney...but we did get to ride Space Mountain, so it counts!)

I seriously did not feel worthy to be in the same room with such fabulous and successful women! 

 We learned so much to bring back to our own chapter, and left pumped up to come home and take on the Fall Semester! 

And just a few short weeks later, I met up with some other dear friends in Atlanta for a reunion weekend for Troy Chi O's. What should have been a quick 3 hour road trip turned into a 7 hour adventure, and quite possibly landing Kim on a "People of Walmart" slideshow somewhere. 

Saturday morning, we all gathered at a Sips and Strokes for lunch and to show off our creative sides. 

The blondes v. the brunettes! 

There was a really good turn out and pledge classes ranged from the early 80's to 2013! 

Believe it or not, we were all trying to paint the same picture! 

The real secret to these paintings is the mimosas! 

For some reason, I can't get this picture to rotate properly, so here is your neck exercise for the day! 
Tilt to the right

After painting, the reunion continued as we headed out to a cool tapas restaurant for dinner. 

The goal for the weekend was to get this group picture in the next issue of our National magazine.
 I'll let ya know how that goes :) 

A few of us even ventured out on the town after dinner to relive our glory days and dance our toenail polish off! A good time was had by all and I am incredibly thankful to have had a much needed weekend with my girls! You guys are good for my soul!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Photo catch up

I can't even talk about how fast this year is going by!!! So, now that it's almost Fall, it's time to break out my Spring pictures, right!?!

Spring really was a lot of fun. Starting with Diva's Senior Prom!

(Smalls thinks one can never have enough lip gloss.)

Next up. Palm Sunday.
Also known as, Small's first church performance. 
(Clearly she was impressed to be singing with the big kids!)

The Church Easter Egg Hunt

Our traditional Easter family photo

Smalls drug G around and took full advantage of big sister help at the egg hunt. 

I mean, too stinkin' cute for words!

Oh, and in the middle of all this, we ditched the crib.

After this spaghetti faced little girl figured out she could climb out, it was time.

She is super pumped about this new come-and-go-on-my-own freedom!
Hey, the sisters were graduating from something...I guess Smalls thought she should too!

I kid you not when I say that May was kind of a blur. We had ball games, honors days, sports banquets, baccalaureate services, awards night, and graduations out the wazoo!! 
(Seriously, I counted seven events in one week.)

G's honors day

Senior recognition breakfast for Diva

G's 8th grade graduation

Diva's high school graduation

(The valedictorian took a selfie during his speech!) 

Husband is still in denial that, in just a few weeks, we will have a college freshman and a high school freshman! 

Oh, and this little mermaid! I guess it is up to her to keep us young!

Monday, May 19, 2014

What a blur

The past few months really have flown by. I'm pretty sure I just finished wrapping Christmas presents yesterday, so how is it mid MAY already?? After the rush of Valentine's Day and Small's Birthday extravaganza, I had the hopes of things settling down a bit. Little did I know, things were just ramping up! We moved right into G's JV softball season with games at least twice a week. Toss in Diva's senior end-of-school events and some family health issues and BOOM! Here we are. 

My brother and I spent many a summer day at Mawmaw's (Mom's mom) apartment watching David the Gnome, Maya the Bee, The Elephant Show, and all the other fabulous 90s Nick Jr shows. Mawmaw had air conditioning AND cable! Two things we didn't have at home! We were living the dream!!! However, please note that this dream life had a mandatory outside break from 11:30-3 so that Mawmaw could watch her "soaps." During this outside time, we would play in the yard and be careful to avoid the 7,000 flowers planted all over the place! After Guiding Light, we were back in business with Hey Dude, Doug, and let's not forget the creepiest show ever, Are You Afraid of the Dark!

Earlier this year, Mawmaw had some serious health issues that needed a pretty serious surgery. It was scary considering her age and not-so-healthy body, but that woman showed us what she was made of! Not only did she make it through surgery, but she soared through recovery like a champ and was back home in no time! That's just how she rolls!

At the end of April, Mawmaw started to get sick again and was not doing well at all. I packed my bags...expecting a full recovery, but preparing for the worst. During my drive up, they moved Mawmaw from the nursing home to the hospital. Still, in the back of my mind, I was thinking "oh, good! The hospital. She does well in there. She'll be good to go in no time!"

Sadly that was not the case this time. When I got to the hospital that Sunday afternoon, she was heavily sedated and struggling for breath. My Mom and Aunt and Uncle had been there all day and the night before, so they agreed to let me spend the night while they all got some much needed rest. 

First of all, let me just tell you that nothing says 'hello, I'm a legit adult now' quite like spending an uncertain evening at the hospital with your sick Mawmaw. Secondly, the nurses came in and out every other hour, so there was no sleeping. Oh, aaaaand it was supposed to be a very stormy night! So, between my book, the weather channel, and lots of prayers Mawmaw and I made it through the night. 

Uncle Bruce came back to the hospital around 4:30 the next morning and while we were talking, her heart started to slow down and she peacefully passed away. It is like she was waiting on Uncle Bruce to get there so I wouldn't be there alone. From that moment on, I guess adrenaline kicked in and put me in task mode, because I'm not really sure how I kept going for two days with only a couple of naps at the hospital. 

This was the last picture we had taken of the four of us. You can tell by her sneaky little grin, that Mawmaw was feeling good that day and enjoyed seeing her great grand daughter, and it's that grin that I want to remember :)

We had a great week full of support from friends and family and lots of fun memories of Mawmaw, who was quite the Diva herself...back in the day! That next week Smalls and I went back to my parents' house to help out while Dad had a heart cath and Mom had a treatment. They are both doing well and hopefully everyone will stay out of the hospital now for a while!  

After about two weeks away, we're home and now in full swing graduation mode with Diva, so things have yet to slow down, but we're making it! I'm just taking things one day at a time and choosing to see the good in every situation and praising the Lord for all the opportunities He gives us to show us His Love for us. Thank you all for your continued prayers for our family. We are feeling them!