Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Kindergarten

Our sweet Natalie started kindergarten this morning. Homeschooling allows us to keep her close to us this year, but the milestone is just as great!



























How did our girl get so grown up? Didn't we just bring her home from the hospital that cold, rainy, May evening?


























Five-years-old and starting school. We are so proud of her!



























Monnie is a bit emotional today:















Natalie requested her picture by the "pretty" flowers:



























Mike took a couple pictures of us at the table after he got home:















Natalie was working on her letters here (please ignore the clutter everywhere, we are in the process of major home improvements)















Natalie and her teacher, "Miss Monnie" (I'm not kidding you, that's what she's called me for weeks now):



























She did great on her first day! Although about half-way through, she asked if we could skip the rest. LOL! Nice try dear...















So in love with my blessings!!!















After Mike wakes up, I will try to get a picture of him and Natalie on her first day and add it here later. :)

BathTime

As I was bathing Natalie the other night, Lexi was having a fit to get in with her. I shrugged and said "why not!" Natalie says, "Alright...but I hope she doesn't poop!" LOL!



























While getting Lexi dressed, she was very tired, cranky, and getting quite loud about it. We discovered her "off switch" months ago by rubbing her ears. She gets very still and stares. Best of all, she stops squawking at us! :)



























Last minute snuggles with MawMaw:

Still Not Tired...


Natalie

How did she get to be so grown up??

I must be doing something right...

I handed Natalie a couple of pennies to throw in a wishing pond, just for fun.

Me: Natalie, do you know what you're going to wish for?
Natalie: I wish for a Sleeping Beauty castle!
Me: Anything else? I gave you TWO pennies. That's two wishes!
Natalie: I wish my monnie and daddy will be nice to me...

My jaw is on the floor, eyebrows past my hairline, and my parents (overhearing this) are falling out of their chairs with laughter. I have been razzed non-stop about it since. *sigh* It's such a shame we're so mean to her! Thank goodness for her innocence of not knowing how good she has it!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Debt

A quote from Dave Ramsey on his radio show:

“If the US Government was a family, they would be making $58,000 a year, they spend $75,000 a year and have $327,000 in credit card debt. They are currently proposing BIG spending cuts to reduce their spending to $72,000 a year. These are the actual proportions of the federal budget & debt, reduced to a level that we can understand.”

I think it's time to sum up this stupidity with:


Friday, August 12, 2011

Railings Are UP!! WooHoo!

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Remember this hot mess??



Better:





























After! Just waiting on shutters:

Electrical Issues

You are about to see why we are feeling very blessed today. As I was getting Lexi ready for bed last night, Mike unplugged something downstairs in our living room (directly under her room) and everything went dark. A/C's and fans shut off...its getting rather stuffy very quickly! Neither one of us knew what happened initially. We assumed the circuit breaker tripped, and when Mike went to flip the switch, he discovered it hadn't tripped. At the same time, I'm watching the digital display on the window a/c flicker on and off, and started to get an eerie feeling that something isn't right. Mike checks the outlet he had just unplugged something from, and sees this:


















He can see it sparking. He runs downstairs to turn off the breaker, and comes back up to pull the outlet out of the wall. I am on the phone with an electrician we know for advice (he lives almost 3 hours away)  Mike talked to him, cut the outlet out, capped the wires, and once he turned the breaker back on, everything came back on. Thank goodness for having a few extra of those wire caps!!















The electrician told us we were very lucky we didn't end up with a house fire. That breaker should have tripped. He suspects (hard to tell over the phone) that the wire wasn't screwed in tight enough.















This is that wire...















The electrician will be here tomorrow morning.

Things That Make Me Smile

I found a picture of us on our wedding day. I didn't even know I had it!

Sweetness

Bottles after nap time:





























Natalie being silly and Lexi trying to eat the wii remote strap:















Natalie and Lexi making faces in a mirror-toy:















Random kisses from Natalie (this was not staged)















Happy smiles:















Happy floating:


Mike and his little ones:
















Naps on the sofa:















Running errands together:
Morning smiles and attempts to grab my phone:
















My love for thirty-one bags!!!

Weekend Visit

Mom and Dad met us at a park, but we got there before they did. I let Natalie out of her seat so she could sit up front and watch for them. Watch, she did! She couldn't wait for them to get there!!



























I also took Lexi out of her seat, so she could stretch out and roll around on the floor. *Yet another reason why I love our minivan!* She was all smiles as well:



























Bath time for Lexi is usually in our kitchen sink...which she is rapidly outgrowing! I now have a baby/toddler tub (that fits inside our tub) to bathe her in. Thank goodness! That sink was getting very small! I am in love with her chunkiness and big 'ol tummy!!















Joy:



























Mom is very lucky she didn't end up with a wet lap!!
 


























Lexi played on the floor for a long time with us. She rolled around to get to anything that caught her eye. She likes shiny things. Dad's watch was the target, and she would not leave it alone! :)