Monday, August 20, 2012

First grader

Natalie started her first day today!

She was nervous earlier this week, but this morning, she was excited and ready to go:

We love this kid so much:


We have the cutest little nutella thief around here:

Lexi gets into the pantry and often grabs something she knows she's not supposed to have. Then she runs away from me, shrieking and giggling.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


I was fixing breakfast, and this is how I found them:

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Natalie starts school next week. I will miss her terribly during the daytime, but at the same time I'm anxious for her to go. Be busy. Make friends. Learn. Grow. Play. She needs that. I really think Lexi is going to be lost without her for the first week. Lexi cried all the way home, every single time we dropped Natalie off (instead of walking her in) last spring. Natalie has become so much more confident in the pool this summer. She has enjoyed it so much. We are doing piano lessons again, and she is doing a great job! Her latest interest is She-Ra and He-Man. Yep. Netflix streams the old 80's cartoons and she has watched many of them. She wants to be She-Ra for Halloween, and wants Daddy to be He-Man. Can you imagine Mike in this?

Moving on....

Lexi is into everything as usual. I caught her in the pantry today, standing on a box and pulling up on a shelf that held her favorite snack. When I spotted her, she didn't even have the decency to act innocent, or ashamed, just pointed at the snack she wanted and yelled for my assistance. The nerve! ;) She is still so much of a monnie's girl. I love the snuggles, pats, kisses, and all the affection. Better yet, her ornery behavior and budding sense-of-humor makes me proud and keeps me laughing. Lexi loves to lift everyone's shirt and point out their belly buttons. Fair warning. :) She loves Mike's hairy chest/tummy. She lifts his shirt and lays her head down on him and snuggles amidst the fuzz. Such a random quirk, but adorable. Lexi also insists I brush her hair every time she watches me fix Natalie's hair, or my own. Are you kidding? A light breeze could fix hers just as easily.

But it is growing!! Progress, people.

We haven't had any luck selling our house. We are thinking about taking it off the market for now and paying it off. Yes, OFF. As in, no more mortgage. I have a few good ideas of things I could do to bring in some money to throw at that.

I was planning to run a 5K soon, but that will be pushed back for a couple good reasons: 1-That weekend, there will soon be a new baby in the family and I cannot wait to go snuggle my new nephew and celebrate with my sister-in-law and brother. 2-I'm not done with my training. It got royally delayed with the pregnancy/miscarriage, but I am not giving up! I'm still at it, and will run a 5K. October is now my goal. I'm also throwing in a few workout DVD's on the days that I don't run. Ab ripper X, 30 day shred, and kenpo X are a few of my favorites.

Several people have asked for updates. I'll just say this:
1-All the blood tests since the miscarriage have turned up normal. 
2-I have no idea when we'll try again. It'll be awhile, because:
3-I still have to have another test in a few months where they inject saline into my uterus (to inflate it) and look at it through ultrasound. They're trying to attempt to find a reason for all the hostility. Is it painful?  Somewhat, yes. But I've been through it before and know what to expect this go-around.
4-Emotionally I'm doing well.

Fuzzy-face is almost a year old already! Since he's a rescue, we don't know his actual birthday, but I put August 18th on the calendar. Just because. He's so energetic and playful yet. But a good dog. Really, he is a sweetheart. He even lets Lexi follow him around and love on him:

It is past my bedtime, and my alarm clocks don't have a snooze button. G'night!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My loves


We spent a couple nights away from home, and the four of us shared a room. Lexi woke us up both mornings with her chipper chatter. Once she realized we were awake, we were greeted with these smiles:

The next morning, I woke up before she did, and got a picture of her sleeping. LOL!

Monday, August 13, 2012


Natalie got to stay up late most nights and cheer on Team USA with me during the Olympics. We had so much fun together:

...and hopefully made lots of great childhood memories for her.

VBS sports camp!

Several weeks ago our church had their VBS sports camp. It's 4 mornings of sports, worship, bible lessons, memory verse, snacks, and fun. I was blessed to be a part of it this year. They asked for help, as they had to close registration early with over 430 campers signed up. Mike and I both got involved. Mike was amazing, working the entire night before, and then instead of crashing at home like usual, he came to church with me and volunteered with these kids. He was energized and smiling too when I saw him! :)

The theme this year was "zapped" which was a running joke with the huddle coaches (group leaders) as that's how we all felt after each morning. LOL!

Mike was with the 4-5th grade taekwondo. I was assigned to kindergarten cheerleading. I was then notified that my co-leader backed out and I was on my own with 23 five-year-old girls. Oh dear. :) I did have a high school helper that was there some of the time, and she was a tremendous help! Here are ALL the cheerleaders learning a new cheer:

The campers and leaders (in yellow)

Natalie was originally signed up to be in soccer. However, on the first day when I dropped her off at her area and she saw me across the gym with the other girls, it really upset her. She came over crying and wanted to be with me. I was surprised (lately she's been miss independent) but I didn't push the issue, and she got to stick with me. It was fun to be together, but I still think she would have enjoyed soccer better.

Some local "real" cheerleaders came over and the girls got to fly. Most of them stood up and put their arms in a "high V" (see how much cheerleading lingo I learned?!?) Natalie wasn't having it. LOL. I was cracking up taking these pictures.

Sports camp was a HUGE success.

Potty training

It has started here! By no prompting of our own, Lexi has decided she wants to start potty training. She is only 20 months old!
This isn't her usual seat, this is the one I kept in the car for a while. I finally got the toilet potty seat inserts and she's been sitting up on those:

The first time she went on the potty was when she started pooping in the tub and Mike picked her up and sat her on the pot. She waited a few minutes, and then finished going!! Lots of clapping and cheering here. (Although Natalie wasn't impressed at all and could have cared less. LOL)

The second time, she told me she needed to go poop, and when I sat her on the pot, she went! This is such a big deal. This is always a two-steps-forward-one-step-back process, but she's starting early and I'm thrilled.

What's pooping on the pot without a little bathroom reading??

First "official" haircut

Natalie has never had her hair cut by anyone other than me. I'd trim it every now-and-then when it needed it. I usually ended up taking several inches more than intended off of it to get it even. Lately a friend of mine has been doing my hair for a while. She's awesome.
Dawn washing Natalie's hair:

Natalie insisted on sitting in the baby airplane seat...b/c the plane reminded her of her daddy. LOL--the age limit was 3 years, but whatever, she fit:

Giddy up!