Friday, November 30, 2007

Hair Update

Okay, so the hair is not butchered...definitely shorter...but not butchered. I learned a very valuable lesson not to underestimate the power of curls...the shrink back up. Yikes!

Molly looks cute though- Her head size looks like it has upgraded to a bigger melon but that is okay. I like big heads.

Hadley, we are looking so forward to hair care lessons and her first OFFICIAL hair-cut!

*sorry that the picture is not a great was a no nap day for Molly and it was the best that I could do with her bossy busy self.

Future photographer...she even tells you say cheese.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

The first unofficial trim

Tonight had to be the night. I am calling this Molly's unofficial hair trim because her first real haircut belongs to Miss Hadley Anderson. I was really trying to hold out for Hadley but today crossed the line.

Tonight was about day #130 of food in the hair. Molly's classmates at school consistently remove her of her bow resulting in more food in her hair and thus hair in her eyes. Not so great a combination. So tonight I decided to trim. You see, I figured that you really can't go too wrong with curls. One snip here and there- really it all just bounces back. My main goal was just to eliminate excess fluff. Jenna, please correct me if I am underestimating the power of curls.

So I had figured that Molly would be a little guarded and attached to her hair-maybe even a little sad to see it leave...

Nope! Not sad at all. I think that she was most excited about running around the house half naked...
So I cut her hair and then we washed it. I know, a little backwards...oh well. We will leave the quality job for Hadley and just see what awaits us in the morning.
*I would have posted a picture of Molly's little bag of hair- but as Kelly confirmed- it sort of could be mistaken for some other type of hair. Yikes!
Day after pictures to come.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Attack of the Frito Chili Pie

Dear Digestive System,

I greatly apologize for the feast of Frito Chili Pie that I consumed last night. While it was true perfection at the time it has most definitely turned on me. Who knew that my delicious warm meal would become a fire ball of death? Mr. Esophagus, I specifically would like to apologize to you...I realize that you had a really hard time last night. I really don't feel that Frito Chili Pie and I will ever be able to maintain a friendship again.

Hopefully, we can all just calm down and move past this...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

A Time Of Giving Thanks

These past couple days, I have been thinking about all the things that have changed over the past year. It has been a really busy year. I can't believe that Thanksgiving has now come and gone...although, I am super excited about the holiday season- I feel a little bit in shock at how fast time is moving. Remember when you were younger and weekends seemed to last forever? When it seemed like you have enough time after school to ride your bike, play with your friends, eat dinner and watch your favorite TV show? Has time really sped up or more our perspective changed?

This year I have celebrated so many beautiful weddings. I have so many more this next year to come. I can't wait. I have shared in the joy of new babies being born- even three at a time! This year all of my parents (in-laws too) moved into new homes to start new adventures! I shared in Molly's first time to sit up, first tooth, first real meal, first word, first step and survival of first illness. I was there for it all! This year, my dad turned 50 years old and my brother came home from his first time away. I am so thankful for all of these happy moments in my life.

I think that what I am most thankful though is for my change in perspective. This is the first time in my life when I have truly seen the world in a new light. At least, my own little life events. This year, I just feel so much more in touch with special moments in my life. 2006-2007, was a big struggle for my little family financially. We had numerous medical bills and the expenses of a new baby... needlesstosay; it has been very hard and stressful. Looking back, I am thankful that I have had my best friend by my side to help me find laughter in the midst of stress. I now feel like I know that it is possible to be so rich in love even though you may be so poor in income. I have always been a huge people person. Going out around Dallas with friends has always been a joy of mine. When you are the first of your friends to have a baby, it can sometimes be hard to explain why you can't make weekly happy hour or late nights at a new restaurant in Uptown. How much I have treasured weekends spent with family dinners, movie rentals and an occasional date with my husband. It is such a great new perspective to discover the joy of being home.

This past year, I have changed my perspective on love. The love that I have for Molly is different than any other kind of love I have ever known. I sometimes just wake up in the night and go check on her just because I love to watch her sleep. I am always obsessing over coughs and going to to research more on Molly's milestones. I really could talk about her all day. I will go in late to work just so that I can be the last person to say goodbye to her and the first one to greet her at the end of the day. I love that I could spend hours watching Kelly play with Molly. Seeing your husband as a father is such an amazing gift. I am thankful for the gaining the perspective of a parent. I truly believe that it has made me a better Julie.

So, as this Christmas holiday approaches I find myself looking forward to all the new and change that the season will bring. It definitely has been a great time of giving thanks!

Molly making pumpkin pie with Mommy

Granny and Molly

Daddy and tired Molly

Cousin Love

Monday, November 19, 2007

The force was too strong

Oh Lego Luke, how strong and brave you are. You look so mighty with your lightsaber and stylish black attire...did I mention that you also look seriously....delicious...

That is right. Yesterday my daughter was so taken with Lego Luke that she ate his lightsaber for a snack. Well, allegedly feasted on it-the only one to witness the feast was my four year old niece who was so lost in play that she couldn't recall all the events that took place in Nonnie's kitchen.

So, after several conversations with some other people and the physician at my hospital- I feel a little more at peace. Time will tell. Let me tell you how much of a joy it was to try and break the language barrier to explain to Molly's teacher what a lightsaber was and where it will be coming out of Molly. Come on, Star Wars? I finally drew a picture and we were on the same least I think.

I don't know why I would expect anything less of Molly. After all, her mother used to eat doodle bugs by the handful and her dad still to this day will dig food that I deemed stale out of the trash and eat it. Yikes! Molly may not have the genes for fine dining!
So as you are deciding what to make for you special thanksgiving dish- consider Luke- he even comes standard with a lightsaber tooth pick.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Hello Blogger World!

For so so long I resisted the calling of blogger. I really did put up a good fight- but alas, blogger prevailed!

So, now I have embraced this really exciting way to keep friends in the loop and maintain a written outlet for life's happenings. Not a bad combination at all!

So where to begin. I live in Dallas, Texas with my amazing little family unit! I have been married to Kelly for two and a half years. He is by far the better half in this marriage. He is passionate, witty and has truly mastered the balance of sarcasm and sincerity. I was blessed to find him at 14 years old! How many people can say that they met the love of their life before they had even discovered the world of driving, contact lenses and staying out past midnight! Kelly helps me see the humor in everyday life! Where would I be without laughter!

"bubbles up the nose"

On August 14, 2006 our Miss Molly Grace May entered the world! It was amazing because we were so nervous to meet her and then when we finally did it was love at first sight! I could talk about Molly all day and still not run out of things to say! She has wild curls and an amazing laugh! Molly's personal favorites include: wearing hats, bath time, really any naked time, reading Good Night Moon, eating meatballs or pancakes, dancing to Modest Mouse, watching Baby Shakespeare and chasing after her little boyfriend Adrien- who only speaks Spanish! She does not like when she has to stay inside, the swings at the playground or hearing the word "no". Molly is a spicy, silly, mommy-loving girl...where would we be if we had never met her!!

"Molly at one week old"

"Our Bath time Girl"

"Santa's Helper"

"Molly at the Park"

"Molly and her books"

"Quiet Giggles"

So yes, it is a little obvious that I am crazy in love my daughter! How could I not?! Well, the only other one left to meet is Mr. Milo Giovanni- our tuxedo cat! He is constantly struggling to be alpha male and thinks that Molly is his kitten. Although we sometimes want to give him up for adoption- we love him so much! Milo loves his bowl to be full at all times, chicken salad, Molly's bedtime stories and playing with the milk top. He is terrified of outside and my niece Makenzie.

"Prince Milo"

It is amazing to think about adding to our family. The second time around is so different. For the first 5 months, I would forget that I was even pregnant...I guess this happens when you are chasing after a 15 month old! But, my body definitely decided to remind me that I am pregnant with my supersized belly. So, in February a new little adventure begins when we meet little Bellito. Until then, we will be enjoying the rush of the holidays, hot chocolate days and frequent doctor appointments! Thanks for taking the time to meet my little family! Updates and belly pics to follow!!!