Monday, May 31, 2010
Okay, so I am going to make this a short little hello from Austin. We made it safely. AND I AM TIRED. Okay, so tired may not cover it, it is like the upgrade to tired (whatever that may be). But we are here and safe and embracing new adventures. Gigi is here too and took some GREAT pictures of the kids playing in their new home which I can't wait to see (and share :).
Looks like our two neighbors next door have kids the exact same ages as ours so hooray for neighborhood friends. If we can just get Cousins, Avery and Ben here for a visit than we can have a PARTY with the neighborhood.
Anyways, more pictures and updates when the cleaning finally subsides... if it ever does.
Positive interlude: It will cease
Sleep sweet! And send good thoughts for Kelly as he starts his new job tomorrow morning which will be AMAZING. Any job that takes you to Kerby Lane for breakfast your first morning is a winner in my book. And if you don't know what Kerby Lane is than this is all the more reason to come visit, spend the night and let me take you to breakfast... or midnight queso... after we clean my house all day.
Seriously... no more rambling.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
And yes, I can spell sometimes. Unfortunately, google has no tutorial
on typos. Eek!!!
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our current home... But it appears we have become huge packrats and
the packing/cleaning battle might have upgraded to war. Lucky for
us... We are winning. But because this process has taken so long. Here
I sit. Without cable/Internet blogging from my phone.
Two thoughts for the moment. First, I love google because I now know I
can blog from my phone. Second, it is really difficult to type
grandeous and chase a gabe at the same time.
Big day, folks.
Tomorrow morning the movers arrive. Today is finishing up all the
little things on the master list... Least favorite, saying goodbye.
Hooray for no make-up... That was a wise choice.
So today is bittersweet. And we are really dirty from cleaning. But
tomorrow, well that is something totally new. And we are on the brink...
Think good thoughts for us, we need them.
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Monday, May 24, 2010
He doesn't seem unhappy one bit. I am sure at this point he is just thinking about how awesome it will be to play with his Thomas trains at 3 in the morning.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Today was the day of the big recital! Molly was so excited to have so many people she love come and watch her dance. Well, that and her chance to wear make-up and fancy apparel again. She loved it all! The performance was really cute! They tried this new space for the recital this year and it was not stadium seating which made it near impossible to see unless you darted to the side of the room... which luckily, one VERY smart daddy did to videotape it. Molly was a little in front of the teacher in the wings so she improvised a little on her dancing. She had a blast!
*Don't forget to pause my music on the side...
Today was a big day for cousins all around. Makenzie also crossed over to a Brownie today which means she had her own ceremony just before. I guess you could say it was a big day for the grandparents too.
Gabriel did miss the recital to play with his cousins and Uncle John! He had so much fun. Had he stayed for the performance he probably would have rushed the stage...seeing how much he cries every time we drop her off at practice. He did rejoin the group for Babes and it seemed that the deep south deliciousness made up for all missed performances. Food heaven.
I see many more dance recitals in our future!
Well this weekend we have been stuck between two choices: Dive full on into packing or play with friends. In true May form we went with the latter. We like to push things to the limit anyways and packing this far in advance is just silly--- we do still have 8 days. (In reality, we have done a BUNCH of packing...)
Taste of Addison this year was... well, quite frankly it was YUMMY! I mean what's not to love about a festival completely devoted to eating the yummiest of food. I settled for some May Dragon, Melting Pot and this awesome Sangria that Aunt Maxey found... no clue where it came from but I drank it and was yummy.
We just love the city of Addison so much... they sure do have one incredible City Manager. If you didn't get a chance to check it out don't fret! You still have one full day... and I believe that tomorrow is the wine tasting day--- yum.
We had some fun in the sun...
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tonight we have been painting Molly's new bedroom furniture and it is looking soooo cute! I can't wait to share pictures when we are finished! Something about antiquing furniture that just makes me so happy... maybe it is all the rocking out to Bob Schneider while we paint? Or maybe it is just all the paint fumes.
Next, we will move on to Gabe's new furniture. We are doing his room in classic fire trucks and I can't wait for his big boy bedding to get here! Exciting things to come...
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Wow, how far we have come in just 6 months! Molly would have NEVER stood on a stage in a small room full of people if her life depended on it a mere 6 months ago... but today--- she couldn't get enough of the spotlight!
This afternoon, Molly had her rehearsal for her ballet recital this weekend. Nonnie watched Gabey which meant that Molly and I had a date. She was excited to have a Mommy date but WAY more excited to wear make-up. To each their own.
I am so sad that Kelly had to work during the rehearsal--- he has no idea the level of cuteness that is going to take place on Saturday afternoon. I am smiling just thinking about it,
Just take this (which is already way stinkin' cute!)
and multiply it by 14 other little cuties. And yes, there will be video footage... and don't you worry... it will most definitely be making the blog! Perhaps it could make up for my lack of posting?
Sunday, May 16, 2010
I am coming to realize that in this world of parenting and well, even just living in general, so much of your success really depends quite a bit on strategy. Now, I have to say that this kills me a little to say this because I do believe wholeheartedly in spontaneity and fully embrace misguided adventures... but... in the end, my successes are most evident through strategic planning. Sad but true.
Case in point. If you were anywhere within hearing distance to the Medallion Target or Gtarget as we lovingly refer to it... you definitely heard the results of non-planning. Poor Kelly. Probably never a good idea to hear your child screaming through the van door and it still hurt your ears?
Strategy. I still have so much to learn. How lucky am I that I have some true miracle planners for friends?! I love having friends that are smarter than me in ways of life because then I can steal their ideas without having to think too hard. Yes. I am that lazy.
For instance, hair-wash night. Molly LOATHES hair-wash night. DREADS hair-wash night. Starts asking about hair-wash night at breakfast. It is rather sad town and it only escalates throughout the day. Always a battle. Can I please tell you how lucky I am that my husband bathes our children EVERY night? But it is still loud throughout the house and perhaps down the street. No escaping hair-wash night.
Until... wait, what is this Molly? A smile?
My brilliant friend, Tiffany, introduced me to the world of Popsicle bath time. For our house, this only happens on hair-wash nights. Now, molly (and Gabriel) can eat their Popsicles during scrub time. I mean it's not like they're going to get that dirty... GENIUS. And it all goes back to strategy.
So, as of tomorrow morning we will be two weeks away from moving. Wow. That happened fast. I am really making a point right now to focus only on the things that I can control. For those of you that don't know this about me, this is a big struggle for me. When I am tired or stressed I often focus on the details that I can't alter... it consumes me. So instead, I am going to create strategy. Moving strategy. Starting today...
I packed up one WHOLE closet tonight. I know this might seem trivial but oh no, this is HUGE. This week we will be focusing on minor home improvements, sorting and packing all the closets and drawers. The following week we will be able to focus on packing the bigger things. Not having to live around boxes for the next two weeks? I'll take it... I can just stack them in my packed closets!
And since we technically could still have house showings, etc... everyone wins.
Keep you posted!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Spring season at the Dallas Arboretum this year did not disappoint. It was marvelous! I have a feeling that we are now bordering the cusp of unbearably hot so it is nice to have springy pictures to look back on...
and remember how cool the shade was...
and how nice it was to eat a picnic lunch with a butterfly
I promise there will be pictures coming today.... don't you worry gparents. I just had to take this moment to let you in on the miracle that is taking place on Solta Drive this morning. It is 8:34 and BOTH my children are still asleep. It seems that maybe they have been running a little too hard as well. While I do feel totally responsible for their exhaustion, for selfish reasons... this morning I am a little thankful for it too. Best and quietest cup of coffee ever.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Okay, it is midnight and we just got back home from Austin about 45 minutes ago and yes, while our bodies are EXHAUSTED, we can finally relax a little more because... we just might have found the best house ever!! Well, best house for us that is! Technically the application is still in the works and because I really don't want to jinx it , there will be more details on that to come VERY soon...once it is finalized officially and my brain is a little more awake.
But for now, I am going to leave you with a GREAT laugh. Okay, well I think this just might be the funniest thing EVER. My brother's girlfriend sent this to me and this is exactly how we feel about our sweet wheels. On each road trip, my love for Olive only grows. This trip most definitely didn't disappoint.
Click the link!: (You won't be sorry!)