Friday, February 18, 2011

Feelin' the Love

Last weekend the girls and I did some Valentine's crafts. Here's one of our projects....a heart tree.

Madeline delivered Girl Scout cookies. She also worked at her troop's cookie booth at Carolina Pottery last Saturday. When I went to pick her up, the leaders said that she had been very diligent about keeping up with the cookie sales. She had made neat little tally marks on a sheet of paper. So everything was going well last weekend until this:

This is a note that Madeline put on the kitchen island Sunday night! Many of you may have seen this on facebook. Let's just say that mama was practicing some tough love. There were lots of tears and drama. Grandma came to the rescue and now all is well :-)

I found this cute idea online for homemade valentines and couldn't pass up the opportunity. Lydia and Margo gladly participated. Madeline was happy with her Wizards of Waverly Place valentines.

That night we had dinner in the dining room. I even pulled out the fine china. I used the dozen roses that David gave me for Valentine's Day as a centerpiece. Lydia was so excited about a candlelight dinner, soft music and fancy dishes that she put on an old ballet costume and "dressed up". She was practicing her best manners during dinner. She was so cute.

On Tuesday night David and I went to the Carolina -Wake Forest basketball game. We had a post Valentine's/pre birthday dinner at the Cheesecake Factory at Southpoint. The food was good and the Heels won! Today is my 38th birthday and all my girls had cute things made for me this morning.

This is from Madeline. It's a coupon for breakfast in bed and babysitting Margo & Lydia and getting them ready! She wanted me to use it this morning, but we were rushing around trying to get ready for school and I had to get to the gym by 8:30 for a class. At the top of the coupon it says : Your a 38 year old. You zumba girl. I love this little coupon. Much better than the note about moving out!!!

Here is my beautiful butterfly card from Lydia. She worked so diligently on it last night and made sure I didn't see it....she was hiding it behind her back when she asked me if she could have an envelope. Today is also her teacher's birthday. She also made her the perfect birthday card!

And last but not least, a card from Margo. She had so many stickers on it that she had actually stickered shut the card! I had to take those off to open to card, only to find more stickers on the inside!

I have had a good day. The weather is gorgeous and Margo and I spent lots of time outside this morning. I have received so many birthday wishes on facebook. By noon I had received close to 100 birthday greetings. Every time I check my phone, I have another message or post from someone!

I think we will have a family birthday outing tonight. I am thankful for my many blessings, especially my family!

Monday, February 07, 2011

O Happy Day!

Our entire family is rejoicing today because we have the most wonderful news! AVERY IS HOME!!!! Avery is our niece who was born at 26 weeks gestation and weighed 1 lb., 8 oz. She has been in the NICU for 100 days! Overall, she had a really good NICU course, especially for her size and gestation. On Saturday, we got in one last visit at the hospital with her. She is such a big girl now! I loved holding her. She gave me lots of smiles. I'm sure it was probably gas, but it made me feel good anyway to see her smiling!

David got to visit too. He said she was wide awake for most of his visit. I'd say he looks like he's had a little experience holding little girls!

Avery has come a long way! In this picture she was just a few days old and her little hand barely covered the tip of my pinkie. She is now just three tenths of an ounce away from 5 lbs. Isnt' that amazing? Avery's story is not my story to tell. I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to leave your little baby at the hospital for over 3 months and ride the NICU roller coaster. Of course, the neonatal nurse in me is VERY familiar with what Avery has been through. But what her parents have been through....NO WAY! Catherine has been so incredibly strong throughout this whole ordeal and I know it must feel surreal to her to actually be bringing Avery home.

You may remember when I blogged here and here about her. If you lifted her up in prayer even just one time, or checked in on her carepage to see her progress, I want to say THANK YOU! Avery had outstanding medical care but she also had lots and lots of prayers going up every day. Their journey certainly doesn't end now. And I would ask that you continue to keep Avery and her family in your prayers as they adjust to having her at home with her big sister, Caroline. Avery is so very blessed! In my nursing career I have seen many babies like her who were not as fortunate. I am so proud of Avery and have a very special place in my heart for her and only wish the very best for her and her family.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Madeline's Photography

Madeline got a digital camera for Christmas and she has become quite the little shutterbug! I was looking at her pictures because I was going to post some from a recent Girl Scout event. When I started looking at all of the pictures, I thought it would be neat to share them with my blog followers. The above picture of Margo was taken at the mall in one of the pretend spaceships. I think this is pretty good photography for a third grader!

Cousin Brayden on Christmas day.

Not sure of the set up here....I'm guessing they're playing hospital.

One of the MANY pics of Annie that I found on her camera!

Madeline loves turning the camera on herself and doing a self-portrait. There were tons of these on her camera too. This one was at Marbles Museum with the Girl Scouts.

Madeline was right there like the paparazzi snapping away the night that Lydia lost her first tooth!

Brownie Troop 3614 at Marbles Museum Sleepover a few weeks ago.

Their troop slept in the hockey rink. Madeline said the floor was hard, but they still had fun.

puppies at the museum

Madeline with her good friend, Reagan.

$$$$.....This doesn't surprise me that she took a picture of a dollar. Madeline is a saver and very financially conscious!

Her Lincoln Logs creation :-)

Cousin Caroline on New Year's Eve. It's a little hard to see, but she's holding a lizard in this pic!

Margo at Build-A-Bear...notice the guy in line smiling for the pic too!

Lanie, Madeline's American Girl doll

Annie, Lydia, Mommy, & Margo

Loving Family dollhouse

snow the day after Christmas 2010

The End!
Hope you enjoyed her pictures.