Tuesday, March 31, 2009
After the great time with the family we headed over to the gym for Christian's state competition. It was great. He had a tougher day and was not very pleased with a couple of his performances but he did GREAT!! He got the highest ever on rings! He did wonderful overall.
After the meet we all headed over to PF Chang's and after a 2 HOUR wait we had a delicious dinner and I enjoyed the time together. Meemaw and Pawpaw headed back home but Matt & Candy had convinced us to stay the night in Dallas so we could wake up and go to the zoo on Sunday. We stayed at the ALoft hotel and it was a pretty nice place considering we only paid $50-something through Expedia. You can't beat that. The kids liked it a lot because it was VERY contemporary and New York loft like. Clara had a tough time therefore I had a tough time. She wanted to sleep with me and not in the crib the hotel had provided. It was a LONG night. We gradually staggered out of bed in the morning and grabbed a bite to eat before heading out to the zoo. It was a LONG, but wonderful, beautiful, perfect day for the zoo. We all had a great time and if you have about 7 minutes....here is our day in a montage!!
We then parted ways and headed home. We grabbed some Mexican food on our way. Clara is learning that in this family we like spice. She was hilarious!! She has watched us eat hot sauce and chips so long that she figured there was something to it. She loves tortilla chips but on this trip out for Mexican she decided to give the hot sauce a try and really liked it!! It was so neat to watch her continually dip her piece of chip into the hot sauce over and over again,....and I mean over and over again after licking it off. =D She would make a face every once in a while like, "this is spicy" but just kept at it.
Monday, March 23, 2009
I will end with some shots of Pawpaw and Clara. Let me tell you....this Pawpaw adores his little Clara and I can say the same for little Clara. She loves her Pawpaw!!
All in all it was a FANTASTIC weekend!!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I wanted to brag on my oldest child (well teenage, young man), Christian, for a moment.....=)
I had to announce that my young man was in the newspaper along with his two other teammates. Their pictures and everything!! He was so happy and excited. They were in the paper for being state qualifiers in the last gym meet and for the gym meet that is coming up not this Saturday but next. I am so proud of the growth God has done in him this year. He is becoming more responsible all around. He is very devoted to his gymnastics and enjoys it thoroughly.
Christian's 14th birthday is coming up May 9th!! I cannot believe that I have an almost 14 year old. I cannot believe that time can actually zoom by so fast. He was born May 9, 1995 weighing in at 7lbs 9oz. He was the sign from God reassuring me that He was really here for me and had been all along. I was only 19 at his birth!! I have to say that Christian is the reason that I held on to what little faith I had at the time. I was single, barely making it in college, spoiled rotten, and thought nothing could ever happen to me. God woke me up by giving me Christian. My growth did not happen overnight but was at a snails pace. I met Clay and we got married and he adopted Christian when he was 2 years old. God had again shown Himself to me!!! Clay and I, still growing at a snail's pace, grew together instead of apart!!! I am so thankful to God for everything He has given us!! I am thankful that God will continue to show Himself to me throughout this wonderful life!! He is my Heavenly Father and I will NEVER doubt Him again!! I know that throughout this life you grow and you truly grow closer to Him through the tough times. As I always say, "Nothing Great comes Easy!"
My Christian is the light of my life along with my 2 other blessings God has bestowed upon me. I enjoy watching him turn into the young man God desires him to be. I treasure the opportunities I have with him and appreciate that God is growing me into a mom that can finally drink in the greatness of her children and to be thankful for the many blessings I have!!
CONGRATULATIONS Christian!!! You are the most creative, gifted, skillful, handsome, intelligent, caring, loving, young Christian and I am so overwhelmingly proud of you!! I will leave you with these shots from today....Christian curled up with his history lesson in Clara's Woodland Climber....Rustie enjoyed it with him until he noticed me taking pictures through the window!!! I LOVE YOU, Bo!!!!!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
This is more like my little princess.....wearing her tutu while playing in the dirt and mulch at the same time. =D
To top off the tutu....Daddy picked up the Woodland Climber by Step 2 from Toys R Us t lunch today. He is a the bestest Daddy ever! He put it together after dinner and we had a great time. Cousin Katelyn was over and had dinner with us and also played. Here are some shots of the fun!!
The kids loved playing with the box, of course. It was ripped to shreds when the evening was all said and done.
Be sure to check out the new videos I added to our video link at the top right. I got video of the kids playing in the box too. Also, Clara LOVED sliding down face first. I got her cracking up in video!! All in all a great day!!
Thanks again, Shawna!!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Matt & Candy came over and played Trivial Pursuit on Saturday. We whooped up on the guys!! It was a nice evening. You can see Aunt Candy in the pic of Clay pushing Clara on the plasma car around the pool. Clay bought a swing for Clara to hang on the backporch Saturday. He did not have all the equipment he needed so he came home on his lunch break and made Clara's day!! We have been wanting to get Clara a swing set or playground or both but our backyard is really small with the pool. We have worked around that so far. Clay hung the swing on the back porch. Clara could stay outside indefinitely. She could swing literally for hours!! Here are some pics of her swinging and I will try to download the video of her swinging at some point.
I am attaching a video of her Clara attacking us from under the schoolroom table. She has learned how to tickle and decided what better place to do it from under the table. She was doing it a lot until I got the camera out, of course. I did get her tickling me once. The noise she makes just cracks me up. She is the cutest, sweetest thing ever!! Well I could not download the video of her tickling but did get it on YouTube so you can look at the top right but it has not been showing up. You can also look under my videos by clicking on one of those videos to take you to all my videos....did that make sense???
On another note we all went to the dentist today and had our teetch cleaned. Cullen got 2 cavities filled.....He has his daddy's teeth!! I was so proud of him! He was worried because he was so unsure of what was going to happen. He handled it like the young man that he is. He was so brave and it was over in no time and has no more cavities!!!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
That is it for today. I have to run Christian to gymnastics practice and then we are looking at another house tonight. Be sure to check the videos up at the top to see Clara walking!! It should be downloaded shortly!!
Monday, March 2, 2009
We miss you kiddoes!!! Wish you guys were here. Matt, the golf pics Clay wanted me to take to rub it in....LOL =D Thanks mom....and dad too!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
These are as good as it gets from our window...hopefully I will get my butt up and head outside to take some more pics. I just am going to enjoy a bubble bath, reading my magazines, and book, and doing NOTHING!!! Until later....