Tuesday, January 31, 2012


This is me wearing a dress my mom had when she was a baby:

And here's Alice:

Sunday, January 29, 2012


I've often said that I hope Alice is a little awkward during her pre-teen/teen years.
Keeps the boys away.
I have firsthand experience with this...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Twenty-Two Months

Dear Alice,
I've never loved you more than I do right this second.
However, I must be honest with you.
You've been quite challenging lately.
Teething + strong-willed personality = tired parents.
But, I've heard this will pass.
(Well, the teething part.)
Please Lord, let this pass. :)

Here are some highlights from the past month:

Tea party with the zebra-

You always put stickers on your back...just like they do at the gym and at church-

You LOVE riding the penny pony at the grocery store-

You're a little interested in the potty-

Stringing pony beads on a pipe cleaner is one of your favorite activities-

As is stacking things-

We're really getting our money's worth out of your infant swing.
It's like your little hammock-

I was recently encouraged by a mama of many children.
She said having a child with a strong personality isn't a bad thing.
Strong-willed children often grow up to be leaders.
They are not easily swayed/pressured into things.
They are competent helpers and are reliable.
I'm praying those things for you, my little one.

You are funny, when you're in a good mood.
You purposely tell me the wrong answers just to make me laugh.
You love putting your bibs on Jack.

You are sweet.
You freely give Daddy and I hugs and kisses.
You love being held.
You are kind to Ella and enjoy helping me care of her.
You also take very good care of your stuffed animals, 
making sure they are fed and rocked.

We love you, precious Alice.
You bring us so much joy!

Love, Mama

Thursday, January 26, 2012


I took this picture last weekend:

It reminded me of this picture taken almost 2 years ago:


The Klenkes!

Our friends, Carey, Steve, and Abby, came to visit!
It was SO good to see them.

Pictures from their time here:

I can't wait for them to live in Colorado again!
Alice asks for Abby on a daily basis.
We miss our friends!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


(Don't feel sorry for her.
If anything, feel sorry for me.
That tantrum was about picking up 6 Cheerios from the floor.
Lasted over 2 hours.
And I have skills, y'all!
I've worked with preschoolers since high school.
I have a degree in Early Childhood Education.
When it was all said and done, I won.
That was not a fun day.)

Like Alice, I've been sad over something petty.
I'm sad Picnik is shutting down. 
I need those speech bubbles!

Anyone know of a good alternative? 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Big and small things I want to remember

1. My grandfather recently passed away.
I'm sad he's gone from this earth, but happy he's now healthy and spending eternity with Jesus.
(That's him with my Memaw and my mom.)

Things I'll always remember about him:

-He was deaf, but read lips like nobody's business. 
I always thought that was so cool.
I'm pretty sure Alice knows more sign language than he did.
He never needed to learn it.

-He was a smoker when I was a child. 
My sister and I hated it and would always hide his cigarettes.

-I love the memory of Grandpa coming to visit. 
In the midst of total chaos, he'd fall asleep in a chair.
One of the advantages of being deaf? :)

-He created beautiful oil paintings.

-He was one of the first people I knew using online chatting. 
His name was TnTooter.
He was a huge UT fan and probably never associated Tooter with passing gas, like I always did. 

-When I was young, he and my Memaw lived in a home with a HUGE yard. 
It had creek in the back and an orchard on the side. 
I drove by there not long ago and was surprised at how it had shrunk in size. 
Funny how growing up does that.

-He had the best laugh.

-He was concerned about me moving to Colorado. 
I remember him asking me if we needed oxygen masks when we got off the plane 
and if grass even grows at that altitude. :)

-He had an afro. 
I'm not even kidding. 
It was amazing.

-He loved me a lot. 
And I always knew it.

I'm really looking forward to seeing him again someday!
I hope he's hanging out with my Dadums, too.
I think he is.
I can totally picture them laughing together.

2. I think Alice is going to be a good big sister one day.
(This is not an announcement.)

3. She's been super independent lately,
often saying, "Alice do it." or "I do it."
Or, if it's something she doesn't want to do,
"Mama do it."
Yesterday she insisted she could open a clementine.
When she got stuck, she looked at me and asked,
We compromised with a fork.
She eventually got the orange out and gobbled it up.

4. I miss this sweet smile:
(photo taken yesterday)
She isn't feeling well today.
Low-grade fever, generally cranky and clingy.
I hope it's just teething, though this is the first time she's really acted this way.
She slept until 9:30am, napped for 4.5 hrs, and then asked to go to bed at 6:45pm.

5. I saw a picture a friend posted on Facebook of the pancake smiley face she made for her kids.
I thought I'd do the same this morning.
She only ate the orange.
Hard to know if it's because she wasn't feeling well, 
or because the french toast lady freaked her out.

Over and out!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ten on Ten, January 2012

Finding the beauty in the ordinary moments...











Monday, January 9, 2012

Pillow Pet

Sunday, January 8, 2012


We've now been a family of 3 longer than we were a family of 2.
That's so crazy to me!

Friday, January 6, 2012

A Friday Treat!

Alternatively titled, "Ruining Dinner."

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Take THAT, bad luck!

Happy 2012!!