Tuesday, February 25, 2014


And its Tuesday again... :)

The weekend was busy... well, no it wasnt, Sunday was busy, the rest not so bad. 

Saturday, I took Emma to tumbling and a party and Willow came with us... Daniel took the boys to tennis practice and then we met at home when it was all said and done.  My grandparents called and asked for Gabe and Emma to come over, so we went and spent a little bit of time visiting with them and then headed to the grocery store to do our weekly shopping.  We also did the married thing and rented a couple of movies from the redbox and we watched those when Willow and Wallace went to bed.

Sunday, I had two photo shoots - one in the morning, and then one three hours away.... and we stopped on the way home and had pancakes b/c we found a Mcdonalds that has all you can eat pancakes on Sunday night for only $1.49 - which means our family of six ate for less than  $10 and really, you cant beat that!  And it was a treat for the kids... especially since they had been so good all day.

But it also meant we got home at 8:30, so I missed the first 30 minutes of Downton Abbey.... anyone else watching?  Glad there is a season 5, but dang it, we have to wait a whole year on it.... boo

Not too much going on this week for us... Willow has some more immunizations (aka shots) to get this afternoon... so yeah, not looking forward to that b/c she starts welling up as soon as we get to the dr's office, regardless of anything actually happening.  But last time, she was over it not too long after, so hopefully it will be the same this time as well.

Oh, almost forgot about Emma yesterday.... she had cheer practice and going into it, she was actually in a pretty good mood (she can get grumpy in the afternoons).... but that didnt last too long..... about an hour in, she was working on a semi-stunt and her foot got caught on someone else and she face-planted on the floor....which of course, led to a few tears, but the girl is tough so after a minute, she got back up and kept on going.... after about 30 more minutes, she walked into someone's tumbling and got kicked in the eye, which left a small cut.  At this time, she was done... she had had enough and she told me so.  She even let me hold her in the gym for a little bit... I let her sit and coddled her a bit, and then we talked about being the littlest one on the team and how that automatically makes you the toughest - you have to be (speaking from experience) - usually if someone's going to get hurt, its the flyer... we talked it over and she decided that she would finish out practice... thats my girl -she is tough yall... she looks fragile, but she is a force of nature when she wants to be.... so proud of her.

And thats our week so far.... :)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Whew... this weekend was exhausting!

Emma had a major cheer competition this weekend - Nationals in Atlanta, with around 1200 other teams... so you can imagine how crowded it was.

Emma's team had practice at 8:45 that night, so she rode with one of her teammates to Atlanta, and Daniel and I and the rest of the kids left at 3:45 when Daniel got out of school.... we got to the arena at 9:30, but they didnt get done practicing until 10:00... so I went in and waited and Daniel and the kids waited in the car.

And then we had to brave Atlanta traffic... so it took 45 minutes to get to our hotel 12 miles away... so yeah, we didnt get to bed until 11:45 or so.

And then we all had to be up at 5 AM (which counting for the time change going across state lines, is like 4 AM to our bodies).  Emma had to be at the arena at 6:30 and she performed at 8:28 and there were 13 teams in her division.  We got done around 10 and headed back to the hotel where we ate lunch and I took a small nap.

Then the fun started.... we got to meet up with some of our adoption travel buddies - one of the ladies who was in China at the same time with us lives in Atlanta, so we got to see her and her daughter again and meet the rest of her family!  We had a great time - they are wonderful people, and the kids had a blast.... going to see them was the highlight of our Atlanta trip, so we were so glad they were available that weekend.

We got to bed a little earlier that night - around 10... but had to do it all over and be up by 5 AM the next day again.... and Emma performed at 8:12, but awards werent until 10.  They got 8th place - there were some really amazing teams there and it NATIONals which means teams from all over the country, so 8th place in the whole country is pretty good in my book....

But not to Emma... she was completely heartbroken.... poor thing.... but I finally got her calmed down and even some girls from other teams came up and told her how good she did, which was just amazingly sweet.

So after two days of getting up at 5 AM and then going through all the work of performing and the emotions of awards, we were all done for... so we spent the rest of the day at the hotel where we ate lunch, swam in the indoor pool and just crashed in front of the tv.

So we went to Atlanta.... and pretty much did nothing touristy, but walked away having had a great time (thanks mostly to our friends!)

We got home yesterday... Daniel had to go in to work to make up for the snow day they missed last week, but the rest of us pretty much layed around and just rested.

Busy weekend, but good.... :)

Thursday, February 13, 2014


thought yall might like to see the snow we got yesterday - big huge chunks of snow falling out of the sky... we walked down the road in it and by the time we got back to the house, it had all but quit... it was fun while it lasted... :)

*sidenote: look how big the kids have gotten!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Guess I wasnt on as much of a roll as I thought I was...

Schools are closed today because it was supposed to be icy - I came into work at 6:30 and no ice... I think the schools around here are a little trigger happy when it comes to it though - we are so un-used to the cold so everyone gets a bit jumpy.... which means Daniel and all 4 kids are at home today - inside, all day.... Yeah, he's pretty great like that, for real.

This past weekend, Emma had a cheer competition - small, hometown kind of stuff (even though it was an hour away), so me and my mom went and cheered her on.... Her team was way better than the others in her division - her team even took home the grand champions of their level, which was about 20 teams or so.... and she loves it.  Im so glad too... being a shorty can be cute, but it can be brutal as you get older and turn into a teenager if you have nothing to cling to about yourself.

I love to watch her compete... maybe, maybe Im reliving my old glory days through her, but most of the time she doesnt mind... she does actually like to hang out with me - most of the time, which makes me think Im doing something right

This weekend is one of the biggest competitions that they will compete in... Im more nervous about the crowd than Emma cheering (and yes, she is a flyer!) because I know she will do amazingly well.  Thankfully, she is also an extravert and a complete social butterfly (which comes from her daddy, not me)... so Im looking forward to seeing her do great things.

Also, looking forward to seeing some friends this weekend that I havent seen in a while... yay!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Oh look, less than a week and Im writing a new post... maybe Im on a roll.

But I had to write because I need you to know something about me... something that may make you change your mind about me altogether...

I did not watch the super bowl halftime show....

Because I CANNOT STAND Bruno Mars.

There I said it.... cannot stand him - no, I do not think he is hot - at all.... every interview Ive seen of him, he has been the most arrogant person....

And yall... his voice is like a cheese grater on my eardrums... like my ears are bleeding.

His music is not allowed to be played in our house or cars.... I dont think my children would even recognize his face (much less his voice) since I cant stand him.... ugh

And Lordes - her voice is right up there with Bruno.... I just cant take it...


Ok, now that Ive gotten that out of my system... :)

Besides not watching the halftime show (on a sidenote: the Chili Peppers were given second billing?!!! what the what?).... I turned on Downton Abbey at 8:00 and watched that - which I gotta say, was probably a good decision (and how very unamerican of me).... poor Broncos

commercials werent really all that great either... I did like the Doritos time machine one... and the battery commercial about the deaf football player... :)

while Im on it... I also liked the Coke commercial with all the different languages - it was beautiful and swell with a bit of pride that our family is so diverse....

Anyway... :)


My lovely husband and children got to celebrate Chinese new year with some friends - who cooked a huge Chinese spread on Friday.... I got called last minute and had to skip out - but only because a soldier was coming home from Afghanistan for good to his pregnant wife and 18 month old son - and I got to be the one to take pics.... that opportunity doesnt come around often... I hate that I missed the huge Chinese feast and hanging out with friends, but I think they understood.

I didnt realize how crazy busy February was until I flipped the calendar page... goodness! 

Ok, thats all I got for now.... hope your week is good!