Friday, September 29, 2017


It is so hard to believe how quickly this year has flown by!
I feel like just yesterday I was crying that my baby was going into Preschool and today I'm crying because my baby is graduating from Preschool!  They weren't kidding when they said the years go by quickly once your kids reach school age.

Norah was a nervous wreck!
I spent the entire graduation wondering if she was going to keep her lunch down.
She didn't smile and she was as pale as a ghost.
And, forget about the songs her class sang.
For the performer she is at home, you would never believe it with how terrified she was to be in front of all of the parents today.

The teachers threw the kids a little farewell party in the classroom with yummy cake and lots of hugs.  
Norah's teachers were fantastic!!!  We just ADORE them!!!
So much so that when it came time for Brad to leave for school, they were a major deciding factor on us staying behind to let Norah finish the school year.  They are such a big part of her life that I was terrified to tear her away from that.  And, when I looked at her teacher getting all of the kids in their place at their graduation ceremony, and saw her holding back tears, I couldn't help but shed a few myself.  They will forever hold such a special place in my heart because I know they love Norah & I hope she always carries their compassion and patience through the rest of her life!
I cried today, a little bit because my baby is growing up, but a lot more because I know this chapter is coming to a close.  We are saying goodbye to these amazing people that helped my baby grow & this amazing place that we so easily called home!

Thursday, September 28, 2017


My birthday is never a big deal because it's just me & the girls every year & this year Norah was in school, 
so we didn't go out and enjoy the day like previous years.
My day consisted of coffee & baby snuggles, driving around town like a mad woman getting cake {because it's not a birthday without cake},
 and taking Norah to and from school.
But, from a million miles away, Brad arranged for my BFF to watch the girls the night of my birthday & sent me off for a 2 hour massage!!  
I got back to pick up the girls and my BFF baked me a cake!!
She is really the best friend a girl could ask for!!  I miss her like crazy!
So, of course we ate her yummy, homemade cake, & the following night, we had the Nothing Bundt Cake for dessert!
Piper LOVED singing Happy Birthday and the girls helped me blow out my birthday candles & I made the best wish to date!
Who said birthdays only had to be one day??


I miss our itty bitty Texas back yard that was fenced in and I could just send the girls out to play!
It was a typical Texas May day... the pools weren't open quite yet, but we weren't going to let that stop us from having some water fun.
Piper stripped off her bottoms and Norah insisted on wearing her new bathing suit that she got from her Aunt Jenni & family for her birthday.  They broke out in dance when Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off" came on Pandora and gave themselves a makeshift tubby in the galvanized tubs.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


We had the girls birthday party a little late this year since their birthdays fell on the same week as Easter.  Norah got to invite her entire pre-school class, which she was extra excited about
&, of course, our Navy family never disappoints!
But, go figure, we picked the coldest day of the spring.
Everyone showed up in winter coats or sweatshirts.
It was so cold, I wasn't sure we were still going to have their party since I didn't plan for an indoor event, but everyone was a trooper and made the girls feel extra special going into another year!  And boy were they spoiled with gifts!!!  We were up to our necks in tissue paper after unwrapping everything!
Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for coming out and loving on our kiddos!!!


Norah went on her first field trip today with her preschool class.
This was her first bus ride, too!
She was sooooo excited to get to ride on the bus, but unfortunately, Piper and I had to follow along in the car.  We had one nervous girl on our hands when we dropped her off at school, but, luckily, she was placed on the same bus as her best friend and her teacher, which helped to calm her nerves.
Norah's class had worked so hard on making t-shirts using their hand prints for each of the animals at the zoo {it's one for the memory box}.
When we first arrived, the girls piled onto the train for a ride around the zoo.  It was my favorite part next to seeing the giraffe.  Norah, of course, loved the flamingos most!  They are her favorite animal of all time.
This zoo was the perfect size for the little legs of a preschool class.  They got their own presentation on different reptiles and had a scavenger hunt to find all of the animals in their booklet.
Norah LOVED this field trip.
She talked about riding on the bus for weeks, if not months.
It was a fun last big hoorah of the school year.


Easter was very low key this year.
Norah is quick to rise on special days which meant we were waking Daddy extra early over in Florida to watch the girls open their baskets.
The Easter Bunny filled their baskets with Troll themed candy and Peppa Pig & Play Doh.  The girls were thrilled!
The Easter Bunny even brought Daddy an egg sandwich maker for hotel living!
And, of course, it wouldn't be Easter without an Easter egg hunt in the back yard & some side walk chalk fun!

Friday, July 21, 2017


Piper turned 2 the day before Easter this year!!
Which meant nothing more than a day full of activities for the birthday girl!
Our neighborhood had their annual Easter Egg Hunt and festivities, so of course we met our neighbors and took part in all of the fun!

Piper woke up on her birthday with big smiles!
She has become a much happier kid in the past couple of months...
...they call them the terrible 2s, but 2 has been my favorite year for both of our kiddos.  Don't get me wrong... she's still super emotional and has her tough moments, but she seems to be learning a lot of coping skills lately.

It just so happened Piper's birthday was the day April the Giraffe was delivering her baby... remember April the Giraffe?  The famous giraffe that was pregnant for ages and everyone really wondered if she was pregnant or if the zoo just made it up to get everyone's mind off of difficult political times?!  Yeah, she had her baby... I didn't follow her throughout her pregnancy with the exception of friends posting on social media, but I was intrigued {for lack of a better term} by the actual delivery.  Her picture made the "hour-by-hour" photo project I did for each of the girls this year.

We ventured out, just the three of us, to the Easter Egg Hunt in the morning & since this is the first one Piper has had the chance to participate in, there was a slew of emotions for her.  It was a lot for her to handle.  She gets overwhelmed by big to dos, and quite honestly, so do I.  But, she made out like a champ!
Norah moved up a level this year and was the youngest of the older group.  There were a million eggs in front of her to grab, but for some reason she kept running towards the back with the rest of the crowd.  She was pretty disappointed in her collection, but she still made out.
The girls enjoyed getting their face painted and balloon bracelets.
Piper's day was all about flowers.
I didn't think she would take to having her face painted, so the woman suggested her arm.  Piper was so patient while she painted her art.  Is this my child??
We took the girls in to sit on the Easter Bunny's lap.
Piper was excited from afar, but once she was close, she showed every ounce of concern.  I was shocked to see Norah so open to being near him.  She, too, used to hate anything in a costume.  She's growing up so fast!

After a day of fun, we came home so Piper could nap and I could finish frosting her cake.
And then the real fun began!
Cake and presents while we Facetimed with Daddy!
Piper is a lover of all things Peppa Pig!
She could not withhold her excitement when she opened Grandpa Pig's boat.
I was curious to see how Norah handled it being Piper's day to open presents and, needless to say, it went a lot like last year.  Oh, the tough life of a 5 year old. :(

And, to close the night out, I had forgotten that Brad recorded a special birthday video for each of the girls while he was away, so I played it for Piper and she was all smiles!
She loves her Daddy!
She was so little when he left that I'm sure this entire trip has been so confusing for her, but when she does come around and realizes just how much she adores him, it is the sweetest moments full of making hearts with her hands and blowing kisses at the screen.