Monday, July 1, 2013

Dance Recital 2013

Wow... I cannot believe it's been so long since I blogged... I feel like I have tons to catch up on... little by little.... 

Avery had her second dance recital in May.  I must say that I love having a little girl who takes dance class.  I love the tights and the leotards and the crazy rush that you are in to fix hair and makeup and have her look just perfect to be on stage with 10 other girls for 2 minutes.  I love it.... every. last. second.  This year she danced ballet to a very soft Japanese themed song and tap was "It's a Small World."
 She has made so many sweet friends in dance class.  Growing up, the majority of my friends took dance, and we had such an amazing time together.  I hope and pray that Avery can have those same relationships.
I have to say... the day she tells me she doesn't want to dance anymore, I will be mortified.  I won't make her continue just because I love it though... but I will be mortified.
 And I love this lady.  Kim Jenkins was such an inspiration in my life.  I cannot even begin to express how wonderful this woman is.  She has many jewels earned for her crown one day.  I love her and so does Avery.

 And of course, lots of family to come watch the Tiny Dancer :o)
Avery-- I am so proud of the tiny dancer you have become... 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Memories, Dreams, & Reflections 2012

1. Me! – picture of yourself (you don’t have to show your face). What are you most proud of accomplishing in 2012?  
*Avery took this picture... I'm most proud of remodeling our living room and learning to not sweat the small things anymore... a messy living room with toys everywhere really isn't all hat bad   :)*

2. I Love You – picture of your husband, boyfriend, children, pets, etc.
*I love this guy so much.*

3. Still Laughing… – a moment you’re still laughing about now.
*Avery loves water and she is always splashing and laughing in the water.*

4. Winter Wonderland – a picture that reflects Winter.
*It really doesn't look like winter here in East TN... it feels like it because it is so cold some days.. this is as wintery as it gets right now.*

5. Birthday – share a birthday picture (your own or someone you love).
*My girl's 4th birthday was a pirate party*

6. Friends – a picture with friends (this could be your friends or your children with their friends).
*Avery with her buddies Chloe and Colton*

7. I Was Inspired… – could be a picture of your inspiration (person or thing), or inspired by…
*We were inspired to remodel our much needed living room when our heat pump died and our hot water busted... we are LOVING IT!!!*

8. Spring Fever – a picture that reflects Spring.
*Nothing reminds me of Spring more than dressing up for Easter!*

9. Travel or Vacation – a picture taken on vacation or on a recent travel experience…even if it was only a few miles away.
*Myrtle Beach... we LOVE the beach!*

10. Summer Days – a picture that reflects Summer.
*She would live in a bathing suit and a tub of water in the summer.*

11. A Day In My Life – a picture of a typical day in your life.
*This. is. my. life.*

12. All Smiles – a picture that makes you smile or of smiling faces.
*This girl is always full of smiles and silliness.*

13. Autumn Harvest – a picture that reflects Autumn/Fall.
*Loved this day at Allandale Mansion!*

14. Family or Home – a picture of your family or a picture that represents family/home for you.
*This is home for me... my sweet girl.. my crazy husband.. my two bros... and me with no make up on.*

15. Celebrate! – a picture that reflects a celebration.
*My sweet family threw me a birthday party!*

16. Let’s Do It Again… – a picture of something you’d like to do again soon.
*I cannot wait to go fishing this spring again!!!*

17. I Miss You – a picture of someone or something you really miss.
*I miss the beach :(  *

18. Beautiful – a picture of someone or something you find beautiful.
*I thought she looked so pretty all dolled up for her dance recital!*

19. Dress Up – this might be a picture from Halloween or not…but someone who is all dressed up!
*We love Halloween!*

20. Macro – share your favorite macro or close-up image.
*Probably one of my only macro shots this year... my brother and sister-in-laws wedding rings!*

21. Holidays – a picture from the Holiday of your choice.
*We waited three long hours to see this Santa... and he was worth every minute!*

22. My Favorite – share your favorite picture or memory from 2012.
*I really think this is one of my favorite pictures from 2012... I love this!!!*

23. Don’t Ever Change – something you love about yourself, someone, or something that you never want to change.
*She has such a fun personality and I never want her to lose that... ever!*

24. Just Because…So There! – share any picture(s) that you really want to share, but doesn’t fit in any other category.
*Daddy says "Go Cats"  Mommy says "Go Vols"  :)

25. Hopes and Dreams – share what you hope to come or dream for 2013. Feel free to share an image of your choice. 
*My hopes for 2013 are that we have a great year.  I'm really hoping that we don't encounter any more home or car issues.  I want to have fun and make lots of memories.  I love how much fun she is having in the Santa picture here.  I want 2013 to be magical!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas party at Preschool

I haven't been able to be as involved in Preschool this year as I have been in the past because of my new job.  I work more days of the week and it seems like I'm always working on her preschool days.  It  kind of makes me sad but I'm so grateful I can still attend her parties and stuff.  I'm also so so very thankful for a Grandmother who is amazing and keeps my Willis for me and relays all the information to me from preschool.

I was so so excited for her Christmas party at school.  I'm pretty sure I was more excited than Avery was!  She is quite the little character these days and as soon as we walked out of the house to get into the car, she yells "PICTURE TIME!"  I've trained her well... and she struck this pose all by herself.
 Her teachers are the two sweetest ladies ever.  I love these ladies, I really do.  I cannot ever express my gratitude to them for being so good and loving to my girl.  I will miss them so so much next year.  The kids were so sweet also, we ate, Santa came, the kids sang, and exchanged gifts... the perfect little party.
 I took this picture of Avery with Santa Claus and I doctored it up once we got home.  I am in love.  No joke.  I am completely in love with how happy and innocent she is.  She was so proud and excited to sit on his lap and let him know that she wanted a Furby.  Well... my sweet Avery... I think you are a bit young for a Furby but Santa will not disappoint this year... I cannot wait until you see it!
 And the first thing she asked to do when we got home was to take a picture with her brothers.  We took them out to potty and she sat right down and posed perfectly.  She's perfect.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Santa Claus is coming to town...

We traveled to Knoxville this year to visit Santa Claus.  We were slightly crazy and picked 2 weekends before Christmas to go.  We stopped by P.F. Chang's first and ate for Mike's birthday.
We got to the mall and Santa was away for "milk and cookies"... we imagined we'd wait about an hour... boy were we wrong... 3 long hours later we wended up with these two sweet pictures!  Santa was so good with the kids and they got to spend a lot of time with him.  This is this particular Santa's last year... he's retiring :(  And you may be asking what she asked him for?  A Furby.  
 And just for fun... here's a comparison of the 5 years we have been to see Santa.