Thursday, August 28, 2014

L & A

As you can see, someone was not interested in taking pictures.  

I'm loving my days with these girls.  Now, we are not without major frustration and whining (all 3 of us are guilty of this some days,) but in general, these are pleasant ages.

Langley will just wake up on a random day and be so much more mature.  Or, her speech and communication will suddenly improve, or her motor skills will surprise me.  She asks me so many questions every day.  It's unreal.  I know it's normal.  But, holy moly, it is unreal how much she talks and how many questions she asks.  The child who didn't string more than 2 words together at almost 3 years old, will now not stop talking.  I've usually reached my first "question limit" by 8:30 am.  

Her thing today has been dressing her barbies and princess dolls.  Yesterday, she would have whined and asked me to fix their dress OR paid zero attention to them.  Today, she has dressed them all, fixed the hair,  and they are sitting on the couch with us, she never once asked me to help or got frustrated.

Aubrey is hilarious.  She's two.  She is my baby.  I'm really into soaking up the baby-ness with her.  Langley was a big sister at this age, so I missed a lot of this sweetness.  

Not to sound dramatic, but everything she says is adorable and precious.  She has a major lisp, but talks almost as clear as big sister.  She is sweet, happy, joyful, and excited about life - things I thought she may never be when we were in the middle of "the screaming."  She is still a great napper and sleeper, but I am more relaxed with her and if we get off schedule, she and Langley handle it pretty well!

These sisters are the best.  They are pretty different in personality, but their sisterly bond is already evident.  They drive me crazy, but bring me immeasurable joy.  I love it!

I told Langley to "make a face like Aubrey."

Monday, August 25, 2014

New (School) Year

It's New Year's Day here.  Our life revolves around an academic calendar, so WBC starts classes today and it might as well be Jan 1.

August is equal parts exciting and terrifying.  This year the weather has been awesomely in the 80's until the week of move in and then it remembered this is August and we've been in the 100 degree range for several days.

After 4 years of not working in student services and dealing with all things move in, it's still very strange for me to just be at the house when all the orientation and registration excitement is going on around me.

The girls have been good.  We've done well with Langley being at home instead of preschool.  It's definitely more of an effort to get out and find social interaction, but it's been nice.  She's started Awana again, and Aubrey will go this week.  Josh and I may go eat dinner while they are at church on Wednesdays.  Go ahead, judge us.

We are "helping" in college sunday school now (really just the token old people in there who will fill in when the Norvell's cant teach.)  Josh is still the FCA sponsor and I'm hosting a bible study for some FCA girls starting in a few weeks.  Langley starts dance after Labor Day, and we are going to have family breakfast each Friday morning.

After things gets rolling and we get past all the first days of registration, physicals, meetings, etc, we will find a groove and I think the year will be a good one.  We have 17 players.  That means 17 extra family members with all the needs and questions.

Over the summer we chose a family verse.  Colossians 1:17  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  

Happy Monday.  Cheers to 2014-15!

And if you haven't, go dump some water on your head and make a donation to the ALS charity of your choice so we can move on from this phenomenon and I can look at facebook without getting super annoyed.  Thanks.  Happy Monday. (We did it yesterday.)

Friday, August 15, 2014

This Week

  Scrambled eggs in an eggo waffle.  The "waffle taco." They think it's awesome.  

Oh my gosh, this picture looks like me as a baby - more than any picture of either of the girls ever has!  

I turned 32 and spent my days with these beauties! "The days are long but the years are short."  This is my life.

Saturday, August 9, 2014


We took a little field trip to Mammoth Springs today.  Had lunch and checked out the aquarium and nature center.  The girls loved all the fish!

Summer Fun at the Playground and Splash Pad

My goal is to get out of the house every day.  Just get out.  Something.  Sometimes we just go for a drive.

But, I did discover this awesome play ground and splash pad in Jonesboro. Totally worth the 35 minute drive.

They both had a blast!  Aubrey kept yelling "I did it!"  Langley's behavior this day was great - no fits when I told her it was time to go!

Summer Fun at Home

We've been doing our best out here.  Trying to stay entertained.  Mommy trying to stay sane.

Some days are better than others!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

End of the Preschool Era

Langley's last day of preschool was Monday, July 21.  It was very bittersweet.  The school changed their policies and will now only have full time students.  We just don't need or want a full time program, so she will be home every day until Kindergarten next year.  A little scary.  Her preschool was such a blessing during the past 2 years.  It was so needed for that season of life.  Now, I feel like we can soak up more time with her and have a little more flexibility until she starts school next year.

I've already enrolled her in dance and have started a list of things we can do when I'm completely losing my mind. Ha!  We will work on some "academic" stuff.  We will try.  I really am looking forward to the year with her at home.

I was sad because I know she misses her friends at school and teachers who have loved her so well for the past 2 years.  But, as I told her, we will see some of them at church and around town and at soccer or tball.  So, here's to a new adventure for the 2014-2015 year!

These were taken on her last day.  It was also pajama day at school, so she definitely ended on a positive note.