Sunday, April 27, 2014

My Blog is Not Dead :-)

Hey, y'all!  Clearly I've gotten a little too comfortable with letting my blog go a little longer than usual for an update.  Two months -- wow! I never planned to go that long, but life kinda gets in the way sometimes.  But I'm back to tell a lot of what happened during that time through these posts:
  1. Spring Break and Time with Family
  2. Easter Egg Hunts
  3. My Hair
  4. Spring Pics
  5. A Trip to LA
In between all of that (and despite the fact that I hadn't blogged at all), I still take tons of every day pictures of M.  Let's not talk about how my iCloud storage is outta control (too many pics and videos)!

Here's a little bit of our every day:

As soon as the weather showed signs of spring, we darted outdoors.  Parks.

Scooter rides through the neighborhood.

Bubbles and baseball in the yard.

Drawing on the driveway (I adore her little drawings).

A bird singing!  And her sweet little toes in the corner!

Acting silly, trying to block the picture. She has a mole on her lip, and this is a rare picture where you can actually see it.

More park fun.

When she's had a good week at school (we're still having social butterfly/talk-too-much issues), we take her to eat her favorite meal: orange chicken and noddles at the mall - ha!

We met up with my sister-in-law for dinner one Friday night.

And I got some of this. Apple Pie A La Cold Stone mix, of course. Best. Stuff. Ever.

She's still obsessed with reading and is doing so well. I can't wait to do the summer reading program with her this year!

One day at our favorite chicken finger store.

Went to the children's museum a couple of times.

Ice cream in the park (played so hard that day she ripped her pants).

More park time after church one day.

There was face-painting in the park that day, too.

And this picture was from just last week.  She loves "colorful cookies" from the cookie store in the mall, so that's another treat she gets for having a great week at school.

So we've been good around here. Busy. Loving the spring, but not looking forward to the round of storms that's supposed to come through here this week.  I pray that all of you in the storm's path stay safe.  We are as prepared as we can be around here. 

Love you all, and hope that life is being good to you! Maybe I'll post again before summer. ;-) But until then, check out my other posts of what we've been up to (links at the beginning of this post).


Family, Spring Break, and First Missing Tooth

We've been able to spend time with family recently. We stayed home for Spring Break this year, and M's cousins came and spent a few days with us. I'm so glad because it's been so long since we've had this little trio all at once. Love my nieces!

We did plenty that week: children's museum, jumpy house place, and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine at the park.  

Also, you can kinda see from this picture, that M lost her first tooth!  Sorta. One of her bottom teeth started to peek out before the baby tooth fell out.  And then that sucker started growing in. Of course as a mother, I kinda worried that my baby's teeth would grow in all weird (like mine did!). But then I consulted "Dr. Google" and her actual dentist and learned that what was happening was far more common that I thought.  He said to bring her in a few weeks if that baby tooth didn't budge.  After it didn't, we took her to get the baby tooth pulled. It was drama-free (no pain), and she was pretty proud.  And just like the dentist promised, that new tooth is already finding its way to its rightful location.

My nieces are really growing up.  

Which is a little bit sad because I know that means soon they won't care to come stay with M and Auntie Gerri. They'll be at the age where there will be far "more important things" going on in their lives. Time, please slow down!

The last time we went to the jumpy house place, M was too little for the go-karts.  This year, she barely made the height cut-off.  My baby was driving that thing! It was adorable because she was so slow and careful. I'm wishing hard that she'll be the same type of driver 10 years from now!

This was a hot mess.  Neither of the three was a fan of the rock climbing wall. Hilarious!


The girls had a blast, and I'm so glad we could see them a few days over Spring Break. Having them over was a great distraction for me, too, as my younger cousin (19 years old) was sick at the time. The doctors feared it was cancer, and kept him that week until they ruled it out. I've mentioned a time or two how cancer had miraculously yet to affect my family directly.  Never in a million years did I think our first close-call would be through my baby cousin (yes, he's 19, but he's one of the last he'll always be a baby to me).

My family was a nervous wreck that week -- lots of praying going on.  I've always been very logical/realistic, so I knew the unthinkable could actually happen. I was ready to be there for my folks and be sure they never lost sight of the fact that cancer is not a death sentence. That there were possibly options and treatments that could heal him. And while I really felt that way, and despite the fact that I feel like I'm a pretty "strong" person, I don't think my "tough" heart was ready to see my baby cousin battle cancer. Or to see my family so brokenhearted. Thank God his biopsy was negative, and his condition is less serious. THANK GOD. 

On a completely different note and because of a different medical situation, Danny's great uncle recently passed away. My heart broke for the family -- especially his wife and daughter.  We made the trip to Raleigh to spend some time with them.

I'm so glad M got a chance to know Uncle C before he passed. She's actually taken the trip to Raleigh a few times with my mother- and father-in-law (she's actually been there more times than I have).  So while her memories of him may become vague as she gets older, I'm just glad they will be there. And I know Cousin C (Uncle C's daughter) has some picture of M with Uncle C from one of her visits there. 

While we were in Raleigh this time, M spent some time with relatives she met on her last trip. She and J (the boy) are about the same age, and played the last time she was in Raleigh.

Uncle C and Auntie S live in downtown Raleigh, so we were able to actually walk to Marbles Kids Museum while we were there.  It wasn't M's first time going, but you couldn't tell that.  She loved that place.

Pretending to be Elsa...of course. 

We've been to several children's museums in different states, and this one is the best hands down.  A pretty cool place.

I hate that we were in Raleigh under the circumstances, but are glad we were able to spend time with family we don't see often.

All of this -- Spring Break, medical scare, Uncle C/Raleigh, missing tooth -- all happened in March.  Quite an up-and-down month.

Easter Egg Hunts

This year we did two Easter egg hunts -- one with family, and one with our neighborhood. My aunt's grandkids were all in town, so she invited M and my nieces over to share in the fun. There were hotdogs, hamburgers, cake, and ice cream - my kinda Easter egg hunt!


The next day we went to our neighborhood Easter egg hunt.  They had popcorn, cotton candy, the Easter Bunny, music, etc. Of course M was more interested in the cotton candy than anything. 

M ran into one of her school friends, who we didn't even know lived in the neighborhood. They held hands and helped each other open candy and stuff the whole time.

M fed her slight dandelion obsession on the way home. 
My mom was here to share in the fun, too.

She snapped this pic of M and me on our walk back home. I love this picture because it shows what M often does when I wear a dress: pull on it, which usually annoys me like crazy.  But looking at this picture, I know I will one day miss these sweet days!

Stuff I Talk About

2011 30 day shred age update AKA animals anniversary appreciation aquarium around the house art museum Atlanta baby/toddler sleep issues baking bama football beach birthday birthday party blog awards blog buddies blogher books camping causes celebrations celebrities cheer days childhood children's museum children's theater Christmas christmas card class reunion college days concert conference cousins crafts dance date night dating days deals decluttering dentist Disney dk easter engagement facebook faith fall fun family family fun fashion father's day favorite blogs field trip field trips football friday flashback friends fun event funny pic Gaylord Opryland genealogy girl scouts goals god grad school grateful graves' disease Halloween health holidays Hollywood honeymoon instagram Iron Bowl key west kindermusik learning letter to my daughter library Los Angeles m me miami mlk day morgan is three museum Nashville national championship game natural hair nature new look new orleans New Years nyc out on the town parks parties phone fun pinterest play days at home playdate playground action pregnancy professional development Race for the Cure raleigh ramblings reading Recipes relay for life school program shows singing skating snow soccer social networking sorority spring break spring fun stress summer summer fun summer reading summer to do list teacher life technical difficulties terrible twos Thanksgiving the girls the park theme park thomas and friends three thyroid tragedy trains traveling tricycle trips twitter valentine's day video walk for autism water play we love being outside wedding wordless wednesday work wrapup Yo Gabba Gabba zoo
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