Tuesday, August 19, 2014

First Trip to the Beach

 Back in May, we took a trip down to Corpus.  Presley has been dying to see the beach, so we made sure to take the kids for the afternoon.  They loved it! Enjoy the pics below of Presley and Beckett's first trip to the beach!

I don't feel right about posting these pictures of us having fun at the beach, without mentioning why we went to corpus in the first place.  

At 10:37 am, on Saturday, March 22, 2014, a mudslide occurred in Oso, Washington. It engulfed 49 homes and killed 43 people.  Among those 43 were my Aunt Theresa Harris and Uncle Steve Harris.
We went to Corpus in May to attend their memorial in the same church they were married in 30 years earlier.  It was a beautiful ceremony for two very beautiful souls.  They were dearly loved and will be missed.

Rest in peace, Aunt Theresa and Uncle Steve.
We will see you again one day. 
Love you.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ballet Recital

Presley did another awesome job at her dance recital this year.  She danced to "A Whole New World" and was the sweetest little princess on that stage.

This was her last year of dance for a while.  Once kindergarten starts, we won't have much time for after school activities.  I've so loved watching her do ballet and tap. Hopefully, once she is able to do more after school, she will want to get back into ballet.
I'm so proud of my little ballerina.  She truly shines on the stage!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Mother's Day Tea

Presley's teacher had a Mother's Day Tea for all the moms in her class.  They had been preparing for it for weeks and it was so special! When I walked in Pres ran up to me and said "Welcome to your party, Mommy!  What can I get you to drink?" 

 I told her that I wanted whatever she wanted to drink and her reply was "Oh no, Mommy.  This party isn't for me, it's for you.  You can pick whatever you want."  
You could really tell that they had been practicing what to say and it was so dang cute!

We each had our own place setting complete with a picture, hand print, and a mason jar labeled just for us!


 The kids were in charge of serving us.  Her teacher had made cute little finger sandwiches, mini pastries, and big bowl of fruit.  It was so sweet!


 After we ate, we got to play a game.  A couple days before the party, Mrs. Benge had all the kids answer some questions about their mom and she wrote them down and had them laminated. At the party, she read each one aloud and we had to guess which mom it was about.
Here's the one that Presley answered about me!

 The last one kind of gave it away :)

After the game, we watched a slideshow her teacher had put together.  It was from pictures she had been taking all year long.  She put it to music and it was just a giant cry fest in that room.  It was so sweet and sad all at the same time.  I just couldn't believe how fast my little baby was growing up.

After we all dried our eyes and wiped away the mascara running down our faces, she gave us our final present.  Each kid had made their mom a key chain.  I love it and I'm never taking it off my keys...ever!

  I'm so thankful that I get to be a mom.  
Presley put so much hard work into making this a great party for me.  I feel like the luckiest mom in the world!!!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Planning Ahead

I can't believe I'm saying this, but we've started to plan for Presley's wedding.
I know, I know...it sounds ridiculous...but let me explain. 

A few years ago, I found a link on Pinterest of other ways to use your wedding dress.  Mine has been sitting in a closet for 13+ years (with a huge stain on the front from...I have know clue what) and I was at a loss for what to do.  I came across a site that said to take your wedding dress, photograph your little girl in it, then display it at her wedding.  The precious picture they showed of this little blonde haired girl in her mother's dress was so cute.  I instantly knew I wanted to do this with Pres!  But she was only 2 at the time and would never agree to such a thing. 

 But a few weeks ago, she asked me a bunch of questions about getting married "What do you wear? Who will I marry?  When do I get married?".  My first thought was to lay the whole "You won't marry anyone until you finish medical school, young lady!" speech on her.  But I chose a different approach. I showed her my wedding dress and, to the best of my ability, answered all her questions.  I knew that this was the perfect opportunity to get those pictures I so badly wanted.  So...with Beckett running around creating a mini tornado of toys in the background, we went back into her room and got a few great shots. 

 When it comes time for me to actually display these at her wedding, I will need a few tranquilizers, and few drinks, and a few boxes of tissues to get me through it. But I will be so happy I have these precious moments of my sweet princess captured forever!

Below are the pictures of  my sweet little Presley wearing the same dress I wore when I married her Daddy!
 I thought I looked pretty when I wore it, but I don't even compare to this beauty!!!

 *Side note: The bouquet she's holding is the one Blaine made for my bridal portraits.  I had the great idea to save money and not buy a real bouquet, but instead make my own.  I went to Hobby Lobby and bought some silk flowers.  I spend all night trying to copy this perfect flower bouquet I had seen in a bridal magazine.  Blaine saw how frustrated I was getting and when I was just at the point of tears, sat with me while I showed him what I was trying to do.  In the end, we found a movie on tv and he sat on the floor and made this bouquet for me.  It was perfect and I used it in my portraits and saved it all these years.  I absolutely love that Pres is holding it in the pictures!

Just for fun, here are a few of my bridal portraits from 2001. 


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Easter Fun 2014

Even though Becks was sick for Easter, we still managed to get a few fun Easter activities in this year. Beckett really wasn't up for much, but Presley was super excited about Easter. While Beckett took one of many much needed naps, Pres and I made Easter/spring cookies!

And that night (after Becks went to bed) we dyed our Easter eggs!

After setting out our baskets and carrots, Pres asked if she could leave the Easter Bunny a little note.

And off to bed!

When we woke up the next morning, the Easter Bunny had left us some fun surprises!

Presley woke up before Beckett, so she started going through her basket first.

 Becks finally woke up and quickly got in on the fun too.

 Easter egg hunt time!


 Happy Easter!