October 28, 2011

I broke a nail while typing this post

I haven’t been blogging much lately because I don’t feel like I have anything interesting to tell the world. But one day, years from now, I will look back on October of 2011 and think, “What on earth were we doing?” So, for my future self, here’s what life has been like lately:

- Steven has become very interested in baseball this season. He went to 2 Texas Rangers games with Steve, Uncle Joe and Grandpa this year. Then the Rangers made it to the World Series. Tonight is Game 7 and Steven has made it through 7 innings of the Rangers stinking it up and hasn’t lost interest, yet. It’s pretty impressive how his attention span has grown. I’ve totally lost interest.

- Gabby and I went for a walk around the neighborhood tonight. One of her favorite activities is walking with me and “our babies.” She pushes her stroller with her Build-a-Bear Doggie in it, while I push Jack in my stroller. For the entire length of our walk, she tells me about her baby and her little pretend family. Tonight, she was pushing her 2-year-old daughter, Angela who loves Monster’s Inc and pizza. She has another baby in her belly, her older son, Steven is 15 and plays basketball for the UT Longhorns and scores 100 points because he’s really good. Her husband, Steve works at a place where he makes soup for a living and they have a kitty. I pretty much love listening to her little make believe life.

- Jack has recently started speaking in full sentences. Yesterday, he was coloring with a friend and I noticed marker on his face and asked him if he colored on his skin (which he knows is naughty). He said, “No, that boy colored on my forehead.” I was pretty impressed with the complete 8-word sentence. Understanding all of his words is sometimes challenging but very entertaining.

- Earlier this month, I spent a week in McKinney for the first week of my new niece, McKenna’s life. It was such a great week spent holding sweet McKenna, playing with Nolan and spending time with both of my wonderful sisters. It was the first time I was away from the kids for that long. Steve was a wonderful stay-at-home-dad for the week. And the welcome I received on coming home made me feel pretty appreciated and loved – it was great.

- Our house has been on the market for 6 days. We’ve had 2 showings so far – both the same person. I just really hope we will get some more traffic through here soon. We want to sell before it’s time to head out in January.

- Having a house that needs to always be show-ready during the day in case of that last minute call from a realtor wanting to show it is exhausting.

- Steve woke up yesterday with water on the knee. It was random and we don’t know what caused it, but I find it intriguing. His knee cap seems to just be floating around in this giant pool of fluid in his leg. I looked videos up on YouTube of people having the fluid drained. It was disgusting…and awesome. I hope that if he has to have it drained I get to watch.

Okay, future me, I think I covered us all….and now you’re all caught up!

October 7, 2011


My sweet little Gabby-girl is 4 years old today!

I asked Gabby for a few of her favorite things. Here they are:

Favorite song: My God is so Big, so Strong and so Mighty
Favorite Book: Charlotte's Web
Favorite Movie: The Little Mermaid (which she has never seen)
Favorite color: PINK PINK PINK
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Drink: White Milk
Favorite Person: Aunt Holly and Uncle Joe and Nolan
Favorite pastime: Coloring
Favorite outside activity: Play soccer
Favorite TV Show: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Favorite outfit: Pink Dresses
Favorite hairstyle: 2 french braids
Favorite dessert: Cookies and brownies and ice cream
Favorite restaurant: Mr Gatti's

After I asked her all of these favorites, she went on to tell me the following on her own:
Could you ask me what is my favorite toy?
Favorite toy: My baby dolls
I like slides at the playground
See-saws at the playground
And I like swings at the playground
And monkey bars
And the tire swing
(looking at the screen) Wow, that's a lot.
And I like rock walls
I love God and Mommy and Daddy and Jack-Jack and Steven
I really like to have snacks and play video games
I like to play with Steven

Gabby spends about 75% of her awake at home time sitting at the dining table coloring. Just coloring.
She still sucks her thumb, which we are about to start trying to break her of. She does not know this yet.
Her requests for her birthday this year included:
A pink princess cake
A pink Dress
A pink Sword
Playing and pizza at Mr Gatti's

At age 4 Gabby knows what she likes and what she doesn't. She has amazing thoughts and ideas about things and is very creative. She is quite clever and very messy. She sings all the time and still takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours naps most days.
We love her so much and are so thankful for these 4 years we've had with her. God gave us so much when he gave us our Gabby-girl.

Happy Birthday, Baby!