Sunday, August 12, 2018

Bid Day 2018!

Ahhhhh….one of my favorite times of the year! The day we get to see the beautiful new girls that we’ve worked so hard to get during recruitment! I don’t miss the prep…but I miss the feeling of watching the girls run to us with such excitement and joy! This is also the 3rd time I’ve taken Chandler to the festivities and she. loves. it.

On the first day of recruitment we sent the girls this sweet little message…

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The girls help babysit her so of course they teach her all the ways of Alpha Delta Pi. The songs, chants and of course the hand sign!

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This picture is probably my most favorite thing in the world. I want so badly for her to love these letters as much as I do when she’s older. She loves them now, so hopefully she will when she grows up and I can share this with her forever.

It took what seemed like hours to get her to cooperate. There were some women watching me wrestle with her and approached me afterward saying, “You’ll be so thankful you have those one day.” It almost made me tear up because that’s my wish. (Obviously if she choses not to be an ADPi I would still support her, but……Winking smile)

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Some of her favorite girls! They babysit her occasionally and she thinks they hung the moon. Taryn (left) and Meredith (right) have helped perfect her diamond throwing

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This year the girls rented a snow cone truck and it was a huge success. Alabama is extremely humid in August and this was a great treat on a hot afternoon!

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Another favorite! My goal is to recreate this every year (if she’ll let me!)

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Look at how much she’s changed! My sweet, happy girl!

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This bench was placed in honor of my dear friend and sister, Cynthia. She died unexpectedly during our sophomore year and I miss her terribly. It does my heart good to have this beautiful picture. She would have loved my babies so much! She was truly the best person ever!

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All our beautiful new Alphas!

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Welcome to The First & The Finest girls! Congratulations!

Friday, August 10, 2018

First Day of 3rd Grade

I’m gonna go cry now…my baby is 8 years old and a 3rd grader……(que the sighs and whining)

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This boy is the sweetest, most kind child I know. I’m proud to be his mama

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Of course squirt wanted a “pitur” too

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The kids were greeted by the Troy University mascot T-Roy, cheerleaders and football players on their first day of school!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Meet The Teacher

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…I was 100% ready for school to start. We (I) need routine at my house. With my second semester of RN school starting we have to have structure or I’ll lose my mind.

We started off with Meet The Teacher! Landon, now in 3rd grade has to change classes, and has 2 teachers! We went to introduce ourselves and turn in our school supplies.

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These are probably some of my favorite teacher gifts I’ve made. Everything is from Target Dollar Spot and I added vinyl. They were a HUGE hit and I’m so glad I found them!

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We visited our homeroom teacher first. This is his first year teaching and is AMAZING. He was so excited about his gifts. He has been such a joy and adores my baby boy!

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His second teacher is Mrs. Evans. I have known her since I moved to Alabama. She was my neighbor for a good 4-5 years. I’d hoped she would have been one of Landon’s teachers.

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We also got some hugs from our principal, Mrs. Sims.

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We were also so excited to find out that Easton was in our homeroom! I love watching these babies grow up together!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Ice Scream, You Scream!

I LOVE party planning! I’m a local alumni for my sorority so the association threw them an ice cream social for working so hard during spirit week (the week before recruitment). I went to my favorite store…Hobby Lobby to get supplies. Our colors are baby blue and white but I added in some gold and pink.

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I honestly try not to go overboard with d├ęcor. But I wanted to have our colors and some cute little things for the toppings. I used my silhouette cameo to cut all the vinyl for the signs.

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I work a lot but fortunately I am able to bring things to do to one of my jobs so I was able to get all the labels applied to the signs before the event. I got so many complements and I thought it was precious!

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It turned out cuter than I’d hoped it would! The girls had a great time! I also know a little legacy that thought she was big stuff hanging out with the “cowege giwels” as she calls them! Here she is with the new letters my hubby built for recruitment!

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

A Weekend With Family

Thankfully (I hope no teachers shoot me) this summer is winding down and we’re getting ready for school to start back. We (I) NEED routine at our house. We (I) have been going crazy trying to keep babysitters when Landon’s summer day camp finished. Why they stop it 2 weeks before school starts is beyond me. But that’s another soap box rant for another day. I LOVE some of the babysitters we have. But sadly, they’re not always available. But when they are they completely spoil my babies!

Miss Meredith took Landon to lunch and then to see Hotel Transylvania 3. He absolutely adores her and so do I.

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My grandparents, aunt and cousins planned a visit on their way to the beach. We were so excited to spend a day of shopping with Mimi. We saw the fish at the pet store, ate lunch at Chili’s and went to C’s three-year-old check up.

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These kiddos also talked Mimi into a trip to the Target toy section. Landon picked out a set of cars from the Cars Movies and Chandler picked out a Melissa & Doug ice cream scoop set. I think the grown ups had more fun with it than she did Winking smile

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Once my aunt and cousins arrived we had another small family party with Mexican food and more cake and ice cream. We also went to see Mama Mia 2 earlier in the day. It was AMAZING. Definitely take some tissues.

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Little sister was all partied out by the time we got home! The next morning we were heading to the beach!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

My Littlest Love Is Three

It seems like just yesterday this little fireball came crashing into our lives. I definitely do not remember life before her. Wait…yes I do…because she has kept me on my toes every since! But I wouldn’t trade it for the world. She is full of sass and all kinds of prissy. She loves to put on “mat-up” and “get wedy” at her little vanity. She loves having her toenails polished and getting her hair fixed. She loves to wear dresses and twirls in them all day long. Little Mermaid and Rapunzel are her favorite Disney princesses and she (just like mommy) could watch Disney movies all day long. She is always ready to help me “water the fwowers” and adores her brother. (Even thought she’s mean to him)

On her actual birthday we had a small princess party and had close friends and family over for cake and ice cream.

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The prep is seriously one of my favorite parts. I got the princess supplies mostly from Hobby Lobby. I always TRY to make their cake/cupcakes myself if I can help it. I just always want them to remember that mommy made it.

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Her dress is from her Aunt Coco (Courtney). It was given to her on her first birthday and she is just now tall enough to wear it. This baby is tiny and only in the 1st percentile for height. But there’s a lot of punch packed into this small package

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(Her favorite babysitter is in my sorority and has taught her to throw diamonds…I may be a little excited that she will finally do it Winking smile)

Our friend River came to celebrate with us. She is the last born of the three girls. I wish we spent more time with them. Life is just busy.

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When it was time to blow out her candles, someone did not want to be sang to. So we just lit her little 3 candle and let her blow it out. How beautiful is this baby girl? How did we get so lucky to be able to call her ours?

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The girls asked to go outside and blow bubbles. My mom got the kids the most AWESOME bubble machine. I’m pretty positive they have it at Wal-Mart but here is the Amazon link. This is only half of what will be in your yard once it gets going. It is probably the best bubble machine I’ve seen.

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Once everyone was gone and the wrapping paper was cleaned up, we spent a nice evening just the four of us. Those are my favorite kind of nights. We played with all her new toys, put on some of her new “night dresses” (gowns) and played dress up. I think it’s safe to say our baby girl had a great birthday!