Monday, August 24, 2015

On the wild side

The weekend was far from wild.  But the scenes out my living room window was on the wild side. 

On Saturday immediately after lunch just outside the window and across from the porch this deer caught my eye. Certainly not wild as long as I didn't open the door. So I watched from the window.

Then there was Sunday. Same time of day, same window view, the wilds of nature appear. Momma and baby fawn prancing around right in front of me with a wall of windows between us.

So cute!


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sunburst Nationals

The third level of the Sunburst competition was in Atlanta. Check out the local preliminary here and the tri state level here. So with our winnings from those, we proceeded to the final level. 

Four days of fun. Five-hundred-eighty-one contestants from newborn to mid twenties. Yes, 581 beautiful girls in one place. Five outfit changes and five times on stage. And everything I love about natural pageants filled the air. 

Brooklyn called it a Pageant Party.

This one is named Pageant-Dog. The dog was always in the lobby area of the ball room. 

The red carpet was ready and waiting.

They kept going back for more. 

A long wait.

Which hair doo is the best?

Or curls that didn't hold very long?

The results -
Brynlee out of 43 (0-15 month olds)
2nd in composite
3rd in photogenic
And placed #14 out of 43

Brooklyn out of 44 (2 year olds)
Placed #11 out of 44. Almost made the top 10.
Didn't place in any competition. But every girl was a winner for doing her best.

Maybe a little disappointing for no queen title to take home, but there's no giving up. There's always next year. 


Monday, August 17, 2015

Don't Look

MawMaw's summer stay-cation celebrated the end of summer with a pizza party and a movie. And plenty of picture overload. So fair warning to you. 

These two will always be my "twins". Cousins at only 9 weeks apart. 

No one feels that way but me. Their moms call me crazy.

But they are too dog gone cute. 

And this is the baby till the next one comes. 

Plenty of sweet fun that should last me awhile. 

There's always MawMaw's Christmas vacation.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The not so fun part

It's still mawmaw stay-cation. Only a few days left. 

It's not all sweet smelling, mawmaw spoiling, ever thing is sugar and spice kind of days. It's no secret things are not always just peachy.

There are 2 year old tantrums from two 2 year olds at one time. 

There are constant dirty stinky diapers from a teething just started walking baby. 

Spilled food and drink at almost every meal by someone. 

Little helpers who mean well and want to help with everything. 

That's ok. There's always something different everyday. 

They surely kept me on my toes. I swear I've lost 15 pounds this summer from up and down, up and down, and not stopping to eat much all day. It's actually been a workout. No wonder I was so skinny 30 years ago. And it being 100 degrees everyday probably helped to curb my appetite a whole lot.

I'm sure they had as much fun as me.

I'll be looking for a new project next week.


Happy Birthday Pirate Party

Three year old Cohen celebrated with a pirate party. A perfect theme. 

A double water slide for all ages was the main attraction.

A full day of fun people eating and bringing gifts and sliding. 

Cupcakes and gifts were not to be spared.

Blessed with abundance of gifts from room packed full of guests.

Happy Birthday Cohen!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Three Years

You Happy Birthday Cohen!! 
Three years have flown by and we have enjoyed every moment. 

We are thankful you are healthy, smart, cute, and all boy. 

I know God has great things in store for you.

Happy Birthday. We love you!


A funtastic weekend at Southern States Pageant Expo. Eighty-eight girls dressed in casual wear competing 1 time on stage for 5 pageant systems to win gifts and awards. 

Behind the scenes we take time to play with the phone. 

You get whatever a baby hands out. Either happy-ness or as the case with us a little bit fussy.  Pageant in the morning time and doctor appointment In the afternoon with a diagnosis of the onset of strep. Which last week big sister had. 

Still the show went on since we didn't know she felt so bad. 

The cute little casual wear that won her best fashion from 2 of the 5 pageants. 

And the long awaited results were in with baby Brynlee in 9-17 months awarded prettiest eyes.

And the 2 year old placed Queen in 1 of the 5 pageants, the Rocking Expo Pageant,  and fashion winner in 2 of the 5 pageants. 

We gladly take our wins and are thrilled to have placed in several titles with so many girls competing. 


Friday, July 17, 2015

End of last week

Another week at MawMaw's stay-cation came to an end. Noon time has almost become my favorite time. My break during the day. Because it's quiet. It's still. Memories from 30 years ago when my three were little comes back fast. I finally know what Silence is Golden means. 

Molly - Dog is playing along very well. She's a good sport when she has to play dress up and wear wings. 

Seems she will do anything for all the attention and food droppings she's been getting for the last 6 weeks. 

One of the accomplishments so far is "we have a walker"! Yes!! I taught her to walk. 

And one failure of the summer stay-cation is somehow I left the door a-jar,, on a Thursday last week. I got a phone call on a Sunday that I left the door un-closed and the blowing wind and rain blew it open and flooded the foyer.

Ok. So. 
#1 - you called me 3 days after I left to tell me.
#2 - as your father said "do you not check your doors every day or every night?"
#3 - seems there was no wet wall or flood damage to repair. 
#5 - the adult kids are cray-cray and a little dramatic.

I inspected it when I returned and it looks fine to me. 


Friday, July 10, 2015

End of the week review

Finishing up the first third of the month at MawMaw's summer stay-cation.  And we're doing a lot. 

This week was a lot of book reading. The favorite books this week are The Christmas Story and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Reading everyday they know the complete stories as I turn the page without me reading. 

This week was role playing. From nurses to patients to I-pad tech and everything in between.

Cohen knows all about the I-pad. At age 3 they are geniuses.

Brookky and Brynlee playing nurse and patient. She knew all the procedures to do, then wanted a bandaid. 

A little yard work can be fun. 

It's bye till next week. 


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

31 Days of July - How's it going you ask?

It's day 7 of July. It's a Monday. That should explain it all. 

July 4th they actually went to the Dr's office.

Strep throat for the week end. By Monday morning when I arrived for the week, she was much better. 

With rain, rain, and more rain all you could do was have a little fun mud riding.

Then with teething, not sleeping, trying to walk, and constant screaming it should make the week fly by.