Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Half of 16 is...

Whew, in 8 more years she'll be driving a car.  Really, do I have an 8 year old?  

We always celebrate Campbell's birthday with my family during Thanksgiving.  We go to my mom and dad's house for that holiday and they always help us celebrate our sweet girl in a special way.  

It was 8 years ago that this super preggo momma passed on joining the rest of our family for Thanksgiving dinner because something just didn't feel right.  The next day, as all our family was leaving to go back home, my water broke.  The rest is history.  

Here she is with my sweet mom.  Every year I am reminded why God had her born near such a humble holiday... what a gift to be thankful for!  

With my aunt and cousin

With her goofy brother


Campbell loves the theatre and Junie B. Jones, so she opted to take a group of her sweet girlfriends to see her play in Nashville.  While she was looking on their website about the play, she noticed that they were taking toy donations the day of the play for Toys for Tots.  Then, on her own accord, no prompting from momma, she said, "Mom, I want my friends to bring gifts for the toy drive, not for me".
This child gets "it" when most adults don't.  THANKFUL!

Look at these precious girls.

Ready for the play

They got autographs from the cast and a meet and greet session.  The we drove home and ended our big outing with ICE CREAM!  That is how I know she is mine.  She would choose ice cream over a cake.

Love this sweet girl with ALL MY HEART!!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

He has to use two hands

Well, it is official...I have a 6 year old.  He has to hold up two hands to tell me how old he is.  

I feel like this year the celebrating went on and on.  Maybe I was in denial, maybe he wanted to have his birthday party at CHUCK E CHEESE for the THIRD year in a row, maybe he asked that I also bring cookies to school.... okay, all of that is true.  

Isn't he handsome?

Ms. Molly having the class sing Happy Birthday to him.

great picture, huh?  they are such hams...


I know, you think that this mom is crazy for letting my son celebrate with the big gray rat who consistently serves yucky pizza for three years in a row.  He loves it there.  I mean, how many more years should I expect him to want to go there?  I cherish the simplicity of celebrating, he really doesn't need all the hype, just some tokens and a few friends.
Can you blame me for saying 'okay' to a place that throws one heck of a party and cleans it up?  Plus, nothing says Happy Birthday like a $20 mouse tattoo and a blow up sledge hammer that lasts a day.

So here are some photos of all the fun.  I may or may not have fun out of tokens myself on skee ball, and proceeded to the counter to buy more.

Golf themed cupcakes

We love you to pieces Reedy Roo!!!  

Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

Bringing COLOR to a DARK world!

In just 4 days I will be traveling to Niger, West Africa with a team of 7 of the most amazing people I have ever met!  To say that we are a little excited would be an understatement.  It is amazing to me how God orchestrates his plans so perfectly and without a single detail missed.  
When I placed my name on the trip 'interest' list last April, I had no idea that I would be taking my paint brushes with me.  In fact, probably was looking forward to not painting for a few weeks.  However, God never wastes an opportunity to use anybody.  My talent, well, He gave that to me.  Why would He not have me tell others about Him while using my paint brush?  Duh!
As God created something from nothing, I will be teaching the women of Ayorou and Boubon about how God created and sent His son to die through bible stories and blank canvases.  My prayer is as they pick up their brushes and begin to paint that they will understand God is a creator, an artist. In fact, He is the first creator and the first artist. He had everything imaginable and unimaginable at His disposal when he created. It was a palette of raw materials and colors that He used to make what we see around us, what we don't see, and what we haven't seen yet. The wonders and beauty that came out of that palette are amazing and awe inspiring.  If God created us all in His own image, then we all have some form of creativity and artistry in us. 
While my lack of confidence and hesitancy of painting with a group of non-English-speaking women could cripple me, I know that that my GOD is going to show up in a mighty way and do only what He can do!!!  
Praying that I can show the colorful love of Christ to the women who live in this very dark part of the world!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Twas the First Day of School...

The backpacks were hung on the coat rack with care...

we searched through the closets for something to wear.

Wait!  WE WANT OUR SUMMER BACK!!!  This sweet little story came to a halt when I realized we are so not ready to go back to school!!!  The kids are, not the momma.  However, we did survive the first day, and I was so brave!  HA!  Oh, and Reed was too.  
Reed did wake up this morning wondering where he was going today.  I reminded that sweet, clueless child that he now goes to school EVERY day!  He was less than thrilled, but he obliged.  I could not wait to pick them up yesterday to hear all about it.  They both used the word AWESOME at least a hundred times.  Mom, well she did okay, but when is Fall Break again??  

The only day of the year that I fix pancakes before school

Let the picture taking begin!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

My Heart Leaves for Kindergarten Tomorrow!

Precious Reed,

Ready or not, here you Kindergarten! I cannot believe that tomorrow your dad and I will be dropping you off to sit at your own little desk, with your name written in Sharpie, in a room filled with the smell of new crayons and sharpened jumbo pencils.

I am going to miss those lazy mornings when we hugged your sister off to school in the back of dad’s car, and you and I sat together on the couch watching cartoons while you munched on a pop-tart. I have become quite spoiled to the fact that there is always a buddy in my backseat when I run errands, and how there was one less spot to put all the grocery bags. It seems that since the day you were born we have been counting down to this day. Saying things like, “Can you believe in three years he’ll go to school?” “Next year at this time he’ll be in school.” “Only two more months until school.”
I have no idea what I will feel tomorrow as I drop you off, and will not see you for seven hours, but I do know that you will crowd my thoughts: What are you doing, how are you feeling, are you having fun, are you using your manners, eating your lunch, missing me?

When I think of all you will learn this year, and how much your mind will grow, I get excited. I laugh that it was just this summer that you were worried about having to write your last name on a golf score card after a tournament, and that you may spell it wrong. In just one full week of school, and writing that sweet name we gave you EVERY-SINGLE-DAY, you will never ask us again if it is spelled correctly.

You crack us up, and most everyone around you. I love how you still hide your tall, slim frame behind my legs when someone compliments you, but you are bold enough to make others around you cackle. I love to see you running in the backyard in your football pads, playing football with 10 imaginary linemen and taking them all down, then fist-pumping in great glory because your team one the game. Your adventurous, uninhibited spirit is full of life. You share this same trait with me. Thank goodness that you have a sister that is quite the opposite. You two make a great team. I find comfort that she has gone before you down that concrete hallway, and that she will take care of you. She loves you so much. I have no doubt that one day you will be jumping off a cliff with little thought, and your sweet sister will be there to check the ropes before you jump.

Remember that our world is far from perfect, and that there will be days when you don’t feel like going to school, someone is mean to you, a teacher doesn’t notice you, or your best friend plays with another. It will all be okay...

Our perfect God is always there for you. He loves you, protects you, comforts you. Though far from perfect, He has entrusted us, your parents, to do the same. You and your sister are two of our most perfect gifts.

As you let go of my hand tomorrow and I take in one last hug, I will remember this sweet moment...remember that camo-print backpack you chose (because you think you are tough) well, I know you are still sweet and love your momma because you let me monogram it.

I love you!


Monday, March 22, 2010

Playful Picasso

Hip, Hip, Hooray!!  Wanted to announce to the blog world about my new business called PLAYFUL PICASSO .  Instead of going through all the details on here, want  you to go over and visit the website.  Business is booming and my passion is flying!  I am thanking God for his greatness in His plan for my life.  Here is the link...  Here are a few pictures from our first few parties.  Make sure to enter your email address on the home page, and then become a "fan" on facebook!

Funky Crosses

Pineapple Punch