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Unfinished Business

3 Feb

In a few days my firstborn will turn 4.  4 years old, people!  While I can’t believe she’s grown up so fast, I also can’t really remember life before her.  I know Scott and I had a blast pre-kids…we traveled, hung out on our couch, hung out on our patio, hung out on other people’s patio, slept in on Saturdays, read the paper in bed when we finally woke up, went out for breakfast, went to Happy Hour after work, traveled some more…I mean, I KNOW what I did before kids, but The Reecer just seems like she has been a part of my life forever.  But before I get into a big ol’ blog about Reece, I need to finish Christmas.  I just can’t leave you people hanging.

And even though this blog is finishing up Christmas, it’s still approximately 50% Reece.

As I started typing this blog I couldn’t even remember what we did those last two days of our 12 Days of Christmas project (which totally wiped me out, by the way), but now I remember…

On the Christmas Eve of Christmas, we spread out reindeer food.  We also did much more, like Christmas with the Riddles in Plainview, eating Mexican Stack and watching the whirlwind of package opening with 20 + people.  Then…

On THE day of Christmas, we…sang Happy Birthday to Jesus.  And we did, but instead of my plan of singing over cinnamon rolls and getting a start on the day by reminding the girls what Christmas is all about, I think we ended up singing it in the car rushing back to Plainview for more Riddle fun.  Here are some pics…

 

What in the world did Grandma and Grandpa bring?

Reece only seemed to notice the Barbie...not the large thing the Barbie was sitting in.

Rynn, however, must have known this thing had power.

Watch out, Lubbock!

Reece asked Santa for an American Girl Bitty Twin, material (yes, she’s definitely my child), and a Barbie.

Rynn didn’t really ask for anything, but she got her own Bitty Twin, a diaper caddy (with real life diapers), and a trash can diaper pail.  We’re quite pleased with these gifts since Rynn now uses the newborn diapers to change her babies and Momma doesn’t have to dig Rynn’s own size 5’s out of the kitchen trash can when Rynn finishes changing her little darlings.

We also implemented the ‘3 gifts per child’ idea that are from Mommy and Daddy.  I can’t believe how hard it was to stick with this rule!  While I did stick with it, I went way overboard on stocking stuffers.  Can’t help it…they’re my favorite things.

The girls also got a fantastic dollhouse from Granny, Granddad, and Uncle Landry that they play with daily and love!

Of course, aunts, uncles, cousins, great aunts and uncles and many others helped contribute to a wonderland of gifts.  The girls love everything, and Reece will pull something out and say, “I’m gonna play with the (insert toy) that (insert name) got me for Christmas!”  SO glad she is appreciative of her gifts.  Scott, the girls, and myself are so blessed!

 

Sad Day

27 Dec

Please join with me in praying for the family of Brie Gomez.  Her family is living out what is my worst nightmare…losing someone they love at such a young age.  The Gomez family was involved in head-on collision last night while traveling home to Amarillo from Dalhart where they were celebrating Christmas.  Brie suffered a life-ending head injury, but she held on long enough for doctors to deliver the baby boy with whom she was 7 1/2 months pregnant.  Her husband, Eric, and their two girls Mali (6 years) and Eleri (nearly 2) were treated and released, with Eleri having suffered a fractured leg.

Brie and I knew each other more through mutual friends more than anything, but became closer as we kept up with each other’s blogs and on facebook.  I received a lot of positive encouragement from her when it came to parenting our strong-willed first borns.  Last time I saw her in person, just a couple of weeks ago, we laughed about our girls and I told her I expect her to let me know any tricks/ideas she has for each age since her strong-willed child is older.  We agreed that one day their stubbornness will be a gift.  🙂

Brie did a fantastic job of documenting her days on her blog and I hope one day her girls and little boy will find comfort in her words.  I’m so thankful they were able to spend some quality family time together last week with a trip to Disney World.  What a wonderful memory to leave her girls with.

Most importantly, she is a true bride of Christ and displayed this daily.  The love she has for The Lord cannot be doubted.  She was a faithful servant and gave glory to Him in all circumstances.  The last blog post she wrote, on the very day of her tragic accident, is truly a product of Brie allowing God to use her as a vessel.  So inspiring.

Please pray an overwhelming blanket of peace will lay over the Gomez and White families.  Pray for Eric as he grieves and transitions to the role of Single Dad.  Pray for their girls who loved their momma so, and especially for Mali, who is at an age where she will feel pain that is way too real.  Pray she will continue to love and praise Jesus through this.  Pray for their newborn baby boy, Curran Blake, who is in NICU…pray that he will fight through this and come out unscathed.

Gorgeous girl, sweet family.

9th Day of Christmas

17 Dec

We continued our fun-activity-countdown-to-Christmas with a cookie decorating play date at church.  Each child got two cookies to decorate  – one to eat there, and  one to take home.


We’re so thankful for good friends to share fun times with!!

11th Day of Christmas

15 Dec

(Remember…we’re counting down)

This wasn’t entirely a group effort.  As soon as I whipped up the frosting/glue, Reece began enjoying the treat while I was left to glue the house together. 🙂

Soon baby sister woke up and joined in the fun.

These decorations are YUMMY!

Finished product:

Reece also received a special message from Santa.  It’s so cute and she watched it with wide eyes the whole time!!

http://www.portablenorthpole.tv/watch/-aC_y_e9u9GaQe7loKz-zA

Reece’s interpretation of “watching out for your sister” is to tell Santa if she does bad things.  So funny!

Happy 11th day of Christmas to you!

 

12 Days of Christmas

14 Dec

For the 12 days leading up to Christmas we thought it would be fun to make a paper chain to help us countdown.  Easiest. craft. EVER!

 

And, as an added bonus, we’ve added a fun activity to do each day.  Today’s activity was…

Here’s Reece eating her candy cane and watching Veggie Tales’ Saint Nicholas – The Story of Giving with Daddy.

Happy 12th day of Christmas to you! 🙂

Fall in Pictures

6 Oct

I’m back for my quarterly post…enjoy!

Tech Football began…and Reece went with us to the first game!
She also felt the need to wear my sunglasses during the game.
Reece and Rynn began “school,” where they go twice a week. Reece has reviewed all of her shapes, and has learned where her bicep, tricep, and (most importantly) her gluteus maximus are located. Her class began letters today.  This pic was taken the first day.
Reece’s class went on their first field trip…to the apple orchard.
This could quite possibly have been my apple eatin’ little girl’s…
…most favorite day of the whole year.
We met the cutest little baby pig at the fair.
Rynn couldn’t get over the piggy’s cuteness (and I can’t get over Rynn’s cuteness).
Rynn (not so gently) got to pet a duckling…
…while Reece (very gently) held a little chick.
Rynn had her first taste of cotton candy when big sister shared her treat.
Staying at the stroller with Daddy was not an option for little Miss Rynn, who stepped right up to the ride like she owned the thing. 🙂
Reece peeking between Ady and Mr. Clinton.  Not sure which was more challenging: me taking both girls on the ride and balancing myself between them while it moved surprisingly fast, or Scott trying to capture a picture of all three girls as we were whizzing by.

June bugs

1 Jul

Here’s what our June bugs have been up to this month:

Gymnastics – Reece goes to a class of her own while Rynn and I enjoy a mom & tot class.  Rynn’s favorite thing is the bungee swing.  That’s the first thing she goes to after we do our stretching that consists of singing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” while running our fingers down our legs, and doing the butterfly while ducking from things that are flying toward us.  So cute.  She also likes to jump on the trampoline together (with me holding her), which makes for my second workout of the day since I go to the gym right before gymnastics.  I’m pretty much sticky the entire morning.  We then use the mats to practice forward and backward rolls.  I try to sneak peaks at Reece’s class, but I have to keep an eye on Rynn, who bulldozes other kids when they are doing something she wants to do.  Rynn’s like the tiny little dog who thinks she’s super tough.  And watch out because she will bite!!  Watching Rynn go through the ending routine, from the parachute circle to the good-bye song, then the stamp each child gets to the popsicle line is all so much fun.  She toddles to each station with such authority.

Reece enjoys her class with Miss Brandi from church and her friend Ady.  When I do get a chance to peak in on her class, what I see is quite hilarious.  Reece jumps without bending her knees, making her look like a bobble head doll.  I think she may seriously get whiplash before it’s all over.  She’s doing so well and, most importantly, follows directions (anything that reiterates following directions is good for her).  🙂

Swim – Reece is also taking swim, for the third year (poor second child Rynn still hasn’t done any kind of swim lessons), but this year she has graduated from the “mom and me” class to on her own.  She’s really improved so much from last year (scroll down to the swim report) when she was one of the children who didn’t participate as much.  Now she does just about anything except jump from the side.  She’s really cute too.

Father’s Day – When I asked Reece what she wanted to do for Daddy for Father’s Day, she said, “I know, I’ll have a tea party for him!”  So on the Saturday before Daddy Day, I helped Reece bake cookies and set the table for her special guest, who was coming back from Albuquerque that day.

Daddy-Daughter Date

Letter of the Day – Before this summer Reece had mastered 6 letters of the alphabet – R, E, C (all in her name), I (easy, it’s just a stick), T (super easy since we’re in Raiderland), S (just ’cause) – but I want her to be able to identify all letters by the end of the summer.  So we have a letter of the day.  I draw the letter on the easel and she traces it.  We then identify that letter on the fridge and on her alphabet puzzle.  My friend Tamara (who also happened to be Reece’s KDO teacher last year) also gave us the great idea of gathering things from around the house that begin with that letter.

“A” is for ant, art box, angel, and apple

“B” is for book, ball popper, bananas, backpack, bus, ball, bowl, and blue

And that’s as far as we’ve gotten.  We’ve skipped a few days.

Rynn has been putting her Mommy skills to use…

And her cleaning skills…

And her dress-up skills…

And her cuteness skills…

We heart summertime.