Saturday, January 24, 2009
Emily's school/daycare does a Christmas pageant every year and all of the kids, from the infants to the big kids have a chance to perform on stage. Usually the babies go with the small toddlers and they sit in bouncy chairs or are held by the teachers. The younger kids really don't perform much at all, in fact some of them cry their way through the performance, but nevertheless, us parents get a big kick out of seeing them up there. The pageant is at a local middle school each year. This is Emily's second year in the pageant.
I'm telling you, the moment that I see her hit that stage, I just start bawling, don't ask me why - so I am usually standing up near the stage crying my eyes out and snapping pictures at a furious rate. Last year, I had my video camera and my regular camera - that was quite a struggle. This year, they hired a videographer, so I bought the video and just had my regular camera to contend with.
Emily's class sang two songs, Jingle Bells and for the life of me, I can't remember the other one - I will have to watch the video. Well, anyway, here are some photos for you to enjoy....
Here are Emily and Caleb posing in front of our little Christmas tree before the performance. I didn't put up a big tree this year since we were going to be leaving town to visit family for the holidays.
Here they are when they first came out on stage. Emily could see me up front taking pictures, so she started crying and screaming Mommy - so while I was trying to take pictures, I was also kind of bouncing up and down and making happy faces to try to get her to stop crying.
Here she is looking a bit happier and ringing her bells. Isn't that sweater adorable? I got it on sale at Macy's. She wore it again on Christmas Eve. It was just perfect for the pageant. I know you can't see it in the pictures, but the pants that came with the sweater had pink sparkles in them - so cute.
Whew, there she is finally smiling and having a good time on stage.
Here is the whole school (minus a few crying babies that had to be returned to their parents) singing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas".
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I promptly picked up the phone and made an appointment at a new salon for a haircut. I love it when Bob is around and I have something to do after work because that means I can have a good excuse to have him pick up the kids - so I e-mailed him, and not only did I make the deal for him to pick up the kids, but I also finagled a meal by master pizza chef Bob. He makes delicious tortilla pizzas. We go to the local Kroger that has a tortillaria (we are in Texas you know). He gets the fresh just baked tortillas and then prepares all of the toppings and we all come in the kitchen and make our own personal pizzas - yum, yum.
So anyway - I went to the salon, got a fresh new cut - I'll post pictures another day - not many pictures of me get taken because I am always behind the camera. When I got home, Bob was working in earnest on getting all of the ingredients out for the pizzas. We made pizzas, cooked and ate. Then I cleaned the kitchen while he finished eating his pizza and gave Emily a bath.
Later, I was in the kitchen giving Bob his allergy shots (no I am not a nurse, but if I don't do it, he puts them in his stomach - the sight of which stresses me out - so I have become shot administrator)....okay back to the story - I am giving the shots and it is eerily quiet. I had given Emily her sippy cup of milk before starting the shot administration, but she had wandered off to parts unknown and was not making any noise. This phenomenon is always sure to strike panic in the heart of a toddler's parent...so I started looking for her.
I peeked around the corner into our bedroom and this is what I found...
Emily had placed her sippy cup on the coaster on my nightstand and she was just laying in my bed quiet as a church mouse watching television. I had to turn on the light and get closer to take the picture, so she starts patting the spot next to her, which is technically my side of the bed, and tells me to "lay down" - How Cute!! Of course, Bob leans over and tells me that this is a sure sign that she has decided to take over our room and our bed - I wondered for a moment if we actually were in the jungle and if Emily had become the Alpha Lion, but then I just shrugged that thought off and took more photos - Bob can be so silly sometimes.
"Lay down" has become one of Emily's favorite commands for both humans and Maisy alike. Another favorite is "get up" which comes out sounding like "gee up". She likes to use that one when I am in my office typing on my computer - translation, come out here and read to me or look at me while I play dolls or dance. Another favorite is "sit down" which comes out sounding like "see down". She uses this one to lure me into a chair so that she can crawl in my lap and give me a book to read to her.
Well just a little peek into our day. Now I had better run and "lay down" - good night.
Monday, November 10, 2008
So I guess let me start with the introductions - I am Elizabeth - mother to two wonderful kids, a newly acquired miniature schnauzer puppy and wife to Bob. We live north of Dallas, Texas - we are Texas transplants, originally from Georgia - both of us military brats. But I will say that Texas is the most like home I have ever felt aside from my college days spent in the North Georgia mountains. I am an examiner for an insurance company - same employer for almost 14 years - straight out of college and I have never looked back - why mess with a good thing I say. I love to scrapbook and stamp (when I can find the time). Of course, that naturally leads to one of my other hobbies - photography. I also love to read and generally keep everyone in the house in line and semi-organized. And I have a super group of girlfriends - you can't have too many good girlfriends in my opinion - I'm sure you will hear more about them as this blog goes along. Oh, and one more thing - I love football - the Dallas Cowboys and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
There is my husband Bob - he is 10 years my senior and has two kids from a previous marriage, Leia and Chris - Leia is 21 and Chris is 19. I believe Chris is still trying to find his path in life - Leia goes to college off an on - more off than on for my taste - but that's another subject. They both live in Georgia. Anyway, back to Bob - he finished college and went straight into the restaurant industry - that has been his home for the last almost 24 years. We met in the gym, back when I was in shape - our first date was to the 1996 Olympics - he took me to a soccer match and lost the car - another subject for a later post. I will say it was pretty close to love at first sight for me, and I am still smitten. We had just shy of two whirlwind years of dating and married in 1998. Now here we are ten years later and we still love each other (most of the time anyway).
My second born is Kyle - he was full term and stillborn - I went into labor and at some point during that process, his heart stopped beating - so we say he was born an angel. I knew him only in my belly and wish so badly that I could have known him on earth, but God had other plans. I can't say that I understand those plans, even sitting here a little over three years later, but I have made peace with it.