Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers Day!


Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father! ~Lydia M. Child, Philothea: A Romance, 1836

This quote makes me think of my new favorite quotes: "I love you so much Daddy!" and "Jason? I want my Jason!" - Mollie, age 2.

Ya know, it takes a very special man to raise girls, and I don't think there's a better one out there than my sweet husband. It's absolutely melted my heart to watch Mollie and Jason's relationship grow, and I know she will be a stronger woman because of her Daddy. I am VERY blessed to have such a wonderful Daddy for my little girl, as well as some wonderful GRAND-Daddy's. This girl has 3 great men to look up to, learn from, and be loved by. I think she's going to turn out pretty good because of it :o) Thank you Poppa Kelly (the best dad I could have EVER asked for myself), Pop Pop, and PaPa for being a strong, positive influence on Mollie's life. We love you for it!




Saturday, June 18, 2011

Tumbling!

We decided this summer would be a great time to start Mollie in some sort of "sport". Since the options for 2 year olds are limited, we decided that tumbling would be a great option! She most definitely needs some work on strength and coordination, anyways! So far it's been great. It's been a good challenge for her, in more ways than one. Not only is she doing a lot of things she's never done before, but this class doesn't START until 6:40PM...and anyone that knows my kid knows that bedtime is about 7:00PM! So it's very late for her to start something so active, and it did result in a few exaustion-related meltdowns, but I think she's figured it out now. She can now at least do a front roll all by herself! Can't wait to see what else she learns by the end of lessons!!

Here are some pics from her class the other day. Please excuse the poor quality...the lighting was weird and Jason was taking photos through the glass. But you get the point :o)


Becoming acquainted with "the bar"


Balance practice!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summertime is Here!

Summertime is here! I finished up my semester student teaching, subbing, and tutoring only to find out that I've been hired as a first grade teacher at my favorite campus working with some of my favorite people! I'm SO blessed to have even been offered an interview, and even more so been offered a position. I think that was a perfect way to start the summer! Now I'll enjoy my time home with Mollie even more knowing that I have something new and exciting waiting for me in August.

Speaking of summer, here's a little bit of what we've been up to lately...
A little bit of Popsicles A little bit of swimmingA little bit of dancing and dress upA little bit of dish-washing

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And, of course, a little bit of singing! This girl loves to sing songs. Enjoy :o)

May 2011!

May was a very busy month for us! We started out the month taking a trip to Shamrock and Oklahoma City. Jason decided to run in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon! We left Mollie in Shamrock and drove to OKC to the race and to visit Jason's cousin James, his wife Cody, and their precious little lady, Kyndall! It was great seeing them, and it was was fun for Jason to do a new race. However, it RAINED and RAINED and was sooooo cold. Everyone looked MISERABLE. However, despite all that, he ran his personal best and finished strong. I'm SO PROUD of him for doing such a great job! Here's the only pic I took that weekend...
Here is a VERY cold and wet marathon finisher! Way to go Jason!!!

We also celebrated Mothers day, of course, and I thought I'd share Mollie's little greeting to the mom's this year. We are SO BLESSED to have some amazing mommas in our life and I'm so thankful for them!Here's me, Mollie, and my Momma!
Jason, his Momma, and Mollie!
Jason's sweet step-momma, and a very tiny Mollie!

The rest of the month was spent finishing up at school, battling another round of strep for Mollie, praying for interview opportunities for me, finishing up another graduate course for Jason, and gearing up for summer time!

Easter


Easter 2011 didn't start out quite as planned....first of all, we were looking forward to spending the Saturday before Easter with Mollie's sweet cousin, Paxton, to celebrate his 1st birthday! However, Mollie woke up that morning with a fever and did NOT feel good so we ended up at the clinic instead. Turns out she had a yucky case of Strep! That means she had to be quarantined for 24 hours or so, which meant we had to miss the party, and church on Easter Sunday! However, by the time lunch rolled around, she was feeling better and wasn't contagious anymore, so we headed to spend some time with the family. While it didn't start out as planned, we sure had a great day after all. Here's some pics of all the fun we had that day!

Our new tradition: Making Resurrection Rolls! When baked, they leave a delicious hollow "tomb". It's a great little project to introduce the Easter story to kids!

Fun times at Gigi and PaPa's house! Maddox, Paxton, and Mollie had a fun time hunting eggs and enjoying the lovely afternoon!

More fun times at Nanny and Pop Pop's house! We started with another egg hunt, which preceded family playground time! So fun!
On our way to the playground and lookin' good in our purple :o)

Slide races! Paxton and Brad in on the egg hunt!

Dinner isn't complete without the kids table!

My handsome husband and his lovely sister!