August 29, 2011

Look out kindergarden, here I come!

5 1/2 years ago I left my job to stay home with my brand new baby girl. I had NO idea what I was doing or how fast the next few years would go by. Katie was a complete surprise to us and I mean SURPRISE! I don't think we would have even had kids if she didn't come along. Oh, but I am SO thankful for her. Some people say they wouldn't change a thing or if they had to do it over again. I don't think I feel that way but I am beyond grateful to have her in my life. Being a mom is definitely the toughest job you'll ever love (kind of like the army?).

going home from the hospital 2 days old

Needless to say, thinking about sending her off to school made me nervous. I still remember pushing her in the stroller talking with some other moms about what school their kids would go to. It felt like a minute from then until now.

I was warned by lots of moms that I would cry. The night before school we read The Kissing Hand. It's about a little raccoon that is going to his first night of school, his mom kisses his hand and says if he feels lonely hold the hand to his cheek and remember, "mommy loves you, mommy loves you." After the story Katie kissed my hand and told me to hold it to my face if I got lonely when she was gone...and then came the tears.

I was fine the next day, still nervous but her excitement helped me not be so afraid for her. She walked straight to class and before I could even say goodbye she had made a friend and was playing. When I picked her up she had the biggest smile on her face. She told me all about the wonders of the lunchroom and the gym and how big the library was.

At just 5 years old I'm already amazed at the person she is. She's so pretty, smart, & brave. I am so, so, so proud to be her mom.

August 23, 2011

Bunco at the beach

When my friend Susan and I got the idea to start a Bunco group I don't think either one of us knew how much fun it would be. Bunco is a really easy dice game we play, but the fun comes from the talking, laughing, and eating we do together.
A few weeks ago we took our annual trip to Myrtle Beach. We had an amazing time together. FIVE DAYS of good food, the beach and the pool, and laughing, oh my did we laugh. I can't explain how great it is to have these girls as my friends. We're already planning next year's trip.

 All of us at the beach!

 party in the mini-van

the best seat on the beach

August 18, 2011

Emily {Maternity Photography - Shelby, NC}

A couple of weeks ago I went to the beach with my bunco group (more on that and LOTS of pictures coming soon). While we were there I got to take some pictures on the beach with Emily. She is expecting her first baby, a boy, very soon. I am so excited for her and cannot wait to meet him.

August 11, 2011

Last days of summer

We've been trying to soak up these last few weeks of summer. Swimming and sleeping in and staying in pajamas way too long, just because we can.
A few weeks ago Katie said she wanted to have her cousin come visit and go bowiling. I have no idea why, she's only been once. Last week my sister and her kids came down and she finally got her wish.

They LOVED it.

After they bowled we went to the arcade and played some more.
We won 107 tickets playing Deal or No Deal, they were so excited.
Wanna know what you can get for 107 tickets????

It didn't matter, you would have thought they were made of gold they were so excited.
These are the kind of days I love.

Hope you're loving the last days of summer too.