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Life Lately.. Why I’ve Been MIA

Ever have those days never go right and it just seems like one disaster after another? Yeah, well. That’s been my summer.

A couple of weeks ago, C had a treadmill accident at my moms. My nephew and A were playing on it and well, Emily Margaret pushed her onto it. Were you aware that treadmills will take off a good layer of skin and make you look like a burn victim? Well. They will! Just one more reason to hate the treadmill, I guess. Anyway, we got her checked out at the doctor and she was fine, just extremely scraped up. I must say, Sylvadine cream must be made from Angel tears, because after 2 weeks, she’s almost healed.

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We had our annual girls trip to the lake and it was MUCH needed!!
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Not a bad view, eh?
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I love these girls more than my luggage… but they demanded that I must love them more than Lululemon and I agreed that I did. :)
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We went to the girls open house at school.. A is starting 1st grade and C is starting Pre-K at her school and hasn’t been too thrilled about the idea.
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I finally found a local group to run with.. It’s been fantastic!!!
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The girls started school yesterday… How is A in 1st grade???
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I let them out at the door and A reached out to hold C’s hand, and C looked like she was on top of the world walking in with her big sister, and I made eye contact with the principal and promptly lost it. It was too much for me to handle and I felt like I was walking around with my heart outside of my body all day.

So, that’s what we’ve been up to… what about you??


Happy Birthday, Addy.

Dear my sweet and sassy Addy,

You are 6 today. SIX. Where did the time go?!

You are well on your way to being a little lady.

I can still remember when it was just you, and you would wake up around 5 am and we would watch The Wiggles and Mickey Mouse Club House…

You are and have always been, curious. You question everything. I love that about you, and yet, it’s also maddening at times. 

You are just girly enough.. You love a good dress and an awesome lip gloss, but forget a hair bow or a purse.

You are an amazing athlete… no matter what it is that you do, you are flexible, graceful, and poised. 

The mischievous sparkle in your eye makes my heart stop. It makes you constantly push your limits and test your boundaries.

I know we do and we will continue, to butt heads. You are too much like me for us not too. Which works, since you are a Daddy’s Girl and he listens to what I say. ;)

At 6, I can tell you are an extremely passionate person… some would call it dramatic, though.

Addy, I want so much for you out of life. Your personality alone, demands that the world be at your finger tips and I want that for you.

I have no doubt in my mind that if you can dream it up, you will make it happen for yourself.

I look at you, and see so much of myself at that age. Your initial shyness in new situations, your inability to express yourself with words when upset, and just your general gigglyness.

But sometimes, you just need to curl up with your Mama and that’s okay too.

You’re in Kindergarten now.. I am not sure where the time has gone, but I am ready to sit on you to make you stop growing.

I wish I could freeze time. I know every year I say that… but it’s true. You are no longer a toddler, you are a little lady. 

One, with a fire and spirit that is untouchable. If I can leave you with one quote that I want you to remember always, it’s “Don’t let anyone ever dull your Sparkle.”

Addy wee, you sparkle and shine. I want that for you always.

Happy Birthday, sweet girl! I hope being SIX rocks your face off.



Happy 5th Birthday, Addison.

How can it be? 
How are you FIVE already?
I knew this day would be hard for me, last year when you turned 4. And I promised myself I would treasure every day for the next year.
You’re officially a big girl now. 
You dress yourself. You can get in and out of the car and buckle yourself. You’d brush your teeth, if you wanted to, but I think you secretly like for me to do it for you still.
I cannot explain how proud I am of you. 
You are so smart. I can see the intelligence in your eyes. 
You are so funny too. You can spout off the one-liners with the best of them. 
Your athletic ability is uncanny- I’ve never seen anything like it. 
Your personality is 100% SPUNK, girlfriend. 
We may go head to head in a few years, but your determination is something that should be admired. 
Let’s not forget you are beautiful. With all of your other wonderful qualities, it’s hard to forget.
I am not ready for you to grow up. But your Daddy says you have to. 
And so do you. “But Mama, if I don’t grow up, how am I supposed to reach stuff that is really high up?”
The amount of questions you ask may annoy me at times, as well as how you sing-song everything throughout the day, but I am also secretly so proud that you do both. 
I also secretly love how you refused to have your picture taken at school stating, “I only like my Mama to take my picture.” 
You love attention but also get embarrassed by it. 

You smile is infectious. As well as your giggle fits. 
And your love for Alabama football? It will rival your Daddy’s one day. 
I love your crazy hair in the mornings. 
I love your stinky feet. 
I love how you want to be big enough to not need snuggle time, but jump at the opportunity to have just a few minutes of it on the couch. 
I see you turning into a little Mama with Claire, and I love it. 
I love watching you at gymnastics- it’s amazing how good you are. 

I don’t care what you are when you grow up, as long as you are the best Addison you can be. 
I love you so much, baby girl. 
I want to tell you as much as the thought enters my head, just so you know. 
I love you more than a hog loves slop. 

Steps to be a Big Girl..

Addison took another step towards being a big girl on Saturday. It’s been a few weeks since we started talking about getting our ears pierced. She even got in the chair once, but ended up not wanting to do it. So we left.
I asked her at lunch on Saturday if she was ready. Her reply? “Almost. Not quite yet.” So then to my surprise, a few minutes later, we were walking down the sidewalk and she turned and said, “I’m ready to get my ears pierced now.” So, we found a place that had two people working so they could do both ears at the same time. She didn’t really say much, but you could tell she felt like a big girl. The women were so professional, talking to her beforehand and not flashing the guns around. On the count of three, they did it. And a look of panic kind of crossed her face, but then the women proudly said, “Way to go! You’re all done now!” And she was cool. She was so proud.
Of course, I immediately had to leave because Claire was pooped herself so I left her with John while I went to the car to change Claire. He obvi, in daddy mode, didn’t check the “prize” we let her pick out, because it was none other than REAL lipgloss. And it wasn’t 5 seconds before that mess was clumped on her face. But, look! Sheer joy!
She couldn’t wait to tell Ms. BaBecca or her friends at school. She’s been good about letting me clean them and hasn’t complained. She practically strutted around Saturday. 

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