Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Avery The Climber

Well, Avery is officially a climber. She has learned now to climb stairs. When she goes over to my parents, she will climb all the way to the top and then want to do it again.

She's also learned how to climb up onto things. This is her climbing onto Jordy's bed.

And, she finishes it off with a quick nibble on a Star Wars playing card.

I just can't believe how big she looks and is getting. I can't believe how she can climb and is almost running. I can't believe how she can repeat every single thing you say.

Oh, and like I had mentioned before, she wears everything as a scarf. Here she is wearing her pants she slept in around her neck...

Have a good Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pinterest, 775. Me, 0.

Pinterest can make you feel enlightened and dumb all at the same time.

Why didn't I think of this?

Turning the clothes a different way, so you can see everything in your drawer. Genius. For all of you who already do this, kudos.

Jason laid down with Avery and tried to get her to lay down too. At first, it was like this...

She thinks everything is a scarf, including belts. So she wraps them around her. That is why the belt is there.

And here is the "staged" photo...

Monday, February 27, 2012

And the Oscar Goes To....

Well, for the last few years my mom has had people over to watch the Academy Awards and I've always lived to far away to participate. This year, I got to go. Even Avery wore red for the red carpet....

Just for the record, Avery has been saying so many words lately. Pretty much anything you ask her to repeat, she does. Or at least, tries. But there are quite a bit of words she says clear as day. Too many to even list!! But she also knows what sounds a cow, cat, dog, lion, squirrel (?), duck, donkey, and monkey make. She can point to her hair, head, ear, nose, lips, knees, hands, fingers, feet, toes and shoes. Her favorite (and only) song she can sing is the B-I-B-L-E. Although, it took us a while to figure it out. At first we thought she was saying "Be Happy" but we realized it was the first three letters "B-I-B." We have a CD that we play for her in the car and she loves that song. And when the song "This little light of mine" comes on, she just starts shouting "NO!" for the part when they say, "Hide it under a bushel, NO!" It's really cute.

So, onto the Oscars. I really enjoyed it this year, though I hadn't seen but two of the movies that were mentioned, The Help and Warhorse.

Best quotes of the night...

“You’re only two years older than me, darling, where have you been all my life?”
Christopher Plummer to his Oscar

"When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, 'Oh no. Come on ... Her, again?' You know. But, whatever."
-Meryl Streep, after winning
"Tonight, enjoy yourselves because nothing can take the sting out of the world's economic problems like watching millionaires present each other with golden statues"
- Billy Crystal, welcoming the audience to the show.

Funniest mockery of the night...

Angelina Jolie and Jim Rash at the 2012 Oscars
I am not even going to touch the fashion. I really thought everyone looked really good, with the exception of a minor few!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sisters, Sisters....

Oh my goodness, am I one tired cookie. But, it was totally worth it because I just got back from a trip to Louisville with my sister Leslie! She is a training manager for Texas Roadhouse and they had their annual awards ceremony. She was named Finalist for Road Warrior and she got to bring a guest and she asked me!! I was so honored.

Leslie is seriously one of the only people I know personally who had a dream and went for it, despite obstacles. She wanted to be training manager for years. She busted her you-know-what being an opening trainer for Roadhouse. I think she did something like, 20 openings? She traveled constantly. She was promoted to Service Manager at the Grand Prairie location and worked her toocus off there for two years. All of this to get the job as training manager. I believe she went on four interviews total for the position over the years and heard "no" 3 times before she heard a yes. Now, she is on her second year and has already been nominated for Road Warrior Of The Year. Out of lots of people. She just isn't the type to give less than 110% at any job, no matter what. And it's finally starting to pay off!

We took more pictures in two days than we have in 10 years. I had so much fun with her!!

Before we left for the airport (at 5:30 am!!)

We stayed at a very nice hotel. It was also a modern art museum. I have to say, some of the things they had there were a bit too risque for my taste. But some of it was cool. This was a huge wall by the elevator that projected your image and then letters would fall from the top to the bottom. It's really cool.

We got upgraded to a luxury room, and we weren't really sure what that meant....

But we did get bathrobes....

The theme was Denim and is my before....

And my after!

I told you some of the pictures in the hotel were a little risque. They had naked people in pictures everywhere. It was kind of gross.

In the limo on the way to the awards...

Leslie on stage....she didn't win, but boy, she was the prettiest one up there!

After the awards, we went to 4th Street. It's like an enclosed mall with lots of bars and restaurants. Pretty cool!

Cab ride home...

And what we looked like today at the airport.

So much fun, now it's time for bed!!! Love you Leslie!! And I am so proud of you!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Some Pictures

Jason and I did get to go out for a little bit on Tuesday night for Fat Tuesday with some people from work. Thank you mom and dad! It was nothing big, just went to Razzoos to get a little of that New Orleans spirit. I loved the music - after my trip there last fall, I can't wait to take Jason back there. I would never want to go during Mardi Gras, but it's a trip that is worth it.

I just took some pictures of Avery this morning. Enjoy!

Just a side note - her little pants, which are all 24 months by the way, don't fit over her belly and are a little tight. She is going to need 2T! She is 15 months old, today actually, and she can't fit into those clothes easily. She is going to be a tall girl!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


"Failing to plan is planning to fail."

I do firmly believe this, even though I don't always practice my life that way. Let's face the facts: I am a lazy procrastinator. Planning takes time and energy so sometimes, we are guilty of just letting our life lead us, letting our money lead us, our laundry, our cleaning, everything. Jason and I just got so tired of our lives overtaking us so we decided to do something about it. I used the chalkboard in the girls' room to create a cleaning list for our weeks/months.

The instigator to this was Friday, when Avery got pink eye again. Her babysitter was in tears because she had sanitized the whole house and now another kid was going to pass it around. I asked myself, how clean is our house, really? And then I realized that while our house might be straightened up, it wasn't clean because we never knew when the last time we sanitized her toys was, or scrubbed the floors. For us, days just run together, a huge blur of activity that get away from us. So it was important that we come up with a plan.

This list was pretty simple. It allows us to have certain days that it is expected for us to complete something. It also includes the little things that we never do, like organize the kids drawers and sanitize toys.

Sunday, I had the kids help and we went to work on our closets and drawers. We put together all random socks in pairs, refolded all of our clothes (since we all just tend to shove them in there) and got rid of clothes that didn't fit us anymore. But I organized the linen closet, which was in need of some tidying up. I don't have a before picture, but basically, things were just crammed all over the place. Every time we got a new towel or sheet, we got the "linen closet avalanche." You know, one thing comes out, they all come out?" It was hard to find things in there.


Here it is now.

I also believe that everything in your house needs to have a home. My husband and I don't always where the other person puts things because some things just don't have a "home." So I went one step further and labeled each stack in the closet.

It's nothing fancy, but it works.

Since we have dogs, we do keep towels even when they tear. We use them for cleaning up messes or drying them off when we give them a bath. But it drove me crazy that all towels were mixed up together. So, we have a stack for each.

I think when you've got a house with kids, having these types of organizational plans is incredibly helpful. Although last night, when it was time to do the floors (we have to do those three times a week, since we have dogs) I wasn't loving it. I would have rather been sitting down. But tomorrrow, our house will be clean and we will have the night off. And I won't be sitting there, trying to relax, constantly feeling like there is something else I should be doing. So, I guess it's worth it!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Weekend

We had a great weekend with the kids this weekend. We went shopping Friday night and they were so patient, that we decided Saturday to do a Girls/Boys Day. So Jason took Jordan to see Star Wars 3D and I took Sophia and Avery to have dessert at Corinos. Sophia was an absolute joy this weekend (she always is) but this weekend, shopping with her was so much fun. She loves to pick out the most ridiculous outfits for me, but I love her enthusiasm.

We also have been visiting our old church, Inglewood Baptist. It's where Jason and I met and were in church our entire youth. When we moved back to Grand Prairie, we knew we had to try it again. We really liked it (felt like home) so today, we rejoined! It was a nice day.

So, the day finally got nice enough and the kids were itching to get on the trampoline. Avery hates being stuck inside when the kids are out jumping. I walk in the room and this is what I see...

She looks at us and says "dit, dit" that means "jump."

Man, I love watching all four of these kids have fun. Well, three small kids and a big one.

They sit in this circle and pass the all around. Avery moves from lap to lap.

I've figured out that when my phone is fully charged, it takes pretty good, fast pictures!!

By the way, did you know that trampolines rip holes in the knees of your jeans? Well, they do.

Jason is such a good player. He will come up with a game completely spontaneously. He made up this ball game and now they play it all the time. Of course, Avery sees balls on the ground and she says, "Ball ball" until I throw the ball into the trampoline.

Our poor backyard. The corner flooded because of the rain.

Of course, the dogs found their way over there.

They. Were. Filthy.

I promise, they were. You can't really tell from the pictures.

Good weekend!!!