Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 179 - Happy Birthday Sunshine!!!

Today my baby turned seven...SEVEN...how in the world do I have a seven year old? Man, time flies!

I mean, surely it hasn't been six years since I took this picture!
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When we were leaving the house this afternoon, Sunshine asked for the keys because she wanted to start the car...which I didn't do because we don't do that...but it got me thinking...it will only be like nine more birthdays until she turns SIXTEEN! Is that still the driving age? Crazy! Where did my baby go?
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However, I am so proud of the little girl she is growing up to be. She is polite, funny, creative, considerate, helpful and most importantly, loves Jesus will all her heart. What more could a mom ask for?

She started her morning with the traditional "Happy Birthday Princess" song playing as she woke up. All of the girls love hearing that song {over and over} on their birthday day :o) Daddy told her she could open her presents before he left for work and she was all over that :o)
She LOVED her singing Ariel birthday card! Take that Hallmark! There is no way she would have enjoyed a Justin Bieber or Hannah Montana card anymore :o) Haha!
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She was SHOCKED when she opened her "big" present...
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I have never heard her talk about an ipod touch before and I wasn't sure she would even know what it was so I was pretty surprised when she squealed and said, "Whoa! Ipod touch! I pod touch!"
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I had a hard time getting that thing wrapped last week...Daddy kinda liked playing with it...I mean, setting it up :o)
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For breakfast, she chose chocolate donuts and chocolate milk. I totally had a mental block and put six candles on her donuts :o) Wishful thinking, I guess!
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Sunshine then spent the next 10 hours or so playing with her ipod touch...with an exception of about 20 minutes I made her go outside and play...ha!

Tonight, our Texarkana family came to town (my dad is having surgery tomorrow...please pray for him!) and we had supper at The Purple Cow.
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Ganny and Baby Boy(and a couple sitting behind us...do you ever wonder if you are in the background of other people's pictures?)
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Aunt Missy and the girls!
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Sunshine was completely surprised and tickled when the staff came to sing to her...you would think she would have been expecting it since we just did this with Sweet Pea a couple weeks ago, but she wasn't. It was SO SWEET to watch her!!
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Make a wish!
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The girls!
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Happy Birthday Baby! You will always be my little Sunshine!
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 178 - Foster Care & Birthdays...

We had court for Baby Boy yesterday...even though the judge issued a continuance on his case, I feel like I can breathe again...we are "guaranteed" another five weeks with that precious baby boy so back to blogging I go :o) Haha!

Apparently, I have lost all ability to take pictures with my real camera :o) I should probably trade in my Droid for an old school cell phone so I won't be able to use the camera on my phone as a crutch. I KNOW I will regret not having more {good} pictures of this season of life.

Last week, we had our family picture made for our church's directory. We were very torn about whether to include Baby Boy in our family picture. It has been a general "rule" to only include "forever family" members in our family pictures. However, as you know, Baby Boy has been a part of our family for over 19 months...and that feels like forever! So, we went back and forth and finally decided to include him...until we started filling out the paperwork and found out that foster kids had to have written permission to be included in publications, like church directories. Who knew?
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At the end of the week, Ganny and Papa Texarkana came up for a visit and took two of my babies back to stay with them for a few days. I am not a big fan of my kids spending the night away from home, but I know it is good for them to spend time with their grandparents so I suck it up and deal :o) Haha! Our house was SO.VERY.QUIET with Sunshine and Sweet Pea gone! They both tend to fall on the dramatic end of the spectrum so things were pretty calm around here for a few days :o) I think Little Pumpkin and Baby Boy enjoyed the extra attention :o) We met Daddy downtown for lunch one day...
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Pretty sweet, huh?

Little Pumpkin also got a few extra treats while her sisters were gone :o)
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Haha!

I missed my girls..a lot, but I do have to admit shopping with only two kids was a breeze! Sunshine's birthday is tomorrow so we shopped for her birthday...the kids LOVE the fountain outside my favorite kid's store :o)
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I was SO SAD when I went to Wal-Mart to pick out Sunshine's birthday card...
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Notice anything about the picture? Well, let me tell you...the sweet, princess cards stop at age SIX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The stupid "tween" cards start at SEVEN. What are they saying? Seven year olds are big kids or something? I am not ready for that...and neither is my girl :o) I settled on a non-numbered Ariel card :o)

Without her sisters around to play with, Little Pumpkin's organization obsession was present in full force. She rearranged her picture album no less than 30 times...that is one of her favorite activities...she also spent a lot of time organizing her paper tablets into different bags. I couldn't help but laugh when I went to pick out her bow and found this...
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FINALLY, Sunshine and Sweet Pea came back to town and things got lively again...lively would be a nice way of saying, "loud and messy." Haha! We enjoyed a fun morning painting outside...
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Little Pumpkin got NO PAINT on her clothes or skin...the other girls got paint ALL over their skin and clothes :o) It is funny how similar those two are!

Hummm, let's see, what else...the big girls are really enjoying their summer gymnastics classes...
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...and we are enjoying to opportunity to meet Daddy downtown for lunch when he is in town!
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And since Sunshine's 7th birthday is tomorrow, we have started the traditional SEVEN birthday celebrations! We are doing pretty good...two down, five to go :o) For the last two nights, she got to open birthday presents!

Celebration #1...She got these super cool birthday sunglasses and school uniforms for next year...but not just any school uniforms...school uniforms for her new school...she had no idea she was switching schools until she opened the present and saw the school plaid...she is going back to the school she went to for kindergarten next year. She was SUPER excited about this present :o) I took her by this morning to drop off some paperwork at the school :o) Of course, she had to wear the glasses!
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Celebration #2...More presents...new backpack and lunchbox :o)
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I cannot believe my baby will be seven tomorrow! This is her last six year old picture...
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I hope she doesn't change too much this year! I LOVE that girl!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Day 173 - Little Update...

Daddy is home from his business trip...whoo hoo!

Sunshine and Sweet Pea left today to spend a couple days with their grandparents...boo! Miss them like crazy!

THE court date for Baby Boy is Monday. PLEASE PRAY.

Read Choosing to See by Mary Beth Chapman earlier this week...highly recommend it...very authentic and real.

And, I will leave you will a pic of Little Pumpkin eating her FAVORITE snack...black olives (ewwwwww!)...

Monday, June 20, 2011

Day 170 - Posting & Playing...

Obviously, I have decided not to post every.single.day. There are some major decisions that need to be made in the coming days and I have decided to use my time to focus on those things.

I know Daddy is missing his babies, so I am posting some pics of my sweet babies from our playtime outside this morning.
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We played outside early this morning and the weather was perfect!
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Sweet, sweet baby boy!
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Deep in thought...
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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 168 - Happy Birthday Julianne!

Today we spent our day celebrating Sweet Pea! As with tradition, this is her third celebration this week :o) I still cannot believe my baby is three!

Sweet Pea chose to have her birthday lunch at The Purple Cow...
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Cute cousins!
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Does she look excited to you? Haha!
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After the meal, the waitstaff brought over a birthday dessert for Julianne and sang to her...she was a bit surprised :o) SO SWEET!
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Make a wish!
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LOVE that girl!
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After lunch, we came back to the house for an ice cream social in Sweet Pea's honor :o)
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Cupcakes...
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Happy Birthday to you...
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Making {another} wish...
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Making a sundae :o)
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Sunshine!
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Sweet Little Pumpkin...
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Sunshine reading Sweet Pea a birthday card...
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Happy Birthday Sweet Pea!!!!!!!!
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