Friday, May 27, 2011

From my Blackberry

I cleared off a couple months' worth of pics from my Blackberry today, and I thought I'd share some randoms.

Elementary school pic of myself I ran across. Bless my heart.

Easter happies I made for Mimi's friends

Easter cupcakes I made for Mimi's class party

She picked this outfit out herself. I think the red shoes add a nice touch.

I love watching her fall asleep over the monitor.

Can't watch Toy Story in bed without having all her Toy Story friends with her.

Her hair is finally long enough for a real ponytail.

Sunday lunch at Fox's pizza

Practicing my golf swing at a golf tournament my office coordinates.

"Bermilla" ice cream cone


Never get tired of sleepy pics.

Lincoln County Carnival with Rivers

Flowers I arranged to place in memory of Cliff's mom at church

Who told her snowcones came in other colors besides white?!

Rockin at Cracker Barrel after church on Sunday

Having a drink at Glen's birthday party

I love a good side ponytail.

Picnic in the yard with the girls

Oh, just an adorable dress I made. Mimi told me she didn't like it. So mean!

Trying on a new swimsuit

Taking her baby for a stroll at my office

What she did while I was trying to get some work done while she was at my office

Some other stuff she did while hanging out with me at work

Fun at the splash park

Well, that was a whole lot of random, wasn't it? I never miss a photo op with the BB at my side!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day

I hope all my mommy friends had a great Mother's Day! I had a great day celebrating with my family. I feel so thankful to be a mother everyday, but it's nice to have a day to be celebrated and to show appreciation to my own mother.

We went to Sunday School at our church and then headed over to my parents' church to spend the day with them. I had to snap a pic of Amelia sitting like such a big girl at the front of the church listening to the children's sermon that my dad does each week. She has done this a few times recently when she has spent the night with my parents on a Saturday, but it was mine and Cliff's first time to get to see her participate. I would have taken more pics but I didn't want to look silly snapping photos during a church service, ha.

After church we went to my parents' house for lunch and then we spent some time outside playing. I know I'm always sharing pics of Mimi and my dad. I finally got one of her and my mom.

And of course I had to take one with the girl who made me a mother. I am so blessed and thankful to be her mama.

 I love the necklace and cards that Cliff and Amelia gave me, but it's the handmade stuff that Mimi made at school and church that mean the most. I live for stuff like this!

Not a great pic, but I was just sitting here looking at it on my desk at work and wanted to share it with you so I snapped a pic with my cell phone. Amelia made it in Sunday School for me. What I love even more is that I was looking at her picture thinking, "What's up with her hair?" and remembered that it was taken last Sunday when I was out of town and Cliff dressed Mimi and took her to church by himself. I thought the hair looked a little off for my usual work, but not a bad job by Daddy!

As happy an occasion as Mother's Day is for me, my heart is always heavy for people like Cliff and my dad who no longer have their mothers here with them, for mothers who have lost babies and children, and for women who want desperately to be mothers but have not yet been blessed with a child. I know it's not always a happy day for everyone, and I always spend some time praying for those people.

I never want to take for granted what a gift it is to be a mother. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be Amelia's mama and my desire is to be the very best one that I can be. 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Do you know that song?

Do you know that song? from Angela Furr on Vimeo.

This girl cracks me up on a daily basis.


I know I'm totally late on an Easter post, but I wanted to document our memories for my own sake more than anything.

We had such a fun Easter weekend this year. Amelia is at such a fun age to enjoy all the little things that go along with holidays. This year I just wanted to capture every single moment on video and in photos because I know this time is fleeting. I know it won't be long when finding candy in a plastic egg won't thrill her as much, and getting dollar store happies in her Easter basket won't have nearly the appeal as it does now.

As always, I tried to cram as much fun and family time in our few days off as I possibly could. I actually didn't wear myself out as much as I usually do, so that was a bonus.

Here are just a few a million pics from the weekend.

Amelia was finally old enough to enjoy coloring eggs this year. It's so fun to experience these things through her eyes now.

Amelia caught on to hunting eggs quickly and loved it this year, so we ended up going to 4 egg hunts- one at our church, one at school, one at my parents' church and one at my grandparents'.

Katie snapped this pic at the hunt at my parents' church and it makes me LOL. What other kid had an entourage of six family members cheering along at her egg hunt? The answer would be none. What can we say- she is one loved little girl!
 In her Easter dress at my grandparents' after church on Sunday.

She picked up this egg, said it was dirty and threw it back down. She much preferred eggs that had candy inside. She wasn't even impressed with the one she found with a dollar in it, ha.

It was so fun playing Easter Bunny this year knowing how excited she would be about all the little things in her basket. Her reaction did not disappoint! She was so excited to see all her prizes and even broke out into all three verses of Mary Had a Little Lamb for Cliff while he was videoing her. I know that we will treasure these home videos for years to come as she grows older.

The Bunny was generous even though she wanted nothing to do with him in person. This year we didn't get Santa or Easter Bunny pics :(. Even so, he brought her a couple of DVDs (Charlotte's Web and Veggie Tales), some play dough (which she calls mato or tomato for some reason), bubbles, a swimsuit, some bracelets, new crayons and baby bottles, a lollipop, and of course peeps and a chocolate bunny.

I'm sad this is blurry. The light was dim due to the fact that she likes to wake up incredibly early on days that we can sleep in a little.

After a nutritious breakfast of bunny and lollipop, Katie came over to snap a few pics of her in her Easter dress before church. Her hair was still a little wet, but I thought these turned out so cute! As always, we are so grateful to have Katie around to document our lives with great photos!

Katie actually bought Mimi that dress last summer and she wore it once. I had another dress that I had bought at a consignment sale that I thought I'd let her wear for Easter, but after I looked at this one in the closet, it just screamed Easter to me.

And yes, I actually got a new dress too. You may recall last year that I ended up wearing the same dress as the year before due to an unforunate incident of me forgetting that I had planned to lose a few pounds to fit in it, ha.

After church, we headed to my grandparents' house to enjoy food with the family and egg hunting with all my cousins' kids. Amelia and Belle enjoyed eating together at the little table. They are only a couple of months apart in age.

 I love this pic I snapped of Amelia and my dad. Those two are so crazy about each other. Daddy's eyes look so blue with his pretty blue shirt and I love how it matches Mimi's dress.

Sadly, the only pic I got of her and Grammy was this one of them running after the big girls.

Speaking of big girls, Amelia is crazy about her big cousin, Janie. Janie is so sweet and patient with her. I adore this pic!
It reminds me of how crazy I was about Janie's mama, my cousin Tess, and her younger sister, Mandy, when I was little. I thought they were so cool and wanted to be just like them. They were always sweet to me too.

Ok, that was our Easter 2011! Just for fun, I will end with these fun pics of 2009 and 2010.

It's funny that she was making pretty much the same face in those pics. It reminded me that she wasn't great about smiling for photos when I wanted her to back then. While I'm glad she finally learned what to do when a camera is in her face, I am wondering, where did that baby go? I miss her!