Monday, July 6, 2015

Mourning the No More Training Wheels Thing

So this video below, these clips below, are such sweet memories for me.  I can't quit watching it.

Preston asked us to take off his training wheels this weekend.  Now me, being the parent with the helicopter tendencies, said let's raise them first to see how he balances.  That lasted five minutes --- it was obvious that he was ready. 

I'm so proud of him, and I'm so happy to see him growing and developing.  It's almost like I can feel my heart swelling when I think about how happy I am for him and how much I love getting to be his mommy --- cheering him on.  There was that twinge of sadness mixed with shock, mixed with a little numbness though.  I mean how the hell did this happen so fast --- he's just a baby. 

One of the memories I have of my childhood was learning to ride my bike up and down our gravel drive way.  I just felt soooo old.  I have no idea how old I actually was, but I know I felt much older than four and a half years old.  All that said, mentally I just wasn't prepared for him to hit that milestone already. 

Congrats on your no-training-wheels success, Mr. P.  Yay for me for not crying in front on you or your dad.  I can't believe I let you do this (hello, helicopter!) -- that I actually encouraged you to do this.  I can't believe you did it so quickly.  I was expecting it to take you days, maybe weeks to learn to ride without training wheels.  Not five freaking minutes.  I can still remember giving you your first bottle (all 2 cc's of breast milk they finally allowed when you were in the ICU) just like it was yesterday.  Then it's the training wheels ... off they come.  I can't help but feel like you might just graduate and move out tomorrow.

Thanks for the reminder to enjoy every single moment and even appreciate the not-so-good ones because my babies aren't keeping.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Things I love this May.

1.  His guidance and His peace.

I prayed for His guidance and He guided.  I prayed for His timing and He said when.
I prayed for an easy surgery and all went ok.  I prayed for a quick recovery and so far He's providing.

2.  My Mother's Day/ Five Year Anniversary Gift

The hubs surprised me the Friday before Mother's Day and took me to the local jeweler who designed my engagement ring.  He pulled in and said, "we're going to pick out a new wedding band."  The band we promised we'd get at our 5 year wedding anniversary, but we were fresh in the throws of being new parents.  In learning about all the expenses that came along with that, we put it off.  This December we'll celebrate nine years so it was a little over due, but at any rate,  they custom made it to my preferences, and I love it.

Diamonds around, rose gold setting, and dainty.  Those were my three criteria. 

3.  So proud of Preston.

Back in the fall, his teacher was concerned that Preston didn't know many of his letters or numbers.  She mentioned that he had no desire to practice writing.  I wasn't overly concerned, but I did start looking for new ways to motivate him to learn about his letters and numbers.  I started hitting on what he loved all while sneaking letters and numbers into it without him noticing. We bought the Alphabet Train DVD.  This guy loves his trains so this was a win, win. 

 Alpha Balls also wrote about that time and asked if we would like to try them out.  Yes, yes, and yes! These were perfect as it hit on him learning his numbers, but also hit on his gross motor skills which is something he's never really struggled at. I really wish I would have discovered Alpha Balls a while ago. 

And here's a letter he wrote to "Ya-ya's mommy" just this week.  I asked him many times what this letter said and I still have no idea.  I'm thinking this is a not-so-nice-letter.  You see "Ya-Ya's mommy" also cleans our house, and this is about the third time that she has completely picked up one of Preston's train tracks to clean his room.  I love it --- after all, that's what we're paying her to do, right?!  P, on the other hand, it makes him mad, and I think that's exactly what this letter is about.  No matter the subject matter, LOOK AT HIS LETTERS!  Proud mama, right here. 

4.   I finally decided to give laser hair removal a try.  Zero regrets.

I kind of felt like everyone was already doing this, but I didn't understand the hype, the process, or the pricing.  I visited Clearstone for my first and only go so far.  You guys, I haven't shaved my legs more than once or twice a week for the past few weeks (note: it takes 2-3 weeks before the follicle to shed the hair).  That in and of itself is worth it's price in gold.  The Clearstone rep explained the process and actually recommended that I come in once a quarter due to the amount and type of hair that I have ( she commented that I didn't have much hair to begin with --- which was news to me and my razor).  That makes it sound even more affordable --- I was thinking I would need to go once a month which had me questioning how I would keep that up. Plus, Clearstone has a reasonable price list compared to some competitors.  Honestly, I didn't think it was all that painful either.

5.  These two.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Life Lately.

So remember Preston's fourth birthday party at The Fish Gallery in January?? Well, we bought him a fish tank that day and promised to fill it with fish just as soon as the tank was set up and the water had acclimated.  We did just that, and then they all died.  Within five days.  So we started over, and this time (knock on wood) our fish, all seven of them, are alive, well, and thriving.  He told me last week, "Mommy, I love my fishes."  I do, too!

It's kind of crazy to say, but these suckers have their own little personalities and it's so fun to watch them. The little molly fish hangs out at the top of the tank all day long.  All day long. The one big fish -- I don't even know what kind of fish he is, but we call him "Sneaky Pete" -- he hides in the rock  The five little neon tetras, well, they're my absolute favorite. 

Ok, enough about fish. I had to share this picture of Preston in this sweater.  I was a tad bit obsessed with the sweater, I think it was the elbow patches.  Anyhow, I found it on clearance and ordered it.  He wore it maybe three times and then I accidentally threw it in the washer.  It now fits an itty bitty baby doll.  I was disgusted.  I tried to restretch the fibers to no avail. {insert sad face here}  Anyhow I just wanted a picture of him in it on the blog for safe keeping and to serve as my constant reminder to always sort my laundry properly ;)

I snapped this picture of Hadley one Sunday after church.  She's a sweet little thing, and boy oh boy, is she a daddy's girl.  I'm starting to take it personally.  

The HLSR kicked off a couple weeks ago and we adorned our boots for Go Texan Day.  Preston loves any excuse to get to wear his cowboy boots and hat.  Hadley, though, she couldn't care less about Go Texan Day (see below for the full drama) but she did indeed love her boots, a gift from her Grrr.  

Their preschool and day care had a Go Texan festival with a petting zoo and pony rides. 

Poor-Bear died a year ago to the date of Go Texan Day this year, and just three days prior to Go Texan Day Preston and I were walking out of school when he said, "Mommy, I wish Pooh-Bear can come back to life for just one day so I can ride him."  {insert real big sad face here}  That made me super sad.  He was all smiles though to be back in the saddle just a few days later.  We all miss sweet Pooh-Bear so much. 

And, finally, meet Miss Lucy Kate.  She's my new niece, and she looks just like her mommy in this picture. Sweet girl! 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Spring, Blessington Farms, Sweet Kids.

One of the perks of being a Houston Moms Blog team member is all the cool and sometimes free stuff we get. Blessington Farms partnered with Houston Moms Blog back in 2014 and gave each member a pass for admission and free strawberries.  So between all the cold snaps and the rainy weekends, we took advantage of a Saturday with amazing weather and headed out to Blessington Farms. The kids had the blast. 

Preston would cut the strawberries, put them in his basket, and Hadley would go right behind him, pulling them all out. Haha! Little sisters are so fun. 

I must say that Preston, Mr. Picky eater -- Mr. Never-eats-fruits-or-veggies, now is all about eating strawberries as a result of this day.  Thank you, Jesus!

He slid down the slides no less than 50 times. 

Then we went on a train ride.  No, it's not really a train per say, but anything that connects and pulls in a similar fashion is a train in Preston's train-obsessed world. 

Hadley refused to ride in my lap.  She is the queen of do-it-herself. I can't imagine where in the world she gets that from?!

They both loved the animals. 

One of the owners even let Preston hold Goldie.  Proud of himself would be an understatement.

Either the goat didn't care for Preston's handling of Goldie or he wanted to climb in P's lap also. 

Little did I know at the time, but this would be the very last picture of Hadley holding or taking a bottle.  It wasn't her last bottle --- that came just a couple of weeks later --- just her last picture.  It makes me sad all the same, though.  She's growing up entirely too darn fast. 

Of course, Hadley had to have a wardrobe change in the middle of it all. 

Looking forward to warmer weather, more time outside, and, most of all, to making more memories with these sweet kiddos of mine. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Cirque du Soleil Giveaway

I've never been to a Cirque du Soleil show before, but that's all about to change this year.  All I need is a babysitter (currently accepting applications on that!) and the hubs and I will heading out for a date night --- a date night that consists of Cirque du Soleil's amazing AMALUNA show.  

More information can be found here, but from what I read it's a love story that will be put to test (aren't all love stories?) throughout the show. And as a tribute to women, it is a Cirque du Soleil first that the cast will be 70% women with a 100% female band.  

In addition to providing tickets for our date night, Cirque du Soleil is giving away a pair of tickets to their AMALUNA show on Wednesday, February 18th at 8:00PM at Sam Houston Race Park. For those of you living in Houston, you can enter below to win.  Maybe I'll see you there, and for more changes to win you can also enter here and here

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Monday, January 12, 2015

happy no. 4, preston!

We celebrated 4 amazing years with Preston on January 4th! I wanted to have a train-themed party at our house this year with a ride-on train on our cul-de-sac.  The husband quickly vetoed that as we are two for two on rain at the last two parties we held at our house --- our house is not big enough for entertaining entering on the inside. 

After that veto came, I went searching online.  The Fish Gallery came up, and it seemed unique and reasonable, price wise. So we had a fish themed party --- and we promised Preston a fish tank and fish for his birthday. We're still acclimating his tank for his fish, but here in a couple of weeks we'll have a handful of fish for his tank. 

He had the best time with his friends --- especially with his BFF from school for two years in a row (pictured center just below). 

The Fish Gallery brought out a few sea creatures for the children to touch and hold.  They also got to feel the koi fish tanks as well as watch them feed the fish in their large fish tank, while getting a front row seat and an up close look at the fish. 

If you're look to host a party at The Fish Gallery in Houston then I promise you that you won't need any decor.  Their room is already decorated perfectly.  I had a few items that I threw up the night before but that was because I already had them --- not because I needed them. 

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day. 

Love Preston's "wow" face. 

Thank you to our friends who came out to celebrate with us. 

Preston, I love you and your crazy, can't-sit-still personality.  You are highly emotional, and I love it --- you come by it naturally (points finger at myself). I adore you. I adore your heart. I adore the four years that God has given me with you.  Here's to many more, dude!

All about Preston at 4:
lover of all things train, favorite color is blue, best friend is Owen. 
great swimmer, not a fan of letters or numbers, loves train videos on the iPad. 
loves nuggets, pizza, CHIPS, shredded cheese, eggs, bacon, waffles, and goldfish. 
takes your gummy vitamins like they're candy. 
is fully potty trained, and even sleeps without a diaper at night as of about a month ago (can I get a woohoo!)
loves your cowboy boots and cowboy hat.  loves christmas music and is still singing it even though the holidays ended a few weeks ago (you come by that naturally also). 
obsessed with wolves, loves to watch animals on tv with dad, and also loves to watch Gold Rush (pulled out the whole "excavator" terminology on me a few weeks ago). 
loves to make fun of your Grrr and say "Okay' in your sweet high pitched voice. 

You're awesome, dude.  I love you so much.