Sunday, April 18, 2010

Hailey’s First Birthday

This was a fantastic weekend in our home.  On Friday, Brenda and I started our weekend a little early.  While we weren’t taking the day off for rest and relaxation, we did get kick-off Hailey’s birthday celebration.  We didn’t have to wake up at 4am as we did a year ago, instead we slept in, to a leisurely 7am!  After dropping Grace off at Gram’s for breakfast with Grandad and Gram, we took Hailey for her 1 year check up.  After 4 shots and declaration of a clean bill of health, we were off for a full morning of errands and house cleaning.  Later in the afternoon we took the girls to Portrait Innovations for pictures.  On Saturday we filled our home with family and friends for Hailey’s party. 

We are blessed to have family and friends that made Hailey’s birthday such a big priority.  Tracy and Josh arrived before the party, something made remarkable considering that Tracy had been on a plane returning from Iowa the day before and managed to make it to our home despite a brief 9 hours spent in her own home after a week of travel.  Missy, Richard and the boys came in Friday evening and were at our house Saturday morning early to help us get ready for the party.  Unfortunately, they had to leave the party early because they also needed to attend a 50th birthday party on Saturday evening in Houston.  Todd, Melanie and Jaden driving in from Abilene and making a weekend of it was a fun treat as well. 

Dinner at Posada's, church with the family and brunch at Mimi’s Cafe wrapped up a busy, fun and blessed weekend.  The girls (including Mommy) enjoyed a well deserved nap while I sorted out pics!  Speaking of pictures, I have added a fist full of pics from Hailey’s 1 year portrait session.  If I am feeling really industrious, I will sort and upload pics from our weekend this evening some time. 

Happy Birthday to my lil’ Sweet Pea!

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Friday, April 9, 2010

A Dance with Daddy

Tonight was our big Daddy/Daughter date night.  What a fun night it was.  I made sure that we went all out.  She wore her beautiful Easter dress, Daddy wore a tie, she had a pretty fresh flower corsage, candle-lit dinner and a dance.  It was quite a night.  We ate dinner at Main Street Grill in Round Rock.  We caught quite a bit of attention as we walked in.  I know I had one of the most beautiful dates in the restaurant.  Lots of very nice people stopped by to tell me how precious and beautiful my date was.  Grace’s behavior was fantastic and we made it to the dance mostly unscathed.  Grace had chicken fingers with steamed broccoli and fresh strawberries.  She was really cute cutting up her chicken fingers with her knife.

At the dance we got to make Grace a little jeweled crown, have a tea party, see a magic show and do the chicken dance and the “YMCA”.  They also had carriage rides, though we never made it out there.   But most importantly, we were reminded that dances with precious little girls don’t last long.  They grow up quickly and even when Daddy is right there, sometimes they would still rather dance with their friends (even if Daddy paid for dinner).   Little girls also have a way of causing Daddies to dread the future.  All around us there were reminders that one day we may share a similar dance with our sugar bears, only they are likely to have a brand new name then.  Daddies were reminded that if we hope to have a positive influence on the young man, whose name our daughters may take, nights like tonight cannot come often enough. 

One very nice lady tonight at the restaurant pointed out to her daughter, that at my table was a young lady who was learning early what to expect from a date, and she was right.  I hope that any young man that hopes to take Grace out on a date will know that she is woman who deserves his best.  Tonight, I hope Grace felt like a crown jewel.  But mostly, I hope that she always knows that she has a daddy that loves her and adores her and wants her to taste the best that life has to offer. 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Photo Album has been updated!

Check out our Photo Album from the right hand navigation area.  I have uploaded several photo albums going back to Christmas.  There are some great ones also from yesterday that Gram sent us.  Spring has definitely sprung in central Texas!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

An Amnesty Blog Post

Yes, yes, I know.  I did it again.  It has been brought to my attention, on more than one occasion, that I have been woefully neglectful of our family blog.  So, I am declaring an amnesty blog, a catch-up of sorts in a single blog post.  Our last blog post came back in January when we posted Hailey’s 9-month pictures.  Since then, we celebrated my 35th birthday, our 5th wedding anniversary, Valentine’s Day, both mothers-in-law’s birthdays and a sister-in-law's birthday.  This month we will celebrate Hailey’s first birthday and Brenda’s birthday. 

I have stayed very busy with work, including lots of travel.  So far this year, I have traveled to Iowa, Arizona, Louisiana and Oregon.   I am tentatively scheduled to add trips to Virginia, Minnesota and return trips to Iowa and Oregon before the summer.  It is very hard to be away from my girls, but I do really enjoy my job, including the travel.

Grace just finished her first Spring  Break, a definite taste of things to come.  Brenda and  I are extremely pleased with our decision to send Grace to a 3-day per week preschool.  She has really opened up and come out of her shell with all the social interaction she gets now.  She loves her school and is looking forward to going all 5 days each week next year.  Next week, we have our first Daddy/Daughter dance at her school.  She and I are both looking forward to it!

Hailey is “this close” to walking.  I was actually afraid she might get up and take off while I was away in Oregon.  She will stand up in the middle of the floor, and she walks well with the assistance of a steady hand, chair or a walker.  She is such a fun and happy little girl.  We definitely detect a stubborn streak that will serve her well as she competes for attention with her sister.  She doesn’t have the early vocabulary that Grace had at her age, but she has this studious contemplation about her that leads me to believe she will end up being dumb like a fox.  Nothing escapes her!

Brenda is the anchor of our busy household.  I don’t know how she does it, but she keeps up with the girls and she keeps me in line.  It is a full-time job just keeping up with the many, many directions my mind takes us, but she manages to do so almost effortlessly as well as managing the girls, the house and her own job. 

Brenda reminded me that we have pictures still on our camera going back to Christmas.  Looks like an “Amnesty Photo Album” will be coming soon as well!

I hope everyone has a fantastic Easter, and has a moment to reflect on the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior and the glorious miracle of the resurrection.  Oh, and don’t eat too many Peeps and chocolate bunnies.