Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas Activities 2011

When I say, "Kiss Sissy", Macy- you lean in and touch your forehead to Molly's.

A few nights before Christmas, we went to visit some local lights.  The gentleman who hosts this event each year gives all the donations that are collected to Kamp Kemo.  He started doing this before he himself was diagnosed with cancer.  This year there were several areas with nods given to breast cancer.

Macy - all dressed up and ready to go!
Thanks, Krissy, for the fun dresses and silver, glittery shoes!

Molly - ready to go see the lights and trains in Elgin

Santa was there!  I was so excited.  The girls were not.  :)

Molly looks a little concerned.

Who IS this man you gave me to, Mommy?

Macy takes a good hard look at Santa.  She was not at all interested in sitting in his lap.

Molly with GranMary

Love this!  My two snow girls!

The girls really enjoyed wandering around .... Macy was drawn to these singers several times.
They were so sweet.  Later, I talked to a few of them and found out
they are counselors at Camp Kemo!

Daddy &  GranMary

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Today - December 17, 2011

Today was a wonderful day!  It is the first Saturday of my Christmas Break from teaching.  So, the time that we have together is such a treat.

I have been wanting to post all kinds of things lately about you girls but am totally overwhelmed by the thought of how much I've missed with the busy season of taking pictures with my little side business.  Sometimes that overwhelming feeling can shut you down for a while.

So, even though I have lots of things that I want to blog about....right now, I'm going to just post about today...and a few of the precious moments you gave me JUST today!

  • This morning, when I got you out of your cribs....I stopped at your crib first, Macy....picked you up, and you came up with your pink blankets...and your pacifier.  As soon as I got you up, you leaned back into your crib and dropped your blankets like your Daddy taught you to....and then you said "daaa" and lifted your paci up into the air towards the glass dish where you put them when you're not napping.  I loved it.
  • Then I went to get you, Molly.  As we walked to your crib, Macy was pointing to you, repeatedly saying, "Mommy" meaning "Molly".  Molly, you did the same thing with your paci....and then clapped afterwards, just like Macy.
  • We had breakfast and got a surprise phone call from Mommy's friend, Nancy.  It gave us the boost we needed to get going this morning.  Later, she came by and introduced us to her new grandson, Hudson!  
  • This morning, Macy, you said "cracker" for the first time while eating goldfish crackers.
  • You girls are saying all sorts of words these days....and I am completely amazed.  Some of your words are:  bird (bir), ball (ba), doggie (cookie), diaper (die-pa), bye bye, Mommy, Dadda, car (ka), baby, cup, meow, roar, woof woof, quack quack (kack kack), moo (boo)
  • Macy, you can point out a "bird" and "hat" in a WOWED me tonight when I asked you to find the bird in the book, and you turned to the page in the book where it was!  That was a first!  Then, you showed me where the hat was when I asked you where it was.  Unreal!
  • Molly, tonight after we got home from shopping, you played a while and then came into your bedroom when I was in there putting away clothes.  You came in saying "nigh nigh" over and over.  I didn't think much of it at first.  Then I realized you were saying "night night" and pointing to the pacifiers!  
  • The first time I laid you down for your nap today, I ended up letting you get up for a bit when Mrs. Nancy came.  When I went to pick you up, Molly, you looked so very you were thinking, "Yeah!  This is what I'm TALKING ABOUT!"
  • In Target tonight, you both did great!  In the checkout line, Molly, you were on your Daddy's shoulders, laughing and laughing.  It was precious.  Macy, you kept turning around looking up at me from the stroller.  It makes me feel so good when you do that.  
There were many times today when I thought about how thankful I am to have both of you.  I am continually blown away by how amazing it is that God can create such miraculous wonders and share them with us!  

I love you both so much.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

2nd Thanksgiving - 2011

I think this was one of the BEST Thanksgivings I remember in recent years.  We ate lunch at your Grandaddy's house.....played outside a was a beautiful day.

Then the next day, we drove up to Cowpens, SC to your Papa Mully's home with his new bride, Mrs. Vickie.  We had a delicious lunch - during which, Molly, you reached for the spoon while I was feeding you, and proved to your Mommy that you can feed yourself!  I was in awe of you.  Uncle Paul, your Daddy's brother, and his family came, too...and we all spent the afternoon visiting and exploring their beautiful property.

Papa Mully and Mrs. Vickie in front of their home in Cowpens, SC

Mrs. Vickie plays the piano like a dream!
She played "the itsy bitsy spider" on request....and just 'figured it out'!
Then, we stayed the night at Mrs. Vickie's relative's house next door.  It was so helpful for us to have a place to stay!  Then, the next morning, we drove towards your Daddy's hometown of Startex.  We stopped at Milliken to look at the ducks and we fed them some crackers.  Molly, you really did try to offer the crackers to the ducks, but you don't quite get the "release" yet.

Then, we headed to Carlee's in Startex.  We had a great time, playing with her 2 year old.  It was great to see them.

Our last stop was at Mom Moms.  She was kind enough to pull out picture albums
and show me some pictures of your Daddy when he was a baby.  I've been wanting
to see how much you girls looked like him at that age.  I definitely can see the

This chair that you are sitting in is one of your Daddy's favorite
memories of his Grandparents.  He remembers coming over to visit his
Mom Mom and Pop Pop and they'd be relaxing in these chairs.

There you are with your Great Grandmother, Mrs. Myrthice McGuigan.
I remember sitting in that same spot on the couch with your Daddy's Mom,
Mrs. Rene Mullinax, at Christmas time.  Mom Mom's house is full
of lively conversation and love.  She is a wonderful hostess
and loves you very much.

Molly, you enjoyed running back and forth in the hallway.
Macy, we guessed you were tired because you stood quietly beside
one of the bedroom doors.
Your Daddy's Grandmother's Home in Duncan, SC
From L to R:
Uncle Rodney & Aunt Patty; Uncle John, Sean, Mom Mom, Uncle Joe