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Sunday, April 13, 2014


things have been crazy around here lately. I'VE been crazy around here lately. ;) 
and the blog has taken a bit of a back seat. i hate that because it really is my way of "scrapbooking" our lives. but then i fall behind and life happens and i find myself debating back and forth on whether or not i should post everything i want to post that i've forgotten to post but want to remember to post. see what i mean? cuh-ray-zee. i've decided that for now i'll play catch-up as best as i can without going too far back. and i'll fill in the blanks when i have time (and hopefully before i forget….again). ;)

probably one of the BIGGEST reasons i have been MIA is because i have been wrapped in a fully sanitized, completely sterile bubble. i'm kidding. although i wish i wasn't. ha! 
poor liza came down with that awful, awful stomach bug. it kicked her little tail. in less than 12 hours she was so sick that she became severely dehydrated. we went to the ER to see if we could get her some relief. they ended up transferring her via ambulance to the children's hospital. while it was scary and definitely NOT what we wanted, we knew that she would be okay and there was comfort in that. after a (sleepless) night in the hospital, a (loooong) day of monitoring, lots of IV fluids and some handy dandy zofran (thank you, Jesus for zofran!) we were back home. she's still not 100%, but she is definitely on the mend and for that we are so thankful! 

 this week also happened to be the girls' spring break. we got wild and crazy, y'all. except we didn't. we had big plans of potty training, but that didn't happen. laney decided she would attempt it "tomorrow day" and curled up in the fetal position sobbing every time i even suggested we were out of diapers. libbi kept saying she was having "spring break," laney was having a "potty break," and that momma was having a "break down." just kidding about that last part.  or at least about libbi saying it. ;-)

we went to a birthday party for one of laney's little friends today. she was so excited and had the best time. my girls LIVE for party food - ha! you know how there's always that one girl on The Bachelor that says "i'm not here to make friends. i'm here to find love…."??? well, that is JUST like my girls at birthday parties. "we are not here to make friends. we are here to find the cake." and i have to admit, they get it honestly. baby showers are one of my favorite things because i love shower food :) 
and what makes this picture even funnier to me is the fact that libbi wasn't even invited to this party. it was one of laney's little friends from school and libbi just tagged along. yet here she is at the head of the table, pounding cake like she's the birthday girl. oh, libbi. 

libbi and laney have been playing really well together lately. especially the past few days while i have been a little preoccupied with liza being sick. she's needed a lot of extra attention and the big girls have been so good about playing and letting me tend to her. they love to play together, but y'all they will fight over just about anything. anything! it's crazy! 
the other night i found them in their room arguing over who could reach higher on the wall. seriously. 

one of the main things they fight over? strings and ribbons. i'm not even kidding. they'll find a long piece of yarn or a stray ribbon from a gift and act like it is solid gold. they are suddenly into "fishing" and "walking dogs" and "making belts" and every blasted thing you can think of to do with A STRING!!! they will inevitably end up fighting over it and i will lose my mind and remind them that it is basically TRASH that they're fussing over. we have a million and a half toys and they will argue over a discarded ribbon. true sisterly love :)

jeffrey went to the masters on thursday and brought the girls back cute little shirts and some cookies. he knows the way to our hearts. we're phil fans, but since he's no longer in contention i'm rooting for jordan spieth and i wouldn't hate it if adam scott won and had to be interviewed and photographed. over. and over. and over. ;-)

we closed out our spring break week stuffing eggs together for the big egg hunt at maw maw's house tomorrow. the girls are pumped. even though libbi keeps calling it a "treasure hunt." it's sure to be a fun time. and hopefully i'll blog about it and post some pictures sometime before christmas. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

happy, happy day!

some birthday wisdom from our little ladies….

happy birthday, jeffrey!

we hope your day is full of cake, presents, love, and lots of cute girls. ;-)
we love you!

Friday, March 28, 2014

five on friday…. with laney!

today's five on friday is full of some of my favorite moments with laney this past week. that girl is a riot and keeps us laughing all the time. 

she's been on a "georgia bulldog" kick lately. (go dawgs!)
jeffrey wore a georgia golf shirt to work the other day and when he walked in the door at the end of the day she said, "hi daddy! how was the georgia game?!" serious as all get out. 
when we were playing "sad, mad, glad" at supper the other night (each person says one thing that made them sad, mad, and glad that day) laney told us she "felt sad because no one took her to see the gym dogs" that day. ha! i guess she really enjoyed our georgia gymnastics experience. and finally, if you ask where we live she will very proudly tell you, "Georgia Game!" 

i got out some of the boxes of spring/summer clothes this week. laney was trying on shoes and was thrilled to have so many new (to her) shoes to choose from. she is especially pleased with her "randals" as she calls them. and i just don't have the heart to correct her and tell her they're "Sandals."

when laney says the blessing before supper you never really know what you're going to get. some days she's feeling the spirit move and will pray to her little heart's content. other days, she narrates the days events in the form of "prayer." one night this past week she was praying - after stopping repeatedly to remind everyone (especially libbi) to close their eyes, stop eating, and listen - and we had to try so hard not to laugh. while she's busy telling libbi "don't eat!" she's simultaneously trying to pray and sneak a few bites of her own supper. this particular night she was praying, "thank you God for this day. thank you that I went to school today. please help libbi to close her eyes…" and then she dropped a big bite of yogurt on her placemat, but continued on in her prayer without missing a beat - "please help me to eat that bite. amen."

laney is absolutely the nicest, most polite person in our family. no kidding! she says please and thank you constantly. she will throw out a "you yelcome!" before you even have a chance to finish saying thanks. she loves playing "supper" in her room and wants to go upstairs and play constantly. (basically "supper" is her version of top chef. she uses every bit of pretend food we have to make all kinds of culinary creations which we are then required to "taste.") 
she asks me all the time, "can i go play supper upstairs in my room?" and when i say yes she will reply, "oh, thank you momma! that is a good choice. that is so sweet of you!" ha! it's nice to know i have her approval. ;) 

finally, laney sleeps pretty much like she acts all day…. W-I-L-D! ha! unfortunately for us, she's been our little roommate for most of this week. since she and libbi share a room we didn't want her bunking with libbi while libs had the stomach virus. so we reluctantly let laney sleep with us. laney was over the moon. as soon as we told her she would be sleeping in our bed, she immediately started yawning and acting like she was tired. it was only 6:30. now, imagine the letter H….each of the sides represent me and jeffrey, the middle represents laney. that is exactly how she likes to sleep. her head in jeffrey's side and her feet in my ribs. you can imagine how comfortable that is. so we did what any normal, sleep deprived parents would do: we moved her to the foot of our bed. we laughed and said it felt like she was our family dog. she'd burrow and circle at the foot of the bed until she found her "spot" and then she was out. sprawled out across the foot of the bed, happy as can be. oh, how we love that girl. 

hope y'all have had a great week! we have big plans this weekend. libbi and i are going to the ballet tomorrow. and on sunday, we are all celebrating jeffrey since it's his birthday! woohoo! here's to a fun weekend with my three little ladies!  TGIF, y'all!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

you call that running?!

the girls had their fun run at school today. it was a fundraiser to help raise money for new playground equipment at their school. they ran around a makeshift "track" - kind of like a modern day "walk-a-thon" - do y'all remember those? the only thing i remember about the walk-a-thon is my teacher trying to encourage us to "KEEP WALKING!!!" and "PICK UP THE PACE!" while my friends and i leisurely walked around the track just socializing. the rest of our classmates completed upwards of 20 laps, we maaaaaay have completed 2-3 laps, tops. but we sure did catch up on all the latest and greatest. ;-)

anyway, back to the fun run….
the girls were pumped to run and had such a fun time. they earned medals after they completed their run (laney ran 10 laps and libbi ran 15 - they both met their goal!) i was a little leery about libbi participating since this was her first day back at school after battling the stomach bug (FOR FIVE DAYS!!!!) but she did great! she's obviously MUCH tougher than her momma. :)

it's always funny to me how differently the girls react to unfamiliar situations - from their general demeanor right down to their wardrobe choices. 

laney got dressed this morning without a fight. in fact, she spilled chocolate milk on her shirt and didn't even bother to change. 
libbi was incredibly distraught over having to wear pants and "running shoes." she cried and moped around all morning because she couldn't wear a skirt. 

laney wasn't too sure if she wanted to participate in the run, but was positive she wanted me there. 
libbi insisted that i didn't have to come - and kept telling me, "you don't have to come. i don't mind…"

laney was a little timid at first, but soon caught on to the idea of the event and was running like the wind. 
libbi followed every rule and when the DJ said "run," she ran. and she didn't stop. 

laney smiled from ear to ear each time she spotted me when she rounded the corner. 
libbi pretended she didn't know me. ha! really, she just cut her eyes over at me once (to acknowledge my presence) and then she continued running. 

i love those girls and their unique personalities! 

and just for fun, here's a short video of laney running during the fun run this morning. i have a video of libbi, too….but she just basically tries to avoid making eye contact with me so the video makes it seem like i'm trying to creep on some random kid instead of my own child. 

i can't help but laugh every time i see the clip of laney, because it makes me think of phoebe buffay from friends. do y'all remember this episode? 

here's laney with her own phoebe run ;-)