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Welcome to my blog. I'm a Mississippi country girl transplanted to Grapevine, TX. I have been blessed with a great husband, and my kiddos, Aleck and Ella. When I'm not eating bon bons on the couch, I am my kid's room mom, PTA member, Sunday School teacher, taxi driver, amateur photographer and personal chef. When I'm not doing those things, I'm running a small jewelry business, 2nd Amendment Jewelry (www.2ndamendmentjewelry.com), that I started with my twin sister, Glenda. It's a crazy and busy life, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in this world. I am so thankful for all the blessings in my life!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Pay Attention

This was floating around Facebook today.  I have no idea who wrote it, but it spoke to me.  All parents, at one time or another, get so busy that we can forget to relish today.  I am thankful for this little reminder to “breathe”, “notice” and “study” today.

Girl's Day

Today, we stopped at Jason's Deli for lunch and ice cream.  Ella loves it so much that she will ask as she is getting ready for bed, "Is tomorrow Girl's Day? " She loves it as much as I do, and that's a lot!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Happy 50th

Some friends helped surprise Tom for a birthday celebration today.  The first couple of families showed up and Tom said, “Did you know they were coming over?”  I just kind of shrugged my shoulders and went on about my business.  When the next two families showed up, Tom knew it was a surprise party for him.  His face lit up like a kid on Christmas morning when he realized it was all about him.  It was awesome!



The kids had a great time swimming while the parents visited.

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Tom doesn’t really like care, but he loves my brownies.

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We only had one near CPR event with all these kids in the pool.  OK, maybe I’m exaggerating just a little.

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Let’s celebrate!


The next door neighbor even made a visit to wish Tom a Happy Birthday.

Dickey family, Siek family, Wolfe family and Campbell family, we love you guys and are so blessed to call you friends.

To steal a phrase from my kids, “It was the best day, ever!”

Happy 50th, Honey.  Here’s to the next 50!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Saint Vincent’s School Rally Sunday

We love Rally Sunday at St. Vincent’s Cathedral.  On Rally Sunday, the children from St. Vincent’s School wear their dress uniform and attend the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass.  Since the school is the church’s biggest mission, it is a wonderful opportunity for the church to meet some of our school families. 

Rally Sunday is actually how our family was introduced to the church side of St. Vincent’s.  We attended Rally Sunday when Aleck started St. Vincent’s in Mrs. Jordan’s 3 year-old class.  Tom and I were confirmed, and Aleck and Ella baptized the following Fall.  For that reason, Rally Sunday will forever hold a special place in my heart.



Aleck and his friends looked so handsome in their dress uniform.


Britney did a wonderful job speaking to the congregation.


The Boy Scouts were selling popcorn and recruiting new members.


Jana, our Head of School, also gave a wonderful speech to the congregation.  Keal was there, well, because Keal is always hard at work behind the scenes.


I love our church and I love our school.  We are so blessed to call St. Vincent’s home.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Girl’s Day and Tea Parties

This is my last year before both kids are in school all day, every day.  Ella is attending preschool three full days a week.  Going into this school year, I decided that Tuesday, Thursday and weekends are going to be special days with my kids.  I will try to get the majority of my work done while the kids are at school so I can enjoy the days that my kids are home with me.  Hence, Girl’s Day was born.  The thought quickly grew on Ella.  When she wakes up in the morning, she says, “Is it Girl’s Day?”  If I reply “yes”, she shouts, “yay!”  Some days we spent the day at home painting and riding our bikes to the park.  Other days, we visit Paradise Pond and have a nice lunch at Jason’s Deli.  Ella always orders soup.  The staff always says, “what will she be having?”  They are always surprised that a little girl loves soup.

On this specific day, Ella and I had cupcakes and tea at Let’s Pretend Tea Parties, a little girl’s tea room and boutique.  Ella loved having her nails and hair done, and she even got a touch of makeup for the special occasion.  She was mesmerized with the cubes of sugar.  She wasn’t too crazy about her cupcake, but she did love eating the sugar cubes.  If you live in Grapevine, TX, and have a little girl, I highly recommend a tea party at Let’s Pretend Tea Parties.

Of course, we call days that AJ is home Girl’s and Boy’s Day.  We can’t leave my little man out. 

I am so thankful for these sweet moments and also thankful that I am aware of how fleeting these special times are together.  In the blink of an eye, my babies will have babies of their own.  I hope they continue the tradition of Girl’s and Boy’s Day.



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