Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter 2014

I had a wonderful long weekend with my "little" family, as Bella refers to our immediate family.  Jacob and I were both off on Good Friday.  It was a rainy day, but that didn't stop us from having a wonderful day together.  We ate lunch at a new (to us) restaurant and introduced the girls to Chuck-E-Cheese.  Of course they had a ball!  I love watching their faces light up in excitement over the simplest things in life.  

Saturday was more of a normal chores and lazy day.  The girls played in the playroom or watched cartoons on the screen porch.  Saturday night, some close friends invited us to an Easter Egg Hunt at their church.  We took the girls that evening and they found LOTS of eggs and got LOTS of candy!  
Easter morning, we beat the girls up.  I had just made my cup of coffee and was about to put the cinnamon rolls in the oven when I heard them squeal with excitement as they saw the Easter eggs and baskets full of goodies.
After church, we went to Jacob's grandparents.  We visited, ate and hunted eggs.  Mamaw Crowe got the girls some butterfly wings...they LOVED them.  The girls each got a kite from church.  It was their very 1st kite...I must admit, it was mine too.  The girls enjoyed holding it as their little kite caught wind.
 Then we came home.  It was too pretty to go inside, so we played outside until almost dark with their new Easter goodies.  I laid a blanket on the grass and enjoyed their precious smiles and laughter.  
All in all, a wonderful Easter Day!

My thoughts on Easter dresses...I haven't ever bought them a special dress for Easter.  They have several pretty dresses and I prefer them to have a comfortable dress they they can play in (they both LOVE to be in dresses).  It wasn't until I was typing this post that I realized that Bella wore the dress that Lucy is wearing on Easter Sunday 2 years ago....dang, mom fail.  Guess it's obvious that I really like it.  Hey, don't put it past me to see Bella's dress she's wearing today to make a return in 2 years on the Resurrection Day.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Lucy's hair

See Lucy's hair?  See those pretty little curls at the end?  This picture was last September.  
Sept 2013
Around Christmas, I noticed that her hair was thinning...A LOT.  I tried not to worry about it because she is so healthy otherwise.  But last month I broke down and mentioned it to Dr Sawyer and Megan (the PA in our office).  They looked at the pictures and agreed that it was significant enough to do blood work to rule out anything serious.  One level came back slightly abnormal, so we scheduled an appointment with a specialist and we waited...
An encouraging thing was that she had new hair growth.  It's like almost all her hair fell out then new, full hair is coming back in.  Those scraggly strands looked bad...they had to go.  So on a friday evening, I took matters in my own hands.  I sat her on the countertop and hoped I could pull off cutting a stacked bob on a 2 year old.  Catch is other than barely trimming my own bangs, I've never cut hair.  
I'm sure it isn't cut evenly, but not too bad for a rookie.  I think it looks much better than those straggles.  

This is the day we went to the specialist.  Just a Lucy-and-mommy day.  It was wonderful.  I got to actually listen to her and have fun. Sometimes with a 2 & 4 year old, out and about on a tight scheduled day-it's nothing but, "come on", "not so loud", "don't touch that", "hold my hand", "keep up".  But not this day!  We had some good one on one time. 

I won't lie, I was anxious.  I felt that she was fine, because other than the hair loss, there are no other worrisome complications going on.  After talking with the doctor, she agreed that she looks normal.  We will recheck the blood work in 3 months.  I really don't care what made her hair fall out-as long as she is healthy and there is no underlying serious cause, I am grateful.  Praise God that she's ok.  For now we will rock this mama-made-bob hairdo and keep living life being grateful for each day.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

stopping to remember

Even though my to-do list for this weekend is a mile long, I feel the urge to sit in this seat and document my morning with my sweet girls.  Because this is the moments I never want to forget.  Later I'll fold the clothes, change the sheets, swap winter closets for summer clothes, finish trimming the crape myrtles, clean bathrooms, unload the dishwasher just to reload it just as fast. But I don't want to forget this morning....

I slept late, getting up around 8.  Bella came down in her princess jammies and messy hair.  She brushed her teeth in my sink, making a toothpaste mess.  I went outside to tell Jacob bye as he left to go help his mama move furniture.  Bella wanted her pink fishing pole.  She went to the flower bed to pretend to fish, until she realized there was no fishing line.  It feels perfect outside.  We came back in opened all the blinds and windows.  I'm sure I'll regret it when I find pollen inside...but it feels so good to not open them.  Lovely Lucy comes downstairs with her blanket, pillow and Minnie Mouse in hand and an oversized t-shirt on that her daddy brought her home yesterday.  
Bella asked for "pannacakes".  I'm not much of a cooker AT ALL, but I do enjoy cooking breakfast on the weekends.  So I gladly obliged.  The girls love being helpers.  We decided to add blueberries, which led to blue food dye for the perfect mini-blue-blueberry-pannacakes.  
They wanted to eat outside on the screened porch.
I'm on my 2nd cup of coffee, blogging about my beauties, music playing, windows open, washing machine buzzer just went off...ahh...I suppose it's time to begin tackling that mile long to-do list.

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