Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Prayers of the Righteous

Oh, how I wish I could video tape the girls saying prayers at night. Since I know that wouldn't work (as they either freeze up or totally perform when the camera is on them), I've got to record our most recent nightly prayer:

First, Caroline (imagine a huge, shy grin on her face with an accent that adds an extra two syllables to each word):
"Dear God. Thank you for Mama. Thank you for Daddy. Thank you for Aly-Boo. Thank you for Taro-yine. Amen"

Then Aly (eyes closed, speaking with all the drama of an evangelist preacher):
"Dear God and Jesus. Please take care of my animals. Please don't make us sick. Please let us have pink medicine and not red medicine. Please let me have super-powers. Thank you for the Bible so I can learn about Jesus. Amen."

There is nothing more sweet than the faith of a child!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Wet days, dry pants

So, I mentioned in my last post that I enjoy a good rainy day every now and then as a welcomed break from steamy hot September days. Well, I think that I can speak for all of Northwest Georgia (and much of the southeast!) right now when I say that we are sick of rain! We in Rome have been fortunate enough to have not experienced the tremendous flooding taking place in Atlanta, but how much rain can sun-loving folks like us take?! Surely the crisp blue fall skies are out there and arriving to us soon, right?! We saw sunlight this afternoon, so I feel a little optimism creeping in!

Thanks to a fever virus, Aly missed the first official dance class, but got to go last week. She loved it and was very proud of herself. Because she wears the outfit almost daily, my new ambition is to keep it somewhat clean and presentable for the actual class. When I asked her recently what she wanted to be for Halloween, it was no surprise when she answered, "A ballerina." Done, darlin'!

And thanks to the rain, we decided to buckle down and get serious about potty-training. I say (with a little nervous trepidation!) that Caroline is trained! We picked out her big-girl panties (I feel a little weird typing "panties" over the Internet!) on Monday, as she is proudly displaying below. She's done a great job!


Thursday, September 17, 2009

The week-in-review

We've had a week of rain here in Rome, therefore a week of indoor activities. It's honestly been kind of nice to hunker-down inside and give the outside fun a bit of a break. Here are just a few pictures from the week:

A picnic-party with all of the fixin's. The girls' favorite activity lately is getting ALL the kitchen pieces out and making parties. The funny thing is that because Aly is just a little type-A, she also enjoys cleaning it up afterward. They say they are doing their 'chores' (like Cinderella!)

I haven't totally gone all-out with potty training Caroline, but she did use her potty twice on Monday! I just couldn't resist a little diaper-free-bottom shot!

The girls have a new obsession: Batman (Caroline) and Superman (Aly). We received a catalog in the mail about a week ago with Halloween costumes, and the girls have been smitten ever since. Aly has a MAJOR crush on the superhero (she laughs giddily every time we say his name), and Caroline follows right along!

Speaking of crushes... this season, each Tuesday night is "Family Night" with the team. We go up to the cafeteria and eat with the basketball boys. The girls L-O-V-E love the basketball boys, and the guys are so sweet to them. When I tell them that it's 'basketball-boy-dinner-night', they run to the dress-up clothes and load on the jewelry and accessories. I just had a Bible study last night with senior girls in which we talked about how our image and identity of ourselves is formed early and we build this identity based on what elicits praise from others when we're young. I couldn't help but think of my own girls knowing already that dressing up 'pretty' elicits attention from the boys they want to impress... (Gulp!) I guess there is always something to worry about. For now, we'll just enjoy Tuesday Family Nights!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Baby BLUE!!

We had a doctor's appointment today; our wonderful doctor gave us an early Ultrasound and we found out that we are having A BOY!! A little more blue to mix in with our very pink household! Chad and I are ecstatic and were a little on the obnoxious side in the Ultrasound room-- I was laughing so hard with excitement the technician could barely see a picture! Chad said through tears, "I didn't want to tell you this, but I really wanted one!" We told the girls and Aly's only response was, "Can I still call him Lily?" (Not ever a name in the running, but sure!) Here are a few pictures from our exciting morning: