Monday, April 27, 2009

Mickey Mail!!

I'm sooooo excited!! Our Mickey Mail arrived today!!! Check it out (everything is in the folder--cute folder--huh?). There were tiny stickers all in the packet--like confetti! That's what you see on top of the folder.
And then inside the packet was this:
I just LOVE my travel agent!! This is what was included: hotel voucher, Magical Express booklet and tags, luggage tags, How To Guide 2009, and then our travel agent's extras--laminated dining itinerary with confirmation #s, laminated charts on best times to do what in each park, insider tips for each park, fun things to look for and tips for each park, 2 Tinkerbell puzzles, Cinderella temporary tatoos, and a Sleeping Beauty velvet art coloring poster. I can't WAIT to read through everything!!! Oh--and I also received some new ribbon and resins in the mail today that I found on Ebay!! I'm going to make the girls some hairbows for our trip!
19 days!!! Whoo hoo!!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Mom & Ally

This picture was taken after church this morning!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Arlington in April

So my show (Arlington in April) was today. I got there around 7:30 a.m. to set-up my booth. Brent came and helped me set-up while my mom stayed at home with the girls. Set-up went quickly. My booth was in a great location near the front where people enter--the same spot I've had the past 3 years. This year 2 of my friends that make frames were right next to me which was great!! So after I finished my booth I decided to walk around to check-out the other booths. I was shocked--there were at least 5 other bow booths that I saw!! I've always been the only one so that was very frustrating!! Ugggh! The festival started at 10:00 a.m. and the weather was gorgeous at around 80 degrees. But the wind was fierce! My tent almost blew away several times and my bow boards as well. It was crazy--I had everything zip-tied to weights, etc. and the wind broke them! Thankfully a friend of mine showed up as I was crying in frustration (I had worked soooo very hard the past few weeks staying up until all hours making these bows). Anyway, her husband helped secure my tent and boards. I was so thankful they showed up when they did! Then Brent, my girls, and my mom showed up after lunch. They stayed awhile and shopped, ate, etc. At times, the wind was so bad that I was physically holding my tent down! The festival ended at 4:00 p.m. I ended up doing fairly well but not anywhere near how I did last year. Last year I went home with only 1 board left with bows (I have 4)--not so much this year. It was somewhat disappointing. But at least I have a bunch of bows stocked--cuts down on my work now. Anyway, I was tired and sunburnt. We went out to eat with my parents and came home and watched Bedtime Stories--such a cute movie!! Then I fell asleep on the couch! Here are some pics of my new bows:
Mississippi State
University of Memphis
Ole Miss
University of Tennessee
University of Alabama (roll tide!)
Auburn University
University of Arkansas
my booth
mesome of the 4 inch bows
team bows & clippies some of the 3 and 2 inch bows
samples of my clippies
my friends Buffy & Paula (they had the booth next to me)
Their business is called Adorned and they sell handmade frames.
Check out their blog:

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Claire's 18 Month Checkup

Today was Claire's 18 month appointment! She weighed in at 27 lbs. 13 oz. (90th percentile).
She measured 34.5 inches tall (97th percentile).
Her head circumference was 49 cm. (95th percentile).
Dr. Owen said she looked great! Poor girl had 4 shots but got over it pretty quickly.

Ally sitting patiently

Monday, April 20, 2009

Ally's 1st Visit to the Dentist

Today was Ally's very first visit to the dentist!! We had talked and talked about what she should expect before we got there but I could tell she was still nervous. The first thing they did was take a full mouth x-ray of her teeth. I had never seen anything like it! You could see all of her baby teeth but you could also see all of her permanent teeth under her gums waiting to push those baby teeth out! It was so cool!! Then it was time for Ally to get her teeth cleaned! As you can see in this picture she was a bit unsure of what was about to happen.
I kept reassuring her that everything would be ok and she seemed to loosen up a bit.She ended up doing GREAT!!!! They cleaned, brushed, and flossed her teeth. Then they gave her this new type of flouride treatment. It was a foam that she swished around in her mouth for one minute and spit out. Soooo much better than the trays they used to put in our mouths when I was younger!! Then Dr. Seay came in to check out her teeth--no cavities!! He said that she had beautiful teeth and great spacing--perfect for when those permanent teeth come in! Ally was happy and even happier when she got to choose something from the treasure chest!
Dr. Seay & Ally
Ally & the bubbles she chose from the treasure chest and a new toothbrush
Claire checking out the "ice cream" bubbles
I was very proud of Ally for being so brave!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Sunday Fun Pics!

I took these pics after church as we were waiting for Brent to get food for lunch at Kroger.
I thought this shot was HILARIOUS!
Claire asleep

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Wii Night at the Cook's!

Tonight we a fun time hanging out with Leah & Christopher at their house. We ordered pizza and made chocolate chip cookies--YUM!! Then Christopher helped me clean my camera and gave me a short lesson on how to better utilize my camera settings. (thank you Christopher!!) Then Ally begged to play the Wii. First up was the Star Wars game!
Claire running around in one of Leah's t-shirts
then it was onto bowling
Brent being super serious!
I ended up beating everyone in bowling! Whoo hoo!!
Next up--Guitar Hero! Ally ROCKED at this game! I couldn't believe how good she was. She never got booed off the stage--not even once!
Claire dancing with Leah
Christopher & Ally
Leah & Ally
My girls rocking out on the guitars!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Coordinating Veras!

Tonight we went out to eat with our Sunday School Class at Chili's (free childcare at the church--whoo hoo!!). While we were waiting to be seated, Brent took this picture of me and my friend Katina and our coordinating Vera Hipsters!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

30 Days 'Til Disney!!

We are sooooo excited!! It's 30 days until our trip to Walt Disney World!!! In celebration, Ally and I made a special Mickey countdown chain. Each day we will remove a link in the chain until we make it up to Mickey's head (the day we leave for WDW)!!!
Ally wrote all of the numbers (1-30) on the links
I also used this time to teach Ally about patterns. I showed her how we were making a color pattern in our chain (red, yellow, black, red, yellow, black, etc.). As I added the links, she was able to tell me what color came next in our pattern.
30 days and counting!!! Whooo hooo!!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009