Sunday, September 25, 2011

new beginnings

This is a season of new beginnings for our family. We've been through quite a few stressful events lately in every single aspect of our lives. We are at the end of it all (I think) and we are seeing healing and the light at the end of the tunnel and we are better because of it, but we still have some really hard days. Most people know some of the things we've been through and very few know everything. It really doesn't even matter. I can't quite explain this season, but the best way I know how is soon as we felt like we had hit rock bottom and the only place to go was up, the floor would fall out from underneath us again and we would have to redefine what rock bottom was. We have seen some of our darkest days lately. One thing after the other. It's been trying and exhausting and scary. So we have turned over a new leaf declaring the start of this school year as a new beginning leaving the shenanigans (and the fear, anger, stress, sadness it brings) behind us. I know it has purpose and meaning in our lives. I know that God is working on many things. I haven't been able to find comfort in this the whole time, but now I'm seeing it. I have to admit, I struggle with anxiously waiting for the next ball to drop. I feel as though if I were to step outside during a storm, I would be the one lightening would strike haha. No but really, we are settling down and getting some of the wind back in our sails. With the healing has also come many blessings to us individually and to our marriage and family. I know this season of our life has purpose and is leading to wonderful things. We've had glimpses of it! But wow, it's been tough. Some of our new beginnings are firsts for our family, and the rest is just a life with a new perspective and appreciation---and maybe a little less naivety :) which oddly enough brings more happiness and joy to knowing and understanding how truly blessed we are. I know what is important. I know who is important. I have a much better discretion of the things that deserve my time, worry, attention and care. Here is what I do know...absolutely nothing can steal the joy I get from my little lovelies!!! 

So here's what we've been up to lately! We have been everywhere doing a little bit of everything! Birthday parties, outings, friends, service projects in the community, school, crafting, decorating, visits from family and wishing in the fall season :)
We've just been laying low lately and taking it easy. We've eased into another school year and Ella and I are off to a wonderful start! It's been a super easy beginning to this year, probably the easiest yet. Ella has settled in too and is loving it. I think we have all found our stride and are ready to shake things up with the approaching holiday season!
my favorite little dude rocking his fedora :) isn't he darling? thank you Aunt Tesha and Uncle David!

Ok I'll start us off with Ella's first solo go kart ride! She rocked it :) and by "rocking it" I mean she didn't cry which was a shocker to us all. I was so proud! She tried something new and didn't cry! As wild as she is, she's been a little skiddish lately :) 
However she drove so slow that her go kart was literally squeaking when she turned the wheel. If you listen closely you can hear it...hahaha
count how many seconds it takes my pokey princess to stroll across the screen on her go cart :) 

 party on wayne!
 my two favorite guys...this is one of my top 10 favorite pics because here are the two men i love the most looking like little clones! ella is looking a lot like her daddy too these days, as always!
him in all his cuteness. 

ella and layla, on layla's birthday. little sweeties :)

ta ta for now!

Friday, September 16, 2011

my little lady

Ella is back for year 2 of dance! She loved it so much and asked all summer when she could go back and see Mrs. Melva. Ella has a lot of new little girls in her class this year and on her first day back, she got to be the leader to show them the ropes! This was super fun for me to watch because I don't know if you remember my "runaway swan" post from when she started dance class last year...but let's just say she's come a long way :) I love watching her participate in things she enjoys and takes pride in. Here she is showing the class how to sit like a dancer...
If you turn the music off at the bottom you can hear the video better. It's pretty sweet. My sweet Ella was asked the color of her butterfly and of course she chose rainbow ;)
I love that Mrs. Melva teaches the girls dance through stories, manners through dance, and that GOD gave them them their gift! Win win win!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ella goes to preschool!

Ella is going to preschool! This a first for her and for me! I still see her as my baby so these days are exciting and surreal all at the same time. She was so excited. It is at a Methodist church right behind our house so she sees it every day and it is all we've heard about from her for months! The girl wanted to go to school. I always thought I'd just wait until Kindergarten, and let her be a baby for as long as possible, but this girl was ready. She still gets to see her beloved Nit 2 days a week so that is good. She loves her so. 
This is her teacher, Mrs. Ashley at meet the teacher!
in her room on the first day!
 No tears on the first day (except for maybe a few from me at some random time in the day when it hit me all at baby girl is a preschooler!) She rocked it. She couldn't get there fast enough and she didn't have one single nerve--further confirming she was so ready. Knowing this helped me a lot.

 This picture shows how excited she was...
and this picture shows how mischievous she can be. We will see which side of Ella comes out at school :) as a teacher myself, I am super curious about this!

she literally danced her way down the street to preschool...

Her first day was a huge success. She fell apart at the end of the day at recess getting in line because someone took her spot. I was just glad she was melting down about it rather than decking him in the face...which is what she did to her friend at Nit's house when she wouldn't help her clean up :) Again, I am praying and researching that I will have the smarts and wisdom to steer her strong will, confidence and stubbornness for all the right things :) she is such a strong person and i just know she will go on to do great things. we love you ella bella!