Spring Break

I finally have a bit of time to write a blog post now that this week is spring break. Since I’ve started on FB, I’ve been able to post there more since it doesn’t really take any time, and I can post pics from my phone.

Our family has been so busy in the last couple of months. I have to say I am looking forward to school being over for the year. I love my students, but the paperwork and planning is killing me. I hope if I decide to go back next year, it will be at least a little easier since I have one year under my belt.

My kids will be starting swim team at the Coast Guard base next week. It should prove to be interesting. I’ve never seen competitive swimming for 5-year-olds, so it may be a spectacle. The weeks between now and the end of school will be a pain because there’s practice twice a week and “meets” on Saturday. I don’t think the meets start for a few week, though.

Here are a few pictures from a couple of weeks ago. I can’t believe my kids are getting so..old. They don’t look like little ones in pictures any more! ūüė¶ Most of these were taken the day we went to sign the kids up on the base for swimming. There’s a nice lake area near the pool, so I took the opportunity for some long overdue pictures.

Kids being silly.

They could be bookends!

Honestly, I don’t know where she gets this.

Ok, that’s more like it. Thank you.

Here’s at our church’s Easter egg hunt. They were really too busy for pictures. There was candy to be had, after all. Binh wasn’t into having his picture taken at all this day.

Well, that’s about all I can muster for now. There’s lots of laundry to fold, so I’m off! Check in with me on fb if you’d like updates more often!


Fall Photos

I haven’t had much time to take any pictures lately. So, we made a point to get out and take some photos of the kids, etc. over the weekend. I was wanting to use my new 50mm fixed lens so I could get some practice, so I only used that one for all the following photos. We were only out for a couple of hours, but it was fun to be with the family and take some pictures without thinking about much else.

Here are some that I took:

Enjoy, Tutu.

Five? How Can That Be?

My baby girl turned five years old last week. In a way it seems¬† both like she was just born and that she’s been¬†a¬†part of our lives forever all at the same time. I remember taking her home from the hospital, when the nurses handed her to me, thinking “I can’t believe they just let people walk out with these things!” It was surreal to think she was mine for the rest of my life, and just like that I was in charge of another human being.

Ava is busy and full of life these days. She is sweet and loves people, a total extrovert. She thrives on interaction with others and has a great time playing, laughing, and acting silly. She has¬†a sense of humor similar to mine in that she loves words and plays on words. Plus, she is great at imitating accents. Sounds like an auditory learner to me…

For Ava’s birthday, she was able to have a family party and a day with a couple of friends. My parents and nephew came to visit, so she got to have cake, singing, etc. with them. She loved having Tutu visit. Girl loves her Tutu. I think she likes because Tutu will sleep in her bed with her because¬†Ava hates sleeping in her room alone. The day after her birthday, I took her and a couple of friends to get these kid’s mani/pedi/hairdo’s. It was so funny to see her there with her feet in the water. She and her friends had a ball. The salon is for kids, so they had “Max and Ruby” on tv while they were getting all gussied (sp?)up. It was a big day for everyone.

I haven’t done any pictures for her fifth birthday, but I hope to get some in this weekend. In the meantime…

Ava insisted that she have a surprise party. I think the concept of “surprise party” was lost on her, because she told us that she wanted one, then told us what to do. She said when she wasn’t in the room we were supposed to hide in different places (she specified that) then she’d come in and we’d yell “surprise!”. So, that’s what we did. This one I took right after we jumped out at her.

Ah, nothing warms my heart like a girl with a microscope. Ava got this one for her birthday. She’d been asking for one for months.

The girls had a ball getting their nails done.

Plus, getting a cute hairstyle and lots of glitter is never a bad thing either!

Ava is such special little girl with a sweet, tender heart. It’s a joy to be her mom. I love you, baby girl!

Last Day

Today is Ava’s last day of school. She is excited to be a kindergartener when she goes back to school in the fall . The kids get out at 11:30 this morning, so I told her she could pick where she’d like to go out to lunch and we’d go there. I thought I’d post her first day and last day picture. She could go out of uniform today, so the one from today is a little different.

Ava’s first day of K-4, August 2010:

Her last day of K-4, May 2011:

She also asked if she could “pose” and do a silly picture today, so I told her sure.

Who Knew?

A couple of nights ago we went to Olive Garden for dinner. The kids had dentist appointments in the evening after school, so, you know, we had to go out since it was getting late. I found it strange that Ava didn’t want to eat her spaghetti since she usually loves it, but I thought she was just getting tired from all the running around that day. That night she got up about 10:30 and said her jaw hurt. She blamed it on the dentist, but I assured her he had done nothing to make her jaw hurt.

I checked her before school the next morning. She was bouncing around the house and didn’t have a fever, so I took her to school. Well, they called at about 10:00am and said she said her ear hurt but she didn’t have a fever. Since I knew what had happened the night before, I decided to try to get her to the doctor. I picked her up and she was acting totally fine. In fact, she wanted to go back to her class for snack time while she was waiting for me to get there.

We ate lunch and went to the doctor at about 1:30. We didn’t get home until 5:00pm. I was just wanting the doctor to see her incase she was starting to get an ear infection because Binh’s¬†birthday party is Friday and I wanted her to feel good for that. Well, the doctor took one listen to her lungs and the ear went straight to the back burner. She was very concerned about her wheezing and crackling in her lungs. We ended up having to give her a breathing treatment and going to get a chest x-ray at a different clinic. It was all very surprising. The doctor kept asking me if she had wheezing like this before, if she had been in the hospital, if she had eczema-¬†all to which the answer is no. I must have looked flabbergasted¬†at all the questions because she said she couldn’t say this was asthma, but she definitely had bronchitis and possibly a touch of pneumonia. A touch of pneumonia? She was acting totally normal and had no fever? How did I suddenly become the most out-of-touch mom ever? I missed pneumonia? How do you have pneumonia and still want to go to dance class. (which of course we didn’t. We were busy getting a chest x-ray during that time anyway.)¬†Oh, and yes she did have a horrible, fluid-filled ear as well. Just to be clear, yes she’d been coughing, but so has the rest of the South with all this pollen floating around. She’s been blowing her nose and the mucus has been clear. It doesn’t look infected like when Binh had pneumonia. (that mucus was disgusting…) I thought she had some allergy issues and that’s it….weird.

So they sent us home with a spanking new nebulizer and now I’m doing breathing treatments with her every 4-6 hours today. They said she could go to school tomorrow if she feels like it. (believe me she does) but they want to see her again Friday morning “just to check her before he weekend”. I have some asthma issues but nothing too serious, so I leaning more toward she’s starting with something like that. Poor kid. She’s apparently pretty sick and no one knew it. Just hand me my Mother of the Year award now. I’ll put this one up on the shelf with the one from when I let Binh flip out of a shopping cart at Wal-M*art.

In her honor, I’m posting a few pictures of my girl from just a few days ago.

This is one for my family because they were asking about her hair. Her head is tilted back a little, but you get the idea.

Just a couple more, because this gal simply hates having her picture taken..

The Eye of the Tiger

We’ve had our new dog Esther for about two months now, and it’s official. She’s killing me. It’s a good thing she’s pretty darn cute, otherwise I might follow through on my fantasies of punting her across the room, or out the back door, or…

In all, she’s actually pretty funny. AND, I still haven’t heard her bark. Thank the Lord for small blessings. The kids have a great time with her, when she’s not attacking their toes. Binh seems to have the most fun with her because she always happily follows him into the back yard so he doesn’t feel like he’s out there playing alone. The huge complaint I have is the house training. I know how to train dogs, and this dog is wearing me out. Her bladder is like the size of a quarter, so I have to let her out about every hour and a half or two hours. Honestly. Annoying. Esther is also a compulsive tissue-ripper. Girl loves her some tissues. So this means that with all the sickness that has been passing around our house (multiple times), there are pieces of tissue somewhere on the floor at all times.

This dog is definitely all terrier. Even so small, she has the attitude. At our house, we like to give our dogs “voices” and make them “talk” to various family members. Esther’s motto is “Never Give Up”. She will try, try, try, I tell ya’. When we sit on the couch, she tries to jump up there with us, but she’s too short to actually make it. She will jump at the couch for 20 minutes, never making it but trying just the same. You’ll just see a little head every few seconds over the edge of the couch. (That’s when we insert the “never give up!”)¬†Sometimes, she backs up and makes a run at it with the same results. She also runs full force everywhere she goes. I think we maybe should have named her “Forrest”.

Here is a funny picture of her from last week. Take a look at the determination on her face and her tiny feet off the ground while she’s in her run. I think this would be considered a “Yorkie action shot”. Yes, I was totally laying on the ground to get this one:

Oh, that cracks me up..

Here’s another one from the same time we were all out playing:

Ok, so she’s cute. I told you that. Notice her little underbite? We say she prefers that we call that her “pout”.

Oh Esther, It’s a good thing I love dogs…

My Ten of 2010

Better late than never, isn’t that what they say? I finally took the time to go through my pictures and pick out some of my favorites from 2010. Now you know they’re going to be mostly of my kids, right? I mean, they are my favorite subjects after all. They’re never far from me, always cute, and more willing than other subjects. There are a few other things tossed in there for good measure.

These are not really in a specific order, although they for the most part go from early in the year to later. It was amazing to look back and see how my kiddos have grown. Ok, here they are:











Tell me what you think-¬†love, hate, etc. I have to say, I had Ash help me pick out these ten- and by help I mean he pretty much did it. Otherwise, you may have been looking at my top 50! There were some close “runners-up” I may have to show you later.

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