Monday, May 31, 2010

Day at the Ranch

Today we went to the Oil Ranch for a few hours with our church. Mackenzie had fun blowing bubbles and "jumping" in her first bounce house.

She did ok with the petting zoo. That is until the baby goat starting coming toward her even as she backed away.

She liked eating hot dogs and cheese puffs. She liked running in the grass.

She liked the train. From a distance. We were sure that she would love the train - but we WERE WRONG! As Brandon tried to climb on board with her, she started crying and trying to climb out of his arms.

We tried the, "she'll get over it once we sit down" - but that didn't work.

We tried me holding her - but that didn't work.

We tried giving her some ice as a distraction - but that didn't work.

You know what finally worked? GETTING OFF THE TRAIN!!!! Yep, we got on the train and then we got off the train before it even moved an inch! Oh, well maybe next time!

Below are video's from our day. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Ring Around the Rosie

By special request - here is Mackenzie spinning while I sing Ring around the Rosie. Brandon had to sing the song 5 times this morning before she got tired of spinning (or got too dizzy). Yesterday she sang to herself while spinning. She says, "ree-ro, ree-ro, down.".

Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday Flashback - Papa's Recliner

Me and Papa in the recliner - circa mid 1980's
I have fond memories of sitting with Papa in the recliner. I am one of 7 grandchildren and there is at least 1 picture of each of us in Papa's lap in the recliner.
Now that I think about it, I need to get a picture of Mackenzie in the recliner with Papa!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Playing with Uncle Ryan

Last weekend Mackenzie and I went to my parents' house for a visit. Mackenzie is pretty shy even with my family and so my brother has only held her a handfull of times. And even when he's held her, she's been crying and trying to get out of his arms.

Ryan loves children and really wants to hold and play with Mackenzie, so I know he was super excited when she finally let him play around with her.
At first he only lifted her a couple of feet off the ground, but eventually she went practically 6 feet off the ground. We thought she might have gotten scared when lifted that high, but apparently not!
Again! Again!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Flashback - Toby

This is my dad when he was about 2 or 3 years old. Isn't he cute? His name is Tom, but when he was younger everyone called him Toby. Actually, my grandmother still calls him Toby. For his 50th birthday a couple of years ago. I had this picture blown up and put on foam board with just him cut out. It was probably about 3/4 full size, so it was like a little kid sitting up on the table - very cute!
I can't say it enough - I love old, black and white photos!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Pop-Up Book

I started collecting pop-up books several years ago and have a pretty good collection, most of which are childrens' books. I figure I'll just add mine and Mackenzie's pop-up books together and have one big collection. One of the pop-up books Mackenzie received is about farm animals and it's a very large book.

She likes the rooster in the beginning and tries to say cock-a-doodle-doo.
And she likes the cow and says, "Boooooo". (For some reason she doesn't say Moo, just boo.)
She's a little afraid of the horse.
But can you blame her? Look how far it sticks out of the book!
Next come the "Baas".
Next is the dog, which is kind of like the horse and so she's a little scared of him too.
And finally, the Farmer says good night. "Night Night Marmer" (F's are a little hard to say apparently)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Swimming without Water

A couple of Saturdays ago, I thought it might be fun to play in the sprinkler. Mackenzie did not feel the same way! She wouldn't even go in the grass barefoot, so we had to put on her flip flops. Even with flip flops she didn't want to go near the sprinkler or wet grass.

So, we went to play in the front yard instead. her bathing suit and flip flops with NO WATER! ;)

As long as she's happy. right?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Awww, what cute wedding pictures...I think.

I was looking through my pictures the other day trying to find some Friday Flashback photos when I found this photo:
Don't my brother and sister-in-law look so cute on their wedding day. How romantic. Let's see more...

Ummm...I don't think that's quite what the photographer was looking for. I hope they didn't put those in their album. But then again, I think it's kind of cute and makes complete sense if you know my brother.

Do you have any goofy pictures from your wedding?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Friday Flashback - Me and my Brother

This a favorite picture of mine. Meet my little brother again! Do you see the drool hanging from his lips? How cute!
(Rhonda didn't you once draw or paint this picture on canvas? Do you still have it?)

I don't recall there being too many photos of me holding Ryan after he started crawling/walking. After that, I grew...he grew...I stopped growing and he continued to grow! He's a good foot taller than me now! Maybe that's why I like this picture so much - I'm still his big sister and he's actually my little brother.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Playing in the Crib

We've been playing in Mackenzie's room a lot more lately. The other day she decided she wanted her baby dolls to go "night night" in her bed. Then she wanted her train to go night night.
Then, she looked around to see what else she could put in her bed and found this!

I wish I had gotten it on video because she was hilarious moving the chair across the room. This is after she finally got it flipped and realized that was fun too. She even tried climbing it, but when it rocked a little, she got nervous.When she finally got it in front of the bed, I helped her out and put it in her bed. Then I put her in bed!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Stuffed Elephants

For those of you who don't know, Mackenzie has an elephant collection. She has several shelves full of elephant figurines and a rocking elephant. When I started collecting elephants a few years before Mackenzie was born, they weren't very popular and sort of hard to find. Now they are everywhere and here is our proof - the other half of Mackenzie's collection:

That's 16 stuffed elephants! Only 2 of them are duplicates and they are actually made from different materials, so they aren't exactly alike. Last night I was going through and telling Mackenzie who gave her each elephant. Most of them I remembered, but 1 of them I couldn't remember.

But you know what's great about blogging? You keep a record of your life and I looked back at an old blog and found a picture of one of the elephants and remembered that it was given to Mackenzie at her book shower. So, now I know about all of them!

I guess I should right them all down. She might not care now, but when she's older it might mean more to her. I know I always liked it when my mom could say, "your Granny gave that to you when you were 2" or "I bought that for you when you were born".

I had several collections growing up (music boxes, bookmarks, Berenstain bear books) and still add to them now. I am looking forward to collecting more elephants through the years for Mackenzie.

I'm trying to think of another collection for the next child and I'm thinking monkeys, but I don't know yet. Oh and don't get excited, I AM NOT pregnant, I'm just thinking ahead - remember I said I collected elephants 3 YEARS before I had Mackenzie!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Today our sermon at church was of course about mothers! As our preacher started recounting stories with his mom, I started thinking about all of the wonderful times I've had with my mom.

For those that don't know, my dad is technically my step dad and he and my mom married when I was 6 years old. With the exception of not being my biological father, in all other aspects he is and always will be my Dad. I say all this not because I've forgotten I'm writing about mother's day, but to show that my mom and I have a special bond. She was my parent for my first 6 years of life and my early memories are of her and I together.

I decided to recount some of my memories of just my mom and me.

When I was in elementary school (maybe 4th grade?), my mom worked for my grandpa one summer and I went with her to work. Every morning (I think) we would stop at the gas station and get a soda and a candy bar or zingers or something that wasn't breakfast food and eat it for breakfast! ;) As weird of a memory as that is, I love it. I know that my mom really likes those peanut praline cluster things that are wrapped in cellophane and she also likes the strawberry zingers. It's the little things...I remember thinking I was so lucky to get to eat the junk food and I felt like I was an adult like my mom.

All through my school years, I never missed a day of school unless I was sick. I did not get pulled out early to go the dentist or doctor or to get a hair cut or whatever reason some kids left early for. I understand that now, but at the time I remember thinking it wasn't fair that I didn't get to miss an hour or two of school occasionally. There was one time however that my mom did let me miss an entire day of school. She took me to this seminar on different ways of remembering things. (ie. assigning items to numbers; assigning items to parts of the body) I was so excited and I really enjoyed it, but I especially enjoyed spending the day with my mom.

In High School, my dad and brother didn't go to church with me and my mom and so I also remember those be special times for us. Yes, I sat with the youth group during church, but I remember riding to and from church with my mom and sometimes we would get lunch together. I know I've written about this before, but I remember watching movies with my mom while she ironed. Again this was our time together as mother and daughter.

I could recount many many memories of just the two of us. Of course I remember the big events, telling her I was getting married, my wedding day, telling her I was pregnant. What I've realized is that the smaller things we did together are just as vivid in my memory as the bigger events. To all of you moms out there, every minute with your children doesn't have to be fantastic and/or a great adventure. Sometimes it's the smaller things - packing their lunch, fixing breakfast, buying a toy, sitting on the sofa together. It's not what you do in that minute with your child, it's just the minute that counts.

Happy Mother's Day! I love you Momma!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Baby Doll

This morning while I was getting dressed and ready, Brandon and Mackenzie were playing in her room. They came in to show me Mackenzie's baby doll. Apparently, she really wanted the baby doll to wear a real diaper, so Brandon put it on her. I'm thinking she doesn't need to be in a size 4 diaper - maybe newborns instead!

Later, I found Mackenzie trying to put her shoes on the baby doll. While we made the diaper fit, we just couldn't make the shoes work. Sorry Mackenzie.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Friday Flashback - Meet the Gordons

These are my great grandparents - Robert and Nora Gordon (aka grandmother and granddaddy). The baby in the picture is my Granny's older brother - Bobby. This picture was taken in 1939, maybe 1940 since Bobby looks a little big. Like the horse picture from several weeks back, I love this one also. I absolutely LOVE old black and white pictures - especially when you know the people in the picture. I don't recall knowing or meeting my great uncle Bobby (he died when I was 11), but I KNEW my great grandparents! I was 20 when Grandmother passed away and I had visited their place in Arkansas quite a lot in those 20 years, especially considering it was 9 hours away. (My first visit, I'm told, was actually when I was 6 months old.)
After Grandmother's death, Granddaddy moved to Alvin to be near Granny and Papa. In the 5 years he lived in Alvin I visited him a lot. We celebrated birthday parties (including his 90th), forth of July and many other family events down at the "farm". In 2005, Granddaddy passed away and I'm blessed to be able to say that I knew my great grandfather for 25 years! I hope and pray that Mackenzie will be as blessed as I am.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mommy Cards

Last week, my co-worker was telling me about how she took her son (22 months) to the park the other day and met two sweet little girls and their mom. She said she enjoyed spending time with them, so before she left she gave them a "mommy card".

"A what???" was my response.

I've never heard of these, so she's essentially a business card for mom's where you list your name, your child's name and a phone number where you can be reached. I needed further proof that people use these, so I googled and found this website.
Here is an example:
Here's one with a photo of your child:

I think they are cute, but I'm not sure if I need them. We don't exactly play with "strangers". ;) Usually we are meeting people through church and I get their information through the church directory.

I see the benefit and I can see the benefit for stay at home moms who might have more play dates than we do, but I don't see myself using them. I hardly use my actual business cards, let alone a mommy card. I can see where they might also come in handy when Mackenzie is older and involved in extra curricular activities in the community. Would people look at me like I was a crazy lady when I hand them a card with my child's picture (who is 19 months old) on it?

Is this something that's been around for a while and I just haven't known about it or is it new to you too? To my fellow moms, do you have mommy cards?

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Favorite books

I used to read A LOT! I've gotten back into it lately, but it's not as easy to find the time now a days! ;) For whatever reason, I've always been one to buy books brand new, so I've collected quite a lot over the years. When I was pregnant with Mackenzie I had to do some major cleaning in preparation for her room and so I sorted through my paperback books and took most of them to half price books. I say most because there were several that I HAD to keep. I knew exactly which ones because the spines were creased showing that I had read them several times! Here is the stack of books that has survived several clean outs.

The 4 in the middle (Scarlett to Ender's Game) are some of my favorite books. What's funny about these 4 books is that they are all so very different from each other.

Scarlett - If you like Gone with the wind, I think you'll love this book. There is no telling how many times I've read this book. Just writing about it now, makes me want to read it again. I read this for the first time when I was in Junior High. I had only watched the movie GWTW and Scarlett is a continuation of the GWTW book (which is different from the movie), so I had to go back and find a copy of GWTW and read that too. I think I then went back and re-read Scarlett!

Zoya - I've only read a couple of Danielle Steel books, but this one is really really good. I think I like it so much because it has such a connection with world history. It tells the story of a russian girl as she lives and makes her way through the Russian Revolution/WWI, the Great Depression, WWII and so much more. It's a great book - I promise.

Jurassic Park - I don't think I really need to say much about this book, except that it's soooooo much better than the movie. Read it!

Ender's Game - This is the most unusual books I've ever read, mainly because it's Sci-Fi and that's not a genre I typically read. It's full of space ships and aliens, but I've read it several times since junior high. This is also another one I now want to read after writing about it.

What are your favorite books? Do they span several different genres like mine?
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