Sunday, May 20, 2012

Lobster in the Park

Ever heard of it? Yeah, didn't think so. 
Last week we were those weirdos at the park carrying around a dead lobster, thanks to Uncle Andy.

 I will not be at all shocked or offended if people scatter the next time we pull up to play. At least they have each other.

Friday, May 18, 2012

First Last Day of the First Year

 First day of Sonshine School

 Last day of his first year of Sonshine School

Some things that have changed over the last 9 months:
Better haircut
Can dress himself
Go to the bathroom unattended - 
(which occasionally has it's not-so-precious moments)
Has grown out of almost everything he could wear back at the beginning of the school year
Improved in obeying -
(Note: I did say improved, not perfected...just to be clear. I'm just praying that happens by the time he's my age.)
Has a 'favorite' everything (like, really obscure/specific things, too)
It's amazing the difference in maturity from age 2 to age 3. Especially in the month before he turned 3.  

Anyway, that was obviously for my benefit, but he had a great year, and he was not thrilled that it was his last day. That's a good sign.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Happiness is a choice

 This is happiness. 
You can never fully understand something until it is experienced first hand.

Motherhood is no exception.

I always knew someday I wanted to become a mother.

But wanting it, and actually experiencing it, have proved to be a humbling reality.

 But being humbled is a good thing, you know.

Because with all the expectations -

With all the preconceived thoughts and hopes -

None of those 'wants' could ever touch what actually 'is'. 

Happiness is a choice.

Joy, grace, patience, understanding, wonder, and love, are all gifts from God.

And I choose to see His gifts everyday:

Which makes me happy.
Motherhood has shown me how big my heart can get (and still have room!)
Without waver, through the roughest, beaten down, 'do-over' days, those little people still love you back.
Motherhood brings a new respect, understanding, and love to all those that have entered in to this role before me, and those that are in it with me.
Never could I have imagined how amazing motherhood actually is until now - three years in - and it keeps amazing me. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Sonshine School Program: Participation Optional

Henson's Sonshine School program was last night. He was super excited to be up on the stage, and made it perfectly clear that I was not allowed on stage and had to sit on the floor and watch him carefully.
Really bad exposure, but had to try and correct it cause it was too cute.

Here he comes to show off all he has learned this year.

And here it is.....

An impromptu solo....

Super proud that he did stay on the stage the whole time. His feet are still technically on the stage in the pic above.

Sweet Chloe
Brother was very supportive.
Showing us his class and his "ME" book. He cared more about the candy in the cup from his teachers, though. He claimed he was going to sleep with it in his bed...riiiiiight.

Taking a picture with himself at age 15 months.
The highlight of the night for him, however, was the Braum's ice cream afterward.

Papa & Gigi

Grammie & Boppy

I look forward to many programs in the future, and the surprise of what is going to happen 'that time'.

Sunday, May 06, 2012


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Thursday, May 03, 2012

1 Year Comparison

Henson          Simon 
12 months                     12 months
4/2010                  4/2012

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Baby Fix

Meet George Forrester Perrey. This is my unofficial nephew (you know those - the best friend's baby).
I got to meet this sweet little man at 10 days old and it wasn't soon enough. I went to Abilene for the weekend by myself so that I could stay and help Anna. We had a couple 11pm-1am bonding times. I loved it. 

I adore him.
The sweet new family.