Sunday, November 18, 2012

This may get sappy...

So this weekend, actually about May, my cheerleaders and I started a journey that we'd never taken before.  We decided we'd give this competition thing a go.  About 2 weeks ago, I was wondering if we'd lost our minds.  Last Monday in the middle of a 6 hour practice, I called B and told him that I was really worried about this.  However, by the end of that long practice, I had decided they'd pull it off, somehow.

I won't tell you that cheerleading is life, but for most of these girls, it's their talent.  It's what they're REALLY good at.  And they're my girls.  Some weeks I spend more time with them than I do with my husband and my own child.  They teach me A LOT.  They tell me things I don't want to know.  They make me laugh.  They make me mad.  Friday night, when they surprised me with a baby shower after checking into our rooms, they made me cry.  They are great.

Yesterday, I was extremely emotional when they finished their routine.  I was SO PROUD of those 15 girls.  I was proud because they set their minds to something and they pulled it off.  They have put in countless hours of hard work for 2 and a half minutes on the floor.  But it was important to them and they did it.  They were ranked 3rd out of 7 squads.  I think they are often overlooked, so I wanted this post to be about them and what they work so hard for.  You represented ZC so well.  If no one else realizes what you've accomplished, I DO.  I love you, girls.  Super proud of you and the goals that you've reached.  Also, a big thank you to Ms. Monica, Adria, Paige, and Shanelle at gymnastics.  You're the best!

Now, on to Thanksgiving week.  Two fun days at school and 3 days off.  I'll take it.  Have a wonderful week.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Little of This...A Little of That

Well baby #2 is...........a boy!  I was more pumped about this than my husband.  You see, the plan I have is never to do this pregnancy thing again.  So I knew we either got a boy this go round or we had all girls.  On the way to Dothan Monday morning, I talked myself through all the reasons 2 girls would be great .  I wanted to be prepared either way.  He was extremely cooperative, and we were told immediately that it was definitely a boy.  Off we went for a little birthday shopping and celebrating.  We spent a couple of hours at Chuck E. Cheese that afternoon and had a blast.

I had a workshop in Troy Wednesday-Friday and I officially decided if there were a Hardees in Elba, I'd be in serious trouble.  Yes, I had a biscuit. every. morning.  Yes, they were great.

We had Ella Kate's 2nd birthday party yesterday, bouncy house and all.  She LOVED it.  I'm not sure how many adults she convinced to get in there with her, but I know there were several.  So thankful to all the people that came and loved our baby girl.  Last night we watched Bama crash and burn.  B needed a little cheering up, so we broke out Christmas Vacation.  It was nice.  I told him it was almost like we were dating again, except for the 2 year old climbing all over us throughout the movie.  It was a great Saturday.

Today we visited Newbia Church where they honored our football team and coaches.  It went well until Ella Kate attempted to take a few bills out of the offering plate during the offering.  I've always heard, "if you need some, take some", but I'm not sure who shared that with her.  It was a nice service.  We've had a lazy afternoon.  We made home made pizza for supper, and Ella Kate is trying out all of her new toys.

Next weekend, my girls travel to Hanceville to compete in the State Cheerleader Competition.  I'm nervous, although probably not as nervous as they are.  They have put in SO MUCH hard work.  I'm super proud of them and we hope to make our mark in Hanceville next Saturday.  Love you girls!

Hope you all have a super week!  Here's to 6 more work days, then Thankgiving Break!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Ella Kate turns 2!

Two years ago today we were on our way to Dothan to prepare to meet our baby girl.  Wow, how time has flown.  I'm watching she and her daddy share a piece of cheesecake as I type and feeling so thankful for them both.  Pregnancy with EK was pretty scary for a short period of time.  But she entered this world just fine.  One of her favorite phrases lately is "I love you guys!" We're not sure where she's heard it but she uses it often.  She's as tall at 2 as I was at 3.  And she is NOT interested in moving to the big girl bed, the big girl room, OR using the big girl potty.  I mentioned to her that we might put a tv in the big girl room and she said, "I just watch yours".  I give up.

The ultrasound that was to be last Thursday did not happen.  So we're off to the doctor tomorrow to give it a whirl.  We'll be celebrating Ella Kate's 2nd birthday in style...Chucky Cheese, here we come!  I don't know about her, but tonight I'll be dreaming of pizza and skeeball.  B and I have always said we couldn't wait for her to be big enough to go so we can play too.  We may be a little rusty, but I figure it will all come back to us.  And if I remember correctly, that pizza is awesome.

It's a busy, busy week at our house.  We have a party to get ready for.  However, my sweet husband gets to come home right after school again, and I'll have lots for him to do.  Now, let me get started on that list...