Lots of thoughts and ideas floating around in my brain, but this is all you get today...
~~~Summer is officially here for the girls and I! Their last day of school was Friday, and my last day of work was yesterday.
Jessica had an awards ceremony last Thursday. She got two awards for good grades and one for perfect attendance.
Friday was a day filled with end-of-the-year parties and bittersweet goodbyes.
Emma Grace with her teacher. (We were sad that her para pro wasn't at the party - she was with her own little kindergartner - so we didn't get a picture with her)
Emma Grace and her BFF from school, Caroline.
Jessica and her teachers.
Jessica had a sleep over next door that night, and Emma Grace wanted to do the "Cupid Shuffle". Here are she and her Daddy having fun.
I danced with them a little, but it was short lived. Emma Grace took this picture of me on the sofa afterward. I was petting Buddy who loves to lay next to me.
I couldn't help but take a picture of this, too. Emma Grace positioned her ties and said, "Look Mommy, I'm the cross with Jesus' cloth on me".
~~~I have only taken the girls to the pool once so far...the water is still very cold. The weather is heating up, but it's not scorching hot yet like it should be for the pool. I know I'll have to take them again sometime this week, and soon we will make daily trips, much to my dismay. It's great entertainment for them, but I just hate lugging everything to the pool, planning around meals and figuring out snacks, and of course, in my large state, I do not at all enjoy being in a bathing suit. Not to mention that I'm not allowed in the pool water, so it gets quite hot for me!
~~~Speaking of bathing suits, I found something that will work this summer. I don't love it, but it will work. I was able to find some skirted bottoms at Target, and a top at Motherhood. I'm so thankful they make separates because there is quite a bit of difference in the sizes I need to suit my oddly-shaped body, even when I'm not pregnant.
~~~We all watched the finale of "The Biggest Loser" last night. All of us except Emma Grace. She fell asleep on my tummy.
I won't spoil it for any of you who may have recorded it, but I was SO proud of the winner. It has to be one of my favorite shows. The contestants are SO inspiring, and it just proves that the right amount of exercise and good nutrition really are all you need to lose weight. I'm not at all saying losing weight is easy, but it's very do-able when you set your mind to it.
~~~Jessica is turning 11 this Friday. I can't believe it! It seems like just yesterday she was born. She hasn't planned her party yet. All we know so far is that her BFF, Sidney, is spending the night and her choice for dinner is Chick-fil-A. It's her absolute favorite.
She so badly wants a cell phone. It's driving me crazy! My brother gave her one for Christmas a few years ago that you can add minutes to. We've bought more minutes but can't get them on the phone. I'm extremely frustrated. I absolutely hate the pressure of this age group to have a cell phone. I absolutely do not believe that kids this age need one, but there are kids much younger than her who have them. She told me the other day that she is the only one of her friends at school who does not have one and she gets teased because of it. I really wanted to tell her that true friends wouldn't tease her about that, but at this age, I don't believe that to be a very accurate statement. They still have lots of growing up to do. This strikes close to my heart because I used to get teased about my clothes as a child. My mom made most of my clothes, and I didn't fit in. We're stuck and trying to decide what to do.
~~~I'm 26 weeks today. Overall, things have been better since my last post. I've had a couple of bad days, but thankfully most of them have been good. I try to get off of my feet every day, and the girls are good about letting me rest. It depends on the day, though, as to how long my rest time is.
~~~We decided not to head to the beach this weekend. I appreciate all of your emails with suggestions, but we decided it best to stay close to home, just to be safe. We also looked at our finances, and with the lap top, software and video camera that Gib has to buy for school, along with tuition, we really didn't have much extra for a vacation. Hopefully next summer!
We aren't doing anything extra special this weekend for Memorial Day. We will cook out with our small group and maybe take a trip to the mountains for the day if the weather is nice. I can't really hike, though, so I'm not 100% sure about that!
~~~I have more to say, but I'm out of time for now. I want to upload some pictures and that always takes me forever. Speaking of, here are a couple of recent ones of Buddy.
Hope you have a GREAT day!!!