Wednesday, July 30

Bunnies, popcorn & late nights!

We have some baby bunnies in our back yard! Ains was checking on them tonight!

Dinner! Doesn't Ains look tired? She's been falling asleep at 10:15/30 pm lately. We think her thyroid levels may be off so we'll call the dr tomorrow :) because we could all use some more sleep!
After a 1 hour bed time routine and Ains laying in bed reading for another 30-40 min we let her get up and we made a snack!

This was her reaction when I took the lid off! Precious!!

Monday, July 28

What did you say??!!??

I bought this Melissa & Doug responsibility chart several months ago and since we are now settled in our new home I thought it was time to share this with Ainsley. I always did chores as a kid and we want Ains to help out around the house and be more responsible for herself. She was SO excited!
I helped her to pick out her chores!
She loves setting the table. We help with the glasses, but she did the rest! Our baby is growing up!
When did she get so tall?!! A woman at children's check in at church Sunday asked if she was in kindergarten because she was so tall!
She is so much fun! 
Tonight in the car Ains kept asking me "what did you say"?? I was practically screaming to talk to her and when I got home I told Ry I was worried she couldn't hear me...well she couldn't! We found her hearing aid batterie on the couch, it fell out this morning!
When we asked her about it she said one wasn't working today, "it's broken" she said. We assured her we fixed it and asked her to tell us next time :)!
Today was my first day at Baylor in Career & Professional Development. Great first day-my office is decorated and my co-workers were super sweet! 
Dinner to celebrate my first day!
And a little shopping for some office decorations-little miss insisted on carrying this bag ALL the way to the car! She's determined!

Saturday, July 26

Little miss

Little miss picked out her outfit on Friday for school! Her personality is showing more each day!!

Love her!
They had a balloon artist at Chilis Friday night-he made Ainsley a butterfly!
Saturday we saw tortillas being made!
We also went to Magnolias!  Have you seen Fixer Upper on HDTV? It is based out of Waco! The couple that is featured on the show also own this adorable shop!  

Friday, July 25

Fun night out!

We've had a great visit with my dad and Vicki! Since they have to head back to IL tomorrow we went out this evening to celebrate at a habachi grill!
It was a first for Ainsley, dad and Vicki! 
We all had fun!

Wednesday, July 23

You are doing a great job moms!!

When did parenthood get so complicated and full of doubt?  I’ve been wondering this over the past week as I gear up for another school year and have a million “to dos” in my head to get done before fall begins. I often question myself and think…
Am I doing this right?   Is Ains having too much sugar?  Did I let her stay up too late?  Watch too many Mickey Mouse clubhouses?  Did she say thank you in an appropriate way when she got that recent gift?  She is really loud in loud settings—are her hearing aids programmed right?  She mentioned someone was mean to her at school this morning—did I give her the right advice to stand up for herself and be kind at the same time?  
Friends, I could go on with the internal dialogue that I have in my head as a parent and I’m sure that many parents feel the same way.  As I was planning a dinner out with two other moms today via facebook chat for this weekend we all were trying to decide what time to meet for dinner.  Do we go to a late dinner so we can be with our families for dinner at home or do we meet earlier and leave our families during precious bath/bed time stories?   I struggled with wanting to be with Ainsley but also craving some good conversation and chips/dip with friends!  We are all trying to constantly balance being pulled in a million different directions. 

So how do I fix this?   Well most of the time a fret and worry about being a good enough mom for Ains.  I’m realizing that isn’t good for anyone so now I say to myself “you are doing a good job—Ainsley is loved and well cared for”.  Several thanksgivings ago my family met in the St. Louis area for the holiday and got a hotel suite for all of us.  My sister and I got away from some chips and queso one night at Chilis after the kids were asleep and during our conversation she said “you’re a really good mom”.  It made me tear up then and as I type this now it brings tears to my eyes because it was the best compliment that anyone could have given me.  
So I encourage you today if you are a mom to tell yourself “I’m doing a good job” and doing the best that I can at this moment.  For all of you who see a mom today or if you talk/text one tell them they are doing a GREAT job!  It will encourage her and hopefully she can pause to realize she IS a good mom, take a deep breath and jump right back into loving her kids!   
Ainsley will only be home for 14 more years--so I'm going to try to enjoy life more with her and stress less!
A picture from the top of the ALACO building in Waco, TX.  Ainsley's school had a field trip there today!
And while we’re at it—lets tell the dads that they are doing a good job too, I’m sure they could use some encouragement too!  This picture was taken this morning bright and early after a very LONG night.  Ainsley finally fell asleep at 10:30 pm on Tuesday evening .   She would NOT fall asleep despite all of our attempts with soft music, books, etc.  We realized in the morning that maybe we shouldn’t have given her ice cream cake for desert after dinner or maybe we shouldn’t stress about it too much!!