My Katie


We needed a photo of Katie for a school project and discovered an appalling lack of single shots of Katie in my iPhoto. I must remedy this at once.


Maddie is 15!


Today has been filled with family, church, a Christmas gathering, and a birthday! Maddie turned 15 today and it just seemed right to make this my photo of the day. She’s turning into such a lovely lady and I’m super proud of her. I love you, Maddie!


This Cutie. I love her.


Today has been a day of illness and recovery in varying degrees for different members of my family. So. I have no photos from today, but I do have this really great one of Millie I took a few days ago and I really wanted to share it. So here you go.

I love this girl. Super duper much.


October 6: Happy Birthday Millie!


After a tiny family birthday celebration at home, Millie and I headed south. We checked into Great Wolf Lodge and have been having a super great time. She wanted to get the ear piercing out of the way, so we took a swimming break and went to the mall for a bit. Then back to the lodge for more swimming. Then dinner. Then more swimming.

The meaningful and the fun are both happening. The rest? Not so much. But that’s okay. She’s having a blast and that’s what matters.


My Baby Turns 10 Tomorrow

When Maddie turned 10 we went to see Wicked in Chicago. When Chloe turned 10 we went to a Cubs game in Chicago. When Katie turned 10 we went to Medieval Times in Dallas. Now it’s Millie’s turn. Tomorrow we’re headed to Great Wolf Lodge.

Millie is the caboose of our runaway train and she’s always been rather go-with-the-flow. She’s never complained about this and generally just accepts anything we ask her to because that’s what the 4th born does, right?

She’s been so excited about this trip, though. Almost uncharacteristically excited. And for the longest time I had no idea what we were going to do. My original intention was to take each girl to Chicago, get her ears pierced, check out the American Girl store, see their first Broadway play, and just hang around the city together. That plan changed when it was Chloe’s turn because there wasn’t anything playing that weekend that was appropriate to take her to. Turns out, taking her to a Cubs game fit her personality better anyway. We moved to Oklahoma City after that which took Chicago out of the equation because these trips have to be quick turn-arounds. There’s nothing quick about getting from Oklahoma City to Chicago and back, so Dallas became the default. Again, I looked up theater options and came up pretty dry when it was Katie’s turn. Medieval Times ended up being a huge highlight for her and she still talks about it now.

So in the end, what we ended up doing coincided pretty perfectly with each girls’ preference and persona anyway. That’s part of the reason I was starting to get worried about this trip with Millie…what if I didn’t find the perfect destination match for her? I racked my brain. What are her favorite things to do anyway? Watch movies and swim.


The girl loves Great Wolf Lodge. I asked her what she would think about going there and that being the THING. She lit up like the sun. Bingo! And then I worried because that place isn’t cheap and most of the deals I found still didn’t make sense for a party of 2. My patience was rewarded, though, because eventually I landed a deal for 2 that would make it not that much more than staying in another nice hotel would have been. We’ll still get her ears pierced and check out the American Girl store, but we won’t be doing much in the city while we’re there because we’ll be tubing down slides almost the whole time.

She made a paper chain 30 days ago and was so giddy today that there was only one day left. And you know what? This trip is coming at a good time. I’m looking forward to the get-away with her as well. I’m hoping it’s as meaningful as the other trips have been. I’m also hoping it’s super fun. And I’m also hoping it’s pretty restful.

Here’s to my fourth tenth birthday trip, this one with my baby. Man, I love these girls.

Millie the Unstoppable

Cute Little Bags
After learning how to make these cute little bags on Monday, Millie has gone to town. At last count she’s made ten more so far. I helped her with the first one, but after that she’s done these completely solo, from the cutting to the top stitching. I’m hopeful that I may have some kids who end up sewing after all! And I’m a little concerned about the status of my fabric stash. Okay, not really.


Cow Appreciation Day 2013

Chick-Fil-A Cow Appreciation Day 2013Yes, we did. We donned cow costumes made out of trash bags and construction paper and headed to Chick-Fil-A today for Cow Appreciation Day. It was totally worth it, even if we did run into one school family while we were there. *grin*

And as Millie said on our way back out to the van, “The cows come, the cows eat, the cows leave.”

And the cows took some lemonade home with them.