Monday, August 31, 2009

Does it get any sweeter than this?

Every night, the last thing I do before I go to bed is to sneak in to Neely's room to make sure that she is okay. I always feel her back or chest and then pray for her. And every day, I think I love her more than the day before. I know that I show her that I love her, but I don't think she will ever realize how much I do.

These feelings have really made me start thinking about my relationship with God. As God's child, he feels the same way about me as I do about Neely. He loves me more every day & I should be doing more in return. Just like I want to have a deep, loving relationship with Neely and it would hurt me if she rejected time with me, God wants the same from me. Honestly, there are days where it is easy for me to make excuses not to read my bible or do my quiet time, but thinking about that potential relationship that I am hurting motivates me to push away the excuses and do the things that I need to do.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

First Day of School and Frisco Fest

On Wednesday, Neely started her first day of Mother's Day Out at our church. She went to MDO last year, but went somewhere else. So, on the way I explained to Neely that we were going to church, but that was where she would be going to school too. As soon as she saw the church, she started yelling "SCHOOL, SCHOOL!" She was so excited! I was afraid that she might be nervous because she has a new teacher, but when we got in the building, she ran to her classroom and immediately climbed up on the chair and started doing a puzzle. No goodbye for me at all. I am really thankful that I have such an independent little girl, but sometimes it makes me sad that she adapts so easily and isn't very sad when I leave her. Is that crazy? Here is Neely before school: Last night, we went to Frisco Fest in Downtown Rogers. We have never been before & I have to say that it was very interesting. Not what I expected AT ALL. That said, it was a great people watching experience and we had a good time. Here is Neely at the Mobile Aquarium:
Here is Neely watching the confetti shoot. She was very concerned. After everyone sprayed their confetti, Neely looked at me and said "trash" like she knew they shouldn't be putting paper everywhere. haha.
There was also a band & Neely LOVES to dance. The picture below is of her "shaking it". She has always loved to dance and since I have absolutely no rhythm, I have always encouraged it. She starts out just bouncing with her knees & then if you remind her, she will "shake it", which means that she starts moving her arms. A few months ago, I told her to "drop it like it's hot" (I know, it must be the Blytheville coming out in me) and she squatted down to the ground and danced. She makes me laugh so hard. I also realized that I didn't need to joke around about that or she would be doing that at Sunday School. haha. Luckily she didn't "drop it" at Frisco Fest.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

End of Summer

We wrapped up July with a trip to Washington DC. Brad had a business trip planned, so I left Neely with my parents and went with him. We had the best time! While Brad worked during the day, I slept in & then met old friends that live in DC for lunch. It was so relaxing. I have been to DC several times before, so I felt no need to do a lot of touristy things. I did go to the Newseum (SOOO interesting), the National Portrait Gallery (blah), and did a nighttime double decker bus tour (in the rain).

Below is the only picture that we took while we were there. After we had finished dinner one night with Brad's co-workers, we were looking for something to do. Last time I was in DC, I had been to this bar/patio at the top of the Washington Hotel that looked over the city & it was so pretty and fun, so I recommended it to the group. Well, we got there and the hotel had been converted to a W hotel. We went up to the rooftop & now instead of a laidback patio, it is a SWANK nightclub. I can't tell you how old I felt. I am so not hip. So anyway, this is a picture looking out over the city, but you can't tell at all because my camera stinks.
Once we got back from our trip, we met Neely's BFF Maddox for a playdate at the Botanical Garden. I know that I have written this before, but the Botanical Garden is awesome. Here are Maddox and Neely in the tree stump.

Lions, Tigers and Bears. Oh my!

We took our first trip to the Gentry Drive-Thru Zoo a few weeks ago. To be honest, I had very low expectations, but it was great! Neely loved all the animals! I thought that the drive-thru part was a little long--especially for a girl who got a large Dr. Pepper from Sonic on the way. Neely loved how the animals would come right up to the windows! She wasn't too sure about the hogs. They were pretty ugly and smelly.
She did LOVE the bunnies!
I would estimate that there were approximately 1000 ostriches there.
Telling us all about the birds...