Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I haven't posted in what seems like ages!  It's been super busy around here and I have been really sick with a sinus infection as well.  I am finally starting to feel normal again after a round of antibiotics.  I'm hoping to post more often now and finally get another photography tutorial done soon.

Last week I started feeling terrible and finally went to the doctor and started medicine on Tuesday.  On Friday my aunt was having a biopsy done in Mountain Home, so my Mom, Ana Kate, and I drove over that morning to see her and didn't get back home until Friday night.  It was nice to see my Aunt Sharlette and my cousin Taryn, but the biopsy wasn't good news.  My aunt was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and is now waiting to see the oncologist and schedule surgery.  It wasn't the news we wanted, but it was expected.  We are praying every day and hoping for a good outcome and to accept God's will in this.  Please pray for my aunt's healing and comfort and for peace for the family during this battle.

On Saturday we woke up to a beautiful day!  It was warm and sunny so we decided to have a picnic and then hike around the lake in Fayetteville.  We walked about 5 miles and some of it on a dirt bike trail, so it took us a couple of hours (of course we were lugging a stroller, roller skates, and a scooter with us).  I think next time we'll pack a bit lighter.  : )  Ana Kate had a great time and Doug and I even got a bit of a sunburn.  I also lugged my camera around the trail, but only ended up taking a few pictures.

On Monday I went with my cousin Jennifer to the Fayetteville MOPS meeting because Michelle Duggar was the speaker.  She has some wonderful advice and is SO sweet and nice.  I even won one of the door prizes, a signed book!  Some of her older girls were there as well and played music for everyone.  They are an amazing family.  I get stressed out with my two girls, I can't imagine 19!  Amanda and her sister attended the meeting as well, so Amanda took my picture with Michelle.  I look like an amazon in this picture, but I'm just 5'6"....Michelle is a lot shorter than she appears on tv.  : )
Finally today Ana Kate had a program at school where each of the toddler and pre-school classes sang songs for the parents.  I got Ana Kate all dressed up in her green for St. Patrick's Day and put her hair in pigtails....she looks SO cute!  Before the program started they warned us that the kids might get stage fright because of the full auditorium, but I wasn't worried about Ana Kate.  She LOVES to be on stage.  She sang and danced and waved at me.  In between songs she yelled, 'Hi Mommy!'  I am so proud of my girl.  I took these pictures before school this morning.

Not much else going on here.  I have a busy day tomorrow and then next week we'll be keeping Amelia for a couple of days because Amanda is starting back to work.  It will be SO much fun have a baby around....Ana Kate is excited too!  I know Amanda is sad and anxious to leave her, but we will take the very best care of her.  Hopefully I'll post a photography tutorial soon....being sick put me completely behind on everything, but I'm slowly catching back up.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Busy Week...

I hardly posted at all this month we've been so busy.  I can't believe it's already March....February flew by!  We were super busy the past couple of weeks and I actually took a few pictures this week to post.  

We had a cookout at the lake on Sunday (where Doug's parents are staying while they're in town).  Ana Kate loved it and especially loved roasting the marshmallows over the campfire.

A couple of pictures of my pretty girl before school on Monday.

A sewing project I completed on Tuesday....a book bag for Ana Kate.  She loves it!  I plan on making a few more, they are super easy and so adorable.

Hopefully I'll do better at posting this month.  I plan on taking more outdoor photos this week with the warmer weather.....and I have a couple more photography tutorials that I would like to post.  So, check back later this week and next week!