Archive for the 'Lily' Category

Our darling girl turned 8 this summer! Lily is seriously the sweetest, most genuine girl you’ll meet. She is bouncy and silly beyond measure, comes across as though she has her head in the clouds but will startle you with brilliant observations. She is the first to say thank you. The first to apologize. And just all around brings such light to our lives!

We host friend parties when the kids turn 8 (a couple years ago we decided to celebrate 1, 6, 8, 12, 16, and 18 with parties, all other birthdays are still a blast, but more low key) Lily’s request was for a surprise party, which I loved. I run across so many party ideas I love, so it was fun to brainstorm the best fit for Lily and her friends. We chose a painting party and invited school and church friends, siblings, plus a new neighbor!

The girls had a ton of fun, Lily was completely surprised when she arrived home from a playdate to find a house full of friends, and I didn’t have to cook because all we ate were cupcakes. I consider that an all around win!

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dsc_2687-largeShe enthusiastically pointed to herself on “Happy Birthday to ME!” each time!

Lily’s Baptism

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Our sweet, sweet Lily chose to be baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in July. Her Nana and Papa flew in from their mission to celebrate with her and we had tons of our Texas family here as well. I let Lily be in charge of the program and she asked her Nana to speak on Baptism, her big sister Madilynn to speak on the Holy Ghost, her Papa sang a beautiful song for her as well. MiMi and Uncle Joe gave prayers and I lead the music. Afterwards we had a little get together with family here at home.

Lily wanted to keep things very simple, and have a small guest list, so I tried really hard to do just that- even though our Texas family alone could fill the Relief Society room! :) Really though, the focus was on her, the talks were simple and rang true , and she felt so much love from her earthly and heavenly families!

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Yearbooks

dsc_1420I love yearbook day! Ok, who am I kidding: I love anything that unifies these two! They had such fun comparing friend lists and signatures when yearbooks finally came home.

First Balloon

Lily’s 2nd grade class had a career fair this spring and invited the kids to each make an inexpensive item to bring to class for trade. Lily made stress balls out of animal print balloons, but had an extra that Nora was obsessed with. Here is a series of images of the two of them playing together after school. Cash also hops in on the fun.

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Yellow belt

The three big kids started Taekwondo the first week of January and while Cash decided to take a break (which he later regretted…like as soon as he realized we’d legitimately withdrawn him!), the girls were able to test for and earn their yellow belts in March. Here are pictures of their first Taekwondo awards ceremony!

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Dallas Millennial Choir

Madilynn and Lily had the opportunity to participate in the Fall semester of the Dallas Millennial Choir which culminated in two Christmas Concerts last month. This was not the task for the feeble hearted; the drive was 30-45 minutes each way,  their practices were rigorous, and near the end they went late into the night. However, the result was a truly breathtaking performance.

We were also so fortunate to participate with a group of their church friends, which meant a fabulous carpool setup and 1- 1 1/2 hours in the car with friends each Thursday evening.

Photos by Jen Mabray

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“motherhood brings as much joy as ever, but it still brings boredom, exhaustion and sorrow too. Nothing else ever will make you as happy or sad, as proud or just tired, for nothing is quite as hard as helping a person develop his own individuality, especially while you struggle to keep your own.” -Marguerite Kelly 💓💓💓

These two held a princess tea party during Cash’s basketball game yesterday morning. They had curtsy lessons, music time, dancing class, and cookies and “water” (aka air). They danced and twirled together like only a couple of free spirited sisters can. I love their relationship. Its positive. And welcoming. And without restraint.

I was simultaneously putting away groceries and washing dishes (that sounds like the craziest idea yet, but it made since then) when they came to show me their costumes and tell me their plans.

They wanted a picture. I was so tempted to suggest they remove their socks, select a tutu that matched better, maybe brush their hair, but this picture would have told a different story then. It wouldn’t have been their story, but something staged and inauthentic .

They are teaching me to truly embrace the individual; to not press them to conform to my ideal, but to embrace theirs as what makes their individuality. I’m pretty sure these two are shaping into something pretty spectacular!

 

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