Archive for the ‘Daughter’ Category

Talking to my girl…
March 14, 2007

I was sitting here enjoying some precious quiet time when my daughter walked in! 

Me: Good Morning!

Her: Good Morning!

Me: You want some breakfast, you hungry yet?

Her: No, not yet, I’m looking for something.

Me: Oh, ok!

A few minutes go by and she is walking around the house…makes her way back to me.

Me: Watcha looking for?

Her: My Powers!

Insert Pregnant Pause…do I go a long with her or sit here and enjoy some more blogging time???

Me: Your powers? Well, what happened to them? Where did they go? You need some help?

Her:  The girl I’m fighting to get out of this big mess took them to her secret lair!!!

Me: Oh, well, I think I might know where her secret lair is! Come on, let’s go!

I’m sad to say that I was wrong! We searched high and low and none of my suggestions were met with hidden powers! She’s still on the hunt though! 🙂 Maybe she will find me some super powers, too! I could use some help getting all this laundry done!!!

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Tea Time
March 13, 2007

The birthday party theme was Tea Time! My mil went above and beyond getting this party ready. I don’t know what I was ever concerned about. When we arrived at my mil’s house the girls went straight in and sat down at the table. They were ready!!! But, they had to get dressed for the Tea party first. So, we led them to their bags (I decorated each of the girls a bag that held their dress, tiara, wand, shoes, and jewelry) and took them to get dressed! We also had boas, pink & purple hair pieces and beautiful hats for them to wear! Here is a picture of my little princess after getting dressed for the party!!!

Tea Time

After everyone was ready for Tea time we let them each find a place at the table and we started! We had fruit salad, chips, cheese doodles, butterfly & flower tea sandwiches, and tea of course. Except the tea was really apple juice and fruit punch. The girls had fun serving each other tea! When they were finished with Tea time they weren’t quite ready for cake.

So, we moved the party down stairs for makeovers!!! We had a make-up station, a hair station, and a nail station. Oh, the girls just loved being pampered and we had so much fun pampering them.

TeaTime Make-up

TeaTime Hair

TeaTime Nails

Once all six of the girls had been made over it was time to dance! We had the TV tuned to Radio Disney and in this picture we were all shaking our tail feathers! 🙂 It was a blast. I wish I could show you the video with my mom out there shaking things up! It was priceless!!!

TeaTime Dance

After dance time the girls were ready for cake and ice cream! Once again the girls enjoyed serving each other tea! Here is a picture of my princess with her cake!

TeaTimeCake

Now it was time to open presents. She got some really great gifts and I can’t wait to get the Thank You cards out. I took a picture of each of the girls handing their present to Brianna and I’ll include one in each card! Here is a picture of my princess opening her first gift!

TeaTimePresents

By this point I am ready to get the girls changed and ready to go. But, we needed one more picture before we could head out.

TeaTime Group

This is a group shot with me. You can see one of the girls had already changed. Oops! But, this was the last shot of the day and we got a good one with their hats on! I love those hats. The girls still wanted to stay and play, but we were already late getting home! So, off to change and gather their loot we go! The girls (all of them) got to take home their dresses with accessories, hats, hair pieces, boas, make-up, and hair doodle. My mil made them all a goody bag that included a necklace & earrings, a princess ornament and some suckers. My mom gave each of the girls a giant box of crayons with a mermaid coloring book and a two-sided picture frame that had a group picture on one side and a picture of that particular girl with my girl on the other. Also, on the group side my mom put Tea Time with scrapbook letters and 2007 on the other side. She added a couple small daisies to both sides and I have to tell you that they were so precious!!! I wish you could see them! Reading this makes it sound like it was way over the top. Maybe it was, but it was worth it. My daughter said that this was the best birthday party she ever had. All the girls really had a great time and three of the five parents called to say how great the pictures turned out, how much fun their daughter had, and a big Thank You for all their loot!!! I don’t believe that there is any possible way to top this party and I don’t know that I’ll try. Without my mil and my own mom it wouldn’t have been so great and I am so grateful that they wanted to do this!

Now, I am feeling really sorry for the way I felt towards the other mom. I didn’t confront her and I won’t. It was silly of me to get so upset. We didn’t change anything or add anything to our original plans and it was a blast. Our parties were very different in the end and they were both fun for all the girls.

So, that was the party! It was fun and I was exhausted! My daughter did start to feel really bad after we had the cake and ice cream (of which she ate none) and we had to give her some Motrin and let her lie down for a bit. Once the Motrin kicked in she was ok and ready to jump back in! I can’t believe she is six. The time just flies by, but we’re enjoying every minute of it! I thank the Lord for my precious princess!

 

I need your help!
March 1, 2007

What you are about to read may sound very petty to you in regards to the whole scheme of life! But, it is a war that is raging inside me at this very moment and I need to let it out!!!

Libby Lu Makeover!

My daughter is turning six in just a week! Oh my how time flies. Well, we (my MIL & I) have planned her a great birthday party. Our plans were to have a tea party where we would dress them up, do their hair and make-up (like a “LibbyLu” party at home), complete with gloves and hats. Then my MIL is making my daughter a princess castle cake and finger sandwiches, you get the point. It will be a lot of fun for my daughter and the few friends she is inviting. (That’s another story for another time)

So, here is the problem. I keep one of my daughters friends after school. She went to the same pre-school and they are on the same soccer team. Last year the other mom and I decided to do their birthday party together because it is on the same day! Well, this year we talked about and decided against it because there is another little girl in their class with the same birthday.

Ok, so the other mom and I talked about a month ago and I told her what we were planning to do and invited her daughter. She said they were planning to just do a family get together and that her daughter could come.

Tuesday I get a phone call from this other mom and she asks me if we’ve decided what we were doing for the birthday party. Uh, yeah, I told you a month ago what was being planned. Then she asks if my daughter could come to her daughter’s party on that Friday. The day before my daughter’s party. For a homestyle “LibbyLu” party. Come again? Yeah, she is going to have a few girls over to do their hair and make-up and blah, blah, blah.

Ok, so maybe this shouldn’t bother me, but I have to be honest. It ran all over me. Ofcourse, I didn’t tell her that, but I am seriously thinking I need to let her know how I feel about it. I don’t consider this woman a good friend, but I keep her daughter after school! There is some kind of connection there, right?

So, I told my MIL what was going on and now she wants to take the girls TO LibbyLu’s. I called and made the reservations yesterday, but now I’m thinking that I’m being the mean spirited one. And, that is not how God would have me react to this situation. And, I just don’t know what to do.

It bothered me on many different levels, but most important to me is that I feel like she will be taking away from my daughter’s experience. I feel like everything with this woman is going to be a score-keeping game. (For instance – this other mom and her husband have coached the soccer team and for the past two years my daughter was the only one who did NOT know about picture day. So, we missed the first year and this past year we had a game the same day and just happened to make it in the nick of time) I don’t want it to be that way. Maybe I overreacted. Maybe she did it intentionally…maybe she didn’t.

Any words of advice would be welcome. Please be completely honest. If you think I’m crazy – tell me. I really need to make a decision about this. Do we go to LibbyLu or just stick to our original plan? Do I tell the other mom how I feel or not? Please give me your honest opinion! Anything you have to say will be greatly appreciated!

Daughters & Self Image
November 29, 2006

we-go.jpgThis is me and my daughter on our way to Thanksgiving dinner with my family. It’s amazing that I can actually see the resemblance in this picture. Anyway, on to what this post is really about.

I’ve been thinking lately, after some conversations with my daughter, about how to promote a healthy self image. Especially if you, yourself, do not have a very healthy self image. I know that my worth does not lie in whether or not I am skinny, but I want to be comfortable in my own skin. I was skinny for years, up until I got pregnant with my daughter. I put on 63 pounds during that pregnancy and never lost it all. I gained about 20 pounds when I went back to college and then became pregnant with my son. Luckily, for me, I only gained 25 pounds with him. But, I haven’t lost that weight (because I am not doing anything to) and that puts me back at the weight I was after having my daughter. This is really not what I was planning on writing this post about, but atleast it will give you some insight into why I have a not so healthy self image.

My daughter told me the other morning, as we were getting her ready for school, that she had seen a commercial on tv about a “chair they have for women who have had babies. This chair will help get rid of the fat. But, I’m not calling you fat Mommy. I’m just saying, you see that extra skin there!” Ha! I laughed and said yes I do. It did not hurt my feelings in the least and she loves me with all my “extra skin” anyway.  But, they are so easily influenced and I need to keep a careful eye on what she is watching on tv.

So, several months ago, my husband purchased a cheerleading outfit for my daughter – GO IRISH!!! It has a slight V-neck and she immediately wanted to try it on. She tried it on over her clothes and we told her to take the clothes off so we could see what it looked like. She did, but she kept her hands over her chest and whispered in my ear, “Mommy, I feel unconcious.” Now we got a laugh out of that ’cause she meant she felt self-conscious and it was so cute, but it got me thinking. Do I say that, well duh, ofcourse I do. I must say it more than I realized and she has picked up on it. But, it was really good in that she wants to keep her body covered up and not show all her glory. But, I just don’t want her to have self image issues (although I do feel it is inevitable). I tell her that her beauty does not come from her long blonde hair, big blue eyes, dimple in her cheek, freckles on her face, etc.; but that it comes from within and through how she treats others and from living for God. She is only 5 years old, but it’s never too early to promote a healthy self image – mind, body & soul!

How do you all promote a healthy self image? Do you have any advice you could share? Do you struggle with the same body issues? Please do tell. This subject is very near and dear to my heart! Thanks for reading & love to all!