Thursday, July 28, 2011

Counting Sheep, I Suppose

After the girls woke up from their nap the other day, I went to get into the drawer that holds all of their diaper things. I nearly panicked when I looked inside because this is what I found...
8,000 wipes. Neatly tucked away in the drawer.
After pulling the mound of never-ending wipes out, this is what it looked like.

Pretty massive.
But I guess when you move to a big girl bed, and your mom threatens you that if you get out of that big girl bed she'll move your crib back in, but you're ever-so-sneaky, and you can do ever-so-sneaky things very, very quietly, you can do things like this. All I could think was that at least after she obliterated the drawer, Chloe had the decency to put all the items back in the drawer and shut it. Maybe she's learning a little something from me after all. And if this is what it takes to get a little sleepy, I suppose she can count baby wipes instead of sheep, at least for the time being.

And I suppose that she is the culprit for misplaced items around her room that I've found after the girls' naps; books in her sister's crib. Baby doll bottles jammed underneath pillows. Puzzle pieces on the bookshelf. Chairs moved across the room. Naked Barbie dolls strewn across the floor.

But again, in the continuous stages of childhood and the frustration that was naptime for a few days last week, I'll accept the random items and the baby wipes for what they are.

Energy Expenditure.

And in the spirit of keeping things in perspective, sometimes it's all that matters.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Wedding Reception

My good friend Sybil was crazy enough to ask me to shoot her wedding reception, and I was brave enough to take her up on it. I had so much fun and it was a beautiful reception. Justin and Sybil were married in Santa Fe, and then had their reception in downtown OKC. It was a great venue and everything from the decorations, to the food, to the people were fantastic. I thought I'd share a few (or 8,000) of the pics in collage form as to not annoy you anymore than I know I already do.

Congrats Sybil and Justin. You guys make a beautiful couple!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Model-Like/Ms. Brenna

I hate to even show you these pictures.

Hesitate at the thought of it.

I don't want you to get jealous.

But this is just a fact.

My girls get in front of the camera and they really know how to turn it on. To pose. To look at the camera and smile. Very model-like, if I may say so myself.

No funny faces. No dork faces from Stella. No apathy from Chloe.

Look at Chloe's enthusiasm for the camera. It's palpable, isn't it?

Please tell me that the fingers in the mouth is just a phase, right? Not that Chloe would ever stick her fingers in her mouth, I'm just asking for another mom who is having this problem with her 2-year old.

In all honesty, this post is about Ms. Brenna, and my girls love of Ms. Brenna. Brenna works in the childcare at the Y and has been a constant in my girls' life, for the past 10-months or so. Everyday, when I drag their little diaper booties to the Y, Brenna is one of the many awesome teachers that the girls spend time with. Her last day at the Y is tomorrow and she is moving on with her life...getting married, moving to Norman....and I guess I'll let her go. Not that I really have a lot of say in the matter.

Brenna is the one that Stella loves the most. If Stella had her choice between myself and Brenna, Brenna would win hands-down. And this says a lot, because if Stella could attach herself to me 24/7, she would. She is a momma's girl through and through.

But Brenna trumps her momma every time.
As much as my girls are going to miss Brenna, I'm going to miss her just as much. It's a wonderful feeling knowing that when you leave your children somewhere, that there is someone not only watching out for them, but really caring for them. And it's apparent how much she cares for them.

We will miss you Ms. Brenna!

PS. Sorry my girls are freaks and can't take a decent picture, but you get what you get with them.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

How We Roll the Gospel

This is how we Roll the Gospel at our house. And all I can say is that the devil should be afraid. Very, very afraid.

Friday, July 8, 2011

A Couple of Weirdos.

While I was showering the other morning, I let Chloe and Stella loose in our bedroom, praying that they would quietly watch The Mickey Mouse Club and not tear apart every single item in the room.

Mission accomplished.

But I couldn't help but notice what they were doing.

Chloe found her sunglasses.

And Stella found my shoe.

After Chloe realized she had her sunglasses on "incorrectly" (which means they were on the right way), she flipped them over to wear them "correctly". I cannot convince this girl that she wears them the wrong way. She has a freak flag, and she apparently likes to fly it.

And Stella continually tried to stick both of her feet in one of my shoes. This girl loves shoes and she has successfully worn and walked around in nearly every single pair of my shoes. And if you've seen my shoe collection, you know what an accomplishment that is for a 17-month old.

As I was watching them, I couldn't help but ponder the question. Future fashionistas or future weirdos? I can always hope for fashionistas. And that someday we will all be wearing our sunglasses upside down and we'll walk around with both feet in one pair of shoes.

But I'm betting on weirdos.

And I love it.

I wouldn't change anything about them.