Friday, August 29, 2014

I Want To Be Sassy...

Today I was watching a little girl walk down the hall. She had a little bounce in her walk and smiled like "Yup, I'm me and I LIKE it!!"

I see it in my daughter. How she lights up when something interests her, or the way she giggles at certain things, and how she dresses. Oh heavens how she dresses!!  She knows who she is, she is Emma. She loves glittery girlie stuff, but the girl can cast a fishing pole further than some grown men. She loves coloring but will go out and be covered head to toe in mud.  She is confident and wonderful.

I want to tell her don't lose that. When someone tries to convince you that this skirt doesn't go with that shirt, or girls don't do that, I want to tell her not to listen. 

I'm sure other women can relate. Somewhere along the way to adulthood we lost that sparkle, that gleam in our eye that was our spirit. Life kicked us around, knocked us down, and tried to snuff out that sparkle, that confidence that shimmers below the rough exterior we had to put up to survive. 

I don't know about you, but seeing that little girl today, watching my daughter, it made me realize how much I miss that and want it back.

I want to tell my daughter and other girls, and especially myself, be yourself, and let others have a bouncy walk, a boho/hipster style or whatever they want, build others up, don't tear them down. Keep that sparkle...always keep that sparkle 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to School

Monday was our first day back to school. We of course had to take a picture by our pecan tree as we've done each year.  

Can't believe my oldest is in 4th Grade!! Where does the time go!!

See..every now and then they do like each other...

Landon and I after we dropped off Emma

My big 1st Grader...they are getting so big! 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

End of Summer

Well it's the last weekend before school starts. It's bittersweet because as much as I love the lazy days of summer I'm looking forward to some structure and routine and fall. My FAVORITE time of year is fall, the crisp air, football, and the leaves changing. 

Here's some random pics of our summer in celebration of it coming to an end. 

 Our moms were friends, we were friends, and now our girls are friends. Gotta love it!!

Our vacation to California was awesome. It was so much fun! Yosemite and Seqouia national parks were beautiful and Santa Cruz beach & boardwalk were awesome!

A few weekends ago we went down to port aransas for Damon's birthday. It was SO MUCH FUN! We got to stay and catch up with Damon's brother and sis in law. We ate at adult restaurants (NO mcdonalds), went to the beach, shopping, and just a nice adult weekend. Want to do it again soon!!

Jessi's bachelorette party back in June was a blast! I don't get to hang out with these girls that often but when I do, I always have so much fun!!

At the beginning of summer Emma starred in the Jungle Book for our community theater. It was so much fun and so adorable! It also brought back the acting bug I used to have, so I'm looking to get back into theater. 

It was definitely an AWESOME summer. We are so blessed with family and friends and the experiences we share. Goodbye Summer, we will see you again next year!