Friday, December 31, 2010


Here in the final hours of 2010, I am reminded of all the great things this year has brought.  My daughter (ok technically she was 2009, but it was for less than 2 weeks and she really didn't do much! :) ), my son has really blossomed and we have been blessed to find a wonderful occupational therapist that is working wonders for him, Toby's eyes have finally remained stable for a whole year, we have a great family, wonderful friends, nice house and cars, and we finally found a church that we love.  It has been a great year and I cannot wait to see what 2011 brings.

2010 overview

Jan. Maddie is a month old and starting to smile!

Feb We had a huge snowstorm in North Texas.  We got 14 inches of snow.

March We had a great spring break and lots of fun with Daddy.  We also had our landscaping redone.

April Maddie's first Easter, and our first trip to Main Street Arts Festival.

May Noah's 3rd birthday party at the zoo.  My mom graduated from TWU, and we had the kids dedicated at church.

June Our summer was off to a great start with lots of fun activities with Daddy home.

July  We started using cloth diapers and went on our first real vacation in a while to the beach.

August We end our vacation.  Toby started teaching a new subject. 

Sept.  Maddie is crawling all over the place now.  Noah starts seeing Schel our wonderful OT.

Oct. Maddie's first Halloween.

Nov.  Noah spent a couple of days in the hospital.  Maddie's first Thanksgiving was very eventful with her taking her first steps.

Dec.  Maddie's 1st birthday and a wonderful Christmas!  Maddie is walking everywhere now.


Monday, December 20, 2010

My awful picture experience

Here is a review I wrote of the Portrait innovations in Colleyville.

Let me start by saying that I have gone to the same portrait innovations for 3 years and we have never had a problem, but today was awful.  We went for my daughter's first birthday and Christmas pictures of my two kids.  The photographer was awful.  She was not good with the kids and we only got a couple were they were even smiling.  Then she kept rushing us.  At one point she said they were done with Christmas shots and I had to tell her to take some of the kids by themselves.  Then we took my daughter's pictures with a smash cake for her birthday.  After we were done, I went to clean her up and came back to find she was having trouble loading the pics on the comp.  She finally got them loaded only to find that she had lost over half of the pictures of my daughter with the cake.  I was upset and her response was excuse after excuse.  She decided to give me 15 free birthday cards.  I left and was not happy, as I can never get that back.  We waited 15 mins longer than they told us and then came back for our pictures and found out it was going to be another 15 mins, b/c the photographer had messed up the color splash.  When I told them I was unhappy with what had happened that day, I got more and more excuses.  I asked to speak to a manager, who very rudely told me that we only lost 10 pictures and made it sound like ti was not a big deal.  Almost all the pictures of her and the cake were gone and the ones we got were awful.  I told the manager that I did not think 15 free cards really made up for what had happened.  After more rudeness and more excuses, she finally agreed to refund half of the money.  Then when we got home we found that some of the pictures had a big white stripe down the side and the cd would only load some of the pictures that were supposed to be there.  I will never go back to the Colleyville, Tx location, as it was the worst experience I have ever had.

Happy birthday sweet girl

Dear Maddie,

I cannot believe that you are one today.  It seems like only yesterday we were welcoming you into the world and our family.  I cannot imagine life without you.  You have completed our family in such a wonderful way.  I was so excited when I found out you were a girl (now I have a match set!!!).  Having a daughter is a whole different world.  It meant frills and pink and hairbows.  I have loved every minute of it!  You have added such a joy to our lives.  You have the sweetest laugh, and nothing is better than hearing you laugh in the backseat with your brother.  It can make any bad day good.  I love the way that you love to shop.  It always makes me laugh when I see your little hands dart out of the cart or stroller to grab a new pair of clothes or shoes.  I love waking up every morning to your happy smiling face and then to your exuberant banging of the headboard!  Nothing is better than watching you dance up and down to the beats that you are making on the wall.  I cannot wait to see what type of girl you will grow into.  I look at you and wonder if you will be a tomboy or a princess or a little of both.  I am so blessed to be your mommy.  Happy birthday sweet girl.