Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Reality hits...or does it

We are having a baby. Tomorrow. Yesterday I had my pre-op and blood work. Scheduled c-section. As I'm getting ready to leave they put this bracelet on me and tell me to wear it until I come back to have my baby. Wow. Have a baby, scheduled, a time, a place, planned everything. It's crazy I tell you. It's nice in some areas; my parents are here, Paul's mom is here which is awesome; we knew it was our last night with just 2 kids; which was great, and we were fortunate to have Ethan and spend that time with him. Everyone is excited, so am I. But has reality really hit? Hm. Probably not. Am I ready? Yeah. We got this. 

Next post will be at our new blog....C.A.P.E. will not fit anymore...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Courtney's 1st Day of School

Our sweet baby started K-4 today. Pretty much kindergarten minus 2 days. She will be gone 3 days a week from 8-3. Oh. My. Word. Do you ever do something so far in advance and as it gets closer you REALLY start to question yourself? Well, I do that all the time. It's how I stay commented to things to be honest. So, we signed her up months ago. We have gotten ready over the past few weeks...uniform clothes, backpack monogrammed, matching bows, meet the teacher, school supply shopping..."we" were ready. But was I really? Is she really? I have spent the last 4 years with Courtney pretty much every day. She has gone to Mom's Day Out programs for a couple of years, but those are for a few hours and mostly for her to play. She is in school now, learning, playing, and growing...without me. It's ok and I'm ok, but I am NOT one of those moms who can't wait to ship their kids off. If I had it my way we would home school...but Paul thinks home school is for weirdos...I do not. So, day 1 is going well. Other than I found out she can not wear the brand of shoes I bought her. Toms. Really. The cutest shoes ever. Today is is breaking dress code and tomorrow we will be on track. I'm so not a rule breaker either. She is in a Christian Private school and I thank God that we are blessed enough to put her there. It is much easier to send your sweet baby off for the day when you know she is surrounded by people who love Jesus and will love her.

It's raining....It's pouring...let her play!

When it rains in the summer time I send Courtney outside. Sound strange? Not to us. It's so much fun to watch her play in the rain. The smiles I capture (on camera and in my heart) are priceless. I. Love. Her.

Riding...Pursley Style

Our kids LOVE riding. I must say that I am thrilled, even having a 4 year old girl who loves it. I 'grew up' riding and going riding and had so much fun. So when you see your own kids enjoy the same things, it makes it that much more exciting. Now, with Courtney, I get nervous. She is an amazing rider, she just gets it. She has the natural ability to drive, ride, race, etc. She knows how to correct the bike if it's going to fall, she grabs the breaks when she is going to run into something (usually) and she just gets it. BUT, as a mom, it still can be stressful to watch her as she is trying to 'win' and almost rolls her 4-wheeler. She hasn't yet, but I'm sure the day is near. Hence, she wears full riding gear...even in the back yard.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Summer 2011

Summer 2011...where have you gone? I can not believe this summer is almost over. It feels like it just began. We had an amazing summer filled with fun as usual. I am SO blessed to be able to stay at home with my children and soak in every minute of their childhood. We spent A LOT of time at the pool; thankful for my FAC membership! (if you need a good gym for the summer, check them out!) We went to CA for a week and had a great time. Ethan learned how to surf which was his goal for the summer. Courtney went to her first VBS which she loved and didn't understand why it was only for a few days. We ate TONS of Frozen Tung snow cones. We watched mommy's belly grow and got a few more pictures of Austin in there...with this big lips. We played dress up. We had crazy hair days. We took tons of fun pictures. Courtney got a new car seat (she picked pink) which I am SO happy I can finally use the insert I ordered 2 years ago with her initials on it. Ethan grew his hair all summer and I couldn't take it anymore so he got a super cute hair cut. We painted. We saw awesome fireworks. We spent a lot of time on the lake. Courtney is a master waterskier now. I sewed. A lot. We had extreme weather. We made a "count down to Austin" chart. We watched Hadley, super cute baby! We made a super fun cake for Daddy's birthday (the big 35!). We had an amazing summer.