The whole week leading up to Ella's Preschool performance I was dreading it if I'm being honest.... Not dreading watching all those sweet babies perform, dreading that I "knew" Ella was gonna scream and cry and not want anything to do with it! That just not her cup of tea lets say, a lot of strangers looking at her! LOL Well...I was wrong!!!! Ella put on a SHOW! The child put her heart in soul into performing. I stood in the aisle with my mouth wide open and tears running down my face, because I was in shock at how she was dancing and singing all over the place! My heart was so FULL, I could barley stand it! Thanks goodness I got I got the whole thing on video. Here's some of the performance....
I'm so late writing this post, but it's been a pretty crazy two weeks around here. Not to mention that Ella has her first school performance Friday morning, and school party that I'm helping with. I will hopefully get a cute video to post later. :) For Halloween this year again we went to North Carolina to stay with Daniel's brother and his family. It was so much fun, literally I would rater go up there for a week and veg on the couch than go to the beach! The best part is Ella getting to play with her two cousins 24/7 defiantly something she not used to. Here are some pictures from our Fun week!
We've almost finished our 3rd week of Preschool, and can I just say it has been AWESOME! I almost feel so dumb for being so worried about Ella, and giving myself so much anxiety about the whole thing. This was a big decision for Daniel and I and we did not take it lightly, if or where we wanted to send Ella to Preschool. I had called lots of schools, picked at all my friends brains from their experiences at different schools. I must say that I am 100% confident that we made the right decision on where we sent Ella, Sam Jones is Awesome! I could list 50 reasons why I love the school so much, but the most important one to me has been how much Ella's teachers have loved on her. I truly feel like even though she might be screaming and acting a fool, that she is wanted there. You can't buy that feeling, and it makes me totally confident in leaving her in their care. Oh and did I mention that my Breakfast dates with Daniel have been very nice too, just to sit together for a minute and catch up on all the madness. I always look forward to going to pick Ella up though, and the other day I caught her on video coming down the hall to leave. In the video that's her running down the hall (even though they are not suppose to run in the halls) screaming "Momma I missed you!"
To express how I have felt for the last month can pretty much be summed up into one world and that would be Terrified. It's all because of all the new changes that are soon to come to the Weathers house, and NO I AM NOT PREGNANT! :) Months ago when I registered Ella for Preschool I was really excited, and could not wait for her to start. Now that I am one week away from her starting and I am more than Terrified. Not terrified for Ella, Terrified for ME! I really don't know how I am going to let my little buddy go for 3 hours, 3 days a week! Ahhh! She been my little side kick that has gone everywhere with me, and been home with me in the mornings. To add to the stress I made a last minute decision to go back to school this fall. So I will be taking 2 classes from home and one at the college twice a week. Hopefully this is going to keep me preoccupied (doubtfully).
For someone reason ever sense I was Pregnant with Ella I have always DREADED potty training. I'm not sure why. Mostly because of all the horrid stories you hear, and Ella is already a stubborn child. What really got the wheels in motion for Ella was watching other children in her class at church go to the potty. Before that when I had tried to puther on the potty she would just scream, like I had placed her on some type of torture device! Another thing that got Ella really "excited" about using the potty was knowing that if she did she was rewarded with M&Ms and a sticker! Its been a very exciting last month for us, you never thought you would jump up and down and scream like you had just won a million dollars all because someone pooped in the potty. But Hey, its exciting stuff when your a parent. So finally after a month of going strong I feel like I can finally say that Ella is Potty Trained! Yay! No more diapers for us...EVER AGAIN!!!
After 2 1/2 years we were FINALLY were able to take Ella to the beach for the first time. In all honestly I thought the child would hate it. Reasons being, Ella hates have stuff on her that she can't get off...AKA SAND!! So pretty much I thought that we would be spending most of our days at the pool. This Momma could not have been more wrong! Ella loved the beach, sand, and the ocean. It was such a fun family trip. Daniel, Ella and I had got a condo with my sister, her husband, and my nephew Solomon. It was great for the cousins to get to play together, share a room, and fuss and fight for a whole week. It was great! My parents and Aunt and Uncle were four floors up, and it was great to get to spend with week with them also! I cannot wait to hopefully do it again next year!
Ella loves to count and say "ABC", I can never catch her doing it on video though! So today I finally did! Now I know that she is not a baby genius, and that most 2 years old's can count to ten. Like most parents, anything our child does is beyond extraordinary!
Daniel and I bought our first home in August of 2006, the housing market was normal. We were beyond excited as I'm sure most of you can understand. We had only been married 5 months, and naturally this was our next step. After two years of living in our home we were ready to move on to our next home where we thought we would raise our family. Like so many others though we found ourselves in the middle of a housing market NIGHTMARE! There was no way we could sell our home, and to make things worse we were now living in a neighborhood where I would say good 50% of the people in it did not like Daniel or I. Mostly because Daniel was a cop, and it didn't help that Daniel had arrested 3 different neighbors of ours! Yea.... So after sticking it out for 5 years, God introduced Daniel and I to the BEST realtor on the planet "Martha Crew". I could write pages on how Martha came in mine and Daniel's lives and how amazing she is, but I won't. All I have to say about her is that she is a total ROCK STAR! Anyways 4 months ago Daniel called her, and told her our situation, and she simply said that she felt like she could help us. I've wrote all this to say that tomorrow at 4:00 we close on our home. We have to hand over the keys, and that will be it. We will no longer own the house at 10 Camelot Dr. I didn't realize how emotional this would be for me, but it was extremely hard tonight for Daniel Ella, and I to go over there for our last little moment, and memory we will get to have there. As much as we wanted to sell the house and move, that 1200 sq foot home held so many memories, and so many firsts. So it is a Bitter Sweet goodbye..but Daniel said it best as be drove out of the driveway for the last time tonight that We are so ready for this next chapter of our lives...wherever that may be.
Is just me or is hard to believe that it is already April. I have a feeling this year is going to fly by! I wasn't going to write a blog about Easter this year. Until I was sitting here today thinking about the last 2 years that Ella has been apart of mine and Daniel's lives. I remember her first Easter she was 3 months old and cried non stop. That's literally all I remember about that Easter, if someone looked at Ella she screamed. Ella's second Easter last year was when things started to get fun. She still didn't grasp the whole concept on what it was to hunt Easter eggs, but at least that year people could look at her... lol. This year, Ella's third Easter is by far the BEST Easter yet. Started off Easter Sunday at Church where Ella's sweet Sunday school teachers had a "Shepard" come in their Sunday school class to look for his "Sheep". I thought that was just such a neat idea! Ella got to hunt Easter eggs after church, and this year she knew what to do! Oh what fun it was to watch her giggle and run from egg to egg with excitement! Like always I've been looking back at old pictures from Easter's past and love to see how our sweet girl has grown over the last 2 years.
There are so many times that I am driving down the road and out of the corner of my eye I can see Ella moving in the back seat. I'll turn around and see her with her eyes closed and swaying to the music. Now I know most kids like to dance and jam out , but something is different about Ella. There are times when she closes her eyes and gets so caught up in the moment, you can just look at her and see that she is feeling it in her soul! This morning I finally caught one of those moments of her on my phone. It's a little long, but if you watch the whole thing you will see what I mean.
This past weekend our family celebrated two big birthdays. My grandfather Jack turned 80 and my Mom Wendy turned 50! They share the same birthday March 11th, so it has always been really neat for them to be able to celebrate together! This one was just extra special because of the age milestones. My Grandmother, Aunts and Uncles planned a special Dinner at Grand Oaks. It was so nice and the food was AMAZING! The best part of the evening was the speeches, especially the one from my grandfather was soooo amazingly touching, and made me so thankful to have him as the Matriarch of our family. I made sure I took video of all of them, so I will never forget these priceless memories! (Sorry the camera was so shaky I was crying like a big baby :))
I love the picture above... I think it's my favorite picture from our entire wedding. We look so young and naive... Sometimes I think if someone that day had shown Daniel and I in a quick slide show what was to come in the next 6 years of our marriage, that we might have both screamed and ran in opposite directions!! LOL No in all reality Daniel and I have not had this perfect fairy tail Marriage. I believe that the thing Daniel and I have going for us is that we have ALWAYS learned from our mistakes. We have walked our fare amount of valleys, but we have always walked them holding each others hands. I could go on and on about what Daniel means to me, but I"ll spare you the mussy stuff! ..."This is my Lover, this is My Friend..." Song of Solomon 5:16 NIV
At 3:30 this morning I woke to what sounded like an explosion. It was loud... loud enough to make Daniel roll over ( and it takes a lot to wake that man up). At first I really didn't think much of it. Its not out of the ordinary to hear a shot gun go off around here at all times, so I rolled back over. A few minutes later I heard it again. This time I knew something wasn't right. I sat straight up in the bed, and as soon as I did I could hear sirens coming from off in the distance. I slapped Daniel's arm in a panic and said "Somethings Wrong". I didn't know what was wrong, other than Something was not right. I hopped out of the bed and as soon as I stood up I saw a BRIGHT glow from the front window of our house. I went running to the window and literally I am still trying to wrap my head around what I saw... Our neighbors house across the street was Fully engulfed in flames. I screamed for Daniel, grabbed the baby monitor, and ran outside... My first thought was to find out if anybody was in the house. Praise the Lord though, the family was out of town! You want to talk about a humbling experience.. Standing outside in the middle of the night watching your neighbors house burn to the ground. I literally stood there with tears in my eyes watching there curtains burn... I could not even begin to imagine. So if you find yourself with a free moment today, say a prayer for this family. Here Is a video I took when I ran out the front door of our house. Sorry for the heavy breathing I was in full on PANIC MODE!
Today Daniel along with a lot of other Bartow County employees were pinned in a ceremony for their years of service. Daniel received his 5 year pin. It was special and I was proud of him. Not to mention that I can't believe it's been almost 6 years sense he started working at the Sheriffs Department. It was a milestone of sorts that he passed today... Only 25 more to go! In my typical fashion I had to take the camera regardless if I was going to be the only one snapping pics (and I was the only one lol). Here are some Pictures from today...
This year is going to going to be a lot of change for Daniel, Ella , and I. First off let me say this Mama is a little scared. We are in the Middle of selling our home. This has been a year long conversation for Daniel and I. We want OUT of the area we live in. 50% of the people we live around don't like us... well it might be safe to to say they hate us. By "Us" I mean Daniel. LOL. They are Cop haters, and it doesn't help that Daniel arrested the man across the street from us for DUI! Great I know! We're 95% sure that someone poisoned our Saint Bernard Sash that died... It's just ALL new and NEW scares me. One thing that does not scare me is Ella starting Preschool in August. Oh My! It's hard for me to even think that she should be old enough for that. We went and toured Sam Jones Preschool Tuesday, and Ella absolutely loved it! I'm so excited for her, and I know that she is going to learn so much! I wont lie Mommy and Daddy are looking forward to having a little break 3 days a week!
2 Years ago today I woke up very early, got into the car with my sweet husband, and headed to Carterville Medical. The ground was covered in snow, I was headed to the hospital to become a Mom! I will never forget sitting in that hospital room at 5:00 in the morning holding Daniel hand knowing how our lives were about to change. After 18 hours and 51 minutes of what I must say was "awful" labor due to that devil of all drugs Pitocin. Daniel and I meet our little girl Ella. The past two years have been a roller coaster of emotions and events, but what a quick two years it has been. Can't wait to see what adventures this new year holds for the 3 of us! Happy 2nd Birthday Ella!!!
Here is a DVD I made for Ella's birthday party..Enjoy