Wednesday, February 3, 2016


It is no secret that Norah loves My Little Pony!
She requests a new one every single time we go to the store.
She has an entire tote full of My Little Pony toys.
It's her first full on obsession.

When I asked her over the summer what she wanted to be for Halloween, she told me Applejack... then it later changed to Rainbow Dash... and back to Applejack.  So, since she couldn't be both Applejack & Rainbow Dash, we asked who Piper should be & she decided Piper would go as Rainbow Dash.
I had so much fun making these costumes for the girls.
Norah was just over the moon for her costume.
She loved the puffy dress & the cowboy hat.
Piper... well, she wasn't too fond of the get-up, but she was the cutest Rainbow Dash I ever did see.

We packed the wagon with blankets to help Piper block the October chill.  She slept for most of the walk while Norah went door to door filling her bucket with candy.
I was shocked when Norah told us she was done Trick or Treating just before the sun set.  We thought she would want to go all night, but I really think she was just so anxious to get home and check out everything she got.
She had enough candy to last us through Christmas.

I know I have said it before, but I LOVE our neighborhood.
We had a great time meeting new neighbors and felt so at home walking among the trick-or-treaters.
I think this will be the hardest place for us to leave.


This child...

...she is OBSESSED with the iPad.
She could watch YouTube videos ALL day about Magic Clip Princess Dolls, Play-Doh, and Frozen if we would let her.
She also loves the stairs.
She will often times ask us to sit on the stairs with her to watch her dance in her "ball room" {i.e. the entryway} or just to play.

These pictures pretty much sum up her favorites right now... iPads, stairs, dress up, & bare feet.

Monday, February 1, 2016


When you walk into our home, you may trip over princess dresses & My Little Ponies.  We will most likely still be in our PJs.  Norah will ask you to play with her in her sweet little voice... "you wanna play with me??"  It can be really hard to turn down.  You may even trip over a baby who is learning to crawl.
The girls are little balls of energy.
Piper is always wanting to play with Norah, but Norah doesn't always want to give up her freedom and alone time.  She is obsessed with YouTube videos on the iPad.  But, when she wants to play with Piper, the giggles and belly laughs that come out of those little ladies fill the room with so much love!
I know they won't always get along, but I will forever cherish the moments they do.  I pray that one day they will be the best of friends & remember these moments when they loved each other unconditionally.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016


Piper had her 6 month check-up and got the OK to start solids.
Mashed bananas was on the menu.
And she LOVED them.
She has been pretty picky in terms of what foods she will eat, but mashed bananas are always a win.  She has a big sweet tooth.

Norah was very excited to help feed her.
Piper is like a real life baby doll to Norah...
...always wanting to help feed, burp, & change her.
She's such a great big sister and helper to her baby sister.

Saturday, January 9, 2016


Last night we were watching the news... as I frequently do.
There was a segment about a little girl in Fort Worth who was diagnosed with Diamond Blackfan Anemia {a bone marrow disorder} & the Fort Worth Police Department was putting on an event encouraging people to come out to be tested for a bone marrow match.
We have done this in the past.  It's a simple swab of the cheek, but we had never been selected as a match before.
This news segment really spoke to Brad.
We talked about going to have our cheeks swabbed for this little girl.
It was the least we could do.
So, in the morning, we loaded the girls in the car & headed west to Fort Worth.
Poor Brad wanted so badly to try to help this sweet girl, but there are rules against him entering the database... work stuff... you know.
So, I put my DNA in the database again & hope and pray that someday I can be a match for somebody, if not for Hallie.

They had tents set up with face painting & balloon animals, a stage & loud music.
Norah wanted to partake in all of it.
So, she chose a pretty purple butterfly to be painted on her cheek {which she quickly smeared as it dried} & had a giraffe with a heart made out of balloons.
When she saw other kiddos running around and dancing on the stage, she wanted to join in the fun.  The police department was great and so open to her joining the other kids up on stage.  They offered her a stuffed animal & of course she chose the big fluffy heart to bring home.  She loves that heart!!

After Hallie's event, we decided to make more of our trip to Fort Worth and finally went down to the Stockyards.  We did some window shopping, Norah played on the quarter machines & pet some horses.  We had some dinner and headed home.
It was a beautiful day in Fort Worth.


If you are curious about Hallie's journey & want to see if you are a match, here is a link to {her Facebook page}.  Three months since this event and they still haven't found a match for her, but there is a post with a link on how to have a kit sent to your home to test as a match.  The woman that helped me at the event told me she has donated her bone marrow on two occasions.  Once, she was 7 months pregnant.  She said it's fairly painless and an outpatient procedure {in case you were wondering}. :)  I can't encourage everyone enough to put your name in the database.  My mom was lucky enough to have a match to rely on had she been well enough to get the transplant.  I just can't imagine not being able to have that somebody to rely on.  Out of the billions of people in the world, there has to be a match for Hallie & I pray that family finds one soon.
Please order a kit!!! :)