Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What A Hoot!

Finally got around to finishing Ashtyn's big girl room! Had so much fun with this one! I think I might like it better than my own room! ;) Thank you to my nanny Audrey and my sister Amy for all your crafty help!

If you like this a little...you will like my sister's craftiness a lot! Here is a link to her amazing blog! Check it out!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

7 Years In...

...to livin' my happily ever after!

Every year when we get close to our anniversary, I am reminded of the hard times we had to go through to get married. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that Nate was the man I meant to be with! It's crazy...you would think that you would get sick of someone after being with them for 8 years. Don't get me wrong...there have definitely been tough times!! However, I can truly say that I am more in love with Nate today than I was the day married him!

Since it's been 7 wonderful years..I thought I would tell you 7 things that I love about my husband!

1. His sense of humor (I am constantly laughing along with everyone in the room!)

2. His work ethic...how hard he works to provide for this family!

3. His passion and love for music!

4. His love and dedication to our children

5. His style ;)

6. His perseverance and commitment to getting up at 5am 6 days a week to go to the gym!

7. His leadership

We are off to Steamboat this weekend to celebrate!!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Letters of Love

So I officially have a 1st grader now!! A 1ST GRADER...every time it comes out it just doesn't sound right! My sweet little five and a half year old cannot be going into 1ST grade already!!! I remember dropping her off at her first day of preschool! Two and a half hours would feel like eternity and now I have to go without her all day!! I'm going to eat her up this summer and enjoy her as much as I can! She did have some great friendships in Kindergarten that I am hoping she will maintain next year!
Hailey gets to have lunch with all grades and has met a few 2ND grade girls. Although I haven't met them yet, they keep sending Hailey home with the sweetest little letters! I got teary when the first one arrived home in her backpack!

They read:

Dear Hailey,

You are so cute! I love your hair. You are so kind. I love your outfits.


Haley and Grace and Kendal

Dear Hailey,

you are so nice. I love the way you dress. And you are so cute.

Love, Holly & Grace

Dear Hailey,

you are so nice.

How are you doing?

We wish we could see you evre day. You fill our day with joy!

Love, Holly and Grace

If that doesn't melt your heart I don't know what does!!

Hailey's school picture is too funny not to share! I mean I crack up every time I look at it!! You know the moms can't be there to make sure they get the perfect shot!?!?!? AHHHH It totally shows her personality though...so it makes me love it!

20/20 had a special segment on Williams Syndrome on June 10Th. It's pretty interesting! Here is the link if you would like to check it out: It's half way through and about 10 minutes long.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Proud Mommy Moment

Both girls attend the Colorado School of Dance. Hailey did tap and ballet and Ashtyn just did ballet. They have been practicing since October so here is a proud mommy showing off all of their hard work!!

They finally had thier recital!!

Hailey loves to tap!! She was up there with a huge grin on her face trying to get the moves just right! It was too cute!

Ballet was definitely the high light of Ashtyn's week! "Do I have baya today mommy?"

Her performance was so sweet! She did all the moves like a champ!

Yep...Nate and I both got teary!

I did get video...but couldn't figure out how to get them on here!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Williams Syndome Charity Walk 2011

We had our first Williams Syndrome Charity Walk May 14Th. It was such a great turn out! We are so thankful for the family and friends that came and showed their support.

One of my defense mechanisms is numbness...not thinking too hard about certain things in my life. My girl friends often make fun of me for living on "fairy tale island." I can go weeks without thinking about the effects of Williams Syndrome and what Hailey's future has to hold. This event definitely lay heavy on my heart for weeks after. What will Hailey be like when she is an adult? Will Hailey ever have to go through open heart surgery? Will Hailey have diabetes? Will Hailey be able to tell when people look at her like she is different? Will Hailey ever feel it when people are judging her or making fun of her?

The future is uncertain. We don't know what it will hold. What I know now is how thankful I am to have Hailey in my life. She teaches me how to love the un-lovable. How to be cheerful in any circumstance. How to see the good in people. How the simple things can make us truly happy. How to start every single morning with a smile. I love that girl and I love that God chose me to be her mother!