What Ellie decided to wear to our New Year's Eve/ Jake's birthday party celebration demonstrates her appreciation to Tashia, Taylor, Paula and Emma!
I don't think any fewer than 12 bracelets, and a smattering of necklaces! Oh...and a couple 0f boxes of sparklers for later!
While the women were inside tending the children, small talking and munching on appetizers.
This is Austin. He is one of the more responsible friends of John Ford's... Paula's oldest kid. He also doesnt' mind playing ball with Gabbi Girl, so I am all about being a fan of Austin.
This is sweet Hunter, Taylor's (aka accessory diva), brother. He is so kind hearted. He always leaves his buddies when my girls and I show up. He wants Gabbi to come to him so bad! As do most! It is like a challenge to get Gabbi Girl to go to anyone but dear old mom!!
My, oh, my! No one told us this was such a formal event! Shimmy shimmy shiny sequin dress.
And you know how Ellie's pose is the hands on hips, knee cocked up? Well, Maddi's is the hands on hips, sway waaaay back, squat down a bit, and twist at the waist!
A few of my best frans...Kim, Penny, and Paula.
Staci had a few New Year cookies made. Actually, a LOT of new year cookies made... these are just the three left at about 7:30 when I got there! Ha.
Tashia won the big Gabbi lottery and gave Mama Mel a few minutes. However, she had to pimp herself out with that phone! Letting GG use your phone, particuarly if there are games, will almost always get you some lap time!
Our highlight of the night, as usual on New Year's Eve, is singing Happy Birthday to our sweet Jake!
It's hard to believe that he would have been 9 years old. Just too crazy! And, yes, Ellie and Gabbi have already changed into dress up clothes! May be 8:00 by now!
Of course we had to light the candles a second time, because this overzealous crew blew the candles out prematurely! And that's Emma Lou... only one month younger than Jake!
I wanted to take a minute to thank all of you who shared your word! I am really thankful you trusted me to know your word! I will try to come up with a few ways for us to reconnect with our words throughout the year. I'm remaining with "try". My total flop last year showed me that I am not the Wonder Woman I sometimes fool myself into thinking I am. I do intend to also have a retreat (or several) this year. Suzy... you in?! You gonna help me? Susan, you ready to get your cookin' on?! Let's do this!
and by the way, as I am sitting here typing, I am watching Bridalplasty on E! Has anyone seen this?! Omg! Seriously? Challenges to WIN plastic surgeries prior to wedding days! Ludicrous!
Talisman workshop will begin next week! We're having a little roadtrip to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas to see our Tigers play! And Kim... I WILL get your baby girl's necklace done! Count on it!