Sunday, September 28, 2008

Don't You....

Don't you play baseball outside in your dance costume?

**I do not see softball in our future!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Emma's New 'Do

Last night, Emma and I headed up to Spoiled for a hair cut (and color for Mommy).

Emma did such a great job sitting still. Monica is wonderful. We cut about 2 inches of of Emma's hair and it looks GREAT!

Her hair is FINALLY (four years later) starting to thicken up, so this hair cut really added some bounce back into that hair.
Now...if I could just figure out what to do with Hannah's baby mullet.

This morning, I let her wear it down to school. I NEVER let her wear it down, but she wanted to show off her new hair cut. So...just this once.

I am sure it will be a stringy mess by the time she gets home, but at least she could show off her fabulous new hair.

I did not take a picture this morning...I know I know...SORRY! But, here is a picture from last night with Miss Monica after it was all over! Thanks, Monica! YOU ARE THE BEST!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Pre K Field Trip

Today, Emma's class went on a field trip. They went to the Springdale Public Library. She said she had so much fun. They read books and learned all about the library.

Emma said her teach at the library (I am guessing this is the librarian) was names Mrs. Judy and she was old, but she was really nice.

I took her picture before they left. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Counting Teeth

Every blog I look at, all of my friends have been keeping up with how many and when their children get teeth.

Chalk me up to a mother who just doesn't blog about that event in life (but, realize I should as it's a major milestone!), and sometimes, doesn't notice when new teeth make their appearance. I know...slacker, right!?

So, after giving it much thought, I thought I would give an update on Hannah's teeth. I don't want her to feel neglected. it is...

Hannah has all of her teeth. She has had all of her teeth since she was 10 months old, molars included. Side note: This is not normal. We are the teeth family. Emma was an over achiever and had one at birth. So, Hannah having a mouth full at 10 months, was not surprising. She loves her teeth and loves to put them to good use, by eating LOTS and biting other kids (another post at another time). Her favorite thing about her teeth is brushing them.

So, YEA HANNAH! We love you and all your teeth!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Wooo Pig Sooie

Yesterday, we took Emma to her first Razorback football game. Little Hannah is just too wild right now to try to contain for 3 hours at a game, so she stayed home with Miss Suzi.

Even though the Razorbacks lost...BAD, we had a great time. Emma was the cutest little girl there. If you like her tutu in these pictures, check out Bibs & Cribs. Amanda is so talented and has lots of super fabulous stuff!

The rest of the weekend, we watch football, played outside and did the usual weekend stuff. It was a good weekend!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Oh the excitement of it all....

This morning, as I dropped Emma off at school (I am still walking her in, by the way), her teacher was out there. She was preparing some things for class. After I walked Emma in, I spoke to her and turned in the field trip permission slip (side note: I was the FIRST parent to turn it in...I am not THAT mommy...this time!). Mrs. Shannon handed me the most exciting thing since Pre-K has started in the Williamson household...


Yes, I am excited. I am sure I will go over-board, because that's what I do. I love Love LOVE book fairs. In fact, I was so excited, I immediately ran to my car and called Travis. His response, "Really, Boni...that's what you called for?". YES REALLY! I have even been thumbing through it at work thinking, "Ooo...this is such a good book! I hope she picks this one!"Emma doesn't even know yet, because she was in her class when I received my "Pre-K gold".

So now, I am counting the minutes until I can tell my sweet Emma that we get to sit down Sunday night and pick out some books! She loves reading...I am pretty sure it's genetic because so do I and so does Honey.

What a bright and shiny day!

Really...THAT shirt?

Travis is a pack rat...especially when it comes to clothes. I don't think he has gotten rid of any clothes since we have been married. And possibly, since college. So, last night, it was time...time to clean out his closet.

This all started about two months ago. I despise folding clothes. So, I usually pile them up in the big chair and fold them once a week. This usually equates to folding 8 to 10 loads of laundry every Saturday (don't get me started on why in the world a family of 4 has that much laundry every week). I digress.

So, one Saturday, I folded clothes. One rule is that everyone puts away their own clothes. Even little Hannah helps me put her clothes away.

I put Travis's in his laundry basket and asked him to put them away. He took his basket and his hang up clothes to the bedroom. He was in there for a little bit, so I assumed all was taken care of. Now, what's that old saying "When you ASSume..." Yeah.

I went back to the bedroom and his hang up clothes were nicely hung up. But, the basket...that basket was just sitting on the floor in front of his dresser....STILL FULL OF CLOTHES! I was NOT putting those clothes away.

So, the basket stayed. And every week, as I folded, the basket got fuller. And ever week, as Travis looked for clothes, the basket got messier. Until, he had NO clothes (except long johns) in his drawers.

So, last night, we tackled it. I couldn't stand that hideously messy basket sitting in our room any longer. We cleaned out his closet. This chore went a little like this:

Me: (holding up the most horrid flannel shirt I have ever seen)Travis, what about this shirt? Throw away or give away?

Travis: I want to keep that one.

Me: Really...THAT shirt?

Travis: Yeah...I can wear it hunting or something.

Me: No way! This is so ugly...I can't believe you even owned this. It's gone

(shirt is in the throw away pile)

Me: What about this shirt? (holding up the most horrid shirt ever)

Travis: I want to keep that shirt...

Yeah...the night progressed much like that. I think you get the drift. I mean...really, where did he get some of that stuff!? We did, however, accomplish our goal. His closet and drawers are clean.

We even had fun cleaning out his closet. It's amazing how, once you are old and married, you find fun in the little stuff. We were in stitches at the end of it all. I was making fun of Travis's "pre-adulthood (Pre-Boni)" wardrobe and he was making fun of the fact that I LOVE to clean out closets.

It made me excited this morning when I got up to know his closet was all clean...I know...sad. But, it's done and it was fun. I love my husband!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Last week, Emma was the Star Student. Honey sent her a gift in the mail yesterday. She got those wonderful Razorback stickers that she and Hannah were wearing in the pictures last night. She also got the FABULOUS Hannah Montana shirt below. Thanks, Honey! She loves it! (One is plenty know how I feel about character shirts!)

Monday, September 15, 2008

A Nice Fall Day

Today, when we got home, we spent all evening outside. The girls played together in the front yard. They were being extremely cooperative, so I took the opportunity to have a little photo shoot with each of them. I actually got some pretty fabulous pictures!

Please ignore the Razorback stickers on their faces...they thought that was a necessity tonight! Enjoy!

Lazy Days

This weekend, we really didn't do too much.

Saturday night, Travis and I had a work party to attend. It was pretty fun. We danced and sang karaoke with our friends. We made it home right before Ike hit. Thanks, Lisa, for staying with the girls until we got home.

Sunday, Travis went to the woods and the girls and I just hung around the house. Their new favorite thing is to play "puppies". It's cute, but it gets kind of annoying. They both refused clothes all day, so they are bottoms only in all the pics. Enjoy!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Mad Pizza

Yesterday, Emma and Ashton Peschel both got green cards at school! To celebrate, we met the Peschel's at Mad Pizza for dinner and games. It is a new family friendly pizza place and we had a blast. The kids played games and won prizes and we enjoyed visiting with the Peschel fam!

Emma even told me that she was going to get a green card again today and so was Ashton, so they could go again tonight. I don't think she realizes that we will not go to Mad Pizza EVERY night! :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

High Fives All Around!

Today, I picked Emma up from school. She came running at me with the biggest smile on her face. "Mommy, look what I got! I AM THE STAR STUDENT THIS WEEK!" I was as excited as she was. She was chosen as the star student in her class for the week. The star student is the child that acts the most well behaved and helpful. We are so proud of her. Way to go Emma!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Fishing and Parties Galore

This weekend was a SUPER busy weekend in the Williamson household. Well, at least Saturday was...

Saturday morning, Travis and the girls got up and went fishing. I stayed home a cleaned house. They had a pretty good time. Emma caught the biggest fish she had ever caught and the smallest fish she had ever caught. Travis said Hannah ate some dirt and played with the bait (worms). (This makes me question her relation to me). They had a good time and I got lots of cleaning done.

Saturday afternoon, we had two birthday parties to attend...for two different Ashtons.

Ashton Prinsen (girl) turned two. Her party was out at Gully Park Pavillion. It was lots of fun. There were balloons, presents and silly string. I think the adults had more fun with the silly string than the kids. Ashton seemed to have had lots of fun and got lots of good presents! Happy Birthday, Ashton!

We left Ashton Prinsen's party (in south Fayetteville) and hurried up to Bentonville for Ashton Peschel's (boy) party.

This party was at the Jump Zone. It was SO fun. It has all these inflatable bounce arounds. Travis was in charge of pictures and only got one decent one of the girls playing. These bounce arounds were big enough for grown ups to play on them too! Of course, me being the child I am, used my children as an excuse to go down the slides. I barely got Emma talked into the medium slide, but she loved it. Travis took Hannah on the big slide. I wish you could have seen her (no picture of course). She LOVED it! She is a little daredevil like her Mommy. After we played we went to the party room for cupcakes, ice cream and presents. Ashton got so much stuff! We had a blast. Happy Birthday, Ashton!

Sunday, we were lazy at home and recuperated. Travis went hunting that morning and we just played at home the rest of the day. It was a fun weekend!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

"Bright and Shiny" or "Dark and Twisty"

I was reading through most of my posts on my blog a few days ago and saw that most everything I post is "bright and shiny". That's usually fitting, because I consider my life to be pretty "bright and shiny". We have the usual problems, but nothing major.

But, do you ever have one of THOSE days? I mean one of the days that seem to push your life out of the "bright and shiny" category directly over to the "dark and twisty" category? (I am a huge Grey's Anatomy fan...thus the reference to bright and shiny/dark and twisty.)

I had one of those days today...and I want my blog to be real...not just to good stuff...but the real life stuff. So, here I am blogging about my "dark and twisty" day.

This day started about 1 am. I heard a noise that sounded like Hannah was out of bed. I looked out into the hall just in time to see her dragging her blankey and heading into the living room. I got up to see what in the WORLD she was doing. I found her standing in the pitch black living room. I called her name and she turned and RAN down the hall. Our hall is not dark since we keep night lights on in case Emma needs to go to the bathroom or in case of nights like this with Hannah. She ran so fast and plowed into my was like she didn't even see me! It knocked her down and she just laid on the ground. I turned the light on in the hallway and realized SHE WAS SOUND ASLEEP. I scooped her up and put her back in her bed...she never knew anything was going on. Nice way to find out my child is a sleep walker.

It took me forever to fall back asleep and when I did, I had a horrible dream (I will spare you the details). It was so bad, I cried out in my sleep and woke myself up yet again. It was about 5:15 and I decided just to stay up. I rotated some laundry and picked up some stray toys from the night before. I finally got ready and woke everyone else up. As I was putting on my make up, Emma kicked it over and got my powder (loose powder) EVERYWHERE.

About that time, I knew...I just knew...this is a day I should just go back to bed and totally skip. This is a day that is going to be one of THOSE days...a "dark and twisty" day. But, I am a responsible adult and had to go about my day as usual.

We went through our normal morning routine, but it just seemed all the more hectic. Despite the fact that I was up a good 30 to 45 minutes earlier than usual, we were running late.

Travis left a little before the girls and I. I was pulling out of the garage and looked up to see Jack...our wonderful English Pointer...DIGGING IN THE TRASH. I got out of the car in the rain, mind you, and spanked him and put him in the back (since Travis had forgotten to). As I was leaning down to pick up the trash Jack had gotten into, I realize what exactly he was messing with...A POOPIE DIAPER! Really...of all things....YUCK! So, I picked up what I could and ran back inside to wash my hands. At this point we were REALLY late.

I pulled up at Hannah's school to run her in. I walked around to her side of the car and see she had taken her shoes off. Really, Hannah! Was that necessary today!? I just took her in shoeless and left them for her teacher to either put on or put in her cubby...whatever floated her boat!

I dropped Emma off and realize that school schedules were due today. So, in order to avoid a fee, I had to quickly fill one out. I have no idea what I even put on there for the girls next week...that should be a whole different interesting post!

I jumped in the car and off I went. As I got on the by pass, I realized "I NEED GAS!" Oh well, my car can go forever without gas. I will get it on my way home when I am not already 20 minutes late for work.

I got to work and the day proceeded in much the same manner. Retail Link reports not running properly... Conference calls all day....needy customers. You know a day like that! All I was thinking was, "I just need to dig through this day, go home and let Travis deal with the kids tonight so I can recover my from my bad attitude." About 20 minutes, before I left, Travis called. "Boni, I need to work late tonight to finish up this shower." WHATEVER! FINE...I WILL BE SUPPORTIVE BECAUSE YOU WORK SO HARD FOR US.

I sped home from work to pick up the kids. As I was driving down the by pass, I was thinking, "With Travis working late, I am just cooking grilled cheeses. I hope the girls are in a good mood. I wonder if Emma got another green card today?". All of the sudden, my car won't accelerate! What happened!? DANG! I WAS OUT OF GAS...ON THE SIDE OF 540. I pulled on to the shoulder and wanted to kick myself for being an idiot. I started to call Travis and realized he was 45 minutes away WITHOUT traffic and I was sitting in the 5 o'clock rush hour. I called my friend, Cassidie, and she rushed to the rescue. I had to call Sue to pick up the girls, since their mother was on the side of the road for being a dumb dumb and they were going to be left as the "late kids". I wasn't going to have that! THANK YOU CASS AND SUE! I would still be on the side of the road without the two of you!

I got home and cooked the girls grilled cheese. They ate them up. We played and then took a bath. I put Hannah to bed and Emma was coloring. I decided to unwind and do a little blog surfing while Emma was occupied (and I didn't want to fold clothes!). As I was surfing and replaying my "dark and twisty" day in my head, I ran across a blog of someone I had never met and as I was reading, it brought me to tears. It was a mother who had been blogging about her 4 children (much like most of us do) when suddenly and unexpectedly her 4 year old daughter passed away just this past July. The blog journeys this sad time in her life and how her clinging to God or more like God holding on to her has kept her going.

All of the sudden, I felt guilty. How could I be calling my day a "dark and twisty" day? I have my family here with me. My girls are my world and they are here...happy...healthy...wonderful! How petty my issues must seem to God when there are things like this woman was going through all over the world!

Then, I realized, my issues/worries/prayers are not petty to God. They are just as important as anyone elses. He loves me and wants to see me happy and grateful for my blessings. I feel like that's why I found that show me..."Boni, wake up! That was a bad day...try having a bad day without your 4 year old there." I left a comment on that woman's page, just to let her know how I feel for her and her family. Emma and I will say a prayer for her and her family tonight...and every night.

So, here I am writing (not so eloquently, I might add) this post. I should probably delete it, but I want my loyal readers (GrandDa and Daddy Ben!) to know two things:
  1. My life is not always "bright and shiny". We do have bad days. We do have problems. But most of all, WE DO HAVE EACH OTHER! That in itself makes even my bad days "bright and shiny"
  2. Even when I think that my fears/worries/problems are petty, God is listening. God cares.

Even as I wrote made me happy. It made my day a little more "bright and shiny". That in mind, I am going to color with Emma...I LOVE TO COLOR!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

First Day of Pre K

Emma started Pre-K today. She was so excited. We spent all weekend picking out the perfect outfit for the first day of Pre-K. We finally settled on this one (thanks Honey for the cute new dress!). She just looked so sweet this morning. She had her little back pack on (thanks Daddy Brooks) and her pencil box. Emma couldn't wait to go. She even told me that "Mommies don't walk Pre-Kers in." However, I just couldn't make that adjustment yet, so I walked her in today.

When she got home, she was so happy. She had a great day! Emma even made it home with a green card! (green means she was good all day, yellow means a little trouble and red means Mommy or Daddy have to sign a sad gram) We are so proud of her and glad we have a little girl that has been able to make the adjustment so well!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Labor Day Weekend

This weekend, we all headed to Hot Springs. Not only was it Labor Day weekend, but it was also Jon's birthday! He turned 23! Happy Birthday, Uncle Jon! We love you!

Friday night, we went to dinner and came home to play bag-o. Our family can get pretty competitive, so it was a little intense for a while.

Saturday, we got up and headed out on the lake. It was a blast. First, we went to the sand bar and let the girls swim. They had so much fun. Then, on our way back, Travis and Emma rode the tube. They had fun...until Daddy Brooks threw them off! It was actually pretty funny. The water was so rough, Emma was bouncing EVERYWHERE. Travis just held on to her and off they went! Hannah fell asleep on the boat during that action!

After a long day on the boat, we ate ribs and celebrated Jon's birthday. GrandDa and Daddy Ben came over. Emma found these flip glasses in the toy box and made everyone wear them. It was pretty funny.

Sunday, we got up and came home. Today, we have just been playing and getting Emma ready for her first day of Pre-K tomorrow! She is super excited! All in all, we had a great weekend. Thanks, Honey and Daddy Brooks, for the great food and fun this weekend!