Wednesday, September 17, 2008


I have just recently come to the conclusion that I could not live without my friends.  With Cam starting school, it brings back so many memories for me.  One of those memories is how I always had a hard time making/keeping friends.  This may be hard for some of you to believe, but when I was young I was VERY shy.  I know, I know, "ya right" you say.  Just ask my mom.  I was the one crying at soccer practice, clinging to my mother's leg at family functions and, my favorite, shedding silent tears as I took the roll to the office in kindergarten (there AND back). As I see other kids doing these very things I can't help but feel their pain.  Then I look at my daughter.  Where did she come from? She is the exact opposite from me.  And I am SO grateful. Hopefully she will never go through the friendship struggles I went through in school. Already I see her with her friends, and know she won't be. I thank God for that.  I just recently (in the past 2 or 3 years) have made the best friendships I have ever had in my life.  I know that it is God who brings these people into my life, and always at the perfect time.  I have never felt so blessed to have such a wonderful group of people I can turn to, whether it be about kids, husbands, decorating my house, kids, crafty creative stuff, marriage, you name it.  I just really felt the need to express the love I have for all of you ladies in my life that have shown me true friendship. I heard a saying once, "Your family is who God chooses for you, but your friends are the family you choose for yourself."  I only partially think that's true.  I think that friends ARE chosen for you by God.  I thank Him every day for that.  Love you guys...  

Monday, September 15, 2008

Go Ladybugs!

Camryn's first soccer game was on Saturday- she did so great! Their team is called the 'Ladybugs', thanks to a suggestion from a certain little girl. :) This year she is on a team with all girls, so it's so much better. Now all of them can't be picking flowers on the field! Camryn did everything her coaches told her to do, even despite the 90 degree weather at 2:00 in the afternoon! Poor thing was beat red after, but after a few squirts of water she did great! I was really surprised that she hung on for the whole thing, but she was having fun. I'm so glad to see her improvement over the past year. She has matured.. sniff, sniff..

Here's Cam & Kaylie (her new best friend). They looked so cute out there!

The Ladybugs! Coach Gil and Assistant Coach Amy (my new best friend!) are doing a great job

The whole gang... 

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Another Big Day for Ty

So yesterday we went for Tyler's Ophthalmology appointment.  We first noticed that he was having trouble in March, when he started to close his left eye when he focused on something up close.  Then he had a vision screening at preschool in April, who told us that his left eye turned in a little, but not to worry until he turned 4. We brought it up to his pediatrician in July and she referred us to the doctor he saw yesterday.  So, she said he has a condition called Strabismus, where his eye turns inward because of a weak eye muscle and coordination.  She said usually there is poor vision related to it, and that he would probably just need glasses to correct it. Luckily, we caught it early enough that we don't need to patch his eye (which they do in some cases).  He will most likely need to wear glasses throughout his childhood, and will possibly outgrow it in his teen years.  
He did so well in his appointment, from the eye drops to dilate his eyes, to the little picture charts (he called the little car a "quad"- it was cute!).  Both Matt and I had mixed emotions. On the one hand, we were so glad it was early enough that it could be fixed with just glasses, but on the other hand our baby needed glasses!!  I think we were ok until they put on an informational video for us to watch. It was hard to hear that he now had a 'condition', and that he would 'suffer' from it for the rest of his life. I started to tear up a bit. Poor baby! 
Tyler is excited about his glasses, though. One good thing is that the doctor said that usually these kids LOVE their glasses because thay can SEE with them! So we shouldn't have a problem with him keeping them on. It will just take a bit to get used to looking through them. 

Here he is in the doctor's office, in the chair all by himself! He had the 'funny glasses' on.

These will be his new glasses! Of course without all the stickers on them. They will come in next week, so be ready for an all new (and improved) Tyler!!

Karate Kid

So Ty had another Belt Graduation at karate on Monday. He is now a white belt with GOLD stripe. He has improved so much just in the past 6 months! He loves doing karate, as you can see. 

Here's his little sassy face...

Here he is with his new belt in hand. 

And Blakey was all smiles watching his big bro, as usual!

Watch out, he's gonna be a Ninja Warrior in no time!!

Ty's Big Day!

So Tyler's first day of preschool was Monday, and it seemed like he never left! He likes his new teachers, friends, etc.  He is so chill about everything, I swear he's such a 'go with the flow' kid. He's very excited because he will be staying for lunch this year with his new Spiderman lunch pail. What could be better? He had a great day, too and I think he's going to have a fun year!

Cam's Big Day!

Camryn started Kindergarten last week, and let me tell ya!!  We've never been so busy!  It's been so fun to watch her, though.  She had a wonderful first day, no problems whatsoever (like anyone thought she would)!  She was SO ready. Her teacher is great, and she has all of her friends from preschool in her class, AND her new friend Kaylie, too! What a great year it's gonna be!
     The traditional front porch picture!

Cam, ready to LEARN!

Camryn & Kaylie- so cute! They are already two peas in a pod.

She found a spot on the rug- 'R' for rabbit.

Cam & Dylan, her friend from preschool, and my good friend, Gina's little boy.