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Another heartbeat

Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Well, today we officially saw the third heartbeat to join our family. We are expecting #3 on March 22, 2008 (my birthday). AHHHH! How did that happen? Maggie Beth is just barely 8 months old, so we weren't planning this so soon, but we are thrilled. I think today made it sink in a little for us. Please pray for us as I have never known exhaustion such as this, with two little ones running and crawling around. Daniel has been amazing, doing basically everything around the house, including getting me ginger ale with just the right amount of ice and other weird things I have requested. We'll keep you posted!


Sunday, July 15, 2007
Going to the grocery store used to be so easy. Make a list, get what you need, buy a few treats along the way, stop and browse at items if you want. Not so much any more. Mary Evelyne and I went to Kroger this afternoon, in the middle of a summer storm at that. We didn't have much to get and they do have cookies and "car" buggies after all, so I thought it would be fine.

Well, once her pink frosted cookie was gone, she was ready to get out. She had her legs hanging out the side of the "car" and they kept hitting stuff on the aisle. She knocked one of her "crocs" with about a thousand "jibbitz" off (if you don't know what those are you must not have kids) and I let her get out of her car to retrieve it. That was a mistake because she had learned her key to freedom and continued to do it. So, finally I had to do the unthinkable....strap her in to her car.

That seemed to be working pretty well for another 5 minutes or so. We were more than 1/2 way finished when the inevitable "I have to go potty" moment arrived. I have never personally used the "potty" in Kroger, so it took us a little bit to locate it (all the way in the back between deli meat and milk) and I panicked that our newly potty-trained daughter might give that little car more than it bargained for. We found the potty, parked our buggy outside, ran in and ran back out. Uneventful other than the automatic flush toilet that scared the heck out of Mary Evelyne as she was in midstream.

Now I have to convince her to get back in the car, so I give her some groceries to "keep" for me in the passenger seat.

A few more minutes, we are almost finished, just finding the last few things, when over the loudspeaker I hear "If you are the owner of a red Dodge Caravan, your doors are open". The guy in the aisle with us says, "oh man, and it is raining too". Yep, you guessed it. I am the owner of a red Dodge Caravan and I know it is quite likely that my doors are in fact open. As I nonchalantly make my way to the front of Kroger, not wanting anyone to know it is my van that is open to the public for looting, I am silently questioning whether that was the best decision to announce over the loudspeaker to a grocery store full of who knows what that a car is completely wide open. I guess the damage could already have been done by then anyway, if anybody wanted a frog floatie, a sippy cup, The Fox and the Hound DVD, or a 4 day old iced coffee that wasn't so iced anymore. This Kroger is THE place to grocery shop in Marietta and I don't want to be seen making this manuveur, so I leave Mary Evelyne trapped in her "car" a few feet away, walk to the exit and hit my door buttons that close the car doors.

I think I pulled it off, but I'll never know. Of course on my way out, I see an old friend. I wondered if she made the connection when she saw me load up in my red Dodge Caravan and pull away.

Next time I'll send Daniel.

Margaret Elizabeth

Saturday, July 07, 2007
With all of Mary Evelyne's funny quotes, cute friends, and many talents it is often hard for her little sister to grab the spotlight from her. But make no mistake, Maggie Beth is a never-ending source of joy and entertainment in our house.

The girl hardly stops smiling, from the morning when she squeals with delight at her sister when she comes in to see her in her crib, all they way to bedtime when she laughs at Daddy's funny faces before her bath.

Maggie Beth looks more like her Mommie than her big sister, but she has her Daddy's blue eyes, and the same chubby thighs I had as a baby. She is seven months now and she's busy everyday rolling, grabbing, tummy crawling, bouncing in her bouncer, napping, eating sweet peas and sweet potatoes, making funny faces, and making her Mom, Dad and Big Sis smile.

I figured since Mary E has had her chance to make you smile with her two videos on this blog, it's about time I post one of Maggie B. So without further ado, here's Maggie Beth in her her You Tube debut:

Family Photo

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Sad to say, but this is our first family photo since Maggie Beth was born in November. Now if we could just get everyone to look at the camera at the same time.


Sunday, July 01, 2007
This past week has been a week to hang out with friends....Mary Evelyne's friends that is. She gets rather bored during the summer without some other 3 year old stimulation. The best part is that all of her friends are also in love with Maggie Beth (yet another plus of being the second child...see post below) so everybody benefits when we have these precious girls around. Here are some pics and some stories....

This precious friend calls Mary Evelyne White something that sounds like "May Evyn Wipe". The funny thing is she calls her by her entire name almost every time. Tasha normally pretty much lets Mary Evelyne boss her around, but when Mary Evelyne got tired of singing (on the laundry baskets to Christmas music with spoon as microphones) before Tasha did, Tasha stood her ground and just kept on singing.

Tasha just turned three and had a princess party of her own. Unlike Mary Evelyne's mother, Tasha's mother, our dear Ms. Crystal, made (yes, made) princess skirts for all the little girls to wear. Mary Evelyne was right by Tasha's side the entire time. She made sure to tell her she loved her about 10 times during the party.


This brings us to Schuyler (pronounced Skyler), another dear friend. I guess you would say that Tasha, Schuyler and Mary Evelyne are the Three Musketeers. Schuyler (Mary Evelyne calls her Skye for short) also attended Tasha's party. As you can see, she has about 2 rings on each finger. This really impaired her ability to eat, play, etc. at the party, but she never took the rings off.

Skye and her little sister Zoe celebrated their birthdays the next day (yes, Mary E's social calendar was full last weekend). Mary Evelyne had fun, but I think Maggie B was the real hit.

The little girl she is sitting with is Nyriah (Tasha's niece) who is actually about 7 months older, but looks the same size. I have a big girl (Skye and her mom lovingly call her "Big Mama"). Little Zoe (Skye's sister) can't say Maggie B, so she calls her "Biggie B".

So, this weekend was a little more relaxed, but Mary Evelyne still needed her "friend" fix. We took Tasha to Riverstone's playgroup on Friday (too many kids to take pics - including our other Zoe "Miss Laura's Zoe", that handsome HenHen and our bud Charlie).
Saturday we took Schuyler to story time at the library.

This was one of the funniest experiences I can remember in a long time. The little girl to the left tried to sit next to Skye during one story. Mary E was not having that, so she forcefully wedged herself between this girl and Schuyler.

The stories were centered around the 4th of July and America (a little over their heads) and at one point the story referred to something about pee-wee baseball. Well, Mary Evelyne and Schuyler thought the word "pee-wee" was hilarious and they started laughing hysterically when really that part of the story was not suppossed to be funny. A few minutes later the story talked about getting hot-dogs at the "Knights of Columbus" booth. Mary Evelyne says loudly "My Mama and Pops live in Columbus." Everyone looks at us strangely, except Skye who again laughs hysterically, which makes Mary E also laugh hysterically. Then, during the next book, Schuyler lets out a loud burp. The funny thing is that apparently, this phased neither of them. They didn't laugh or even acknowledge it, but just kept listening intently. The next part of "story time" was actually a projection movie. They both kept asking loudly "Why is the movie on the wall?" and watched more of the fascinating projector than they did of the movie.

Craft time was hilarious. We made these 4th of July headbands, but they both thought they were Indians and kept running around patting their mouths with their hands and making those Indian noises.

Finally, on our way out, we had to spend about 10 minutes at the water fountains, also a novelty for preschoolers. What a way to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday.
I am telling you, these girls (plus some other dear ones) make up our world right now and we love it. It seems everywhere we look there are sisters to love our sisters. Girls just wanna have fun and we are having it!