Sunday, July 31, 2011

Birthday Money - Smile Sunday

"Birthdays may come just once a year, but should be celebrated all year long." ~Mama Hen
Little Chick has been wanting a friend for her fish Goldie. I explained to her that Goldie is a Japanese fighting fish and can only be in the bowl by herself. So she decided that she wanted to get another bowl that can sit beside Goldie. She used her Birthday money from her Aunt Marcy (thank you Aunt Marcy) and bought her new fish, the bowl and the rocks. She named this fish Sapphire. She had so much fun putting in the rocks and introducing Goldie to Sapphire. Happy Smile Sunday!
Having Goldie and Sapphire meet.
Happy Smile Sunday!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Little Chick's 5th Birthday Party

"Birthdays are a time for family, laughter, lots of presents and delicious cake." ~Mama Hen
Little Chick's birthday was so much fun! Today was her family birthday party and in a couple of weeks she will celebrate with her friends. This morning she woke up very excited to see all of her surprises. She had a huge smile on while walking down the stairs to the playroom where all of her furry friends were waiting in party hats gathered around her presents. She loved all of her gifts, most of which had something to do with horses. My dear friend Geri showed up and took us out for a birthday brunch. We then visited the horses at the stable where she takes riding lessons. Later we had delicious birthday cake and then headed out for a swim. Little Chick could not wait to put on her matching bathing suit. We played some of the games she got as presents and then had fun talking about our fabulous day! Happy birthday my beautiful baby!

Cutting the cake.

Little Chick's matching bathing suit.
Happy birthday Little Chick!

Little Chick's 5th Birthday

"Birthdays should be celebrated every day!" ~Mama Hen
Dear Little Chick,
Happy birthday my beautiful daughter! May this day and every day be filled with overflowing love, enormous smiles and plenty of belly laughs. You are my miracle. I thank God every day for blessing me with you. I waited so long to become a mom and feel so humbled that God gave me the honor of being your mommy. I love you more than words can ever express my adorable little girl. Happy 5th birthday my love!
These pictures are from Little Chick's 4th birthday last year. How time flies!Little Chick's furry friends are waiting to celebrate with her this morning with lots of surprises.
Happy Birthday Little Chick!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Little Chick's First Trip to the Nail Salon

"Each birthday should be filled with surprises, fancy dresses, enormous giggly smiles and a whole lot of fun." ~Mama Hen
Little Chick's 5th birthday is on Tuesday and we have been getting ready here in the Hen house. Today I surprised my daughter with taking her to a nail salon to have her hands and feet done. She has never done this before and at first was not sure what it was, but when she saw all the color choices she was really excited! We had an appointment with the wonderful woman who does my nails. Everyone was happy to see Little Chick when she walked in wearing her beautiful crown. She chose her color and then said, "What about my feet?" What a gal! She then picked out another color and sat in the chair like a big girl. As she was getting her hands massaged with the cream, she then massaged the ladies hands also. They both started giggling so much that the whole place was laughing. She got a beautiful cake painted on one finger and one toe and a gorgeous flower on a finger and also a toe. All the nails were topped off with "sparklies". It was an amazing day that we will never forget. When we got in the car Little Chick said, "Thank you so much mommy for my wonderful surprise." My heart melts!
Little Chick massages the ladies hands also.
Time for the toes. That tickled a bit!
Now the cake and the flower are painted on her toes as Little Chick looks at her beautiful finger nails.
Time to dry them while having a lollipop.
"Check out my beautiful nails mommy!"
Have a great week!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Family Time Painting Birdhouses

"The time shared with family is something so precious and can never be replaced." ~Mama Hen
Last year we started the tradition of painting birdhouses for all of our birdie friends who come to visit our yard. We had so much fun doing this last year and could not wait to do it again. This year we had all of our bird houses picked out and bought in the beginning of Spring, but somehow time and life got in the way of us painting them and finally we were able to do them this weekend. Little Chick was so excited to have us all work on our houses. Of course Lollie wanted to help out as well. We know we should have had these bird houses up sooner, but you never know who will come around looking for shelter. We hope you have a wonderful Smile Sunday!
Lollie loves Grandma Hen.

Happy Smile Sunday!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Marks of Time

"Etched on our faces and bodies are the signs that we have loved, laughed, lost and cried. These beautiful marks of time show that we have lived." ~Mama Hen
Recently I have started treating myself to a manicure. It is something I never really did except when I got married and it takes a lot for me to "stop" and actually do something so pampering for myself. However, I am learning that it is a moment that I can relax, reflect and refresh my spirit. Today when I was at the nail salon I looked at the beautiful woman working on my nails. She is the one I have regularly. I like her because she exudes such warmth and kindness. She can't hear that well and her English is minimal, so I do not really talk much with her. This alloJustify Fullws me much time to contemplate. Today I looked at the lines etched around her eyes and neck. I stared at my own hands and arms and remembered all of the scars and the stories behind each one. There were by far many more freckles or should we say sun spots all along my arms and the signs of getting older could be seen in my hands. As I looked at her and then myself I really started thinking about all the laughter, tears and life that brought these marks of living onto our being. If each line could talk, what would they say? We all have a story to tell and the older we get it is important not only to tell them, but also to listen. After all, what more to life is there then our "story". No one else shares our marks of time, which makes them precious and us so unique.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Little Chick's First Movie & Thanksgiving Thursday

"Seeing the excitement on one's face for all the big and little surprises is priceless." ~Mama Hen

Little Chick saw her first movie theater film yesterday! She was so excited! It was perfect that it was the new Winnie the Pooh movie, because Pooh has been her favorite since she was a baby. I told her that I had a surprise for her in the morning. She could not wait to see what it was. We drove to the theater and although she did not know what we were doing yet, she could not keep from smiling. When we went in and bought the tickets I told her that we were going to see Pooh Bear. She did a happy dance! We of course got popcorn and some candy. I contemplated bringing snacks from home, but wanted the experience to be authentic. So we each got some yummy movie theater popcorn. When we walked in the theater Little Chick held her bag of popcorn and skipped down the aisle to the seat she wanted. It was a spectacular day!

Dreaming of Pooh!
Thanksgiving Thursday: 1.) Little Chick and my family 2.) Experiencing the firsts with my beautiful daughter. 3.) Enjoying the summer. 4.) Our adorable dog, Lollie. 5.) Having my mom over for dinner and play time with Little Chick. She loves having Grandma Hen over.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Little Chick's Love for Horses

"Love, passion and dreams are a beautiful mix." ~Mama Hen
Little Chick is in love with horseback riding! She loves it so much because it allows her the opportunity to be one with her horse. Today Little Chick worked on balancing without holding her reins, trotting and steering from left to right. She is amazing! I always watch her lessons in awe. I am so proud of my Little Chick! Every night she tells me that she is going to dream about horses. Her love for animals and her passion to ride is a blessing.
Wonderful balancing Little Chick.

Saying hi to Memphis.
"If I could only reach."

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