I got a new camera yesterday. It's been long overdue. My other one was dropped one to many times and was being held together with duck tape. It also didn't have rechargeable batteries which I now realize cost me quite a bit of money! I got a Nikon Coolpix, and it is purple...so hopefully Jess won't steal it too often. I'm not a great photographer, but I do need to take more pics of the kids, so I am excited to get to know the camera better.
Here are some pictures I took today.
This one makes me want to kiss those big ol' cheeks.
Here is Sierra...always posing.And Reanne...eagerly finishing up a book (that she hates to read.)
I just watched this movie last night. I'd have to say it was one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. It is about a boy who isn't doing well in school and gets sent to a boarding school to try to fix him. It was done so well. A couple warnings though. It is three hours and it will probably make you cry, (hopefully not as much as it made me cry.) Also, don't be surprised when the actors burst into song. It is a Bollywood film after all.
I really do love being a mother, but no one ever told me that the way people view your children could impact you so much. I had parent teacher conferences today. I dread them. Every time I have to face one of Reanne's teachers I know exactly what they are going to say to me. She is doing really well academically...but her behavior is horrible. And then they go on to tell me exactly why they don't appreciate my daughter in their class.
Today I finally said to her teacher, "I do work on behavior all the time at home. I just happen to have a daughter that is very verbal." She then told me, "It's OK to be verbal. She just needs to know what is appropriate." Thank you Mrs. Nelson. I had no idea. I've only had to deal with her temper tantrums and sassy mouth for 6 1/2 years now. But I appreciate your advise.
So after every conference I go home feeling like I am an inexperienced, failing mother. I hate it. If only she had children of her own...perhaps she would be a little more understanding. But lets face it, even if she had children and they acted perfectly in public places, she still wouldn't understand. And I would have been the exact same way if I didn't have a little spirit assigned to me that happened to be a spitfire of a personality. So, if anyone else out there wonders why she acts the way she does - we're working on it!
I took Reanne and Sierra on a mom-daughter date last Friday to see Disney on ice. We went with my good friend Jessi and her kids. I had never seen anything on ice, let alone a Disney production and I thought it was so fun. Here were some of the characters we saw.
I'm glad they included the villains too. My favorite part, although I didn't get a good picture, is when Mickey made all his brooms come to life while he was the sorcerer's apprentice. They turned out all the lights and the brooms all glowed in the dark. It was pretty sweet. Here are the girls rocking out during the performance. I'm glad they had as much fun as I did.
So as most of you know, time is something that is pretty limited in the Bourgeous house right now. Out of necessity, I have had to cut a few things out of my life. One thing is running in the mornings. I have mixed feelings about that one. I really hate to run even though it's good for me. Another thing I have cut is a trip to the grocery store. I have decided to go to the store every other week instead of every week, going back once for only bread and milk. I was a little worried about how it would work and was especially worried about how much I would be forking out during a grocery trip. Amazingly enough I have so far spent less on my two week trips than I did before when I went every week. The last two times I have gone grocery shopping I have spent about 65.oo....for 2 weeks! Weird but great. I wonder why that is?
I can't believe that my oldest is now official. It was quite a day. A tiny stressful for all involved, but very wonderful. Reanne sang the song, "When I am Baptized" with her two friends who also got baptized that day. They all did a wonderful job. Reanne is a bit terrified to put her head under the water so it took a lot of coaxing to get her in the water. Jess and I were pretty much praying the whole time that Reanne would actually go through with what she was excited to do. And she did. Thank goodness! Here they are....Reanne doesn't look nervous here. You would never know it took 5 minutes of pep talk in the font. And here she is after everything was over. She is so beautiful. So I wanted to make the dress she got confirmed in. I used a pattern I had, thinking it would be pretty simple. Well, it wasn't too hard to make but I didn't realize how much fabric the pattern took. Poor Reanne is wearing about 7 yards of fabric. The brocade on the bottom is beautiful but so heavy. Notice how Reanne is standing so tall? You might think it is because she feels so good now that she is baptized and confirmed, but it is probably because she is trying to hold up her dress. I wanted to say thanks to everyone who came to support Reanne on her special day. We are very blessed to have such great friends and family.