Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas 2013

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Merry Christmas from the Bailey family! We had a great Christmas this year. The boys got toolboxes and gift cards to begin building a fun project with their Daddy. Abby got a much asked for stuffed pink manatee. Andon was thrilled with his ball and has already run down the batteries in his toy drill. Patrick got an old school Atari. I received the most beautiful silver earrings with beautiful sapphires in them.

However, I think my greatest Christmas gift this year came in the form of a lesson Abby taught me.

One day we were driving to the grocery store and Abby exclaimed, "Mommy! Did you see those angels? And baby Jesus?" I told her I didn't see them, but I would be sure to look the next time. Well this scene repeated itself several times. I kept thinking, these Christmas decorations must be amazing for her to get so excited about them! This went on for about three weeks.

Finally one day I saw the angels and baby Jesus. They were old, plastic, dirty, and the paint was peeling off. Their backdrop was a piece of weathered grey plywood that wasn't even centered behind them. I was shocked and taken back as Abby's excitement grew, "Did you see them Mommy? Did you see the angels praising baby Jesus?" I couldn't understand it. She had certainly seen prettier, sparklier, more expensive decorations that were symmetrical for goodness sake! Why was she so taken with these decorations?

God spoke. "Angie, why aren't you?"

It's not about the sparkly, the new, or even the symmetry as much as it pains my OCD self to say that. It's about the baby. And this depiction of his birth was more realistic than any other thing I had seen. Abby got that. She was so excited about the baby and the angels that announced the King of Kings, it didn't matter to her that they were dirty. They were beautiful in her eyes.

Father, help me see You through the excited eyes of my three year old girl child. Thank you for her perspective. Amen.

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Monday, May 13, 2013

Mother's Day Tradition 2013

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Mother's Day 2013
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Thursday, February 28, 2013


February was a busy and wonderful month for us!

Anthony had "Dress Wacky" day at school.
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Mommy and Daddy took Abby to see "Disney on Ice" for her birthday. She was mesmerized by the Princesses. She loved them, but was sad there was no appearance by Cinderella. So, she took a liking to Belle, for the day.
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We were finally able to schedule Aiden's birthday trip with his friend Brayden. They had lunch and a cake at our home, with a Mario theme, then had a blast playing at Funway together.
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This girl took my breath away with her beauty. She looks so grown up to me!
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Abby started her first dance class. She loves it!
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I got to go on a retreat with our church. It was three wonderful days of sewing and crafting! I'm so thankful for Patrick pushing me to go. He is so amazing with the kids, I don't even have to worry about them when I'm gone. I was renewed spiritually and emotionally and I got a little rest too. I have nearly completed my very first quilt. It was so much fun!
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The Cinderella obsession continues. She watches the movie every chance she gets. We own it on VHS. She has nearly worn it out. We have got to get the DVD before a tragedy strikes! I love her hair like this, I call it the Princess Leia look.
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He just keeps getting bigger. His personality is so cute right now. I love watching him when Patrick comes home from work. He stops whatever he is doing and runs, arms stretched open, for his Daddy.
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Thursday, January 31, 2013


I can't find a bunch of my pictures. Like Christmas and stuff. Plus, my laptop isn't working right now. But I'm gonna update anyway, the best I can!

In January the kids and I drove to Texas. We had a blast together on the trip and the kids were so good. I was very proud of them! Andon tried his first milkshake. He wasn't a fan. He doesn't really like anything cold, so I wasn't surprised he didn't like it very much.

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The littles enjoyed the new sensory table Andon got for Christmas from Nan and Grandaddy. We've played and played in this with all different kinds of things.

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Aiden got hooked up for his 48 hour EEG.
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He played alot of video games since he was tethered to a video camera for that period of time.
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The boys won prizes in the Scout Pine Wood Derby. Aiden won for "Scariest Car" and Anthony won for "Funniest Car" and both boys had a blast making their cars with their Daddy.
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The Princess became more and more obsessed with Cinderella.
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Aiden turned 8. For the first time ever he didn't want a big party with lots of people. Instead he asked to take a friend to the local arcade place. It was strange not throwing a big party for him.

Abby turned 3. Here she is with her Lambie.
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Her party was Cinderella, of course.
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Anthony continued with karate. No this isn't a picture of that. Man, I wish I knew where my pictures ended up!
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