Saturday, September 24, 2011

Petting Zoo

This weekend we decided to go to the Forney Gentle Zoo.  Baylor loves animals so we were pretty sure she would love this...and she did!  She showed no fear and wanted to hug, kiss, and pet EVERY animal in sight!  She also showed her fearless spirit on the Bounce House as well!  We love getting to make all these special memories with her!

Hello Pig!

 Daddy and Bay in the bounce house...she loved it!

Hello Goat!  Come here!

I'll give you kisses...

And pet you....

And love you forever!!!

Baylor has also started wearing bracelets lately.  Her KK bought her 2 bracelets today from Wal-Mart and she walked around with her arms up and wore them the WHOLE time!  Thank you Aunt Lou Lou for inspiring her with your oh so sparkly bracelets.  She wants to be just like you! :)

The bounce house!  I's a little sketchy...but she LOVED IT!

A "slow-mo" of her face going down...priceless!

Tomorrow Baylor's Daddy will run in his first half marathon in preparation for the full White Rock marathon in December!  Go Daddy!  We are so proud of you!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Are You Smarter Than A 3rd Grader?

This is the game I feel like I am playing everyday these days.  And for the record, yes, I am smarter than a 3rd day at a time!  Being a mommy and teaching a new grade, in a new district is harder than I could have ever imagined.  I want to be the best mom and the best teacher and finding the balance has been difficult at best.  I have accepted the fact that I can not leave when the bell rings.  I am teaching a new grade that I came into late, and if I am going to be an effective teacher, there is just no possible way for me to leave "early."  I take work home with me every night to try and study for the next day and on Sunday afternoons while my daughter is napping I am doing grades, looking up reading strategies, and basically trying to keep my head above water.  The school I am working at is great and my team of teachers are awesome.  I am very blessed because without them, their help, and their patience, I might have thrown in the towel by now! My family, my mom in particular, have bent over backwards to help me in whatever way possible and my father's weekly/daily  "pep talks" full of God's truth and "in yo face" honesty have also been lifesavers in this new journey! I have received so many emails, cards, phone calls, and texts letting me know so many people have been praying for me and for these I am forever grateful!  I have moments of complete anxiety and then moments of complete, "I can do this" type of peace. So thank you! :)  I am thankful for this job and thankful for God's timing, the hardest part is adjusting to my "new" normal, but it will be fine.   God has a plan! 

     Meanwhile, Baylor has adjusted amazingly well to the new schedule.  She loves her sitter and loves getting to play with the other girls everyday.  Knowing she is so well taken care of and not really missing me at all, has been quite comforting and made the adjustment slightly easier. 

     Speaking of Baylor, she is full of personality these days.  She has mastered the word "no"  and is not afraid to use it in any situation.  She is much more interactive during play time.  If she hears anyone laugh or clap, she will start to laughing and clapping, and if she has a hold of something she's not supposed to she will run and try to hide from you!  Below are just a few pics and videos of her doing what she does best.  Being Baylor! :)  She is sick today :(, which is how I actually have time to write this blog.  So please pray she will be back to her silly self in no time.

So happy with her Mohawk made from her peach juice at supper time!

 Just a normal day shopping at the outlet mall... 

 My loves

 Lil Pirate

 Hang'n out with Dad on the field...she really thought she was about to run through this thing...yikes!

Just chill'n in her car with her rain boots on

Doesn't every kid have one of these pics?  It's official, she's into EVERYTHING!
This is just plain funny.  She would not stop!  I fear many medical visits are in our future. :)

"For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, September 5, 2011

Hi kids. I'm Mrs. Peek

Today is my last day as a stay at home mommy and tomorrow I start my new job as a 3rd grade teacher.  I have so loved being home for the past 13 months with my baby.  It was 10 months longer than I even planned on getting to stay home.  They were a true gift from God.  Now, God has blessed me with the opportunity to do what he has called me to, teach!  As thankful as I am for this new opportunity, I am taking it on with much resistance.  I am not ready to leave my baby.  That being said, every big blessing in our life has started with me resisting God and the blessing he's given us.  For starters, I never wanted to move to Sulphur Springs.  As it turned out it was better than I could have ever imagined.  I made great friends, grew even closer to our families, and was led to the doctor that helped us get sweet Baylor.  Then when we moved last year, I again met that obstacle with great resistance.  I wasn't ready to leave my family and my comfort zone.  God again though blessed us beyond measure.  We made new friends, found a new church home, and I even got to stay home with Baylor which I would not have had we stayed in Sulphur Springs.  So with this new journey, I have lots of new reservations and concerns, but ultimately I have to remember that God has a greater plan.  He has not called me to be miserable, but to thrive and be an active disciple for his kingdom.  Please pray for us...for we start this new journey.  Baylor will be in the best of care while I am at work, but it will still take time for both of us to adjust to our new routine.  God has brought us this far, and I know he won't leave us now!

Zephaniah 3:17
"The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."