Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Baby Wren

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I am an Aunt again. Jon's brother, Syd and his wife Shea had their first baby - and in keeping with McGee tradition, it is another girl!  I was lucky enough to stop by the hospital and take a few pictures of this sweet family.  I won't lie, it did make me a bit baby hungry.  Baby Wren is just so sweet, tiny,  and fresh from Heaven.  I love her already.  

Saturday, March 23, 2013


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My kitchen table and chairs have been bothering me for a while.  I had a few ideas I was thinking of doing.  What I really wanted was a farmhouse table and white chairs.  That would have been a pricey endeavor so I thought to switch it and have natural chairs and a white table.  I have decided lots and lots of things for our home even though I know they won't happen for a while.  It's just my creative outlet to decorate my home, even if it is, at times, just in my head.  When chatting with friends I'll always talk about what I'm hoping to do...someday. 

Well, this year for my birthday, my friends surprised me. They got together and they bought me the  chairs they knew I had been saving for! We all went to dinner and when I came home, the chairs were in my kitchen waiting for me.  Seriously.  What?!  Who does that?  I was so excited that I started to cry.  For real, I did.  Thank you to Christy, Stacey, Sara, Marlene, Elizabeth, Becki, Lizzy and Nicole.
(lizzy and becki we missed you at dinner!)  This picture below was the night of my birthday.  I am so blessed to have such amazing, kind and generous friends.  I don't look at my table and chairs without thinking of these amazing friends. 

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I had the chairs and then my table was still black.  It looked fine but then my friend Stacey called me and said that she was getting her kitchen cabinets sprayed white and they were also going to spray her kitchen table as well.  She ended up deciding to do something else with her table so she called me and said, "drop your kitchen table off at my house.  it's getting sprayed."
Again, I cried.  And I'm not even "a crier"!!  It was such an unexpected surprise...the whole situation.
So now, every time I look at my cute little kitchen nook I just think of my beautiful, generous friends.  They are an amazing group of women and I am so thankful they are in my life.
I am blessed.

As for how everything turned out, I LOVE it.  It's so much more, "me".  The way the chairs and table were before was nice and I think, tasteful,  but it really didn't reflect the 'look' that I love.  I feel like the whole downstairs flows a bit more smoothly now.  I'm happy.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Tooth Fairy

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Gwen is losing teeth faster than she can grow them back.  Her cute smile is full of holes.  Every lost tooth is just as exciting as the first for her.  She screams with excitement and then runs and gets our tooth fairy pillow.  That little hole you see in the pillow is where they put their little teeth before tucking it under their pillows before bed.  All 3 girls are at such a magical stage right now.  It feels like I'm living with little cartoon characters.  The best!  

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Yesterday was St. Patrick's Day.  The girls get sooo excited.  Our milk and orange juice were green, the chairs were all tipped over, chocolate coins were all over the ground and a huge box of Lucky Charms cereal was on the kitchen table. I don't have any pictures of it because I video taped the girls this year.  They ran down the stairs screaming with excitement.  Seriously, it cracks me up every time.  Elle went as far as to make everyone wear something green to bed for fear of being pinched in our sleep.  
Lily made this cute leprechaun hat in her preschool class and wore it for 3 days straight.  Gwen had a hat from kindergarten that she also wore.  I need to get the picture of her wearing her hat off of my phone.  So cute.  
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 15, 2013


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I can't begin to explain how much I love my Elle.  She's growing up before my eyes and it's fun. She's in 3rd grade and I just don't want this school year to end.  She is HAPPY.  She has an amazing teacher.  One of the things Elle always tells me that her teacher Mrs. Downing says is, "if it's important to you, it's important to me".  Isn't that great?  She plays a game called "States" every single day at recess.  There's a painted map of the United States on the playground's black top and she and her friends have made up some sort of tag game with it.  In the car, she rules the radio and likes it loud.  It drives me nuts.  The funniest thing is I feel like just yesterday I was doing that in the car with my mom.  Her favorite TV show is "Good Luck Charlie" on the Disney channel.  She is still just as sweet as ever. I really don't think that will ever change.  She is a good and sweet girl to her core.  One foot is still firmly planted in her little girl world and she still loves to play dolls with her sisters but the other is wanting to grow-up. It's so cute to watch.  I took this picture of her randomly the other day.  I was on my computer and she just pulled this chair up next to me and was chatting away.  It was so cute that I made her let me take her picture.  I wanted to remember her just like this forever.  She's my little buddy and I adore her. 

Betsy Ross

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Gwen had her Kindergarten Patriotic Performance last week.  She got to be Betsy Ross.  She was so excited about it that she could barely sleep the night before the show.  One of my favorite things about being a mom is whenever there's any kind of show, recital, performance or even if I just stop by the school to drop off a forgotten lunchbox, they get so excited!  I was seated in the auditorium when the Kindergarten class marched in and on to the stage.  I could see Gwen scanning the audience for me.  As soon as our eyes met she lit up like you wouldn't believe and I returned the favor right back at her.  It's so darn cute.  I don't think her eyes came off of mine the entire show.  She wore this silly paper hat the entire day -- so cute!  Please don't ever grow up, Gwenners.