Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Eight Years Old!

We just celebrated the girls eighth birthday! I can't believe how quickly time flies. To celebrate their birthday, we had a party with their friends, fun with cousins and fun with family!

Getting Supergirl shirts for their party.
Build A Bear Party



Grandma, Great-Grandma, the girls and I

Birthday breakfast

Lizzie and her cheesecake

Gracie and her cheesecake
We took the girls out to dinner for their birthday. The waiter  brought them out each a huge piece of cheesecake. They ate almost all of it! They loved being celebrated!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Busy May!

This month has started out so busy! We started the month with the girls last choir performance and sharing program at church. Then we moved on to Mother's Day, Legoland school field trip, and recital pictures! We have had some fun in between.
Sharing Program

My momma and me

My grandma and I

Sweet Cousins

Sweet Cousins

My niece and I

My sister and I

Sweet Lizzie

Waiting for onion burgers at the Onion Burger Festival

Summer is coming!

Fun Dinner!

Go Stars!
There is more to come this month! We are only half way through!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Bluebonnets 2016

It's spring and the bluebonnets are in bloom!


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Easter 2016

We spent Easter with family in Oklahoma. We had egg hunts, ate tons of food and went to church. It was a great weekend of fun and remembering the reason we celebrate.

Easter is such a hard concept to grasp. God sent his son to be crucified, die and resurrected. Grace woke me up one morning this week with a serious question, "what is resurrection?". Not what I expected to answer first thing in the morning. The best I could muster was a caterpillar and how it changes into a butterfly. I told her that Jesus died and then went to be with God to forgive our sins. She seemed to accept my answer but I still felt like it wasn't good enough. It's a tough concept to take in and believe. But as the pastor at my family's church said, to believe is a leap of faith. She had the faith like a child to believe. One of my favorite Easter hymns was written by Charles Wesley and I love to sing it each Easter.

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today
verse 2
Love's redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia! 
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lizzie hunting
Give me a push!

Grace on the hunt

The haul!

Easter morning

We were lucky that my grandma and Nana could be there.

The Potters

Great-grandma and her great-grand daughters

Grandma and Papa

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Dental Work

Well, Gracie is having all kinds of fun in the new year. Our dentist here wanted her to see an orthodontist for her teeth. Grace had two teeth that were occupying the same spot. He thought she might need braces to get them straightened out. 

Over Christmas, we took Gracie to see my childhood dentist for a second opinion. We made the five hour drive to Ponca City to see Dr. Jim Highfill. He straightened out my teeth and is a great dentist. 

From the Internet research I had done, I thought it looked like it was an extra tooth. But I thought, what are the chances that she would have that when only about 5% of the population has that happen. 

When we went in December, Dr. Highfill confirmed my suspicions. She had what they call a mesiodens or extra middle tooth. He told us that it needed to be pulled and that it might help correct her issues. We left thinking we would find someone in Dallas to pull it. I told Grace that she was so smart she grew an extra tooth!

The more we thought about it the more we decided to go back to Ponca and have Dr. Highfill do it. We trusted him and I knew he would do great with Grace. 

Which brings me to today, we headed back to Ponca and had the tooth pulled. Grace was so awesome. He just numbed the tooth and pulled it. She didn't hurt at all or cry. Afterward, she was as bouncy as usual. I was so proud of her. She amazes me with her strength! 

With her tiny extra tooth. It's behind the front tooth.
No more extra teeth!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Learning a New Way

From the start, we noticed the girls learn differently. Grace has struggled in school for a while. She loves the social aspect of school but learning has been difficult. During kindergarten until this semester, she worked with the most fabulous literacy teacher ever but something still wasn't clicking. In October, her teachers talked to us about testing her for dyslexia. Grace is too smart to struggle in school.

We went through meetings with the teachers and the school started the testing. The testing confirmed what we already knew, that Grace is a smarty and a hard worker. Her reading comprehension was phenomenal. She scored better that much of the population. Because she still struggled to read, their findings were that she had dyslexia.

Grace is the third generation on my dad's side to have it. It's been a learning difference that I have known about all my life but never fully understood. The thing with dyslexia is that it's something in the brain that can only be described you really can't get behind someone's eyes and see what they see or know how their brain works.

When we realized that it was a possibility that Grace had dyslexia, I was worried. Because of my family, I knew dyslexics can be very successful. However, I didn't know how she would take it or what it would mean for her future. Fortunately, I had my mom, sister and the teachers to talk me down. My mom and sister assured me she would be fine. The teachers assured me that they would do everything possible to help her and that she would do great.

When we finally told Grace, she asked a couple of questions and began to process. Her first question was if she was contagious. She was relieved that she isn't. Over the next couple of weeks, she asked more questions to understand better. Grace is a fighter. She does what she puts her mind to. I don't know why I worried. My little girl would overcome this just like she has everything else in her life. Also, I'm proud of Lizzie. She is so supportive of her sister.

Once I started talking to others about her dyslexia, so many people told me they have it or know someone that does. From Wes and my research, 5% of the population has it and as many as 20% have symptoms.That is a huge chunk of the population, many of which can go undiagnosed or untreated.

When school started this month, Grace started working with her therapist. She is working hard for her and comes home everyday and wants to do her homework. She is determined to overcome this and manage her dyslexia.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Oh Wow! I Haven't Posted About Christmas Yet!

So here we are, almost all done with the first month of 2016 and I forgot to post about Christmas. We had a great Christmas in Oklahoma and spent about a week and a half there.

While we were there, there was a little bit of ice/snow one day. The girls of course loved playing in it. We had a great holiday!