Monday, April 30, 2012

Monkey Monday: She did it!!

 She actually touched lots of animals.  
Stories to come tomorrow!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

All Bodies Need A Bow:

Alanna passed out bows to us and insisted we wear them to dinner, saying "All bodies need a bow!"
(hers is pink and it's hard to see)

She doesn't look like her dad much in this picture.  Nope, not at all. =)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Party, Party!

Alanna's friend Gavin had a birthday party last weekend.  She talked about it for a week and couldn't wait to go.  A lot of her 'school' friends were there too.

She 'helped' him blow out the candles from across the table, and she was literally in his lap while he was opening gifts!!!  It was too funny.  She said things like "Whoa, cool!  That's so neat! Oh I want that!" when he was opening up monster trucks and super hero stuff.  She was the only girl that cared.  I just couldn't stop laughing.
 She and Gavin had so much fun swinging this way!
 Last night at dinner, Alanna asked if we could sing the "happy birthday" song and when I told her it wasn't anyone's birthday, she came back with 'let's just sing it to me for fun!"  HA!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Rest Of The Story:

 Ever since we went to a friend's house and played with their swords, Alanna has wanted a sword.  I saw some at Target in the dollar bin and had to get them.  She couldn't wait for daddy to get home that day, so he could play swords with her.  I favorite thing to do is hold it high in the air and yell "SWORD!!!!"
These swords have been the entertainment and focus of hours of fun over the last couple of days. So worth the two dollars I spent! 

Somehow, Alanna always wins too. ;)


Monday, April 23, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday Funnies:

Alanna woke up yesterday and (literally first thing out of her mouth) said "I want to wear and ponytail with a pink bow."  I was surprised but obliged her happily.  When we got in the car and drove to school, she said "My friend is going to wear her ponytail and pink bow too."  And guess what?!?  We got there and her little friend DID have a pink bow and ponytail!!  I can't believe two 2.5 years old PLANNED something like that and then REMEMBER it two days later!

Have a happy weekend! 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Great News!

I got news today that I don't need a third surgery on my mouth!!  Sweet Alanna has been praying at night for 'mommy's owie in her mouth and not to get a shot on her teeth."  I suggest you ask Alanna to pray for you if you have a request. ;)  I actually give God all the credit for this one.  It's pretty amazing!  Thank you LORD!  

Not much time this week, so this is all you get.  Pictures to resume next week for sure.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Elizabeth Smart:

I went with some friends to hear Elizabeth Smart speak tonight.  Her father was there also and spoke as well.  WOW!  I remember this (ten years ago) and how the whole nation was praying and hoping she'd be found and come back home.
 It really freaked me out when she said that the man that abducted her had seen her in November and knew he wanted her and made a big master plan until he got her in June.   Holy Smokes!

Makes me want to hide my daughter and teach her to kick a man where it counts!!!! (scary men of course)

 Her father wore my bracelet for Team Avery and let me take a picture for my friend Amanda.  She had already bought tickets to go and couldn't because they are in the hospital.  (Her 5 year old was just diagnosed with leukemia.) He was so sweet about it and wrote her a small note on the program too.
  "Avery, Miracles Happen, God Bless You, Ed Smart"

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Stuff She's Said:

#1 - Alanna still says she needs to 'blow her sneeze' instead of blow her nose and it cracks me up every time.

#2 - Today we were driving and passed a big semi truck.  Alanna said "that's the biggest truck I ever seen to 'bout."  She's said that a couple of times now and I don't know for sure what it means but it's funny.

#3 - After picking Alanna up from the nursery at church, I asked her if she had a good day.  She said no because she pushed her friend Gracie.  I was shocked and asked her why.  She said "so Gracie could get a "ban ban" (bandaid) like me."  WHAT?!?  (I later found out that she pushed her down the slide backwards!!!!)

#4 - Yesterday she said, "when I grow big, big, big, I'm gonna get a baby in my stomach and she will get a bottle of milk from my boobie."  Glad she plans to nurse. ;)

#5 - I call Cie-J 'babe' most of the time.  Alanna asked me last night if she could call him babe too.  I told her no, that he was my husband and that is why I call him babe.  She INSISTED that he was her husband too and her babe.  It was sweet.  She loves her daddy.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Funnies:

I call it her 'honest gene', because Alanna, like most other 2.5 year olds, just sees something and calls it like it is.

#1 - We saw a biker type dude at the bank and Alanna pointed at his very long ponytail.  She then said "Mommy, that's a girl???"  She was confused because he looked very much like a boy but she just couldn't get the idea out of her head that he had a ponytail.  She kept saying "But boys don't have ponytails, only girls do!!"  Of course she was using her one volume toddler voice that echos off the walls, so everyone was listening and laughing.  When I explained that sometimes, boys can have ponytails too, she loudly asked "Can boys have boobies too?!?"  We made a quick exit.

#2 - You know that moment when you've quietly and discreetly let a small toot out that made no noise at all in a crowded place?!?  (oh, don't act like you don't toot, we all do!)  Well, in the next three seconds, you realize that it was a silent but violent!  AHH!  Alanna yells "Mom!!!  I smell your dirty diaper, that's yucky!!"'s no longer a secret.

We are currently working on mastering the INSIDE voice!!!  Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Easter at the Brown's:

When Alanna laid down to nap, Cie-J and I filled up her Easter eggs and hid them around the house. She woke up and was so excited to see eggs hidden for her!

The further she walked, the more she found.

One was even under the dog's bed!
Dad tried to be sneaky, but she found each one!!

She was so proud of her work and immediately had to sit down and open each one.  OF COURSE!
Instead of candy, we chose to fill her eggs with money (which she LOVED) and threw a few cookies and fruit snacks in too for fun.

She was opening these things so fast that each picture came out blurry! HAHA!  She immediately had to eat each snack too.  Funny girl.
One special egg had a ring in it for her.

It was such a fun and special time for us.  I'm so glad we can create these memories for her.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012


I bought Alanna some tap shoes at our local consignment sale. (WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?)

She LOVES them and begs to wear them everywhere...even to bed!  One of her friends (an 8 year old I must add) had a tap birthday party and now she thinks she is just like her friend.  It's sweet really.  But it kinda drives me nuts.
Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, TAP TAP TAP!!!!!!!

Anywho, a couple of days ago, daddy walked in the door for lunch and Alanna said "Daddy, will you please tap dance with me?!?"  He said "I'd love to" and grabbed her hands and they had the cutest little tap dance show right there in the entry way.

That is one of the many reasons I love this man.  He doesn't care how silly or dumb something might be, if it's important to Alanna, it's important to him.

I'm glad I was able to snap a quick picture to remember that fun moment.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

On The Scale:

 As I was making breakfast this morning, Alanna was watching a cartoon.  I came in and found her standing on our scale.  She was drinking and watching her cartoon this way.  She kept saying "91 mom! I'm 91!"  LOL!

Bless her little heart, she asked me to stand on the scale with her, because she thought it was fun.  I told her I don't like the scale and it's definitely NOT fun! 

I was thinking "some day you will get the memo that women don't like the scale!"  Then I immediately thought NO...WAIT!  She is Fearfully and Wonderfully made in the image of God and however she ends up looking or being will be perfect.  I don't EVER want her to feel like she is too fat, too skinny, or anything other than beautiful.  

Then I thought about THIS song.
I just love the chorus!!

"There could never be a more beautiful you.
Don't buy the lies, disguises. and hoops they make you jump through.  You were made to fill a purpose, that only you could do.
So there could never be a more beautiful you."

My sweet Lanna Bean,There will NEVER be a more beautiful YOU!  You are fearfully and wonderfully made, and Daddy and I love you just the way you are!!  

Friday, April 6, 2012

Friday Funnies:

#1 - At the mall, a lady told Alanna she was pretty.  Alanna responded with, "I know!"   I guess technically she hears it everyday, but I still felt bad.  I told her to say 'thank you' and she said "Yes, I pretty, thank you!"

#2 - Yesterday a woman told her she had pretty hair.  Alanna said "thanks, it's red just like my daddy!"  She also hears this asked a lot (because people see her with me and realize she looks nothing like me).  Now she just responds like this.  It's so funny.

#3 - At the same mall trip from earlier, a lady asked her how old she was.  Alanna responded with "I two and half and will be three on my birthday and I am a big girl cause I wear Minnie-wear!"  HAHA!  Her answers are ALWAYS long ones!

#4 - This is not funny, but it is sweet.......

I was reading Alanna's Bible with her before bed last night and told her about Jesus dying on the cross.  A few minutes later when we prayed, she said "Dear Jesus, I'm sorry those mean soldiers spanked you and you died on the cross."  It was sweet to me that she was so concerned about it.  Then we read that he was alive again on the third day and she literally cheered out loud!  I love this girl.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

A blog I follow recently talked about a company that buys healthy organic, vegan, gluten free snacks and sends them to you in a fun little box.  Sign me up!
It's called Healthy Surprise and it's so fun!
We got our first box in the mail and so far everything has been AMAZINGLY delicious and they even added in a little recipe card of things you can make with your healthy snacks.

It's hard to find nutritious snacks in my town that meet all of the requirements that we follow, so this was in fact a Surprise that is Healthy!
P.S. Alanna told me today that when she gets big big big, she wants to be a teacher and a doctor just like Dr. Storey.  This is the first time she's ever said anything about 'when she gets older', and I wanted to remember it. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

McDonalds's Playdate:

Alanna has been to the play land at McDonald's twice and has never wanted to go inside.  I guess it maybe looked big and scary.  She would always go about three steps inside, but would always come back out.
(Let me just say here, that I am NOT AT ALL a fan of McDonald's!  But I live in West Texas and the temps get REALLY hot here and it's either McD's or the play land at the mall.  At least they serve apples and yogurt and coffee!)

Last week we had a play date with some friends and her little friend Gracie FINALLY convinced her to go inside with her.  She came out of the slide with a huge grin on her face and stood up and yelled "YAY, it was fun Mommy!" 

She even went pretty high up into this bubble and waved to me.  She had the best time and didn't want to leave.  Now every time we go by McDonald's she wants to stop and play.

I have a feeling we'll be spending some quality time here this Summer. =)