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10 on Tuesday

It’s Tuesday again and it’s a special one…it a birthday 10 on Tuesday! Today my oldest daughter turns 17. I had her when I was like, 12, that’s why she’s so old. Cause I’m certainly not old enough to have a 17 year old daughter. Right? Right!

Just nod and agree with me.

So today I’m sharing 10 amazing (and possibly random) facts about my sweet Madi.

1. If you’ve had children before then you know that you spend that first pregnancy wondering what the baby will look like. Will she have Daddy’s nose? Mom’s quiet demeanor? Ha! We spent a lot of time really just playing the guessing game as to what our first born child would look like. One thing we were pretty certain of was that she would be pretty bald. Brad and I both had a whole lotta nothing up top when we were babies, and then when the peach fuzz came in we were both blonde as could be. We figured that’s what our kiddos would look like. We were right. Bless her heart, Madi was so bald. I put those little headbands on her when she was little bitty but she figured out how to get them off and wouldn’t wear them. She did get to a point where I could clip a little barrette in a couple long strands of hair she had but if you told her she was pretty she knew immediately that she had some sort of something on her head and would yank it out. Just in case you think I am exaggerating here are some photos of photos taken with my phone.

Bald little Brad at 5 months old having a little snack:

Bald little Margo at 10 months wishing that avocado colored fridge would open up:

And finally Bald little Madilee at ONE YEAR. See, told ya so!

2. The other thing that we knew was that our children would have brown eyes. I have brown eyes. Brad has brown eyes. Brad’s parents both have brown eyes. My Mom had brown eyes. My Daddy was the closest relative with blue eyes and we just never even gave it a second thought that our baby would have anything but some variation of brown. When she was born with eyes as blue as could be I still figured that they’d turn brown. Even when Madi was a year old my Grandma told me, “Oh, they’ll turn.” Here we are 17 years later though and Madi’s eyes are still as blue as can be. She’s the only one of our 4 kids that have blue eyes.

3. When I was a little girl I used to walk around on my toes all the time. See that picture of me? Yep, just like that. Madi did the same exact thing. For probably a couple of years she would constantly be walking on her tippy toes. Everywhere she went. She had the best little calf muscles ever. I was sure she would be a dancer like me. I put her in ballet when she was about 5. Um, dancing wasn’t really her thing.

4. Being the first child has it’s benefits. Although Madi often thinks she has it the hardest. The thing is, when you’re the first, Mom always attends everything. And she always makes sure you have a fun birthday. (Except maybe not once more kids start coming.) But, with the exception of just a couple years, Madi has had some super fun birthday parties. Maybe I’m a bit biased because I was the one throwing them. I posted a whole recap of those birthday’s last year.

5. For someone who didn’t have much hair as a baby, she currently has enough hair for about 3 people. I’m not sure how on earth she got such beautiful thick hair. One year, she grew it out long and when she cut it she donated it to Locks of Love. She’s kinda cool like that.

6. I recently went through and organized all of Madi’s old school papers. I ran across this autobiography from 4th grade. Sometimes I hate that I’m such a pack-rat. Other times I’m so glad that I am. I love seeing what her “hopes and dreams” were as a 10 year old. Some of them have changed, some haven’t.

7. Madi is super duper creative. I always suspected that she had that bug to create things like me but knew for sure when she was in 3rd grade. I was meeting with her teacher for parent teacher conference and was being told how well she was doing in class and how great her grades were. Then her teachers said that she did have one problem. She was messy. Ms. Cox told me that she often had to tell Madi to clean up her area because there would just be a mess all around her desk. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

8. Don’t even think about touching Madi with your feet. She can’t stand them. I have no idea why but she’s always hated feet. Once at WalMart I ran into a friend with their sweet little baby boy in his car seat. I grabbed his little tootsies and was just playing with them when I heard Madi say, “Ewww!” I mean, who doesn’t like baby feet?! Apparently…Madi.

9. No matter how old she is, Madi will never be too big to sit in her Daddy’s lap. And he will never ever make her stop. When we found out Madi was on the way Brad had huge dreams of playing ball with his son and raising a boy. He just knew he was having a son! From the moment he saw her though, he’s been wrapped around her little finger.

10. She’s really just pretty amazing. It’s pretty awesome to watch your child grow up and be on the path that you had always prayed for them. That’s not to say that there haven’t been struggles along the way. I mean, raising kids isn’t always easy and the fear of messing them up…well, it can be scary. I recently saw a text from Brad to Madi. I don’t think he’ll mind me sharing. He told her, “You have big things in your future. I have rarely been as sure of anything in my whole life.” Yep. My thoughts exactly. Go get ‘em Madilee!

Happy happy happy birthday sweet Madilee Elizabeth. We love you!!!

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10 on Tuesday…on Thursday

Ok, ok. Here I am! I was in Oklahoma City on Tuesday for Teagan’s neurologist appointment and by the time I got home and finished with everything around here I didn’t have time to do my Tuesday post. Yesterday was just about as busy and although I felt a bit of guilt, I figured I’d just skip it this week and no one would notice.

Um, I was wrong.

I had more appointments this morning and was asked “WHERE is this weeks 10 on Tuesday?!” I figured no one was really reading them but I guess I was wrong! So do me a favor, if you’re reading and enjoying my Tuesday posts leave me a comment here on the blog. Let me know what you’d like featured as my 10 and maybe I’ll do it! If you comment and I know people are enjoying hearing me ramble then I’ll keep doing it. Maybe I’ll even do a video 10 on Tuesday soon!

So, here’s this weeks 10 a couple days late. While at the eye doctor this morning I decided to make an appointment for Sadie. She has TMJ and gets headaches frequently. When we were in Haiti our sitter noticed that her head hurt more after she’d been reading. So I figured I should probably have her checked. As I made the appointment I told the receptionist that her name was Sadie and when she asked if she had a nickname I said, “Well, that actually is her nickname.” So I told her what her name was and then had to spell it because I am one of those crazies who likes to make up names and/or spell them differently.

It just got me thinking about how much I like names. Like, I really really like names. Somewhere in an old notebook I have a list of baby names that I used to carry around with me and add to when I was pregnant. Cause you know, for awhile there I was pretty much always pregnant. I often hear a name and think, “Oh, that was on my list!” With each pregnancy we always had the “long” list and then the “short” list. It’s funny to look back and see that with the exception of 1 name, names that made the short list in one pregnancy never made it again.

So off the top of my head, cause I have no idea where that old notebook might be, here are 10 names that made our short lists. (First name short list only, cause pretty much any name starting with “E” made the middle name list!) In case you don’t know what we ended up with, we have Madilee Elizabeth, Elijah Bradley, Sheradyn Elayne and Teagan Elise.

1. Parrie – My Mom passed away in May of 1993, not quite a year after Brad and I started dating. I think she knew he was someone pretty special because not long after we met she gave me a baby name suggestion. She knew I planned on using Elizabeth as the middle name for my first-born daughter. I was pretty set on that, since I (Margo Elizabeth) was named after my sweet Mom, Lucille Elizabeth. I’ll never forget standing in the living room with her as she said, “You know, if you and Brad married and had a daughter you could name her Parrie Elizabeth. Then she’d be named after both her Grandmother’s”. Brad’s Mom’s maiden name is Parrie and I hadn’t remembered telling her that but I guess I had. I loved it and every single time I was pregnant it was an option. Especially with Madi because it was comforting to know that although she’d never see Madi on this earth she would know her name. In fact, I have cards from my baby shower that say “To Margo and baby Parrie”. For real! We didn’t use it with Madi and it became a serious option with Sadie and I even remember standing over her when she was a couple weeks just sobbing (I’m sure hormones had nothing to do with it!) thinking we’d made a huge mistake and given her the wrong name. Then we even had another chance to use it and didn’t. I love it and regret not using it but it never seemed quite “right”. Maybe God knew that it needed to be reserved for another time.

2. Madilyn – We found out that Madi was going to be a girl and started focusing on girl names. Parrie was, of course, at the top of the list but it just felt too final to decide that was the name. There are far too many names out there to say “that’s IT!” and not waiver. I may be a bit indecisive. Madilyn and all of it’s spelling variations was something we really considered. Especially because we liked the nickname Madi. My problem was that it seemed like there were Madilyn’s being born every single day. The name was just everywhere. And although I didn’t love my very different name when I was younger, I love it now and came to appreciate that I wasn’t one of the many Lisa’s or Jennifer’s that I grew up with. Brad came home from work one day and told me he found the name for our baby. I asked him how he found it and he said a co-worker made it up. Oh great. When he first said it I wasn’t so sure but when I realized I got to make up the spelling I was pretty excited. The paper of the ninety-two spellings I came up with for her name is floating around here somewhere too. No lie. 92. Wow.

3. Chandler – There is a town in Oklahoma with this name which is where I originally saw it. We both liked it but Friend’s was coming out right when it was on our list. I think that’s why it never made it to another short list again. This was our backup in case Madi came out with boy parts. She would have been Chandler Scott Stewart, named after her Daddy Bradley Scott.

4. Heston – Brad loves our girls but I can say that every time I was pregnant he initially hoped for a boy. So when we left the ultrasound after finding out our second baby would be a boy he was seriously walking on air. We grabbed lunch at Wendy’s before going back to work and immediately started throwing around boy names. By the time we finished lunch we decided we would name the baby Heston. Then I realized that we still had months left in our pregnancy and we couldn’t possibly commit to a name yet!

5. Kendall – We really loved this name for a girl and it was our backup girl name for Eli.

6. Abigail – This was our other backup girl name for Eli. We would have called her Abby. Awwww.

7. William Foster – Sadie is the only baby we didn’t find out the gender of. If she had been a boy this would have been her name and we would have called her Foster. William is my Daddy’s name and Foster is my Step-Daddy’s last name and of course her last name would have been the same as Brad’s Daddy. So s/he would have been named after all of the Grandpa’s. Still LOVE this. This is the only name ever that we decided on and I never wanted to waiver from.

8. Georgia – Oh Sadie. For some reason we had her boy named locked in but couldn’t decide on a girl name. We went to the hospital with 3 girl names to decide between. Parrie was of course one of them. Georgia was another one. I LOVE this name. Still do. However, Sadie was going to be our last baby and since Madi and Eli both had nicknames I wanted her to have one too. I was so worried that she’d feel left out. Again, I blame the hormones.

9. Lydia – This was our 3rd option for Sadie. Then she was born and was obviously a girl and we were all of the sudden back at square one. How does that happen?! Brad stayed the night with the other kids at home but before leaving we threw around a million different names. One we both liked a lot was Selah. But the more I said it the more I felt like it sounded like Shiela with a lisp. (Sorry for all you Selah’s out there!) I was leaning towards Zoe and I can’t even remember what Brad liked but we couldn’t come to an agreement. He called me that night while I was in the hospital and suggested the name Sheridan. I didn’t love it at first. And I didn’t like the nickname Sheri, it seemed to “old” for my brand new baby. So somehow my crazy (hormonal brain came up with the nickname Sadie. My thinking was that if Peggy could be a nickname for Margaret or Dick could be a nickname for Richard then we could do whatever we wanted. We actually left the hospital with a baby with no name and within a week settled on Sheradyn. We sort of imagined that her Daddy would always call her that because he preferred it but that didn’t happen. She did go through one full of school using it as her name and it’s really grown on me since that night when Brad first called and suggested it. I love it now. Sheradyn Elayne. Our sweet Sadie bug!

10. Reagan – Had Teagan been a boy she would have been William Foster. Had Brad had his way we would have named her Reagan. I actually really like this name a lot but I just really loved Teagan and he liked it a lot too. If I’d REALLY had my way we would have stuck an H in there. Teaghan. Oh, and since we used a Y in Sadie’s first and middle names I wanted Teaghan Elyse. Brad said I’d spelled enough of the names with y’s and stuck to his guns on the spelling of her name. I guess it was about time he got his way!

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10 on Tuesday

One week in Haiti, the next still reeling from being in Haiti and now it’s spring break. I was on such a roll with my Tuesday posts until a few weeks ago. Being so late tonight I considered just putting it off yet another week but I just couldn’t do it. Guess it’s become enough of a habit that I can’t get through a Tuesday without feeling guilty if I don’t post my 10 on Tuesday. Now, if I could just accomplish that same feeling with working out.

Anywho.

Being that it’s spring break and so far it’s done nothing but rain around here I thought I might share 10 things that can be done inside if you are among the people who aren’t at the beach. Or the slopes. Or in Europe.

1. Make freezer meals. So this might not be that fun for the kids. Although, if you get them involved and talk in a high pitched excited voice saying things like, “Guess what WE get to do today!” then maybe you can trick them. It’s worth a shot. I saw this wonderful site via a friend of a friend of a friend (and so on) on Pinterest the other day. I got stuff today to make the teriyaki chicken but that was it. Cause honestly, I’m gonna need to clean out the freezer before I can shove more than 1 pre-packaged dinner in there.

2. Also on Pinterest are these super cute wrap bracelet’s that I keep seeing everywhere. Last night, using some materials that I just had laying around I tried one. The materials that I used meant that the bracelet itself was a petite design which means…lots of time. I worked on it all night long. It was fun though and I like how it turned out. After a trip to Hobby Lobby today (lots of beads and findings are 50% off this week!) we have all sorts of supplies to hang around the house tomorrow and get our bracelet on. Yay!

3. This morning Teagan got a call from her friend Lilli inviting her to the Omniplex in OKC. Which is apparently now actually the Science Museum Oklahoma. I guess Lilli was begging to go and luckily she doesn’t have a Mom like me who would have just said, “Seriously? We can’t just pick up and go to OKC for the day. We gots to plan for something like that!” Teagan had a blast and is just a few trips away from getting her real Segway license.

4. Teagan has a pretty busy social calendar. She’ll be spending the night with another friend on Thursday and visiting the OKC Zoo on Friday. I’m just a wee bit jealous. I always love seeing the animals but somehow end up on zoo trips in June and July when we might as well be in Africa watching the animals in their natural habitat. The rain is supposed to be gone by Friday so I bet it’s going to be an awesome trip!

5. It’s been awhile but my family really loves doing puzzles together. They are sort of like books. When I start one I have trouble focusing on anything else until I can finish it. I grew up doing puzzles with my family. It seems like there was always a card table set up behind the double Lazy Boy recliner in our family room that had a puzzle in the works. We’d sort of go in spurts where we’d work on it a bunch and get burnt out and then come back to it a few days later. Also, we always stole pieces so that we could put in that coveted “last” piece. It would get down to like 3 or 4 pieces that were missing and then it was a game to see who would be able to hold out the longest. Good times. I just might have to bust out the card table tomorrow.

6. Bored? Make a drum. That’s what Eli is doing. He always seems to have some project going on and yesterday morning I knew something was up when he came in from the garage with a 5 gallon bucket and asked if he could have it. Sure enough, he’s up to something. He gets a lot of ideas and inspiration from the Instructables website. A little over a year ago he entered a contest there and ended up winning a year long pro-account. For the record, I’m fairly certain that if his sisters don’t come through he will be able to take pretty good care of Brad and me when we’re old and gray. Right now, this is what things are looking like. We’ll see what happens.

7. Rent movies. Tomorrow happens to be my little sweet Tea’s 10th birthday. I’m not sure how she’ll be 10 already. Let’s not talk about that. She’s decided that she would like to hang out at home, make bracelets and watch movies. So earlier this evening Madi took her to Hastings with Brad’s credit card to get some movies for tomorrow. Hmmmm. That reminds me. I have no idea what they got. Maybe I should look into that.

8. Spring is coming which means everyone needs pretty feet and toes! I used to splurge on mani/pedi’s at the salon but gave that up in an effort to save money. Sadly, I’ve not been as successful in other areas saving money. At any rate, I do my own nails and I think a pedicure for all of us girls is probably in order this week. I’ve been frustrated with painting my nails recently because it always seems to chip so quickly no matter what I do. I recently ran across a new company and am seriously considering signing up to be a consultant. Have you seen all the new stick-on nail polish out there? This company sells that type of thing and has a huge variety of colors and designs. I think it would be super fun for Sadie’s birthday party in June too! Plus, if I made a little extra cash I could squirrel it away for future Haiti trips. I think that is an awesome idea if I do say so myself. And you know what? I DO say so myself!

9. Wash the dog. Our Liza Jayne has been quite the stinky pooch lately. I don’t know how something so small can smell so awful. Maybe it’s a combo of not being washed recently and also not having a hair cut in way too long. Who knows. Whatever it is, she stinks. So Brad googled something and wound up with this recipe. So we tried it tonight. And by “we”, I mean I ended up giving Liza a bath. Also, I’m allergic to dogs. She doesn’t really bother me that much but I also don’t get all up close and personal with her. So for a good hour after giving her a serious scrubbing tonight I was sneezing and had the allergy-itchy-nose like crazy. BUT…she smells good! We’ll see how long it lasts. She still needs a hair cut cause she’s crazy bushy which sort of adds to her ugliness. She’s a pretty good little dog though. Even if she is super ugly.

10. Read a good book. Um, have you read the Hunger Games yet? I have. I started the first one and 2 1/2 days later I finished the trilogy. My house was a disaster, no one had clean clothes and the kids said they were “starving” but I didn’t really care. Just kidding. I cared. A little bit. But seriously, these are can’t-put-them-down books. PLUS, the first movie comes out this week. Hurry. Go get the first book and start reading. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

All photos in this post are taken with my iPhone. Don’t judge. I’m definitely not an iPhoneographer.

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