Morton Girl

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Thrifty finds, DIY, and a soon to be Home Reno...


I love to find cheaper ways to do expensive things. Whether this be through Thrift-store-shopping or DIY decorating, I find a way to get it done. I NEVER shop in the regular priced area of a store. If I do happen to see something I love that is regular priced, I wait til it goes on sale. OR, i make it my own version of it. I love to paint and do crafts. However, being a mother of two and a night-shift nurse, I have very little time to do it. We are also in a rental home while we search for my forever home. So, I am LOVING the blog world right now as I find ideas for my new home. Be sure to follow me so I will know I'm not just blogging to myself. :-)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Still Friends after all these years

I had a girl's weekend this past weekend at Lake Martin. I have been friends with these girls since kindergarden (no lie). There is something about this friendship that is like no other. Over the years, we have grown up, apart, and back together again. God has blessed each of us in different ways. We are all different, but, we have ties that keep us similar. I guess you could say it is a small town thing.
This is my twin sister, Karla, and I and her little girl, Anna Charles.

Also, an update on the potty training thing. Um, it's not going so well. We went to the library and checked out some books for LM to read about going tee tee and poo poo. She loves to sit on the potty and read them (which is very cute)....But, no pee or poo in the potty yet. She loves to sit her duck on the potty so that he can "go tee tee & poo poo". She talks to him in mommy talk..."you tee tee and poo poo in potty" "you wash you hands?". It is so cute! She is also loving dressing herself ( in layers). I will hear grunting and struggling and she will have on 2 dresses, pants and a hat. Oh yeah, and don't forget a pair of shoes (usually mine or Neil's). I could go on and on, but, I will spare you.

This day, she had on my panties and shoes. She walked into the bathroom and said, "Look Mama, I got shoes on"

Monday, July 21, 2008

Weekend follow-up

Ross Bridge was wonderful. Leaving Lanie Mae was not bad at all. It didn't hurt that she was in a terrible mood the morning that we left. By the time I dropped her off w/ Neil's Mother, I was so frazzled, I needed a break. She slept great and has talked non-stop about her Nonee.

Back to Ross Bridge... If you haven't gone, go. It is so nice and it is in HOOVER. The food was great. The hotel was great. Neil says the golf was great. And, our friends are great. Our weekend couldn't have been any better. I laughed so much, my stomach muscles are sore.

Here are a few pics...have a great week!

the girls by the pool... Neil and I Group shot
My handsome hubby
(past his bedtime)
Katie and me Late night

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Good Grief...

This has been a crazy week. It has been so long since I've logged in here, I forgot my password. Pitiful, huh? The week started out with me working 3 nights in a row without childcare. Poor Lanie Mae had to play solo while I layed on the couch trying to stay awake until nap time. Finally, on Wednesday, my Mom (Nana) and my neice, Anna Charles (Cha Chas) came to visit. I got a few hours of uninterrupted sleep and things started looking up. The visit from my Mom was great. We just hung out and watched the two princesses play (and fight...what can I say??? they are ages 2 and 3 & FEMALE) Mostly, they played. They are adorable if I must say so myself.
o.k....I cannot figure out how to rotate this on here (it keeps showing up vertical) But, I just wanted to show what I get greeted with when I get home from work. You can get the idea, even if it is upside down.

Neil had to bring LM to me one morning at work. This is the souveneir she got (and O.R. cap!)..unused, of course!

Cha Chas loved Lanie Mae's t-ball set

Nana and her girls

The last entry I made was before we went to Eric's b-day party. We had a blast! Good food and good friends, what more can you ask for?

Lanie Mae is practicing for Aug 22

Neil and I are headed to Ross Bridge today for a couples day/night. Lanie Mae is spending the night with her Nonee and PaPaw. This will be the first time she spends the night away from us. I am very anxious...but, I know she will be fine. I know we will have a good time (I will post pics next week)

Oh yeah, this is for husband rocks b/c he cleaned the house while I was at work Monday night. That's all I've got this time! i'm tryin! :)

Saturday, July 12, 2008

I promise, this is it...

Ready to hunt Easter eggs.

Reading a book w/ her sweet Maw Maw Mae

Once again with Anna Charles ("Cha Chas")

I love this one...she has her eye on the prize!
Lanie Mae and her boyfriend, Brayden. My best friend, Jennifer, and I had babies w/in a few months of each other. I hope they are as close as we are.

O.k...just a few more and we will be up to speed.

This was taken the DAY she started walking. She looks so victorious!
Christmas Card picture
Her favorite gift from Santa

Growing up so fast!
Mama's little helper. I tell her it is time to clean up and this is what she does.

Still Catching up...

Last summer at the beach. Fun times with her Daddy.

The Morton family

I love bath time pictures. She still loves bath-time. (and in this picture- she was loving squash, carrots and sweet potatoes...can you tell?) Happy Birthday to Lanie Mae!
She did not like getting the cake all over her.

More Best of...

She started loving books at like 5 months old

Lanie Mae and her best buddy- Anna Charles

Happy Girl (6 months-i think!)

Chunky girl takes a bath

On the move

I am very behind...

Since I am just starting my blog, I am feeling like I have lots of catching up to do. I am going ot post some "BEST OF" pictures of Lanie Mae over the past 22 months. But, we also have a shutterfly account w/ more pictures if you are interested....

I will also give a brief synopses of the past 22 months as well.
Lanie Mae Morton (named after my precious grandmother, Mae Colley), was born on August 22, 2006 at 6 pm. She was almost a week late and the only reason she came when she did, is b/c Dr. Mckenzie induced me. I was a blowfish! Huge, I tell you! Anyway, She was born, and our world was ever changed. She quickly turned into a Daddy's girl. (a chubby daddy's girl, I might add) She was in the 90% for both height and weight for the 1st year of her life. She is still tall, but, is quickly becoming a string bean.
She as been a talker from the beginning. She started w/ MAMA at around 6 months and hasn't stopped since. She now is really into her name. She will correct you if you call her baby or sweetheart. She will say "My name MaeMae, not baby, MaeMae".
She also has been very independent from the beginning. She's not a cuddler. She is not one who likes to be held or picked up a lot. She will say "MY do it!" O.K...maybe she is a little strong-willed. She did NOT get that from me! HMMM, I wonder WHO she did get it from? (NM)
She didn't walk until she was 15 months. This, also, was a sign of her independent personality. You could tell that she had the leg strength and the coordination, she just would not do it. Then, all of a sudden, off she goes (by herself, of course)!
She started going to mother's day out when she was around 17 months. The first day, I was so nervous. She walked in, threw up her hand and said "HEY". I had to get her attention to tell her bye. Again, she showed her independence.
She is now 22 months, and still a Daddy's girl. I work at night and when she sees me put on my scrubs, she says.."you go to work?", and then starts hugging her daddy, saying bye-bye and blowing me kisses.
I feel like I am caught up, are some pictures to help.

I told you I was huge!!

Lanie Mae Morton 8/22/06 6pm 8# 1 oz & 21 inches long

Daddy's girl already!

Lanie Mae's first beach trip (10 weeks old) took my friend Kirsten & I 11 hours to get to Destin. DISASTER. LM was nursing like every 1 1/2 hr and her little boy had been on antibiotics and had like 5 terribly poopie diapers.

Starting to get chunky! I think she was like 4 months or so.

Never have I ever...

Never have I ever liked when people mock me. That is, until, Lanie Mae started doing it. You see, it is not in a typical mocking way. It is ADORABLE! She does everything from putting on makeup or deodorant, flossing her teeth, to yelling..."NEIL!". O.K., so the yelling part sounds bad. But, it isn't like I am yelling at him in a bad way. I just call him and she calls as well. She says "NEIL", then changes it to "DADDY" as soon as she sees his face.

She changes all of her babies diapers (including stuffed animals). Whenever she lays them down on the diaper pad, she starts saying.."EEWW, PEW WEEE!, Dirty". We go through as many wipes for her babies as we do for her. While we are on this subject... We are about to potty train. We already have dora panties (which, by the way, her daddy had put on on top of her diaper the other night). So much for incentive, huh? The reason I am mentioning the potty training thing, is b/c I need prayers for diligence and patience. I will keep you posted.

We are off the celebrate Eric's B-day tonight. Hopefully, I will have some new pics to post next week. Until then, I will be trying to be a good example to my mocking 2 year old!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I can't believe I added another thing to do on the computer

So, I have a million distractions in my life...and, here is another one. I just can't resist. My main topic of "discussion" (if that is the proper word) will be my precious little one, Lanie Mae. She will be 2 on August 22. She is, for sure, already two in her little mind. She is VERY independent and strong willed. Don't be mistaken, she is precious...just a little firecracker. Everyday is a new experience. I have so many funny stories to tell. I am sure not as amusing to others as they are to me and my husband, but, I have a right to be biased, right? Speaking of my husband...his name is Neil. We met in college and have been married for 4 years. He is an incredible daddy! He is absolutely in love with his little Lanie Mae (and she with him). As you will see, Lanie Mae is the center of our universe. We try to not let her know that :)...but, I think we are failing miserably.