Mickey's Girls

Random thoughts, hilarious moments and sweet sentiments... Our girls give us tons of these every day and this blog is our way of sharing the joy of raising two sweet little people with you. This is our life...to love Jesus, love each other, laugh a lot and enjoy the moments He's given us. Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Big Weekend...

We didn't do too much this past weekend but it was a HUGE weekend, none the less! On Monday, we went to a "waterpark" (more like an overgrown neighborhood pool geared toward the kiddos) and then cooked out some friends house. It was fun!

But the really big news is:

Sarah Beth has her first tooth!!! How unreal is that? She's only 3 months old (& 10 days)! Why does she already have a tooth? But sure enough, it broke through on Sunday. I had mentioned to some friends a few weeks ago that I could see little "nubs" beneath the gumline but they didn't believe me. Ha! Folks should listen to me cuz I don't lie! I was very sad because she's supposed to stay my baby and she's growing up waaaaay too fast. I'm trying to capture a picture of it but she's not really cooperating with keeping her mouth open long enough but here's a cute picture anyway!

And this picture of Emma Grace is just to showcase her keen sense of fashion! My girl matches pretty good but hasn't yet gotten the seasonal differences in clothes so we just HAD to wear our tights despite it being 96 degrees outside! She's such a funny girl.

I love my girls!

Monday, May 29, 2006

Lost - Who are you?

'K...I'm a HUGE Lost fan so when I found this quiz (happened upon it - did not go looking, I promise!), I took it. I think the answer is wrong but it was a fun quiz anyway...except the XMen question b/c I know nothing about the XMen.
I think I'm more like Kate - sexy and mysterious! *giggle*
Oh - I do NOT have a great singing voice - just ask anyone who has stood next to me while we were singing! Maybe they meant, but you try to have a great singing voice!

Take the quiz:
Which LOST character are you?

Shannon
You are Shannon You can be a bit selfish at times, but you have a great singing voice.

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Friday, May 26, 2006

My Sweet Girl

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen of my favorite things....
(in no particular order)
1. My wedding pictures

2. My digital camera

3. Pictures of my family - especially my girls!

4. My scrapbooking (and all the stuff that goes with it!)

5. My wedding ring (& engagement ring)

6. My pink Kitchen Aid - it's pink..how cool is that?!

7. My bedroom furniture - cuz it's gorgeous!!!!!

8. My Kozy Karrier

9. My Envoy

10. My house & my backyard

11. My dining room table...cuz it was such a great deal and such a surprise to find cuz I wasn't looking for it!

12. My pink carseat - cuz it's so darn cute and it's such a token of how much I've changed since having girls!

13. Our swingset - cuz Papa built it and we have so much fun on it!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Just For Fun!

Ugh. So, I found this website and thought it would be fun to see what my name said about me in acronym style. Why couldn't "N" have meant "nice"? "Naughty" would've been more fun than "nerdy!" And apparantly, this generator doesn't have a clue about me cuz "D" is definitely not what you'd associate with me. "Y" - now that's just funny!

Try it out with your name!

MMisunderstood
AAppreciative
NNerdy
DDainty
YYum

Name / Username:


Name Acronym Generator
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Blessed...I am...

God has blessed me in countless ways...if I tried to start naming all the ways He has blessed me, I'd run out of numbers before I even had to slow down to start thinking about it. His love is amazing and His continual outpouring of blessings despite my shortcomings (which if I started naming, we'd run out of numbers just as quickly!) astounds me.
So, here's what I don't understand about myself (well, one of the things I don't understand): How can I, after all He's given me, be dissatisfied and complain about anything? Yet, I find myself constantly in a negative state about something...and if I have nothing to be complaining about, I look for something. WHY ON EARTH DO I DO THAT?! It's craziness. Sometimes, I disguise my complaint in prayer requests or I attempt to justify it in "vent sessions" (which I think everyone needs in order to maintain sanity but only in the confines of a strict confidentiality agreement and actually, the vent session should be with God b/c He's the only one who can do anything about your feelings and/or the root of the problem anyway - and besides, He knows what you're thinking anyway) but it's just plain complaining no matter how I try to disguise it.
Now, you're asking - "where did this come from? Mandy doesn't usually talk about blessings and complaints or pretty much anything that she can't laugh about? This is totally out of character for her." Ha! It's not really out of character. I think about these types of things all the time...I just rarely speak them because my thoughts aren't concise enough to make sense in the human language...and I play devil's advocate with all my thoughts so I think in circles much of the time or I start on one topic and end up 10 topics later before getting back to the main point. (case in point: this blog. I started with blessings and how I still complain despite them then moved to vent sessions and now I'm on why I don't express these thoughts more often which has nothing to do with my original thoughts on blessing and complaining..WOW.)
So, back to blessings and complaining. I need to shut my mouth and turn off my brain on the complaining thing. I am blessed and lead a very "charmed" (for lack of a better word) life so the complaining that I do is ridiculous and petty. So, when you hear me complain, remind me that I wrote a really long blog on the craziness of it all.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Today's the day

Wow.
Today's the day and I am so not ready.
but hey...today's the day.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Thursday Thirteen


Thirteen Things I love about my family


1.
That my husband puts God's desires and plans for our lives above my wants and desires.

2. That when my 2 1/2 year old daughter wakes up in the morning and sees me sitting with her, she gets the biggest smile on her face...then she pretends she's asleep but she can't stop giggling.

3. That when my 3 month old daughter grins, her eyes light up the entire room.

4. That when my husband walks in the door, my daughter's giggles and excitement about seeing him make my heart skip a beat with glee!

5. When out of the blue, my daughter comes up and gives me a hug and a kiss on the nose for no reason.

6. When my baby sleeps on my chest and breaths in my face...there is nothing sweeter than baby breath! (except spit up smellin' baby breath..ick)

7. That the song my daughter wants me to sing each night is "Away In A Manger" and mainly, I just love that she likes my singing!

8. That my daughter thinks the moon belongs to her Nana and she has to see it almost every night.

9. That I'd rather be home with my family than anywhere else in the world (even when I feel like I really need a break)

10. Watching my girls interact with each other - seeing my eldest daughter love and care for her sister and show zero jealousy over the time she requires of me that used to belong completely to her and then seeing my youngest daughter's eyes follow her sister around the room.

11. That we follow no schedule and despite my intense desire for some sort of routine and normalcy, everything that needs to get done, gets done and we usually have fun in the process.

12. That even when we're irritated and frustrated with each other, we are completely in love with and devoted to each other.

13. That I was blessed with the gift of my wonderful husband and precious daughters.

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Personal Shopper, Anyone?

Okay...so I think I've figured out what I want to do for the rest of my life. I haven't really ever decided that because I am scared that once I decide what I want to do with my life, I'll officially be old or well on my way and I really prefer to stay a kid! However...I think this profession will keep me young and I'll have fun too!
On our way to Corpus Christi last weekend, I stopped at the outlets in San Marcos to find the deal of the century. I didn't find it. Actually, I stopped to find me some clothes because I have none that fit over the bookshelves on my hips (sparetire = nasty) but I didn't find any of those either...nothing fits but no one seems to mind me walking around in my monster sized t-shirts and elastic granny pants so I'm not worried. *grin*
But the trip wasn't worthless...I found what I want to do. I love to shop for baby and kid clothes! I could spend all day searching through the clothes matching outfits to personality and getting the great deal on that perfect pair of shoes that go with everything (b/c I can't justify shoes that only match one outfit - that's craziness). I love it. Baby clothes and toddler clothes just make me happy. They are so cute! I think I may have to keep having kids just so I can keep shopping for kids clothes! Ha! Just kidding - instead, I'm going to have to find some clients....so, I'll be your personal shopper for your kids clothes!
In exchange, will you be my personal shopper for pretty much everything else in life cuz I'd rather not put myself through the torture of trying on any more clothes and I really just don't enjoy shopping in general.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Okay - So I can't help myself...

I have to show you a couple more of the "family pics" we had done....
These are a couple of my favorites! You can see more by clicking on the Powell Pics link and going to the Powell Family page (I think that's what it was called?).

I love my family!!!!!

Three Months, Sisters, Aquarium & Family Pictures

I don't really have anything to blog about but it's been over a week so I thought I'd give you a little something to read. It's not terribly exciting but it is what it is...I think I'm getting a bit boring as I get older. I'll work on that!

Three Months:

Time is drawing short and I'm gearing up to head back to work on Monday. Sarah Beth was born on February 18th so she'll be 3 months old tomorrow! It's crazy how fast these 3 mo. have gone. How do I feel about going back to work? I keep getting that question from folks. I don't know that I have a precise answer for it. I'm okay with going back to work. I knew from the beginning that I'd go back in 3 months so while I focused on relaxing and enjoying my girls, I didn't allow myself to get into a routine like I would if I were going to stay home full-time. On the flipside, obviously, my dream is to stay home full–time and just be wife and mommy. I'd love to concentrate my efforts and work on just those parts of my life. But I'm very grateful for the job that I have and the flexibility that I have with it. Emma Grace is going to play with a friend of hers each day (I work with her mom) and Sarah Beth will go to work with me at least until the end of the summer. So, how can I complain with a set up like that?!

Sisters:

As I started typing this, I was watching Emma Grace sit with Sarah Beth and try to get her to either hold on to her teething toy or chew on it. She was gently putting it into her hand and her mouth and talking in a small, sweet little voice explaining what she was doing. I am so incredibly blessed to have such a caring and kind little girl. I asked her if she loved her sister and she nodded and said "I love my Sarah Beth." Three months ago, she said the same thing and wanted to hold her all the time and I thought "I hope this lasts" and so far, it shows no sign of going away. She's constantly loving on her and when Sarah Beth cries, no matter what we're doing, Emma Grace says "mommy, go take care of her." What a precious heart she has!!!

Aquarium:

I always want to spell that word "acquarium" for some reason??? I don't know why? Anyway, we went down to Corpus Christi this past weekend for a visit with John, Amber & Lawton. Amber & I have been best friends since high school in VA and amazingly, we both ended up in Texas - 3 hours apart! How cool is that? On Saturday, Amber & I took the kids (Emma Grace, Sarah Beth & Lawton, who is 11 mo. old) to the Aquarium. It was so much fun. We saw all kinds of fish and got to watch dolphins. Emma Grace thoroughly enjoyed it all and I decided that fish kinda gross me out..except the dolphins, I like them!

Family Pictures:
I am a picture snob. I love pictures. I love to take them. I love to scrapbook them and I love to put them up all around our house. I think I have all of 2 pieces of "art" that don't involve some sort of family photograph in my house! I spent more on photos at my wedding than anything (except the food) and the tradition has continued since. My girls have more pictures of them in their short lives than I think I have in my entire life. I love it! My husband, however, he is not fond of picture taking but every once in a while, I can get him to be a good sport and humor me with a family picture. I got family pictures done when Emma Grace was 6 weeks old and 1 year old, but we haven't had any since then. So, a couple of weeks ago, my friend Tiffany, who is a photographer, came out to our house and took our pictures. I had planned to do them in our backyard but we had a massive storm the night before and we'd have been wading through the puddles. (By massive storm, I mean 2 inch hail and 70 mph winds - craziness) Despite not getting the background I wanted, we still got some good pics! And I've got the itch for some more frames!
Speaking of pictures, Sarah Beth is getting her 3 mo. pictures taken and she has the cutest outfits for them! I can't wait!!!!

Finale:

I just wanted to use the word "finale" rather than "finally" because it just seemed like more fun but I really don't have anything to say except that I keep seeing these other blogs that are way more interesting and fun than mine. So I'll try to get a little more updated on my blogging knowledge and add some jazz to this one! But I make no promises...you may be lucky just to get some life updates out of me starting next week.

Finale #2 - Prayer Request:

Michael is still considering Quizno's or Chick-Fil-A or something along those lines. He's also working on/updating his resume so that he can begin looking for a job. My prayer request is just that we be open to where and what God has in store for us. My obvious desire is to move closer to home but I want to be wherever God wants us to be...doing whatever it is that He wants us doing. (but for those who know me, you know I don't want to have to wait long to find out what that is!)

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Powell Updates

This post may seem more like a vent session than anything else but I figured if I started this blog to keep family and friends updated, then I might as well do just that with it. (and I hate the phone so this is easier) So, here ya go - your inside look into what's going on in the Powell household....

First, we've digressed a bit in the potty training success story. We were doing so good - going potty about 8 out of 10 times and then Friday morning, she just decided to go tee tee in her Pull Ups again and not use the potty at all. (Yes, we're back to Pull-Ups b/c I got tired of cleaning puddles out of my carpet) I was getting really frustrated and then I had an epiphany. God must get so frustrated with me when He's teaching me something and I start to get it and then suddenly, I'm back at square one. I do it over and over and over and usually, it's with the same lesson. So, this realization made me much more patient with Emma Grace and today, she started tee-teeing in the potty again. Of course, Michael went out and got more M&M's so that may have spurred the return to the potty a little too! I'm sure we'll be out of Pull-Ups by kindergarten, right? :)

Second, you may or may not know that Michael was interviewing for the college pastor position at our church. He has been volunteering as the "college guy" for a while now because he has a real heart and passion for college students. So when we got to the point where we were ready to hire, he applied for it. The hiring process (in short) is that a team of 5 church partners (non-staff) interview the applicants and choose a couple to send to the staff. The staff then interview those and send one to the elders for them to interview and offer (or not) the position. Michael's interview with the team was 2 weeks ago and this week, they let him know that they had sent two other guys on to the staff. Very disappointing. Knowing his desire to serve and love college students and seeing him enjoy that part of his life over the past couple of years makes it very hard for me to understand why he isn't getting the opportunity to do it as a vocation. I have taken a "don't talk about it, just pray hard" approach to this b/c I am very sad, disappointed and a little frustrated for him. Who knows? Maybe this means we get to move back home?!

Third, Michael has been self-employed doing full-time contract IT work for the past 1.5 years (longer than that part-time). Well, he is phasing out his clients as he feels like God is moving him in a different direction. This decision was made regardless of whether he got the college pastor position or not. So, as of June 1st, he will be unemployed. He is looking at opening a franchise of some sort (Quizno's is at the top of the list right now) with a friend of ours but no decision has been made as of yet.

Fourth, I took 3 months maternity leave and it's almost over. Can you believe that Sarah Beth is almost 3 months old? It's unreal. I have had the most wonderful time off - better than I could have imagined. I haven't gotten half the things done that I wanted to get done but I have gotten to spend precious time with my girls that I wouldn't trade for the world. I am beyond blessed and completely grateful. I'm also very sad that my time is almost over. May 22nd, I'll go back to work. Of course, my job is as "perfect" as it gets for raising my family so I'm not complaining - but those of you who know me, you know I'm having some real interesting conversations with God right now.

Fifth, there is no fifth thing to update you on that I can think of right now. Unless you want to hear that Sarah Beth is smiling and talking to me all the time. When she's fussy, all I have to do is walk in the room and she quiets down (unless I dilly dally and don't come love on her!). She is so much more pudgy than her sister was so I've been given the best of both worlds - tiny, petite baby and now chubby, pudgy baby. I love the rolls on her thighs and her double chin. She is absolutely precious and spoiled rotten! (as is Emma Grace)

Now, you've been updated...til next time!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Sometimes...

Sometimes...
Life is just weird and stinks.