Thursday, March 31, 2011


"Mommy? Are you done working yet??"

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Sunday, March 27, 2011


Kennedy has never been a rough-and-tough kind of girl. She never liked to get her hands dirty; never liked to play in the dirt; never touched anything "yucky."

She's been in dance for almost four years -- you know, the very girly, indoor activity? This spring, I signed her up for soccer. Partly, for exposure to team sports; partly for exercise; partly to rough her up a little.

We had her first game WITHOUT a practice. Huh? Yeah. For the girls who'd played before -- no big deal. For Kennedy -- well, let's just say that at the first kick, my sweet girl ran all the way to the goal .... but it was the wrong goal. Oops! (I laughed so hard!)

But over the past few weeks, she's truly developed her skills. She gets to do the corner kick, throw the ball into play when it goes out of bounds, and calls for her teammates to pass the ball to her.

I wasn't sure if she liked it, but this weekend -- she got the ultimate confidence boost.

SHE SCORED HER FIRST GOAL!!! Chris and I squealed in delight and absolute joy in Kennedy's accomplishment. And just a few minutes later, she blocked a goal attempt from the opposing team!!!

We are SO proud of her!! Looks like adding soccer to her activities was a good decision.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Kennedy's Tremendous Spirit

Sometimes on Friday nights, we go out to dinner to wrap up our crazy week. Tonight -- we went to a catfish place and had hush puppies and boiled shrimp.

Kennedy and Brady were their typical chipper selves. We were laughing and talking; Chris and I were enjoying a beer. Kennedy was telling stories, being silly - as usual. Tonight, there was a moment where my sweet daughter amazed me.

She took out her coin purse, with 5 $1 bills and some change inside, and asked if she could pay for dinner.

I stopped dead in my tracks. My SIX year old girl wanted to pay for dinner. Wow.

I explained that she was EXTREMELY generous, but $5 wouldn't quite be enough. She asked how much dinner would be. I told her about $40 to $50. She gasped... and seemed crushed that she didn't have enough. She said, "But mommy -- I have $5! It's not enough, but can I at least pay $1.07?!"

I'm not sure where she came up with $1.07, but we let her leave the money. And we left a note for Jared, our waiter.

I hope Jared was just as inspired by Kennedy as I was. Hopefully he'll pay forward. :)

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Thursday, March 24, 2011


Life is entirely too short. Sometimes, you just gotta be silly. :)

I'm not sure whose the bigger kid between the three of us....

But being silly with these two sidekicks is one of my very favorite things to do. :)

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Monday, March 21, 2011

When Chris makes me laugh

When Chris makes me laugh, it is absolutely the highlight of my day. He knows when I'm stressed out. He knows when I'm not feeling good and need a good pick-me-up.

So about a week ago, he went to give the kids a bath ... and all of a sudden, the kids came out of the bathroom like this.

I could NOT .. STOP .. LAUGHING.

A little pajama switcheroo! The kids thought it was hysterical, too. I am so blessed to have a husband who takes a few minutes out of one of the frustrating times of day (bath/bed time routine) to make me laugh. :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Soccer Dad

This is Kennedy's first attempt at soccer. She has had a few games and practices, but here lately -- everything has been cancelled because of weather or lack of players from the opposing team.

At practice this week - our coach had to leave for an event for his daughters. And the assistant coach was a no-show. So he asked Chris to fill in. What a natural.......

He was patient with the girls (who showed up).... doing drills, giving pep talks and advice, and demonstrations.

Seeing him in that environment just melted my heart. He would be an amazing coach. He coached young boys baseball in Maine before I met him. I hope he's able to do that again here in Louisiana.

Meanwhile, Brady wasn't feeling so hot. So we just laid low and snuggled and made faces and took pictures.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011


In the last couple of weeks, I have noticed something.

Zoe has worked her furry little self into that place in my heart where Roscoe used to be. I will *always* have a place in my heart for Roscoe. He was with me during some really tough times in my life.

But I think it's taken this long for me to realize that it's ok to love Zoe the same way I loved Roscoe. I guess deep down I felt like I was betraying him.

I can tell Zoe loves me by the way she puts her head in my lap.... the way she follows me all over the house... the way she jumps up on her hind legs when I walk in the door. I still consider myself her step-mom, but step-moms can love their babies just as much as their first moms. :)

I am so happy Zoe joined our family. She is the perfect addition to the LaPierres.

(ps. Chris is just as smitten with her. I can tell by the way they play together after the kids go to bed...)

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Fabulous hair

I'm a bit if a hair snob. I like my hair to look good. I pay a small fortune for cut and color. And I truly prefer to have a stylist trained at Toni & Guy do my hair. I know, I know. Silly, but I'm unashamed. It's my only indulgence. I don't get my nails done; I don't get massages; I don't get beauty treatments.

I've been through PLENTY of bad hair do's. I bleached it platinum in college. When I was broke after college, I dyed it brown. But I always likes it to be somewhat "fixed."

When I was little, I had medium-long hair... but VERY fine hair. So as Kennedy gets older, I am amazed by her locks.

Absolutely adorable.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Time with my B...

I haven't had as much time with the kids this week as I would like. And having two to try to make up that time with is very difficult. Each kid wants to do something different. And one gets jealous when the other gets time that the first one desperately wants. It's one struggle (of many -- that I'm certainly willing to deal with) of having two kids.

So when Kennedy was invited to a sleep over at one of her favorite friend's house -- it seemed like a fantastic solution. Kennedy won't get jealous and Brady will be sick of me tomorrow and I can hang with my sweet girl.

So Brady and I had a Mardi Gras parade in the living room....

It is Mardi Gras you know!! One of my ULTIMATE favorite times of year. We went to the parades last weekend, but opted to stay home this weekend. ((Good choice 'cause it was VERY cold and rainy!))

We donned "beeeeeads" and silly, blinking glasses and hollered "Happy Mardi Gras!!!"

We snuggled and watched movies.... (even Zoe joined us).

Oh... And dinner? Mint Oreo Blizzard.

We had a fabulous Saturday.

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