Ah the wonderful sights and sounds coming from my kitchen on most school mornings......
After the hustle and bustle of choosing clothes and shoes, packing lunches and snacks, brushing hair and teeth, feeding the dogs, picking out breakfast and all the other hurried things we do in the morning, my girls LOVE to sit down and read. I don't make them do it, they chose to!
This is a fairly regular occurrence when they have time, but this particular morning just made me smile from ear to ear. As I was running around like a crazy person trying to leave on time, I heard my 4 year old reading. I stopped in the other room where they could not see me and just listened. Miss Priss was reading the book to Little Bit (as usual), but then I would hear Little Bit's voice. She was reading some of the words from the pages to her big sister. Miss Priss would point to the word, then point to the picture and say things like "who is that, or what are they doing...." and Little Bit would relate the word to the picture. By the end of the book, Little Bit had probably learned a handful of sight words.
I was amazed at the progress Miss Priss and Little bit have been making, but what really got me was the bond and kindness between two sisters. Miss Priss was so eager to help her little sister learn and Little Bit thinks her big sister hung the moon. They are so caring and loving to each other (most of the time). My only brother is 12 years younger than me, so I didn't experience siblings as a young child. Watching my girls interact is so fascinating to me.
When they finally realized I was standing over them with a camera, Miss Priss looked up at me and said "Isn't she doing so good Mommy!?!" as Little Bit grinned from ear to ear. And I said "Of course she is, she's got a great teacher!" Which of course made Miss Priss grin from ear to ear!
Not only to they get along so wonderfully, but they share a love for reading! I am so blessed!
With P being gone for the growing season this year, it is up to us girls (plus a little help from Papaw here and there I am sure!) to grow our veggies this year. Basically if we want those yummy, fresh summer veggies, we have to fend for ourselves. So we'll see how it goes....
This is how I normally like to start our gardening season. I just think its neat to start from seeds! This year I wanted to make sure the girls had a hands-on experience every step of the way starting with actually planting the seeds.
Of course Shelby had to sniff it all out and see what was going on.
I counted out the seeds and place them where they should be and the girls did the rest. I was so proud! Hopefully they will grow up knowing how to grow their own food and have an appreciation for gardening! Mommy is just now learning how great it is!
Thanks to my dad, we now have some good GREAT family pictures!! I've been begging and pleading for a while now, but the timing was just never right. Since P is leaving shortly and my dad needed the practice with his new camera, I finally talked them into a family portrait session. I found the girls' dresses at K-mart of all places and lucky for me they came with the matching American Girl Doll dresses - BONUS!!! I will be taking pictures of them with their dolls soon I am sure!
Thanks to my dad and my hubby for letting me boss you around! We had a great time and I LOVE all my new pictures! Here are just a few I have been editing:
I am Meg Hays from a beautiful little town in North Alabama. I live here with my wonderful, hard-working hubby (The Woodsman), our beautiful daughters, Miss Priss (10) and Little Bit (6 and 1/2) and our dogs Shelby, Maggie and Annie. I am a christian, wife, mother, teacher, photographer, photo editor, scrapbooker, amatuer seamstress, vegetable canner, southern girl just trying to survive from one day to the next.
This is the most recent picture of all of us. It was taken at the Stone Mtn Highland Games.
P is a great husband and father. He is always working on something whether it's his job, the yard, the shop, the house, the garden, the fences, the dogs or his own special projects. He keeps himself busy that is for sure. Despite all the hard work, he still manages to make time to hang out with me and the girls for some fun!! Here he is building a table for his shop. It turned out pretty cool. He can build anything!!!
Miss Priss (10) is our oldest daughter and she acts like a stereotypical 1st born. She is a very, well...what's the word??....bossy!! She likes to take control of the situation and make sure things are done right! She is a very kind-hearted, caring, precious little angel. She is a wonderful big sister that is great at helping take care of her little sister.
Little bit is our youngest daughter (6 and 1/2). We call her our "spunky" child and boy is she! She is full of life and always has something going. Happy or piping mad, she doesn't have a problem letting you know how she feels at any given moment. Little Bit keeps us on our toes and we love every minute of it.
Shelby was kind of a present from P to me when we found out I was expecting The Miss Priss. He thought she would be a good companion for me as we awaited the arrival of our first born. Turns out it was the best idea ever. I still call her my pregnant buddy!! She thinks she is a person though! She was as big as the palm of my hand when we first brought her home. Now she's just a little over weight, but I still love her to pieces!