Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Fall 2007

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Okay, so to give you a little peak into our lives this fall I've put together this collage of pictures and let you know what all is going on. Obviously, the posed photos are ones we just had made of our girls a few weeks ago. I still can't believe how fast they are growing - if anyone knows any tips to slow it down please pass them along! I just feel like every joyous day goes by so fast and I want so badly to just grab hold of it somehow and squeeze the life out of it in hopes of stopping it! Anna is doing new things everyday and Mary Mac is coming up with some of the funniest things these days that I can't keep up with her. She is so full of herself and talks non-stop (and I mean non-stop). I pray that somehow Sam and I are able to nurture her spirit so that she is always this full of life, love, and sheer bliss!
Anna is such the opposite - she is Sam in spirit - quiet, reserve, and so full of love, but always happy! We call her our little lovebug! We are just now getting to that difficult stage with her though that I had forgotten about with Mary Mac. She is wanting to do everything Sister is doing, but not quite able to yet and she doesn't realize that she can't do it all!
Some of the other pictures include one of Mary Mac cooking with Gran on Thanksgiving - got teach 'em early! Mary Mac singing at her first Thanksgiving program at school - what a site - her class was Little Turkeys and she sang her little heart out. Funny side note: we got a note home with her last week that she was able to bring home a play microphone that was donated to the class by a family. The whole class was fussing over it and there was only one, so Mary Mac was able to bring it home due to her "show-stopping performance" she put on for the teachers. She is nothing but a little "ham". The other pictures are from Halloween where Mary Mac was a ladybug and Anna was a not-so-happy pumpkin; Mary Mac and one her best friends (everyone is her best friend these days),Colin; and then, of course, Mary Mac's first hunting trip with Sam. She is a little bit of a tom-boy (thankfully for Sam he has one that likes to do boy-stuff) and loves to be in the outdoors and getting dirty, all the while looking cute! She saw 3 deer on that trip and is awaiting her next trip! She is obsessed with going hunting with Daddy - she even has a pretend gun that she takes with her! And, by the way, she still thinks the deer "go to sleep" and we're not sure at what point we need to tell her otherwise - any suggestions? My idea is NEVER! You know I'm the "city girl" of the Collins Clan so this is not my cup-o-tea!
Finally, the first picture is a picture that my brother (the gyn0-oncologist) took while here for an early Christmas. He is taking photography classes and personally, he takes better pics than what we've paid for. Well, that is all in a nutshell! Hope all enjoy and I will try and do a better job of blogging!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Happy 3rd Birthday Mary Mac

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Happy 3rd Birthday Mary Mac! We celebrated her 3rd birthday at, of all places, The Barnyard! She is totally in her element - while all other little girls her age want to have tea parties, princess parties, etc. Mary Mac prefers to get dirty on the farm! Don't you like her outfit!? Fun was had by all and we can't wait to go back to The Barnyard!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

My first picture!
Homecoming - Mary Mac in her Big Sister shirt
Our new house!
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Happy 4th of July @ Granny's house in Grayton Beach

Playing spoons with Mary Mac
The Collins Clan
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Look at all the hair!

Daddy's Girls

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New Pics

Mary Mac and 2 of her cousins at the river - Isabella and Meredith

Learning how to fish at Nanny & Pop's pond

Big Beautiful Blue Eyes

Anna's Birthday - Happy April Fool's Day - she definitely "fooled" us

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Long time coming . . .

So sorry for not being good at keeping our blog updated - I've never been very good at that kind of stuff. Well a lot has changed since my last blog. As everyone knew I was pregnant with baby #2. I was actually able to carry her to 34 weeks and Anna Elizabeth was born on April 1, 2007 (April Fools!) at 6 lbs. and 18 1/2 inches long with a head full of hair. I never imagined having 2 babies with a head full of dark hair (although Mary Mac's is now blonde). We were shocked to learn after she was born that she was born with a congenital heart defect called Pulmonic Stenosis which could possibly require surgery to correct at some point in her life - so far so good - we actually had a great check-up with our pediatric cardiologists at Children's yesterday, so our prayers for our baby are being answered daily! She is otherwise completely normal and healthy and does not appear to have any problems and will more than likely lead a normal life with no limitations - Praise God! Please continue to pray for our miracle that we will never have to face heart surgery!

As for Mary Mac, she has adjusted well to being a big sister and it just warms our hearts to see her young love for her sister already beginning to blossom! It is amazing how quick she seemed to grow up the day that Anna was born - it was like she immediately knew that she was now expected to be the "older" one. It made the tears flow during those first few days. But, now we are 4 months down the road and I've come to terms that they both have to grow up and that's just part of life - as much as I want them both to stay babies!

Well, also in the middle of my pregnancy, we decided that we needed more room in our home and started building our dream house! I know, I've lost my mind trying to do all of this at the same time! We have finished the house and have been moved into it now for a little over a month and still trying to get settled. The stress has been a little trying, but I think we have finally settled down and are loving the new house and enjoying making our house a home for our family!

That's pretty much our lives in a nutshell over the past 6 months or so. I'll try to do a better job at keeping our blog up-to-date.