Tuesday, April 3, 2012

9th Wedding Anniversary

Today, Jeremy and I are celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary! Since I am very fond of making these little memory videos, I decided to make one of our wedding pictures, complete with "our song." I thought that the girls might each like to have one one day and it was nice reminiscing for a little while. Right up there with the birth of our girls, this was one of the happiest, most memorable days of my life! I am so blessed that God sent such a loving, caring husband just for me! You will have to have the password to view the video. It is "wedding."

Untitled from Mandi Slatton on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Happy 6th Birthday, Taylor Bug!

Oh my - it is so hard to prepare anyone for the realities of how quickly time will start to pass once you have children. It is so hard for me to fathom that Taylor is turning six. I can remember what it was like to hold her for the first time. Although I can't remember the exact feeling of giving birth, I can picture it in my mind as if it were yesterday. Seeing her for the first time and realizing that I was really a mom was a greater feeling than I can ever explain. She was so beautiful and perfect in my eyes. After only a very short time, I couldn't even imagine what life used to be like before her. As time passed, her personality really began to shine. For the most part, she was always loving and kind hearted. She was a sweet friend and made us laugh! We always talked about how funny she was. When Emma was born, Taylor changed in my eyes. She went from being my baby to being my little girl. Overnight it seemed as if she grew! She seemed so big once I had another little baby.
I am beyond proud to be Taylor's mom. She has brought me an abundance of joy. It's hard to believe that my little baby is reading by herself, writing by herself, and just becoming a little young lady. I'm proud that she loves Jesus and understands how much He loves her. I'm proud that she is still kind hearted and loves others. I'm proud of her for finally starting to try new things and to venture out a bit. I love it that she insists on brushing her teeth each night. I love it that she would still love for me to sleep with her if I would. I love it that she still loves to play with her Daddy. I love it that she tries to teach Emma new things. I love the way that she likes to sing and dance with me. I am proud that she behaves at school and tries her best always! I love her crafty side (I wonder where she gets that from - ha!). I love it that she loves things like Star Wars and Batman. I love the way that she loves her uncles and wants their attention. I love the way that she loves to travel and that hotels are her favorite. I love the way that she can stay on the beach all day long! I love the way that she loves to go camping.

Six years ago, I gave my heart away (for the second time - the first was when I married Jeremy)! I wouldn't trade these years for anything in my life. One of the best decisions that I ever made was to stop teaching and raise my baby. I am so thankful for that opportunity!

Happy 6th Birthday, to my oldest, sweet girl! I love you more than you'll ever know! You mean the world to me and always will. I promise you, Taylor, that even when you leave this house, I will NEVER leave you! (She has really gotten into writing notes to us. Several weeks ago, she wrote me a note about never wanting to leave my house. We had a discussion that she would probably want to leave one day. She just couldn't even stomach that point. SWEET girl!)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Two Years Already

I can't believe that my precious little monkey is turning two years old already! I can still remember her grand entrance like it was yesterday! Emma has truly made our family complete. She makes us smile so many times each day. She is talking up a storm and some of the things that she says are so sweet. I love to hear her say "please" and "have a good day." I love the way that she wants for me to sing her Rock-A-Bye Baby a million times, substituting everyone's name for the word "baby." I love seeing her at school with a giant smile on her face just waving at me. I love watching her get excited about eating dinner. I love the way that she just goes with the flow...some days she has her regular nap, but if something else is planned, she just goes right along. She loves to ride her tricycle and wear her "hat" (helmet). She would play outside ALL day long if I would let her. She loves to play with baby dolls and stuffed animals. She lays them all out on the floor, pretends to feed them, sets them up at the table, puts them all to bed, etc. She is counting (in English and in Spanish).

She pretends to read books, pointing to each word as she reads. She loves playing with electronics. Believe it or not, she can work an Iphone or Smartphone like it's nobody's business. She likes to take pictures and record videos. She loves to play what Taylor is playing. On a good day, she'll play with Taylor for hours. She pretends to cheer like her big sister and loves to sit on the potty. (She has yet to do anything in the potty for me, but she likes to sit on it.) Emma doesn't like to be woken up in the morning. If she wakes up on her own, she's normally in a happy mood. She is the best medicine taker ever and loves music. She will sing and dance anytime! Emma kisses my boo boos and loves band-aids.

We are so thankful that God brought Emma into our lives. It is so amazing that He knows just what we need and he hand picks the people that He gives to us. Two years ago, God blessed us with a precious gift. We will forever be grateful! We love you, Emma, and wish you the happiest birthday ever!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Busy September

We spent the first weekend of September in Destin, FL, for Jeremy's uncle's wedding. The weather was TERRIBLE because of the storm in the gulf. We did get a little bit of beach time one day, but that was about it. The girls enjoyed the wedding on the beach and we had a great time just being with family.

At the beginning of the month, the time finally came for Emma to head back to school with me. This year I went ahead and moved her to the two's class with Mrs. Lisa and Mrs. Shannon. I am so thankful for this decision for many reasons. I know that she will have so much more fun, learn so much, and the thought that she is with two of my favorite ladies is comforting! The very first day of school, she did great. She went right into her class and begin playing. I slipped away quickly and didn't even get to take a picture. No tears! I was so pleased. After school that day when I went to pick her up, she was so proud of the two stamps that she had received on her hands. I did manage to snap a picture after school! Day two - TEARS! Broke my heart. I'm sure that it only lasted a quick minute. You know that they like to pull at Mama's heart strings! Day three - NO tears! She is doing great. I've been told that even though she is the youngest one in both classes, that she is acting older than some of the others. She is drinking from a regular cup for snack and lunch with NO spills! I saw her walking down the hall one day, with Mrs. Lisa singing and Emma prancing right along! It was precious! I am looking forward to a wonderful year!

We also had dinner with my family. We were celebrating my brother's birthday as well as seeing him off for his second deployment. He will be headed to Kosovo for the next year (or more). We made sure to take a couple of pictures while we were there.

This month, Taylor started cheering for Upwards Sports at a local church. We practice once a week and have games every Saturday morning during the months of September and October. She is VERY shy at practice and at the games, but she is doing a great job learning her cheers and trying her best. I think that she's pretty precious out there myself. The past two Saturdays, my grandfather has spent the night at my grandmother's house so that they could come to Taylor's games on Saturday. They leave my grandmother's house pretty early to get here on time. They honestly spend more time driving than they even spend at her game, but they love it! She's tickled that they love her that month. My grandmother commented this past weekend that Taylor looks just like me out there!

Another wedding...

This past week, we celebrated Jeremy's 34th birthday. We enjoyed dinner with family at Joe's Crab Shack...delicious!

Today we took our annual North Georgia State Fair trip. We loved meeting up with our friends, Matt, Melanie, Haleigh, and Ryan. I'm not sure that the fair would have been complete without them. They have been joining us for several years now. Taylor loves riding the rides with them! Emma did not enjoy her first two rides very much. After she cried on the carousel, she fell asleep in the stroller. She actually slept about an hour. After she woke up, she enjoyed the fair much more! I love watching the girls on rides.

My personal tradition is to take a picture of the girls on the carousel each year. I love looking back at those pictures from each previous year!

Taylor Bug's Carousel Pictures

Emma's Carousel Pictures