Saturday, December 31, 2011

Finny's Annual Stocking Picture

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pregnancy and Christmas songs

For some reason, my fourth pregnancy has left me more emotional than I was while carrying my other children (combined)! Perhaps it is the holiday season and all the sappy music that comes along with this time of year. It could be that and the combination of  that and the fact that I met my husband for the first time dressed as an elf. So I am going to share with you, my list of  "CHRISTMAS SONGS THAT MAKE ME CRY WHILE PREGNANT AND DRIVING MY MINI-VAN FULL OF SMALL CHILDREN."
If you are anything like me, grab a hankie and enjoy my video compilation! ;) Merry CHRISTMAS!




Saturday, December 3, 2011

Tied 2 -2!!!


Yes, ladies and gentleman. We are evening the gender score in the Moran household. Come next April there will be an equal number of girls AND BOYS in our home! Brian and I couldn't be happier. I personally feel so very undeservedly blessed!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Mommy on the go....go.....go.....

I've been so busy, I haven't had time to update by blog since this summer. :( But, here I am again, trying to catch up! School is in full swing and we've had an interesting year.
Let's see.... oh, I'm pregnant with our fourth baby. ;) (Poor "Quatro" doesn't even get his/her own birth announcement blog entry, he/she has to share already!)

School is in full swing....
Ella is in 1st grade, Ainslie is at the preschool at ORHS and Finnian is at Lord of Life Lutheran Church School in The Woodlands. It makes me sad that they are all separated this year, but they are doing very well in their own places and learning lots. In fact, Ella just made the All A HONOR ROLL for the first time. Mommy and Daddy are very proud of our big girl!

More later!
Yay for ALL A HONOR ROLL!
Super Citizen Award for good behavior and attitude!

She was most excited about the RED ROBIN FREE MEAL!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Mississippi Family Vacation

The second part of our summer vacation was the furthest we had ever taken our family! The kids very first time out of Texas. We went to my Mimi's house in Brandon, MS. A lot of Mimi's family lives in the Jackson area, and she is originally from Mississippi. We had so much fun playing at the house and visiting with the neighbors. Our most favorite thing we did at the house was pick blueberries in the front yard. I take that back. It was our second favorite thing to do at the house. The first was EATING the blueberries! I still have not found blueberries as good as the ones I eat in Mississippi!


We visited lots of places in and around Brandon, icluding the library and our favorite, Friends & Co. Tea Room in downtown Brandon. Even though we barely fit, we had so much fun as Mimi waited on us. :) (Her cousin owns the Tea Room and she often works there while she's in town.)
 One day we ventured to Jackson where we ate at Rooster's Hamburger joint. (Amazing!) We also went and visited the MS. Agriculture Museum where Finny saw lots of tractors and we got to travel through an old town complete with a General store and a little schoolhouse (the kids' favorite!)


Here are some of my other favorite pictures from just hanging around the house!


Mimi making jello with the girls. 






 

Dallas Summer Vacation

I haven't really updated my blog much lately, so I thought I would update you on some of the things our family did on our summer vacation! We are very fortunate to have some seriously generous family! Our trip this summer was two fold: the first week we spent, like we have the last 3 summers, at the Bush home in Dallas. :) Our kids always have such a good time attending some sort of camp and just spending time together. This year, Ella and Evie participated in cooking camp and Ainslie did Gymnastics camp. It was pretty funny because Ainslie has never really participated in this type of activity before, except for VBS. After a few minutes of stretches on the floor she had to go to the bathroom. I took her and could tell something wasn't right. I asked, "What's wrong, baby? Aren't you having fun?" She replied with a frown, "I have to concentwate." I asked her who told her that and she said "I DON'T KNOW!" After the first day, she did much better "concentwating," though. :)
We ended the week of fun with our traditional Sweet and Sassy haircut appointments. :) The girls were so well-behaved and look so cute!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cousins and Friends!

This is one of my favorite pics from our family vacation this summer. These are our kids with one of their cousins, Evie. They really are friends too. They love being with each other!


Sunday, May 29, 2011

All about Ella Grace!

This past week has been really busy for our oldest daughter, Ella. She graduated Kindergarten on Friday and had her very first piano recital on Saturday. Brian and I are very proud of her. She is becoming such a lovely, poised young lady. God has blessed us so much with her! Congratulations Ella on such a great job this year!







Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Won't you take me to... MONKEY TOWN!?

I wish there was a way that I could type the following blog post and it would be as funny as it was in my car on the way home tonight. I know it couldn't possibly, but I'll attempt it.
On the way home from Target tonight, Ella starts humming the tune FUNKY TOWN. Then she sings the part that goes "Talk about it, talk about it, talk about it, talk about it," but instead of using the actual lyrics, she substitutes her own lyrics, not unlike most kids her age (or me throughout my entire life). In this instance her version goes, "Taco Bell, Taco Bell, Taco Bell, Taco Bell....
 Ainslie shouts, "I WANT TO GO TO TOWN!"
I ask, "You want to go to FUNKY TOWN?"
Ainslie replies, "YES! I WANNA GO TO MONKEY TOWN!"
Ella continues her song, "Won't you take me to Monkey town? Won't you take me to Monkey town? "Won't you take me to monkey town? Won't you take me to Mo-o-o-okey town? ... Taco Bell, Taco Bell, Taco Bell, Taco Bell!"
Ainslie keeps insisting a trip to "Monkey town" throughout Ella's increasing loud rendition of the song. She becomes very upset and five minutes later starts bawling uncontrollably because she realizes we are turning into our neighborhood and not MONKEY TOWN. It actually took me about 10 minutes to calm her down and explain that we can't go to Monkey town on a school night.
And that was the ride home!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter!

Thank you Jesus for loving us! Thank you for paying the debt for our sins so we could live forever in Heaven with you! Let's celebrate because HE IS RISEN! AMEN!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Deep in the Heart of Texas!

There's been very little rain deep in the heart of Texas -- hence the sparce sprinkling of bluebonnets around these parts! :) But, rain or no rain -- bluebonnet pictures must be taken! Hope you enjoy them. I also hope to back to regular posts on my blog, but it's THAT time of year again -- so many spring activities going on, and wrapping up the end of the school year. I think once that things slow down a bit, I'll be back to my old blogging ways... let's hope!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day from the Morans!













Friday, January 28, 2011

Note to Self: Read The Directions!

I have never claimed to be a smart person. But, sometimes the difference between smart and ignorant can be as simple as reading the directions.

All three of my kids have been sick this week. Finny has a cold virus, Ainslie has a middle ear infection and to finish off my week, Ella woke up with a high fever this morning. I'm pretty sure it's the flu that's going around school. This all being said, I have administered my fair share of medicine this week; Zyrtec, Tylenol, antibiotics and breathing treatments. I had to go to Walgreen's on Wednesday to pick up medicine for Ainslie's ear and those lovely people threw one of those children's syringes in the bag. (Love when they do that!)
I first encountered a syringe like this about 2 years ago. Before that, I had never seen one with the little circle piece attached to the end. I didn't give much thought about it. I didn't really know what it was for, I speculated that you could use it to hold the syringe upright, or that it covered the part that you put in the mouth. (Both rather dumb uses, now that I think about it.) But, this time when I got my free syringe, I decided to read the directions. This little plastic thingy is WAY COOL. Most of you already know, but for those people who never stopped to read the directions, you pop these into the top of your medicine bottles so you can get an air-tight seal when you put your syringe in and it helps to easily give you the correct dosage without making a mess out of your medicine, which is what I normally end up doing.
Wow! I am a complete idiot! Why didn't I ever read the instructions before!? This little device could have made my life so much easier and it's been here in my house all along!
I have come to discover the same is true of my Bible. I am attempting to read through the entire New Testament this year by following PROJECT 3:45. (This is a great site where you read a chapter a day, that on average, takes about 3 minutes and 45 seconds.) I found out about it at The Ark Church where I have been visiting recently, and it's like rediscovering a part of myself that I had left behind when I became a mother.
I have been "churched" my whole life and I even know some verses by heart. My Mom used to joke that I was at the church anytime the doors were open; youth group, youth choir, chancel choir, praise team, Bible study, VBS, mission trips. But, as a young adult I found myself becoming what I can best describe as "tired of the same old rhetoric." I believed what was preached, but I had heard it spoken by preachers the same way, over and over, using the same terminology and phrases that I became numb to it's effect. As I got married, and started having babies, it was easy for me to lose my interest in the stories of the Bible. I wanted to go to church for my kids, but not really for me.
While reading, I pray for God to continue to reveal himself to me in new and fresh ways. Right now in Project 3:45, I'm reading about the crucifixion, and it's almost like reading about Jesus in a way I never have before, even though I know I've read it many times before. It's like knowing your parents as a child, and then growing up and learning about them as an adult.
Likewise, that has been my beautiful discovery about God's word. It never changes, but we do. And, that can change the way we see Our God and what we glean from our time reading the Bible. Like that circular-thingy on the end of my syringes, I have had my Bible here all along and to read it now gives me insight and to wisdom to things I have never thought of before. Of course, I can imagine all the things God has planned for me and my family and hope to know how I would respond to the stresses of life, but it pales in comparison for HIS plan, if only I just stop to read the directions.

ME:

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I have 2 lovely daughters and 2 handsome sons, who keep me very busy and a husband who keeps me grounded. I received my BA in Graphic Design Communication in 2003. A year and a half later after working in corporate America as a graphic designer and living through my OWN REAL LIFE "OFFICE SPACE" I got certified as art teacher. I have been teaching since the fall of 2004.