Monday, January 2, 2012


This is Shae at 4:30am this morning in Lumberton, NC in her seat ready to go back to Jacksonville. We got on the road early because Miss Shae woke everyone up at 3am and wouldn't go back to sleep. No one was happy.

Shae, When you are a teenager and wanting to sleep in, I will wake you up at the crack of dawn and remind you of this day.

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Happy New Year!

It's the perfect time to start fresh and start blogging again.

Were on our way back to Jacksonville after a fun filled trip to Maryland. We're staying in a hotel for the night and heading back on the road tomorrow.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Be-Dazzled Pumpkin

This is our latest art project. Chloe and I be-dazzled a pumpkin with some colorful gemstones.

33 Weeks

Here is the only shot of me pregnant. I personally hate being in photos and hate asking Chad to take a picture of me, so this is it, probably the only shot that will exist of Little Miss Donnelly #2 in my belly. 7 weeks to go, maybe less, I am hoping, although we are still waiting on furniture to come in and don't have her room set up yet. I really don't feel ready for her to be here yet, but I am ready to be done with this pregnancy. It seems as if I have been pregnant forever and ever.

And I will apologize to her and Chloe everyday if either inherits that chin!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

First Day of School

Chloe had her first day of "school" today! Well, really, it isn't school. It is called Parents Day Out and it is at St. Ann's Catholic Church which is about 20 minutes from our house. Chad calls it "educational daycare." She will go Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9-2pm.

I really really stressed over this decision to sign her up for "school." She hasn't done well in any situation so far when I have had to leave her. She has never done well with any babysitter or stayed at the gym daycares at the YMCA. I am usually called to come get her or come home because she just gets so upset. I was just unsure if she was ready this year. I contemplated just waiting until next year when she was 3.

I decided to sign her up because our social situation here in TN isn't the best. We haven't met many people, so Chloe and I haven't made too many friends, and our neighborhood is very quiet. I really felt like she needed to play with some kids her own age. I am pretty sure she was getting bored hanging out with me all day.

Here she is dressed and ready for her first day.

She did absolutely great her first day. Chad dropped her off because we thought it would be less traumatic that way. She cried a little when he left and didn't cry at all the rest of the day. I really expected to be called within an hour or two of her being dropped off. This is her report from the first day. I am so happy she did so well.

These are photos from her orientation day.

The crown and wand were her presents for doing so well on her first day of school. She came home and was so excited about school and her teacher. Let's just hope that continues and next week goes just as well.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fourth of July

We had a nice long weekend for the 4th. We did some things around the house and then headed off to the fireworks on base on Saturday evening. Chloe was a little nervous about the fireworks at first, but she was fine sitting in my lap. On Sunday we had a party at our house with some Navy friends, then in the evening we set off some of our own fireworks since they are legal here. Chloe and Bailey really didn't like that, they were too loud and too close for their comfort.

Heading to our spot to watch the firework show

Chloe and her glow bracelets

Chloe's first firework show