Sunday, July 26, 2009

I love my town just released its list of the top 25 cities in America. Number 9- McKinney. I love where we live. I feel blessed to be in such a wonderful area and such a wonderful neighborhood. Also in the top 25 were Frisco, Allen, and Plano - all of which border us. Overall, 4 of the 25 are from our county, and 6, are from North Texas, and 8 from Texas as a whole. Just had to brag. I love it here!

Friday, July 17, 2009


Kirsten has a new obsession with cutting things out. So yesterday we cut out some paper to play a matching game. Being the inexperienced mother that I am, I left the scissors on the table when we were done. When I was finished teaching trumpet lessons last night I walked into my room to see this
Then I looked up to see this
The trail of hair led all the way through my room and into my bathroom. She cut off as much as 9 inches in some places. For reference, I took this picture yesterday morning. You can see how long and curly her hair was.
So I called my amazing hair dresser, Holly, in tears, to see if she could fix it. She got us in first thing this morning. So this was Kirsten's first professional hair cut. I have always been able to do it before, but how to fix this was beyond me.
The end result is actually pretty cute. Thank you Holly for turning a traumatic experience into something good. Kirsten is so happy that she did not have to get all of her hair cut off. Some of it is still up past her ears, so we will have to be creative with clips and tucking until it grows out.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Random Pictures

So I just figured out how to get the pictures off of my phone. Here are some random pictures that I have taken.

When my nieces, Sarah and Kaley, were here, we went to Celebration Park in Allen. They have a huge splash park. It was hot, so the girls had a ton of fun playing in the water.

A few weeks ago we had "Kid Olympics" with our mom's group. They kids ran, hopped, skipped, hula hooped, had a three legged race and a potato sack race. Kirsten had such a good time. She is such a fast kiddo. She got a medal that she wore for almost a week afterward and showed it to everyone!

I have no idea how old this picture is, but it is of Kirsten and Grandma Alleman on the carousel at the mall. We can hardly go to the mall without her going on it now, but it is always extra special with grandma.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Missing Family

My sister and nieces left this morning. As soon as Kirsten saw Sarah and Kaley bring out their bags, she started sobbing. They have been here for three weeks, which will be our shortest summer visit ever. It just flew by. I am so glad that Kirsten loves her cousins and that despite the age difference, she is so close to them. It will be nice to have our house back to ourselves and to get back onto a more normal schedule, but I will really miss having those two girls here. Anne flew in last Thursday and her husband and step-son drove in on Friday. We have had quite the eventful week with everyone. They are headed to Florida now. They will hopefully get to watch the space shuttle take off on Saturday. I am so jealous.

On a side note, we made chocolate chip cookies the other day with margarine. I have only ever used butter, but I had margarine because it was free at Kroger last week. Let me tell you, I had not idea there would be such a difference. Seriously, they were the nastiest cookies ever. The batter was all wrong. It was creamy and thin and sticky. I only got 3 dozen out of my recipe that usually makes 5 dozen, and the cookies were really weird. The were flat and rubbery. You can bend them almost in half without them breaking. So strange. So to all of you bakers out there, there really is a big difference in using butter versus margarine. That is a mistake I will never make again.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Fourth of July

I hope that everyone had a wonderful 4th of July. This year took on special meaning with my brother now serving in the Military. My entire family has always been very patriotic, but I never understood why my dad cried when he heard the Star-Spangled Banner, or any other patriotic song for that matter, until now. I love my brother so much and thank him for being willing to sacrafice everything else to serve our country and protect my family. He has been very close to my heart lately.

I have been training for the past 4 months to run my first 5K this 4th of July. It was an early, but good start to the day. Then we had a pancake breakfast at my dad's house. We did it Lowe Style with ice cream and strawberries. Then we headed out to the McKinney Parade.

Here is Kirsten Enjoying the best seat in the house.
After the parade, we went down the street to the car show and then the ice cream crank-off with taste tests! Kirsten was a little worn out by that point and did not enjoy it quite as much.

After a long nap that afternoon, we headed out to the fireworks show. The McKinney Red, White, and Boom Celebration is held in the Soccer Fields in our neighborhood. Our HOA hosted a BBQ for just our neighborhood across the street from the city celebration. We enjoyed the catered dinner and laughed as we looked at our group of several hundred and then across the street at the thousands packed in over there. Here is Kirsten with her good friend, Emma.
Our fireworks crew
Jeremy, Josh, Kaley, Kirsten, Otto, Anne and Sarah
Megan, Stu, Cindy, Patty, Walter
Laura, Jeremy and Kirsten