Tuesday, February 14, 2012

March 2011

Oh, the drama of March 2011! We were so busy with The Boxcar Children, the kidlets literally had rehearsal everyday (except Sunday).

It was Piper's birthday on the 18. On her actual birthday, just our little family went to The Garden Restaurant. She had rehearsal that night.

I'm so proud that she loves fried pickles as much as I do.

This is what Teague gave her. Aaron and I got her the electric scooter that she had been wanting.

She got to let off a balloon with a birthday wish, this is the two of them watching the balloon. I honestly don't know if I made them pose for this picture or not... it really seems a little too good to be true.

For her friend party, she just wanted to invite her two best friends for a sleepover and a night spent at Claires.

And dinner at the food court.

Teague had to cut off his beautiful long locks (this was major drama).

He's trying to make the best of it...

He looks 'cute,' he seems to like it, Mom on the other hand doesn't even want to talk about it.

It was our 14th wedding anniversary on the 21.

sorry, no pictures.

And of course, it was the long awaited performances for The Boxcar Children.

This is a picture of Piper in the dressing room that I just love!

This is the Alden children and "the kid" before the show.

Benny and Violet before the show.

This is everybody on stage.

And The Alden Children at an after show open house.

I just love Teague's expression in this picture, I laugh every time I look at it.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

It was NOT intentional, it just happened...

Aaron and I always wanted to give our babies' names that couldn't be shortened, we wanted to call them what we named them. I've always thought it was strange to give your child a name and then call them something different.
(this is my own opinion, it's totally okay if you disagree with me)

You can shorten Piper, but we never have and neither has anyone else, except her ballet teacher. Miss Megan started calling her "Pipes" when she was only three - any of you that know me, know that this would most likely drive me nuts - BUT it didn't, in fact, I thought it was the cutest thing ever, I still do. Miss Megan still calls her Pipes, and she is the only person that does. I love it.

Piper spent the first week of her life in Primary Children's Hospital. Whenever a nurse walked by her, they would comment on what a "Pretty" baby she was. The trend continued when we brought her home. She was always "Pretty," every once in a while we would get a "Cute," but rarely.

Then, I started calling her "Pretty." I have ever since. I don't call her this on a regular basis, it's just my special nickname for my daughter. I usually don't even notice that I call her "Pretty." People will ask "What's her name?" Of course, I'll respond with "Piper." Then they will say something like "Oh, I thought you called her 'Pretty.'"

There is one person - who shall remain nameless, but is very closely related to me - who HATES that I call her Pretty! Literally HATES it! And gets after me every time *she hears me call her it. This person thinks that it going give Piper an attitude... I don't think so...


You can't really shorten Teague, but people always tend to lengthen it...His name isn't a nickname for Teagan, it's just Teague. We've run into lengthy nicknames like Teaguey or Teaguer Weaguer (cousins came up with this one). We call him by his name.

Aaron and I also had some discussion about nicknames in general and how we never wanted to call our son "Sport," or "Son" or "Bud/Buddy."

Teague has an array of nicknames. Depending on the situation, here are some; Monkey, Stinky, Midge (short for midget), Kiddo, Handsome, Teaguer Weaguer (as mentioned before) and based on Teague's personality you can probably see why all of these nicknames work! But...Guess what I call him? I'm almost embarrassed to admit, but it totally works for me...again, I don't call him this on a regular basis, it's just my special nickname for my son, I (again) usually don't even notice that I call him this, and it's one of the nicknames mentioned on the list of "nevers."

I call Teague "Buddy/Bud."

Like the title of this post says,

"It was not intentional, it just happened..."

I didn't intentionally choose either of these nicknames for my kidlets, they just happened.

These are their special Momma nicknames,
nobody else calls my kidlets
Pretty or Buddy,
only I do,
and that's what I love about these names.