Ballet Slipper to Soccer Cleats!

The twins had a great time learning how to dance this year! As most of you know, these girls are attached to this Mommas legs. EVERY. WHERE. WE. GO! So, pushing them to try something new was good for them, and great for me! :)

We started them in a summer class last summer and then had them in ballet/ tap weekly classes during the year. We sure love these little dancers! 

A year in review... where did our ballet slippers take us??  
Take a look at all the places our little slippers were brought along. 

-to and from Market Street- beep beep

-lots of fun in the back yard 

-dance with friends!!

-the trucked along for Halloween 

-they brunched and baby picked: American Doll FUN!  
(do you see the tutu under Hadleys dress??)

 -they danced with friends in downtown McKinney

- they listened to storys from LaLa

-and they celebrated Thanksgiving, too  

-they were worn on many backyard lunches

-they came along on playdates with friends, too! 

Christmas performance 

-One day Ally Ann! One day you too can try dance! 

We're trading in....slippers for soccer cleats! 

What's next for the Tennison tribe? 
Hadley and Layton have showed interest in soccer when we go to the park to play. (there are TONS of teams that have their soccer practice in our neighborhood park!)  We have signed them up for a Fall league and can't wait for them to explore soccer!  September 10th (their first game) can't come soon enough for these girls! 

Our ballet slippers grew a lot with us this year! I sure love these little ballerinas.  And, yes, I know wearing ballet slippers besides the dance studio is frowned upon in the eyes of professional dancers, yet, these two LOVE them so much. 

So, until we are considered pros.... these slippers are on the GO! 


To the women...

On Mother's Day, I typed up a few of my thoughts and shared them in the world of Facebook. Never could I have imagined the amount of shares, texts, calls and messages that I would receive. Such sweet friends!! I wanted to share it here- so those who don't follow along on FB could take a peek!

Mother's Day used to be a tough one for me when Michael and I were praying that we would be parents! We were excited to celebrate our Mommas, but, on the inside I too wanted to be called "MOM".

On Mothers Day, I didn't post any pictures of my sweet girls and I. To me, Mothers Day is every day! I get to love on, cherish, kiss, hold, hug, feed, protect and give all the praise to the Father who granted the desires in my heart! Instead, I posted in honor of those who were praying to be a Mom. Here was my post....

Today I’m praying for you…. 
To the women who have been praying to expand their family. 
To the women who have been tracking their cycle on their iphone app. 
To the women who have thrown away negative after negative pregnancy test. 
To the women who have a savings account, not for a shinny new car or amazing vacation, but for future/ current fertility or IVF treatments. 
To the women who have just had a first, second, or third miscarriage and are afraid to give it another try
To the women who have lost a child due to stillborn or through other outcomes. 
To the woman who has been told the news that they may not be able to conceive a child or carry a child. 
To the women who have been on the wait list for an adoption for years and is still going through the hard process. 
To the women who cry themselves to sleep, because the pain of watching friends celebrate pregnancy is just too hard & tears seem to be the only thing that seems to make since. 
To the women who have a friend going through this pain and doesn’t know the words to comfort. 

I am lifting you up today. Lifting you up to say that you are not alone. Your struggle is real. Your tears are real. Your feelings are real. Your heartbreak is real. 

You are beautiful, strong, loved and NOT alone. May the Lord give you peace on this day. And may you trust in His every lasting love for YOU & YOUR story.


Ally Ann turns ONE

Our littlest sweetie is O-N-E! 

Michael and I can't believe that she has been with us for a year. She is the most precious little girl and has made going from a family of four to five very doable {she's a little doll baby, you guys!}
Thank the LORD! 
We did a family only birthday for her because 
A.  let's be real. She doesn't know it's her birthday. 
and B. it's just easier planning a party for 15 people vs 50 people.

We had the most fun paint party for our little masterpiece! 

How cute was her invitation?  (left image) And those cute little m&m paint cans?? 

Snacks on her party day! 

Pictures of her first year!  Family was able to pick and choose which ones they wanted to bring home and then the left over images went straight into her baby book!

The kids all made a cute hand flamingo craft and then colored at the kids table 

For lunch we served chili pie! SO easy and YUMMY you guys! I highly recommend it! 

paint and lollipops for all of the little guests

Cousin love

picnic party for lunch

Nanny, Hadley and Ally Ann

All in all it was a wonderful party.
 We loved celebrating this little girl.