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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Madalyn's Hair Cut

Madalyn had her first "professional" hair cut today by her aunt Katelyn at "All Teased Up" salon.  I had trimmed and cut her hair the other times, but I had decided it was time to hand the hair cutting over to the professional.  She did so good! She just sat there, never teared up or anything, she was such a good girl.  (I will tell you one secret to it was that her aunt Katelyn found Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on her phone, so Madalyn watched Mickey Mouse while she got her hair cut.)  I think her new hair cut looks so cute and she looks so "grown-up".

Before Pictures

The Hair Cut
After Pictures...My pretty little girl with her new hair-do!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Going to Church

Here's some pictures of Madalyn, Sunday, going to church.  (I didn't realized until I saw these pictures, how bad her hair was just sticking straight up, but oh well...it's still cute.)

Say "Cheese!"

She kicked her shoe off.
She was laughing

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Five Love Languages

I have not read the book "The Five Love Languages" by Dr. Gary Chapman, some of you may have. I heard on the radio today a website called "Keep the Faith" you can go to and take a quiz to get your love language profile to see what your love language is.  So I took the quiz and I had Kevin take the quiz.  I wasn't surprised at all by the results as far as which one would be my "love language" and which one would be Kevin's "love language"; I could have told you the results before we took the quiz.  If you have an extra 5-10 minutes, take the quiz and have your spouse take the quiz.  It was good information for us both to see how we can show "love" to each other in the way that they need it most.  In Sunday School, one thing we have been talking about lately is putting aside our selfish needs and both of us focusing on what the other one needs instead.  If we both do that to the fullest, then our spouse will be fulfilled and our marriage would be healthier.  Instead of just wanting our spouse to do for us, and not willing to meet their needs in return.  Or instead of meeting their needs in return, doing it Before, they meet our needs.  Here is the website: http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/. (They also have a quiz for an apology and appreciation)

Here were our results:
Jill's Love Profile
(The first two love languages tied for first place)
1. Quality Time
2. Acts of Service
3. Physical Touch4
4. Words of Affirmation
5. Receiving Gifts
Kevin's Love Profile
(The third and fourth love language tied for third place)
1. Physical Touch
2. Words of Affirmation
3. Quality Time
4. Acts of Service
5. Receiving Gifts
The only thing that we had the same was we both put receiving gifts was last.  Below is some more information explaining each love language.

Quality Time

In the vernacular of Quality Time, nothing says, “I love you,” like full, undivided attention. Being there for this type of person is critical, but really being there–with the TV off, fork and knife down, and all chores and tasks on standby–makes your significant other feel truly special and loved. Distractions, postponed dates, or the failure to listen can be especially hurtful.


Acts of Service

Can vacuuming the floors really be an expression of love? Absolutely! Anything you do to ease the burden of responsibilities weighing on an “Acts of Service” person will speak volumes. The words he or she most want to hear: “Let me do that for you.” Laziness, broken commitments, and making more work for them tell speakers of this language their feelings don’t matter.

Physical Touch

This language isn’t all about the bedroom. A person whose primary language is Physical Touch is, not surprisingly, very touchy. Hugs, pats on the back, holding hands, and thoughtful touches on the arm, shoulder, or face–they can all be ways to show excitement, concern, care, and love. Physical presence and accessibility are crucial, while neglect or abuse can be unforgivable and destructive.

Words of Affirmation

Actions don’t always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, “I love you,” are important – hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten. Kind, encouraging, and positive words are truly life-giving.

Receiving Gifts

Don’t mistake this love language for materialism; the receiver of gifts thrives on the love, thoughtfulness, and effort behind the gift. If you speak this language, the perfect gift or gesture shows that you are known, you are cared for, and you are prized above whatever was sacrificed to bring the gift to you. A missed birthday, anniversary, or a hasty, thoughtless gift would be disastrous – so would the absence of everyday gestures. Gifts are visual representations of love and are treasured greatly

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentines' Day Part 3

Here is my final post for Valentines' Day.  Our gifts and treats from today.  We had a great day and enjoyed the evening at home just our little family.  Happy Valentines' Day to all of you!

My flowers and candy from Kevin.

My valentines from my students.  One of my students gave me a dollar; I don't know who it was, but I thought that was the most original gift. I have never been given money before. I thought it was very sweet. :0)

Madalyn's treats from her preschool friends.
Madalyn found her treat bag.  I have put it on the counter and she pulled it off.
Madalyn got an Aqua Doodle from Meme
Madalyn got the pink heart bear from her aunt Susan, the pink ladybug bear from me, the white bear from Kevin, and the Doc McStuffins doll from Meme. She had a great Valentines' day!

Valentines' Day Part 2

Valentine Pictures of Madalyn.

Valentines' Day 2012-Where has my baby gone?

Valentines' Day 2013-I now have such a big girl!
Madalyn enjoys wearing her necklaces.
I love her expression here!
Silly Girl!
Madalyn is enjoying one of her valentine cookies from her party at school.
Happy Girl!

Valentines' Day Part 1

Madalyn began her Valentines' Day going to her preschool for her Valentine party today.

Madalyn and Hunter with their valentine treats for their friends.


Madalyn and her teacher Ms. Jessica
They went to visit Grandma Thelma
They also stopped by to see aunt Arie too.

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Here's Madalyn before we left for church this morning holding her elephant she got last night at the circus.

Madalyn's new hat

One of the 2nd grade teachers that I teach with, her sister made this hat for Madalyn.  She's had it for about a week now and she loves her new hat; she's so proud of it.

Fun at the Circus

Last night we took Madalyn to the circus.  The circus was in Augusta, GA.  Neither Kevin nor myself had been to the circus since we were little, so it was a treat for us as well.  Kevin was the one who saw that the circus was here and it had on the news that if you got to the circus an hour before the show, you could go back stage and see the animals and meet the performers.  I really didn't know how Madalyn would do, as far as sitting still and behaving herself.  She did really well over all.  She only hit the lady in front of her 3 times. (She accidentally kicked her one time changing from my lab to Kevin's lab and twice she hit her with her hand.  And once she almost got a hold of the lady's ponytail, but I grabbed her hand before she could pull it.)  Right before intermission she started to get a little restless, but she was getting hungry and tired, so Kevin took her to get something to drink and eat.  Over all, we all 3 enjoyed it.  And amazing, she stayed awake all the way home and we had an hour drive. So she didn't get in bed until 10:30 and was up at 7:30 this morning, ready to go to church. 

Madalyn loves elephants.  She has only been to the zoo once and that was when she was 13 months old.  So this was the first time she has seen an elephant close up in a long time.  When she saw it she was like "whoa!" She didn't want to leave this area.  During the show when the elephants went back through the curtain, she wanted to go with them.  She just stared and stared at the elephant and was so excited to see it

Madalyn had an elephant on her shirt and when she realized that it was an elephant on her shirt and one in front of her, she got really excited making that connection.

We had really great seats.  We were close to everything and we were right in front.

Let the show begin!

Time for the Elephants!  The elephants were the best act of the show according to Madalyn.

It was a fun night for all!