Sunday, September 25, 2011


Like the first day of school, I was excited about this night for weeks before the big day. Of course I played out unrealistic scenarios in my head about the endless possibilities the night could hold. My imagination runs away with me sometimes and I am too embarrassed to list all the things I thought could happen.

Let me back up.  In July my girlfriends from high school blew me away with surprise tickets and meet-n-greet passes to the September 20 Taylor Swift concert in Bossier.  Friends from the HHS class of '97 sent in their donations to make sure me and my girl had a special night to celebrate...well, to celebrate life in general. Her life! And a beautiful life it has been these past five years.

We departed Ruston at 3:31 pm heading toward our first destination, Superior Grill. By 4:03 her head was bobbing up and down with drool collecting in the corners of her mouth. Kindergarten is kicking her little tail. After scarfing down our fajitas we trekked to Century-tel center to find our place in line for the "Meet N Greet!"  

All of the eager folks lucky enough to wear the lime green arm band signaling our great fortune waited on the ground level near section 118.  They counted us off in groups of 40 or so and gave us an etiquette speech. No cameras, no autographs. I wish they would've said, " No teary eyed overly emotional Mama's," but they left that part out.
We made friends in line and swirled around the guts of the arena until we saw the colorful tent known as the "T Party" room. Yes it is magical and just like her videos, an enchanted Moroccan  tent full of comfy furniture and giant chocolate chip cookies. We circled the room and were then ushered into a smaller room to the side for our big moment.  Harper stood eagerly holding the silver package she brought for Taylor, a Fleur de lis necklace from National Jewelry.  When Harper stepped into the room Taylor's mouth dropped open as she knelt down to give my big girl a hug. "Ohmygoodness thank you! I can't wait to open it," she said. I knew it was time for me to step up and get my token embrace from the superstar, but the water works began to leak as I took in the beauty of their encounter. The build up of excitement for my daughter was too much for this Mama, so I stepped back and let her own the moment.
The photographer snapped the complimentary photo, the big guy in black handed me the card, and after a quick hello from "Heidi with Cover Girl" we were on our way.
 Beaming is an understatement. My girl was absolutely glowing brighter than the neon glow sticks Daddy had waiting on her when we found our seats.  She took in the crowd and the arena as the three of us waited for the red curtain to rise.

 And then she appeared. Blonde curls flipping and gold sequins swishing, and this is what my girl did. Eyes glued, she studied her. She switched from Daddy to Mommy, but her eyes never left the golden light on the stage.
  Without a doubt T Swift can put on a show! Each song was a dramatic interpretation complete with stage set, dancers and costume change. Harper sang along to the ones she knew, but mostly she took it all in. Watching Taylor and all of the dramatics that go along with her Speak Now tour, made me think that maybe I shouldn't work so hard to squelch the drama out of Harper. Maybe one day she will develop some pipes and make another little curly headed girls dreams come true. You never know. Chances are though, if she takes after her Mama, she will sing badly, dance wildly, and stand in the shadows watching her own little girl take in the wonders of life.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Taylor Tuesday...the countdown is on!

 Harper started doing "Taylor Swift hair" when she was 2!

 Harper and Baylor's fashion show this summer at Aunt Sissy's house.

 Can't hide that, "I'm going to see Twaylor Swift" smile! Thanks to the generosity of my HHS class  of '97, we were surprised with tickets!
 Oh yeah, Taylor Swift!

explaining the big surprise  to Harper...Baylor was supervising.
She was made for this moment! This is Christmas 2009...

Taylor & Harper...two of a kind.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

My kind of Saturday

 This morning we slowed down, which is something Nick and I don't usually do.
Coffee...check. Cinnamon rolls...check. Comfy slippers...double check.

When Harper waddled up the stairs she quickly found a warm spot on the porch. And she stayed a while too.

Then an hour later this one showed up with massive bed head and her same sweet smile. A nice pile of powdered donuts greeted her.

Our new house fosters relaxation. The retreat...I think that is what we are going to call this house. I like retreat better than cabin. God  blessed us with cooler weather as soon as we moved in, like He wanted us to start using these porches ASAP! I've started the past two weekends out here and I must say I am liking the vibe. Saturdays are the only day of the week where time holds less importance. Weekday mornings are the extreme opposite of Saturday, as all mom's know. I feel like the morning Nazi and I don't like it, not one bit. Maybe that is why today, this Saturday is so peacefully blissful. Still in my pj's, still in my slippers, second cup cold on the coffee table...and I like it.  Happy Saturday to you! Go Dawgs!

Harper cuddling up on the back porch...

This is Baylor's "I wanna see, Mama!" face...she always wants to see the pictures as I take them.

Can you spot the pregnant lady in the window?? This is me at 18 weeks growing another spirited Cauley girl!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

We're In!

I can't believe it, but just three weeks after finding our dream house and property we are all moved in! The Jessamine house is clean, empty and should be decorated with a for sale sign by this afternoon. I do love that house and have precious memories of raising babies in there. I know just the right people will find it and create their own new memories there.

Labor Day weekend was filled with just that, hard labor. Not "baby" kind of labor, thank goodness. We still have a while for that to happen. But moving and unpacking kind of labor. Thanks to Nick's family we were able to get it all done. I can't say I felt rested and relaxed on Tuesday morning after a long weekend. I went to work yesterday feeling like a walking zombie, but I made it and today is a new day.

OK, bell rang. Gotta teach my students. Have a great week!