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Friday, October 29, 2010

Woo Hoo! School Pics are here!

Chloe came home today from school with her school pics! Yay! I am soooo excited!

Last night, we went to Beaufort to go Trick or Treating with local merchants but by the time we got down there, there was no where to park. So we went ahead and went to Chloe's school. We had a great spaghetti dinner, the kids got 2 new books a piece and numerous coloring books. They also got to hear the school librarian read them a story and listen to the fire chief of Beaufort and Port Royal, as well as one of our fine police officers. It was a really nice night! I will take more pics of the kids in their costumes but here is a cute one of Eli for now...

Monday, October 25, 2010

My Tiny Dancer

Here a video of my tiny dancer dancing on observation/parents night at her new dance studio...She dances so beautifully for a 5 year old and it almost makes me cry watching her!
The video itself is too big to download to blogger so here is the link: Tiny Dancer Chloe

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Fall has been a busy season so far for us...Kindergarten, Dance, Pageants, taking the kids to the pumpkin farm and play ground. But it's a season I love...the smells and the colors.
We decorated the outside of the house minimally but neatly. The Dollar Tree is pretty awesome!
We decided what the kids are going to be for all of their festivities coming up...Alice In Wonderland for Chloe, and Thing 1 & 2 from Dr. Suess for the boys. I got Chloe's costume already made and she got to wear it for dance last week. The boys costumes are pretty simple...we got them red jogging pants and red long sleeve shirts. I am going to take felt or white fabric and cut it in a little circle and then write Thing 1 & Thing 2 in the white circle with a fabric marker. Then I will just simply tack the circles on to the front of the red tshirts. We are going to stand their hair on end with hair gel and spray it with blue temporary hair spray. Once all the festivities are over, I can untack those white circles from their shirts and the boys have a new outfit to wear for the fall/winter!!

Now, before anyone starts questioning our faith, let me go ahead and answer some questions. Do we celebrate Halloween? No. We do not believe in Halloween. We look at it as just another day that the kids dress up in play clothes. We do not take them to haunted houses or celebrate anything scary. Chloe and the boys play dress up almost every day of the year. I do not allow them to wear anything vulgar or scary. I do not see any harm to us as Christians in letting them dress up and participate in our towns festivities that is geared towards children. They will also be attending the Harvest Festival at church. The town that we live in, is having a little fall celebration on October 28th. The kids will get to dress up and go to different businesses to get candy and participate in other activities from 4pm-6pm. Then they are showing a movie in the park. We won't be going to that though. We are going to Chloe's school at 6 to participate in their kid's club and spaghetti dinner. On October 29th, we are going to a friend's house for a family dinner. On October 30th, we are participating in some more activities in one of the little towns near us and on the 31st, we are going to our church's Fall Festival.
Busy, busy month!

Chloe will also be going to on her first kindergarten field trip to a plantation and pumpkin farm on the 28th. She is so excited!

Chloe got her 1st report card in on October 21st and she is doing pretty awesome in kindergarten! She recieved all S' (sometimes consistent) & C's (always consistent). The principal even signed her report card "Good Job!"! They also did a series of tests on all of the kindergarteners to let us parents know whether our children were doing on or below level for kindergarten. Chloe tested really well and is on level for kindergarten. She recognizes all of her ABC's upper and lower case. She has learned 10 of the 20 popcorn words she has to know when leaving this grade. She can also count to 100 and can spell her name! She has already read 100 books and has moved up a level in reading. They gave her a medal for reading 100 books!

She also participated in another Pretty In Pink pageant in Savannah, GA. She won photogenic, tied in her division for Pink Wear, won queen for her division, and Overall Best Smile out of the whole pageant. We are realllly proud of her!

Noah is doing really well too...he's growing up so fast. He is getting really tall and he is almost completely potty trained! He wears big boy undies during the day now and only diapers for night. He is working on the nighttime training though and it has been less than a month from when we started! He talks...ALOT! He loves to be read to and realllly loves The Cat In The Hat and The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and Good Night Moon. Chloe & Noah have both memorized The Very Hungry Catepillar and Good Night Moon so when we read it to them, they say it along with us. Noah is learning his numbers and his ABC's. Noah is very handsome just like his daddy!

Eli is my little monkey! He climbs on EVERYTHING! He is also my little daredevil! His new thing is "Mommy, Hug Hug, Kiss Kiss" which means "I wants hugs and kisses!" He tries to say full sentences now and his words are becoming more clearer every day.
We are hoping that he'll want to potty train soon by watching his big brother! Eli reminds me of my Dad and brother. He looks just like eyes, dimples, and white blonde hair! He's going to be a big boy but he is very handsome and both boys have mommy & daddy wrapped around their little fingers!

I have started working on making "The CoCo Bean Bowtique" a little more successful also. I now have a facebook page specifically for my little online store The CoCo Bean Bowtique .

Greg and I have also had the joy in becoming Uncle Ga Ga & Aunt Bec Bec to our new niece, McKenley Jane. My sister, Kelly, and brother-in-law, Jesse welcomed MJ in to the world on October 13th! My other sister, Katie, will be welcoming another new niece in to the world on November 10th unless baby Millie Rayne decides to come earlier.
I have also been asked to be the godmother to my best friend, Sheree, and her boyfriend, Mark's, new baby, due in April, and my cousin, Michelle's baby girl, Jossalyn Cora Ann, who is due on December 11th. Lots of babies around here!

The dogs are great as well...They both sleep indoors at night now because 1 of our neighbors threatened to call the sheriff's office on them for barking twice. They were barking at an opossum that was in the tree in his backyard so rather than have to deal with that, we just let them come inside!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pageants, Pageants, & More Pageants...

We have figured out that South Carolina pageants are much more different that VA pageants...Even the natural ones. In VA, the natural pageants like Sunday style dresses or babydoll dresses, no tans, minimal makeup, no fake hair. Down here, they want high glitz dresses but none of the other stuff. Well, Miss Chloe has a baby doll dress that we have gotten our money's worth out of. I bought it in November 2008 and it is still going strong! She will not be getting a new dress until January!
We have also started taking her to a really known pageant coach to help her bring out her personality on stage...she loves her coach!
Chloe wanted to do the Yemassee Shrimp Festival pageant on September 11th, so we said "Go For It Tootie!"...She didn't do too bad for having never competed on a stage set up the way that it was. She won Photogenic (FINALLY!), and placed 3rd runner up in beauty...not too shabby for a group of 10 girls. Her favorite part of the day was playing with her friend Chyna. Chyna was her "1st pageant friend" that she met in SC.
On October 2nd, she competed in Beaufort, SC at the Pretty In Pink pageant. She had a cold and was having nosebleeds left and right but she still wanted to compete, so we let her. She won Pretty In Pink wear and placed 1st runner up in Beauty.
Needless to say, we are soooo incredibly proud of her. She has accomplished so much for being 5 years old. A lot of people bash beauty pageants and say ugly things, but I know for my 5 year old, pageants have build a determination & drive that she wouldn't have otherwise.

Chloe's upcoming pageants possibly include the Support A Veteran pageant and Little Miss Hilton Head, both in November. The Support A Veteran pageant is being held by a dear little girl, Erin, who has a HUGE heart. All of the proceeds go to Victory House which is a nursing home for Veterans. Chloe is collecting donations for "Soldier Sweetheart", with all proceeds going to Victory House. If you would like to help Chloe, please email me at

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Kindergarten...It's that time!

Tootie started kindergarten on August 16th...I was really good though. I didn't cry until I dropped her off at her classroom! The first week went by pretty good, she got all smiley faces, though she did get in trouble for yelling at her teacher. The 2nd week was ok but I wrote a note and had a parent/teacher conference set up. Tootie has managed to get in trouble almost every day for TALKING! Which we all knew she loves to talk, I just didn't realize she couldn't be quiet for very long! This 3rd week was ok...though she got a yellow face for jumping on a little boy twice and then pulling another little boy's arm over an eraser.
Yeah, you can say she was in BIG TROUBLE when she got home.
I am hoping this next week goes a lot better. Her teacher told us that Tootie needs a big adjustment period because she is the youngest in her class with just turning 5 on August 24th. She is extremely smart, but really immature compared to the rest of the class. Which we already knew this since the rest of her class are 5 going on 6 during this school year.
We know that she'll succeed though! I know that I have a bright, smart girl!

Chloe getting ready for her very 1st day of school

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Last Week in Va Beach...

Our last week in Va Beach, was bittersweet. My sister, Amy, drove up with my niece & nephew. We rented a hotel room on the oceanfront and went to the beach. I spent as much time with them as I could :( The kids had a blast! Greg stayed at the apartment while the movers moved us out. We took my sister to Romano's Macaroni Grill (still cant convince her it's better than Olive Garden)!
I went home with my sister so we could go to the Eclipse midnite was awesome! On July 1st, Greg and I celebrated our 4th anniversary...he took me back to see Eclipse.

Our Vacation to South Carolina & Tennessee...

At the end of May, beginning of June, we (my Mimi came too!) headed to South Carolina to find a house for our family to move in to in July. We found the perfect house and it even had baby palm trees growing in the front yard! After we got our house squared away, we headed out to Hunting Island to see the Nature Center, beach, and lighthouse. After we visited there we headed up to Spartanburg to see my Dad & some other family members, and then we headed to Sevierville, TN to visit my Momma. We had a blast!!!!

Universal Beauties VA State Pageant...Chloe Rocked!

On May 23rd, Chloe competed in the UBB VA State Pageant in Richmond, VA. Chloe & I drove up from VA Beach on the 22nd and stayed with my best friend, Melissa and Chloe's best friend, Savanna. We have known Mel & Vanna for 2 years now and Mel is like a sister to me! Savanna is this sweet, beautiful, precocious 2 year old that you just fall in love with!
Anywho, my friends, Sheree & Mark came to visit us at the hotel with Alia. We did a little last minute pageant shopping in Colonial Heights...I had to buy Chloe shoes to match her casual wear since her's mysteriously disappeared from the apartment.
Mel is a saint! She decorated Chloe's shoes & fixed her casual wear for me (it was too big)!
My grandmother handmade Chloe's casual wear for me at the last minute and it turned out adorable and matched Chloe's personality perfect!!
Well, we got up the next morning, I rolled Chloe's hair and got her to Ms. Dawn, her hair and makeup artist. We rushed on over to the hotel and the nerves hit!!
Well, Miss Chloe got up there and ROCKED IT OUT!!!! I was a proud momma!!!
She won her age division and is UBB's Va Natural Tiny Miss Winner!!!! When they crowned her, I bawled like a baby and so did Melissa! Savanna Rocked it too and won Natural Grand Supreme!!!

Now we are preparing for Nationals in March 2011!!!!

Helllooooo from South Carolina!

Hello! Well, we made it to SC safe & sound on July 4th! We moved in to our house and we are having a blast. It has been 2 1/2 months I updated because my mac has been in the shop...yes, it took the insurance company & the computer company that long to get everything squared away.
A lot has happened since I last updated...Greg and I are definitely working things out and I realized that he is the light in my life. He makes me happy and I LOVE him!
As for the kids, they have grown sooooo much!
I will be posting separate posts for them so they all get their own attention!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The US Finals

Chloe competed in her last cheer competition with the Sparklers on May 1st. It was awesome and bittersweet all at the same time. The Sparklers performed the best that they have all season. I am soooo proud of Chloe! She did both of her stunts like a pro! We hope to keep in touch with our new friends and her teammates after we move!

Oh...and the Extreme Sparklers are the Us Finals East Tiny Tot Rec Champs!! Woo HOo!! Gooo Sparklers!
They finished with an undefeated record of 7-0 for the 2009-2010 season!

Chloe Stuntin'!

We <3 Our Lil' Cheerleader!

2009/2010 Extreme Supreme Sparklers (Tiny Tots)...Undefeated 7-0 Season!!

One Last Time...Gooo Sparklers!

US Finals Champion...Chloe Elizabeth Magness

Friday, April 30, 2010

Project: In My Daughter's Eyes

I am participating in a project called "In My Daughter's Eyes" from Pink Moss. I had to write a letter to myself at 12 years old with advice on how to live, be happy.

Here is my letter:

Dear Rebecca,
I just want you to know that in the next few years you are going to endure a mixture of love, heart break, and even more love. You are beautiful on the inside and out and don't let anyone tell you any different. Pick your friends wisely and know that you are loved, even when you think the world is against you. Guard your heart and don't give it away to the first person to say "I Love You" but continue to love everyone unconditionally. You are an amazing young lady and though people will tell you that you aren't...don't listen. You are talented. Use your voice and practice hard. You are going to be made fun of for being different and it's can cry, scream if you have to. Let it out. But then regain your composure and hold your head high. You will meet your fairy tale prince when you are 18...don't let him get away. Even though you do marry him when you are 23. Don't forget to laugh and have fun...just remember that you do have morals and you don't have to do everything your friends do. Most of all remember to LOVE yourself!


I then had to send a picture of myself...I sent 2 for the owner to choose from...

If you want to participate, please click on the Pink Moss Link at the top of the page or the button.

Pink Moss

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Happy 3rd Birthday, Noah

Happy Birthday my sweet, beautiful 3 year old...I gave birth to you 3 years ago today and you are my joy. Giving birth to you was one of the most precious moments in my life. I would do a million times if it meant I got to be your Mommy. I love watching you grow each day...your beautiful blue gold eyes grow so big as you take in new things, new words. I love your beautiful blonde curls and the way they bounce when your run or blow in the breeze when we go outside. I love to hear you say "Momma". You are my little angel and I hope that you have a wonderful day today!

Noah Richard David born April 25th, 2007

1 year old

2 years old

3 years old
*will add pics when I take some of him today!*

Noah's 3rd Birthday Party

We decided to have Noah's 3rd birthday party on the 18th since that was the only Sunday we could get the church...but it's all good! Noah & Brianna's birthday's are about 2 weeks apart so we normally give them a joint party. Noah's theme this year was Cookie Monster! Greg and I made his cake.
I always get asked "why don't you just order his/her (depending on which kid they are talking about) cake?" and the answer to that question is because I want to make my kid's cakes. I know it is so special for me to look back and remember all of my homemade birthday cakes my Mimi & my Nanny made me...and I think I can even remember my mom baking me one when I was a little girl somewhere in there. I bake my kid's birthday cakes with love (I know, sounds so corny, but its true) and when they grow up, I want them to remember that. So Greg baked the cake, and I decorated...2 round chocolate cakes with cookies n' cream center, decorated with blue icing and chocolate chip cookies!
So anywho, my cousins, Nicole & Nathon, Clara, and Gina, came. I haven't seen them in a while and I miss them! My friend, Tammy, also brought her little boy, Owen...I haven't seen her since her wedding in 2006! We have been friends since I was about 3!
Noah had so much fun playing with his cousins! His cake was a hit too! After we opened gifts, we took the kids outside and let them make wishes and then release their balloons. My Momma-Sherry also released a balloon in memory of my Nanny Annie...I miss her!

Noah blowing out his candle

My Beautiful 6 year old niece, Brianna

Noah opening up his soccer goal!

Tootie's Cheer Bowling Party

Yesterday, after the zoo, Tootie, had her cheer bowling party. I am so sad to see the season end. We have made some wonderful friend and being able to watch Tootie cheer has been pure joy for Greg and I. The kids got trophies with their name and their squad name on them and they got to bowl with their friends and enjoy pizza and cupcakes. We have one more competition...the US Finals next weekend. Extreme Supreme has worked so hard for this competition. Tootie has a new stunt to do and our girls are gonna rock!

Tootie & Tamira

Bowling for the 1st time...

Chloe & Dominique


Zoo!! Let's Go To The Zoo!!

Yesterday, my home church, Forest Hill Baptist Church, decided to visit the Norfolk Zoo, which is about 20 minutes from me. My sister is a youth leader at the church and she brought my niece and nephew. So Chloe and I got up and headed on to the zoo!
Since the last time we went, the zoo has added the 3 lion cubs and a baby giraffe! Chloe was soooo excited because she's still bonkers over giraffes. This was the first time that she didn't get a stuffed giraffe from the zoo when we left! We had so much fun hanging out with my sister, Bri, and Will!!

Momma & Baby Giraffe

Momma Lion & 1 of her cubs

Big Papa