January 30, 2011

Dancing QUEEN & the flu

Saturday, Rylee had her first dance competition. She was SUPER excited. {and so was I} Back track for a minute..... 

On Wednesday, I took Rylee to the doctor and she was diagnosed with strep throat. We got some antibiotics and she was back at school on Friday. Saturday morning around 2:30 am, she woke up with a fever. Gave her Motrin and within 45 minutes it went from 102.8 to 98.9. Saturday morning I woke her up, did her hair & make up and we were out the door, ready for her dance competition. I could tell she didn't feel well, but she wanted to dance anyway. We get there, get dressed and she danced her first dance. I changed her into her second costume and as we were waiting in the dressing room for the next dance, she vomits. EVERYWHERE. Great! I take her to the bathroom and one of the dance moms {who happens to be a doctor} came to check on her and told me to take her home, give her more Motrin, let her nap until the next dance and she should be fine. We did what she said, and she seemed fine, ready to go back to dance. We went back, she danced two dances, and did great! We  had some time before the next {and last} dance started, and the more we waited, the sicker she got. Took her temp and it was 103. WOW! I decided it was time to head to the nearest walk in clinic and that's what we did. {AND by the way, my sweet girl cried because I made her leave dance. She wanted to stay and finish the competition - NOW THAT'S TEAM WORK! She kept saying, "Momma, will you please tell the judges that I am sick, and I have to leave? She was so worried about letting her team down} Ugh, my heart broke as she was telling me this. 

 As soon as we walked in, the nurse told us to head to the E.R. So, off we go. We get to E.R, they take her temp and immediately put her in a room, give her Tylenol, start and IV, get a chest x-ray and blood work. By this time, her temp was at 105 and this momma was S-C-A-R-E-D! My poor baby was sick. {thank goodness my sister in law was there with me} They finally get her temp down, and the blood work and chest x-ray were clear....BUT she tested positive for the FLU. Fabulous! So, she has had strep & the flu in one week. I felt horrible for her. In all, our Saturday was very eventful. I have to say, as sick as my girl was, she went up there and danced her little heart out like she wasn't sick at all. She was a trooper and gave it her all. I am so PROUD of her. For this being the first competition for our team, the did really well. A few gold & silver medals - they rocked! 

Today, Rylee woke up feeling good. It's amazing what Tamiflu & Motrin will do. I am going to keep her home from school tomorrow just to be safe, but I think she will be just fine. :-)

Here are a few pictures of my dancing QUEEN ~

p.s. She is already talking about the next competition.....which is in April. ;-) 

January 23, 2011

All About ME

{I stole this idea from another blog} 

It's 2011 so let's take a minute and get to know one another! 

Single or Married? MARRIED {6 year anniversary is in July} 

Kids? YES, 2 daughters. Rylee, age 5 & Landry, 18 months

Where are you from? Born & raised in Rockwall, Texas. Now living in Northwest Arkansas. 

Favorite fast food joint? Chick Fil A, of course! 

Favorite restaurant? I have a few, and most of them are in Texas. ;-) I do LOVE Macaroni Grill & Cantina Laredo

Favorite drink? OJ, Diet Coke, Tea....but not gonna lie, I do love a good glass of wine or margarita! ;)

Have a hobby? Does shopping count? ha! Seriously, I do love to shop......I love to hang out with my girls....I love to hang out with my friends, get mani/pedis, and in the last month or so, I have been obsessed with antique malls. {thanks, Sarah!}

ok, that's all folks! Now that you know a little about ME, I hope y'all had a great weekend. :)

January 18, 2011


Rylee's first {of 3} dance competition is next Saturday {Jan 28}, and she is SO excited. The girls have been working so hard, and I am just ready to see it all put together. Of course, if you ask Rylee, she will tell you she just wants the trophy! ha! Here is a sneak peek of dress rehearsal the other night - this is just one of 5 costumes. 

Stay tuned for more photos! 

{YES, they have to wear full make-up complete with a smoky eye and red lipstick!}

January 14, 2011


{ok, so I'm a few days behind} 

Monday {Jan 10}, Landry was 19 months old. I cannot believe it. Where does the time go? I was going through her newborn photos and came across a photo that was taken minutes after she was born. Man....it seems like it was yesterday I was holding my new daughter. Today, she is a feisty, head-strong, fun, lovable 19 month old, who will be 2 before I know it.  

Happy 19 months baby girl! We love you! 

January 4, 2011

Christmas 2010

We always travel to Dallas during the holidays, so Santa came a little early to the Howell house. {not sure how much longer we can pull this off - ha!} The girls enjoyed getting up to see what Santa had left them. I think Landry enjoyed the wrapping paper and boxes the most. ;-)

Christmas Eve, we always spend at my Nan's house. It's always so fun to get together, eat some yummy food, and open presents. We've been doing this since I was a baby, and now to carry on the tradition with my girls is priceless. 

Christmas Day, we usually head to Houston to my dad's, but this year, they came to Dallas. My brother and sister in law were gracious enough to host Christmas dinner at their house this year. We really enjoyed hanging out, eating dinner and watching the girls open their presents. 

What a great Christmas we had! Hope y'all had a fabulous Christmas as well. Until next year......xoxo

January 3, 2011

Landry's KDO Christmas Party

Today was Landry's first ever school Christmas party. I took cookies and stayed for the party. The kids were so cute. They sang songs, ate cookies, danced, and all sorts of fun activities. I LOVED being able to be there with Landry. She was such a mess. There is one other little girl in the class . . . . her name is Avery. Landry LOVES Avery. The whole time I was there, they were playing and hugging. It was super cute. Here are a few pictures from the party. {sorry if they are not great, it was hard getting them to sit still - ha!}

Looks like it was a great party! 

January 1, 2011


Happy New Year! May 2011 bring lots of love and happiness to all my friends and family. We had a very low key NYE. We headed to Oklahoma City Friday morning to do some shopping and hang out. We grabbed an early dinner at Cantina Laredo and then hit up Target {it was the ONLY thing open past 6 pm- ha!}. Then we headed to my brother in laws house, made popcorn, and watched the ball drop in NYC. Rylee and I were the only ones who stayed up to see it, as usual. ;-) It was a low key, but fun night. 2010 is officially over, but I have no regrets. It was a great year! Excited to see what 2011 brings.

 Do any of you make new years resolutions? I do not! I will take 2011 as it comes. If you do make resolutions, I would love to hear them. :-)

~ I know I am way behind on all my Christmas posts, but I am working on it. ;-) Will be up soon!