Sunday, January 6, 2008

guest blogger- Mommasissy

The Stickler family (pictured above + my husband) is alive and well. This is Erika (aka "Mommasissy") posting on Darby's behalf because she has fallen out of this millennium and is STILL without internet in the new house. Check out her new kitchen! Still gotta get that microwave on a shelf, but it sure is coming along! As you can see in the photo above (that's her on the sofa- bottom right of the screen) she is very tired. The house is not finished and with two precious rugrats, plus no strength or energy from being pregnant, it's hard to get anything done! Baby Stickler #3 is healthy and a jumping little bean (she had another ultrasound this week).


I am thrilled about posting on this blog... it is definitely my favorite to read! I'm probably not as witty or cute or as experienced in the child-rearing department as my precious sister, but I'll stand to the challenge.




Do you know what an amazing sister I have? Of course I am partial, but I know that not many have relationships like ours. She is the most thoughtful, compassionate, dynamic, giving person I know. I can't imagine what life would have been like growing up without her at my side every single step of the way. She and I talk about 3 or 4 times a day - and I wish that we could spend every weekend together.


We had a great Christmas (McPherson fam) but of course it wasn't the same without Darby. It also wasn't the same without seeing these ladies above. This is our group of closest high school friends, and now that mom and dad are officially out of Louisville we unfortunately don't get to see them as often {maybe this summer!?}. From the left: me, Leslie, Darby, Hannah, Becky, Shellie, Laura. We are scattered from Florida to California, most of us are married, and 4 of those girls have children (Laura has 3 and another on the way)! Geez, makes me tired just thinking about all that. Anyway, just wanted to give a shout out to my high school girls.



And here is a picture from when Raiger was born (I've searched my computer front to back for a picture of Morgan's birth day and can't find any). July 14th, 2006... at a hospital in Tallahassee that I don't know the name of. I sure am a proud aunt! Darby, fo' real how do you look that good after just having a baby? I know it wasn't easy, but you look good, so it looks easy. HA. Okay, more randomness... since I know people are probably really sick of looking at Justin's burning pine trees in the last post.



Okay, so no one but mom and mimi will probably get too kicked about these next few, but anyway... I don't remember what year this photo was taken... but it is cute. Your pink shoes really don't match your LSU get up but I'm sure you (like your precious daughter Morgan does now) had picked that out all by yourself. I do believe we still have that ragged dog and red-headed cabbage patch doll somewhere.


This was the recital that we didn't get to participate in because we moved back to Chicago right after that photo was taken. I was probably a little more graceful given the "cupped" hand formation AND the feet pressed together tightly you are displaying. We can have a dance-off next time we are together and see if that still holds true.

Halloween in Atlanta. You pointing at Mittens. The only cat (other than your rental cat Squash) that has ever been in the McPherson family. I think our outfits are stellar, especially my bone necklace.
Only thing that could have made this better is if your side pony was off the other side of your head. I still roll my feet out like that. Easter when we lived in Atlanta? I think so.
Morgan in the womb, this will have to suffice for not having a birth day picture.

Did you know that Darby was a War Eagle Girl at Auburn? If you aren't in the loop on what that means, it pretty much means she's a total rockstar. Next to the title of Miss Auburn, the War Eagle Girls (and their counterpart The Plainsmen) are a very select group of men and women (12 men, 12 women) selected to represent Auburn University. She wore that navy suit (and the not so attractive navy hose and navy heels that were also required) with honor (to every football game too might I add). I was (and still am) so proud of her! {she also played Lacrosse at Auburn, random, but true}
She's the cutest pregnant person I've ever seen! She was 8 months pregnant in that photo!


She's also a Ventriloquist. {the sign in my parent's kitchen does not say FAT, it says EAT, it's the angle}

McPherson girls on Morgan's 1st Birthday!
She also creates precious offspring...



LOVE YOU SISTER!!!








I think Darby would agree with me that being twins is super fun. Just wish we were next door neighbors! And I'm 100% positive that Darby would trade me for her current neighbors. :)

17 comments:

lindsay said...

D- we sure do miss you. I hope you're feeling back to speed soon! I know beautiful Stickler #3 will be totally worth it!!! E-- thanks for the fun photos and stories. I had fun trying to figure out who was who in the pics! I think I really got most of them right too...

Nancy Hood said...

This was such a cute blog! I found you by going through Kelly's blog, then Teale's blog, etc. and found this one! The background and header totally caught my eye! If you don't mind sharing the secret, I'd love to know how you got this. ~PS, you're doing a great stand-in job!

Household6 said...

I'm so glad you updated! What a sweet post, and yes I was very tired of looking at the burned pines, or whatever the heck they were!

Heather

Jennie-Marie said...

D- I'm so glad you are back to the blog via E. I love this post, another cool twin thing. I hope internet makes it to the new house soon but for now thanks E for the update!

Tara and Felix said...

Great post! I love the flashbacks! Will you be able to tell us what Stickler Baby #3 is anytime soon?

Tegan said...

Yea!!!!! I was so excited to see a post from the Sticklers on my google reader. What a super fun post to read. You both are beautiful, classy girls. I just wish I could actually spend "real life" time with you all instead of the "blogging world". I'm so glad that I've gotten to know you both better through your blogs. Thanks for sharing!

Elizabeth said...

I love this post! The pictures were so cute....I had fun trying to figure out who was who like Lindsay did! Come back to us soon, Darby....Thanks, E, for an entertaining post:)

-Blazer

Teale said...

I love the pics of the two of you growing up! I know that must have been so much fun...

Dena said...

too too cute - i hope darby gets the internet soon although you are a very good sub! the house looks awesome and i love the look back y'all were precious - love the matchiness! double trouble!

Anonymous said...

I LOVED THAT BLOG!! IT HAD ME LAUGHING OUT LOUD! Just love you both so much and wish it would work out that all 4 of us could live on the same street!! Can we work on that??
Thanks E for sharing! I too, was so glad to see something besides the burnt trees.

-Allyson

Finley's Mom said...

Love the post! The picture of the two of you from Easter with the side ponies brought back a memory for me. You ladies were standing in front of the table I put my elbow through!!!

erika said...

whit- that is exactly right! "the display case". HA!!
love you!
e

Ashley said...

I think the pirate picture is my favorite! Y'all are bad to the bone! E-you are a sweet sister! That was a sweet post! I enjoyed it immensely!

Darby Stickler said...

Hello!!! It's me the long lost blogger... posting a comment on my own blog! I'm at J's office for a quick "fix" of the www. The "gay"ble guys are supposed to come Wednesday to hook us up and I'm hoping they will actually do it this time... it's been 5 weeks and I'm starting to feel really out of touch with the world. No internet, no tv! Thankfully I have a house to keep me really really really busy!! Thank you, Sister, for your "guest blog" and all the nice things you said. I could say "ditto" to all of them and if you will allow me to be a "guest blogger" on your blog I'll prove it to you!! I miss all my blogging friends so much and if anyone has made any major announcements on their blogs please email me and tell me! Because I feel as though I'll never ever catch up with my reader. E, I laughed so hard at the first picture. I didn't even see myself curled up on the sofa. I did notice the huge mess in the house though... perhaps I'll clean up and take a few pictures. I am feeling better (praise the Lord) and hope that now that I'm in the second trimester I'll have that sudden burst of energy I've heard about (yet not yet experienced... maybe 3rd times the charm).... should know what the baby is in 6 to 8 weeks... or maybe sooner! I've had 2 dreams that it's a boy.. so we'll see! :) Love to all my friends and a super big hug and thanks to my sister for the sweet post... there was only one picture missing... one of us and the Browns. Dig around and see if you can find one!!

Ashley said...

Darby, your house is looking so good! I do hope you'll post some pictures of the place post-renovation. Remember, we're all counting on you for some motivation on our own renovation projects =) Hope you feel better!

Dona said...

Ok girls- this is quite possibly the sweetest blog I have ever seen! I am so happy for the relationhip that you guys have. Twins are such a blessing to each other and to their parents! It is wonderful to know you are so loved! I pray that you both will always remember how special it is to have the "twin thing" going! I love you !

jeana said...

that was SO sweet. :) miss you girls!