Baby names

Monday, December 22, 2014

Hello lovely readers!

Yes, I am officially on vacation/maternity leave until March 30th and I could not be more excited,
I am 34 weeks today and I have 3 more weeks to go till the twins get here!

So what is in a name?

Before we were planning to expand our family, we always talked about names for our future children.

My MIL would throw out names at least once every time I saw her since the first day we got married, but ultimately it was going to be the Mr. and I who decided.

We determined that the name 
"Ford Michael Simmonds"
was perfect for our first son.

One of the first names we thought of and agreed on from the very beginning of this topic (years ago) was the name Ford.
We both felt like it was a strong name even though it is short and simple. 
I am also hispanic and even though it is wrong for me to stereotype my own people, I figured it would be a name that not only my family would recognize since half of them drive Ford pick-ups, but they would be able to pronounce it/spell it ;)

When we found out we were having twins, we thought if we had 2 boys, Ford would definitely be one of their names. The Mr. would have chosen Nash, Cash, or anything with ash at the end, just kidding...
I would have loved to name our second boy Jett, or Dean, Hudson would have been cool too. We are happy with our choice, and who knows we might have to choose another boy name in the future, sooo its good to have back ups. Michael, is my FIL's name so that was an easy choice for a middle name.

For our daughter, we settled on
Sloane Katherine Simmonds

The name Sloane came from my MIL. She mentioned the name years ago, and although I liked it, I was set on naming my daughter Hadley Grace after watching the movie "Written on the Wind" where the name of the family/town is Hadley, and I loved it as a name for my future baby girl. Well, the Mr. was never sold and thought the name was going to be very common soon (which it is now) so on our trip to London, there was a beautiful street we walked around named Sloane Street with amazing shopping and luxury apartments, and we decided then it would be our daughters name if we ever had one (which made my MIL very happy). We also really like the sound of Sloane Simmonds... I have always wished my name was Katherine since my real name is the Spanish version of that name. When I was growing up I hated how unique/long my name was, but now that I am older I like it much more. People always complement me on it (its Catalina BTW). So, my daughter's middle name is the name I always wish I had, there I said it!

Ford and Sloane also sounds nice, I think. So there it is, the reason why we chose those names for my twin babies.

What is the meaning behind your child's name?
Please share, and I look forward to reading about it.

Thanks for stopping by, 
~Mrs. S

Weekly Update

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a great week, as always time keeps flying and December is just flashing before our eyes!

I was so happy that this year I was able to plan our Christmas cards early enough that they were sent out last Monday. I received a LivingSocial email for a huge discount on holiday cards last month, so I used Photo Affections this year. They had a nice selection, and I settled on these 

This week some new polls came out on the best middle schools in Texas, and I am proud to say my school landed as 14th best in the DFW area, and 17th in the state!
This is a huge accomplishment for our school, as we are the oldest in the district. I love where I work, and these accolades are just a plus :)

At my staff shower a few weeks ago, a fellow teacher gifted me a baby Gap gift card so I bought these adorable outfits for the babies. The whole store was %50 off, so I got them at a great deal.

Friday night, the Mr. went to SMU's football stadium to watch a high school game, and we ended up taking some photos at Dallas hall with the pretty christmas tree. There is a tree lighting every year, but since it is during the week, we are never able to attend. I kind of liked that it was just us :)

My babies and I in front of the tree

Saturday afternoon, we did some X-mas shopping and made dinner.

Things are starting to die down around here, and we are preparing for the babies more and more every day. The Mr. put in the car seats so we prepared in case they come. 33 weeks tomorrow, so 4 more weeks!

Hope you all have an awesome week ahead of you, and thanks for stopping by!

~Mrs. S

Week Update

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Hello Everyone, 

I hope you all had a wonderful and festive first week of December!

I had a fast and busy week loaded with lessons, a baby shower with my coworkers, our first performance at school, and a trip to the symphony.

The staff at my school is so awesome about supporting each other whether someone is having a baby, getting married, or someone is going through a life changing event. 

Tuesday, the staff held a small shower for me at school complete with cake, punch, and tons of gift cards. I was so thankful for all of they love and support.

We only took a few pictures including these two of my cake, and my big belly :)

On Friday, I took 35 of my students to my Alma Mater, SMU, and we attended the symphony concert. It was amazing.
I miss playing in the orchestra so much, and I am so glad my students got to see the level of musicianship that can be accomplished though hard work and dedication. I loved being back at Meadows and seeing how much the orchestra has improved and seeing old professors.

My students loved it too, especially the piece with organ in it.

Saturday night, we joined some friends for a birthday dinner after a long day of shopping for the babies. 
Today, I taught lessons, went grocery shopping, and caught up on laundry, pretty lame...

Pretty soon here, I will be able to share the nursery, we are almost done!

Tomorrow I am 32 weeks, so 5 more weeks left.

I can't wait till these babies are here, 2 more weeks at school and then its a waiting game :)

Thanks for stopping by!
~Mrs. S