Sunday, February 1, 2015

"Do you know that God thinks you're an amazing boy?" - Mommy

"Well I can be amazing when I do amazing things and save the world!" - Myles

Monday, November 21, 2011

5 Little Turkeys...

Here's a little something to brighten your day, five little turkeys monkeys...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pumpkin Patch Fun

We had a great time on McGee's first official school field trip!  They went to the pumpkin patch and it was his first time riding a school bus.  I was really excited about joining him on the bus and experiencing this "first" with him, but I didn't have anyone to watch Miss Em and then McGee went ahead and pierced me in the heart when he told me, "Mom, I don't want you to go on the bus with me, I just want to go with my friends."  Well you can bet Miss Em and I followed right behind that school bus all the way there and back!

This was his surprised face when I hopped on the bus to take a quick pic of him.  Right after he said incredulously, "But I thought you weren't going to ride the bus!"


We ran into our friend Noah as his class was having their field trip that same day!

The class picture

Miss Em jumped in line with big brother

Love this sweet shot of the two of them sitting together on the hayride

Searching for the perfect pumpkin!

McGee and cousin Brady at home with their new pumpkins

Monday, September 5, 2011

A Letter to My Preschooler

My Dearest Miss Em,

What a little girl you are becoming, growing up and leaving Mommy's baby behind!  You're three years old and just started preschool a couple of weeks ago.  I wasn't sure how it was all going to turn out because you wouldn't let go of me during the "Meet the Teacher" and wasn't the friendliest to your new teachers or classmates either, but the next day when it was time to drop you off you did just fine and when I picked you up your were SO full of joy from all the fun you had!  Drop-offs haven't always been that easy thus far, but I know you are loving preschool and am so thankful you are having the opportunity to go.  Your friends Jackson, Corden and Brooklyn are in your class and I'm excited that you're getting a chance to make new friends with the rest of your classmates.  I love seeing how excited and proud you are when you tell someone you're going to preschool - it's adorable and makes me so glad we decided to send you!

First Day of School:

Here are some tidbits about you I don't want to forget:


Book - "The Mommy Book", "The More We Get Together", and one of mommy's old books, "Dos & Don'ts"

Cartoon - "Olivia", "The Wonder Pets", "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse"

Movie - "Strawberry Shortcake", "Beauty & the Beast", "The Little Mermaid"

Past time - anything involving music - singing and dancing especially!, playing in water - you love floating in the bathtub, rocking with mommy in the glider, cuddling with your Baby Monkey, playing with play-doh, putting together puzzles, playing with your new shopping cart and Princess cash register, you absolutely LOVE swinging and taught yourself how to do it all by yourself just a month or so ago and boy do you get high!

Food - fruit (blueberries, strawberries, peaches, love it all!), pizza, peanut butter & jelly, broccoli, and unfortunately you've inherited your mother's sweet tooth so anything with chocolate you LOVE and pretty much anything else that's sweet.

Lovies - Baby Monkey (the blue-clothed monkey Grandpa John gave you after you lost "Baby" the blue puppy he also gave you), a hot pink/brown/green/turquoise striped fleece blanket and a pink/yellow striped blanket from Auntie Michelle.  You are fully attached to Baby Monkey, but are happy with any of your many cuddly blankets.

Some of our favorite things about you...
 - your goofy and hilarious sense of humor, you keep us cracking up with your physical comedy and off the wall comments
- your cuddly side, you are such a wonderful snuggler and mommy really appreciates you allowing me extra cuddles with my baby
- I love that you are such a fantastic sleeper and can sleep in well just like me!  Last week you woke up early, came and climbed in bed with me and went back to sleep for a couple more hours and I loved every minute of it!  Now we'll see how great this turns out this next week as we start having to wake up earlier to get McGee to kindergarten...
- your loving and tender side, this is sometimes outweighed by your spunky side, but you can be so tender and compassionate towards others and especially so with animals
 - we LOVE your sweet singing voice and watching you dance when you don't think anyone is looking, it's so innocent and carefree - just beautiful!

We love you so much our little Miss Em!  Thank you for being you - I can't wait to see all that you do this year.

Love Always,

Friday, August 19, 2011

Heart Shots - Part 1

Remember when I used to post "Heart Shots"?  Those shots that may not have been technically correct or mean much to anyone else but that speak directly to my heart and I love?  Well I was going through some older files tonight and found a few more I needed to share:

After getting herself dressed Miss Em walked into my room where I was getting dressed and said, "Aww dude, your shirt matches me!"

 At the park after the last day of preschool, McGee and big cousin Brady.

Dinner out at Rubio's to celebrate the last day of school for my boys!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Remember Us???

Wow it has been awhile since we've been around this blog!  So, so much has happened I'm a little overwhelmed in thinking about catching you all up so I probably will just have to skip that and do my best to take baby steps in keeping this blog up and hopefully somewhat current.

Lightning fast update?

We have a 5 year old about to start kindergarten after Labor Day, a 3 year old a week away from beginning preschool, a unemployed educator still hoping for a miracle to be rehired in the next few weeks, a part-time photographer momma contemplating the life of becoming a full-time business woman again and hearts full of thankfulness and joy at the fun (and fast) summer we've been enjoying as a family!

Today we enjoyed our church's annual baptism potluck and thanks to rough waters our normal river baptism was held at a local pool and park and I think the kids had even more fun because they were able to enjoy the pool too!  Here are a few pics from our day:

McGee was having a blast being a "hero" - something he learned all about at Summer Blast (Vacation Bible School)!

The kids loved hanging out in the beach entry pool and we couldn't have asked for better weather!

I love this shot of them together

The pool wore Miss Em out!  Daddy had to hold her while we waited in line for food.

Our McGee trying to cut up his hot dog with a plastic fork

It feels great being back here on our blog - I hope you've all had a wonderful summer too!