Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Build-a-Bear Bash

Today is Lydia's Birthday. So up next in our bashing series is the Build-a-Bear bash:


Today, we took Lydia and her best friend, Kaylie, to Build-a-Bear for her birthday. They made matching bears and just spent a little time together riding the carousel, scouting out the Disney store, and munching on some pretzels from Auntie Anne's. It was a really fun day and although my camera went ka-put early on in the trip, I was able to get a few pretty good pictures of the day.

Getting started--the girls immediately took note of the ENORMOUS carousel and wanted to go for a spin!

Don't let the expression fool you--she really was having a great time.

See!

Then it was on to Build-a-Bear. Here's Lydia picking out the Bear she wants to make.

And then the girls went on to "bathe" their bears when my camera went on strike! In this picture, Kaylie is watching as Lydia gives her new bear, named Tiger, a bath.

Thank you, Kaylie for coming with us to celebrate Lydia's birthday. We had a lot of fun and Lydia loves 'Tiger'!

What a difference a year makes!

Bryan's 3rd Birthday--June 28, 2007
Bryan's 4th Birthday--June 28, 2008

Lydia's 1st Birthday--June 29, 2007

Lydia's 2nd Birthday--June 29, 2008

The Incredible Bash

Next up in our bashing series: The Incredible Bash!

Yesterday was Bryan's 4th Birthday. We celebrated by having a party for him and his school friends at Incredible Pizza. He had a lot of fun and somewhere in the middle of all the game playing, pizza eating, cake cutting, candle blowing, birthday song singing, gift opening and picture taking mayhem, I realized just how much I enjoy my babies' birthdays. They are growing into such great children and I couldn't be more proud of them. Here are a few pictures from Bryan's incredible day!

The party started with everyone singing the special "Happy Birthday" song to the birthday boy! (Shy is not a word I often use to describe Bryan, but in this picture you can see how uncomfortable he felt with all eyes on him!) :)

Then we all went to the party room and played a game of limbo--4-year-old style! :)

After pizza, the birthday boy got to blow out his candles and have some cake...

...and open presents.

Then it was off to the fairgrounds where Bryan quickly found his favorite game of all time--arcade basketball!!! (The key to every successful shot is all in the way you hold your mouth and it looks like he has learned that at a very early age!) :)
Happy Birthday handsome man! I am SO proud of you and I love you more than you will ever know--from here to the stars! ~Mommy

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

100% boy

Tuesday, I picked up Dylan from school and he had his hands cupped together, excited to show me what he had found at school today on the playground. When he opened his hands to show me what he had there were 7 tiny rollie pollies inside...ewwwww! :) I asked him if we HAD to take them home in the car and he said 'yes' so we did. When we got home he put them in a cup so he could keep them. (2 dogs--check. a fish--check. 7 rollie-pollies--check. We officially have become the all american family!)

Unfortunately right after this picture was taken, Dylan dropped his cup and the little boogers flew out...and Dylan began to cry...and I tried my hardest not to laugh! When I asked why he was crying, he said he thought he killed them. (Really hard not to laugh at this point.)

Fortunately for Dylan--and you--we were able to scrape up these five rollie pollies and get a picture for your viewing pleasure! What a treat, huh?

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Natural Highs

Whew--let me catch my breath. You know how in life there are certain things that can give you natural highs--highs that give you the feeling that you can run a marathon without having to stop for a break, or highs that make you feel as though you have the inner strength to lift, oh say, a car? Well, I'm feeling that way right about now! I just checked the mail and right there in my mailbox--in the midst of all the bills and junk mail--was a beautifully sealed, perfectly crisp envelope with a beautiful unsmudged stamped emblem from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. (You should see the envelope now. It looks much like the wrapping paper from my children's Christmas gifts after it has been carelessly ripped to shreds by the curious little fingers desperate to find out what is inside.) So, once I was able to tear off that stubborn envelope I found inside an approval letter from the Seminary explaining how they had accepted my application in to their Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling program! ACCEPTED! WooooHoooooooooo! I will start taking classes (on-line for now) in August and hope to complete this program within the next 3 years. Pray with me, if you will, through this journey as I expect many trials to come my way during this course of study. I promise to keep you updated periodically on the progress.

"O, Give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; His mercy endureth forever."
~Psalms 107:1

Friday, June 20, 2008

Let the Bashing Begin!

That is Birthday Bashing! This upcoming week will be a busy one for us. Bryan turns 4 next Saturday, and Lydia will turn 2 the next day (Sunday). So with all the birthday celebrations coming up, David and I decided to get things off to an early start by surprising Lydia at school with cupcakes! Here are a few pictures of Lydia at school today with her friends:

We arrived just at the tail end of naptime. You know how I am with sleeping pictures, so here is Lydia just before we woke her up from nap.

The (soon to be) birthday girl with her party hat and Dora balloon.

Lydia did not understand the concept of blowing out the candle and it was making me a little nervous waiting on her to figure it out since the candle was bigger than the cupcake!

Lydia and all her school friends enjoying their cupcakes.

Mommy, Daddy, the Birthday girl, and her cupcake!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Team KID Series Continues

As I mentioned earlier last week, Dylan and Bryan have been attending Team KID on Wednesday nights at church and this week Dylan's Bible verse comes from Joshua 1:9.

"...For the Lord, your God, will be with you wherever you go."

Meet Mesa


This is Mesa. She is a 11 week old Boxer pup and the newest (and hopefully final) addition to our ever-growing family! David has been wanting a boxer pup for years now, and yesterday I finally gave in. There have been a couple of things that have caused me to rethink my adamant rejection of his persistent requests for a boxer. So, when we saw this beauty in the paper I decided that we would make a low, low offer on the price and if they agreed to that offer, we'd go take a look. Needless to say at this point, but they did accept that offer and we now have another pup. And unlike any other dog I have brought into the house, Jax actually likes her and they play well together! So as if we don't already have a busy enough schedule, we will now be training a boxer puppy as well. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Am I the Only One?


I have been looking at this note each day for the past couple of weeks as I pick up my son from daycare. Either it doesn't strike any other parents as odd or no one has mentioned it around me. Has our society become so blinded by technology that we have not realized that our children have become disfunctional without it? This note was posted on the door of my 5-year-old's class. What 5-year old needs an Ipod, MP3, or cell phone? I know that in this house, we are happy that our 5-year-old just knows his phone number! He has already asked me for a Nintendo DS because he is the only one in his class that does not have one. As bad as that makes me feel, I just don't think that we should have our children walking around with earbuds in both ears, eyes glued to a 2 square inch video game, and minds focused on how to get to the next level of a game that ultimately has no purpose. Surely I can't be the only one to think that it is completely ridiculous that we should have to post a sign at the front door of a classroom full of 5-year-olds to remind their parents to leave their cell phones at home... or am I?
I'd love to hear from you on this one!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

No News, Good News, & Thank Yous

If you have been visiting our site over the past few days and wondering why there have been no updates, first let me say thank you for checking in on us! We have been having some technical difficulties with our connection speed lately which makes it entirely exhausting (not to mention frustrating) to log in and create new posts. With our fingers crossed, we are hoping to have this problem fixed by the end of the day tomorrow...hoping.

In the meantime, I hope everyone had a great Father's Day! Here is a picture I took of the kids for a project we were making for David for Father's Day. It has become one of my new favorite pictures...

Thanks again for caring enough about our family to check on us (or laugh at the confusion)--either way it is amazing to see just how much traffic we get to the site each day from both returning and new visitors. We are truly greatful that you came by, even if it was just in thumbing through the many, many blogs out there. We look forward to heaing from you and I will try to get back to posting daily (or every other day) as soon as we get our computer drama taken care of. :)

Until then--take care, have a wonderful week, and God bless!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Monday, June 9, 2008

Drumroll, please

For those who participated in the tooth fairy poll, our results are in! Not only has the poll closed, but the tooth has fallen out and the tooth fairy has been by. 83% of the votes predicted that the tooth fairy's going rate would be $1 - $2 dollars. As predicted, her pay rate did fall within that range. $1.25 to be exact. Last night after the tooth fell out, we had quite the family time to follow. Our family time consisted mostly of many excited questions about the tooth fairy:

  • Does the tooth fairy fly?


  • How does she get into the house?

And then there was my favorite question of the night:


  • What does she do with the tooth after she takes it? "Does she put it in her mouth?" (Hmmm. Kinda brings about a whole new visual about what the tooth fairy might look like, doesn't it?)

In the meantime, Bryan did not have any idea what all this commotion was about and why he couldn't put a tooth under his pillow. He kept pouting and asking David to pull one of his teeth out. Needless to say, mommy and daddy were not prepared for all the wuestions that come along with losing a tooth, but I think we fared pretty well.

In conclusion, here are a few pictures of our night/morning:

The tooth:

The big boy:

Dylan places his tooth under the pillow:And the tooth fairy came!:
She was so nice--she also left a note for Bryan (under his pillow) telling him that his first tooth would fall out soon enough and she would be back to leave him a surprise. Here Daddy is reading the note to Bryan:



Team KID

Dylan started going to Team KID on Wednesday nights at church. Among the many other things they will be doing, they will also be memorizing scripture. Dylan has already memorized his first verse and he wants to show you.

"Even a child is known by his actions but whether or not his conduct is pure and right."

--Proverbs 20:11

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Sleeping Beauty

So they're not the most graceful sleeping snapshots I could have taken, but as you probably know by now, I LOVE watching my kids sleep. So when I found my sweet girl like this during naptime I had to get a picture.

And then my flash woke her up (Sorry sweetheart). And she stretched. And I got this picture.

Ahhhh. The sleeping pictures--gotta be my all-time favorites. :)

First Taste Test


The first bite of bananas--so far so good...

For the second bite Daddy perfects his feeding face...

Three bites down...Can it be that she loves bananas?

Okay, maybe not.

None of that Crawlin' Stuff...

Our little Elysa has decided that she is not going to crawl. Instead, she is going to skip crawling and walking all together and teach herself to fly. Uh-huh. See it for yourself. With the boys and Lydia we put a toy or two just in front of them to get them to "inch" towards it and that marked the beginning of the crawling phase. With Elysa, she just looks at the toy, tries to fly, and then takes a little break before trying again. In this clip she actually makes no progress, but she does have good technique and form and I am confident that she'll be flying in no time. :)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Good Clean Fun

Today we took the boys to the dentist for their routine cleanings. Everything went smoothly as it usually does and I got a few pictures to share. For those who are in the area and don't yet have a dentist picked out for their little ones--I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend Dr. Floyd Garrett. He and his staff are wonderful with the kids.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

John Grisham for beginners:

Even the greatest of writers had to start somewhere. This little writer is just beginning but has already written some pretty impressive stuff. Last night, Dylan sat at the table and wrote this all on his own. See if you can figure out what it says. (I actually had to have him read it to me, but afterwards I thought it was THE sweetest thing.)

Such a sweet thought deserves a front and center spot on the fridge.


And the world's greatest writing goes something like this:

Translation: "Mommy and Daddy, I just want to let you know that I love you."

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty impressed!!! (And thankful that of all the things he could have written this is what he chose to write.) :)

Snaggle tooth...

Our Dylan is a week or two away from losing his first tooth. This is exciting, but it has been a few years since I have had a personal relationship with the tooth fairy. As we all know, trends change and since we are somewhat new to this, I am asking for your help. Please take time to answer the one-question survey to the right of this page so that Dylan and I can have a reasonable expectation of what she might leave for him under that pillow. (So exciting!) Thanks in advance for sharing in this excitement with us by voting or posting a comment if you find that the best option is not available in the survey.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Man's Best Friend



Well I don't know if dog is man's best friend, but I do know that after this meal, Lydia was Jax's best friend!



(We don't usually have Jax in the house when we eat, so trust me--this is not a regular occurence in our home. But it was really too cute...)