Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Still catching up...

Yep, I'm still trying to catch up from earlier this month...

1. Best buddies!

5. I spent my birthday last week with these cuties!  (Our foster sons were with the sitter - who they stay with all day once or twice a week this summer - which was perfect for us to be able to go watch a kid movie at the theater and go swimming.)  It was a fun day!  Yay!

6. She loves to be all dressed up (although fixing her hair is usually a battle).

8. Mimi let our kids have a sleepover with them one night last week, and she kept my nephews too the following day.  So she had a very busy day with 5 young ones.  (Sounds familiar, huh?)  Thank you, Mimi and Poppy!!!

 10. Our boys are very sweet with their cousins (and their foster brothers too)!


13. From Cole to Daddy...

14. From Chase to Daddy...

Picture Overload

I know.  I've gotten really behind on pictures and updates.  What can I say?  Things are always busy (um, crazy!) around here. ;)  Assembly-line meals and dressing/changing kids and bathing kids and going to parks and doing mountain loads of laundry, etc. all take a LOT of time.  And honestly, when the kids have "quiet/nap time" (which is sometimes a misnomer these days), their mommy is simply ready to sit and read as opposed to doing things I "need" to be doing.  Most of these pics are from May...

1. Cole was excited for us to come eat lunch with him at school once more before the school year ended.

 2. Love this kid... and the big one too! ;)

3. Callie liked her "princess hair," braided by friend Ms. Sarah.

4. Chase's last day of preschool.  (Sniff, sniff!)  I've laughed at moms getting all sentimental about kids going to or finishing school, but then I do the exact same thing!  What a dork! ;)

5. Our boys have loved Ms. Dana at preschool!

6. Fun at the Memorial Day parade...

8. All 5 kids fell asleep coming home from somewhere... Don't they all look like little angels when they're sleeping?!

10. Cole's kindergarten class had a program the last week of school.  (He's in the back row, left side.)

13. Cole's teacher's assistant Ms. Lewis and his teacher Ms. Crowder.  And just like that, kindergarten is done... Wow!

14. Callie plugs her ears for the loud buzzer at Cole's basketball game.  

15. Cole LOVES to play basketball.  He had a great time playing at the local rec center this spring.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Our baby girl is 3!

Callie Marie turned 3 on Sunday, and we had a backyard party for her with family and Callie's little buddies Finley and Addison (and their families).  It was a hot day, and the kids had a blast splashing in the kiddie pools (and eating hot dogs and cupcakes, of course)!

Happy birthday to the sweetest (sometimes!), funniest, most precious 3-year old girl we know! Your tantrums are epic, but your hugs and smiles are equally as world-changing!  Callie, you are a smart, headstrong, opinionated, lively, fun, talkative spitfire, and we LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!
Callie's current favorites:
Foods - pizza, most fruit, and any dessert
Activities - Playing with Daddy (probably pillow fights), riding the ziggle (a riding toy), coloring
Shows - Daniel Tiger, Handy Manny
Toys - Anything girly (dress-up clothes, all princess toys)

1. This is what Callie does when I tell her to put her head down...

2. ... And when I tell her to put her head up...

7. Thank you to my sweet family for all your help before, during, and after the party!

9. Callie with her favorite friends Addison and Finley...

10. My parents got a princess cake for the princess.

13. The original princess... ;)

14. Callie loves ALL things related to the movie "Frozen," and all things girly (jewelry, crowns, little ponies, dolls, etc.)!

15. The birthday girl all dressed up for church...

Chase's preschool graduation

It was really cute (but also a little sad for this sometimes emotional mama's heart) to watch Chase's preschool graduation last week.  I know I say it all the time, but how did our baby boy get so big?!  Chase, you are such a sweet, sensitive, mischievous kid, and we are so proud of you (always)!

2. Ms. Dana and Ms. Marlena (not pictured) were wonderful teachers for Chase this year (and Cole last year)!

10. Chase had a fun, and occasionally loud, audience!

13. The Cat in the Hat made an appearance and read "Oh, the Places You'll Go."