Monday, June 24, 2013

Parkerisms, Edenisms, and Our Very First Lilyisms

Parker is not saying as many funny things as he gets older, but every now and then he comes up with something that makes us laugh.

One day as we were driving to a baseball game, I was trying to talk to Eden about eating more healthy snacks, because she usually refuses to eat fruits and vegetables.  She told me she wanted some CheezIts and I was explaining to her that those aren't very healthy.  From the backseat, Parker very seriously yelled out,  "Mom, CheezIts are healthy... they start with CHEESE!".

Scoop over = scoot over

Runroader = roadrunner

As we were driving to swim lessons last week, Eden out of the blue said, "Mom, there are a lot of mailboxes in this town".  It's as if she had never even noticed that every. single. house in town had a mailbox sitting in front of it.

I absolutely LOVE this stage of language development.  There are so many things that a two year old messes up and no matter how many times you correct them, they are still going to say it their way.  It's almost sad when they finally figure it out and start to say it the right way.  Some of my favorites from Lily right now are:

I dum = I'm done.

I doke = I'm cold.

Scoop over = scoot over (I don't know who started saying this first, Lily or Eden, but it stuck and now they both say it wrong)

Swimsoup = swimsuit (I LOVE this one! And since we are swimming almost every day, we hear this one quite often.)

haysnack = haystack (another favorite right now, especially since there are a lot of "haysnacks" in the field near our house)

Lily has inherited her brother's knack for mixing up compound words. (Remember when he called a suitcase a casesuit and a headache an achehead?)  One day after the zoo, we stopped to get a milkshake from Chick.Fil.A and from the backseat, she started shouting, "I want some shaky milk! I want some shaky milk!".

Out of the mouth of babes!  I can't wait to see what they come up with next! 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Photo Dump

It's time for an iPhone photo dump.  We've been busy the last few weeks!
Parker finished up his regular tball season at the end of May.  His coach, Coach Joe, was always calling them "little men", so we decided to play a little joke on him after the last game.  All of the boys put on mustaches for the last team huddle to show Coach Joe that they had grown into little men throughout the season!  We had such a good season and are so thankful to Joe for giving up his time and weeknights to work with our boys.  With his encouragement, they all learned a lot and made so much progress.  Go Indians!
Lily thought it would be funny to wear Parker's baseball cap!  I'd definitely cheer for her if she was on my team!  She might not get any home runs but she would by far be the cutest one on the team!
We spent Memorial Day weekend cooking out with friends.  We were invited out to Trip's house and Cole's family came too.  The kids swam, played baseball and ran around having lots of fun.  I was so busy visiting that this is the only picture I got.  Lily and Eden both had fun playing on this rope swing while the boys were playing baseball.
The end of May marked another milestone in Eden's life.  After two years of attending Sonlight Express on Wednesday mornings, Eden will no longer be going.  Next year, she will go to preschool on Wednesday mornings so Lily and Granna will go without her.  Mr. Reed has been such a wonderful teacher and is always so patient with Eden.  I know she will miss him next year.
Lily can now ride her tricycle without any help.  Can you tell how proud she is?!?!?
Two days after the tornado, both Parker and Eden came down with the stomach bug.  The three of us were up all night long puking and watching Tom and Jerry.  Since we all three couldn't fit on the couch comfortably, we drug Parker's mattress into the living room and made a makeshift infirmary.  I sure hope I don't have to do that again anytime soon.
One afternoon, while I was in the kindergarten pick up line, my mom called and told me that Lily had a bad rash on her legs.  I called her pediatrician and she said it was an allergic reaction to something she had come in contact with.  The rash would get better with Benadryl but would flare up a couple of times a day.  After three days, I finally took her to the doctor.  They did blood work that came back normal and could never give me a definite answer to what made her react that way.  After lots of brainstorming, we narrowed it down to either some raw, unfiltered honey that she ate or a new scent of laundry detergent that I had used a few times.  We may never know what it was but I am thankful that it hasn't come back since.
At one point the rash spread to her arm and looked like a smiley face!
Eden's last day of school was supposed to be Water Day.  She was so excited about it and couldn't wait to play in the water with her friends.  Unfortunately, plans were changed when school was dismissed early due to a chance of severe weather that included more tornadoes.  Eden was a little disappointed that her last day didn't go as planned, but we are still so thankful for a wonderful year of preschool with Miss Tammy and can't wait to go back next fall.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Happy 15th Anniversary!

It's hard to believe that it's been 15 years since we said "I DO".  There have been good times and bad, but the good far outweigh the bad and there is no one I'd rather share my life with.  I can't wait to continue on this journey of life and see where it will take us next. 
Thank you for taking me as your wife 15 years ago!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Now You See Me...

Now You Don't!!!
Lily's newest trick is to "hide" when a) she's in trouble, b) she knows she's done something wrong and doesn't want to get in trouble and c) she doesn't want to have her picture made.
I really think she thinks she's hidden and that we can't see her!  It's so hard not to laugh every time she does it!  Some of the things they come up with at this age are just so priceless!  

Monday, June 17, 2013

I Just Can't Get Enough

The freckles.
The sunglasses.
The braids with ringlet curls on the ends.
I just can't get enough of this sweet girl!  She melts my heart every day and I'm so thankful that she's mine!  I love you, Eden Catherine!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Happy Father's Day

... To the most fun, courageous, dedicated, loving, encouraging daddy I know!  Parker, Eden, and Lily are so lucky to have you in their lives!  Thank you for all you do for our family.  We love you very much!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Birthday Celebration #2

On Tuesday, our actual birthday, my entire family (minus Lily and Ryan- we're crazy but not THAT crazy!) enjoyed a Rangers game together.  I can't remember the last time we've all been to a game together and we had a great time!  The kids did pretty good as long as we kept giving them something to eat!  Nachos, cotton candy, peanuts, and gum helped them last until the 7th inning.
It felt like we played musical chairs throughout the game... every time I looked up, one of the kids was in a different seat.  But they all got a turn sitting with Granna, which they loved! 
Our seats were on the third deck but they were in the shade the entire game which made the 95 degree weather a little bit easier to take.  And it's probably a good thing that we were so high up and weren't sitting in foul ball territory because I'm pretty sure I was distracted by the kids during 99.9% of the game! 
This is a horrible picture but it's the best one we got to prove that we were all there!
It was such a fun evening even though the Rangers lost!  This will definitely go down as one of my favorite birthday celebrations ever!  I'm so thankful for all of my family who set aside not one, but two nights to help Emily and I turn 36!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Birthday Celebration #1

Emily and I celebrated our 36th birthday this past Tuesday. 
We had two different family celebrations that were very different but equally fun! We started on Sunday with dinner at Joe T Garcia's.  In order to get seated immediately (which is very important when feeding six hungry kids under six), we could only have our table for an hour due to them needing the table for a later reservation.  It ended up being great because we got served quickly and there was very little down time to have to entertain six squirmy kids.
 Our loves!
After dinner, we let the kids throw pennies into the wishing fountain.  Parker's wish was for a pet of his very own.  I told him that as soon as my wish of winning the lottery came true, I'd let him get a pet- ha!
After dinner, we headed over to Central Market for cake, presents, and playing on the playground.  As always, the kids had a great time playing together, except for the kid who slugged Ryan for no reason and taught my kids the new word "butthead".  (Gotta love parents who don't watch their kids on public playscapes!)
 The cake balls were a hit, especially with Lily who ended up wearing more than she ate!
 The ice cream was also a favorite.  Do you think Ryan liked his ice cream?!?!?
I was so excited to get a Kindle from Cory and the kids.  I've been wanting one for a while and can't wait to take it on our cruise next week.
Spending my birthday with my family was all I wanted.  Everything else was icing on the cake.  And I'm so thankful that I get to share my birthday with Emily- my womb mate, sister, and friend!