Monday, November 3, 2014


Anna, my girl. My kindergartener. My light, my sunshine. This girl has grown leaps and bounds in the past year. She has matured so much. She is so very independent and loves how much she can do by herself. She gets herself up every morning, gets dressed, brushes her hair and comes down for breakfast. She then packs up her school bag complete with snack and water bottle. She is loving and rocking the kindergarten world. We have also discovered just how competitive Anna can be when it comes to school! While I want her to be driven, I do hope this does not lead to unwarranted stress. She can be quite boastful when she wants to be so we try to keep that in check as well. She is reading on a first grade, four month level and loves reading. She initially had trouble and still does some weeks with the full days of kindergarten and going five days, along with ballet and tap on Thursday afternoons. She is enjoying those classes so much as well, as tap is new for her.

Anna remains full of drama on most days (lots of prayers from me going up because some days I just don't know how to handle her!) but she is also such a wonderful sister to her two brothers. She will help Kyle with most anything and the two of them play so wonderfully together and giggles are constantly erupting from whatever room they are playing in. She does also try to mother him just a little too much here and there which frustrates him and leads to tiffs! He stands his ground with her just as much as she stands her ground with anyone. This girl is not to be messed with and yet still can be shy and not want me to leave her if she is uncomfortable somewhere.

Anna has been dying to lose a tooth and well, last week, October 28th, it happened! It was kind of loose one day and then the next day she wiggled it quite a bit but I could tell it wasn't going to come out no matter how much she wiggled it that day. Then over that weekend, I could tell it was uprooting. Monday went by and then Tuesday morning when I was dropping her off at school, she opened her mouth for me to look at it and I knew right then and there she would lose it at school. I prayed all day that she wouldn't misplace it, or swallow it, or bleed when it came out. She said her friend Landon (who hasn't lost any teeth) told her to move it with her top teeth and then she said it just popped out into her mouth and then she spit it into her hand. Her teacher had her take it to the clinic and they gave her a little tiny treasure box to keep it in. She was just busting at the seams when I picked her up from school that day!!! Couldn't contain her new smile! And, of course, she was super excited for the tooth fairy to visit. So that is the big event I was referring to in the last post about Anna! Our little girl who is rapidly becoming our bigger girl.

This past weekend, along with Halloween, brought Anna's Christmas performance for her ballet studio. They had a little trouble getting a better day for their performance so it was super early. However, this production is so beautiful and I just love it. The first half is excerpts from the Nutcracker and then the second part is the Christmas story complete with the dancers becoming the Advent wreath themselves. It is just a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas season, even if it is only November 1st. This does not mean that we overlook Thanksgiving. I put out my decorations today and love enjoying the month of November!

So, as you can tell, Anna is doing just so so well in her little life. I am so proud of her and she continues to amaze me daily with her energy and light and yes, even her sass!  Below are pictures from the performance and the tooth! Her class were Sugar Plum Fairy Angels....her best costume yet which unfortunately we don't get to keep (the studio reuses them every year). Seriously, they just looked beautiful onstage and this was the first year of these costumes.

And, the tooth. I only had pictures on my phone from the day it happened.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!!!

We just finished up another successful and fun Halloween night. No injuries, no crying, everyone waited for the little guy and there were no complaints. The weather turned cold pretty quickly this afternoon and so the adults were all bundled up. And, yes, Brice wore the same costume again. He enjoys being scary. Anna was Queen Elsa from "Frozen" and Kyle chose to be a shark this year. I'm not sure where he came up with this idea but we have had the costume for quite some time so...

I am also including on this post some pictures from our "pumpkin patch" that we went to on Monday afternoon in the 85 degree heat! No kidding. Quite ridiculous but we needed some pumpkins. Every year I want to go do a fun festival and pick pumpkins and do a hay ride. Life is crazy though and we always end up at the church down the road. The kids enjoy it enough and it has become tradition without it meaning to be. I know the money goes to a good cause so that makes me feel a little better about the cost!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kyle's First Trophy

I realize the past few, maybe four, posts have been about Kyle. I do still have the other two children around. However, Brice has long been over me taking pictures of him and Anna, well, she takes a long time explain! Kyle, he's easy. And, it's been a big fall for him. Actually, I was thinking the other day I am due for a post per child. Just typing up some day to day memories to always have about each child. And, Anna is about to have a big moment in her life, so she and Brice are VERY overdue for their own post.

All that to say, last Saturday, Kyle Patrick Reynolds hit the mother load when it comes to end of the season trophies. Granted, there was no winning or losing during this season. This was a pure "participation trophy" which my and Justin's generation has come to hate. However, Kyle is in Brice's room quite a bit, almost drooling over all of his trophies and wondering when he will get one of his own. Well, his wait is over. After his last game, we walked a few feet up to the picnic tables and had some ice cream with his team and Justin handed out trophies. These kids were just so cute this season and there will never be anything like watching a three year old play baseball. That big old helmet that makes them look like a bobble head and the shy smiles when they get a great hit and get to slide into the bases. Just. Too. Cute.

 He would NOT put his tongue back in his mouth for me to take a picture. What is it with boys??
And, yes, that is my other son standing behind Kyle in a Cardinals uniform. Woot! Woot!

Tapping home plate before getting in his batting stance. He has seen a few games, folks.

Not only did the boys receive a trophy, they also received a Mill Creek baseball shirt AND their pennant. They loved all of it!
 Running out to get his shirt from Justin. Justin presented the boys with their shirts.
 The best picture I have ever taken of Kyle...

His first trophy presentation by none other than his own daddy!

And, there it is, baseball fans. Kyle's first season in the books. Yes, the trophy is sitting on his dresser right where he can see it as he drifts off to sleep each night. The boy loves baseball. Go Braves!

Friday, September 26, 2014

His First Game

Kyle had his first game on Sept. 10th. And, yes I am way behind on this blog and updating. Sorry! But, I have to say, this game was so very incredibly cute. Kyle was super excited! He identifies with being a boy so much now and doesn't even like for Anna and I to ride with them over to the ballpark. He wants it to be just "the boys". The game is simple, no score is kept. They bat through the line up twice alternating sides after half their team bats. Then they sprint to the field! One hour, no batting cages. Easy and fun and boy do those kiddos love running the bases!

 Brice announced the boys' names over the PA system. Some of the boys were confused by it but all the moms loved it!!

 Best part...the snack afterwards.
And now for your viewing pleasure, "Now batting, #10, Kyle Reynolds!!!!"

Friday, August 22, 2014

Celebrating Kyle, "Thomas the Train" Style

We finally had Kyle's birthday party on August 10th. I felt really bad putting it off this long but we were trying to fit everyone's schedules and even still, my mom wasn't able to make it because she was in St. Louis taking care of her dad. However, this was the day after his first practice so he had a pretty kick-ass weekend!

Surprisingly, Kyle chose a Thomas the Train themed party over a "Cars" party. He has LOVED Lightning McQueen for about a year now but I asked him over and over and he always answered Thomas! It was just family and it was fun because Kyle was very excited and couldn't wait for his cake and to see everyone. I went pretty simple with the food and just did some wraps from Publix, chips, fruit and veggies and tea and lemonade.

I love celebrating my kiddos and their birthdays and even though this was simple and small, I still enjoyed seeing Kyle's joy at everyone being there to celebrate him!

 Cheeeessse! and below he is saying, "I'm threeee!"

Refreshment break before opening gifts.
 A little help from big sister on the first card.

 No McQueen themed party BUT, he still requested the wrapping paper. :)
 Thomas the Train underwear!!! Thanks, Grandma and Grandad! He also got a new pair of Thomas jammies, Curious George and Clifford books.
 This was his big gift from us. A track and Thomas train.

 Thanks Nana and Pa for the "Thomas outside chair"!

One more track for extra fun with the train "Dart". He also got several other trains from Nana and Pa, Gordon, Henry, and Toby.

This last picture was included because of the card. When you open it, it sings Happy Birthday and then you can "blow out" the candles. It's so cool and Kyle loves it! He is now officially 3!!!!