Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Circus (An Event that Happened a Month Ago)

Even though it is a daily circus around here, we decided that Anna and Kyle would LOVE the circus.  And, Brice too of course but he went when he was three so this would be Anna and Kyle's first experience.  As it all turned out, Brice had his basketball party at the same time so he and Justin met the rest of us there a little late.

The theme was about "Build a City" or something like that so Kyle LOVED the dump truck and paint truck that came out.  He also thought it would neat if "the tigers need to get out of the gate".  Um, no.

It was a fun family day!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

'Da Boys

Today, was checkup day for the boys.  Nine years for Brice and 30 month for Kyle.  Both are healthy and tall...which I knew.  Kyle hadn't had a nap so it got a little rough towards the end of the visit.

75 lbs-77%
56.25 inches-92%

34 lbs 2oz- 87%
38.5 inches- 91%

I will update this post with some pictures and the personalities of each kid soon, but for right now, I am going to go eat some ice cream and watch American Idol.  Yes, I still act like I am in college, what can I say??

Grateful for healthy, sleeping kids.

I am back.  With some pictures of our most recent birthday boy.  Brice chose a SkyZone party this year which is a trampoline "park".  If I were a kid again, I would go bonkers over this place.  All I could think about though was who was going to break their leg, arm or neck?.  I felt very responsible for all these boys and my own three.  It was, so much fun for the boys though as well as Anna, her friend Hannah and Kyle and Jack.  They were worn out after the hour of jumping!! 

Brice continues to be such a joy of a kid.  He is a model student in school, as well as in extra curricular activities.  He is a wonderful big brother, always patient, and willing to help them or play with them and as of late, even make breakfast for them!  It is very hard for me to believe that he is nine years old now.  He has braces now and I swear gets taller everyday.  It is fun to see him develop into a big kid and yet hard for me to let my oldest not be "little" anymore.  He has always acted older than his age but still, there is a young guy living in my house, stinky baseball socks and all.

Here are some pictures from his birthday morning and party...

 Thanks to my Dad for capturing all these shots.  Not easy when everyone was in constant motion!
 Justin jumped quite a bit himself and then helped keep Kyle safe on the big kid parts of the park.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sledding videos

I only have two videos on here. Justin took SO many including the ones with Kyle. He finally wanted to sled the second day when it was bright and sunny.


This next one is me sledding down the hill. We really had such a good time but were all glad when the snow melted and school was back in session!


Here is one more of Justin and Brice coming down our street.  This one is from my actual camera.


Friday, February 14, 2014

Snow Fun!

Although I am snow ready for our routine to be back to normal and the kids to go to school for a whole week we have had Snow much Fun this past week.  Here are just a couple of pictures and quick videos from our three days of snow.  Tuesday, it started and after being at school for two hours, Justin had to go get Brice.  Then it stopped only to start again early, early Wednesday morning.  It wasn't until Wednesday night though that we really got a ton.  I would say we got between 4 and 5 inches!  Wednesday was our best sledding day and the kids had such a great time. Thursday was fun but the sun came out and the temperature increased so a lot of it melted or became slush very quickly.

 Brice and Anna had the best time sledding even though it was sleeting while they were doing it.

 Kyle did not really care for the snow and if he got wet at all, he wanted back inside.  I did buy him a pair of snow pants but he wouldn't put them on.
 A little pouty face.

 I finally was able to borrow Brice's sled so that I could take Kyle down.  He enjoyed the ride part of it but the sleet was hurting his little face and he just wanted to come back in.  On Thursday, he enjoyed sledding with Brice more while going down a smaller hill.  I will post videos soon.  Also, Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!  I dropped the ball on changing the blogs background for February but the snowflakes still seem very fitting and so I just changed some colors around for the "holiday".  Also, soon to come, circus pictures as well as our birthday boy!  Nine on Sunday!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


I use the quotation marks because let's all be honest, this is not true sledding.  Even though most of the state has sheets of ice for roads, streets and driveways, here in Flowery Branch our driveways only got a dusting.  I have seen videos of people's houses a county away that are really sledding down their entire street.  I am bummed for my kids because they would have loved that!  We just down "do snow" here in the South.  I have one pair of snow bibs that would fit Anna but "I don't wear overalls, Mom."  Well, excuse me girlfriend.  If she only knew the benefits!  I have one pair of waterproof gloves.  The kids have nice heavy coats, warm but not waterproof gloves but that's about it.  For those of you who follow this blog and don't live in Georgia, you have seen the news by now and what a disaster this city has endured the past 24 hours.  Justin's poor dad walked for three miles home after being in the car stuck for 6+ hours...misery.  We are so thankful he did what he needed to do to get through it mentally.  Please continue to pray for those who are stranded or have yet to see their families since leaving for work or school yesterday morning.  And, of course for the medical personnel, and service workers who still have hours and hours ahead of them.  Thank you, Jesus, we were all home and together and warm!

Monday, January 27, 2014


Yesterday I went to Publix and ran into one of the neighbors.  He asked how our new year was going and I told him good, except that I am tired of the cold here.  He said, "Well, at least it hasn't been snowing."  True, but still, I feel frozen all the time.  Speaking of "Frozen", if you haven't seen that movie, run, don't walk to your nearest theater.  You will then need to head to the nearest store with soundtracks and purchase it so you can learn all the words to all the songs.  Well done, Disney, well done.

But still, I don't mind looking at others cute and bundled up for the snow and ice, I just don't want to be in it myself.  However, this boy LOVES the cold.  And, if I looked this cute, perhaps I would too!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Disney World- Day3

On Saturday, we headed back to the Magic Kingdom because, well, it's the best!  And, we had a very special appointment for Anna, Bibbidi Boppity Boutique!  We had some time beforehand though so we did some rides and made sure we went and drove the race cars in Tomorrowland for Kyle.

 This little boy was so excited to ride/drive a car!  He kept telling Justin what color he wanted.

 His official driver's license.  Watch out when these two really start driving!

After some rides and the cars, I took Anna to meet Rapunzel before her appointment.  She was VERY excited to meet her until she could see me sweating the time and then all she could ask about was being late to the Bibbidi Boppity Boutique.

 Great Snow White, don't ya think??!

For those of you that don't know what Bibbidi Boppidi Boutique is, it is relatively new at Disney World.  Your child can go the salon and pick out an outfit (princesses for girls/pirates for boys) and then have their hair and makeup done as well as a thousand other options that they try to sell you!  It is quite overwhelming for an adult to make choices in that place, much less a five year old with sparkling dresses and crowns and accessories hanging all over the place.  However, it is done so well with their "transforming" abilities.  When we first arrived, Anna was able to choose which princess she wanted to "become" and she chose Sofia, which thankfully had JUST come in to the boutique the day before.  We had stopped by the "Castle Couture" shop before because I didn't think they had Sofia dresses available at the boutique.  Anna had trouble understanding the whole thing and so we ended up just going to the salon and it all worked out!  So, after you pick your princess and "package", you wait with your special invitation.
 Also, consider this the BEFORE picture...

After a little anticipation brews, one of the "fairy godmothers" comes and gets you to get dressed.  They take you to the back and after saying, "Bibbidi, Boppity, Boo!", they open the dressing room curtain and there is YOUR dress hanging there ready for you to get into it.  Anna wanted one of the fairy godmothers to get her dressed and was disappointed when she was left with me!
Then you wait a little longer until the whole process begins in the chair...I wasn't sure how Anna would like this because she wants her hair down and "free" most of the time and if there is a special occasion and I offer to put a little make up on her, she says no.  However, she was in. her. element.
The fairy godmother that Anna had was wonderful and sweet and a good fit for Anna.

And, the nails...
The makeup...
Final touches...
Ta Da!!!!
She was so cute and very excited to be all made up.  We stepped outside of the boutique, which is IN Cinderella's Castle, and there was no one standing around, so I had her stand in front of the mosaic tiles to get a picture.

Anna then wore her hair like this for a whole two more days.  When we arrived home, we had her soak in the tub for a long while to get all the "glue" out!  So gross.  She was able to keep all her makeup and two nail polish colors as well as some additional face gems.  They really did treat her royally.  I hope she always remembers turning five and getting to do this.

By that afternoon, Kyle was in need of a nap...

We split up at this point so that Anna could rest too and Brice and Justin could do some big kid stuff.  Then after dinner we stayed for the Electrical Parade.  This is one of my favorites.  They changed some of the floats from the last time we were there and they were really neat.  I had to post the next picture because she reminds me of a picture in a bride magazine when they tell the models to NOT smile.  I never understood this because aren't you supposed to be happy on your wedding day??!

This concludes our trip since I already posted Day 4. It was so fun and next time we go will be even more fun because Anna rode some of the roller coasters this time and will really love them next time.  And, Kyle won't have to take so many potty breaks! :)