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!!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Long Awaited "First"

Along with the first week of school, we also had another first in the family. And this one has been a long time coming for our little guy. Time and time again he has watched Daddy and Brice walk out the door to either baseball practice or a game. Even though we always go to Brice's games, Brice and Justin leave before us so that Brice can take batting practice and warm up. This means Kyle stands at the door while they put their shoes on, and then he cries while they pull away.

Last season, when Brice was on the Cubs, Kyle had his very own jersey and wanted to wear it just about everyday. We were not going to sign him up to play until fall because 1) I wasn't ready to have three kids in activities just yet, 2) I think three is too young, and a young three at that and 3) he is technically too young to play anyway. But then the director of the park emailed Justin and said they needed one more coach and one more player for Rookie Tee Ball and with that all of Kyle's dreams came true. He picked the team name, the Braves and wore his cleats around the house for 24 hours. He even cleans them off when he gets home from practice. This boy is in his element.  And so, here are some pictures from his first practice.

 This picture warms my heart so much. Big brother helping little brother. Brice is so good with little kids. Patient and kind, I think he loves helping out too.

 Kyle was so good about staying on his "safety cone" as Justin named them. Below, Kyle is telling his teammate to stay on his cone!

My sweet little ballplayer is so excited to be out there. He talks about practice and wearing his cleats all week long before Saturday at 9am arrives! He may completely flip when the uniforms arrive!

Monday, August 11, 2014

A 4th Grader and a Kindergartener

Last Thursday was the day, the day my girl headed off to the real deal. Kindergarten. To say Anna was excited is an understatement. She has been so excited for this day. She was pumped about Open House and then she was very excited about the first day. No tears, no walking her in, just dropped her off at the door and in she went. She told me she was going to tell the teachers she didn't even want help getting to her classroom the first day. This is so not like me. This girl has so much confidence in herself. She is not even at the same building as Brice which made me nervous. But, not her! She had her clothes all picked out for three days prior and did not allow me to bring her new Frozen backpack downstairs. She kept it in her room and even made her own lunch!!!

Even though she has been running off of pure adrenaline for the past week, I can tell she is starting to dwindle. She has been tired after her full days and doesn't want to talk much when I pick her up. It will be interesting to see how she is holding up at the end of this week, a full five days...
I know she is ready for this though. She continues to mature a rate I am not prepared for! Anna will of course always be our baby girl and so last Thursday was difficult for me. As soon as she closed the car door and walked in, I completely lost it. And, then around lunchtime, Kyle asked where Anna was and that he wanted her. It was like a dagger in my heart. I just wanted to drive to the school and pick her up!

And, of course there is Brice, the big brother who was ready for school to start. I think his brain had started to shrink a little after doing nothing academic over the summer. So not like him, but I have noticed that the "cool factor" has come into play. After meeting his teacher, he was excited for Thursday as well. He changes classes for his subjects so he was a little nervous about their personalities but he has a great homeroom teacher. I think he will have a great year!

 In the picture below, she is pretending to be a wolf, a Buford Wolf!

 Thumbs up for kindergarten!

 Can't believe I have two kids in school!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The "Baby" Turns Three!

How can it be? Three?Where did those first three years go? I guess it is only natural that subsequent children try to be like their older siblings and drop the baby stuff early. Kyle certainly has in most areas of his life. At the same time though, I think he knows that he is the youngest and will always pull at my heart strings because of it. I can't help it. And, the fact that he is a momma's boy, big time! We debated on whether or not to tell him that it was his actual birthday today because we have had to push his party out a couple of weekends from now. I didn't want him disappointed that his "Thomas party" wasn't today. He did well with it though and tonight I said, "How old are you now?"..."FREEEE!"
So, maybe he does get it a little bit. Then tonight I was feeling guilty that we didn't do much of anything today to celebrate him. All of our relatives called and sang and he opened a couple of cards that have come in the mail so he did receive extra attention today. But, as I was cleaning up the kitchen I remembered what we did earlier today when we took some mail out to the mailbox.

Not many three year olds get to do this ON their birthday...

We are having our backyard landscaped. I am so excited and actually that is my birthday gift. The workers left the Bobcat and so when Kyle walked out there today I asked if he wanted to sit in it and of course the answer was Yes! Anna sat in it too but we will keep this post about Kyle.

You are quite the character and love to make all of us laugh, even if that means using potty talk! Those green eyes of yours win us over every time and are very hard to say no to. You are quick to hug us and give kisses to, and when I say kiss, I mean a kiss square on the mouth! You are a tough little guy and get right up after falling down. It takes a lot to make you cry when getting hurt and yet if your feelings are hurt, you will dissolve immediately. Time outs are few and far between for you because you are a good listener. When you do have to go to timeout, you don't like it but handle it well, not extremely emotional. You still love to watch Mickey Mouse on TV while eating just about anything, fruit, a "pouch", sandwich. Baseball is by far your favorite thing to play outside but you do also enjoy riding your balance bike. You are quite pleased with yourself when you hit off the tee and encourage all of us to clap for you! You are still a big snuggler and will climb into bed with us in the mornings for some good snuggle time (Anna and Brice were not like this!). You love to read books, especially Cars, Curious George and Clifford. You wear the same Thomas pajamas every night. Your shirts have to have something on them, a baseball, a fish, Lightning McQueen; no stripes or plain shirts for you. Socks are a must everyday unless we are going to the pool and usually they have to be navy blue. Blue is your favorite color. You and Anna are very good buddies and you idolize Brice. You will repeat word for word what Anna says even if it is not your own thoughts. Lately, you have been sleeping with a baby doll that Anna received from Nana when you were born. Anna named him "John" because she really wanted us to name you John. But, you have taken over his care and are really quite nurturing to him. It is so precious to watch you with him. Of course, then you will take a ball and sling it right at someone's face two minutes later! You really are such a fun little kid to be around and we are so thankful for your life. We can't wait to watch you grow and keep us entertained!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Finally, The Wedding!!

So, the real reason we went to St. Louis was to see my cousin get married. Oh, and Blaire and I were the readers so we were kind of part of the ceremony! This wedding was so incredibly beautiful I can hardly describe it. The Basilica Cathedral of St. Louis is so amazing that I would say it is better than some places you would see in Italy. Then the reception was in this ballroom on the top floor of the Renaissance Hotel in downtown St. Louis. SO GORGEOUS!!! Of course my pictures don't do it justice as do the professional photographer but here are some anyway.

 This is one tiny area of the cathedral ceiling. The entire place is mosaic tiles. I think I could sit in there for hours and still not be able to take everything in. It took Kristen, the bride, 87 steps to get down the aisle.

 Okay, the shirt tail. He had on a nice long sleeved shirt for the ceremony and it was too small and I could tell it was uncomfortable. I had brought this shirt to change him into but didn't plan on him wanting the tie on it. Oh well. And, that food he is holding, the toasted ravioli goodness. So yummy!
 Kyle and Uncle Josh comparing ties.
 My green eyed boy.
 And, my awesome parents who were a huge help to me during our trip there.
 This is just a small glimpse as to what each table looked like. Everything was covered in flowers and candles, so elegant.

 I couldn't stop taking pictures of this girl because the lighting was perfect this time of day in this ballroom and then the huge windows let the light come in even more. She finally had had enough of me!
 Yes, this cake tasted just as amazing as it looks. Note: Please look at the cake topper carefully.
 So, Uncle Josh kept swooning Anna with flowers and then she would drop it and the stem would break, so he would get her another. She even brought one back to the house with us and had me put it in some water. She just loved all the flowers.
 There they are!!! Kristen and Drew! They are a perfect couple and I am so happy for them and that I was able to be a part of their special day.

 Did you look at the cake topper?? How cool they matched her shoes and how awesome are her shoes, period?? Anna was in true love with these things.
 I really wished I had someone take this picture so I could have been in it. Oh well, Kristen was a busy bride greeting everyone so I was trying not to be a pest. :)
After dinner, the dancing started! It was a very fun wedding and I would have stayed longer but I had two sleepy children to get back to the house. The kids did have a great time though. Here is Kyle on my cousin Jonathan's shoulders enjoying the view and dancing. Neither Anna nor Kyle actually danced on their own two feet. They were just held while that person was dancing!

 And, here is Uncle Josh and my mom's best friend from high school. Josh went over to the window to dance because there was an A/C vent blasting the cold air. Kris then joined him and then they started this whole thing with the tray and who knows!!

And, that concludes our St. Louis trip! We drove home the next day and rested for five days before leaving again to go to the beach. I will try and post those pictures soon. Getting these kids prepared for school this week. They go back next Thursday!!!