Monday, December 8, 2014
This is easily my favorite post of the year. I am so in love with these pictures, especially the ones of my kids! I Look at them all the time in complete awe. Stacie (Click link) captured their little personalities wonderfully. The day of pictures, I was sure we would only get a couple good ones. My kids were less than cooperative and I was pretty frustrated about it. Oh ye of little faith. Stacie is a miracle worker! I love her and I'm so sad they are moving away soon. Houston is gaining a wonderful family and great friends!
Sunday, November 2, 2014
A couple months before school started, we decided to try and get Abby into pre-k. It was a tough decision for us because she already knew so much and pre-k ain't free... We decided it would be a good stepping stone for all-day, every day kindergarten next year though, so we signed her up and got the very last spot in her school.
Abby was so excited and so nervous but she's loved every day. On the first day of school we all took her in, she gave us all hugs and sat right down to color. It helped that she knew one boy in her class from church, but she still got a little upset once we started to leave. After a little reassurance, we left her in the classroom with several crying kids and a prayer that all would be well.
A month or so ago, my sister, Beth, announced that she was throwing a halloween party. We all laughed at her... but holy cow did she deliver. She made invitations and sent them out (to our family! ha) and when the night finally came, it was fantastic.
Somehow Heather's picture made the cut twice.
The night was fantastic.
We headed over after going trick or treating around the businesses in our town. The kids had a blast at the party and already asked if there will be a party next year. I think I already know the answer to that!
I'm so grateful for Paul. He really stepped up and made her night. She had been so sad about all the things she'd missed over the weeks prior, and she was just sick again this weekend where we had to miss a birthday party and our ward truck or treat. I don't know whats going on to cause all this sickness, but it better go away soon!
Whoever thought carving pumpkins with kids was a good idea is my kind of crazy. We've done this for two years now and my kids love it! Giving them sharp objects and letting them hack away? Awesomeness. Abby and Paul went all out this year with paint and bedazzling. Izzy just wanted to mess with the slop.
Look at all his cousins and friends! And these weren't even all of the ones that were there. We are so lucky to live so close to most of our cousins.
Biggest hit of the party? Balloons of course.
Pauls brother, Michael, his wife, Beth, and their two kids Caleb and Sarah come to visit Texas at least once a year. They usually come at thanksgiving, we go to Ikea and go camping with the Johnson Family and have a great time. This time they came in July to visit because Michael was assigned to deploy to Turkey with the family for at least two years. It was a super fun visit as always. We had a TON of fun and had a TON of blue bell. You can't get blue bell in Turkey ;)
We got to celebrate Beth's birthday! That hardly ever had happened before because they always lived so far away.
This is Paul's mom and dad and 3 of his 5 siblings. It would have been so much fun to have all the siblings together, but sometimes the distance to travel is too great. We still had a lot of fun.
I know they are having tons of fun in Turkey and it's a really great adventure for them! Its so fun to hear from them and see pictures of a place so far away. Miss you guys!
The 3rd and 4th are big deals around these parts. In Midlothian, they celebrate the 4th on the 3rd. I love it! On the 3rd we had the usual get together with food, treats and fireworks. My family was there, Pauls parents were there and a few friends came to join in on the fun. This year the fireworks show was pretty lame for some reason. But the company was great and we had s'mores. All was well.
On the 4th, we went to the parade in town. The kids LOVED it. We had a great time. When we got home we realized we grabbed the wrong key for the car... We got the key with no house key on it... and we went out through the garage which locked on us on the way out. So we were locked out of the house. We called a locksmith who couldn't get the locks open.. so after sitting in the car with the kids for over an hour, he drilled through the locks. Paul ran to the store to get two new locks because both of them were ruined from the guy messing with them. It was such a mess. Needless to say, we bought the same brand of locks because OBVIOUSLY they work. We vetoed the rest of our plans and hung out for the rest of the evening. :)