Thursday, June 28, 2012


It constantly amazes me how kids look at things, with such innocence and awe!  This little butterfly was found fluttering helplessly in the pool and thankfully Ashton was there to rescue her!  Casey helped Ashton get her out and then it was Ashton's turn to care for her.  The kids were mesmerized as she worked to dry her wings off and get herself in flying condition again.  The kids we sad later in the day when they went to find her and she had flown away.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday Reese

Happy 2nd Birthday sweet Reese!  Oh how we love you more than you will ever know!  There are a few things I want to remember about this time so I am going to try and break them down:

Nicknames: Reesey Peesey

Weight/Size: Roughly 25lbs, not sure how tall (haven't been to the dr yet) but seem petite to me.  You can still wear some 12 month shorts but for the most part 18 month clothes fit you the best...2T is a bit on the larger size

Food Likes: Hot Dogs, Cookies, Cheetos, Watermelon, Broccoli (takes after her mother), Spaghetti, Lucky Charms (picks the marshmellows out), cucumbers, chocolate....honestly you aren't that picky and will normally try anything, but you have a tendency to request something and then take 2 bites and call it done which can be VERY frustrating

Other Likes: ASHTON (or in your words As-ton), Mr. Spook (wish the feeling was mutual), baby dolls, mimicing big brother, swimming, being outside, DADDY...favorite word to say "Dada, Dada, Dada" over and over again

Dislikes: Bedtime---you don't want to miss a thing, sharing (working on this, but you are a stubborn little girl and have no problem telling someone NO even when they say please)

Sleeping: Speaking of bedtime...why are my children such night owls and early risers???  Usually asleep by 8:30ish (on a good day), up by 6 nap during the day normally about an just don't want to miss anything!

Milestones:  You have gone pee-pee on the potty a few times which is awesome!  You are showing signs much earlier than your brother that you are interested in potty training so we have started working on this and hope over the next few months we can drop the diapers.  You have also started talking so much and using phrases/sentences.  I am amazed by how much you changed in just the last month and how clear you can speak.  You love to sing the ABC song but your absolute favorite is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with Patty Cake as a close second.  You can also count to ten.  You amaze me how you are able to navigate an IPAD and an IPhone.  There have been moments where your dad and I have looked at each other and have tried to figure out how you have managed to do the same time, to your dad's frustration, you manage to reset his Iphone/IPad at least once a week if not more. 

Reese, you are just BEAUTIFUL, both inside and out!  Your blue eyes and dimples tend to melt everyone's heart that you meet and I am not going to lie, it doesn't get old when people tell me how cute you are, because I just have to agree (I may be a little biased).  I can't wait to see you in your role as a Big Sister.  I know some people worry about "middle child syndrome" but I feel very confident you will always know your place and make your presence known.  Oh how your Dad, Ashton and I love you and the rest of the family.  Happy Birthday precious girl!

For this special Birthday you got your first American Girl Doll Bitty Baby and then many accessories to go with her...

Mo and Mimi gave you the Bitty Better kit and then another baby doll, which was my first baby doll when I was a little girl, along with the baby bed that my Great Uncle had made.  I am so glad my mom held onto all of these things and that I have a daughter that now gets to enjoy them all.

Saturday morning, Mimi, Ashton and Aunt Jac all helped to make a Birthday cake and cupcakes.  Boy did you enjoy them!!!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mmmm Icing

I have a new helper in the kitchen!  While Ashton was at the lake with Mo, Mimi, Jac, Capt. Mark, Nannie Marge and his cousins, Reese stayed back with Mommy and Daddy and we had some cookies to make.  I wanted to make princess crowns, Spiderman and Batman for their Birthday party and I had the perfect helper.  The best part?  No one to share the icing bowl/spoon with!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Fish in the Water

It's hot outside and it is only going to get hotter.  So pretty much everyday the kids ask to go swimming.  Ashton amazes me it how much he remembers from last summer.  Now I am not saying the we have the next Michael Phelps in our house, but we definetely have a little boy who LOVES the water and has retained enough to make Mommy & Daddy comfortable with him in the pool without floaties.  Occassionally he will ask to put some on, most of the time it is after he has been swimming for a while, and is looking for something to hold him up, I can't blame him.  If you watch him, you will see that he gets a major work out everytime he swims.  Reese on the other hand took a bit of time to warm up to the water this summer.  But in the last week and a half, and getting her a puddle jumper, she never wants to get out.  Thankfully Mimi, Nannie Marge, Molly and Grandpa all took turns this week spending time in the pool with our little fishies, and I finally remembered to pull my camera out.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Happy (Early) Birthday!

This weekend we celebrated with a Princess and Superhero themed Birthday Party at Bouncing Bears to celebrate Reese's upcoming 2nd Birthday and Ashton's 5th Birthday.  Even though we still have a few weeks until Reese's actual day and a month until Ashton's, I wanted to have their party early as their little brother will most likely be making his debute sooner rather than later according to the doctor.  So Saturday we headed out to the bounce place and let the kids have a great time.  Last year I did their party at the house, and while I loved that party, this year I decided to make it easier on everyone and have it somewhere else.  Ashton picked "the bounce place" and Reese had a great time.  Sorry for so many pictures, but didn't want to leave any out.  And thank you to my photographers who ran around snapping pictures so I could stay off my feet!

Birthday Girl and Boy

I like cupcakes

Grandpa & Molly

 School Friends, Evie and Lily

 One Happy Birthday Boy!

Best friends, Sage & Lia

 All Ashton wanted was cupcakes (even though he just ate the icing)

 My two loves...

 She LOVED the slides, no fear for Super Girl

I am pretty sure Aunt Jac had as much fun as the kids

Best Friends, Saniah & Reese (they are 12 days apart)

 A little love from his favorite Aunt

He was wringing wet with sweat when it was time to eat

This is getting intense!

There is my happy girl!

Best Friends, Ashton & Brendan

Me and Jac

 Uncle Chris and Amber, so glad they came down for the party too!

Mimi and Cash

Grandpa and Molly with Walker & Cash, getting ready for another grandbaby

Molly & Cash

Ms. Luci, Ashton adores her!

Ms. Lia, too cute!

Sage having a great time!

Sweet Avery, she is just so adorable!

It was a great party!  I can't belive next year I will be hosting one for three kids!!!!