Sunday, August 10, 2014

Just a Typical Sunday

After church on Sundays I typically like to take a few pictures of the kids. I'm not sure when this started but the kids should be used to it, right?
 
We usually take a couple of pictures on the stairs and opt for outside.
I think they like this better. 
 
      

The kids have enjoyed my old Where's Waldo? books lately.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

My Gav

This has been a big year for Gavin. He started and finished Kindergarten, grew a bit, lost two teeth, performed in two choir performances, pretended to be countless super heroes, and played t-ball for the first time. I'm so proud of him because some of those things, especially going to school and playing a team sport for the first time, took lots of courage and hard work. 

The top pictures are from Gavin's first day of school and the bottom are his last day.
 That grin never changed! I can tell some physical change in him, but nothing compared to sister's first and last day of "school."
Gavin had an awesome school year with the sweetest teacher, but after countless packed lunches, forms filled out, and mastering the pick up line, I think this picture sums up how we all felt.
One of the things that most excited this little boy was his first loose tooth. I remember taking this picture thinking it might be one of the last before his first tooth fell out. This smile gets me every time!
And before we knew it, this happened.

His first tooth came out while he was eating an apple. I was upstairs at the time, and as he was coming up to tell me, he dropped his white tooth in our off white carpet. I was literally on my hands and knees with a comb trying to find it. I did find it several hours later during search number two. 

I think I have made the shocking revelation before that we don't celebrate Santa at Christmas. Well, Gavin also doesn't believe in the tooth fairy, but he was excited to see what was under his pillow the next morning. Both Dave and I wanted to go in his room, so we decided one of us would remove the tooth while the other put the money under the pillow. As I walked into Gavin's room, I looked behind me and see Dave crawling on his hands and knees like it's some covert operation. I nearly blew that operation because I trying to stifling my laughing. Let's just say we were successful and the Tooth Fairy has officially been demoted.  

Before we know it, we will be moving on from loose teeth to mustaches.
Gavin and I also went on our first mommy/son date while Dave and Ava went to a daddy/daughter dinner at church. Went to see the Lego movie.
He also played his first organized sport- tball, but I'll save more of that for later. However, this has to be one of my top favorite pictures of this kiddo.

 
After a rough time the first year Gavin did church choir, he had a much better time this past fall and spring. I think he was more comfortable on stage this go around. Something about this picture makes Gavin look eight and I'm not sure I'm ok with that.
One of Gavin's greatest accomplishments was memorizing 35 Bible verses in Awanas. He actually finished a little early in the year, so we added our own at home. Usually we worked on the verses together, but one day, I saw him reviewing the verse on his own. Oh how I hope he does this all his life!
Brother and sister went on many adventures this year. These two love each other so fiercely but also know how to push each others buttons. It looks like we might have a backseat driver.
  
 No child is perfect and Gavin certainly isn't but we are blessed that he desires to do what is right, is learning what is means to follow Christ and has a cheery disposition about 99.95% of the time.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Celebrate with Tigger and Pooh

A little note ~ I started Ava's birthday post months ago, probably not as punctual as six months ago when Ava's birthday was BUT I did at least start it. And I realized it never got published. I figure that before I post Gavin's birthday pictures, I should give sister some bloggy time.

Ava's second birthday was a lot of fun to plan and thankfully fairly inexpensive as we either had or made many of the decorations. The biggest expense was going to be the cake but at the last minute our cake lady had a family emergency.  So, I did not break my streak of making the kids' cakes. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves, but a big thanks to Pinterest and my husband for being there every step of the way.

For the invitations, we took pictures of Ava in the backyard with a few 100 Acre Wood friends. Dave then used his creative genius to design the invite. Several pictures were in the running, but we settled on this one.
Guests were greeted by the dancing and talking Tigger and Pooh my mother in law let us borrow. 
 

We may or may not have an assortment of large Winnie the Pooh stuffed animals. Each kid took their picture and got their copy in a thank you note. 
 
Ava is holding the only surviving Tigger from my toddler years and I had many.
 The party favors were bags of Honey Combs. As a parent I am realizing that less take home items, means less little toys to pick up everywhere. Excuse the Nutcracker in the background. It was four days before Christmas.
A lot of the food items came from various Pinned items. For the food labels, I took two Popsicle sticks, broke one in three pieces and hot glued them together on a cardboard base. Then I covered the base with moss and borrowed Pooh Bear's fancy writing style. 
 
 Here's Rabbit's Vegetable Garden and Roo's Ranch Dip as well as Piglets in a blanket.
 
The Hunny Bee cakes were simply white cupcakes I picked up and added white sprinkles and candy bees to the top.  
 
And while the cake did not look professional looking, I managed to hide some of the imperfections with ribbon and fresh flowers. The honey infused cake tasted pretty yummy though. So that the plush Tigger and Pooh could sit on top of the cake, I cut out a piece of cardboard into a circle and hot glued more moss to the top.
 
One of my favorite ways to decorate for parties are with flowers, pictures and books that tie into the theme. I have even snuck in some flowers for Gavin's parties before.
 
Since this was a party for a two year old, we tried to make the activities toddler friendly. First up- coloring pages. I bought a couple of terra cotta pots and painted them yellow on top to look like honey. Then added the word Hunny in black paint. Some of the pots were also used to hold utensils on the table.
It was cheap/cute decoration and one of these pots is currently used as decoration in our play room.
 The kids played toss the bees in the bucket. I glued some black felt around bean bags and added yellow felt stripes.
And of course there was pin the tail on Eyeore.
 And what two year old doesn't love a fancy new ride to cap off her birthday?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Bluebonnets- A Texas Tradition


 Oh, how I just love these two. They really do melt my heart. My sweet husband offered to take us to the Hill Country for Bluebonnet pictures, but I decided I really wanted to take pictures of the kids in the patches of bluebonnets at my grandparents' house. It made the pictures all the more special. My grandfather was in the hospital at the time, but my grandmother was able to watch the craziness that goes on taking pictures of these two. 


 

And while one of these two is a little less affectionate, they do love each other.

 

I got a few pictures of them together, but we find it's usually much easier to get separate shots.

 
 
 


 
 

 

Toward the end of the photo shoot, the kids had an impromptu round of Ring Around the Rosies.


And we all fell down. Some were just more happy about it than others.