Monday, June 30, 2008

Things I never thought I would say

Here's a few things I've had to say today that I never would have imagined having to say. They can speak for themselves about how today has gone =)

  • Don't eat the peas out of the trash can
  • Don't eat the banana out of the trash can
  • Why would you lay on top of your sister while she's crying?
  • Don't play in your throw up
  • Did you throw up again? Don't swallow it. Spit it out.
It's been a fun day.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Some Firsts

We had a big weekend of first time experiences for the girls. The big exciting one is maybe going to be a little gross for those of you who don't have kids =) But yesterday for Elliana's 14 month celebration, she went #2 in the big girl potty!!! And no, I'm not trying to potty train her yet, but still very exciting that I had one less poopy diaper to change yesterday. I really do think she did know what she was doing when she was up there though. I won't go into the gross details to tell you how I know though =) Pretty fun stuff for a mom who hates changing dirty diapers!

Avery also ate her first corn on the cob this past week. Being from Iowa, I've always been pretty picky about my corn on the cob. You usually can't get really good corn in the South. But I found some this past week, and we all enjoyed it tremendously! You can't beat hamburgers and corn on the cob in the summer =)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Weekend in Review

We spent the last few days in Duncan visiting Brent's family. It was a whirlwind of a weekend, but the girls had a lot of fun. As you'll be able to see from the pictures, we didn't stop all weekend. We'll just say that we got home at 8:00pm on Saturday night, and Brent and I were asleep by 9:00pm. Here are some of the highlights =) To see the rest, go to our web album at

Here are the girls playing at the splash park. They had a blast playing and throwing water on MaMa and Gramps!
Kiddiland is a little amusement park in Duncan. It just has 4 rides, and Avery and Elliana had a blast! There's a little park next door so we played there as well.

Breakfast with Gramps...a chocolate cupcake =) Avery has been going to a lot of birthday parties lately and so keeps asking when her party will be. Last week when she was talking to Gramps on the phone, she asked him if she could have her birthday cake while she was there. Of course he delivered with this really cute cupcake. Unfortunately, we were so busy all weekend the only time we were home to eat it was Saturday morning! Avery thought she was in heaven =)

Amber's baby shower. Here Avery is trying to tickle the baby in Aunt Amber's tummy =) Elliana stayed home with Brent and attempted to take her morning nap. Why is it that when kids are exhausted, they can't sleep?!!!
We ended the shower with a very tired Avery who tripped, fell, and hit her head on the corner of the table. This bloody gash is the evidence. It wouldn't be bad except Avery is petrified of bandaids, and she is even more petrified of people touching her owies. We'll just say cleaning up this one was interesting =)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

It Has Arrived!

Brent's deer has finally arrived, and it is already hanging in his office. It came just in time as we said good bye to all the deer in the freezer this past weekend. Not that we actually ate all of it already. I accidently left the garage freezer door open last week when I grabbed some meat out of it, and so all that was left was ruined. I have to admit though that I was not sad to dump the remaining meat in the trash! This deer was pretty big and so a little gamey. We've been eating it for 8 months, and I was definitely ready for some meat without the extra kick! Below are some pictures of his deer as well as the rest of his office in the new building.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Father's Day Weekend

Avery getting some hugs from "the big mouse"
Elliana and Avery riding in the truck together
Going for a walk with Grandpa. Elliana is suddenly attached to this apron. She wants it and her princess crown on all the time!
Blowing bubbles with Grandpa and Grandma

We got lucky on Father's Day weekend. Not only did the girls get to have fun with their daddy(who by the way is the greatest dad ever), I got to have fun with my daddy as well! My dad had meetings in Plano last week, so after the meetings, they came over to spend some time with us. We had a great time. The girls had their first experience at ChuckE Cheese and lots of bike riding and bubble blowing time with Grandpa and Grandma. Avery loved saying Happy Father's Day all day and even prayed (unprompted!!) that daddy would have a happy father's day. I hope both dads had a great weekend! We love you!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Finger painting anyone

I watch a couple kids 2 days a week so I try to have fun things planned during those days. We usually spend the afternoon in the pool or sprinklers, but yesterday the weather didn't cooperate. Luckily last weekend I had picked up some crafts on the clearance isle of Target, and we were able to have a finger painting and sand art afternoon. Sorry there's aren't any pictures of the sand art! Have you ever tried to pour sand into a little bottle with a 13 month old, a 19 month old and a 2 year old? There are no extra hands for a camera!! But here's some of their finger painting creations. They hand a blast. Notice the difference between the two older girls. Libby uses one finger and Avery uses her whole hand, arm, and yes, even her toes! Avery is my little creative artist. She loves it.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Elliana's first haircut

I gave Elliana her first haircut last week. She's getting her first haircut just a few months after Avery got her first hair cut =) Its kind of fun to have a kid who has hair before her 2nd birthday! Here are some pictures of her first cut. I took about a 1/2 inch off the back. She was beginning to grow a mullet!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


This is just a cute short video of Elliana. She has started to imitate animal sounds so I thought I would capture it on video. When she does the elephant sound, notice the arms always go up in the air. That's supposed to be the elephant's trunk raising when she makes the noise =)

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Turning 30

Its official. I have left my 20's. It was a great time though. My sweet husband, who knows me so well, planned the perfect family weekend for me. Over the years, we've discovered Brent likes gifts but could care less about cakes, cards, or having a special day. I, on the other hand, am completely opposite. So this year, Brent may have pulled off my favorite birthday ever, complete with a cookie cake (my favorite)! He more than succeeded in making my 30th birthday one of the best memories I have.

Monday, June 02, 2008


I've been waiting to post about Elliana until I could get some good pictures of her doing the things she loves to do, but she won't sit still long enough (if that gives you any idea of what she's like)! Elliana is our little sweat heart who continually keeps us laughing. She loves reading books and you'll often find her in front of the book shelves reading all the books. She gets so excited when I sit on the floor and tell her that I'll read a book to her. She goes running to the shelf and picks out her favorite books, runs back to me, and crawls in my lap to read. She's not one that you can just describe pictures to either. She wants you to read every page and she sits there enthralled while you read.

She is also my little climber. Determination is the adjective I would use to describe her. She will find something to climb and work at it for 30 minutes until she can teach herself how to climb it. She's figured out how to climb into the bathtub, onto Avery's bed, up the ladder on the play equipment in the backyard, onto the couch, and everywhere else I don't think its safe for her to be =)

She loves to play and play hard, but she's also a cuddle bug. She loves to hug everyone and love on all her friends. I love that she'll just climb into my lap and lean against me and cuddle for a few minutes. How can you have a bad day after a few minutes of cuddling with your baby?