Saturday, June 27, 2015

Happy 4th Birthday Colton

Happy Birthday Colton!!!  

You are FOUR years old today!

I can hardly believe what a BIG boy you have become this year!

You are becoming such a sweet big brother.   You love your baby sister Sydney.  She is definitely growing on you.  You will get so excited to see her and talk to her.   We do, however, have to remind you sometimes to be gentle and careful around her.  

You are so funny and have a big personality!  You keep us laughing all the time.  You love life and play with full force.  You constantly run and jump and laugh constantly.  You can have a little attitude and you let us know when you like or don't like something.  

You moved to a big boy bed around Christmas and you did great!  You love your bed and stay in there without any problems at night and in the morning.  

You had your first year of preschool and you did great!  You love school, especially your teachers!  You can wait to be in the 4's class in a few months!  

You love snack foods and could graze on food all day long.  You LOVE fruit and chips but it's hard to get you to eat meat.  We know you aren't the best eater but you'll come around some day!   You love playing outside and riding bikes and playing cars with Ryan.  

We are so thankful for your sweet spirit and tender heart.  You are the most fun person in our family and I know you will have that trait forever.  

I'm excited to see what God does in your little life over the next year.   He has big plans for you.  We are so thankful for you and can't wait to watch how He guides your path!  

Sunday, June 21, 2015

3 Months

Sydney - You are THREE months old!!!

I cannot believe you are three months old already!  Time needs to slow down!

You weigh 13 pounds and    inches long.  You wear size 3 month clothes and starting to wear some 3-6 month outfits.  You wear size 1 diapers during the day and size 2 at night.  

You eat a bottle every three hours during the day beginning around 7am.  You take five 5 oz bottles during the day.  We dropped your dream feed soon after you turned three months old.  You are sleeping through the night and we are SO glad.  You are still sleeping in the bassinet in our room.  Sometimes you wake around 3-4am but you are learning to self sooth and put yourself back to sleep.  We are SO glad you are good sleeper.

You are so sweet and love to look at mommy and smile and shrug your shoulders.  It's really the sweetest thing.  You are especially smiley in the morning after your first bottle.  You are really an easy baby.  You hardly cry and only fuss when you are hungry or tired and even when your tired you fall asleep easily.  

You are so content and love to watch your big brothers.  They love to make your smile and love talking and interacting with you.  

I LOVE seeing your beautiful smile!  You love to play patty cake!  You smile so big.

You looks a lot like Colton did as a baby.  You have lots of brown hair and big brown eyes.  

You have been going to the nursery at the Y for the last few weeks and have done great.  

It's hard to believe you are already three months old.  It's hard to remember what life was like before you were born.  You are such a sweet joy and we are SO SO blessed to have you in our family!  I can't imagine life without you.  Your sweet smile just lights up my world.  

You are starting to show more personality all the time.  A lot of people say you look like me.  I can't wait to see what you will look like at 6, 9 and 12 months but time needs to slow down.  

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Boys' Birthday Extravaganza

We celebrated the boys' birthdays on Saturday, June 20 at Let It Shine Gymnastics in Franklin.  We invited all their preschool friends and they were so excited to run, jump and be wild boys on the day of their party.  

The boys love, love LOVE Legos these days so we decided on a Lego theme this year!  

We had fruit, CFA chicken nuggets, pretzels, juice boxes and of course cupcakes!  

Ryan turning SIX and Colton turning FOUR!

I made Lego cookies for party favors.  I paired the cookies with little Lego kits for the kids to take home. 

Ryan and one of his good friends Nikel.  

Ryan and his sweet friend Anna. 

Britain and Bryce - two of Ryan's good friends from school.  

 The boys had a blast playing with their friends. 

Ryan showing off his moves. 

Ryan had the best time on the bungee.  He was fine as long as his feet would hit the floor.  The two coaches were so funny and did a slap stick routine.  The kids loved it and it was pretty hilarious.  They had the best time.  

Singing Happy Birthday!

 Thirsty...we need juice!!!

 It was a great and fun party and we are so thankful for all of Ryan and Colton's friends that came out to celebrate.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ryan's Birthday

Ryan has been counting down to his birthday for some time now.  He could not wait to turn 6!  His birthday was on a monday.  Matt took off work to spend the day with us.   I love that he takes off work on the kids' birthdays.  It means so much to our family!

We started our day by heading to the Pancake Pantry for a yummy birthday breakfast.  The boys were super excited.  

Matt and I have both been to The Pancake Pantry before but this was our first time together.  We had to wait in line but it went really fast.  I had forgotten how amazing are their pancakes.  Melt in your mouth.  

The boys were so excited for chocolate chip pancakes and chocolate milk - that's a lot of chocolate for two little boys!  

After our pancake breakfast we headed to the Adventure Science Center.  The boys went a few months ago with my in-laws when they were in town and the boys talked about it for days.  They were so excited when we told them they were going for the day.  

It's really such a cool place.  I think Matt enjoyed it as much as the boys.  

The highlight of the trip was this water table.  The boys played here for over an hour.  The exhibit is designed to show the blood flow through the body.  It has movable parts that create dams and waterways.  It's really neat and the boys could have played there all day.  

We spent a few hours at the museum then headed home to rest.  

I made Ryan's favorite meal for dinner, Hamburgers, then we had birthday cake for dessert.  Ryan requested a chocolate cake with vanilla icing in blue, red and yellow.  

It was a wonderful day celebrating our big boy.  I am so proud of him and so honored to be his mom!  

Monday, June 15, 2015

Happy 6th Birthday Ryan!!!

Ryan, today you turn SIX years old!!!!!!!

It seems like yesterday that I was pregnant with you and dreaming about meeting you for the first time.  I could never have imagined such a wonderful and sweet son!  

I have loved watching you grow from a tiny baby to a busy toddler and now a sweet little boy.  I love being around you and you bring your daddy and I so much joy!  

You have had the sweetest smile on your face since you were three months old and smiled for the first time.  You are so smart and so funny.  You love to make others around you laugh.  You have the sweetest heart of a little boy I've ever seen.  You love all cars, trucks and trains and you LOVE legos right now.  

This year you have learned to draw at preschool and can write your letters so well.  You love to draw pictures now.  You love music and constantly ask me to turn the radio up when your favorite songs come on.  

You are the kindest and sweetest little boy I have ever met.  You always want to help other people and are always concerned when you see someone struggling or seem down.  You always look out for your brother.  You guys fight a lot but you are mostly very sweet with Colton.  

You have never met a stranger and you say hi to everyone you see and will talk their ear off if they talk back to you.  You love people and you love life.  

You start kindergarten in just over a month and you are so excited!  You are going to do amazing.  

You are one of my favorite people in the world and I am so honored to be your mom.  God has BIG plans for you.  I pray you will always seek and follow after Jesus and point others to Christ!  

We love you so much Ryan!  Happy 6th Birthday Ryan!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Rosemary Beach Vacation Day 3 & 4

Day three, Monday, started out cloudy and overcast.  We hung at the house while we waited for the storm to pass over but by 10AM we were ready to get out of the house so we hit up the pool.  The pool in Rosemary was a HUGE hit and we all loved it.  It had three big steps that went across the pool.  It was perfect for the littles to play.  Colton is timid about the water so he hung out there most of the time unless he was with one of the adults. 

Ryan and Lillian Grace.  These two first vacationed five years ago in Myrtle Beach when they were little bitty barely one year olds.  My how they have changed and grown in to two sweet and adorable almost six year olds.   

This sweet nugget slept in my arms a lot on this trip. I didn't mind one bit! 

Lillian Grace and Colton playing on the Leap pad. 

The boys went and got doughnuts one morning.  The kids swarmed the boxes of sugary goodness.  

Tuesday it was still overcast but we decided to hit the beach anyway.  At least it wasn't scorching hot with the blazing sun.  Katie holding Mary Emily, Rooks in the blue hat, Colton on the right and I'm in the blue tent holding Sydney. 

This boy LOVED the ocean.  I'm convinced five is the best age ever to go to the beach.  Ryan had the best time from playing in the same and making tunnels and channels to splashing in the waves to looking for seashells.  He had a blast.  

Ryan making water channels. 

Colton enjoyed playing in the sand most of the time.  

Love this sweet boy.  

Colton had moments where he wasn't crazy about the beach and the sand.  He never really warmed up to getting in the ocean.  He spent most of the time in the sand.  He didn't like the sand on his hands and feet so he would get Ryan to get him a bucket a water and he would take each foot and wash them off then rinse each hand.  He's so funny!  

We hit of the pool in the afternoon after naps.  We all had a wonderful time at the pool.  Everyone was in a good mood and we all laughed and played.  

The boys trying to be just like daddy.  

This boy definitely picks the pool over the beach. 

And after a full day of the beach and the pool and lots of fun this was how we ended the day!  So sweet seeing all these kiddos lined up.  From left to right - Ryan, Colton, Rooks, Joseph and Lillian Grace.  Missing was Mary Emily and Sydney.  It was a full, noisy house that's for sure but one with lots of fun.