Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Allyson's 3 year check up

Little Miss had her 3 year doctor visit today. She was so talkative this morning about going to the doctor to make her feel better (Thank you, DocMcStuffins for making the doctors office a not so scary place) and couldn't wait to get her and Bubs a Sillypop {lollipop}.

She will usually freak out as soon as we pull into the parking lot, but she didn't today. She was amazing. Got on the scale and she stood still. She cooperated nicely while measuring her height.  She didn't even flinch when they pricked her finger for the hemoglobin. Whose kid was this?? 

Then the fun started. She didn't want to give a urine sample. No thank you, Mommy. I don't need to go potty in a cup. 

Vision test time. I was so proud of her standing there saying the letters instead of needing to point to the paper. Then it came time to put on the glasses that have one eye hole blacked out. Oh, how she thought it was so hilarious. So we skipped it and moved to the hearing test. 

Little Miss Manners returned and politely declined wearing the headphones. She wanted no part of them whatsoever.

She did great for her exam. After she the doctor was finished she told me "Mommy, I feel so much better!" thanks again Doc McStuffin. I can't believe how easy this was. I know I would be singing a different song had we had to get shots but thankfully she's all caught up. 

32.5 pounds
37 inches 

So proud of my little lady! She definitely earned her sillypop today! 

20 months

I'm not sure how but another month has come and gone. My sweet little guy is 20 months old.  

He's full of attitude. I wonder where he got that with 2 big sisters around. hmm.

He has learned to say No! and it's that cutest thing. He will wave his little hand. hmm NO! 
My little guy who would eat practically anything is getting more and more picky. 
His feet, oh they kill me. They are so little and just seem so baby to me still. 
He loves shoes! 

He loves football. He throws his fist into the air and says "foot-ba", his Daddy is proud. 

He's so worried about his sisters. The bond that he and Allyson has is amazing. When he wakes up and she's not awake, he'll ask about her. When she comes out he'll hug her and kiss her. She does the same to him. When Allyson isn't so nice to him, he comes and says Sissy, sissy, hamastfyls, while pointing to where ever she hit/pushed/took away a toy/stuffed animal, then come lay his head on me. He says sorry. 

He loves Aubrey too. Picking her up from school, he squeals with excitement. He hugs her and kisses her. She takes good care of her little brother and he knows it. 

He likes to head-butt my leg. Umm, is this normal? My girls never did this. He thinks it's hilarious. 

He still loves going outside. He will CRY if someone mentions outside and we don't go. 

He can climb into the van. 

He loves to have his hair styled. He will stand there and just be so patient and still {Maybe he could teach Allyson a thing or two} then when it's time to look in the mirror, he smiles SO BIG!! Oh my word it's the best and he will stick his arms out and say TA-DA!! Melts my heart every.single.time.
He loves to help with laundry and cleaning up toys. 

He's just completes our family. He's such a joy and I love him to pieces. He might be turning into a mama's boy. 

and can you believe this was him last year? Is that even the same child?? Talk about a baby and a little boy. His hair, oh I bet he has his curls in the back!! 

I think I'm going to go cry now, I miss my baby boy.  

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving! 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Student of the Month

On Monday, we were invited to an assembly for Student of the month and Aubrey was one of the kids getting an award and certificate. 

Here she is with the Principal and Vice Principal
This month's character trait is honesty. It makes my heart so full, watching her grow and being recognized for such a wonderful character trait. This can be a tough one for us at our house. It's not that Aubrey isn't honest because she is, but it's doing what's right when no one is around. Jumping on couch when she thinks we aren't looking. After we tell her no, she will tell Allyson to ask us.

It's just kid stuff, I know. It's nice that this is a trait that her teacher feels that she displays. 
Student of the Month 
During the assembly, Allyson kept asking if she could go up there. I wasn't sure what up there meant. I thought she mean sitting with Aubrey. After it was over I told Allyson she could go "up there" and she wanted to stand by the podium. Crazy kid. 
Aubrey is one incredible little girl, with such a kind heart. It was fun to go to her school and celebrate her. I'm one proud momma!! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hide & Seek with my 3 year old

I know I say all of the time, but these kids are growing too fast. On Monday, Allyson and I headed outside to play while Austin was napping.

Her idea of a great time outside is playing hide and seek.  And by hide and seek she means, run over to the tree and then pop out and scream BOO!

look at her locks of hair. Oh they are gorgeous!


She's so goofy. Has such a sense of humor. A copy cat. She's a talker! 


Cheese Mommy!! Cracks me up!!


She's just so much fun to play with. She can tell me what she wants to do, and how to do it. I cherish these times that just her and I share together. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Rainy Day

Yesterday when I picked Aubrey up from school it was raining and my girl was so excited. She's been checking the weather app on the iPod just waiting for the chance to wear her boots and splash around in puddles. 

When I picked her up she was thrilled because it was pouring!! Pouring down rain and it was amazing.  The smell of the rain, the sound, and the fun comes with the rain. Oh, how I loved it too. 


We came home from school and put on Allyson's rain jacket and got her new ladybug umbrella {how perfect is that?} If we just could have found her left ladybug boot, that would have made the outfit, but these worked.

Aubrey had the best time. Walking in the water, jumping, splashing, and looking up into the sky while the rain hit her face. 

Allyson, despite this picture of her crying, enjoyed it too. She still hasn't figured out how to keep the umbrella OVER her head. Sissy does not like rain on her face. 
I'm looking forward to more rainy days, more time puddle jumping with my girls and hopefully little brother won't sleep through it, because I know he'd like it. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Last week when all of my children decided to get sick at the same time, I had just started a new bible study on Thanksgiving: Focusing our hearts on gratitude. That very first day I realized something. I had a choice to make, I could spend my whole time whining and complaining about 3 sick kids or I could find things that I'm thankful for. 

Monday, I was thankful for Motrin, helped keep the kids fevers down. Thank you God, for Conrad's work schedule. He was off in time for baths and bedtimes. That was seriously what I had written down for the whole day. 

Tuesday, after some broken sleep, I was ready for a new day and was determined to have a better attitude. It wasn't long after Conrad left for work it hit me, I just how thankful to be a stay at home mom. I didn't have to worry about calling in sick to work or having to scramble to find someone to watch the kiddos because they couldn't go to daycare or school with fevers and nasty coughs. I wasn't missing out any pay, I was getting those extra cuddles and snuggles, even if they did cough in my face a few times. I decided then, I didn't have to be happy that they were sick, but I was thankful it was only fevers and coughs. Thankful that we have insurance and I was able to go to the doctor that evening just to listen to Austin's breathing, just for my peace of mind.

Since then, I am finding myself finding more good in things, more reasons to be thankful. I didn't worry about starting dinner, finishing up the laundry or cleaning anything, I sat right there with them. Watched Mickey Mouse Clubhouse for the 950th time that day. Took their temps and gave our medicine like it was my job, because it is, to take care of these sweet little ones. Crackers, check! Blankets, check! Momma had a peppermint mocha and vanilla scones delivered via her sweet MIL, double check! 

I think that I'm actually thankful that their sickness hit when it did. It's opened my eyes to how blessed I really am. Now that all are healthier, Austin still has a lingering cough, I am still counting my blessings. I'm really hoping that I will continue to have a thankful heart throughout the whole year.

What are you thankful for today? 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Despicable THREE

On Saturday, we celebrated Allyson's 3rd birthday. She was in her glory, having another birthday party, you know because her actual day wasn't enough.

Allyson has been in love with Minions over the last few months and so we changed her party from Mickey Mouse/Minnie to Minions! There is a game Minion Rush on the iPod that her and Aubrey LOVE, ok I love it too. But any time we would see a minion at the store or a coloring book, she would laugh and laugh. So we made the switch, and I'm so glad we did. Some time in October Despicable Me was on the Disney channel and I let the kids watch it, we'd seen it before but Ally never cared much about it, after that she was hooked on the whole movie. YAY!! So Despicable Three it became! 


We are so lucky to have friends and family come and celebrate our little girls birthday. 

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Bubs liked the Barbie too! 

She really want to hold on to the minions 

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Her minion cupcakes. I'm so happy with how they turned out! 

She loved having everyone sing. She loved it so much we sang it twice! 


Allyson isn't too happy to be pulled away from playing with her new toys. 

It was so much fun celebrating our littlest girl! 


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wordy Wednesday

My precious little guy isn't feeling well. Lots of awful coughing fits, fever, medicine, and a doctor visit on Tuesday, just for my peace of mind. It's croup. More cuddles, more Motrin for his fever and praying no one else in the house gets this.

Fall Decor

I couldn't wait to pull out the fall decorations this year, the colors make me feel so warm and fuzzy inside. Too bad the weather didn't get the memo that the seasons had changed, but finally it's feeling like fall around here weather wise. 

This is one of my favorite decorations, I made it with my table from MOPS last year or the year before. 

This Be Thankful banner is new and I really like how it turned out. 


We made this at a MOPS meeting too. We had an battery operated candle thing in there, I need to get a new battery.

Aubrey made this little wreath at school last year. So was soooo excited when I pulled it out and hung it up. 
Ahh... a messy, this is real life friends. 


There's a fabric wreath I made a while back on our front door. We have pumpkins and gourds in random spot from our many pumpkin patch visits. I felt like we had so much more, I guess that leaves room for more crafting up some cute things. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


I'm currently...

WATCHING: Parenthood & New Girl. 

READING:  The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling

LISTENING: I'm one of those annoying people that play Christmas music the day after Halloween, so I'm loving the Christmas music. 

MAKING: Jesse Tree ornaments and a felt nativity scene for the kiddos.  It's felt city over here!! 

FEELING: Excited, I can't wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas

PLANNING: Outfits for a family pictures. I think I have the kids outfits picked out, now for Conrad and my outfit. 

LOVING: The cooler weather, it's finally FALL!! 

What are you currently up to?