Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summer SS Party ~

We had our SS class, and 4 other "Young Adult" classes from our church, over Sunday afternoon for a "Welcome Summer" party. We rented a huge water slide (for the kids AND adults), set up a "kiddie pool" area for the younger kids, and made our own (enormous) slip n slide! We used a
20' x 100' heavy duty painters tarp, 15 bottles of baby oil, 25 bottles of baby shampoo and 300 feet of water hose....and VIOLA! It was so much fun, even Jeb couldn't resist! We grilled hotdogs for dinner, along with chips, cookies, and brownies that everyone brought, then topped it off with snow cones! Needless to say, everyone had a blast! I love having the space to do stuff like this! Although we were exhausted by the end of the day (the party was from 3:30 til dark), I can't wait to do it again!

Daddy's Helper ~

"Helping" Daddy cut grass is hard work. So, after a long ride on the mower, she needed to cool off a little by playing in the sprinkler. What a hard life!

Good Bye Elementary School....Hello 5th grade!

It didn't really hit me until we were sitting in the auditorium at Julian Newman Elementary school, at Em's 4th grade awards ceremony, that this was it.....she's officially out of Elementary school and on to 5th grade at the Intermediate school! She's so excited.....lockers, changing classes, being at a school that doesn't have kindergartners down the know, Big School! It does hurt my heart a little to see how grown up she's become but, at the same time, I'm so excited for her as she moves in to this next chapter of life! Congratulations Emma! 5th grade, here you come!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Chef Emma ~

One of Emma's favorite things to do is cook! For Christmas, she received a gift certificate from Mimi and Pop for a private cooking we finally decided to cash it in! Emma chose the menu and Chef Margaret came over to give her a lesson. Emma's menu consisted of cheese fondue with assorted dippers (as an appetizer), Chicken Cordon Bleu, fried green beans with homemade ranch dipping sauce, twice baked potatoes, and homemade white chocolate bread pudding for dessert. I was thinking it'd be something along the lines of homemade pizza or chicken fingers.....I was way off! As soon as Chef Margaret arrived, they got straight to work. I offered to help but she wanted to do it on her own (apparently I'm "a little too controlling in the kitchen")....hmm. Mimi and Pop were able to join us for dinner and it was awesome! She did a great job on everything! She always talks about opening her own restaurant one day....I think it just might happen!

6 Months Already!?

Actually...she'll turn 7 months old in 8 days! Time really does FLY by! This is one happy baby (for the most part). She goes to bed at 9 and sleeps until 10am....she'll "bounce"herself to sleep in her bouncer....for the most part, she just sits back and "watches". Her little personality is starting to show.....she talks and babbles all of the time! She LOVES bath time and splashing in the water and has 2 brand new teeth! She's so soft and cuddly, you can't help but to kiss her chubby cheeks! As chaotic as it can be around here sometimes, I'm going to miss these baby days! Happy 6 (almost 7) months Edee!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter ~

Saturday, April 23, 2011

2nd Annual SS Easter Egg Hunt ~

Because of Soccer and Ball games, we didn't have quite as many this year as we did last year....but we still had just as much fun! After finding 730 Easter eggs (which happened in a matter of minutes), the kids got to fish, race and run wild. I had been praying that God give us good weather for today, and HE gave us great weather! We couldn't have had a more perfect day to celebrate Easter with friends!

Ella's Easter Party at MMO ~

She bounced herself to sleep....

Monday, April 4, 2011

February & March ~

Here I go again, trying to play "catch-up" on the blog! I keep telling myself I need to update it but unfortunatley the blog falls to the end of the list behind soccer practice, gymnastics, Dr. appointments, a husband and 3 kids! Hopefully I'll get better at balancing everything, including the blog, so I no longer have to cram two months worth of stuff into one post....we'll see! There have been a few significant things happen lately. The first being Jeb's 30th birthday on February 7th! If you know Jeb at all then you know that he wanted NOTHING special on his birthday.....not because he didn't want to recognize that he was actually turning 30, (like I'm going to be) but because that's just Jeb. His idea of "celebrating" is having dinner (at home) with me and the girls and maybe a cake....maybe. But 30's a big deal and I couldn't just let this milestone birthday go by without doing something. So.......I hired a Marilyn Monroe impersonator (who happened to be about 60) to surprise him at the pharmacy and sing "Happy Birthday"! Everyone that he worked with knew about it but he had absolutely no clue. The pictures are priceless! It was definitely the best money I've ever spent...ever! Happy 30th Birthday, Jeb

Not too long after Jeb's birthday, came our anniversary. On March 17th we celebrated our 10 year anniversary! It's so hard to believe that it's been that long since we were doesn't feel like a decade has passed (which is a good thing)! Thinking back to that first year of marriage I would have never guessed that we would be where we are today. Looking back, there were so many things that happened (or didn't happen) that we just couldn't understand.....things we prayed for and just knew were what we needed, that didn't happen. Now, it's so obvious that GOD had us on a very specific path.....why some prayers were answered and some were not (or so we thought). I guess when you're talking about spending the rest of your life with someone, 10 years is really not that long. However, when you start off like we did.....with every odd stacked against us and every statistic saying we wouldn't make be here, 10 years, 3 kids and 1 doctorate degree later, is a huge success! I couldn't imagine spending the past 10 years....or the next 100....with anyone else!

Edee has also hit a couple of big "milestones" lately. It's so hard to believe she is already 5 months old! She's growing so fast and, being the last child, we're trying to soak up every smile and cry! She starting eating solid foods and LOVES it...just like the rest of us! She's become a lot more playful and interactive, especially with Emma and Ella. Emma is a huge help, as always, and Ella loves to play with her. She thinks Edee is "soooo funny"....unless she's crying....then Ella will yell from the playroom "EDEE...BE QUIET! I trying to watch Dora!" Both girls have adjusted so well to having Edee here and we're finally getting into a fairly smooth routine. Maybe now I'll find a little more time to update this blog.