Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year's Eve!



Happy last day of 2011 - maybe I will be be better about blogging in 2012! Maybe not.... We had a very blessed year indeed. This pic was taken at my parent's place Christmas weekend - Aaron's "favorite spot in the woods." He picked a pretty good place, too bad it is actually on the lot for sale next to my parents... :) He loves this spot and spends lots of time our there enjoying nature and the view. This pic makes me happy b/c he is so happy being there. This pic also makes me laugh b/c leah's face is really saying "i wish my mom would have taken out the tissue paper inside my new boots before cramming my little foot inside!" Oh well, she loves those boots now! Happy new year!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Baseball Game























For Father's Day this year we got Scott and his dad tickets to the minor league baseball team in San Antonio - and this past weekend for finally used those tickets! Leah stayed behind with my parents since the game didn't start until late. The boys (and big boys) had a blast! Our seats were great and very close - we definitely had to be on the lookout for foul balls and apparently flying baseball bats. Caleb LOVES baseball and often talks about "his baseball team and that daddy will be his coach and mommy and grandparents canTH watch him." It was fun night complete with Aaron overcoming his fear of mascots - Santa, Shamu, Easter Bunny, you name it have always been "no thank you's!" but apparently it takes a "Puffy Taco" to win him over

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Milestone Week

First steps!


Climbing and having a seat after her first time to stand alone.



Test of good car seat - thumbsucking approved!



Big girl car seat!



The first week of August was a busy one for Leah in the milestone department. At 14 months I guess she decided that maybe she would try a few new tricks! Thankfully she waited until AFTER I returned from a 4 day trip to do so! So the week went about like this - Monday, August 1st she decided to stand alone without holding onto anything for the first time AND we were all there to see her - we even counted the seconds expecting her to fall quickly but she lasted for 30 seconds! Then just 2 days later while we were practicing her standing she took a step towards Scott! Again we were all there to see it and even ran can got the video camera in time to capture steps 2 - 7 of her life on camera! I was doing the video so the above still shot was taken by Aaron - he is quite proud of his photo work and we are quite proud of our baby girl! Oh - and we finally turned Leah around in her car seat AND got her out of her infant carrier - yes, she is so small that she was in her infant carrier for 14 months!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Dallas Trip

watching the airplanes land at Lovefield behind my sister's apartment complex - a big hit with caleb!
Dallas World Aquarium!






Aaron got to try to feed these birds blueberries out of his hand!



Old Roomies!


My mom and I braved the 5-hour car ride with my three kids to Dallas this past weekend. It was a fun weekend catching up with old college friends and my sister & her fam who now lives in Dallas. The car trip went pretty well considering Leah did not sleep long at all in the car - she was a trooper! On the way home Caleb did repeatedly say "Mommy, can you get me out?" but all in all a good car trip and an even better time of visiting friends and seeing the kids and their cousins play together. We will be back for sure!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Backyard Project

after shot



2nd level before shots


more after shots

after



When we moved into our house 12 days before Leah was born last year, we knew the backyard would be a major project since it was entirely rock. The week we brought Leah home from the hospital the rock and sod project (phase 1) started. And, finally, in May this year phase 2 began as we had work done on our massive waste of space on top of the retaining wall. Scott drew up the plans and it was so neat to see our vision come to life - we now have a large patio space up top, pergola, picnic table area and plans for phase 3 which include a putting green for Scott...um, I mean the boys. We are pleased with the result and have gotten plenty of use out of the new space already. We also planted a bunch of plants in the middle of a drought so if you can't get a hold of us just assume we are out back hand-watering our new landscape. My favorite part of the whole patio is of course the kids hand prints - not the clearest pic but they are there!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

4th of July

Attempt to get a pic of all 3 looking at camera during the parade was pointless...



Leah LOVED the parade! And she looked awfully cute too I might say!



Thumbsucking at the parade - hopefully we don't have a pic like this in 5 years.




Leah was the only one feeling like posing for pics this day.





We had a great 4th of July. Our long weekend consisted of a major landscaping project which I post pics of later so we were definitely busy every hour of the weekend. We also somehow managed to host two different cookouts at our house. Busy! The kids enjoyed a 4th of July parade on Monday morning and we had fantastic fireworks that night. It is so fun to get to see all of these things through their eyes - Leah just clapped and clapped during the parade and Caleb gave a us play by play on the color of every single firework during the show and Aaron took it upon himself to count each firework (I think he stopped after 25 or so...) All in all and very fun weekend!

VBS Week



Twelve hours after we got back into town from our very relaxing anni trip, we were up at church for for the start of Vacation Bible School. Why or why did I not plan for the vacation trip to be after VBS??? VBS was a great and exhausting week. This was my first year to serve as a tribe leader which meant I had 16 kids ages 4 - 10 to be responsible for (with the help the help of two great teenage assistants - thank the Lord!) It was so great to be Aaron's teacher this year and he has already requested me for next year - hopefully that will be something he continues to want! Caleb even got to participate fully in VBS with the 2 - 3 year old class and thought he was pretty big stuff! And sweet Leah took her 2 hour nap without a fuss each & every morning in the nursery which was so great for setting up the rest of day to be a "normal" day. It was a great week, but I would highly recommend the relaxation to have been planned for after all this craziness.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Anniversary Trip

our hike at Inn of the Mountain Gods since the National Forest was closed to all activity due to fire danger
only pic of the 2 of us together - not the best but it is documented.


We drove over to Lincoln, NM - home of the Lincoln County Wars which the movie Young Guns is based on - it is claimed to be one of the oldest, in tact old-west towns in America.


view from master balcony


view from deck


visit to Inn of the Mountain Gods


Scott and I celebrated our 10th anniversary with a trip back to our honeymoon location - Ruidoso, NM. It was a wonderful time of relaxation and sleeping in as long as we wanted and going out to eat with no worries of kids acting up. We loved the views from our cabin and spent many hours out on the deck - very nice! Our kids stayed 2 nights with Scott's parents and 2 nights with my parents - such a blessing to have both sets of grandparents in the same town. They tell us the kids did great so we take that to mean we should schedule another trip soon! :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Family Reunion 2011









We just got back from Scott's annual family reunion in beautiful Wimberly, Texas. We were able to stay the entire 4 days this time and had a blast! There is a wonderful river there that Aaron spent several hours a day in - complete with a small rapids area and a large submerged rock the kids call "Mermaid Rock." Last year Caleb did not care about getting into the water but this year he did venture out in the river some and really enjoyed himself at the pool. Aaron got really good at his swimming too with all the water time. And Leah LOVED the pool time. She was such a trooper all weekend - a crawling baby who just wants to explore is not the ideal stage for a weekend like this but she did great! She even took her 2 1/2 hour morning nap AND 2 1/2 hour afternoon nap each day and all the kids crashed hard each night (as did mommy). Aaron also sported his "explorer backpack" most everywhere he went - complete with anything he could need for exploring nature, including snacks for him and whichever cousins explored with him - he likes to be prepared! We are blessed to be a part of a family that values spending time with extended family. A fun family weekend that we look forward to each year.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Birthday Girl









Our sweet Leah is a one year old! We celebrated with a party with mainly family at her Nana's house who worked and worked to make sure everything was as perfect, pink & girly as possible. Leah loved the attention, clapped after everyone sang for her and then we stripped her for her very first taste of sugar - certain she would dive in and be a sticky mess. She loved her Nana-made cupcake for sure but was just as neat of an eater as she could be. The pic of her with her cake is practically her last bite and she was cleaner than she is after most meals! This year has gone by way too fast. Leah is an absolute joy & the sweetest little baby girl ever. And she's tiny - consistently in the 5 - 20% category and definitely smaller than most of friends in the nursery. She got her first two teeth just in time for her party and cake eating. We are head over heels in love with her precious little grin, easy going attitude and we especially love that she loves singing and dancing. She makes us excited to see what this next year holds! Happy birthday Leah!

End-of-year Program








The boys had their end of year program at their Children's Day Out "school" and as always, it was so much fun. Caleb's class did a fully choreographed "dance" to the Go Fish "Five Little Monkeys" song - complete with tail wiggle and lots of jumping, Caleb's speciality. We are pretty biased, but he was the star of the show if you ask us! :) He didn't miss a step and it helped that his older brother was sitting on the front row "coaching" him on his every more. Too cute! Aaron also graduated from Pre-K at the end of the program - he's so big! When asked what he wanted to be when he grows up, Aaron said "That's what college is for." Smart boy! Love these boys and we are truly blessed.