Sunday, January 18, 2015

Can I sum up 5 months in one post?

After a few nudges from DeDe...I am back!  Blogging is just so time consuming these days.  I am still taking pictures non-stop, but rarely sit down for long periods of time at my computer.  I am going to try and give a quick run down of our very busy fall!

Ellie and Miller are growing like crazy.  Ellie will actually be FIVE next week.  FIVE.  That just seems so old to me!  We decided about a month ago to fore-go a big birthday party and to take a family trip instead.  We leave this Friday and we are all excited!  It is no secret I do love a good party, but it has been so nice to not have to worry or stress over the planning.

We survived another football season!  Don's team actually won 3 games this year and beat 2 new teams.  We were excited with the progress and proud of the boys and the coaches.  I am always a proud wife and very thankful for such a hard working husband that pours more time and emotion into his job than most realize.  It is not always easy, but he never gives up and will do whatever he can to help each and every player.  This picture was the night we beat Gleason!  Such an exciting game!!!!

Ellie has loved Pre-K.  She is learning a lot and making us very proud with her behavior and skills. She will start taking Kindergarten assessments in the next month and we will register her for Kindergarten in March.  I am so thankful we found this sweet program for her to learn and grow!

In September Ellie competed in and WON her very first pageant.  We decided last minute to buy a dress from and friend and just give it a try.  I am in NO WAY a pageant mom nor do I plan to make this a full time hobby.  I am all for trying things as long as Ellie is up for it.  If she's not interested again, fine by me!  I also realize that she will not win them all but it was a fun day and getting a crown and a "plate" (as she called it) was just icing on the cake!
  She also started ballet at a new studio in Martin.  It worked better with our schedule to switch and although I do think she misses tap, I can tell she is really learning!

Don and I managed to make it to 3 Ole Miss games this year.  They started out hot and it was a super exciting season.  They broke our hearts a couple of times but I am so glad we've found something we both really, really love to do together.  Hotty Toddy!  Can't wait for next year!

Since Ellie won the "Little Miss Fire Prevention" pageant, that meant she was able to ride in the parade!  We borrowed this red VW bug from Don's uncle and had Karen make us some signs!  Ellie of course thought it was the grandest thing ever and we all had fun throwing candy and waving to friends and family!  While we waited to line up, Miller got a little fussy.  Come to find out, he was TIRED!  He slept throughout the entire parade.

On a random afternoon during the week, I packed the kids up and we headed off to the Pumpkin Patch.  Don has never missed a trip, but his schedule just wouldn't allow it and I was afraid if we waited much longer we'd never get to go.  This was probably the shortest pumpkin patch trip on record!  Chasing these two had me sweating but we did manage to get some cute pictures and our pumpkins for the porch.

Ellie had a PJ party at school and we sent these fun s'more treats for her classmates.
 Halloween may have been the easiest/laid back ever.  Gone are the days when I stress and stew over costumes months in advance.  Ellie wore a mermaid dress up she already had and Miller wore a monkey DeDe found on clearance months ago.  SCORE!  We had a blast making the rounds around town visiting the library, bank, church, family and friends.  A fun night for sure!

 Instead of carving a pumpkin this year, we decorated one with Mr. Potato head pirate kit.  It turned out super cute, the kids loved it, and it was much easier and less messy!
 Ellie was asked to be the "flower girl" during this years Homecoming festivities.  This was something new they started this year and she was thrilled to be asked to participate!  She and her buddy Cruze walked out onto the field and handed the Queen her crown and flowers.  They did a great job and looked so sweet doing it!

 Whew!  What a recap.  I have so much more to update.  Miller deserves a big post all his own.  I promise to try and do better!!!  Until next time...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First Day of School

I know, I know...long time no blog.  I am trying not to even think about how much I have to update on here...but for now, we will start with Ellie's first day of Pre-school!

This school decision was a long time coming.  We had originally thought she would be going to full time pre-k at Greenfield.  After that fell through, I scrambled trying to find another option.  I knew she needed a structured learning environment to ready her for Kindergarten and once I found this program, I knew we had a winner!

She will only go 2 days a week, from 9-2.  I was very impressed with how organized and structured they are. There is a steady curriculum and schedule and I am just so excited for her!  I have learned in any situation...big or small, everything always seems to work itself out--and it definitely did in this case.

We of course had to take the obligatory "first day" pictures complete with chalk board sign.  We packed her lunch the night before and talked it up BIG.  This girl was ready!  I didn't worry about her one bit.

Her teacher and the director updated me throughout the day.  They even have a private Facebook group where they post pictures.  I got a text from the Director saying what a great day she'd had!

We went for celebratory ice cream after I picked her up and then headed to her new Dance Studio.  Lots of changes for our girl but she is handling them well.  She was VERY tired after we got home, which was to be expected, so I think we will work on an earlier bedtime Thursday!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Miller's First Birthday--Smash cake time!

Miller was so much fun to watch with his smash cake.  He was covered in RED icing!  He put on quite the show.

 Big sis thought he needed a little help!

Sweet baby!

Of all of the parties I've done in the past, this may be my new favorite.  It was a lot of fun to put together and everything seemed to go smoothly.  Most of all, the birthday boy was perfect and enjoyed every minute of himself!  Happy birthday to our sweet boy!  WE MADE IT!

Miller's First Birthday (setting up and the guests)

We had mostly family and a few friends attend the party.  It was laid back and so nice being outside in the fresh air.

We put everyone to work all morning long.  Here is Don and Peeps blowing up balloons.  They were such troopers and did anything I asked.

Don and Mammie scooping out salads.

Peeps grilled hot dogs for us.

 We loved having Matt, Rachel and Evie here for the weekend.  Sadly Rachel did not make it into a single picture!
 DeDe stayed pretty busy entertaining the babies and keeping them fed, happy and rested.  She pushed Miller in his car the morning of the party for hours in her PJ's!

The birthday boy and PawPaw.

Sweet cousins had fun playing outside!

The whole crew.

We are thankful for everyone that came and celebrated with us.  We of course missed Granny and Grandonna but glad they are home resting and taking care of themselves!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Miller's Nautical First Birthday! (the details)

This past Sunday we celebrated our sweet boy's FIRST BIRTHDAY!!!  It is so hard to believe that we made it through the first year.  Miller definitely deserved a big birthday has been quite a year for our little guy.  Thankfully the past few weeks have been wonderful and I finally feel like we are over the hump.

When I started thinking about his first birthday, I wanted something sweet and not too "themey".  When I came across a few nautical ideas online, I decided that had to be it!

Having an outdoor party was a MUST.  Luckily the weather was absolutely perfect on party day.  We worked hard to get everything together to have it in the back yard.  One of the biggest additions to the yard is our new swing-set!  Don worked tirelessly day and night finishing this monster before the party.  I think his hard work was worth it because the kids entertained themselves and had the best time playing!

I knew if I could  find an old cheap high chair that I would want to paint it apple red for the smash cake. Luckily I found one for less than $10 and spray painted it in about 10 minutes!  Easy easy and it turned out sooooo cute  (in my opinion).

We had BBQ, hot dogs, baked beans, slaw, potato salad and chips.  I hung his monthly picture banner above the food table.

The favor/drink table.  We had iced sugar cookies and koozies for favors.  I decided to do something different than the usual treat bags.  They were a bit of a splurge but worth it!  I also set out bubbles and sidewalk chalk for the kids.  They were a hit as well I think!

I set up the cake table inside.  My usual cake lady was booked.  I was bummed at first but I think Sam's has yummy cakes!  I ordered Miller's smash cake and cookies from a bakery and Sam's did the cake and cupcakes and I thought they were all perfect!

I may or may not have rented table cloths and Don may (or may not have) said YOU RENTED table cloths?!?!  HA!  I just couldn't justify buying them for a one time deal or using plastic.  I HAD TO HAVE navy table cloths.  I'm weird:)

And of course we need a picture of the birthday boy himself!