Sunday, November 9, 2014

Halloween 2014

You know by now we go all out for Halloween. Though we've broke the tradition a couple times in the last 8 years (2008 Cliff and I skipped out because we had been out of town, and 2011 we did individual costumes), we typically have a family theme the night of our church Halloween party, and if the kids participate happily, they can choose to be something else on actual Halloween night for trick-or-treating.  Take Stone, for instance, who got stuck being a playing card last year (click here!). You could say he was less than thrilled (I'm laughing out loud as I type this, because he was a great sport, but did NOT dig being a PLAYING CARD). 

So this year, at Stone's request, we were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This year, it was Emerson that was the good sport. I know she doesn't look too thrilled in her pictures, but she really did enjoy it. And since she was a good sport, she (along with every other little girl in America) was Elsa the night of Halloween. Stone decided to be a vampire, last minute, and Knox remained a Ninja Turtle.
I love Halloween! It kicks off fall and holiday festivities. It's something we, as a family, do together, enjoy, and make memories of. 

Here are a few pictures from the two dress-ups.

People asked how Knox's makeup was so perfect. He actually loved Cliff putting it on! He watched Stone and Emerson get all dressed up, and he wanted to be jus like them. He was in full character all night long!

And then for Halloween night...

Doing her ice magic.... can tell she did enjoy this costume a little more...

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Flag Football!

Football is our family sport. It's kind of a big deal. And in Texas, it's a HUGE deal. Our little flag football teams play at the high school stadiums, and it's taken quite seriously. 
Stone's team did awesome this year. They started off a little rough, but quickly got the hang of things. Stone LOVES defense. He'd rather chase after the ball and pull flags than catch the ball and run (although he loves that, too). He was a big part of the team this year, and really did have quite the time. We made it far into the playoffs, but the season has come to an end, and I think we are ready for things to slow down a bit over here.

Stone got to be captain at a game (below) and participated in the coin toss.

Also this football season, he was part of the Kick-Off-Crew for our high school's football team. He got to run through a giant inflatable helmet at the start of each home game, through a tunnel of dancers and cheerleaders. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It's a....


She was pretty heartbroken, but quickly warmed up to the idea. She still kisses my belly and tells me she's excited for the baby.

I was pretty sure it was a boy until the last week or so before the ultrasound. Then I just started thinking girl. Like last pregnancy, I had no gender preference. While pregnant with Emerson, I clearly stated in prayers that I really just wanted at least one boy and one girl. I have that. So whatever came next, I was 100% happy with. Truth is, once upon a time, I never thought I'd get my girl. Once I had her, I just assumed she'd always be my only one. Cliff's side of the family has an overwhelming number of males. It's a boy family.

We are excited for this little guy to enter our family! Love him already!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Instagram Roundup

A little roundup from recent happenings on my Instagram...

I told you this boy loves balls. I caught him in here. And not once, but twice.

We love going to the trail near our home. I can't stop smiling when I'm behind Emerson. Her little legs pedals so fast, and she sings the whole way. She makes up her own words, and over and over again, she'll often sing, "I'm having SO MUCH FUN!!" There is a park at our turnaround point, so we always stop and play for a bit.

Sometimes Knox and I will go on a jog while the older two are at school. His face melts my heart.

This girl is the queen of dress up. She goes through several outfits a day, and several princess dresses a day. Occasionally, she sneaks in the Mariachi costume. Why not ride your princess bike dressed as a Mariachi? 

Stone is such a good boy. He came home from school one day, and said he needed to go out rake the leaves. And so he did.

My favorite photo backdrop is Cliff's '55 Chevy. It's also the kids' favorite hangout spot. They play in the back every day.

My heart is continuously so full. I love these kids!

Friday, October 10, 2014

My Little Cheerleader

So I may totally love that she wants to be a cheerleader. Cheerleading was a huge part of teen life. I loved every minute of it. Even the minutes I didn't think I loved, I love them now as memories. 
Emerson participated in a little cheerleading camp at our high school. She got to perform 3rd Quarter at a game, and loved every minute of it. She was a bit shy at first, but warmed up quickly. 
Go Pirates!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Trip to Ohio!

My mom and Ray moved out to Ohio last year, and we finally got to make a trip out there to see them. I flew with the three kids, and Cliff met us a few days later. 

The trip started out a bit rough. Cliff dropped us off to the airport (in Dallas), with plenty of time to spare. To make a REALLY long story short, we missed our flight. The airline we booked only flew to our destination once a day, so right away I was upset that our trip was being cut a day short. However, after MUCH talking to the customer service manager, we ended up being compensated INCREDIBLY well. Like 400% our ticket price well. It ended up being classified as an involuntary bump (which is pretty much what it was). So that lifted my spirits immediately. We then caught a shuttle to a hotel, used their shuttle services for some In-N-Out, and made it an adventure.

When we got to Ohio, the non stop fun began. We went to Chagrin Falls, Kirkland (a major historic site for our church), and spent many hours playing in my mom's backyard, and exploring her adorable area. 

Once Cliff met up with us, we ditched the kids for a few days to celebrate our anniversary. 

While we were gone, my mom and Ray spoiled our kids, and when it came time to go home, my kids had a HARD time saying goodbye. 

We love spending time with my mom and Ray and can't wait to see them again!

My mom, Knox, and I, were exploring some cute shops, while Ray took Stone and Emerson down to look at the falls. As we were meeting up with them, we spotted them in the water. I was laughing so hard. Of course my kids would end up down there, in the cold water.

Stone lost a shoe, but that didn't keep him down.

Visiting Historic Kirtland was amazing. I am so grateful to the early members of my church. They are truly an inspiration. We learned so much neat history, and I'm so glad my kids got to experience it with us. 

These next two pictures are courtesy of Stone's tablet. He was taking his own pictures the whole trip, and kept asking to set up the self timer and take pictures of us. He even added some filters to it. 

While we were there, Ray built an awesome swing for the kids in the backyard. They played on that swing non stop. It was awesome!

We went to a super cute market with my mom...
And we went fishing, which was definitely a highlight for the kids. They each caught a fish all by themselves. They were STOKED.

We had a blast on our trip! Can't wait to do it again!
Love you, Mom and Ray!