Saturday, August 23, 2014

3 generations.

We just got back from a fabulous trip visiting my Mom! More pictures and details to come, but I had to post this picture. While there, we played a little dress-up. My mom has an incredible antique collection, which happens to include fun things like hats and collars. As soon as I saw these, I had this picture envisioned, and we brought it to life.
Emerson cracks me up!
3 generations!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Instagram Summer Round-Up

A little recap of our summer through Instagram. 

The first week of summer started with Emerson's swim lessons. Last summer, she was SO close to swimming on here own (with no floaties). We put her in lessons the first week of summer, and she was swimming in the deep end all by herself 2 days into lessons. Now she dives in, does flips underwater, and likes to race me across the pool. So proud of her! Cutest little 4-year-old!

Knox and his cute little swimming feet. This guy also loved to swim all summer long. He's been in floaties, but refuses help. He swims all over the pool, puts his head under water like he sees Stone and Emerson doing, and loves to run and jump in the pool. He's independent and refuses help. I won't be surprised if he's swimming without floaties next summer when he'll still only be 2. 

We have an incredible trail that we love to run through. We park at one stop, run/bike to the park, and head back home. Everyone loves it, and I'm sure we'll be on it more as the weather cools down this fall. This particular day was in August, and the temperature was in the 80s, which is unheard of in East Texas. Bliss!

We had a couple fun parties/outings that included a foam pit this summer (think giant bubble bath with no water). 

Many trips to the splash pad!!

 A little trampoline fun, but not too much with our hot temperatures. Even a little water doesn't cool it down enough. Our trampoline gets most of its use in the spring and fall. We're gearing up for some fall days on it! In this picture, Cliff was home for lunch, and went out with the kids, and even swept it off. He's the best daddy!

Lots of summer fun all around! Emerson has learned to hang upside down and swing herself into a flip back to the ground. Kind of freaked me out the first time I saw it!

Just through a few Instagram posts, you can see we had a blast this summer. It went by too fast. We are not ready to bid farewell to our summer yet! However, Stone IS excited for a new school year. Just hate to say goodbye to all the summer fun we have!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Dress up

This girl plays dress up more than any girl I have ever known. She goes through several outfits a day. She even picks out a special outfit for her nap each day. No joke. I LOVE HER. Cliff brought home some pretty awesome masks from his business trip in New Orleans. She has made us put them all on and have a dance party. LOVE HER.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Good sport

This kid has always been a good sport with EVERYTHING. Now that Stone and Emerson are getting more involved in activities, this one gets to be along for the ride. He is never fussy, and is always such a good sport. ...ESPECIALLY if he has a dum dum in his mouth. My other two aren't too fond of hair cuts, but it didn't faze this kid!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

No Training Wheels!

Emerson learned to ride her bike without training wheels! Now all she wants to do every day is ride her bike. She rides it for miles at a time. We go to the trail, and she could just ride forever. She rides in front of me, while I jog with Knox in the stroller behind her, and I can't help smile the entire time. Her little legs go so fast, and she randomly shouts, "THIS IS SO MUCH FUN!" She loves life.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Stone v. 7.0

He's SEVEN! 
I can remember everything so perfectly from the day he was born. I can remember everything we tried to do the few days leading up to it, trying to get him here. We ate garlic pizza, walked all through the Avenues and up hills in Salt Lake City, and I kept exercising every day, hoping it'd induce labor. And now, he's finished Kindergarten, he reads wonderfully, he uses words that blow my mind, and he makes everyone laugh (his Kindergarten teacher said he was the class clown). Everyone loves him, especially us. Can't believe he's seven!!

A little roundup of portraits from each year...

His birthday morning started out with presents, and then we quickly got ready and headed off to his party at Air-U (a trampoline park).

It was minimal decorating since it was at Air-U, but we had a Lego theme, and things turned out pretty cute, ESPECIALLY his cake, that my friend made.

Lots of dodgeball...

 Below: Cliff saving Knox as time was called up!

And the incredible cake!!

 Stone had a BLAST. It was a successful day. We love celebrating our kids!!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Keeping up!

This little guy sure tries to keep up with his brother and sister, and does an excellent job. Sometimes, he just gets a little worn out and needs a break. Really, though, he runs around with them all day long, and is at their side. We've pushed him hard this summer with lots of activities, and sometimes, he just needs to rest!

We've been swimming a ton, and after a morning of a good swim, he came over to me, and took a little nap. He's so funny!

One day, in the gym's nursery, he sat in a baby chair by the TV, watched it for a few minutes, and took a nap. ....this is not like him! Usually he's running around with balls and cars, but we have just been going, going, going. I guess you can tell we're having a fun summer!