Sunday, August 30, 2015

Knox V. 3.0

I sound like such a broken record as each birthday rolls around with each kid, and I say, "I can't believe he's already 3!!" But it's so true! I blink, and a year has gone by. I am truly loving life so much right now, that I just want to freeze time. I want to bottle all of this up and be able to re-live it anytime I want. 
Knox has a special spirt about him. ...since the day he was born. The spirit was overwhelming in the hospital room as he entered the real world and took his first breath outside the womb. I'm not sure what it is, but one day we'll know, I'm certain.
He's so cuddly and just full of love. He shares kisses and hugs all day long. He really has such a sweet spirit. It is SO hard to get mad at this kid. We try to discipline him (and we do!), but it's HARD! 

He's also very athletic and just loves, loves, loves balls. Soccer balls, baseballs, footballs, basketballs, bouncy balls, beach balls. Every. Single. Ball. He also loves balloons.
He loves oatmeal, cereal, chocolate, and cheese.
He sings the ABCs and counts.
He sings "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" every time Cruz starts crying.
Pretty much every day, we go for an afternoon drive, and he falls asleep. I then transport him to his bed, where he takes a long nap.

His favorite movie is Big Hero Six, and that was the theme of his birthday party. We saw it last Thanksgiving with Cliff's parents when they came to visit us. It was nap time, and we kept him up, hoping he'd fall asleep in the movies. Instead, he was on the EDGE OF HIS SEAT the ENTIRE movie. He loved it so much. From that day on, he was obsessed. The minute it came out, we bought it. He quotes the movie wonderfully, and we figured there wasn't anything he'd like more than a Baymax birthday party. We even had a Baymax cupcake cake. 

My mom and Ray came to celebrate the boy at his fun birthday party. We love having them in town! We love when family comes to visit. We wish so badly we lived closer to family!

Knox, we love you so much!! Your such a special boy!!

Looking at Emerson in these pictures, you'd think it was her birthday all dressed up in her rockstar tutu, hehe. I pick my battles. 

I blocked out our contact information, but I had to show the invitation. Knox still loves looking at it. I photoshopped his face onto Hero's, and he thinks it's the coolest thing.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Another School Year

Ahhh! I can't believe our little princess is in KINDERGARTEN!  We are so so glad that she got Stone's kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Kraus. Mrs. Kraus is seriously amazing. My kids LOVE her. Stone LOVED kindergarten, and now Emerson LOVES it. This teacher truly gives her heart to these students, and makes an environment where they love to learn. We are grateful for her!

Emerson got to meet her a couple days before school started. She was a bit nervous, and asked if I was nervous to meet my kindergarten teacher. I told her yes. Truth is, she gets that side a bit more from her daddy! hehe

And Stone-man is in SECOND GRADE!! How did that happen so fast?! Second grade has been a little bit of an adjustment. His teacher is fantastic, but she's a bit more strict than what he's had in the past. He's learning a lot, and continues to excel in reading. 

Emerson has been waiting patiently to ride the bus for 2 years now. I love that they are dropped off right in front of our house. It makes it wonderful for nap time with the 2 littles!!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

One last hurrah!

We went to a fun indoor water park for our last hurrah before the start of a new school year. One of my friends asked, "why an indoor waterpark in the summer?" That is because it is TOO HOT to really enjoy it outdoors here in Texas. ...especially with a baby. And this is a mini park, so it's the perfect size to control 4 kids! The kids had a blast. They keep asking when we can go back.

I look at this picture and my heart just gets so warm and fuzzy. WE LOVE THESE KIDS!

Friday, August 21, 2015

First Annual Back-2-School Pedicures!

Why yes, this will be a new tradition! We went out for pedicures to get ready for the new school year. She is SO excited to start kindergarten!!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Pensacola, Florida

We've done the Texas beaches, but I was recently clued in that putting a couple more hours into a drive is well worth it to head to Florida instead. So off we went to Pensacola to kiss our summer days goodbye. We had such a fun time, that we've decided to make it a summer tradition. We hope to go back next summer!
Mostly we played at the beach and ate some really good seafood. We attempted a dolphin cruise on a boat, but we got rained out, and ended up causing the ocean during a storm. We turned around, and although we didn't site the dolphins and sharks like we had hoped, our kids had a blast on the boat.
The sand and sea is good for the soul!