Monday, August 29, 2011

First Day of School!!!

So after our summer flew by ridiculously fast, the next thing we knew, it was the first day of school! Don got up early and made pancakes for everyone. Here are the girls - all smiles for pancakes and the first day of school!!

I can't believe my Lily is ready to start kindergarten. It seems like just yesterday she was my little baby with the chubby little thighs toddling around our house! It is amazing how quickly 6 years can fly by! Here she is the morning of the first day of school. She had to have the pretty purple backpack with hearts on it. =)

And of course, it was Madison's first day of school too. She is starting 3rd grade!! I can't believe I'm even old enough to have a 3rd grader! She is really into black and pink right now, if you can't tell from the outfit and backpack!!

I always try and get a group picture of the kids on the first day of school and I believe this may be one of my best pictures yet! I love these three kids!

Here are my two school girls! I still can't believe they are both old enough to be in school!!

Our traditional getting on the school bus on the first day of school picture. Don asked me how much longer I thought Madison would let us take this picture. I don't know, but she didn't seem to have a problem with it this year. She was so excited to have Lily with her!!

Part of the kindergarten tradition is to follow the bus to school and take pictures and videotape them getting off the bus and meeting their teacher and class outside of school. Here is Lily getting off the bus with her friend Hannah.

Finding Mrs. Andrews among the chaos and getting her name tag.

Another first day of kindergarten tradition at Indian Hills - they take a picture of all the kids in front of a bus. Here is Lily posing for this picture.

One last picture before heading into school. She was so excited and is LOVING school!! It was hard for me to see my Lily go off to school, but I know she is doing so well and I love waiting for her to get home every day and watch her run off the bus and down the sidewalk with her arms wide open to give me my after school hug!! =)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Meet the Teacher Night!

Last night was Meet the Teacher Night at Indian Hills. This was our first year with 2 kids on this crazy night and boy does that double the craziness! (For some reason my pictures posted backwards and I'm not sure why, so I'm just going with it!)

Here is Madison with her new 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Conrow. This was the teacher she was hoping she would get and because of that, Madison was so excited! (Apparently Mrs. Conrow gives out candy when you finish your homework!)

Getting ready to unpack her supplies!

Here we both are reading the packet of information for all the new 3rd graders.

Madison has been nervous about starting 3rd grade, I think because of all the comments she's heard about how hard it is. I keep telling her all her hard work is going to pay off now. She really did work SO hard during the summer! I know she is ready!!

Our first stop of the night was meeting Mrs. Andrews. Madison had Mrs. Andrews when she was in kindergarten and because of that, Lily didn't think she really needed to "meet" her. I convinced her that we had to at least go to unpack her supplies and see her classroom. Here are Madison and Lily with Mrs. Andrews. She really is a great teacher!

Here is Lily with Mrs. Andrews, ready for a fantastic year!!

While Mommy unpacked everything and signed up for a million things... Lily checked out the classroom.

I can't believe my Lily is a kindergartner now! She seemed reserved last night, but she is definitely ready; I'm just not sure about me! Lily has always been such a special little girl and I know she will put her mark on Mrs. Andrew's class at Indian Hills! Don calls her a kindred spirit, and I really believe she is. She is so caring and would give up anything she has if it would make someone else happy. I hope her light shines that bright there!! I love you and will miss you so much Lily!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

My Baby Turns 3!!

Yeah, I know... my baby turned 3 over 2 months ago!! But, in my defense, school got out and spending a fun summer with my kids got in the way! So, now that summer break is almost over, I'm going to try and update my blog a little more often! I said "try".

Taegan picked out what kind of 3rd birthday party he wanted last September. He was just a little over 2 and we had just gone to his best friend's birthday party at Sk8away. He had SO much fun and I couldn't believe how well he did on the skates! So, I booked the date and I had such an excited little boy!!

His day finally came and he loved it!! Here he is after getting his skates on and ready to go.

His big sister, Madison has had a few skating parties to perfect her skating skills.

Lily is still getting use to the skates, but had fun. After a couple kindergarten skating parties she'll be great!
Here are some of the kids that were there. We decided to have a private party so the smaller kids didn't have to worry about bigger kids running over them. It was so worth it!!

After some fun skating time, we stopped to eat cake and open presents. Here is the Thomas cake Taegan's grandma made him. He loved it!!

Three whole candles! Where did the time go?!? This is my baby!!

He really got into blowing out the candles and may have gotten a little too close for comfort! Don't worry, he was fine!!

Enjoying his cake! YUM!!

Some more of the party goers.

They all seem to be enjoying themselves!

Time to open gifts! He got so many wonderful gifts and has honestly loved playing with all of them!

We had a great time, except one minor thing! This was the night of the tornadoes that came through Topeka. We were under a tornado warning some of the time. The workers were carrying around flashlights and weather radios! It wasn't the most ideal situation, but God protected us and the party went on without a hitch. We all had a great time celebrating Taegan turning 3!!

A few days later when his actual birthday came, we gave him his main gift from us. We made him sit like this while we brought his gift in...

His very own tricycle!! He was SO excited!! Until now he was using his sister's pink and purple tricycle! YAY!!!!

He loves cards too!! Especially if they play music!!

After opening his gifts we headed out to CiCi's for dinner!! Because it was his birthday he got to make his own pizza!! Here he is with his finished pizza ready to bake!!

I can't believe my baby boy has turned three! It seems like yesterday he was born and brought such joy to our family! He was definitely chosen by God to complete our family. I love you so much Taegan! You have this mommy completely wrapped around your little finger and I'm so happy about it!!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day Don!!!

We really are lucky around our house... We have the best Daddy ever and the best husband that takes such great care of all of us!! He is such a busy guy, but always makes time for his family!! He is an IT guy at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, a student taking classes to get his District Minister's License and the Campus Pastor and Music Minister at Wanamaker Woods Church of the Nazarene in Osage City. That's all on top of all the things he volunteers for and everything his family involves him in!! =)

Here are just a few wonderful things you need to know about my amazing husband...

He LOVES KU!!!! I'm not sure that's even a strong enough description of his love for all things KU!!

He LOVES his kids and will do ANYTHING for them!! He also LOVES to dance and upon hearing music, can literally NOT stop himself from dancing to it. It's a sickness!!

He loves volunteering for field trips and pretty much anything to do with our kids. Also, kids LOVE him and just seem to flock to him - probably because he is so much fun!!

He loves his boy! He and Taegan are so cute to watch together!! I love those two!!

He loves anything to do with peanut butter and chocolate! It gets even better if they are together!!

He actually likes to shop too! Probably not as much as me, but he really does like shopping and I do realize how lucky I am!!

He loves football! College, NFL, Chiefs, Eagles, and of course, KU!!

He loves his girls! There is just something about the bond between a daddy and his daughters. He definitely is wrapped around those two little fingers!!

He is a WONDERFUL husband!! He puts up with me and all my craziness! We have been together for 10 1/2 years now and he's still here. I'd say that's something!!

He is always willing to help Madison with any school project, no matter what it is or how crazy it might be!

He loves being crazy with the kids! Sometimes I think I live with 4 kids!!

He is such a Godly man and an excellent example for our daughters of how a man should treat them and for Taegan of how he should treat a woman. It is amazing for me to see how God is working in his life. God has called him to be a music minister and the doors are definitely opening for that work.

He is such a fun dad! He is always willing to get out there and play/skate or do whatever his 3 kids want him to. What else could a kid ask for?

Happy Father's Day to our favorite Dad!! We all love you so much!!!!