Thursday, May 27, 2010

My Baby Turned 2!!!

3 years ago, Don and I weren't sure if we wanted to try for another baby after loosing Reese, but lucky for us, God had other plans. Two years ago we had our happy ending when Taegan was born. What a perfect addition to our family!! He is energetic, SO happy, and the most adorable little boy EVER!!!! He can be doing something incredibly wrong, but he just looks at you with those big blue eyes and blond hair and he melts your heart! He is very stubborn and very spoiled by his two sisters that dote on him 24/7 and don't like him to ever get in trouble. He is very talkative and is just growing up more and more every day!! I look forward to seeing what he becomes, but I'm also scared that it's all going to go by way too quickly. In the mean time, I couldn't be happier. Happy Birthday Taegan!! I love you so much and I'm so happy to be your Mommy!!!!

This is the day of his birthday party. We had a monkey theme and had the party at our church. Here is Uncle Eric letting Taegan make a basket!

I bought his second birthday party supplies before he was even 8 months old. I saw them online and fell in love with them. We call him our "monkey" and these were perfect!!! Here was his cake.

We also had Patti, the balloon lady, come and make balloon animals for all the kids. She is a professional clown and did a fantastic job!! She also does face painting and plays games with the kids!

Here are the kids playing one of her games.

After the party we came back to our house and my parents and Uncle Eric and Aunt Tiya gave him this John Deere ride-on toy. It is battery powered and he LOVES that he can go anywhere he wants!!

Here he is in the grass riding along!

Tuesday, May 25th, was his actual birthday. We had a relaxing morning, if you can't tell. He and Lily made a "bed" for him to watch TV in out of my laundry basket. I guess it at least gives me a excuse for not doing laundry that day!! =)

Before heading to lunch we went to SportClips and tried round 2 on getting our hair cut. It did go better than the first time, but still not great. He cried the whole time and REALLY hated the clippers, but we got through it and here is the end result. I love it and it is so cute on him. Although it does make him look a little too old for this mommy's liking.

That evening we went to dinner with Grandma and Grandpa. Taegan had a couple more gifts to open. Here is his baseball glove and ball from Aunt Jenn, Uncle Brian and Elsie.

Grandma and Grandpa got him some more collector John Deere tractors.

When the waiter at Chili's saw him opening gifts, she asked if it was his birthday. We said yes, so the next thing you know, we have lots of waiters singing "Happy Birthday" to him. He was most impressed with the cake. Look at that look on his face!!

Here is his other gift from Aunt Jenn - a golf set. As you can tell, he loved it!!

When we got home we gave Taegan his gifts from us. Here he is with his new baseball tee, bat and ball. He loves anything to do with balls if you couldn't tell.

Don is teaching him the proper way to hold the bat...

They swing...
He was so proud of himself!! He played golf and baseball for a long time that night. What a great day!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A little behind...

So, obviously I'm a little behind on my blog. We have had an eventful couple of months - a visit to my parent's house over spring break, Easter, our niece Elsie's birthday party at Wonderscope museum, the Kings Kids Choir at our church had their performance the end of April, we decided to put our house on the market, got it ready to be listed and then took it off the market all in less than 2 weeks!! Then I immediately went into garage sale mode. I always tell myself I'm not going to procrastinate, but in the end I always do. So, I had to price a huge amount of stuff and then get it all organized. The sale went great, but it is such a big, messy process!! Throw in Don's birthday and Mother's day and wow, I'm exhausted just typing it all up!! I think that pretty much gets you up to date with the Engel family. Here are some pictures to help you get caught up, starting with the most recent event (because I'm too lazy to move them all around).
We met my parents at Cheesecake Factory on Mother's Day for lunch and attempted to take some pictures.
Here are Don and the kids on his birthday. Poor Don always gets shorted because his birthday falls the same weekend as our garage sale and I'm always so busy! We went to Carlos O'Kellys and his mom and the kids made him a cake.

Madison had a school field trip to the zoo. They had such a great time!!!

Madison had her first part in the KKC musical that Don and I direct at our church. She was a cheerleader and had a solo too. She did SUCH a great job!!
Here she is with the other 2 cheerleaders. They became great friends!

For Elsie's party we met at Wonderscope museum and then went to a hotel on the plaza and went swimming and had pizza. The kids had so much fun and loved seeing Elsie again!!

Madison dressed up in her scuba suit.
Lily and Don making a caterpillar plant.
The girls loved playing in the supermarket. They were shopping forever!

Taegan got bored shopping, so he went back to the ball room. They are his favorite things!!

Here we are on Easter. We were attempting to get a good picture of all 3 of them. We ate lunch at Don's mom's house and we tried there too!

My pretty girls!!!
The kids on Easter morning after finding their gifts.

Lily and Taegan at the church Easter egg hunt. As you can see Taegan wasn't too happy about having his picture taken.
Finally, our trip to my parents house over spring break! We had a great time with my parents - as always!!