Monday, May 22, 2017

PreK Graduation

This sweet girl graduated from PreK last week. It has been a great year and I can't believe she will start Kindergarten in the fall. She is definitely ready, but I'm not sure if I am. It makes me sad that her little years at home are over. But I am excited about new adventures for her.

I don't see too much difference in her first day (left) and last day (right) pictures. She is still working on her fake smile, haha.

I am very thankful for all the photos the teachers take throughout the year. It is nice to get to see what goes on during her day. Especially on the days when I ask how her day was and she says "ugghh don't ask!".

They had a short and sweet graduation ceremony that we got to see. Lainey slept through it in the stroller since it was during nap time. Colton was entertained with pouches and raisins. 

We will miss her sweet teachers! Lainey will be at this preschool in the fall and I am hoping she has a great experience too.

Looking forward to a fun summer with these kiddos!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Phoenix Vacation

We flew out to Phoenix last week to visit the Kimmels. Our last Phoenix trip was 2 years ago so the girls hardly remembered it and Colton wasn't even born then. This was our first flight with the 5 of us and it went really well. We were so excited for a fun trip!

The kids absolutely adore their cousins (on both sides!) and were so excited to see the Kimmel boys. Colton thought it was the best thing ever to be in a house and backyard filled with only boy toys.

So many kids everywhere

One morning Greg and Cody did a man hike, and we also took a couple group hikes. Time spent preparing to go hiking with kids: 57 minutes. Time spent hiking with kids: 12 minutes. We packed 15 pounds of sippy cups and snacks for probably a .18 mile hike. Haha. But it was still fun!

Look who fell asleep on the strenuous hike!

To recover from all the exhausting hiking we did, we went to a fancy resort one day to use their pool. 

Lauren and Cody's church had a Parents' Night Out while we were there so we dropped the kids off for a few hours and went to dinner and to a coffee shop to play games. It was great to have some good conversation and time together.

We got to go to their church on Sunday morning for the first time. It was neat to see the place that they play such a big role in. And we got to see Cody lead worship as usual and do a fantastic job.

We also went to a splash pad, went to Goldfield Ghost Town where the kids panned for gold and we rode a train, went to a trampoline park, went to a cute ice cream shop in old town Scottsdale, and spent lots of time playing outside and enjoying the nice weather. Lainey was in love with their dog Duma and played with her every chance she got. Cambry stayed with the Kimmels and we stayed in a hotel a few minutes away with Colton and Lainey. The first night was pretty awful but after that the kids slept great! We even put them down at the Kimmels' house twice so we could stay up playing games and then transferred them to the hotel. 

I'm so thankful for such a wonderful trip. I had prayed and prayed that we would all be healthy for the trip and God was so gracious to answer that prayer. There were no urgent care visits either! Lauren and Cody were the sweetest hosts and cooked us lots of yummy meals and even greeted us with a big welcome package full of goodies. We had tons of fun and were all sad to leave. We'll see you at the beach this summer!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Lainey 3 1/2

Our sweet Lainey is 3 1/2. She is loving, affectionate, funny, and silly. Her laugh is contagions. She is continually making progress with her speech and making us smile with all the funny things she says. 

She loves music and singing. She tries to sing the 5 little monkies song often. She likes head shoulders knees and toes, and it especially cracks her up when I sing it at super speed. She loves Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop the Feeling song and will sing "my body" and "sunshine pocket". Sometimes in the car or in her crib at night she will sing to herself and we have no idea what she is singing.

I call this one her "model shot"
She is learning manners and is starting to say thank you or sorry unprompted. Although when she wants something that someone else has, she will start saying all done, meaning YOU are all done.

She still gives the sweetest hugs and kisses.

She is very social and enjoys going to childcare classes and loves therapy. She especially loves one little girl she does therapy with and will always greet her by telling her hi and giving her a hug.

She has been doing private gymnastics lessons for about a month now. Her attention span is short but it is improving. She loves the trampolines and the foam pit the most. She likes attempting her front rolls at home.

Playing with water is one of her favorite things. Baths, the water table, and splash pads are perfect for her. 

She still loves baby dolls and also she likes to play with little doll house dolls. Making messes is a favorite activity too.

She adores dogs. When we were in Phoenix she played with Duma non stop.

She loves to wrestle, especially with Colton. She is very sweet to him and is always willing to share her food and drinks with him. 

Lainey has such beautiful hair. There are perfect little ringlets at the bottom. She has never had her hair cut because I am scared the ringlets won't come back. Occasionally people will ask me if I curl her hair. Nope, all natural! She also has natural highlights that are so pretty.

She does ST 3 times a week and PT once a week plus gymnastics. We are so proud of all her hard work and progress.

Happy half birthday to our beautiful Lainey Reese!!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Colton 18 Months

My baby boy seems so big these days!! He is only 18 months but he looks like such a big boy. I think it is because of his new haircut. He sure does look handsome though.

This age is so much fun. As much as it saddens me to see them growing up, there is so much to delight in at each new stage. His personality continues to develop and we love to know more and more of him.

Size: I will get accurate height and weight at his appointment in a couple weeks, but on our home scale he weighs 25 lbs.

Skills: He has tons of words. It seems like he will repeat just about any word you ask him to say. His favorite word by far is tractor. Although it sounds more like datchu. He says it approximately 500 times a day. He calls all vehicles tractors. He also calls birds ducks. He always says airplane when he hears one outside. I love that he says uppy when he wants up (on a couch or chair). Other common words include eyes, mouth, nose, mess, wa-wa, milk, poopoo (he often tells us right before or after!), hands, bus, ball, elmo, mouse, show, phone, banana, crackers, cheese, turkey, apple, fork, spoon, more, bath, potty, train, elephant, outside...and the list goes on. This boy is definitely a talker. He will still not say Cambry's name, but calls her sissy. He does say Lainey though. He also can say his grandparents' names and some cousins.

Colton is very sensitive. If we fuss at him in a slightly loud or stern voice he will melt into a puddle of tears.

He takes after Cambry in that he likes to have clean hands. He does not like getting messy hands when eating or when playing outside.

Likes: Trucks, cars, trains, tractors, balls, and going outside. Does that sound like a boy? Haha. It is so fun to see how different he is from the girls. I love getting to experience a little boy. He also has great sound effects to everything. He likes books a lot, especially if they have vehicles or animals. He likes baths and playing with water in the water table or going to splash pads. I am eager to see if he likes going to the pool this summer. He loves playgrounds and enjoys climbing, sliding, and swinging. He also really likes shoes. He will try to put on shoes around the house or try on mine or Greg's and walk around in them.

Colton is a major cuddle bug. As soon as I lift him out of the bed in the morning he immediately lays his head on my shoulder. He does this after nap, and also randomly throughout the day. I love it.

When he wakes up in the morning sometimes he will ask about everyone in the family. It is super sweet. He will say Dada? And I will say Dada is at work. Lainey? Lainey is alseep. Sissy? Sissy is asleep too.

Colton and Lainey play really well together. It is really funny how they love to wrestle each other. Although they often want the same toy so it requires some refereeing.

He wakes up between 6:30 and 7:00am. He takes one nap a day around noon. It lasts 1-2 hours. He goes down for bed between 7:30 and 8:00pm. He still loves his lovie but doesn't suck on it anymore.

Colton Brooks we love you so much! Happy half birthday!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Easter 2017

We had a wonderful first Easter spent in the Woodlands and at our new church, WoodsEdge.

Earlier in the week Cambry had her preschool Easter party. They had an egg hunt, craft, and snacks.

I bought new Easter baskets for the girls this year and once again added ruffles around the bottom. I had no idea how I was going to decorate a boy basket but luckily my mom found this adorable bunny basket for him.

On Good Friday we had planned to make resurrection rolls and dye Easter eggs. I knew Greg would get home from work a little early so I texted our neighbor to see if they wanted to join us in the egg decorating after naps. Later in the afternoon I found out the 2 grand kids of our other neighbors were coming over so we asked them to join too. It was sort of an impromptu party but it turned out great and everyone had so much fun.

Saturday morning our church had a huge egg hunt for all the kids along with inflatables and snow cones. They kids loved doing the egg hunt and discovering all the treats inside their eggs.

On Easter Sunday we went to early service at church. We love our pastor and he gave such a great sermon. 

We came home and the kids got their Easter baskets filled with goodies and then went on an egg hunt.

My parents came over later in the day and we had a late afternoon "linner". This was the first time we had a dining room to use for hosting a holiday meal. I had a lot of fun trying to make the table look nice. My mom is the queen of beautiful tables and I always loved how she specially decorated the table each holiday. 

We had ham, limas, twice baked potatoes, and salad. I made a coconut cream pie and mini sugar cookie sandwiches for dessert. I didn't love the pie, but I couldn't stop eating the cookies.

It was such a fun week spent with family and friends. I am thankful for the life and hope we have because of Jesus' resurrection.