Sunday, April 19, 2015

Slumber Party!!!

My little man has a birthday coming up, and unfortunately Brody is going to be out of town for Graham's party.  So, Brody invited Graham to come to his house for a slumber party.  Graham LOVES Brody, so he was super excited about this idea!
This weekend was the big event.  Graham was sure to tell everyone that he was going to a slumber party "by myself!"  He did not want his sisters to have any part of this fun!
We asked Graham what he thought they would play, and he answered "probably weapons."
Nathan and Megan were quite the hosts...taking them to the Lego store
and out to dinner for pizza (and sending me pictures of all of the fun!)
Rumor has it that there was even a bit of slumber involved!

I think this slumber party lived up to Graham's high expectations.  He loved it...and is already asking when he can go back!  I think it may be our turn to host the next one!

Sunday, April 12, 2015


I've covered Clare's two birthday parties, but I didn't write much about Clare herself!  Without further ado, nine things about Clare at nine!

1.  Clare has really taken to swimming!  She swims twice a week, and will hopefully join some sort of 'swim team' in the near future!

2.  Clare is tall!  She's the tallest of her group of friends.  When we went Easter shopping, I had to buy her a size 6 shoe.  A women's size 6!  Does that seem crazy to anyone else?!?!

3.  She continues to be great with younger kids.  I can count on her to keep little ones in line.  Perhaps because she can be a tad bit bossy????

4.  She does great at school.  I never worry about her behavior at school; I think she is a teacher's dream.  She is a great reader, doesn't love math just yet, and loves art!!

5.  Her favorite show is Dancing With The Stars.  She loves Monday nights!

6.  She is writing her first book, thanks to a kit that LoLo and Pop gave her.  More about that upon publishing date.  :-)

7.  Clare is an old soul.  She loves to hang out with me and my friends, and she loves to be "in the know."

8.  She is excited for the summer...she has a diving class and Pine Cove in the City on her schedule!

9.  Clare is sweet, funny, a little dramatic, and just a great kid all around!  Love her to pieces!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter with the Peeps!

What a great Easter weekend!  We began with Graham's egg hunt at school.  He definitely got the hang of it!

Of course, we had to do a few Easter crafts to get in the spirit!

On Saturday, we headed to Deedee and Papaw's house for our traditional egg hunt.  We joined by Emme, Grandad, Bryan and Morgan J.  Aunt Morgan was there too!

The weather was perfect...perfect for an egg hunt!


Early Sunday morning, the kids were excited to see that the Easter bunny had come!

And he brought flower pots, seeds, gardening tools, jump ropes and some candy!

We got out of our pajamas and headed to church. I'm so thankful for these four.

You can see their finished craft projects in this one...

After church, we joined up with Nathan, Megan and Brody at LoLo and Pop's house.  We had our final egg hunt and a delicious brunch!  Uncle Nate elicited some great smiles in this one!

With full baskets and full bellies, we headed home where we had seeds waiting to be planted.  Each kid got a different kind of seed, so we'll see what sprouts first.

It was a fun weekend made possible by our great family!  Happy Easter to all!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Clare is NINE....and the Big Room Reveal!

Wow.  My big girl is NINE!  I can't even believe it!  We have had a fun weekend celebrating her. 

Our gift to Clare was to redo her room.  She had requested new bedding, and we gave her a new room!  This is how it looked before:

    On Saturday, while Clare was away, Casey and I went to work.  We rearranged her furniture, changed window treatments, bedding, etc, moved in a newly painted nightstand, etc.  Here is how it looked after:


When Clare got home, we did the big reveal.  

She loved it....and I loved watching it!

On Sunday night, we did the family party.  Everyone came over, and Clare was so excited!  Her excitement was contagious!  We decorated with old pictures of Clare.  Where has the time gone?!?!

Clare got a lot of great stuff, including summer camp, clothes, shoes, and a pedicure!  You can see how Sydney felt about Clare getting all of this stuff!  Huge thank you to everyone for all of the great gifts!

We had a brownie ice cream cake and just enjoyed the evening!

Oh my sweet Clare.  I can't even believe you are nine. Happy birthday to my beautiful, sweet, loving girl.  You make us so proud!

Friday, March 27, 2015

9th Birthday, Cinderella Style

We decided to celebrate Clare's birthday a few weeks early this year when we figured out that Cinderella was opening over spring break.  Clare invited a few friends, and we headed to the movies!

I can't say enough how easy and enjoyable this party was.  The girls came over, we did cake and presents, and then we loaded up to go see the movie.

Casey took the day off of work, so our whole crew went too.  All of the girls loved it, and Graham slept through it. Perfect!

 Party favors were a simple box of movie candy and a bag of popcorn!

It was a super fun, easy-peasy party...and this little girl was happy!


 We won't discuss the fact tht she is turning NINE!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Snow Day

We had several snow days this year, but one in particular was extra "snowy!"  Of course, the kids are always thrilled to get an unexpected day off of school, and when you add in snow, it's super exciting!

The kids played in the snow for a while.  Graham had the most staying power.  He finally came in when his little hands were practically frozen.  We made snow ice cream, painted, and then everyone decided they wanted to cook....and each make something different!

So, by the end of the day, my kitchen looked like this....

...but we had lots of delicious baked goods!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Ants Go Marching...

Casey and I decided to give Sydney a light-up gel ant farm for Christmas.  We recently sent off for the ants, and they arrived last week!  It was time to get started!

First, she dug three tunnels (with a special tool) straight down to help the ants get started.

When I saw the size of the ants, and I read that they can bite and sting, I opted to let Casey handle the transfer!  The kids watched intensely.

The ants are in the house!  

 We watched them for quite some time, although at first, they were a bit sluggish.  I guess they had to get used to their new habitat.

But by the next morning, the ants had made lots of progress.  The tunnels were coming along!  

The kids would stop and check in on the ants all of the time.  Graham even took a seat on the floor at one point to watch the action!

Check out all of the tunnels!  It really is quite fascinating.  Casey and I have spent quite a bit of time watching the ants as well.  

It has been a fun thing to watch. Let's just pray that no one accidentally knocks it over....