Monday, September 15, 2014


Well we are surviving the first couple of weeks of school around here. Wade is loving K and is pretty excited to go each day. He has been a little more tired than normal but he really has adjusted better than I ever thought he would. The first week was the worst but he really wasn't that bad. One night he cried because we gave him water for dinner-haha he always drinks water :) I have to say it has been an easier transition than I expected. He is doing well and seems to be learning a lot too. He does go to bed early and that seems to really help. We usually have him down by 745p. His sister has been missing him and gets so excited when it is time to go pick him up! He loves drama and computer specials the best. He was so excited last week because an older boy told him he was "fast" on the play ground. Here are two pictures from the night before K.

These pictures still almost make me tear up!!

WK is really liking school too. Just last week when we were walking home she randomly says "I love my peeschool!" However the first day of school she did not want to go and we got the best pictures of her proving that. Some days she will still say "I not go peeschool today!" but she does go and she always comes home happy :) Her teachers seem great and they say she is adjusting and behaving well which makes this momma happy. At home she is 2 years old in full force. Wade called her "little Shannon" the other day when she was whining and I couldn't help but to laugh and call Josh. Josh of course agreed with him. This weekend though her name has changed to "little cray cray (crazy)" and "little fireball!" She was a pistol to be around this weekend needless to say. My girl knows what she wants and if she doesn't get it when she is ready she will let everyone else in the entire world know it to. Loud is an understatement. Its funny what age will do because Wade is at the sweetest age and I can tell he is working so hard on good behavior and wild woman could care less. So maybe just maybe 5 is the magic age where it just clicks :)
Typical WK!!

This one will be in her senior year book for sure! Her very first day of school picture :)

We are loving this cooler weather and I LOVE that I can walk both kids to school. It is amazing not to sit in carpool for the moment. I know when it is freezing that may change but for the next couple of months we love walking. Wade has started tball and really loves playing. Josh also started playing soccer for the town of Apex and poor guy got hurt last night in his game. It was only his 2nd game so I am hoping his muscles will heal quickly so he can play again. I am waiting another month or two but then I will start WK in gymnastics-probably after October (its always a busy busy month for us!)
And just a few of my favorites!! Until next month :)

And all because we told her "No" Poor child hears the word "no" and immediately she falls face first into the floor and acts so pitiful! We turn our heads and laugh-parenting at its finest right there!!


Sunday, August 24, 2014


Dear Kindergartner,

I can't believe that I am even writing this letter to you! I feel like I was just about to have you or that we were just celebrating your 1st and 2nd birthdays at the Lake. How on earth is it time for me to let you go off to school tomorrow?? Wade we love you so much and are so proud of you. You are crazy, silly, loud and oh so funny...not to mention handsome and way smarter than me. I know you are SO ready for this and tonight when we had your back to school pizza party and roasted marshmallows you could barely even contain your excitement. Mommy on the other hand is SO not ready for you to be gone all day.

I am already looking forward to teacher work days and early release days. Tomorrow 8/25/14 is your very first day of school. Its assessment day but you go all day from 845a-335p. Thankfully it is the only day this week that you will go. Friday we go in for an hour or so to "officially" meet your teacher even though we know that you will have Mrs. Enderline (who is your aunt Ashley's best friend!) I feel so much better about you going because she knows you and is going to love you and take care of you there! Your lunch is packed and your snack is packed and your huge book bag is all ready to go. You even got a pizza lunchable because I love you so much (you never get those!)

Not only am I going to miss you so much but WK is really going to miss you. I know she is going to be walking around looking for you tomorrow. You are the BEST big brother. I really never imagined that you could be so sweet and so good to her. She is one lucky girl to have you! I know you will always watch over her and protect her.

 I am hoping and praying that you have the best first day and the best year ever. I am so glad you know a few friends already and can't wait for you to meet more. We love you!! Please be safe and I cannot wait to see you after school and see how your day went. Not sure if I will sleep at all tonight but you were so excited that you went right to sleep at 8pm tonight. Have a great day sweet boy!!

your sad mommy :(

Here are some pictures of the fun things we did the last week-our last full week of Summer break!

Here are some from tonight-we had a pizza party with cookie cake and you roasted a couple of marshmallows. You had the best time!!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July 2014

So my goal was to blog once a is the 31st and this is my second blog post for July!! Even though it takes a little time I LOVE looking back at my old books from when the kids were babies. So so glad I started blogging when Wade was just a few months old. Talk about a tear jerker though-I just looked back at his 8 month post :( I know I am repeating myself but HOW is he going to Kinder in 3 weeks. This mama is just not ready for this. We are going to enjoy these last three week so much. I have to say we have had a GREAT Summer and the kids have gotten to do a lot of fun things!

Here is what we have been up to this past month: The first week of July we went to the Lake for the 4th and had a great time with our family. The kids love playing with Hayes and going for boat rides. WK hid under the towel for the start of the fireworks and then she warmed up to it and she kept saying over and over that "she loved the purple one the best!"

Here are some pictures from the Lake. WK rode the tube for the very first time but those pictures are on my big camera. She liked it ok...she was much more afraid at 2 than Wade was but hey she tried it. Wade loves to ride the tube and he also tried to ski for the very first time (however we won't talk about that!) Basically a lot of water in the face and nose = not a happy 5 year old!) This was the first Summer than we had a full blown fight about who would drive the boat. Sassy pants right here didn't want anyone else but herself driving with Pops.

I remember when Wade could barely see over the top of the door :(

Cousins!! Happy July 4th!

The 2nd week of July Josh and I went to Playa del Carmen, Mexico!! (without kiddos!) It was amazing and we had the best time with 2 of our best friends Carrie and Brandon. This was our third trip out of the country with them and we had a blast. It had been 3 years since we have traveled like this so it was time. We are hoping to travel with them yearly from now on. The kids did great and spent two days with my parents and three days with Josh's parents. Lets just put it this way-they cried when we got home and not because they were so happy to see us. They cried because they didn't want to leave Nana and Poppy's house. Oh and it didn't stop there-Wade woke up the next morning and cried for 20 minutes because he "couldn't take it anymore" he said "I have to go back to Nana and Poppy's house right now!" Note to self lets make our next trip 6-7 days please :)
We came home and had a week to relax and then the third week in July Wade finished up swim team and went to VBS at his old preschool. He loved it was so sad when it ended. He is getting so excited about going to school which makes me a little happier about everything. WK is so excited too she will say "my school, my school!" when we go by there. She is talking so much and learning something new every day. She sings her ABC's all the time now and knows some of her letter too. Just the other day on tv they asked what number is this and I heard her little voice say "eight" and she was right! I had no idea she knew her numbers. I know tv isn't great all the time but both of my kids have learned quite a bit from watching some tv. Here are some of my favorite pictures from July!
Here are a few more from the Lake!

This is an old one but I laugh every time I see it; this is the face Wade made every time we looked at him during his performance at school. He told us he could sing in front of other mom and dads but was too embarrassed to sing in front of us!
Here is Dora/WK :) This child LOVES Dora and when we saw this mask/cape in Mexico we knew we had to get it for her. Wade got the spider man one but he wasn't in the mood for his picture being taken.

We love Summer nights at the park. I love Fall and am getting more ready for Fall weather but I know I will miss Summer once its cooler.

Time for a little dance party

Not only did Wade get a back to school lunch box but Westin Kate just "had" to have one too.

Chase came over for his very first play date alone. He has been over a million times with his mom but this day she let us bring him home from VBS and spend a few hours at our house. Everyone had a great time.

Last weekend we had a lazy weekend and home and had some time to squeeze in a quick trip to Marbles. The kids had a great time.

Ice cream sandwiches on the porch after dinner last Sunday night.

My big 5 year old ready for action. WK was a MMO so this was today when I had a few hours with just him. I have loved those Thursday mornings. We went to Toys R Us to get two new water bottles for school.

Can't believe tomorrow is August already. I have got to get some pictures of the kids swimming before the end of the Summer. WK has been saying the funniest things and one thing I don't want to forget is whens he says "neva neva (never)drop paci in the potty again!" she did this by accident one day last week and it made her so sad. She loves that paci. So now when she wakes up and goes potty with her paci she takes it out of her mouth and finds a special place in the bathroom for it so it is safe. She also says "I good girl I not hit" every time we pick her up from  MMO or the gym daycare. It really traumatized her that day she got in trouble at the gym daycare. Poor thing is so worried about getting in trouble again. We keep telling her how she is a "good girl" but she will not forget that day she got in trouble :)