Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Memory Lane

Aiden just turned 2 and a half and Emma is quickly approaching her 4 and a half birthday. And so, as usual, I am feeling a little nostalgic. So here is a little stroll down memory lane... 

Emma's "birth"day

One Month! This is her "bruiser" picture. Ha!

Two months! She is sweeter in this picture and getting a little filled out!
Three Months! Sumo baby! 
Four Months! Do we have to take these pictures again?
Five Months! Cheese!

Six months! Starting to drool! A lot!!
Seven months! Look at all that hair! Too bad that we didn't have bows like Harper's!
Eight months! Looks kind of innocent here!
Nine months! Darn ol' tooth!
Ten months! A little happier!

Eleven months! Happy girl!!
Twelve months! YEA!! It's my birthday!!!

And Herrrreeee's Aiden...

Aiden's "birth"day!!

One month! Hey bear! What's up with all the pictures?
Two months! Faux hawk - stylin!
Three months! Serious boy!
Four months! Smiling a little more!

Five months! I'm ready for some baseball!
Six months! Starting to drool a lot like Sissy did!
Seven months! Now I love this paci!
Eight months! Still lovin' the paci!
Nine months! Come on, Daddy. Let's play catch!
Ten months! I'm done with this!
Eleven months! Still done!

Twelve months! Go Hogs go!! Where's my cake!


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Sunday, June 28, 2009


After a quick trip to the farmers market where Emma chose green beans, I chose squash and Aiden didn't choose anything because we couldn't find a farmer that grew chocolate or cheetos (what's up with that?) we thought this would be the best way to spend the day. Ahhhh! It was great and the kids loved it. 

This is the face that Emma makes when she stops kicking and paddling. She is doing great at swimming under water with no floaties though. She made it across the whole pool.

Aiden's silly eyes from his goggles.


I have been trying to catch Aiden mid jump. It is so cute, but I haven't quite gotten the right picture just yet.  

Grandpa and Granny Bev hit it big with the new cups they sent the kids. They loved them. Aiden especially loves how it opens when you press the button and of course it is "Piderman". Thank you guys!!

Just for fun, here are a few old pictures...

Emma's first 4th of July (before the playroom was the playroom - Oh how I miss those days - not really, now that I think of it. I really love each and every day just like it is. I mean, maybe it would be ok if it were just a little cleaner, but really they're only young once so bring on the toys (and pretend credit cards).

Aiden's first 4th of July

Brinkely - 4th of July before Emma was born. Poor neglected girl... Really, I don't think that she is sad that she doesn't have to wear the bikini anymore or the shades. I think that she liked her pool though. We'll have to see about getting another one for her.

And some newer picutres...
Aiden laughing at Emma in the back seat. (Not the Brinkley incident, in case you were wondering Gradnpa) ;) 

Brinkley and Bella in action. Hmmm. Blurry with crisp background. Obviously, I need a class!
Future blogger? Actually she has been playing noggin games lately. She's really pretty good. I was surprised how quickly she picked it up. 
That's it for our Saturday. More swimming tomorrow!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day, Grandpa/Dad! 

Hope you have a great and relaxing Father's Day!! We miss you!!
New Grandpa with Baby Emma
Grandpa, Grandma, and Disney! OMG, can a little girl take that much awesomeness?
Grandpa and baby Aiden at the McConnell family reunion? Do these people laugh this much all the time, Grandpa? Let's go take a nap!!
Grandpa and Emma on the trolley in San Francisco.
Grandpa and Aiden...Preppy twins!

And we should have given these to you when you were here, but we thought it would fun to post it like this. But we will give you the cards when you come back in a few weeks!! 

We love you, Grandpa/Dad!!
Have a super fun and relaxing Father's Day!!

Friday, June 19, 2009


The kids graduated swimming lessons last night! I think that they both really enjoyed it. Emma got to finally jump of the diving board so that was exciting!! No life jacket even! (there was a life guard right there so don't have a heart attack, Grandpa!) Aiden almost got used to his teacher last night. I don't know why, but it always surprises me how shy he is in those situations. He did great, but only if Miss Kandice was not looking.
Aiden got a Spider Man Popsicle! No wonder he started liking Miss Kandice!
Emma and Miss Becca. She was so nice to Emma and gave her class 2 goody bags. Emma showed her appreciation with 5 thank you cards (in separate envelopes) and two other drawings!
He actually does have a swim suit on, just falling down a little.

Emma jumping to Miss Becca! (this was the first time, she got to go twice :) ).

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Our weekend...

This week the grandparents were in from California. YAY!! It was so fun. The kids always look so forward to the visits (and so do Matt and I). We especially love to see what they think when there have been so many changes like there have been since they came in March. Mostly with Aiden... he is now completely potty trained (well, except for bedtime! And apparently except for getting excited because he had 3 accidents within an hour of Grandma and Grandpa's arrival). And also he has really started to talk so much. It is precious!!

So the weekend was really fun (and a little embarrassing - story to follow...) When they arrived on Thursday, we went out to look at "the land" and to see "Uncle Tom's Cabin", which was looking great until we broke it in Evans Kiddo style. First, Aiden's 3rd (aforementioned) accident occurred in Uncle Tom's new doorway and porch. Then Emma needed to go (#2) so she did that right in the middle of the back yard. AUGHHHH!!! So proud! But hey, we were definitely keepin' it real. Then, we spent Friday smoking ribs and pulled pork (actually Grandpa did... YUM-O). Then Grandma and Grandpa got to see Emma in gymnastics Friday afternoon. We had the McConnells over for a barbeque on Friday night. Fun times! Emma adopted Maggie as her big sister and I guess Brey as her brother-in-law (or something like that!!) But they were sooo kind to entertain her. Then Saturday was our 11 year anniversary!!! (I love you, honey!!) 
We had a fun day (although an unconventional anniversary). Matt worked on the broken house. The kids and I went to Weston's "morio" (aka Super Mario) birthday party. Which Jocelyn did a great job on! But, man oh man, Fast Lane's was EX-PEN-SIVE!!!! Wow, I'm glad it was a birthday party! Anyway, then we met Matt in Huntsville and then went to eat (and shop) for a little while in Branson. Now this may not seem very romantic to go to Branson with our kids, but I beg to differ. I think that it was super sweet because Matt knew that Gymboree Outlet had just gotten in the line I have been waiting for a year and he knew that I wanted Emma there with me to see what she would actually wear. What a guy!! Thanks, honey!! Then Sunday was just kind of slow. We did the normal Sunday dinner thing (which we love!) then we had another dinner at Terry and Christy's for Jacob's Farewell Party. That brings us to Monday. Grandma and Grandpa kept the kids (with no car seats- Sorry!!). Then, they started swimming lessons that evening. So cute!!

Tuesday, Nana kept the kids and as usual let them have tons of fun doing all kinds of fun stuff. Here are some pictures of their Kool Aid stand.
(Emma drew the cookies and brownie above)
Emma serving Nana Barb (we are soooo blessed! How many 88 year old Nana's would get out to come to their great-grandkids' Kool-Aid Stand. She is the best and hasn't changed a lick since I was the one having the Kool-Aid Stand. I love you, Nana!!)

This was just a random picture of Bella. She was playing with that toy and got it around her neck like it was hugging her. So precious!!