Tuesday, December 16, 2014

happy birthday asher

Asher Thomas, you are FIVE years old!


Daddy and I were just saying the other day how we feel like 5 is a big deal.  Four and under is still a toddler or baby, but 5, oh my, 5 is big boy territory.



You've been acting more and more like the big boy that you are every day.  You go to school 4 mornings a week, have friends, help with the dishes, choose your own clothes, use the iPad, buckle the top buckle in your booster seat, and can write your name and all the ABCs.


It seems like just yesterday you were a tiny guy.








We've had so much fun over these past 5 years and I know that's just going to continue the older you get!





Even though you're getting older and more independent, you still love to feel loved and come to us for hugs and snuggles.  The fact that you get really excited to see us makes my mama heart so happy.  :-)





You love to read stories and seem to remember everything!  When I miss a sentence or even just mix up some words you are quick to correct me.  Hopefully soon you will be reading to me!


Asher you have come leaps and bounds in your eating.  You used to be the PICKIEST eater - and while there are still lots of things that you don't like you are excellent about trying everything I serve.


You're the funniest kid I know and have a great imagination!  I never know what you'll say and I love that you keep me on my toes.  Even your teachers were telling me about the funny things you say at school.



Every day you and Hadley become better friends.  At first you weren't sure what to do with her, but now that she's bigger you play together all the time.  She misses her 'baba' when you're at school and if she isn't with me to pick you up you always ask where she is.  Hadley really looks up to you and feels so special when you give her attention.  When we come to get you at school you always insist that all of your friends come over to see your sister.  You're a great big brother!




At age 5, Asher…

goes to preschool 4 mornings a week with Miss Denise and Miss Pam
knows his ABCs, numbers and is starting to read and do basic math
loves Ninja Turtles, pirates, and Buzz Lightyear
would play iPad until his brain melted away, if we'd let him
is starting to eat us out of house and home
LOVES water.  Seriously drinks cup after cup of water every day.
tries to talk and negotiate his way out of stuff that he doesn't want to do
is too funny!


Daddy, Hadley and I love you so very much Asher.  We are so blessed that God chose us to entrust with you.  You are an amazing boy and we love your heart!


Friday, December 12, 2014

hadley's 2nd birthday party

Hadley had a more low key party this year at home.  All of her grandparents were here so it was a party, regardless of size!  She had such a fun day - this girl loves to be in the spotlight.


I remember Asher being more unsure of how to open presents, but H has had such a great example from her brother that she knew just what to do.  This lucky lady got lots of fun things and was especially spoiled with her 2 favorites - Frozen and baby dolls!




I made Hadley a special something to go with the new baby that Grandma and Papa got her - a matching Anna dress!  H loves her some Anna, so I knew she'd get a kick out of being Anna and having an Anna.




I asked Hadley is she wanted Frozen or a Minnie Mouse cake and she chose Minnie, so that's the theme we went with for decorations.  She made it easy for mommy - Minnie is everywhere!  :-)




Miss H loved her candles and everyone singing.  I'm telling you, the girl likes a party (especially when she's in the middle).





We love you Hadley!!


happy thanksgiving!

We were able to stay close to home for Thanksgiving this year and I was so grateful.  Traveling during Thanksgiving is tough!  We spent the day at my parent's house with my sister and her family (we let them do the traveling, sorry!  ha!)

These two turkeys had a great time.


Asher has a couple kiddos looking up to him and I think he's up for the challenge!  Until the baby tried to teethe on his arm - then he freaked.


Hadley loves her some "baby Ke-un".  Poor Keaton was almost smothered with love a couple times!  Unfortunately Hadley and I both got sick right around Thanksgiving so we weren't able to do as much fun stuff as I had hoped.  I'm just now getting over it - 2 weeks later - with some antibiotics on board.  Yuck.

Trying to do a quick catch up before Asher's birthday…tomorrow!  Eek!  :-)

Friday, October 31, 2014

happy Halloween!

It's a week of special events - first was Hadley's birthday, next up…Halloween!

Asher really loves the "How To Train Your Dragon" movies so when he asked to be 'Toothless Dragon' for Halloween I couldn't say no.  One of my main goals in life is to dress these 2 in coordinating costumes for as long as I can get away with it  - ha!  Since Hadley had no opinion this year I decided that she would make an excellent Viking (spoiler alert :: the Vikings fought with, but eventually came to love the dragons in the movie).

Happy Halloween from Toothless the Dragon and his (stinkin' adorable) Viking friend!




Can I just say that these costumes make me happier than they should?  There's just something about dressing little kids up in cute hats and letting them run around and use their imaginations that's so fun.



I had a hard time finding a nice dragon costume, so I decided to make this one for Asher.



Annnnd since all the Viking costumes for girls were completely inappropriate (don't get me started) I made Hadley's too!


{Disclaimer :: I didn't make the hats.  Crochet is not my wheelhouse so high five to Etsy for that one!}

Can we pause for a quick second and talk about this girl?  What is it about a hat that's a little too big to increase the cute factor by 1000x??


I mean, you guys.  That face kills me.  She's so great and I want to be just like her when I grow up.


We hope you all have a fun night of trick-or-treating.  Personally I'm excited for the mommy candy raid coming up later.



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