Sunday, November 25, 2012

More baby memories with the Family!

No pictures this time, but wanted to document some of the fun baby conversations we have been having lately!

I was sick with the nasty stomach flu about a month ago, so my teacher friend Stephanie came and picked up Caden to take him to school.  She asked Caden if he had anymore good baby names for us--he thought awhile and came up with Jelly--Steph asked--like Peanut Butter and Jelly--yes, that is what he meant--and Stephanie--could you please email my mom to tell her that name! 

I clarified with Caden on that name when he got home and he said he meant Gelly, not Jelly--so there are more names to add to the list!

Brynn on the other hand is all about Princesses right now and has decided Little Princess Ariel is a great character and a great name!  Our daycare provider said that she is telling everyone at daycare that Ariel is the baby's name and about a week ago, we went out to eat at Logan's and the manager walked by and checked in with us and then asked if we were having a baby around Christmas time.  Caden said YES and it will be a sister.  The lady said congratulations and Brynn piped up--and her name will be Little Princess Ariel.  The lady was quite impressed as were all the Aunt and Uncles that she told over Thanksgiving.  I asked Layne if we should tell Brynn that might not be the baby's name--he just grinned and shrugged and told me in another month, we might really like that name!!
I must admit, it has grown on me but we will add Gelly, Jelly, and Ariel to the list and as of this morning Brynn's new idea was Ballet Kitty!

Brynn also had a great name for our friend Kylie who is having a boy--she first thought Princess would be a good name, but when I reminded her that it needed to be a boy's name, she thought and thought and came up with Bob the Builder--because Bob is a boy--she even had to call Kylie to tell her that name--we have had a lot of laughs over all these fun name ideas!

Brynn is also famous for coming up and loving on my tummy and then starts laughing and tells me--that baby is kicking me again Mommy--even though I know she is not--I think she is just getting us ready for all the joys of three kiddos!

Caden has had a few questions about how this baby is going to come out--he is determined that she will come out feet first--I told him that I hope not, we want her to come our head first just like he did and there he has to argue with me that No, he came out feet first, too--he knows he did--I tried to correct him again, but then just left it alone--stubborn child will always think he is right--I will have to drag out his baby pictures to see if I can convince him otherwise!

Thankful for my children and all the joy and laughter they bring to our household!

Friday, November 16, 2012


 Halloween on a Wednesday makes for a very long week for teachers, but it is what it is and I am glad that it only comes once a year!
Here is Caden's kindergarten class--just the boys above and the whole class below!
Thankfully, Layne and Brynn were able to come out to school and watch the Halloween parade and went to Caden's classroom and took a few pictures for this mom who had to entertain 1st graders!

  Here is Caden's kindergarten teacher Mrs. Wiles--the 3 kindergarten teachers were the 3 little pigs and Mrs. Wiles is showing on her Ipad that she built her house out of sticks!  They were super cute costumes!

 Brynn stopped by on her way back to daycare with daddy to say hello to Stephanie--one of my co-teachers--they were both dressed as witches, so we needed a witch picture--Brynn LOVED Steph's gloves with long, sparkly fingernails!

 Hello witches!

Some mommy time with my kids--witch Brynn with Defender C Mommy--Defender C is part of our reading pathways program!
  Bat Caden with Defender C mom--Layne made Caden's bat costume--Caden has wanted to be a bat for about 3 months straight--I found this simple one to make out of of an umbrella or there was one to buy--he picked this one--super easy to put on--a hooded sweatshirt that zipped up--he was happy so it worked for me!

Rewind a couple days as the Sunday before Halloween, we got together with our friends the Weber family and ate a yummy supper and decorated pumpkins.  

Brynn wanted pink and purple--with sparkles--so we picked out paint at Hobby Lobby and this girl worked for almost 30 minutes painting her pumpkin--I was so proud of her!
 Target had a whole table of decorate your pumpkin kits--Caden loved the Angry Bird pumpkin--so he and Layne worked together to create his Angry Bird pumpkin.

Jill made a glittery Jack O' Lantern face on her pumpkin.

I chose to just decorate mine as well--Brynn and I picked out sparkly purple jewels, glittery purple ribbon, and zebra print ribbon for my pumpkin!

Brynn's pumpkin--all finished but very wet!

3 year old Jack painted for 5 minutes and was done, but
 he got some of his favorite colors on there!

Brynn's pumpkin---dry and ready for display with her zebra ribbon on top!

Caden's fun Angry Bird pumpkin--with his Angry Bird shirt!

Our pumpkin display--I was a little sad that Layne did not do one of his masterpieces, but he did make us some yummy pumpkin seeds--sometimes there is just not enough time in the day!

Fast Forward back to Halloween!
After school that day, Caden and I left right away to pick up Brynn and go straight to Layne's work.
K-tron employees are awesome--they spoil the kids with tons of candy and it is fun to see everyone's kiddos all dressed up!

 Love this picture--looks like they are having a great conversation!

Caden the bat--age 5; Brynn the witch--age 3

Happy Halloween one and all!

As soon as we left Layne's work at 4:45, the kids and I ran home to drop some things off and pick up candy for church and then headed start back to our church for Trick or Trunking.  This is one of my favorite outreach programs that our church does--this prego mama had too much going on that day to get a trunk ready, but Layne was determined to decorate our van--so he was in charge this year and created a haunted van tunnel through our van--most kids loved it and Caden ate it up!  My parents came and mom took Brynn around to trick or treat, but Caden did not leave the van--he and my dad stayed and helped Layne with the van--Caden loved making scary noises or leading kids through the dark tunnel.  I went on a food run and then sat in a chair and watched all the action--it was a beautiful day and I think we had around 300 kids come trick-or-trunking at our church!
Finally at 7:00--we said good-bye to our church friends and to Grandma and Grandpa and headed home to trick or treat at a few neighbors' houses before letting the kids have ONE more piece of candy and calling it a night at 9:00.
What a day--and again, thank goodness it only comes once a year!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Sunnyside Pumpkin Patch

 The first weekend in October we headed to Hays America to celebrate Homecoming at FHSU.  We drove around campus--very impressed with the new Agnew Hall, ate lunch with my parents at Taco Shop in honor of Dad's birthday, and for the 2nd year in a row went to a very cold, rainy homecoming parade---it was still fun--my kids ate it up, enjoyed the music and floats, and of course got tons of candy and goodies!  Layne and I went for hot chocolate on the drive home instead of our usual snowball!

The next day after church, we grabbed some burgers and headed to Sunnyside Pumpkin Patch with some of our church friends.  It was windy and chilly, but the sun was out and we still had a blast--one of the few years I remember going and having to wear a coat!
The kids were all smiles when we got there!

Brynn and some of our friends checking out the pumpkins!

Always a favorite--the big white slides!

Caden and his friend Tate--his parents own Sunnyside Pumpkin Patch and Tate and Caden are in the same kindergarten class and are good friends--we did not see much of Caden as he and Tate explored the place on their own!

One more time down the slides--please Mommy!

The girls and their dads on the play equipment.

The corn box is always a favorite for all of our kids!

More girl and dad time!

Open your eyes Daddy and say cheese!  Layne is not quite sure how he is going to handle two little girls!

Saying hello to the horses!

Please take my picture mom--OK!

Taking a little rest on the tire swing.

Off to hunt for the perfect pumpkin!

Caden kept with his white pumpkin tradition and Brynn went for the princess tan pumpkin.

Mommy is a princess fan as well!

Tough girl pulling the full wagon!

Beautiful flowers!

Every year, just a little bit bigger!

Our family, October 2012

I saw another family do this picture with their kids and copied them--it was a little out of focus, but one of my favorite fall photos of our little pumpkins!

 We love, love, love Sunnyside Pumpkin Patch--what a busy, fun weekend!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

KC Time!

In September, we made a trip to KC to see Uncle Brad and Aunt Lindsey!  Aunt Lindsey spoiled Brynn rotten by taken her to her little cheer clinic that her cheerleaders put on for grade school kids.  Brynn was the youngest person there.  I thought she might get scared, but Lindsey took her and gave her to some of her favorite cheerleaders and she ate it up---she even had her own stunt crew and got to go up in the air many times, which she loved!  I just had my little camera--so not the best pictures, but a great memory for her!  At 11:00, parents got to come and watch the girls perform--Brynn would go up in the air and smile and wave at us--spoiled, but so happy she had a great time!

Daddy taking in this cheerleading stuff :)

Above--one more wave for her family!

Below--getting loved and spoiled by Aunt Lindsey and her sister Kelsey--who is also a cheerleading coach!  Lindsey made sure Brynn came home with pom-poms and a cute shirt--thanks again Aunt Lindsey for inviting Brynn to cheerleading--she had a blast!

After lunch we headed to the Deanna Rose Farmstead--Lindsey has great memories of this place from when she was growing up and was so excited to take the kids there!  We spent all afternoon there and had a blast--very kid friendly and pretty reasonable prices as well!
Brynn made Aunt Lindsey's day by stopping several times while we were at the farm to show Lindsey her cheerleading moves that she had learned!

Brynn feeding goats and riding a pony!

Caden enjoyed fishing with Daddy and Uncle Brad.  The boys did their own thing several times, so don't have many pictures of them since we split up!

Caden took a picture of this BIG worm!

Using a bottle to feed the baby goats--too cute!

Cute girl on the pedal tractor--I bet she went around this track a good 10 times---we adults were tired just watching her! 

We finished the afternoon off with icecream, a quick adult power nap, pizza, and the K-State Football game before heading home!
It was a fast trip, but we had a blast and really enjoyed the Farmstead, and I know we will go back!
Thanks Brad and Lindsey for a fun weekend!