Our Baby is 4!

Happy 4th Birthday to Mila today!  Can’t believe the time has flown by so fast.  Wait, yes I can.  It keeps happening with my other kids, too.

We had sweet Mila’s party this past weekend, along with our family Easter Egg Hunt while everyone was in.

This year Mila wanted a “Morose” party.  Morose is Misery’s cousin on Ruby Gloom. Mila already loves Coraline and Goosebumps, so this wasn’t exactly news to us.  Mazzy found the show on Netflix and they watched every episode.  All 40 of them.  Here’s the catch:  The show ended in 2007.  There is zero merchandise for a party out there.  And to complicate matters more, Morose was only on one episode!

But, I believe that a kid’s birthday should be all about them.  So I did my best to create a Morose party.  I think it turned out pretty great!

( cake top done by Avery Cakes with one of the three images I could find of Morose)

Finished product done by a local gal.  Turned out perfect!  I smudged it pulling it out of the box.  Oops!

I went with the bright colors of the show and had to add a little bit of spooky stuff!

I just love the awesome ideas from Pinterest!

All in all it was a great day and I’m pretty sure we had one happy birthday girl!

Happy 10th, Jazz!

10 days ago, we celebrated my sweet sweet boys 10th birthday.

We decided about 2 hours before that we would have an early party.  I hurried and made the cake (blue velvet with cream cheese frosting), and called the grandmothers.

He was one happy boy!

He only asked for three things.  A guitar, an amp and a smoke machine.

I think he’s happy.  🙂

A Very Green Fall So Far

Brrr.  It’s a little chilly outside today.  Just last week we were really reaping the benefits of our recent rain.

Doesn’t all of this green just look luscious? Remember the band Luscious Jackson?  Anyway, these and many more gorgeous plants can be found out at my MawMaw’s house.

Oh yay!  We’ve learned to suck things with our nose now.  Lately it has just been cups with her mouth.

And this is the first time she climbed a tree!  “Hurravo!”  That’s Mila’s new word.  And I love it.

I know a lot of people complain about Texas weather, but I kind of like it.  You never know what it’s going to be like!

The Pumpkin Patch

I had grand plans for finding an amazing pumpkin patch with a maze and everything.  The closest one that I could find was an hour away.  And then my darling Brenda called and had noticed one only 20 minutes away!  Fabulous!  It wasn’t as grand as I was hoping, but it was still really cool.  The kids had a blast and we got some pretty cute pictures.

My sweet sweet Jazz.

Sassy Sarah

Miss Mazzy

Darling Little Mila

And the hat. 🙂

Fun Fall Day

I just love Fall y’all.  I really do.  It was such a gorgeous Fall day here in Texas that I just had to take advantage.  I took the boys and Mila to the park.  They had such fun!

There isn’t one single thing about the park that Mila doesn’t love.  You probably figured that out.  She is such a little daredevil and will try just about anything.  Her newest obsession is dinosaurs.  That shirt is actually a pajama top that she has “needed” to wear for the past two days.  Finally managed to peel it off before bath so that it can be washed. 🙂

The boys were constantly  jumping and playing “Twilight.”

Hayden aka Edward

And Jazz aka Menacing Emmett

No matter how long you stay, no one is ever ready to leave the park.  Especially the 3-year-old darling.  I’ve left out any and all melt down photos.  You’re welcome.

Long Weekend

Happy Labor Day Weekend!  Hope you all are getting some much-needed rest and relaxation this weekend.  Here is Texas, we are finally enjoying some simply gorgeous weather.

George and I literally spent all of yesterday on the couch watching movies.  It was so nice.  Can’t remember the last time we were able to do that.

Today, we went to our good friends’ house for a bbq.  It was great!

Jacie and Mazzy.  Friends since birth.  Literally.

 My water broke with Mazzy while I was holding an almost two-week old Jacie.


Mazzy’s shot of Jacie.

This is Bailey.  She sang us funny country songs.  About tractors and farms and dirty swimming pools.

Chloe and Bailey.  Another shot by Mazzy.  She’s good.  🙂

It’s always convenient that the Mr. and I take separate cars whenever we plan on staying somewhere for a few hours.  Little Miss needed to come home early after an exhausting day.  When we left, all the kids (and there were a lot) were playing freeze tag in the dark.

Tomorrow will be another lazy day with the kids and Grandy.  My honey has to work. 😦 Enjoy your day off if you have one!

Our Summer Vacation

I thought I would never get around to posting about our vacation.  Going through all of the pictures (why do I always take so many?) has been quite the chore!  It’s really such a curse, once you’ve learned to edit.  You just can’t imagine  posting/developing pictures “as is”.

We had a beyond wonderful time for the 10 days that we were gone.  We could have been away for a month and it wouldn’t have long enough.  I always think, “Just one more day.”  We had such a great time with our family, celebrating milestones and just, well, relaxing.

I love the ocean.  There is just something so soothing about it.  It’s like going home.  It really is good for the soul.  I could have taken a hundred pictures of the water.  I’m sure I came pretty close!

This has definitely been a summer full of fearlessness for Mila.  She even taught herself how to swim. She can’t be in the water alone, but she is getting there!

There is always some kind of dancing going down if you hang around us for long.  Some college kids pulled up next to us and started blaring their music.  Our kids entertained us all for quite some time.  It was great!

Everyone gets into playing in the sand.

And playing in the waves.

Oh, and lots of relaxing!!!

To be continued…

Congrats, Mrs. Ricky!

When we were planned our vacation last year, it was to be timed so that my sister could get married on the beach.  Everything went off without a hitch.  Beautiful ceremony and a beautiful bride.  I’m so proud to have a new brother!

Carrie & Ricky

My brother.  During the ceremony. 🙂Beautiful family.

Mila with the happy couple.

Eating some cake!

This was such a happy, happy day.  We were so honored to be a part of it.  We love you Ricky and Carrie!

Mazzy is 12!

I can’t believe it.  I really can’t.  But it happened.  She turned 12.  My sweet, sweet girl is now one more moment closer to being grown.  Gosh, I love this kid.  Her birthday was on Sunday.  We celebrated last Friday while on vacation with the family.  It was a Justin Bieber party.  Oh yes, it was.  She got lots of goodies and we got her an instant camera.  Instant success!  Happy 12th Birthday, my sweet Princess!