All Smiles

September 26, 2011

Holden is such a doll, with the brightest smile.  You’d never know that he’s a super destroyer by this pic. LOL  Yep, he can break almost anything by biting it, can break wood blinds in half, and chew the finish off of a 3 in 1 crib . . . . . yes, the one that starts out as a crib, then converts to a toddler bed, then turns into a full headboard.  I told him that when he’s a teenager and he asks why his bed looks like that, I’ll definitely tell him it was all his doing.  So not excited about that one. :( Well, I’m not excited about any of them, but I do think it’s cute when he points to the damage and says, “I did this. I ruined it.” LOL  I have to admit that I even laugh at that one.  But seriously, Kasen was pretty destructive, tearing up books, biting on plantation shutters (oh yeah, Holden’s done that too), but Holden definitely has her beat in the destructive category.  He’s already ruined all but one of his forks by chewing the tines off (it’s that neat children’s plastic tableware from Ikea), and that cute new placement that I ordered special with his name on it, yep, bite marks all over that as well.  He’s started biting the kitchen table too when he’s done eating, so we have to excuse him immediately after he eats.  Seriously, what’s up with the biting?!  I think he just got that huge mouthful of teeth too darn early and he doesn’t quite know how to handle them still.  We’re praying he learns fast.  I’ll tell you what they are good for, those awesome smiles.  So for now we’ll just focus on that, and hope he outgrows the other stuff . . . SOON!!! ;)

Here’s the smiley boy. :)

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See ya’ later!!

Gayle Brockman: He is growing up so quickly!! What a sweet boy...I wish I could give him a big hug and squeeze in person. Sorry about all that chewing and hopefully he will grow out of it soon!!! Love to all xoxo

Mae Mae: That smile would melt the hardest heart. He really is the sweetest little man (other than the chewing...)

I Heart Faces Photo Contest

September 26, 2011

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This week’s theme of the I Heart Faces contest is “People’s Choice” – you enter your favorite face photo that was taken between June 1st and August 31st, 2011.  I take LOTS of pics, so I went and looked at all the pictures I’ve taken in that time frame.  I kept looking at all the sweet face photos that I’ve captured, showcasing such gorgeous eyes, with beautiful scenic backgrounds.  But this one kept making me laugh out loud, every time I looked at it.  Kasen and Holden love taking a bath in the “big” bathtub.  When I tell them they can take a bath in the big tub, they both scream, hold their hands in the air, and run around in circles.  Obviously it doesn’t take much to excite them. LOL  So, the bathtub pic it is. It makes me smile every.single.time. :D

Check out all the other wonderful entries here: I Heart Faces

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Kristal: ha ha, I love the little girl peering over the tub!

Kali: I just laugh when I see this. It's so funny and so cute. They look like they had a great time!

Tricia: This is hilarious! I love the fisheye effect, too.

amy: aDORE! I love love love bathtub pics and what a fabulous way to capture the look without showing off naked babies! :)

I Heart Faces Photo Contest

September 20, 2011

Woohoo!! :D I received 8th place on this photo!  I was so excited!!  Click on the button below to see the top 10 winners.  I’m so honored to have been chosen. :)

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I’ve really missed entering the I Heart Faces Photo Contest, so when I saw that this week’s theme is “A Touch of Sun,” I had to enter one that I just love.  This is my daughter Kasen playing, twirling, like she always does, in the beautiful bluebonnets.  We headed out to the fields of bluebonnets right at sunset, and I love the lighting and the way the sun is shining through her hair.  This picture is so Kasen! :)

Check out all the other great entries here: I Heart Faces

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Arizona family photographer Margie Mobley: LOVE this shot! The lighting is perfect, the girls is gorgeous and I love the movement you were able to capture in her hair and dress. Great job!!!

Kristal: Beautiful Capture!! I love the open field :)

Jennoelle: Oh my word, I WANT that field! This is absolutely beautiful. (:

Piper: I love this - It's gorgeous!

oto: My wife's favourite ;) Nice shot

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Life with Kaishon: Oh my word. This picture is pure magic! Congratulations on being an i heart faces winner this week!

Lisa: Beautiful!!! Congratulations!

Kindergarten

August 27, 2011

Dear Kasen,

You started kindergarten last week and your Daddy and I couldn’t be prouder of you.  Sometimes we think you’re super confident, and then it hits us that you’re not, that you’re scared, even timid, and we eventually find out that you’re a little nervous that you won’t have any friends. :(  But in your usual sweet Kasen fashion, you’ve already made lots of friends and can’t wait to see them and learn with them everyday.  We were pretty worried at first when we told you that you had to wear a uniform and you asked if we could buy you the same shoes in pink.  When we replied that you couldn’t wear pink, you shockingly asked, “WHAT?!  I can’t wear PINK?!” LOL However; you put on your uniform with excitement your first day and even allowed me to take lots of pictures of you before we left the house, and even when we arrived at school.  Thank goodness I bought that red apple and told you that you could put it on your head for the photo shoot. Otherwise, I’m not sure you would have been as cooperative. ;)

While you were sleeping on the night before your big day, I was getting ready. Getting your lunch ready, with such great healthy food that you would hardly touch that first day, because you were undoubtedly talking too much. :) I was ironing your uniform, laying out your socks and shoes, and making sure we had the perfect bow to match your uniform. Not only was I getting everything physically ready, I was preparing my heart. Knowing that this is the beginning of “big kid” school, knowing that you’re growing up and knowing that you will become more and more independent and spending even more time away from me. It seems like just yesterday that you were born and I spent my days playing with you, dressing you up, and marveling at this wonderful baby that totally brought sunshine into our lives.  Prayers were answered and you brought the most glorious light into our home and into our hearts. We’ve watched you grow from a tiny little baby in our arms to the sweet, loving, spunky girl that you are today.  You’ve always amazed us with your independence and that didn’t change on your first day. You were certainly ready for us to leave the classroom, but I loved that you still gave all of us hugs and kisses before we walked out the door. When I saw you reach down, hug Holden and tell him that it was okay, you’ll see him later, it makes me so proud of the big sister that you’ve become. Despite your nervousness, fear and excitement for such a big day, you still took that time  to ease his fear of leaving his big sister behind.  I know I keep saying it, but you are growing up so fast.

We hope that your teacher “gets” you this year, that she understands that you want to sit still and listen, but it’s sometimes difficult for you. That it’s hard for you to give in when you so desperately want to finish something, even though there may not be time for that.  It will be obvious that you have great manners, that you’re funny, that you’re sweet, and that you’re lovable. It may not be as obvious that you inwardly struggle with being compliant, that it’s hard for your brain to filter all the stimuli entering it at any one given moment, and that you crave to be in control. Letting that go will be difficult for you, but we pray that your teacher will help you on this journey with compassion and grace.

I’m excited to see where this year takes you, the things you’ll learn and the newfound confidence you’ll gain in so many areas of your life. And I’ll be right there, by your side, helping you learn and guiding you every step of the way. We’ve already started the homework game and it hasn’t started off as seamlessly as I had hoped. But I know you’ll persevere and work hard, and we’ll celebrate the rewards when you learn a new math problem, write your letters within the lines, and learn to read a book together. We sat at the dinner table several times this week working on homework pages, and I can’t tell you how much my heart swells with pride when you conquer a homework problem, then that sweet smile spreads across your face, your eyes light up and you scream with joy. I always want you to have a love for learning and enjoy the places that your knowledge will take you.

My sweet, joyful girl, I love you more than words can say and I’m so proud of you. I have to be honest and say that I did cry your first day of kindergarten, not because I didn’t think you could handle it, but because you’re growing up a little too fast for my taste. I know you tease me and say that you can’t stay little forever, but it’s just hard for me to let go. I don’t want anyone to hurt your feelings, or make you think you’re less than. I still want to be able to snuggle you when you’re sad, and be there to dry away your tears. And I will be. I’ll be there waiting outside your classroom everyday, happy to hear you excitedly yell “Mommy!” and to listen to you tell me about your day and what new adventures you’ve encountered. :)

Love, Mommy

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Lisa: *sigh* Very beautifully stated! I can totally relate. You are so proud of how much they have grown yet so sad about how quickly time is passing!! I'm glad she is enjoying kindergarten. I hope homework time becomes smoother for y'all. Hang in there!!

Kasen is SIX!!

August 10, 2011

Yep, Kasen is SIX today.  Can you believe it?!  We certainly can’t.  Our sassy, spunky, sweet girl is growing up.  She is our light after the storm, making rainbows appear that we thought were long gone.  She has rocked our world this last year in many ways and every day is definitely an adventure with Kasen.

All About Kasen:  Loves deeply, laughs with all her might, she’s quick to temper, slow to cool down, fast to help, funny, caring, starting to get embarrassed at things she never would have before, friendly, polite, very articulate, smart, persistent, inquisitive, adores to snuggle and cuddle, energized by people, the more the merrier in her book, extremely energetic, strong willed, beautiful.  She’s a tomboy and a girly girl, she can catch a bug better than anyone while wearing a gorgeous twirl skirt with a sparkly bow in her hair.  She jumps, twirls, spins and bounces a LOT, talks non-stop, extremely forgiving, lover of animals, caretaker, would love to take more care of Holden, but he’s getting too independent for her taste.  LOL  Speaking of independent, Kasen definitely has that quality as well.  She takes the initiative, is appreciative, loves giving herself piano lessons, books are a must every day, and bedtime songs are desired every evening.

Happy Birthday Kasen!  You entered our lives and things have never been the same.  You make us smile every single day and we can’t wait to see what 6 has in store for all of us.  Please be kind. LOL  We love you more than words can say sweet girl.  We love you to the moon and back.

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Anna: Happy Birthday to both of your little sweeties...and to Heather too :) The Friesens' and Proudloves' were thinking of you all this past weekend.

Mae Mae: This bright, beautiful girl has brought such joy into our lives for the past 6 years. Happy Birthday Sweet Heart...

He’s TWO!!!

July 4, 2011

We had a great family birthday party last weekend.  Holden’s favorite part was his Thomas the Train cake.  It was awesome.  I’ll have to post pics of it so you can see just how cool it was – it was made by Poppy Locks.  Not only did it look cool, it was super tasty. I’m pretty sure his favorite gift was his Thomas the Train ride on toy. It only goes 2 miles an hour, but that’s just fine with him.  He’ll circle the train in the house, stop to wave “hi” and continue on his way. ;)  Super cute. Holden had his two year doctor’s appointment on Friday and he seemed excited at first.  The whole time we were waiting on the doctor, he kept saying “It’s okay. Don’t worry.” LOL  I felt sooo bad for him.  He did pretty well, cried a bit, but the real tears came when he had his shots. That deep hurt cry that makes you cry as well – yep, I cried. :(  It was awful.  When the doctor asked if he was putting two words together, Holden said, “Can I get a sucker now?”  The doctor started laughing and said, “Yep, no problem with speech there.” :)  He was in the 50th percentile for weight.  I thought he would be because he’s slimmed down so much since he started walking, running, jumping, hopping, etc. LOL  He’s in the 90th percentile for height.  Tall dude.

On the way home from the doctor, we had a conversation I won’t forget: ;)

Me: “Did you get a shot?”

Holden: “Yes, I did!”

Me: “Did it hurt?”

Holden: “Yes!!”

Me: “That wasn’t nice, was it?”

Holden: “No. It’s Mommy’s fault.” :(

Yep, that’ll break your heart.  Oh well, I’ve been told that never changes . . . . especially when they’re teenagers.  Guess my heart needs to get tougher.

Here’s our 2 year old big boy:

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Can you believe it?!  I can’t, and I can’t believe I haven’t posted here in well over a month. :(   So much going on and not enough energy to go around.  And tonight is no different.  So, I’ll just post a pic and say how much this little guy has grown up in the last year. He has his 2 year doctor’s appointment and I can’t wait to see where he falls in the height/weight percentiles.  I’m thinking he’s definitely on the tall side, but he’s having a hard time keeping his pants up LOL, so I’m he might fall in the low to average weight percentiles.  Only time will tell.

Anyway, here is our sweet little dude, who is always on the move, talking constantly and has started mastering the task of aggravating his big sister. ;)  Yep, she’s not too impressed. LOL

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See ya’ later!!

Lisa: He's so precious!! I can't believe it's been so long since we've seen y'all. We will have to get together over the summer.

Sick Little Dude

May 3, 2011

Poor little man, has strep throat.  He was really feeling quite poorly today. :(  He had a tough time at the doctor’s office, he didn’t want anyone to touch him but me. He normally goes in happily and doesn’t even cry when he gets a shot.  However; today, he didn’t even want the doctor’s stethoscope on his back.  Oh man, the screams, just awful.  I held him tight, tried to get him to calm down by singing softly in his ear, kissed his hands, rubbed his head.  None of my tricks worked.  He just kept saying, “Go home. I go car. Go home. Car.”  When we were finally ready to leave, and I asked him if he was ready to go home, he said, “Yes, please.” :)  That got a good chuckle from the doctor and nurse. He really is the most polite little boy.  Kasen did great with her strep test and it came back negative.  It’s going to be retested in the morning, to see if there’s a delay for a positive since Holden definitely has it. Kasen was quite concerned about Holden too and did her best to help him calm down as well. She’s such a great little helper. :)

Holden woke up screaming from his long nap this afternoon, and did not want to get out of his crib.  I finally coaxed him out, but then he just wanted to cuddle with me on the couch while watching a movie. He hasn’t wanted to eat much at all, he’s only wanted to drink milk.  We had to switch to water after he threw up all over the table during dinner. :(  Fun times. LOL  I was so happy that I hadn’t given him his antibiotic yet.  Whew!  Anyway, I grabbed Holden to give him a quick bath, while Brad cleaned up the table and Holden’s booster seat.  Gotta’ give props to Brad for taking care of that.  We did get his medicine down after his bath and that went better than expected, he only spit out a little bit AND he kept it down.

He was so ready to go to bed tonight, but he was missing his bunny.  Poor bunny took a hit at the dinner table tonight, so replacement bunny had to step in.  Stinky bunny is nice and clean now and ready to help out tomorrow. ;)

Here’s our sick boy:

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See ya’ later!!

Texas Bluebonnets

April 18, 2011

I finally uploaded pictures that I’ve taken for the past month.  There’s been a lot going on, but blogging seems to have been left out of the mix of craziness. Here’s a little synopsis of our activities ~ Kasen has been playing soccer and finished her last game on Saturday, she’s lost two teeth and she couldn’t have been more excited about The Tooth Fairy coming to visit, and she’s been to many, many birthday parties and has loved every minute of that too.  Holden is talking up a storm, jumping off of everything he can, wants to play trains every.single.day, and is his usual intense, spunky, funny little dude.  Let’s throw a garage sale in there, a sick Brad, and a very sick Holden, Kasen’s spring program, a flat tire, Kasen’s gymnastics, my birthday, Holden’s Gymboree class, playdates with the kids and lots of bike riding, sliding and swinging, flying kites, sidewalk chalk, and swimming.  I’m sure there’s more, but that’s the majority of all the action. :D

I missed getting the kids’ pictures in the bluebonnets last year.  If I can remember right, it rained a lot, the kids were sick, and then when I was ready, the bluebonnets were gone.  I wasn’t too thrilled about taking Holden out last year at this time either.  However; I’m not sure this time was better.  I wanted to wait until the sun was just going down, but that happened to be after Holden’s bedtime.  He was a little cranky before we left, but that’s not unusual.  He was super excited to play in the flowers, but none too happy about sitting still with Kasen for a pic.  Every time Holden would sit down, we would yell at Kasen to hurry and sit with him to get a picture.  As soon as she would sit behind him, he would get up or cry.  Lather, rinse, repeat. *sigh*  I snapped what I could of the little dude and I’m happy to say I got a few good shots of them together, and a couple of really cute ones of him by himself.  Kasen did great, even though she wanted to talk to every single person she saw in the bluebonnet field. ;)  After about 10 minutes of picture taking, Holden continued to say “Home, bye-bye, go car, home, bye-bye, car, go home.” LOL  We finally surrendered to his pleas and headed home.  After we arrived home, I was getting Holden ready for bed, quickly, since it was already WAY past his bedtime.  We even nixed his bath due to time.  Anyway, as I was changing Holden’s diaper, Kasen came in the room and cracked up because there were bluebonnets in Holden’s diaper.  We had a car full of bluebonnets as well, and Kasen dumped a small bouquet of them from her sneakers.

I love the different lighting that I got from both angles.  The sun behind them and the sun in front of them – so cool how it changes the color of everything.  I have to  say that I’m super happy we made the trip this year.  I was dreading it on the way there, but as I pulled up the pictures on the computer tonight and looked through them, I was laughing and smiling.  Love those kids!! :)

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More bluebonnet pictures to come later.

See ya’ later!!

Gayle Brockman: Fantastic pictures of the kids and bluebonnets...it is snowing again today here and it feels like we will never see any flowers!! Wow, where did our little Kasen go - she is sure growing up! Love that Holden still holds on so tightly to his bunny! Those eyes!!!!!!

Our Little Ham

March 17, 2011

He is such a goofball! :)  I’ve been trying to get him to show me where his cheeks are – he’s great with eyes, nose, hair, neck, mouth, lips, teeth, tongue, elbows, belly button, tummy, bum, and toes.  He’s still having difficulty with chin, forehead and eyebrows, but he sure likes to try.  However; this is what he does when I ask him where his cheeks are. LOL  He shows me exactly where they . . . just with a little added animation. ;)

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See ya’ later!!