Monday, June 27, 2011

Little Things

When my friend Stacy was here visiting a couple weeks ago, she called my attention to a sweet similarity between two of my "babies." I think of it often now.

Having a sweet baby boy who so often smiles like this...

...reminds me of a sweet baby girl who smiled so often liked this...

Smiling with your mouth so wide open must mean a simple smile won't allow you to get all of your happiness out :)

How big the little things are! Thanks Stacy for reminding me.

Friday, June 24, 2011

First Teeth!

Over Father's Day weekend, Daddy discovered that Lukey's first tooth was breaking through.

So before I got a chance to post this..., yesterday I feel a second tooth! I keep thinking...he's only 5 months-how can he be old enough to be getting two teeth?

I looked back at the blog to see that JJ's first tooth came at 6 1/2 months and SG's came at 8 months.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


A few times a year, our children's ministry puts on an event for preschoolers (3/4 years old) only, "Mom and Me," or "Dad and Me." One Friday night in May was a Mom and Me event, and Sydney and I were invited to the circus. It was AMAZING! The circus was held at the Connection Center.

First we had dinner. Then, Sydney was given a bag full of tickets to use on fun things like playing games, decorating cupcakes, bouncing in the inflatable, and much more. There were even clowns, a booth setup for face painting, a balloon animal artist, and prizes!

It was quite a special time for me and my girl. I look forward to the next Mom and Me!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Daddy of 3

Happy Father's Day Jeff!

All three of our babies are so lucky to call you Daddy.

Thank you for the big things-making Jesus such a priority in their lives and loving them unconditionally. Thank you for the million little things too. We love you!

The five of us wish Papaw and Buddy a Happy Father's Day also!

Friday, June 17, 2011


Jeff and I have been playing in our church volleyball league for the past couple of months. The league had a total of seven teams and we played two matches every Thursday night.

I had a great time revisiting my volleyball playing days of middle school 20(!) years ago :) Jeff became our expert at defending the net! We really had fun playing on the team together & with some friends (new and old-most pictured above).

We placed fourth last night at the end of "season" tournament but look forward to playing again when the next season comes this fall.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


11 years ago today, I married my best friend and partner in life.

So thankful God chose him for me...I love you Jeff and hope we have 50, 60, 70 ! more June 15th's.

Monday, June 13, 2011


On Sydney's birthday, we ventured to Stakz for the first time. Stakz has 12 varietys of frozen yogurt and every (healthly and not-so healthy) topping imaginable.

This is how the process works...after you sample as many flavors as you want :), you grab your cup, fill it with your favorite flavor and sprinkle with your desired toppings. The cost is by the ounce.

Here, JJ enjoys sampling!

The birthday girl creating her Stakz-her choice was strawberry yogurt with nerds, and a cherry on top!

She has asked several times lately to return to "Stakz, the place where we make our own ice cream"

Friday, June 10, 2011

Princess Party

Sydney was so excited to have a princess party this year in celebration of her 4th birthday.

She and her princess friends Avery and Lilly were beautiful, whether in gowns or play clothes!

And, here is the birthday girl about ready to blow out the candle on her requested princess "cupcake cake."

Princess Sydney---I am so glad that you had such a fun and memorable party for your 4th birthday! You planned it all...the menu, costumes, decorations, and more. Love you!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

First Road Trip

This past weekend, Lukey took his first road trip! He had an action packed long weekend, visiting grandparents, his cousins, aunt & uncle, and some friends. He visited the pool, the church where his uncle is pastor, ventured out on the golf course and more!

He was a wonderful traveler and slept at night in his pack n play just as well as he does at home in his bed. Luke (and the rest of us) had a great time visiting everyone!

The rest of us got to see our nephew/cousin Trace win his baseball game on Saturday. Sydney and JJ have also been spending time learning how to play golf...kind of :)... with Daddy and Buddy.

Below is a picture of Luke (now 5 months old!) with his brother and sister, and 3 cousins at Sydney's birthday party a couple weeks ago:

Monday, June 6, 2011

First Year of (Pre)School

Sydney's school has been such a blessing for all of us this past year as she has learned a lot about letters, making friends, and most importantly, about Jesus.

Her last day was also her birthday and they worked in a special celebration for her, highlighted by two "Happy Birthday" songs & strawberry cupcakes !

With her teacher Mrs. Bryant...a lady who truly loves the Lord, and the kids. She is very gifted in working with three year olds. Sydney is so excited to be returning to Holy Trinity for VBS next week where Mrs Bryant will be her teacher!

Daddy with all three kids during storytime at school last week

Sydney with one of her good friends, Layton.

Mommy has been quite blessed to gain some special new friends this year too, aka Layton's Mommy, Charlie's Mommy and Audrey's Mommy :) Sharing this preschool adventure with three women who love their children and Jesus so passionately has been awesome!!! I look forward to many more adventures with Brittany, Kara & Amy as we watch our babies grow up!

August will be here before you know it and Sydney will be heading to a new school at Broadway United Methodist! Here's to many more happy and fruitful school years in the years to come for Sydney, JJ and Luke.

Friday, June 3, 2011

4th Year of Growth

Taken on her last day of gymnastics until fall

Sydney had a checkup with her doctor the day after her 4th birthday. Her measurements were:
Height: 40.5 inches (between 50-75th percentile)
Weight: 37 pounds (75th percentile)

She had an eye test for the first time and got every single symbol correct (even the really small ones!) A memorable moment is when she kept telling the nurse that the + (meant to be plus sign) was "a cross." She also got to wear the special "headphones" and have her ears tested. Unfortunately, she was due for three shots and that event was a bit traumatic, hard to watch. Overall, we are just so thankful for such a great health report.

Sydney had only been sick/to the doctor one time since her 3 year checkup (this was the day after Luke was born.)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Plenty of Strawberries

For the second year in a row, we made the trip to Portland in May to pick some strawberries in peak season! This year, Nana and Buddy were visiting for Mothers Day/Lukes dedication and we were excited to take them along.

JJ was more than ready this year to help his big sister fill our baskets!

He was surprisingly(!) focused and quickly learned how to pick out the good berries for his own basket.

His first couple of berries...SO sweet!

Last winter, SG & JJ wanted fresh strawberries even when they weren't in season...and often as much as $4...ouch... a pound. It's hard for me to turn down buying fruit for my kids, but it's also for me hard to swallow that kind of price for mediocre tasting berries.

This year, we decided to make the most of our trip and came home with over 40 lbs :) of fresh berries! They are beautiful and taste just as good too! We cleaned enough to make a pie for Nana's birthday and to eat that week...and the rest are divided and resting on their own shelf in my freezer! We plan to do the same thing with blueberries in July. These are absolutely their two favorite fruits.

Sydney did a great job helping Buddy find the "biggest" strawberries!

She could hardly hold the basket after filling it up. Each held between 5-6 lbs

I love this new tradition and look forward to many more years of picking berries with my precious family!