Sienna’s First Ballet Recital

This past Spring, Sienna had her very first ballet recital. She was such a doll and had a wonderful time. Creative Movement doesn’t make a huge production out of the recital, which I love because Sienna is just three, and I think that would be too much for her. It was a small, more intimate performance which made it really sweet. She got flowers from me and her Daddy, and new ear rings from her Nanie. We had a great time watching all the she’s been learning in ballet each week!

Year-end Catch-up!

I know, I know. I’ve been terrible about updating my blog. I apologize to you loyal readers and also to those of you who merely scroll through half heartedly wondering if I will post anything noteworthy.

I haven’t been blogging as much because my old laptop was running extremely slow and I was having issues importing pictures because my hard drive was overcrowded and the operating system was old and outdated. Dan and I decided it was time to upgrade, so I got a Macbook Pro as my Christmas present! I love the solid state hard drive, with a faster processor and a fresh new hard drive to start. This makes updating my blog, so much easier!

So, since my last post in September we had a few more life events that I feel are blog worthy.

Our Disney Vaca

This was Sienna’s first time and our first time as a family going. We went over Fall break, which made the crowds less busy. We loved it! Seeing the smiles on our kids faces are priceless.  While I took Sienna to do all things princess, including dining in Cinderella’s castle, Dan took the boys to Legoland for one day.  We stayed a few nights at the Embassy suites, and about four nights at the Art of Animation Resort (I highly recommend!). We spent time as a family at Magic Kingdom, and with Dan’s parents at Hollywood Studios. The boys were over the moon excited for all things Star Wars related at that park! We also tried pin trading for the first time, and that was really fun to look at and trade while we were waiting in line. Overall a great vacation and experience!



Coal Buddy

A new family member joined us in October. Coal! We wanted to get a puppy for a while but we were waiting for the right time.  Dan needed more convincing. We all finally agreed it was the right time.

We sold our townhouse, the kids are older now and could help out.  We didn’t want a big dog, but not a tiny yapper dog either.  We found the perfect fit with Coal. He’s small, but not tiny.  We went to the Forsyth County Animal shelter, and we met ten month old “Vincent” super sweet and gentle with the kids.  We all went over name options because we didn’t think Vincent suited him.  We came up with Coal because of the charcoal color of his fur, and Parker loved the name because it is the name of the black ninja on the show Ninjago. He doesn’t bark much, and he loves to play with the kids.  He’s been a great addition to the family! He did need some house training in the beginning which took about a month, but all in all, he has been a sweet pup, and we love having him around.




The Pumpkin Patch and Halloween

In October, We enjoyed a few pumpkin farms, one with Mason and Sienna’s school field trip to Uncle Shuck’s and we also enjoyed our annual family trip to Kinsey farms to pick out our pumpkins.  We enjoyed a pumpkin painting playdate in Wills Park, and of course, we all dressed up in costumes this year for Halloween.  I was the witch from “Room on the Broom” Parker and Mason’s favorite Halloween book, Dan was Sub Zero, Parker and Mason were ninjas from Ninjago, and Sienna was her favorite princess, Princess Sofia the First. We had a neighborhood gathering and the kids had a blast trick or treating!



Sienna Turns Three

When I really think about it, I start to get sad. My sweet girl  has turned three and is looking more like a big kid than ever. She wanted to have a Sofia the First birthday party, so we had a few of her friends over and she enjoyed games and celebrating!  We did bobbing for apples, making magic wands, making bracelets with pipe cleaner and beads, and dancing to Sofia music. Sienna had a great time celebrating!



Thanksgiving

This year for Thanksgiving we had my brother come down from NC to visit, so that was really nice! The rest of the holiday was pretty typical. Lots of eating, cooking, visits with family at Aunt Angie’s house and just enjoying having the kids out of school and spending time together!



Ear Piercing and Ballet

Sienna got her ears pierced for the first time (she did great!) and she started ballet, which I feel like is pretty noteworthy! These are a few things that I have been waiting for, and now that she’s three, we thought she would be old enough for both. She has loved showing off her ear rings, and showing off her moves that she has learned in ballet. We have signed her up for lessons every Monday until May and she has loved taking the class with her best buddy Kenzie! Her Mom and I are friends and gym buddies, and the girls are the same age, and just love spending time together too!




 

I am hoping as the new year approaches that I can resolve to blog more. Not just about things we did or particularly noteworthy events and milestones (although those are great) but be able to use this blog as a sound board for internal struggles, ideas, encouragement, etc. and hopefully allow me to get back to writing more posts that inspire everyone to be the best they can be, but also allow me to be more grateful for where I am in my current journey.

 

First Day of School!

Last Friday was the First Day of Preschool for the boys! Mama was glad they were excited about their new Preschool, teachers and meeting new classmates! Sienna will be home with me another year and I’m excited about our one on one time together as the boys enjoy learning at school.  This will be Parker’s last year and Preschool.  With his September birthday, he’s in the Young 5’s class. He misses the cut-off for Kindergarten, but he’s going five days a week! I miss my morning time with him, but I know how much he loves school, and I enjoy the fun times we get to have in the afternoon!  Mason has always been pretty apprehensive about new situations or environments, so I was pleasantly surprised that he didn’t cry on the first day! He was so brave!  He’s growing up so fast.  He’s in the 3 year old preschool class and going three days a week.  It’s nice that he has a balance of three days at school, but still two days home with Mama.  He’s so easy going and enjoys his time at home too, so this was the perfect schedule for him.

Excited about the new school and a new year of learning and fun with these sweet kiddos!

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A Few Happenings

Last week Dan started a new job.  It’s been so nice having him home more, spending time with the kiddos, enjoying dinner (albeit late at times), and getting to enjoy some time together after the kiddos go to bed.  He has a commute into an office each day, but will eventually get to start traveling again, but not as much as he was before.  The company is larger and there is more opportunity for a bigger career challenge and future growth in the company (which is huge).  Dan may have to turn in his “status” card for a while so he can be a trainee and learn the ropes. However, we feel it is a huge blessing and answer to prayers that the opportunity presented itself, and is now apart of our new reality. There will be some growing pains for Dan with the training, and commute, but will pay off in the long run! The boys have been loving the anticipation of waiting for his arrival while they play outside. This day, after a rather early dinner and some bike riding, the boys enjoyed a home made fruit juice pop on the porch while waiting for Daddy.

 

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Wednesday morning was like Christmas morning for the boys.  I had just scored some amazing deals at the summer consignment sale I go to every year, and got the boys some more costumes (like they needed more) for playtime and dress-up.  So, after raiding the new costumes that morning while I was warming up Sienna’s bottle, we got Sienna up for the morning, and Mason came in and asked sweetly if he could feed Sienna.  That kid is SUCH the nurturer and is going to be one amazing Daddy one day, I just know it! Of course, I couldn’t refuse.  Parker wanted to sit by his brother (per usual) and he got some sweet time with his sister once Mason was done doing his big brother duties.

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I can’t believe Parker will be four in a month!  He’s such a bright, happy kid, and I just can’t wait to celebrate him, and see what year four brings for him.  He has the pleasure of being the guinea pig for new adventures for us as parents since we’ve never parented a four year old before.  He’s always loved being the one to learn and figure out things on his own without wanting help from others, so he plays the independent big brother role quite well!  I took a few pics of Parker in his new (second hand, but new to us) spiderman costume for his evite invitation photo.   He loved being a ham for the pics!

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As I was taking a few photos of Parker, I had to take a few of Sienna too since she decided to show off by pretending she was going to make her way up the stairs.  She quickly spotted my intent to capture the moment, and decided to chase after the hanging lens cap.  Slow down, baby girl!

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A box of smiles

A little sad that the kiddos are starting school next week. We’ve enjoyed our summer, and the boys have thoroughly exhausted being silly, being loud and energetic, being creative, and being… well I suppose normal 2 and 3 year olds.  I had a lot of consignment sale preparation to do last week, and the boys succeeded in entertaining themselves for a while.  They found a box, and from the other room I heard loud bursts of laughter, and Parker yelling “Let’s do it again, Mason!” as they played in the box, entertaining not only themselves, but Sienna too! I grabbed my cam to snap a few pics, since they were having so much fun!

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Parker learns to ride a bike!

Parker got a new bike (with training wheels of course) for Christmas and he’s been practicing quite a bit at home since it’s been so chilly out. He finally mastered it in our hallway, and the temputures warmed up a teenie bit to the low sixties, so we took the bike out around the neighborhood!

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Kinsey Farms Visit

We’ve been going to Kinsey farms for the past few years and last year we took our holiday pictures there.  I love looking back on photos the same time last year to see how much the boys have changed.  Our family has grown so much in a year!

This year, since I’ve taken a photog class and got my new 30mm camera lens, I thought I’d try my hand at some photography, all while enjoying our visit with the animals, and picking out pumpkins.  The boys had a blast and it was a memorable outing with a nice new fall chill in the air to put us in the fall spirit. Since I’m 37 weeks pregnant and prior to knowing the gender, I nick-named the baby “baby pumpkin”.  A Mama bump picture with a pumpkin was definitely in order!

Here are a few of my favorites.

Parker Turns 3!

Earlier in the year, we had taken Parker to Chuck-E-Cheeses to see if he would like it, and it was a huge hit!  He loved playing the games, ripping the tickets, putting coins in the machine, and running amok in the tunnels in the toddler area.  So, it was a no-brainer that we would have his birthday party there.  He loved bounce houses, but this place seemed to be something new to him, and it seemed extra special since we tend to go to bounce places fairly often.

In the weeks/months leading up to his birthday, he asked for a Mickey Mouse cake, so I decided I’d try to work in a little theme of Mickey Mouse (which he loves of course) in to the party.

I found this pinterest inspiration for the birthday cake:

and with a cake pan, the cake ended up like this:

It was fun to make the cake this year.  It was my first time for the kids birthdays.  I was a little more confident after the successful attempt with Dan’s birthday cake.  I made a few cupcakes too, but everyone devoured the cake and left the cupcakes.  I guess my cake was too cute to pass up!

Since Parker is getting older, we decided to ask him this year who of his friends that he would like to invite to his birthday.  Between school, church, two play groups, and many of my close friends through the years, it’s been hard for me to decide, but Parker knows who he really enjoys playing with, and it’s typically the kids his age, or those that he’s just around more often.  He had such a blast with all his friends.  It was a great turn out, and Parker really enjoyed having fun with Uncle Spence who came down from Greenville, his cousins, and his best buds climbing through the tunnels, and playing the games.

Parker had so much fun, and it continued when he got to his party table.  It was sweetly decorated with Mickey decor, which had black, red, and white polka-dot balloons, Mickey logo on the party hats, and Mickey on the party bags.  His face lit up with excitement when he saw the Mickey cake, and he loved all the Mickey decor.  With being just a week since our visit to Disney, he certainly still had the Mickey bug, and loved it all.  I think he had the most fun with the Chuck-E-Cheese celebration where they sang to him and he blew out his candles and got the crown and medal.  I know he felt super special, which was my goal.  All of his friends and the crazy atmosphere all made for a super exciting birthday party for him.  He also got to go in the ticket blaster, which was a lot of fun, and he had some time to open presents before we left, and he opened the rest at home.  He loved having his little friends beside him to help him open them. He couldn’t stop talking about how much fun he had the rest of the day!

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As they say… They grow up too fast!!