Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Weekend of Firsts

Owen had a weekend full of firsts.

On Friday, my mom took him bowling for his birthday. They had a great time and, if I remember correctly, Owen scored a 71! Not bad! Pics below.

On Saturday, he went to his first drop-off party and movie. According to him, Cars 2 is a must see.

On Sunday, he started his first week of VBS. He's having fun, but is pretty worn out. I'm helping with the 5 year olds, but the 4's and 5's are together most of the night. It's really been a lot of fun (and work!) and the kids are adorable. We had 10 5's the first night, 15 the second and 18 last night! We have 2 nights left...I think we may break 20 in the 5's.

Bowling pictures...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Odds and Ends

Owen finished his Cubby book in Awana this year. I could not get him to look at me when the camera was out. He was all smiles my direction once I put the camera away.

I had a wonderful girls weekend at the lake with some college friends. Based on this picture, I'd say that Aaron kept the kids busy.

Shaving with daddy is fun! This is the look we get now when we tell him to smile.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Big boy bed

Anderson has upgraded his crib to a toddler bed. He has done fantastic with the transition.

He can reach the doorknob, but cannot yet, turn and pull all together. He stays in his bed and waits for either Owen or me or Aaron to come open the door and get him up. I must say that I enjoy not always having to go upstairs to get him up.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Birthday Cake

We had a chocolate caterpillar cake for Owen's birthday. He's the only one in the house who would request a chocolate cake. I don't think Anderson even took a bite of it...haha!

When I mentioned to Aaron that I had seen this cake in a magazine and thought it was super cute and something Owen should have for his birthday, Owen piped up 'I don't want a caterpillar would be crunchy.'

Owen helped me mix up the batter Saturday morning and I decorated while that afternoon. I'm obviously an amateur, but I think it turned out pretty cute.

Owen wanted the caterpillar head. Anderson was really eying the pretzel antennae, so he got a few added to his piece of cake.

Eating an eyeball.

Anderson then decided to dance on the table.

Birthday boy and Grandma Juju

Monday, June 20, 2011

Owen's Birthday Train Pics

We took Owen on a train ride for his birthday...what a fun time!

He was excited to see the tool car.

Madelyn and Courtney joined us.

He seemed a little nervous when we were about to get moving.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Four years ago today, my wonderful, amazing husband became a wonderful amazing daddy. It's hard to believe it's been four years. In so many ways it feels like yesterday and at the same time it feels like it's been forever.

What a four years it has been. Owen is an truly special child. He has a sweet heart and eager to please spirit. I feel like my heart is going to burst when I start thinking about all the things that make him him. God definitely has special plans for his life and I can't wait to see what they are.

Owen is still all about Daddy. He loves his tools and to help with projects. He is convinced Santa is bringing him a shed for Christmas. He loves school and cutting with scissors. He loves to clean (hoping he retains this trait for many years!) and is really good at helping with all household tasks. He loves to swim and is really close to really swimming. He loves Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers...well, maybe it's just bacon on a hamburger that he loves! He loves to spend the night away from home. He loves to be outside. He loves his brothers and is very protective of Anderson. He is starting to understand a little about Evan and asks great questions and loves to look at ultrasound pictures. He's learned how to stretch the truth...uh-oh. He loves to talk on the phone and wants to talk every time I'm on the phone. He wants to know how and why everything works the way they do. His favorite store is the 'tool store' and says 'Daddy and I like the blue one'. He still has a few of my favorites is 'doose' instead of 'does'. He loves bananas, blueberries, cheese, and hotdogs.

Happy 4th Birthday, Owen. I love you so much!
Happy 4th Birthday, Evan. I love you so much!

Owen is super excited to share his birthday with Daddy's special day. Happy Father's Day to my children's wonderful amazing dad and to my own wonderful amazing Dad.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

2 Year Stats

Anderson finally made it to the doctor for his 2 year checkup...he's growing and still little:)

Weight - 26.5 pounds, 30th percentile
Length - 32.5 inches, 10th percentile (has finally moved up from the 5th percentile!)

We had a new doctor and loved him! The kids have been playing 'Dr. Chip' at the house.

Anderson had been schedule to go to the doctor a week earlier, but because of some scheduling with the babysitter, we moved the appointment. When I called to move it, I was disappointed to learn that both of our 2 favorite docs at the practice were out the day we needed to go. Of the 2 that were available, I knew I did not want one of them, so booked the other. I figured that since it was just a checkup and we didn't have any concerns, it would be fine. What a pleasant surprise to have such a great doctor. The only downside is that he's not usually in the office we go to. I'm a little concerned that Owen is going to be disappointed when we go in a few weeks for his checkup.

Dr. Chip came in and immediately made both kids comfortable. He juggled medicine cups, made a catapult with them and a tongue depressor, stacked the cups and knocked them together. Much of what he was doing was a fun way to do the 2 year autism screen to see Anderson's reaction and if he copied etc. He let Owen try out the light thingy (don't know what it's called, but the thing they look in ears/eyes with).

I'm so thankful that Anderson is healthy and growing!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

He's Thirsty

I think I've posted this picture before, but it goes so well with this post.

A few drink related quotables from Anderson...
He told me he was drinking Mountain Milk the other day...guess he's picked up on his daddy's addiction to Mt. Dew.
He asks to drink some of daddy's 'teef'...that would be 'tea' to you and me.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Fighting has entered our household, fortunately it's not too bad (yet), but that is to be expected and a great way for them to learn to handle differences.

This morning though, was a melt this mommy's heart kind of morning. Owen made an early exit from his room, but the following makes it impossible for me to correct him for getting up a little early.

I heard Anderson's door open and heard him say, (very excitedly), "Owen."

We still have the video camera over Anderson's bed to I quickly turned the tv on and watched Owen crawl in bed with Anderson, pull the covers up over them and proceed to rub Anderson's back, while gently telling him to be quiet and lay down. A couple minutes later (I couldn't stop watching this display of love), Anderson rolled over, stretched his arms out and around Owen and said 'love you, Owen.' What a sweet, sweet that brought tears to my eyes and one that I hope to never forget.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


My sister brought her crew over and we had a great time. As the kids get older and more independent, it's so much easier to get together. We got some great pictures...I'm not sure if we've ever gotten a picture with all 5 looking at the camera. I can hardly stand how cute these kids are!

Getting silly...

Giving 'thank you for my birthday gift' hugs.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Odds and Ends

Owen came downstairs from his nap on Mother's Day and told me he had made me something for my 'special day'. He then brought me this...such a sweetie!

No, I don't know what it is...but it's the thought that counts. He's very excited that his birthday is on daddy's special day this year.

Is it Super Anderson or Count Anderson?

He likes to stick his arms out straight and run through the house saying 'Super Anderson.'

Not sure why, but the kids decided to break out the winter jackets and slippers. Well, the slippers are often out and on.

We went to see Dan the Animal Man at Grandma's church. Anderson loved the owl and the 'dinosaur'. He was arguing with me when I was trying to convince him it was an alligator. Owen loved the alligator. This was a baby...about 7 feet long. We also saw a lemur and a fancy porcupine.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


I think our strawberry season is over for 2011, but we enjoyed it and Anderson ate a ton of strawberries. We joined my mom, sister and her kids at a berry farm. Not too many pictures because it was a little chaotic with 5 kids 4 and under!

Anderson was pretty much eating them as fast as I could get them in the bucket.

Owen and Will eating too.

The strawberry covered face mad at Mommy for taking the berries away.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Last day of preschool

Owen finished up preschool on Anderson's birthday. The festivities for the last day of school included an alphabet parade and a party. Owen was assigned the letter 'P' and Aaron and I worked together on this...

Anderson snuck into the picture of Owen and Mrs. Missy.

It was a great first year of school for Owen. This is the first year the school has run a summer session, so he'll be starting 4 year old preschool in a week.