February 3, 2017

He's 5!

Five Facts about this five year old....
1) he loves all things repitile
2) he loves to wrestle his daddy
3) eats ketchup with everything
4) has discovered monster trucks
5) now that he is tall enough he can't get enough of Splash Mountain

Miles, my heart can't handle how fast time is going. 
I know there will come a time you will not ask me to lay with you for one minute when I tuck you in.  I know there will come a time you stop singing along with me "the first time ever I saw your face" when I tuck you in.
 I know there will come a time that you wont yell "I love you, goodnight" 100 times when we walk out of your room at night. 
I know one day you will stop sneaking into our bed in the middle of the night.
 I know someday you will realize your dogs name is Magnus, not Mamis
I know someday you will learn that it's "without" not "with about". 
I know someday you will not cling to our leg at drop off.  
I know someday a sticker chart isn't going to be enough for incentive. 
 I know someday Disney movies wont be the only thing you watch.
  I know that someday you wont think our mini van is thee coolest. 
 And I am already sad about all of it. 
I get a little sad every year you get older. 
But I am excited for who and what you will become. 
So I guess I have to let you get older.
Happy Birthday my boy.
We love you more than you will ever know.
We are so happy you came to us.
We wouldn't have it any other way.

 NOW.....onto blogging darling pictures....

 On January 24th, Miles woke up to a couple of balloons and a birthday crown to enjoy during his breakfast.
He had school that day so I just wanted him to feel special before he left for the morning.


After school he got to open his presents from us.
This is hard to see but we put a whoopee cushion under the chair and he thought it was the funniest thing.

and now he knows what a whoopee cushion is and LOVES IT!
What boy wouldn't?

He got a T Ball set so he can work on his coordination.

He thought his pin art was pretty cool. 


The next day we had a little birthday party for him.
He wanted a crocodile party.
Honestly this boy loves reptiles.

He told us he wanted to play party games.
So we asked him what games and he described hot potato, pin the tail on the donkey,  and a toss the bean bag.

We played hot potato using a stuffed crocodile.
We played "toss the frog in the croc mouth"
(the kids LOVED this game!)

 and pin the teeth on the croc!

After games we had a blue cake (croc water) topped with green frosting (croc grass) all of which was Miles idea.

However, I wouldn't recommend blue cake....it got everywhere!

He got to open presents and was so spoiled by his friends.

He loved every second of it.

 These are Miles buddies.
He has a special friendship with each one.
And I hope they will continue to be buddies as they grow up....
cause I really love their moms.

Happy Birthday Miles!!!

December 31, 2016

Honorable Mentions of 2016

As this year comes to a close, I can't help but reminisce on what a great year it has been.
I have taken pictures to remember specific moments when my heart burst in overwhelming love, overwhelming frustration and overwhelming chaos.
You can choose for yourself what I was feeling with each picture.
Truth be told, all can probably be applicable.

So here are the moments from 2106 that I don't want to forget and worth sharing for your viewing pleasure: 

 Miles getting his cast off...

Andies awesome bedhead and hairline...

 "MOM! I'm gecko" ...

Andies love of emptying cupboards...

and pads...

 underwear boy jumping off his bed...

 a too tired Andie to finish dinner...

A clever boy ready for school...

my broken glasses...

 daddy and Andie.... 

"mom, I'm froggys dad, and he is my son"

discovering lipstick...

A new love of this sleeping mask from our world travel!...

 "Miles, don't close your eyes, it's going to take your picture!"
 "okay, mom!"

Daddy and Miles doing some shopping...


 does it need a caption?...

 A sticker dog....

 a brother reading "pat the bunny" to his sister...

 a cuddly dog...

 Andie girl who has no boundaries with dog water...

 and a forever family!

Here are our honorable mentions of 2016.
Its been a good ride!
Happy New Year.

Christmas Morning

Christmas morning had finally come!
We've been counting the days on the advent calendar and this day just couldn't get here fast enough!
Santa brought Miles a new wagon, remote control cars for he and Romney and a new FROGGY!

Santa brought Andie a new Kitchen.

One of the favorite things in Miles stocking was this dinosaur head lamp.

 Andies stocking had these little nesting cups she can stack.

This little boy was really excited to give us a present he made at school.
He told us over and over that we CANNOT open it until Christmas.
He couldnt wait to give it to us.
It was  an ornament he made with his picture inside.
We loved it!!!
I hope he always has the joy and excitement to GIVE a present. 
Andie loved her piggy bank.

However, she woke up pretty stuffy and wasn't feeling so well by mid morning.  
She'd try to play with her new toys but would stop after a minute and cuddle. 

When all was opened Miles put on his jacket, new beanie and gloves and went outside to test out some of his new stuff.

Miles loved his new rocket launcher!
He thought it was awesome to jump on the pump and see the rockets fly!!!

Miles had a friend make a tunnel for his new remote control car.

He's been wanting this bubble wand from Disneyland for a while. I've told him no every time, so he was pretty happy to get his own Mickey bubble wand!

It was a great morning.
We were all spoiled.
We all enjoyed watching each other open presents. 
Though it is chaos, I love what Christmas morning looks like.
(Poor Andie)

That afternoon we watched a movie and called it a day.

Merry Christmas!!!!

Our Christmas Eve

This year was a little different because Romney had to work Christmas this year.
So we planned on doing our Christmas on Christmas eve.
We counted the days down to the 24th rather than the 25th.
And we have been told that Santa goes to all firefighters houses early.
So we were going to be just fine. 

This month has been so busy!
But a fun busy.
However the 2 days before Christmas were low key and calm.
I loved it!
My parents came into town to be with us for Christmas Eve and see the kids open presents and then planned to go to my brothers on the actual day of Christmas to see his kids open presents.
Pretty convenient I'd say. 

On our personal Christmas Eve we read in the Bible Luke chapter 2.
We sat on our couch and watched a little Nativity video so that we could see what we just read about.
I love that my mom took this picture.
Were all squished together and calm as we watched a short youtube video of the birth of the Savior.

 After we read the nativity story we had to read

I'm not sure how we missed taking pictures of Miles putting cookies out for Santa.
But we did get a picture of Miles putting out the reindeer food he made at school. 

Once the cookies, milk, and reindeer food was ready the kids were ready for bed!

 Everyone was so excited!

When Miles went to bed he told  Romney he was so excited for Christmas because he was going to get a new frog...

 Lets hope Santa took good notes!