Saturday, September 20, 2014

Twisted Lizards

We kicked off fall soccer with a win!  We have the same team from the spring, plus our friend Emery.  And a new name, the Twisted Lizards.  {Anyone who has visited us in AZ will get a bit of a chuckle from that name.  No worries, our favorite watering hole will be sponsoring us with team jerseys in our team color, lime green!}

This season it's four on four with no goalie, and Lily did awesome.  She was engaged, confident, hard working, and most important, had so much fun with her friends.  Not much else we could ask for from our girl.  

{Assistant coach Daddy, and brother William, taking a break from their sideline spectating}

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Exceptional day

Lily had a very exceptional day on Monday!

We started off with an early morning dentist appointment before school.  Not only does Lily have TWO loose teeth, but she was such a brave, sweet girl.  The dentist even commented he couldn't believe she was only five and that she was acting like an eight year old.  Much to Lily's delight!  Her behavior was particularly helpful for me…as it was also William's first dentist visit.  He was not so brave.  Lots of crying, screaming, and squirming.  

{All smiles on our ride from the dentist to school drop off}

 The day continued to get better.  First, she received TWO Roars awards, which are random awards given by teachers on campus when they see students portraying good behavior.  Her first came from the drop off lane, where a teacher helps the students out of the car.  Lily said the teacher gave her one because she said thank you, and was kind and respectful.  Her other came because she moved to the top of the clip chart in her classroom (a behavior system where a child can move up or down a chart depending on their actions each day).  

A few other highlights included passing a 'sight words' tests as well as Mom surprising our girl at lunch.  I had the pleasure of sitting with Lily and her friend Emery.  These girls cracked me up telling stories about their classmates, about their fun morning at school, and just lots of silly, happy girliness.  Honestly, it was one of my favorite lunches ever.   

To reward our girl with such an exceptional day, Ryan came home from work early, we ate a quick dinner, and off to the ice cream store we went!  We were ALL very proud of Lily and thrilled to celebrate her!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tee Ball

We've been watching lots of baseball lately (GO ROYALS!).  William is slightly obsessed and turns absolutely everything into a bat…a book, a truck, silverware, his blanket, you name it.  He also likes to use his sister as his ball.  So.  Ryan had the grand idea to pick up a tee, a few real bats, and whiffle balls.  

Lots of begging to play in the backyard, even though we are still in the 100s during the day. We are ALL ready for fall weather and lots more outdoor play. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

School picture day

Lily had school pictures last week, and William wanted in on the action practicing our smiles.
{ya think someone needs a haircut?}

 {And the outtakes}
he was giving her sloppy kisses  :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

2 years

August 10, 2014
Weight - 27 lb.  25 percentile
Length - 35 inches. 79 percentile

~You are quite the talker.  Why do both my babies have the gift of gab?!?  You are putting three and four word sentences together, but have the cutest habit of pausing after each word.  Example "Daddy.  Tired.  Book.  Bed" or "Mommy.  Eat.  Bars."  You start each sentence by naming the person you are talking to.
~You are the sweetest, yet orneriest boy I've ever met.  You often ask permission before doing an activity or action.  And to ensure you get a  yes answer, you cock your head, give your biggest smile, ask, and then follow it up by "Yes Mommy??  Yes??"  Quite the charmer….just like your Daddy.

~You run.  You throw.  You wrestle.  You tackle.  You tickle.  You are all boy.
~You have never been the best sleeper, but after our Kansas trip, reverted back to a 4am wakeup call and then refused to nap in the afternoons.  After a few weeks with two exhausted and grumpy parents, you seem to have righted your wrong, and are hopefully back to sleeping a normal 11 hours at night with a two hour afternoon nap. 
~You wear size 5 diapers, 2T clothes (for the length even though your shorts fall off that skinny waist), and size 6 shoes.   
~Your favorite foods include watermelon, 'bars' (Kids Clif bars), 'spicy chicken' (tilapia, ha!), and applesauce.  
~Your favorite activity is playing in the cul de sac with our neighbors and riding your bike.  "Mommy.  Bike.  Fast.  Outside.  NOW!" 

~You love to read books before nap and bedtime.  Favorites include Goodnight Moon, 20 Trucks in the Middle of My Street, and Little Blue Truck.  
~You continue to be the best snuggler and alternate between preferring Mom or Dad.  You often ask for hugs or kisses before heading off to play.  But your absolute favorite person in the world is your "sissy".  Picking her up from school is your happiest time of day…you can not wait to see her, and you both run towards each other for huge hugs at pick up.
~You bring our family so much joy and laughter.  We love you more than words, William Tommy.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Birthday week

My baby turned two last weekend, and we celebrated him all week long!

First up, the Kansas City Royals were in town.  Though we've been in Arizona for almost four years, we are loyal to our midwest teams, and couldn't wait for William to experience his first game.  Ryan ordered the whole family t-shirts, and off we went for an evening of baseball, beer and hotdogs, and lots of memories.  We made it to the 7th inning (on a school night!) and both kids had a blast!

Over the weekend, we headed north and into cooler temperatures.  Our neighbor's family has a cabin outside Flagstaff and invited us to join them for a couple days.  We had an absolute blast!  Most of our time was spent playing outdoors and enjoying a 70 degree day. The big kids (including Lily!) went on a 15 mile four wheel ride through the national forest, while William stayed back with me and explored the neighborhood.  Ryan and I were a bit nervous Lily would get bored on such a long ride, but she was all smiles and can't wait to do it again.  A 3 mile hike later that afternoon wrapped up our outdoorsy day.

We really do have the best neighbors, who have become like family to us.  While eating at the country club, they ordered William a 'pizza cookie' for his birthday and were just as excited to celebrate him as we were.  He wasn't so sure about the candle, nor all the singing…a little bit shy and embarrassed about all the attention.  Sweet boy!

After dinner, the kids explored the golf course, hunted for worms, wrestled in the soft grass, and just enjoyed a cool summer evening.  The adults were content to sit on the patio and enjoy some uninterrupted conversation.  :)

More birthday fun coming up….

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Welcome to Kindergarten, Lily LaVaun!!!

A few tears from Lily, but after four days she is loving her teacher as well as friends, old and new.  No tears from her mama, though I will admit that it was harder than I imagined leaving her at a new (huge!) school, especially seeing how nervous she was.    Looking forward to a fun year with my elementary school girl!!