Sunday, September 20, 2015

Clovis Fest 2015

Yesterday morning we woke up bright and early...
well, actually dark and early...
the sun wasn't even up yet when we left the house...
and headed out to one of our favorite
yearly traditions...
Clovis Fest Hot Air Balloon Launch!

Early morning selfie

This little cutie was with us, too!

My sweet friend Kim got her those adorable booties. :)

The weather was pretty much perfect...
and there were a TON of people...
so we didn't get as close as normal...
but it is still so neat to watch them launch.

Nawnie and Landry

Auntie KK and Lexie

Up, up, and away!

My munchkins and me

I can't believe how big Lexie looks in this picture. :(

My kiddos are so lucky to have the best auntie!

Landry's favorite was the Fresno State
blimp/air balloon/flying thinga-ma-jig. :)

It was a great morning and I always
think of it as the kick-off event for fun family
holiday traditions.
Next up...
Avila Barn pumpkins,
pumpkin patch,
Big Fresno Fair,
and then all that Christmas has to offer. :)

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Lexie Ann...6 months

With the first kid you have the pictures all ready,
 blog post is written with up to the minute stats,
what the child likes,
way more info than any other person wants to know about your child,
and published on the day the child hits the next month milestone.

With the second child...well...let's just say it is a little different.
The month milestone comes, goes, 4 days later you realize...
"Oh crap...I have to take the monthly picture."
Then you do a scramble to find pictures on your phone that you took
of that month's big moments. big moments. Huh.
Then you hurry to do a post before the month has come and gone.
#secondchildproblems matter whether it was posted on the day...
or a few days weeks after...
our spunky little Lexie Ann is 6 months old!

Don't you just love that scrunchy face? I sure do! ;)

This past month can easily be described as,
"Lexie is teething."
In looking back at this month's pictures...
there was a common theme...
Lexie will try to eat anything.

Her hair flower...

The stroller handlebar...
while at the Winged Wonders Bird Show
at the zoo...

**Look at Landry watching the show so nicely.**

Potatoe chip bags...

and of course...her thumb!!!!

Don't worry...she did get to eat "real" food this month, too!
As you can see...

she LOVES it!
All of it.
Any of it.
Doesn't matter.
If it is food...
she'll eat it.
Even if it isn't...she'll try.

Here is a video of her having "solid" food for the first time...
it was apple sauce.

Along with her new found love of food,
she loves to...
scream, squak, roll, kick,
jump, escape anything,
put everything in her mouth,
laugh, giggle, be stubborn,
and give you the stink eye if she isn't happy with you.

Here is our attempt at the monthly pictures with LionBear:

"Hey toes!"

" toes...I'm going to get them..."

" close"

"I can almost taste them!"

"Wait...what? You are trying to take my picture? 
But I'm trying to eat my toes."

" you go!"

I know I say it all the time...
and this won't be the last...
this girl cracks us up and 
keeps us on our toes!

And yes...
there are a few times...
when she is peaceful...
fast asleep...

with a finger stuck in her bow! :)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Bearcat Kindergarten!!! read that right...

All summer Landry was super excited about kindergarten
and coming to Oraze with me...
and then he got to spend the week with his beloved Tammy...
and he decided that he no longer wanted to go to kindergarten.
Thankfully, after going by school on Friday,
stopping by his classroom, and his sweet teacher popping out to say, "hi,"
he was back to being excited about it...
so much so that he had to draw a picture...

(Mrs. McFarland and him)

and write a note to Mrs. McFarland to attach to his gift for her.

Last night of sleep before the big day!

Backpack all ready to go...
Funny side-story...
that I am sharing so I don't forget it down the road.
While we were at the grocery store I asked Landry is he
wanted some other lunch meat besides turkey.
He turned to me and said,
"I'd like salmon for my sandwiches."
What? Where does he get this stuff?

He woke up this morning...ready to go!

He was quite nervous before we left the house
and even asked me if I was scared.
I told him that yup, I was a little scared, but that was ok because
everyone is a little scared on the first day.

First time as a Bearcat!

Can you tell that we was getting tired of taking pictures?

He and Mrs. Erickson...
our wonderful principal!

Chad was able to escape work for a bit
to come walk Handsome to class with me!

My handsome little man...oh how I love him!

Landry and his sweet new friend, Hailey...
part of the Bearcat Kindergarten Posse. :)

Walking in to his classroom...

and saying, "Good-morning" to Mrs. McFarland.

She had their name tags on a chart and they needed to find their name
and then choose their very own desk!

Landry and another buddy from the Bearcat Kindergarten Posse, Asher.

After all of the talks, tears, his attempt to talk me out of
making him go to kindergarten...I was nervous about how drop-off
was going to go. He was a champ! He sat right down, got to coloring,
and I was left standing there not really knowing what to do with myself. :)

I got to see him a few times during the day and he only saw me once.
He was so super sweet and gave me a big smile, a sweet little wave, 
blew me a kiss and did our sign language, "I love you."

At the end of the day I COULD NOT wait to go get 
him from Campus Club and find out how his day went.
This picture says it all...

He was so excited to show me his packet...
which included this picture that he drew.
It is him in front of the school office.

So...we had to follow through on our previous
negotiation deal...
and McDonald's was dinner!!!

What gets better than a great first day, no tears...from Landry, 
and McDonald's for dinner?
Getting the SWEETEST voicemail from his teacher
telling us how he was such a good listener, followed directions,
participated in class, and was always doing what he was supposed to. sweet...and his face lit up as he listened to it.
Needless to say...we are so SUPER proud of our