Monday, January 12, 2015

happy no. 4, preston!

We celebrated 4 amazing years with Preston on January 4th! I wanted to have a train-themed party at our house this year with a ride-on train on our cul-de-sac.  The husband quickly vetoed that as we are two for two on rain at the last two parties we held at our house --- our house is not big enough for entertaining entering on the inside. 

After that veto came, I went searching online.  The Fish Gallery came up, and it seemed unique and reasonable, price wise. So we had a fish themed party --- and we promised Preston a fish tank and fish for his birthday. We're still acclimating his tank for his fish, but here in a couple of weeks we'll have a handful of fish for his tank. 



He had the best time with his friends --- especially with his BFF from school for two years in a row (pictured center just below). 


The Fish Gallery brought out a few sea creatures for the children to touch and hold.  They also got to feel the koi fish tanks as well as watch them feed the fish in their large fish tank, while getting a front row seat and an up close look at the fish. 


If you're look to host a party at The Fish Gallery in Houston then I promise you that you won't need any decor.  Their room is already decorated perfectly.  I had a few items that I threw up the night before but that was because I already had them --- not because I needed them. 

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day. 




Love Preston's "wow" face. 






Thank you to our friends who came out to celebrate with us. 

Preston, I love you and your crazy, can't-sit-still personality.  You are highly emotional, and I love it --- you come by it naturally (points finger at myself). I adore you. I adore your heart. I adore the four years that God has given me with you.  Here's to many more, dude!


All about Preston at 4:
lover of all things train, favorite color is blue, best friend is Owen. 
great swimmer, not a fan of letters or numbers, loves train videos on the iPad. 
loves nuggets, pizza, CHIPS, shredded cheese, eggs, bacon, waffles, and goldfish. 
takes your gummy vitamins like they're candy. 
is fully potty trained, and even sleeps without a diaper at night as of about a month ago (can I get a woohoo!)
loves your cowboy boots and cowboy hat.  loves christmas music and is still singing it even though the holidays ended a few weeks ago (you come by that naturally also). 
obsessed with wolves, loves to watch animals on tv with dad, and also loves to watch Gold Rush (pulled out the whole "excavator" terminology on me a few weeks ago). 
loves to make fun of your Grrr and say "Okay' in your sweet high pitched voice. 

You're awesome, dude.  I love you so much. 



Monday, January 5, 2015

In love with Laceez.

Recently, Laceez sent us a nice little surprise package full of their no tie shoelaces for kiddos. I had no idea that I would come to appreciate these babies just as much as I do.  Amaze-balls.  Game Changer. 


One day I will conquer the whole learn-to-tie-your-shoes battle, but for now I am rejoicing that one of my kiddos can dress himself from head to toe! Efficient, effective, and they come in a ton of fun colors. My mornings just got a little better. 


You can learn more about Laceez here


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Falalalala --- our Christmas recap.


We had such a great holiday season, though, I will admit that I was constantly shaking the bah-humbug feeling all month long.  This has never happened before (I LOVE the holidays), but at the end of the day we just overcommitted and over scheduled.  There was just a lot going on.  Going to avoid this next year.  I expect you guys to remind me of this come November 2015. 

Even though I struggled with the bah-hugbugness of it all, I must admit that Christmas as a parent is sooo much fun. Here are some of my favorite snaps of our holiday season that I definitely wanted to document here.

First up, the hubby's company throws a kids' holiday party each year.  Here are our pics from it, complete with a Santa pic.  


Now that Miss Hadley has more hair and that it's actually growing, we can see the curls in the back of her hair.  In love!  She is finally letting me play with her hair some.  First pigtails coming later here. 


Preston teased the Grinch. 




Hadley clearly wasn't a fan of Santa, but we threw her on Santa's lap again later that day.  Ha!





Then there was our Sunday School Christmas party.  Love this group of people!




He needed a new helmet.  So why not a teenage mutant ninja turtle helmet? And why not wear it 24/7 and not just when on his bike?


So other randoms ... 



Hadley likes to climb.  She is my climber.  No worries, though, big brother to the rescue.  Really, he wanted to make sure she kept her hands off of Zelf (our elf on the shelf) who was hanging out just inches above her in his stocking. 


This picture will always make me smile because any time he has his Buzz Lightyear pjs on, he will point push the buttons on the shirt and say "Star Command, star command, come in, come in."  Another button makes him jump in place. Love his imagination!





See, pigtails!!!!!!


Now Christmas ... 

 Pigtails, again!

Santa came early on Christmas eve to give each child some special gifts. 

This is Hadley's version of a hug.  Her hugs are pretty darn awesome. 

Santa came to our house. 





Learning all about her new kitchen!

This gift, though, was the hit of the year!  I asked him if he wanted to name it.  Of course he did --- and of course, it's name is Polar Express.  He watches it for hours --- stopping every once and a while to "pick up the kids."


He is digging his new superman backpack. 


Christmas Day was beautiful --- we enjoyed some much needed sunlight and mimosas on the culdesac.  I love this pic of all the parents watching the kiddos play. 


And, finally, I adore how he says caboose. I hope he says it this way forever ;)


Phew, that was a lot of catching up over the past week.  Now I have a 4 year old birthday party to throw on Saturday. {{tear}}  I promise I will be more diligent in updating the blog next year. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Catching up.


Determined to update this ol' blog of mine before the end of the year. I've been so neglectful.

First up, documenting Halloween 2014.   Happy Owl-o-ween! Since Hadley was an itty bitty baby, I've always thought that she would be an owl for her first birthday.  I never mentioned it, though, and one day we were all playing in P's room when I asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween. I was floored when he said an owl.  So I took it and ran with it.  Matching (homemade) owls they were. I realize this will likely be the only year they will ever match.  Boys will be boys and girls will be girls from here on out, I suppose.






Next up, Thanksgiving. My dad and brother came to our house for the day. Just like the rest of the fall, Hadley was just getting over a virus (a virus with an all-time-high-for-this-house, 105.3 fever) and Preston was running a low grade temp all of Thanksgiving day.  sigh



Hadley treating herself to the pink salad!


And finally, this post wouldn't be complete without an update from our yearly Cardiology appointment. We went the week before Thanksgiving.  Just like the past few years, Preston got a great report. Thank you, Jesus! His cardiologist commented that perhaps his aortic valve is a tad bit more leaky than before, but at the end of the day she again has no concerns for the time being and said she would see us again in a year.  So grateful for The Big Man's provision over P's little life.  



celebratory lunch afterwards complete with a new train for the good little patient.