Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick or Treat...

We never really got a good picture this evening, someone was to worried about the mosquito flying around her brother.

The cutest little Pirate & Nemo I ever did see!
Hey dad! Maybe when I'm at school, I'll see a shark.
This little pirate wanted to unwrap and eat her candy as it was handed to her.
It is a little chilly out here, Mom.
This little guy had enough and crawled up in his Daddy's arms and crashed.

Zach, the sniper. We spent the evening with our great friends and their 2 adorable children.

Lizzie, the Bumblebee. This is one of Emma's BFF's that was born only 12 hours before her and lives on the next street.

These girls were so funny, they would not get far from this wagon or their Mommy's side.

Anytime Emma would see a scary costume she would close her eyes and cover them but sort of peek to see. It was hilarious, but there were a couple that really frightened her.

We enjoyed our night and spending time with the Carrizal family. We have lots of candy left over, so my kiddos at school will be happy campers come Monday morning.

Friday, October 30, 2009

i {heart} my job!

We had a pep rally at school today and it was a blast for the kids and adults. Our leadership team decided to surprise the kids with a little dance. What started out as fun ended up being pretty darn serious. 4 practices, dress rehearsal, make up application, Goodwill shopping and about 24-8 counts later ~ our kids thought we ROCKED and so did I!

Talk about fun, this was so much fun and I know there is more to come. We set the gym on fire when we rose up from our graves this morning and entertained our student body with, THRILLER. In case you are wondering I am the zombie on the floor with the maroon bandanna around my head.

There were so many people who stepped outside of their comfort zone to make this happen for our kids and that is what it is all about in education. Doing whatever it takes to serve kids and I feel like we made huge strides with our kiddos today in Bulldog country!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, October 26, 2009

Treasure, plunder, sea and sail

Our little "Diva Pirate" celebrated with her gymnastic friends this evening. She wasn't just your ordinary ship mate, instead she was sporting lots of Bling!

Check out that sword and hook adorned with ribbon and jewels. She walks around the house saying, "Every good pirate has a sword and a hook."

Part of the class, the others were running a little late.

I'm a pirate! That I be! I sail me ship upon the sea!

Emma's favorite mate, Brook as a fairy.
Life’s pretty good, and why wouldn’t it be? I’m a pirate, after all.

Where's me pot of gold ?

Emma, you were by far the cutest lil' pirate I have ever seen.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pumpkin Patch 2009

Took a little trip to the Pumpkin Patch this weekend. One child loved it, the other really did not want to cooperate. I am sure you will be able to figure out who the lover of the Pumkin Patch happened to be...

Such a happy little boy.

They had a little Pumpkin Chariot that was interesting. The kids loved it and Emma kept calling it a wagon.

The sweetest little pumpkin in the patch.

Hmmm...we will take a fake smile if that is all we can get Emma.

Gavin loved sitting by his Big Sister in the "Great Pumpkin".

Now that is the kind of smile we like to see baby girl.

My favorite BOYS in the whole world.

We could not stop taking pictures of our little man & he just kept smiling...

...and smiling

...and smiling!

Emma's Pumpkin 2009

Gavin's Pumpkin 2009
We will carve a few this week and get ready to do a little "Trick or Treating" Saturday with our friends Zach & Lizzie. We had a busy weekend getting ready for our MDO & Gymnastics party.
I am so excited to see my kiddos in their Halloween Costumes. I put the final touches on Emma's and can hardly wait to see her in it.
Looks like we will be pulling a wagon with Nemo & a Pirate aboard this year.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wordless Wednesday (almost)

Fall Festival...Lines were long...Brother was sleepy...I will paint your face like a Butterfly when we get home Emma...Get in the car...Drive home...Paint her face...She thinks it is beautiful...Not very artsy...She is proud...One happy girl...Messy job...She thinks I am the best Mom ever
...Next time, stand in line!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Hard Work

Yesterday was grocery shopping day for this Mommy and it seems I had a little helper tag along. I only go to the grocery store every couple weeks, so it was going to be a big trip. Emma decided to join me, so we loaded her little grocery cart up and headed out with a list in hand. Yes, she wore her "cheer weader outfit" for the 3rd day straight. She loves to play dress up and pretend all the time.

She was quite the little helper and wanted to fill her buggy completely up, as you can tell she succeeded. It was the cutest little thing and I was so proud of how well she did following behind me every step of the way. She kept up and was exhausted by the time we got to the frozen section.

We were getting close to the end of the trip here and she kept taking things out of her basket and telling me she was starving.

Needless to say, she had to get a little snack to be able to make it through the rest of the trip. She kept saying, "This is hard work Mommy, this is hard work" and as soon as we walked in the door she told her Daddy the same thing.

I must admit that this was the most memorable grocery shopping trip ever. Emma did such an awesome job and was as helpful as could be. I think God knew what he was doing when he gave me this baby girl to share life with....what do you think?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

It's Fall Ya'll

We attended our neighborhood Fall Festival on Saturday and the kids had a great time. There was lots to do from picking a pumpkin, games, train rides, petting zoo, playgrounds, hay rides, face painting, a farmer and much more.

The best part of my day was seeing my sweet babies ride around in this wagon together. I always dreamed of having a red wagon. We got this one when Emma was 6 months old and from the time we got it, I always dreamed of having another child to ride in it with her.

My little man got to sit in a pumpkin patch (well a make shift one) for the first time. Look at that sweet boy. I will have to post some pictures later in the week of how we decorated his is so cute.

This little girl enjoyed walking around in search of the perfect one & she found it.

It is impossible to get a picture of everyone looking at the camera these days, but we try every chance we get. Gavin was having fun chewing on the hay, so he would not look at the camera.

We had a super busy & fun weekend. Spent lots of time doing things with the kids and a good time was had by all.

Have I told you lately that I am proud to be part of the Frazier Four?

Friday, October 16, 2009

28 months, oh so Sassy!

Our sweet baby girl turned 28 months old yesterday and she continues to make us smile day after day. We are amazed everyday at the conversations she has with us and the witty little comments she makes. She is super silly, to say the least and always up to something. She has the sweetest little spirit and her heart is so tender. Telling us daily, usually 3 or 4 times how much she loves us and that she is happy. Every time I hear her say it my heart just overflows with joy.

Emma, you are our life and we could never imagine it without you. Your spunk and zest for life are contagious and you leave everyone you come in contact with smiling. You are the most independent little thing I have ever laid eyes on and it makes us proud that you are such a little go getter.

You have changed so much over the past month and we have loved watching you along the way. Here are just a few of the things you have started doing:
  • Praying all by yourself before meals and during the day (Heavenly Father, once again, Thank you for your blessings, Amen).
  • You woke up 2 weeks ago and said you were a big girl and you wanted to wear panties and have been using the potty ever since. Oh and you pooped in the potty for the first time too.
  • Dressing yourself and picking out your own clothes (some days you do great and some days you look like a rag muffin)
  • Sleeping in your big girl bed & you never get up (you just call for us to come and get you)
  • Learned the days of the weeks and recite them
  • Know your Months and recite them
  • Can identify letters of the alphabet and associate a word that starts with the letter
  • You love for Mommy to paint your nails and talk like the ladies at the nail shop, you just giggle and mock me (Daddy does not think it is funny)
  • You had to give up Caillou because he is a smarty pants and you were learning some bad habits from him
  • You constantly talk about your friends at MDO
  • Your eager to help with chores around the house
  • You love your little brother and are always watching out for him

There are so many things that you are doing these days that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Every day with you is a new day and a fun one too.

Thank you Emma Lou for teaching us to be parents. You have given us the best 28 months of our lives and we look forward to all the years ahead. We love you so much and are so proud to be your Mommy & Daddy.

You, my sweet child are ONE OF A KIND!

Thursday, October 15, 2009


Guess who said Mama yesterday and clinged onto me for dear life on Monday when someone tried to hold him? My sweet, smiley, chunky, happy little boy! Oh, and he didn't just say it once...he said it 5 or 6 times. It just does not get any better than that.

While I have you guessing and this one is a little personal. Guess who was eating dinner and said, "Daddy, I have to go to the potty?" Her Daddy got her down and she ran into the bathroom and said, "this makes me sick." When she stood up she looked in the potty and said, "Look Daddy, I pooped...just like Beamer" (Beamer is our dog). This kid is something else. Oh she was so proud of that poop, we talked about it for hours last night. We are so proud of her. She made up her mind 2 weeks ago to wear panties and now the poop. Way to go Emma. She is 28 months old today, so I will be back later for her Birthday post.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Big Changes

This little girl is so excited that her Daddy turned her bed into a "big girl" bed today. She must have told him a half dozen times, "Daddy, thank you for making my bed a big girl bed, I love my bed." Sweet girl, she is growing up right before my eyes. Oh and check out those cute little braids in her hair today.

We heard horror stories about what it would be like when we decided to convert her crib. I am happy to tell you that she has been in bed for about an hour now and NEVER once attempted to get up. I really did not think she would. I explained to her that it was important she stay in her bed and to just call us if she needed anything and we would hear her on the monitor. She listened closely and said, "just call Mommy & Daddy if I need them", you got it baby girl.

While I am bragging, let me also document that we have been going to the potty on our own for 2 weeks now. No reminders, she just tells us or goes and gets on the potty all by herself. We are so proud of you Emma Lou!

Here she is all snuggled into bed. Yes, she sleeps with all that stuff too. We go through roll call every night, goes a little something like this....Baby, Beamer, Cousin, Bunny, Aerial, B-dog, other bunny & Minnie. Some days I wonder how there is room for her, but she would not have it any other way. She knows if one is missing and she also knows if her little blanket is on the pink side or the floral one. She is such a little creature of habit already.

I had to post a couple pictures of my little man. Just so you know, we are not breaking the rules with our cranial band. We are allowed to take it off 1 hour a day.

We are enjoying the Fall weather and the little front that has blown through this weekend. Looking forward to the cool days ahead and loving on these two sweet babies of mine.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Saturday, October 3, 2009

7 months & growing...

Today we celebrated as our "little man" turned 7 months old. Someone pinch me, is this for real? My baby boy is already 7 months old...I really can not believe it.

You are growing up right before our eyes sweet boy. Here are just some of the things you have accomplished in the past month:

  • Weigh 24lbs 9oz
  • Began wearing your cranial band for Plagiocephaly
  • Scooting (you look like you are doing the centiped, you get up on your knees, push forward and flop to the floor)
  • Started eating fruits, vegetables and Yo Baby Yogurt
  • Still nursing
  • Said "Dada" for the first time today
  • Rode in your blue car for the first time
  • Love to take baths
  • Began riding in your big boy car seat, but it is still turned backwards
  • Fallen in love with our dog, Beamer
  • Sitting in your high chair to eat
  • Sitting up for a few seconds by yourself
  • Turn on the musical aquarium in your crib
  • Hold your bottle on your own
  • You have started getting up in the night and we think it is a result of wearing the cranial band.
  • You laugh constantly at your sister when she says your name
  • You love to be held
  • Have outgrown your baby swing
  • You are off the charts as far as your growth stats are concerned

You are such a fun little boy and so easy going. We constantly brag about what a good baby you are and people constantly comment on what a happy little boy you are. I could just eat up those little rolls on your legs and arms. I love your chubby little hands and feet, along with that beautiful smile. You bring an unexplainable amount of JOY to us Gavin. There is not a day that goes by that we don't THANK GOD for blessing us with YOU.