Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat

Halloween has come and gone, the little pirates are in bed, this Mommy is ready to put the orange away and break out the red and green.  Trick or Treating was very successful tonight and our kiddos had a good time running from door to door in their pirate gear.

Bribed this little guy with some candy and he decided to "walk the plank" in his boots and hat tonight.  Gavin looked adoreable in his costume.

His sassy big sister was thrilled to wear all her stuff and carry her sword adorned with pink bling hearts.  Emma was a trick or treating pro this year.

Best picture I could get of Captain Jack Sparrow, isn't he the cutest thing you have ever seen?

These two made their way to the door of about 20 of our neighbors. 

Mommy had to get a picture with the two cutest pirates she has ever seen in all her days.  I could not get them to put their buckets down or look at the camera because they had their eyes on the next house.

We went by Lizzie's house and her big brother was passing out candy.  Perfect time for us to get a picture of these two silly girls.

Lizzie and her brother joined us as we went over to the next street where their granparents happen to live.  Emma pulled Lizze in the wagon on the way over there and Strawberry Shortcake enjoyed the ride.

Finally, I was able to get a picture of both the little pirates together in the front yard before they loaded up in the wagon for the night.

This picture makes me smile when I see all these little dreds hanging off my little man's head.  You are looking at one tuckered out little boy that was ready to go back home.  Gavin was such a little trooper tonight and only got scared of a couple of the costumes we passed on the street.

Halloween has come to an end, our house is full of candy and Christmas is a coming! 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Super {little} Man

Every Mommy needs there own Superman and I just happen to be very fond of the littlest superhero living in my house. 

I must admit that I was one of those Mom's that despised "cartoon" clothing and velcro shoes, swore to never own a piece of it. These days we have Toy Story, Batman, Superman and Curious George stuff hanging in the closet and I think it looks so cute on Gavin.  I especially love the ones that have the capes attached to the back of it.  

There are so many things I love about our very own little superman.  Look at those little hands, feet and that big S upon his chest.   I could eat him up he is so sweet these days and yep, those nails need to be cut.

He was deeply engrossed in Zooboomafoo this morning before church when I attempted to take these pictures.   Look at that, even SUPERMAN picks his nose every now and again.  I will be forever thankful that God blessed me with this little boy that changed my views on so many things in life. 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Emma & Lizzie

We played football this evening and just so happened that Emma's little friend Lizzie and her family were at the game.  Emma was super excited when she found out she was there, matter of fact we were in the suite when we found out and the next thing I know Emma is in line tyring to wrap food up and take it out into the stands for her friends.  Silly girl, I quickly reminded her to put it down as school board members and others were staring at her trying to smuggle cookies, cupcakes and candy out of the "All Access Pass" area. Yikes!

She settled on taking a couple mints to her buddy and left the rest behind.  Lizzie lives right around the corner, but we don't get to see her often.  She is pretty shy, but slowly coming out of her shell.  I was so excited when she decided to come along with me and Emma tonight to visit some other friends at the game.

These two kept wanting their own set of pom poms, so we decided to take a walk down to the field.  On the way there we saw Spike, so of course we had to stop for a picture.

When we were walking around Lizzie agreed to come over to our house and play sometime soon.  Emma jumped at that thought and said, "Oh Lizze and you can spend the night with me too."  Poor Lizzie, Emma is an all or nothing kind of girl, so I am sure she made you a nervous wreck tonight.

When we got down to the field Emma decided to tell Lizzie that they were going to go out on the field and perform at half time.  Wrong answer Emma, Lizzie's little lip started quivering and she wanted her Mommy ASAP.   I begged her not to cry and she didn't, so I immediately started texting her Mommy.  Her Mommy came down to the rail to get her and Lizzie was like, peace out!   Emma scared the heebie jeebies out of her when she started talking about performing on the field.

It was fun to see Lizzie Lou and so many others at the game tonight.  Our football team is on fire and playoff bound for sure, so glad that so many people came out to support the Bulldogs tonight.  Emma sure was glad to have a friend to walk hand in hand with and even more thrilled that the Bulldogs had a V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fall Festival 2011 @ MDO

Arrr....Look at me little pirates Matey!  One of my little pirates refused to wear his boots and hat, this Mommy has learned there are some battles just not worth fighting early in the morning.  I was just happy I got a smile out of them before they headed out for the Fall Festival.

Gavin was real honest with his feelings this morning when we were getting him dressed in his costume.  "I do not like the boots and I do not like the hat Mommy."

Sweet Kain  {our wonderful Nanny's little boy} and Gavin at the duck pond.  Kain was Captain Hook and he looked so cute.

Gavin with the MDO director, Mrs. Elaine that is his big buddy.  Gavin gets sent to the office sometimes and is suppose to sit in the red chair, however he always wiggles his way up in Mrs. Elaine's lap and she loves it.

Back in the class for party time and lots of Halloween goodies and sweets.  Gavin was so proud I was there and just kept saying, "Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy" over and over again without needing anything.

Emma got her face painted by Jewels, the Clown at the carnival.  It was sort of like the Cinderella costume at Disney, she never wanted to take it off.

Sweet Mrs. Becky, Emma's PreK teacher that has been teaching at MDO for 26 years.  We are so blessed that Emma has her and is getting such a great foundation that will benefit her immensely for years to come.

It made me so sad to take this picture of these sweet girls.  Gracie, Hannah and Emma have been Best Friends at MDO since they were 15 months old.  These three girls have been inseparable since they started out in the toddler room and are crazy about each other.  Come May they will all go their separate ways for Kindergarten and as I stood around with their Mommy's today and talked about it, we were all very choked up.

Aubrey is another one of Emma's sweet friends that she has attended school with since the toddler room.  Aubrey's Mom was Emma's two year old teacher and currently has Gavin in her class.

Emma with her friend Kade, that she is really giddy about.  Kade is Emma's table partner and she enjoys hanging out with him at school.

My kids favorite part of party day is getting to drink real juice.  We drink roaring water at our house, so they jump at any opportunity to drink real juice boxes.

Performing for the parents in the children's choir room.  Emma's class sang 5 fall songs and they were so cute and sweet.  It is crazy to watch all these kids perform and think about how little they all were when we started MDO.  Emma was quite the performer and entertainer.

Picture of the entire class when the party started.  This room is amazing and Mrs. Becky and Mrs. Violet work miracles with the 14 itty bitty's in their class. It was so much fun to enjoy the Fall Festival with Emma & Gavin this Halloween.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Arrrrrr Jazz Matey...

Tonight was costume night for Emma's Jazz class, so she decided to walk the plank and put on the best pirate gear she could find.  Matter of fact this little pirates loot was purchased at Disney this summer and traveled all the way down to the Bahamas with us before it made its way back to the ship.

Might be one of the cutest little pirates on the ship, I tell ya.  Look at those sweet cheeks and that grin, gets me every single time.

She could not win a battle for nothing, because she is too busy putting her sword down to pose for the camera with her sassy little self.

Meet Emma's sweet friend Lauren that we help get to dance if her Super Hero Mommy is away on business.  So thankful her parents trust us, Emma really enjoys their playtime together and her friendship.

Every girl needs a friend that is a super hero and every super hero needs a friend with a sword, right matey?  These two are the perfect little pair and as prissy as they come.  I love to watch them hold hands, giggle and laugh in the backseat of my car on the way to class.  Lauren was so excited this afternoon because Emma gave her two pennies.  I love the excitement and innocence of their friendship and this stage in life.  I wish it could last forever.

Look at all these little cuties in Emma's Jazz class.  Emma is the youngest of the group while the rest of them are in Kindergarten or First Grade. They are all so super sweet and a couple of them are very talented when their little feet hit the dance floor. 

We are blessed with an amazing studio, great dance friends and good instructors.  Mrs. Christy is Emma's Jazz teacher and also owns the studio, believe it or not she keeps all 16 of these little cuties moving for the entire 45 minutes of non stop jazz.  At the end of every class Emma always has a hug and and thank you for Mrs. Christy and I think it makes her day, week after week.  

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pumpkin Patch 2011

We decided to make our annual  visit to the Pumpkin Patch today since we could not attend Victoria's 3rd Birthday or go to the hospital to meet Baby Maddox, because strep throat has been lurking around our house this week.  We did not think anyone would appreciate us contaminating their families, so we opted to spend the weekend alone.

Oh how I love fall and all the smells and colors it brings along with it.  My house smells of Marshmallow Pumpkin Scentsy right now and everywhere you turn there is some sort of fall decoration.

Gavin has been asking us daily, "Mommy, you take me to the pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin like Caillou?"  Yep, both of my kiddos are pretty much obsessed with the bald headed, whiny little four year old that is not always very nice to his sister Rosie.

Emma was super excited to search for the perfect pumpkin to carve this year and she did a great job finding a good one with a big round face, just waiting to be brought to life for all our little Trick or Treaters.

Little Man turned every single pumpkin he could manage to pick up into a ball and threw it.  We had to remind him constantly to put them down.

 Emma found the cutest little pumpkins to bring home to paint and she has already painted two of them.

Gavin decided that he better grab a couple too and he kept saying, "Mommy, look at my widdle punkin."

Look at my wagon pulling boy with that super serious face. Perhaps he was nervous about getting caught stealing someones wagon full of pumpkins.

Leave it to one of my kids to be super fascinated with the flies that were zooming around the pumpkin patch.

We started going to this pumpkin patch when Emma was 4 months old, hard for me to believe she is now 4 years and 4 months old. 

 No matter what I promised Gavin today, he was not turning loose of too many smiles.

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch today and as we were leaving the restaurant an older lady approached our table and said, "I just want to tell you and your husband that y'all have the most beautiful and well behaved children and we appreciate that.  It is not too often you see parents making their kids do the right things these days and y'all have done a great job."  Before she could finish talking Gavin was wrapped around her legs hugging her and Emma was trying to squeeze a hug in too.  I was just anxious to get out of there before Gavin decided to send a shrimp or piece of bread flying across the restaurant. 

He finally decided to give me a smile and enjoyed sitting in the wagon atop all the pumpkins.

Here is the GREAT PUMPKIN that Emma picked out of the patch for The Frazier Four to carve this Halloween.  Daddy is a pretty good pumpkin carver, so I can not wait to see what this little guy ends up looking like.

This is the best shot I could get of these two little rascals together, makes me think that Christmas pictures are going to be very interesting this year.  Successful trip to the patch today and a good time spent with my very own little pumpkins!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

4 Years & 4 Months

Oh sweet Emma Lou, you are growing up so fast right before our eyes.  It is a true joy to experience life with you every single day.

You are so independent these days and want little help with anything you do.  Pre~K has captured your heart and mind this year and you love every single thing about learning.   You currently are writing, reading and retaining and your ability to memorize is pretty amazing for a four year old.   Everyday you come home so excited about what you have learned and can not wait to share the entire days lesson with us step by step. 

It has become very important recently for you to have the last word and you have really started talking back.  We have had to pray and have lots of talks about how Jesus wants you to treat others and your parents.  You are still so super sweet and it is hard to correct you at times, but each time we explain to you that it is our job as your parents to help you become the best you can be.  I am confident you only do this at home because Mrs. Becky always tells us you are the perfect child at school.

You are as prissy as they come and you constantly walk around dancing or with your Hello Kitty purse filled with lip gloss on your shoulder.  It is safe to say that you are extremely confident and love yourself.  I am so proud that you possess this characteristic, because I encounter so many people on a daily basis that just do not believe in themselves.

You are so sensitive to others and love Jesus with all of your heart.  Last week you asked me, "Mom, why can't we see Jesus and the Angels",  I started explaining and you quickly interrupted me and said, "No Mom, No. We can not see them because they are nocturnal."  I sure was impressed with your analogy and smiled the rest of the day at your ability to transfer that knowledge to Jesus.

Emma, we love you so much and are so proud of you!  You bring so much happiness to our home and I am so honored to be your Mom.  Keep learning, smiling, laughing, praying and loving Jesus.

Friday, October 7, 2011

My Lil' Football Date

Last night I had a date with my little man and we headed out for our Thursday night Varsity game.  Emma stayed home with Daddy and they went on a bike ride,  tested out the new booster seat,  played Hi Ho Cherry-O and  Candy Land.

Gavin and I went up to the suite, took full advantage of our all access pass and enjoyed a nice dinner together.  He was so excited to see the boys on the field warming up and even more excited that he had ALL his Mommy's attention.

Gavin is a charmer and really knows how to work a crowd.  His Daddy started teaching him to shake hands when he was about 18 months old and lets just say he is really good at it when he is in a social setting.  He made his rounds and shook the hand of every man in the suite last night and every policeman we passed.  I must admit, it is super cute to see him do it and people are shocked that he does it so well.

He was a trooper and made it to the end of the 3rd quarter before we called it a night.   I see many more "football date nights" in the future with the sweetest little boy I know.