Friday, August 14, 2015

July 4th fun!

This year on the fourth we decided to just stay home, have a cookout, and shoot off fireworks. Jared's mom, sister and her family joined us which was great! We don't see them too often so it was fun to spend an evening just hanging out. We shot most of our fireworks off in the early evening and then just enjoyed having a bonfire. We've never been home at night on the fourth so we were surprised to see that several of our neighbors go all out with their fireworks. It was quite a show! I think next year we will just stay home again and enjoy the festivities. Not dealing with traffic and crowds was a definite plus. All in all it was a great night! The kids are always big fans of daddy shooting off fireworks. :)

We had smores for dessert and I was setting out supplies for everyone. The chocolate kept disappearing but I thought I just forgot to sit it out. Turns out little miss Ivy would take a piece, walk off, and come back for more. So, please ignore the chocolate face. :)

Smoke bombs and sparklers are always a big hit!

Giving a hug to his newest cousin, Athena.

Snuggling with my Ivy girl. 

Just a little worn out...
Happy late fourth everyone!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Summer Recap - June 2015

Summer is coming to a close with many memories made and no blogs posted. As the kids get older and life gets crazier I get increasingly worse at documenting things. I'm going to try to do a summer recap and maybe even a monthly recap in the future in hopes of all of our family moments not getting forgotten or mixed together. 

June didn't have any big events other than just enjoying summer. We played outside a lot, went to the splash pad, caught lightning bugs, built forts, chased bubbles, spent time with friends, grilled out, etc. Pretty much all things summer. :) We definitely have water babies! They could spend all day playing in the water. It was a very mild June but thankfully we were able to do a lot outside.  

 We were able to visit with our Nashville friends. Hopefully they can all grow up to be buddies. :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Ivy Jane is TWO!!

Our baby girl turned two last month. So crazy! She is such a fun, silly, energetic little girl. She is always making us laugh and constantly keeping us on our toes. My dad always says that he's never met a kid like Ivy. She is BUSY! She gets into something and while you're cleaning that up she has already moved on to the next thing and this goes on all day. It's kind of comical. She's into coloring, dancing, reading books, playing with Oliver and Tucker, and all things "pretty". She got a purse for her birthday and she carries it around all the time. It's so fun having a girl!

I took her pictures in our backyard last week and it may not show in the pictures but she was not into it at all. I would try to have her do something and she would say "no nope". Luckily, she warmed up to the idea and she enjoyed me chasing her around the yard. 

Happy Birthday Ivy girl!!!

 I just love puffy dresses!


She loved blowing out her candle. We had a little party for her while we were on vacation.

Oliver wanted his picture taken too. :)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Last Day of Preschool

Oliver is officially done with preschool! Where is time going?!? He started at developmental preschool shortly after his third birthday and he's been with the same group of teachers for the last two years. I'm excited for him to move up to kindergarten but I so wish we could bring his teachers with us. He loves them! Luckily, they'll be right down the hall, but still. 

Over the last couple years Jared and I had planned on homeschooling Oliver when he got to this point but we've decided to keep him in the same school. We were worried about him getting left behind in a big classroom full of students or being alone in a resource room but I really don't think that will be the case. We were given both options but the thought of him in a regular kindergarten class just didn't make sense. They are going to be learning how to read when he's still working on speech and so on. He is doing amazing and making huge leaps but that just seems like it would set him back. We met with the life skills teacher and learned more about what that class will offer and it sounds perfect for Oliver. There are a couple other kids his age and he will get the one on one attention he needs. They'll try to integrate him with the bigger kindergarten class when they can but for now I think this will be perfect. We met the teacher and I think she will be a great fit for Oliver. We may still home school some day down the road but for now I think this is where he needs to be. He truly is one of the sweetest, most compassionate, fun loving little boys I know and I'm excited to see what his future holds. 

We love you, buddy! So proud of you!!

And just for fun, here is a picture from his first year. Love it!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Oliver is 5!

We had a great time last week celebrating Oliver's fifth birthday! We had a little party at my parents and it was perfect for him. This is the first birthday that I feel like he actually understood what was going on and he truly enjoyed himself. He joined in when we sang happy birthday, blew out his candles, he ate the cake, and opened presents. In the past he didn't like it when we would sing, he wasn't interested in trying the cake, and he needed help staying on track for all the birthday festivities. It was a relief this year to see him laugh and have an enjoyable time. He was having so much fun in fact that he had me relight the candles and he started singing happy birthday again. He said "Come on, Pa!" and wanted everyone to join in. So proud of him and the leaps he's made! 

Such a goofball! :)

And just a few of our Ivy Jane...