Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Ryan's First Day - Kindergarten

This sweet little boy started Kindergarten!

If you know me, you know I am all about traditions - and since starting school is new for our little family, it was the perfect opportunity to start one! After a little brainstorming I decided to go with making a school bus cake for the night before the first day of school.  I can't decide if that was the best option since my kids will probably never ride a school bus, but hey, it works. I was going to add a little more decor/design but it was too much work. Lol. Plus, I gotta leave room for improvement, right? Anyhow, each year I plan to put a picture of the kids riding in the bus along with the grade they are entering...

My "school bus" this year. As you can see, I set the bar really LOW. The good news is that the kids loved it. They thought it was amazing...but it was most likely just the Ding Dongs. Those were a big hit. #dingdongsforthewin

I was pretty excited for Ryan's first day. So much so that I may have taken a sleeping aid. Yeah. Anyhow, I slept great. And luckily, so did little R. Ryan came down around 7:15am and had yogurt and cheerios for breakfast. Surprisingly we were joined by Grayson - he typically loves to sleep so I was a little surprised that he got up - but he was pretty excited for Ryan. That was pretty cute! 

Of course we had to get pictures - and apparently Grayson didn't want to be left out of this either.

A few more and then we headed out...

And although we were running a few minutes late...we still stopped for a picture out front!

Ryan by his locker...with his massive backpack. 

His sweet teacher - Mrs. Littlefield!

Not only are these dudes in the same class but they are sitting at the same table! 

There were no tears - from this dude or myself (I know, shocker).  After drop off there was a little "Boo Hoo" breakfast for the new parents, so I popped over there and met a lot of new mommies. Although I have already forgotten most everyone's names I am excited for these new friendships and for starting this next chapter of our lives with so many sweet families. 

Love that Sheridan (our favorite sitter) decorated for this little guys return! 

Of course all day I was thinking about what Ryan might be doing...And I was so excited to pick him up and hear about how it all went down. Deep down I knew that I wouldn't get a ton of information from him...but I still held on to the small chance that I might get an amazing detailed version of the days events. 
I got the following:
- (at pickup) A BIG SMILE AND HUG and a "It took a long time for 3 o'clock to come. I mean, we had to do so many things"
- Yes, I had fun
- I love my teacher
- He was pretty thrilled with gym class
- He also started singing the phonics song

All in all, I'd say day #1 was pretty successful. He was excited to go back...so I'd say that's a win!

On Day TWO Aunt Sarah picked Ryan up at the end of the day.  Look at these sweet cousins! Love that they are at the same school! Apparently Audrey saw Ryan TWICE at school but he wasn't paying attention when she said hi. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Hayden turns TWO!

My baby girl is TWO. 
I have complete mixed emotions on this event. On one hand it's amazing. Every day gets easier and easier. We are one day closer to unloading all of the baby crap, throwing away the sippy cups, not having to buy diapers, and actually being able to effectively communicate with all of our children AND on the other hand, I just wanna CRY. My baby is TWO!

I couldn't have dreamed up any little girl more perfect for our family!

At two she obviously doesn't fully understand what her birthday really means, but she did enjoy hearing us sing happy birthday to her and she lit up each and every time. 

We ended up getting her hair cut on her birthday - mainly because they boys desperately needed theirs cut. 

But seriously, look at that hot mess. It was time. 

Sweet little lady!

That night her cousins and Gigi came over to help celebrate! We ate spaghetti and lemon cake - yum!

Hayden @ TWO
- new words every day, but everything has a throaty accent. Very German or something....It's pretty entertaining. She definitely doesn't talk that much, but I know she understands what I say to her, she just can't communicate back.
- no fear. This girl loved the alpine slide and tubing. She loves running around and if she falls she just pops right back up. She is a tough little cookie.
- Can be really shy.
- Loves to LAUGH

Two Year Interview: Obviously Hayden didn't answer these questions herself, but I answered them based on what I think she would say if she could communicate.  I think she would be pleased with my answers.

1. What is your favorite color? Blue. Mainly because that is the only color I have ever heard her say. 
2. What is your favorite toy? Balls, Fisher Price farm & animals, anything her brothers are playing with...
3. What is your favorite fruit? Bananas and grapes
4. What is your favorite tv show? Mickey Mouse & Paw Patrol
5. What is you favorite thing to eat for lunch? turkey, cheese, crackers
6. What is your favorite outfit? Anything my mom dresses me in :)
7. What is your favorite game? Hide and Seek. Hayden LOVES to hide and she is actually really good at being quiet. She has hidden from me a couple of times (when we aren't even playing a game) and although I know she has to be in the house I will start to freak out because I really can't find her. When I fnally find her she has the BIGGEST grin on her face. What a toot!
8. What is your favorite snack? Hummus and Pretzels
9. What is your favorite animal? Kitten and Pigs. These are my favorite two animals to ask her about. When we read Brown Bear Brown Bear and we get to the cat page she meows and pretends to lick her paws - I have no idea where she got that from but it is ADORABLE. 
10. What is your favorite song? The Wheels on the Bus. I basically have to sing this anytime I change her diaper so she will sit still. 
11. What is your favorite book? Any kind of flap book, The Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear Brown Bear. 
12. Who is your best friend? Mommy, of course!
13. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Yogurt
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride her scooter and bubbles
15. What is your favorite drink? milk
16. What is your favorite holiday? everyday is my holiday...
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? A paci, a few blankets and a bunch of animals - bunny, lovie, lion
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? Mac n' Cheese, hot dogs, spaghetti 
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Spaghetti 
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A vet - she loves animals right now. Even Bob.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Montana 2016

We love our yearly trip to visit Kevin's parents in their summer home up in Montana and this year was no different! This year we had no problems with our flight to Kalispell - yay! (last year's debacle)

We got to the house around 5pm and the kids were so excited! Their cousins were so sweet and decorated the house for Ryan's birthday - when he got there he was able to run through the "hangy things" that mommy forgot to do this year at home. 

First stop - Raspberries!

Then down to the lake...

Ethan took both boys out on the kayak. 

The next morning we started off in the orchard...picking cherries!

Then some tubing out on the lake.

And that night we had Ryan's birthday dinner....he requested salmon.

On Friday the guys went fishing so we took the little kids into Polson for the farmers market. 

When we got home we had some more lake time...

Hayden loved going out in the paddle board and kayak! She was so still I wasn't sure how she felt about it but when I brought her back in she didn't want to get off...so we went out again.

Saturday was the annual Rollins BBQ
Ate yummy food then played out in the grass catching grasshoppers and play Red Rover. 
That afternoon we headed out on the boat. The water was a little rough so we ended up finding a little cove and ALL jumping in! AHHHH...I'm cold thinking about it now!

On Sunday morning my parents arrived. Kevin, Grayson and I headed to the airport to pick them up. When we got back Mary had made a yummy egg casserole. We had brunch and then took my parents out on the boat...and did a little cliff jumping!!!

It doesn't look that high from down on the boat, but when you are up there it feels pretty darn high! I cheated a little and jumped from a little lower. Good enough for me :)

I would have probably done it again or possibly even from higher up BUT it was SO COLD!!! I just wanted to jump and get back in the boat. 

That night we went into Lakeside and ate at The Tamarack. There is a little creek outside and the kids loved playing in it. Grayson ended up falling in....oops!

Everyone smiling!!!

When we got home the adults went on a little boat cruise while Ethan held down the fort at home! 

On Monday we headed up to Whitefish.

My new favorite smile. Love it when she will "cheese" for the camera. 

And of course we did the alpine slide. Well, almost all of us. Grayson wanted nothing to do with it this year...I tried everything to make him go but he had made up his mind and wasn't budging. Hayden, on the other hand, was all about it! 

I loved going down with her because she giggled the entire way! Kevin took video of it when he went with her...I will have to post! 

We ate some lunch at the resort and then headed into Whitefish town for ice cream at Sweet Peaks. Afterwards one of the cars headed home and the rest of us did a little window shopping. 

When we got home we played outside...and the kids climbed on the roof. 

Fresh cherry pie - with cherries we picked from the orchard! 

On Tuesday we did a little morning walk/run...
This is the spot where Mary and Mike found a bear one time...just eating apples from the tree. #NBD

My dad, Kevin and I did a run...the view and temperature were pretty amazing. 

The Hales headed back to Dallas that evening so we hung out on the lake while Kevin's parents took them to the airport. 

Check out that wetsuit!

doing a little fishing...

Hanging with Papu

Our last day was Wednesday and we headed up to Glacier National Park to hike the Avalanche Lake Trail. It was a tad rainy...and a bit chilly. 

Grayson walking with his grandpa's

Although he didn't whine nearly as much as I had anticipated...he did get carried quite a bit. 

And thats a wrap! Another wonderful vacation with family in Montana!

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