Friday, April 29, 2011

Funny Face Friday

This girl just makes me SMILE:)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Swinging Fun Over Spring Break

I really enjoyed my spring break this past week. I love being able to just be a mommy! I don't really like to go anywhere over my break because I just like to stay home with my kiddos and catch up on some much needed rest and house cleaning:)

My very first day on spring break I took Jake and Brooklyn Bear to the park! Jake loves being outside and it was a nice, cool evening so off we went...



There is a nice little park right down the road from us that is fenced in. Jake could play all he wanted to while I held Brooklyn.



Matt and I had been talking for a while about putting in a swing set right in our own backyard so that Jake could get some of that energy out when we were just at home!

Matt did a little research and we ended up picking this up and putting it together for Jake and Brooklyn to enjoy for many years to come...



Jake has already enjoyed it soooo much! He loves to swing, slide down the slide, and hide out in the club house:) We have now added a swing for Brooklyn too!


This summer we will have so much fun being able to head right out to the backyard for some swinging fun:)!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Sunday 2011

We had a beautiful Easter Sunday celebrating our Risen Savior!

The weather was just perfect for Easter this year! We went to church, gathered with family, and even enjoyed an egg hunt!

Jake was so sweet this year because whenever we would say "He is..." Jake would finish by saying "RISEN". It excites me to hear him learning about what Easter is really all about!



Jake and Brooklyn all dressed and ready for church!



Later on in the day we headed over to my dad and mom's for a family lunch.


We ate ham, cheesy potatoes, asparagus, ribbon jello (always a favorite), corn, rolls, and plenty of dessert!



It was just nice enough for the kiddos to eat outside too!



I love being with my sisters! Aren't they so pretty?



Of course we had to bring the corn holes...



Then is was time for the egg hunt...

All the cousins getting ready...



Jake was off...



Looks like Jake and Sophie found plenty of Easter treats...



Jake and daddy checking out the loot...



While the big kids were egg hunting, this little miss got lots of lovin'!



Mommy and her girl. I love her in purple:)



Grandma loved on her a little too...


And Memaw...


And we can't forget how much Sophie loves Brooklyn too!
Brooklyn is almost as big as she is! Ha!



We had a fun time together.

We only wish Steve and my Grandpa were with us:( You both were missed!


He LIVES!

Happy Easter 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Brooklyn's 4 Month Check Up

Today Brooklyn was scheduled for her 4 month check up. I was excited to see how she was doing, but I knew another round of shots were going to be a part of our visit, and I HATE shots! Poor girl got 3 in her leg, and some kind in her mouth. Ugh! She cried for all of 2 seconds though and then was fine. I squeezed her tight and we were both ok:)



Brooklyn Bear is doing just fine! She weighed 17 lbs. and 3oz. which put her in the 99th percentile! Ha! She was 25 1/2 inches long (90th percentile).

No problems there!

She still favors her back over her belly. I try to put her on her belly some, but she never lasts long. The doctor wants us to keep trying so she can develop her muscles for crawling.


We haven't given her any food yet other than milk. The doctor has given us the ok to start, but I always like to wait a little bit longer, usually around 6 months. Our doctor said that was just fine too!

It looks to me that she isn't lacking anything:)

Everything the doctor asked us was exactly right on with what she is doing. She is reaching for toys, babbling all the time, smiling at everyone, and eating and sleeping well!

Great job Brooklyn Bear!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Spring Break Has Officially Started!

Today is the first day of spring break! School let out at 11:30 today and we got to leave then too! I packed up my room in a hurry and picked Jake up and we were outta there! Spring break is a little later this year which means when we go back we only have about 41/2 weeks left. My weeks fly by, so summertime will be here before I know it and that makes this mommy HAPPY!


Jake has been busy in his class with all kinds of Easter fun. He made this cute little bunny that is proudly displayed in our home now!


He also had an Easter egg hunt in his class today! Everyone brought in a dozen filled eggs and a bucket. He loved opening all the eggs when we got home and tasting his treats:)!

This week I am going to try to get some cleaning done around the house. Stuff like the garage, closets, and drawers full of clothes that need to be changed out. I am looking forward to sleeping in a little though too and not having to get up at the crack of dawn or pack my lunch! We have plans with my sister and her kiddos for a play date and of course this weekend is full of Easter activities like egg hunts and spring cookouts! I am SO looking forward to spending as much time as I can with my kiddos! I know summer is almost here, but I can't wait to be with them everyday! Sweet Brooklyn had a bit of a rough week with not feeling good, but hopefully after a week of rest, we will be ready to go again!

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Last Few Days...

This past weekend Matt's company bought all the employees and their families tickets to the Charlotte Knights game. I have been to the Knights game before, but it had been a while and we knew Jake would LOVE it! It was a beautiful night to watch a baseball game (especially considering it hailed the next night and the game was postponed). We had a great time sitting outside, eating popcorn, and just being together.

We also had fun this weekend playing our new Wii! Matt ended up trading his games and "stuff" to someone else for their Wii. I am not a video game kinda person, but we have had fun playing bowling, golf, and frisbee.

Jake is getting the hang of bowling and loves to sword fight his daddy and "knock daddy in the water"! Ha! He is also LOVING this warm weather we have been having. As soon as we get home in the afternoon he wants to go out! Now that Brooklyn is getting bigger too, it is nice to take them both out for a while!

This precious baby girl gave us a little scare again today. She started with a little cough yesterday, which turned into some wheezing today.


I made a doctors appointment just to be safe, and thankfully it is just a little cold. No pneumonia or RSV! Thank goodness!

She weighed 18lbs. today at the doctor. We go for her 4 month check up next week.


And thank goodness spring break begins this Friday at 11:30! We are dismissing early on Friday and we get to enjoy a nice week off. I don't have any big plans other than to clean my house and get a few things done around here. We are planning to do something fun with my sister and her crew one of the days. Maybe a trip to the pool or maybe even the zoo! I am looking forward to just taking things a bit slower and spending some extra time with my kiddos! Can't wait for that!

By the time we get back from spring break we only have a few weeks left (about 4) until SUMMER! Woot! Woot!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Brooklyn Is 4 Months!

Today is Brooklyn's "Happy Month Day"!

She is 4 months today and is getting so big so fast!


The first big thing is that she is finally sleeping better at night! Jake was sleeping through the night around 10 weeks. It took my sweet girl just a bit longer. We just started last week being able to make it through for a good long while. Usually she goes to bed between 8:30 and 9:30 and will sleep until 6:00 or 7:00.

She is still eating well too. She eats every 3-4 hours and will guzzle 6-8 ounces each time!

She has rolled over a few times in the last few weeks and is starting to reach for things.

She is getting better on her belly, but still prefers her back.

We try to "practice" a little bit each day. She is getting the hang of pushing herself up and using her muscles:)!


She loves to sit and sleep in her swing and will now also sit in her bumbo seat and exersaucer (sometimes:)!



She is a very HAPPY baby and loves to be held and cuddled too!

She LOVES a warm bath (and doesn't seem to mind all the water her big brother pours on her...ugh). I love to dress her in sweet p.j.'s and smell her sweet smell after a bath!

I am SOOOO counting down until summer time so I can spend more time with my baby girl!


We love you to the moon and back!

You are so special to your daddy and I.

You are getting so big!


Love,

Mommy

XOXOXOXOX

Monday, April 4, 2011

Football Frenzy

This past weekend Matt played in a football tournament put on by the Carolina Panthers. He has participated in this tournament for the past several years with a few of his buddies.

It is always a fun tournament for us to go to and cheer him on!

We never know what the weather will be like. Some years it is freezing cold while other years it is hot and sunny and you can get a bit of a sun burn! This year it was really pretty but SOOOO windy. I didn't know if I should bring Brooklyn out there. She did alright, but we all had a little wind burn by the time we got home.


Of course this little boy LOVED being in the Stadium watching his Daddy play!

And this little girl was his biggest cheerleader!

We were all really tired by the end of the day! We crashed as soon as we walked in the door!