Sunday, July 19, 2015

Lou girl

She keeps us on our toes...but brings us so much JOY! 

"and provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow on them a crown a beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. 
They will be called oaks of righteousness
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor. " 
Isaiah 61:3 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Dear Wyatt, 5 years old

Dear Wyatt,
    I can't believe it's more than a month past your birthday and I am just know writing this. ;( So least it's getting done right!?!? LOL! I LOVE YOU more than words will ever be able to explain. You changed my heart for the better!

   You are MAJOR into dinosaurs right now. You wake up talking about them and go to bed talking about them. You love everything that has to do with Jurassic Park, though you still haven't seen the movies. (Daddy and I have decided if you are ready. Ha!) This year you chose Toy Story b-day theme. It's what you picked over 9 months ago and stuck to it until 2 days before the party. Sorry bud, there was no going back. LOL! It was a great party even though we had to have it a month after your actual birthday. (Gotta love scheduling a party during the summer;)

  You played t-ball this Summer too! There were moments you loved it and moments...well, not so much! We are so proud you pushed through some of the things you were afraid of and continued to finish the season. You decided you are ready to start Taekwondo back up once Pre-K starts in the Fall.

You are 44 inches tall and 37 lbs...I think you have grown SO MUCH over the summer! You still wear 2T shorts because of the waist but they will be too short next summer for sure. ;) You were mostly 4T shirts but have started wearing some 5T as well. You choose to wear a hat as much as you can so you don't have to fix your hair. You HATE having to get it sprayed with water. You wear the same pair of flip flops almost everyday. You don't like when you can't spread your toes out in's quite interesting to hear you explain your reasoning. (I know Mom, "paying for my raising.")

We are really working on the amount of whining you do right now...;( It's pretty frustrating at times but mostly it happens when you are beyond exhausted...You haven't napped since before you were 2 because it would take you FOREVER to fall asleep if you napped. You would lay from 7:30pm to after midnight before you would finally fall asleep. With no nap your bedtime is between 7pm-8pm. I usually lay with you and Daddy lays with Sissy. I sing "Be careful little eyes" until you fall asleep. You were sleeping through the night for a while and then started waking again. ;( It's been a pretty big struggle for you to sleep through the night this summer. We have tried lots of things but none seem to work consistently. It gets pretty hard sometimes as you and I will be up multiple times a night but I know there will be a day I look back and wish I was waking up to go comfort least that's what I keep telling myself over 5 years in at 1am. 2 am. 3am....;/  I can't imagine how good it feels to sleep through the night for multiple nights in a row! A mama can dream right?!?!?

   You are an amazing BIG brother. You love your sister so much! She loves you too! We haven't had the T.V. on much this summer and there have been days where you two will play together perfectly for hours as if I am not even there. You LOVE making imovies on the ipad and I have put your sister through the "test." Now that she can record up to your standards you guys spend 75% of your time making movies. Most of the movies are about dino's but somehow random princesses makes their way into the movies too!

You have a tender heart and do not like to "mess up." You are learning it's ok to do something on accident but it still requires an "I'm sorry." Being 5 is tough but you are doing an amazing job at it! In Aug. you will start Pre-K...I don't think you are worried at all. I, your mam, am struggling a little knowing I will be dropping you and your sister off 3x's a week for 3 hours. It will be interesting for me to be alone, but that's a post for another day.

Wyatt Mark, you are an amazing boy. I love being your mom. I am so lucky to get to be with you everyday. Even though are tough times I wouldn't want it ANY OTHER WAY! Happy 5th B-day Buddy! We love you!!!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Splish Splash...

We love to swim! I am so lucky to have children who love to be in/around the water so much. Growing up most of our summers were spent at the lake or poolside. I can't even describe how much the daily trips to the pool make me so happy.

We are lucky enough to have access to so many fun pools! We made a "summer bucket list" and there are quite a few pools the kids want to try this summer. SO FUN! Some of the pools we have "access" to are through our friends...which makes play dates EXTRA fun...

*pool pictures photo dump*

Monday, July 13, 2015

Toy Story Party - Wyatt turns 5

I am all about throwing party...and even better when there is a good theme! Wyatt loves to swim so this is the second year in a row we have had a pool party. We did have to wait about 4 weeks after his actual b-day because of schedules, time, sunshine...etc. ;) He was so patient and even though it did confuse some people it all worked out. LOL!

July 5th was a hot one...and the cake felt it. We have an awesome friend who makes the cakes for the kids party and she didn't give it to us like that. ;) Wyatt didn't seem to mind and neither did everyone who was eating it! It always tastes SO good! Wyatt decided to have a Toy Story party about  months ago. I didn't begin purchasing items until closer to the party but as soon I made the move he wanted to switch to "Jurassic World" party. Oh well, guess there is always next year. Ha ha!

We had a great day full of sunshine, friends, and family who mean so much to us...and Wyatt! I can't believe he is FIVE! I am still working on my b-day letter to him. I can't believe I am this far behind but we are enjoying summer so much. Every time I sit down in the evenings to actually blog I can't bring myself to do it...I enjoy the time with Mark too much. ;)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

4th of July - 2015

July 4th holiday is one of my favorites! I love the traditions we have started with makes me smile to think about each year spending time together celebrating something so important. Growing up we had a group of friends/families that spent a lot of time together, holidays, events, vacations...those are memories I will have FOREVER. Now having children of my own I can't thank my parents enough for always being such great examples of how to be a friend. *LOVE*

We started the weekend with a pool party:

We hung out around the pool and enjoyed the sunshine! We ordered lunch and all brought fun snacks to share. Early evening we packed up and headed back home to shower before moving the party to the next house...

and because everyone always loves a good comparison...(2012-2015)

We ate too much food, the kids all ran wild, and we waited for it to get dark. ;) Our friends live in a neighborhood that allows fireworks. They don't take that lightly...pretty much EVERYWHERE you turn there are amazing fireworks, nothing small around there! It's so neat! to make it even better Stephen puts on his own show too! It's so much fun!!! *MEMORIES*

We headed home way past bedtimes but totally worth it! Sunday morning we continued to wear our red, white, and blue one last time for the weekend...

*as we were taking our pictures Sloane says to Mark, "Daddy, scoot back and make sure to get my shoes in the picture because they are cute!" Ha ha!!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Kitty Kat goes to China

"Make new friends, but keep the old; Some are silver but the others gold." -Joseph Perry

Last weekend a group of close friends got together for the day. One of the crew is moving to China for mission work and will be there for 2 years. It was such a great day to catch up and relax with each other.

We started the day at my inlaws pool with husbands and kids...we ordered lunch at the pool and spend time all together!

When we finished at the pool we all headed back to get ready for a fun dinner. We went to an amazing resturant in a cute little part of STL. It was great conversation together. I am so glad even though time and distance keep us all from talking every day it's nice to know we can pick up where we left off...good friends are tough to find and I am glad I have them!

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