Friday, April 28, 2017

Yearly Photots

 I took the kids out when the bluebonnets were in full bloom to try to take some pictures for their yearly photos. They are definitely not professional but it works.   

Ty- 7 years

Shad- 3 years 


Benson- 1 year

Levi- almost 6 years

 Some of my failed attempts due to lighting:


On Easter I turned 32. I looked up how many times my birthday had been on Easter which was in 1995, 2006, 2017 and then there will be one last time in my lifetime in 2028. I told TJ my life was officially 3/4ths of the way over ;)

It was actually the best birthday I've had in many years just because TJ was around and nothing was going on since it was Easter weekend. Not that I needed anything but it's just nice to do something different and every once in a while, for ME! ;) On Saturday, the day before Easter, the Easter bunny came and the boys had so much fun playing with the stuff they got in their baskets. Then around 9:30 am TJ pushed me out the door and told me to go do whatever I wanted and to not come back for several hours. It was seriously, the best gift I could ever ask for. It was heavenly!!! I didn't even do anything that great but I just got to be alone. It was so refreshing. I first went to Chik fil A and got breakfast because I love their breakfasts there. I don't' know why. I even drank a Dr. Pepper for breakfast- I know, crazy. I sat in the car and ate by myself and didn't have to share. Then I got a really nice pedicure while I wrote a letter to Jordan. Then I shopped at Ross for two hours without a care in the world. I walked around Target and then stopped to grab something for dinner at HEB and that was it. It was awesome. TJ had had the worst day at work the day before- probably the worst day that he's ever had- yet he still made it all about me and gave me the gift of his time. 

Jordan sent me a long handwritten letter that I'll keep forever and this cute little kangaroo pin- it meant so much to me. I just love that girl. I'm soooo proud of her too.

This portrait it what I spent my birthday money on- I LOVE it!! It's custom drawn and done from pictures I sent of each of the boys. 

My toes after my pedicure with the Ross floor backdrop :)

My childhood best friend, Mallory, sent me these pictures. Made me smile- our childhood was so wonderful!!!

Tradition always calls for a Baskin Robbins Pralines and Cream cake- our Easter basket one had a hard time coming home so it re-froze in the freezer funny :) The boys were SO excited to blow out candles and eat cake. They make things in life so fun.

Out to lunch with Carrie, Maren and Danielle since it was Danielle's birthday last week. Lots of crazy kids!

 I actually really enjoyed having my birthday on Easter this year- not that adult birthdays are that big of deal but because it just seems like such a fitting day. The Savior's Atonement was a rebirth for us all and the theme is just right. Grateful for these boys who spoil me and treat me like their queen and for so many friends and family who wished me a happy day. :) 32 is going to be a great year and I'm excited for it.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Easter suits

Every year the boys get one new Easter suit from Costco since the price is a bargain for an entire suit and they wear it all year long. I've done this for 7 years now so of course, Benson has a TON of suit options! Every suit color and pastel shirt color you can think of, haha. But this is probably the last year that they'll all be matching since the biggest size is a size seven!! It's almost sad or the end of an era, hahaha. 

We're taking pictures in the round-about section in the middle of the street- kind of funny since all the cars would slow down to look at us as I'm trying to get the kids to look at me and smile. I told them they would earn a starburst for each good smile so they were more than ready to smile a million times. 

Happy Easter!

Shad's face cracks me up here- and of course, it's the only one of Benson smiling! Of course!!

Easter Saturday

We went to a city easter egg hunt- it actually wasn't too crazy and seem fairly well controlled. Benson only wanted one egg and Shad hadn't napped that day so he was grumpy and kept saying he couldn't reach any... I've decided easter egg hunts are perfect for Ty and Levi's ages!! They loved it, didn't need any help and shared with other kids who didn't need it. Definitely loved Easter this year because of those two ;) We went with the Smiths and the Theodores so it was fun herding 8 kids under 6 with three of them being one year old babies, ha. 

Ty- almost 7
Levi- 5.5 
Jackson- 4
Shad- 3
Nora- almost 3
Benson- 1
Reese- 1
Warner- 1

You can see Ty in the teal colored shirt. Him and Levi were SO excited. :) So cute!

I couldn't even get Shad near to even attempt a picture! But at least Ty and Levi weren't scared. You can just see the wad of gum in Levi's cheek :)

Benson's face 99% of the time

At Levi's "Spring Party" since they aren't allowed to celebrate Easter at school. But Mrs. Sparks can't resist and the kids loved it.

I walked out of HEB last week and loaded the kids and groceries up as usual. As I went to get it, I noticed THIS!!! Can you believe it?? I think it was some sort of kid craft glitter glue. I saw a container that was in an unmarked ziplock tupperware close by so I guess it came from that when a car ran over it and it exploded?? I have no idea but luckily it came right off after hurrying over to a car wash before it dried. So random! And HEB's parking lot is huge. So crazy that it just happened to be my car out of them all!! 

The Easter bunny came on Friday night so it was nice to wake up Saturday morning and not have any games to rush off too. The kids sure loved everything, especially their new watches. 

That evening we went to an egg hunt at the Rigby's house in our ward. It's fun having Kyler and Lauren Lindsey in our ward since we are basically family (Kyler is my sister-in-law Teddi's brother). Alexander is a year younger than Levi and Caroline is close to Shad's age.

Levi & Maiya- future marriage right there.

Beau (3) and Gigi (1) in their Easter dresses. I about died when my mom sent me this picture!!!
Beau's gloves kill me!!

Ginger's announcement of baby girl- I love these boys! They look so cute! I'm dying to see what this little girl looks like. So excited for their family.

Janae went to MHS Prom with Dominic- I LOVED her dress and thought this picture was so fun! Not sure how they got up there!??!