Thursday, October 29, 2009

Captain America

Every year I buy Ethan a costume to wear to our church's Fall Festival and every year he gets there and doesn't want to wear it! I don't fight him on it at all.....it just cracks me up! He has had fun wearing his costume around the house though, so at least we're getting some use out of it!



Annaliese likes to try it on too!


Here's a couple pictures of Ethan having fun at the Fall Festival. It was just Bobby & Ethan this year. I had to stay at home with Annaliese who was sick.
HUGE inflatable slide!
Zip Line - Ethan LOVED it!
Annaliese has a costume too - a pink poodle. Only she thinks it is just a stuffed animal and she carries it around and sleeps with it! I'm not sure she would have worn it if she was able to go to the festival. I'll try to capture a picture of that for you! She's cute!

Circus

My mom got us tickets to the Shrine Circus. At first I was hesitant to go because I have heard some pretty weird things about the Shriners. But I was assured that no matter how odd the Shriner's practices might be, their circus was completely normal (if "normal" and "circus" are two words that can actually go together)! Plus, a lot of the profits go to their charity hospitals.
So, off we went! It was a cute little circus. They had clowns, tigers, acrobats, the works! Ethan got a real kick out of it! And we got there early and he got to ride an elephant!
Annaliese, on the other hand, was scared out of her mind. This picture pretty much sums up her expression the entire time!
Oh well! One out of two ain't bad! :)

Go Cowboys!!!

I had a fun father/daughter date last month at the home opener for the Cowboys! It was their very first game in their new stadium. What an amazing place it is! Dad got some party-pass tickets from work and asked me to go with him. The party-passes are for the standing room only areas located at the pavilions near the end zones. I knew we would have to stand the whole time and probably wouldn't even see the field, but I didn't care.....it was the home opener at the new stadium.....and I was there with my dad!
The Cowboys lost, but we still had a good time! I can't wait to go with Bobby in December for the Cowboys/Chargers game!

Painted Toenails

Annaliese showed interest in my painted toenails and it made me wonder if she was old enough for me to paint hers too? So, I sat Annaliese down and asked her if she wanted me to paint her toes. She smiled and nodded her head. How could I say no? So, I began to paint her little toenails. She was very still and took it all in. She then helped me blow on her nails to help them dry. All week long she would point to her nails to whomever was around and say, "pretty". Now when they start to wear off she grabs my hand and walks me into the bathroom and she points to the cabinet where I keep the polish. Apparently this is something she will be doing for the rest of her life!

Pretty Day, Pretty Dress, Pretty Square

It was a pretty September day and Annaliese was in a pretty dress, so we thought we'd stop at the pretty square and take some pretty pictures!







And Ethan looked great too, but he was soooo tired! He could barely keep his eyes open!




Brother & Sister Love











Annaliese LOVES her doll

When Bobby & I got away for our anniversary night away from the kids, Sandy brought Annaliese a new baby doll. Annaliese fell in love with her! From that point forward she has been attached to that thing!

She eats with her......
and sleeps with her....
It's her little friend!

Eleven Years!

Wow! Where does time go? In August, Bobby & I celebrated eleven years of marriage! That is unbelievable to me. Sometimes it feels just like yesterday that we got married, and other times it feels like we've always been together!

I can't imagine my life without Bobby! He is so supportive and encouraging. He works hard to allow me to stay at home with our sweetie-pies. He is funny in his own quiet way. He loves the Lord with all his heart and he's handsome to boot! I am a very blessed woman!
For our anniversary we actually got away for a full 24-hours! Mom & Dale kept Ethan and Sandy & Roy stayed at our house with Annaliese. We spent the night at the Four Seasons (where Kimmy works). It was our first time to get away, just the two of us, in over five years! We had dinner at their lovely 5-star restaurant and enjoyed breakfast on our private patio! Hopefully it won't be another five years before we get away again!

All about Ethan

I just love this boy! He is such a delight! His smile lights up a room and melts my heart!

Annaliese was taking her nap and Ethan told me to take some pictures of him "acting crazy". What a ham!








Sunday, August 30, 2009

Jewelry Princess

I think Annaliese might have a future on the Home Shopping Network. The girl has a THING for BLING!

It all started when Gigi bought Annaliese a play jewelry set.....


......complete with a tiara!


Gigi is sweet enough to have the set with her anytime we get together. Annaliese knows to look for it when Gigi's around!



And now she loves to wear my bracelets and my earrings that hook over her ears.....

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Annaliese's Messianic Dance

Once a month there are Messianic services that take place at our church for the Messianic Jews in our congregation. It is so neat to see the Hebrew traditions incorporated into a spirit-filled worship service. And there is something so powerful when His "chosen people" have accepted Yeshua as their Lord and Savior!

A couple months ago I was on the worship team for the Messianic service. It's not a service I usually sing at so I was unfamiliar with the songs and had to learn them. I would say 75% of them are in Hebrew - not my second language! So for a couple of days I was listening to these songs non-stop to learn them. Every time this one song, "Baruch Adonai", came on Annaliese stopped what she was doing and had to dance!

You'll notice she also has a toothbrush in her hand, which was a phase she went through. She was teething her molars a couple months ago so I gave her some toothbrushes to gnaw on. She would carry those things around with her everywhere - to bed, in the car, in the bath....you get the idea.

And I also apologize for the mismatched bow in her hair. At this time, a couple months ago, she made a game of putting in and taking off her bows. Apparently yellow was the color she grabbed at that time!

Enjoy her little dance!

video

Back to Blogging

Hello! Remember me? It's been so long I'm not sure you remember me or if I even remember how to do this blogging thing! You can blame it on Facebook! So many of my friends update on FB now that it's become my one-stop shop for staying in the loop. But I know not everyone, including a lot of my wonderful family members, has FB. Besides, I really do enjoy looking back at our little blog and seeing how the kids have grown and reliving the stories of our life!

So, I'm going to try to get this thing caught up and then update it regularly. Thanks for being patient with me!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Roadtrip to Mimi & Papa's

We recently took a trip to my Mimi & Papa's house in Arizona. We decided to drive rather than fly so we could take our time and stop when we needed to stop. I thought it would be less stressful than flying with the kids, and boy was I.......RIGHT! :) The kids did amazing both on the way there and the way back! This trip confirmed that I love road trips!


Here's Ethan trying out the neck pillow in our rented Minivan.



This was right after bath time in the hotel in Albuquerque. Ethan was a little excited to be there! It's the first hotel stay that he remembers.....


(Notice how Annaliese just watches while Ethan is going crazy!)


At Papa & Mimi's house. Ethan was so excited to have a special little bed to sleep in!



Johnnie is my cousin, Ethan's 2nd cousin. They were instantly best friends and had a blast with each other all week.



This is at my Aunt Sherrie's and Uncle Dave's house for Mimi's 70th birthday party.
(Front L-R: Ethan, Megan, Papaw, Heidi, Annaliese, Mimi. Back L-R: Cara, Aunt Sherrie, Aunt Lora, Papa, Johnnie and Uncle David)



I love this picture of Ethan watching Mimi open her presents!


Mimi with her grandkids and great-grandkids.
(L-R: Johnnie, Ethan, Mimi, Annaliese, Megan, Cara & Heidi)



Mimi telling the story of Jack & The Beanstalk to Ethan.



Papa & Annaliese


Bobby, Johnnie and Ethan at a pretty park.



Papa swinging the boys. Notice how both boys have their mouths wide open.....I'm not sure what they were doing! :)
We had such a fun time catching up with Mimi & Papa and all the aunts, uncles and cousins. I wish we lived closer!