Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Party 2011

It's Party Time!!!

My sisters had a bunch of their middle school friends over for a Halloween party last night.

I know a certain 3 year old who had the time of his life!
Posing for Mommy before the party

My little Woody's

(for those not familiar Woody is the cowboy from the Disney Toy Story movies)

I love my little cowboys

Posing with their Aunties

My boys best friends came over to play too!

Mickey and Woody were more intersted in each other then looking at the camera.

Here are a few of the shots we did get though...

Woody and Belle getting help making Mummy hotdogs with Auntie Ally

Only our little babies pose with us these days

My littliest Woody... I could just eat him up!

Our besties :)

With my two boys :)

Ryder with his Mummy wrapping team

Woody and Belle's turn to get wrapped like mummies

True Love right here :)

Breaking free

Watching another game together

Judging the bobbing for apples contest

Some of the girls doing the donut on the string contest

Ryder blowing the whistle to start the game

He seriously just loves all these girls and the attention they give him

Caught him in the act stealing a cupcake..

He even peels the wrapper himself these days!

What's a little more sugar going to hurt?!

Time for the gummy worm contest. There were lots of gummy worms in a tin with whipped cream on top. You had to keep your hands behind your back and see who can eat all of theirs first....

He just loved getting to play with the big girls all night. He says his favorite part was the bobbing for apples and the donuts on a string, but I think it was the dance party they had at the end. I'll try to get a video up later! It's so cute!!

We are very excited for Trick-or-Treating tomorrow!!

Mater Pumpkin

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Pumpkin Carving 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

My Oldest Baby

I usually like to stick to talking about my two little guys, but it's fun to talk about the oldest love of my life sometimes too!!

Derrik has been doing such an amazing job officiating for football this season. He got involved with a really great group down in Collier County who has opened up a lot of opportunities to him. Typically you have to put in your time to move up in the system. Usually you need at least three years experience to even be asked to do some varsity games. Derrik has been doing the varsity games every Friday in his second year, has been asked to white hat (be the lead official on the field) freshman and JV games the last two weeks, and due to tons of rain last night was asked to white hat a varsity football game this morning!! I am so proud of him for finding something he loves and am so thankful these people have given him the opportunity to advance as fast as he has. Maybe his dream can come true, and he can start working his way up the college ranks soon.

Football season ends soon which means basketball season is coming. He's already assigned to 56 games during the months of November and December! I guess we won't be seeing much of him!!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Crazy Hair

Just a quick picture of Hailey's hair I did for a Halloween party last night. Lotsssss of hairspray!!!

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Mr. Ryder

Oh Ryder Lee... You are a crazy little boy! I thought you didn't need monthly updates anymore at this age, but boy you are always throwing me for a loop how fast you're changing!

These pictures are a perfect reason why your little brother's face is plastered all over this blog right now, and yours doesn't make an appearance quite as often :)

You are finally liking this school thing! I knew if I just kept up with it you would adjust just fine. I know it's great for you. You come home learning new things every single day, and you love Miss Kristen, Miss Evelyn, and a cute girl in your class you've named Little Ally. I'm so glad you love school now even if you did break my heart the first two months.

Your teachers tell me you are the most outgoing during praise and worship at school. I just love that :) I just hope your don't break out your moves to the Your Sexy as You Know It song because they are so not Christian school appropriate!

You told me the other day that you learn about Jesus at school. I said that's great Ryder who is he. You responded back, "He's the guy in the blue shirt on the t.v." Clearly we have a long way to go in this department!

You learned about fire safety last week in school. This weekend Mack yelled at the t.v. that one of the Dolphins coaches needed to be fired. You said back, "No Mack they just need to stop, drop, and roll." You crack me up big guy!

T-Ball is still a work in progress, but we are making great strides. You still think Daddy is part of the team (we knew he'd get picked up again!), but I truly believe you'll be out there on your own by the end of the season. You are warming up to Coach Victor and have a cute friendship going with a little boy named Cameron. I'm not sure if I've blogged about it yet, but his family is from the Cincinnati area, and they always have Reds gear on as well. We later found out his mom graduated from GW where Derrik went to college... small world!

In the end I think you just don't like new people. Once you warm up to people you are very outgoing. Mommy and Daddy need to remember that and just have patience with you.

You are doing so great with swimming! I think you can do it 100% on your own, but I'd prefer not to find out if you can't so we leave the floaty on while your playing alone with supervision. When we are in the pool with you though you can swim the whole length of the pool, jump in and get out on your own, and can swim to the bottom to get things off the bottom of the pool without any floaty.

You change every day. We love you so much big boy!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Landon Brennan is 6 Months Old!

10/25/11 - Once again... another monthly post typed out and lost... the internet in this house is going to be the end of me... or this blog! Grrr... My attempt to re-type begins...

10/26/11 - I started typing yesterday and had the saddest crankiest baby. He went to sleep in my arms which he typically refuses to do. I don't know whether to write it off as teething or many just a belly ache, but he was SAD! Hopefully I get to hit the post button today :)

Onto the regularly scheduled post!

Landon Brennan... six months! Wow!!! Please please please don't stop being my baby in the next six months. PLEASE don't grow up! I loveeee having a baby in my life. Daddy and I only want two little boys in our life so we need you to stay tiny f-o-r-e-v-e-r!!

With that being said let's talk about all the growing up you did this last month. You are getting to be so much fun. I feel like you are really becoming a member of the family. You really are startign to interact with us, and show such a great personality. You are still my easy child, and I so hope you stay that way! It's not a competition with your brother :)

size three diaper

9-12 month onesies

12-18 month one piece outfits

12 month jammies

12 month t-shirts

6-9 month shorts and jeans

Stage 2 solids

5 1/2 oz and 6 oz bottles

5 1/2 is the max I can put into your tiny 4 oz bottles. We do this because you can hold it on your own and don't really always finished your 6 oz ones anyhow

You have yet to refuse any of the stage two foods, and eat the ones that have the green veggies mixed in. Maybe that don't taste as bad that way :)

You have a bottle when you wake up, fruit and cereal, nap, bottle, fruit/veggie for lunch, bottle, nap, bottle, veggie and cereal, bottle, bed

I gave you mashed potatoes this month, and you did ok. I think anything pureed like that you will do fine with, but aren't ready for anything with consistency to it. We tried letting you use one of those teething cookies, but you just threw it. I know these foods are right around the corner for us though!


It's not as perfect as i've reported so often in the previous months, but still something most moms would rave about. You wake up some nights once or twice a night and need your pacifier to go back to sleep. I blame this on two things. The first would be your Daddy's late nights getting home from work, his 5 am alarm clock, and Ryder's screaming through the baby monitor on his rough nights. The second would be all that rolling around you do now. You're all over the place and seem to be waking yourself up. You sleep on both sides, your back, and your belly. You don't seem to prefer any position. I guess it is wherever you just doze off.

You generally wake between 7 and 8. You don't need to be picked up right away and usually stay in there very content for around an hour. You take your first nap around 10ish, but I can't figure you out after that. You go to bed at 7:30 pretty easy every night, but between noon-ish until seven is hard to find a nap that is working for us. You tend to crash a little after five which makes me have to wake you up so you'll be in bed on time. Usually i'll come up with a reason to leave the house so you'll go to sleep in the car.

The Other Fun Stuff:

Rolling: You don't roll like some babies and make it all the way across the room, but you do your fair share of it. You instantly roll anytime I want to change your clothes and diaper that's for sure.

Big Boy Toys: The high chairs out to eat, the sitting up bath seat, and riding in the front of the cart while shopping all on your own, and the swing at the park. We don't do any of these full time yet, but you do like all of them. We have to do the big boy bath seat when we are taking long fun baths because you pull yourself off the baby one, but I still use that one when we are goign for a quick bath because it's easier. I also don't use high chairs while out full time yet because you are much easier to feed when reclined in your car seat. I have a feeling we will be using all of these full time come next month.

Bubby: That is your new name according to Ryder, and I think a lot of us call you that now too. I love it! My brother was always bubby to me and still is. The relationship between you two now is amazing!! Ryder truly just ignored you and could care less the first 4-5ish months. Now he looks for you, asks about you, protects you, and does anything he can to make you laugh. Honestly he's the only one who who almost always get a good belly laugh out of you. When you are cranky he is the only one who can really make you happy.

We had to put you in the middle of the back seat last week when Sophia was in the car with us, and you have yet to get moved back. You and Ryder love being right next to each other in the car. I think you have your best moments together in that back seat. You guys are so great together. I truly get why people love having more then one kid now. You two are our world :)

Things you love to do: You love to grab peoples faces/hair and go in wide mouthed for kisses. It is pretty much unavoidable and a very wet process! You also loveee the wipes bag. Reading Ryder's six month post he did both of these things then too. Your favorite places to be are still you high chair with lots of toys to throw around and your exersaucer. You are still pretty calm in the exersaucer as far as rocking it and stuff. I'm beginning to think that maybe you are just a mellow baby... i'll take it!

Your hair: It's amazing! You have the most perfect baby hair. I get comments on it from people every time we are out. It makes the most pefect little baby mowhawk. It's funny because your big brother happens to be sporting one right now too. I hope it stays this way for a while because it's the perfect little accessory for your outfits since we can't do bows because your a boy and all :) I put some gel in it the other day for fun and it was very adorable!

Landon... You in general are very easy, very happy, and bring a smile to our face every day. I love having a baby in our family, but also love watching you grow. Here's to many more milestones and mini-birthdays :)