Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall break

Life has been so busy lately! It's hard to keep up with blogging.

This fall break we started it by going to our friends's baby first birthday followed by a crazy scooter bike ride {crazy but VERY FUN}

Yes us three rode on this tiny thing lol

Later that night we went to a pumpkin festival a did a corn maze along with some rides. Kyren and Brody loved being in the maze.

We finally got our zoo passes and went to the zoo! After being so spoiled and living in San Diego and going to their zoo no other can ever compare but none the less we will make due with our little zoo. We ran into my sister-in0law there and walked around with them for a little.

We got a 3-D ultrasound of little Scarlett. It's so weird how you can see what your baby looks like. She is the cutest thing. {I will post pics once I scan them}

We also took the kids to Castles and Coaster. Kyren is such a dare devil and rode ALL the big rides. I would get so nervous every time, luckily he had Zaak to go on them with. Brody and I had fun going on all the little kid rides.

Getting ready to go on the zip-line

Zaak on the Zip-line

Kyren on the Zip-line

Zaak and I got to go to the Improve and it was a much needed date! We love having a good time and laughing together.

That was pretty much our fall break!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Shadow a Student Day and more

Shadow a student!

On Friday Zaak and I got to go to Kyren's school and shadow him for the day. It was so much fun and pretty neat to see what he does in school. We got there around lunch time and went to recess. Ky really wanted us to bring him some MsDonald's for lunch and eat with him. At the end of the day the kids get to "buy" {fake money earned in class} something from their treasure box and Ky was so sweet and got Zaak and I something from there too. He got me a ring and got Zaak and eraser. It made me tear up that he would think to get us something because we were there in his class. This boy is ALL HEART! He is the sweetest most lovable boy. I am so proud to have him as my son.

When we first arrived

Lunch Time
Reading time in his class

After school we bought some yummy Jamba Juice and enjoyed our drinks on the play ground. 

Our new love, caramel apples! We went to the mall with my mom and sister and got to enjoy this tasty treat! 

Kyren started taking karate classes...its so cute watching him every week practice his moves and then come home and teach Brody. Every week his teacher gives him a responsibility to do at home. Last week was helping to wash dishes. 

 Zaak started playing on a soccer team. The boys love cheering him on! This was at his first game.

 Ky at the dentist

Brody is addicted to playing with the DS

We went to the splash pad with Tillman 

  Baby Bump
This is me at 6 months. I still feel amazing and my total weight gain has been 10 pounds EEK! Only 15 weeks to go! 

I love making crafts. Here are just some that I have made.
Halloween wreath

Fall wreath

Fall Banner

Halloween banner

Friday, September 9, 2011

50 Rules for Dads and Daughters

I was in tears as I read through this list, as I’m sure many grown daughters will be. Mothers – bookmark this list of rules and encourage your daughter’s daddy to read them, memorize them, and put them in to action. And, to all you Dads out there – be sure you pay close attention and heed these wise words.

1. Love her mom. Treat her mother with respect, honor, and a big heaping spoonful of public displays of affection. When she grows up, the odds are good she’ll fall in love with and marry someone who treats her much like you treated her mother. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is. I’d prefer good.

2. Always be there. Quality time doesn’t happen without quantity time. Hang out together for no other reason than just to be in each other’s presence. Be genuinely interested in the things that interest her. She needs her dad to be involved in her life at every stage. Don’t just sit idly by while she add years to her… add life to her years.

3. Save the day. She’ll grow up looking for a hero. It might as well be you. She’ll need you to come through for her over and over again throughout her life. Rise to the occasion. Red cape and blue tights optional.

4. Savor every moment you have together. Today she’s crawling around the house in diapers, tomorrow you’re handing her the keys to the car, and before you know it, you’re walking her down the aisle. Some day soon, hanging out with her old man won’t be the bees knees anymore. Life happens pretty fast. You better cherish it while you can.

5. Pray for her. Regularly. Passionately. Continually.

6. Buy her a glove and teach her to throw a baseball. Make her proud to throw like a girl… a girl with a wicked slider.

7. She will fight with her mother. Choose sides wisely.

8. Go ahead. Buy her those pearls.

9. Of course you look silly playing peek-a-boo. You should play anyway.

10. Enjoy the wonder of bath time.

11. There will come a day when she asks for a puppy. Don’t over think it. At least one time in her life, just say, “Yes.”

12. It’s never too early to start teaching her about money. She will still probably suck you dry as a teenager… and on her wedding day.

13. Make pancakes in the shape of her age for breakfast on her birthday. In a pinch, donuts with pink sprinkles and a candle will suffice.

14. Buy her a pair of Chucks as soon as she starts walking. She won’t always want to wear matching shoes with her old man.

15. Dance with her. Start when she’s a little girl or even when she’s a baby. Don’t wait ‘til her wedding day.

16. Take her fishing. She will probably squirm more than the worm on your hook. That’s OK.

17. Learn to say no. She may pitch a fit today, but someday you’ll both be glad you stuck to your guns.

18. Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or “beauty” magazine will try to convince her otherwise.

19. Teach her to change a flat. A tire without air need not be a major panic inducing event in her life. She’ll still call you crying the first time it happens.

20. Take her camping. Immerse her in the great outdoors. Watch her eyes fill with wonder the first time she sees the beauty of wide open spaces. Leave the iPod at home.

21. Let her hold the wheel. She will always remember when daddy let her drive.

22. She’s as smart as any boy. Make sure she knows that.

23. When she learns to give kisses, she will want to plant them all over your face. Encourage this practice.

24. Knowing how to eat sunflower seeds correctly will not help her get into a good college. Teach her anyway.

25. Letting her ride on your shoulders is pure magic. Do it now while you have a strong back and she’s still tiny.

26. It is in her nature to make music. It’s up to you to introduce her to the joy of socks on a wooden floor.

27. If there’s a splash park near your home, take her there often. She will be drawn to the water like a duck to a puddle.

28. She will eagerly await your return home from work in the evenings. Don’t be late.

29. If her mom enrolls her in swim lessons, make sure you get in the pool too. Don’t be intimidated if there are no other dads there. It’s their loss.

30. Never miss her birthday. In ten years she won’t remember the present you gave her. She will remember if you weren’t there.

31. Teach her to roller skate. Watch her confidence soar.

32. Let her roll around in the grass. It’s good for her soul. It’s not bad for yours either.

33. Take her swimsuit shopping. Don’t be afraid to veto some of her choices, but resist the urge to buy her full-body beach pajamas.

34. Somewhere between the time she turns three and her sixth birthday, the odds are good that she will ask you to marry her. Let her down gently.

35. She’ll probably want to crawl in bed with you after a nightmare. This is a good thing.

36. Few things in life are more comforting to a crying little girl than her father’s hand. Never forget this.

37. Introduce her to the swings at your local park. She’ll squeal for you to push her higher and faster. Her definition of “higher and faster” is probably not the same as yours. Keep that in mind.

38. When she’s a bit older, your definition of higher and faster will be a lot closer to hers. When that day comes, go ahead… give it all you’ve got.

39. Holding her upside down by the legs while she giggles and screams uncontrollably is great for your biceps. WARNING: She has no concept of muscle fatigue.

40. She might ask you to buy her a pony on her birthday. Unless you live on a farm, do not buy her a pony on her birthday. It’s OK to rent one though.

41. Take it easy on the presents for her birthday and Christmas. Instead, give her the gift of experiences you can share together.

42. Let her know she can always come home. No matter what.

43. Remember, just like a butterfly, she too will spread her wings and fly some day. Enjoy her caterpillar years.

44. Write her a handwritten letter every year on her birthday. Give them to her when she goes off to college, becomes a mother herself, or when you think she needs them most.

45. Learn to trust her. Gradually give her more freedom as she gets older. She will rise to the expectations you set for her.

46. When in doubt, trust your heart. She already does.

47. When your teenage daughter is upset, learning when to engage and when to back off will add years to YOUR life. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

48. Ice cream covers over a multitude of sins. Know her favorite flavor.

49. This day is coming soon. There’s nothing you can do to be ready for it. The sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be.

50. Today she’s walking down the driveway to get on the school bus. Tomorrow she’s going off to college. Don’t blink.

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