Monday, September 28, 2009

Game time

Saturday we woke up and got ready for the Texas football game. Ellery gets so excited about the games which makes her daddy so happy.

I was using my hair straightener to help fight the frizz at the game, and Ellery decided she wanted her hair straightened as well. It really did look pretty!

So big!

Ellery loved this pink truck and wanted a picture in front of it.

We headed back to Houston after half time so that we could get back for church on Sunday. The kids missed their afternoon naps so we were sure they would sleep the entire way home. Ellery fell asleep before we got out of Austin, but sweet Pricey managed to stay awake awhile. He has become a huge fan of the car dvd player, and he usually laughs his way through "The Little Mermaid" or "Annie" or some other very girly movie.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

What a night

We loaded up the car yet again on Friday for Austin. We were given tickets to the George Strait concert at the new Cedar Park venue. These tickets couldn't have been any better - 2nd row, right in the middle! Nathan and I left the kids at the lake with a babysitter and caught a cab to take us to the concert so we wouldn't have to deal with directions and parking.

I think this was the best concert I have ever been to. Not only was it George, but it was George up close and personal. I am pretty positive we made eye contact at least 3 times throughout the night. I might be slightly obsessed with him now.

Nathan and I should really get out more because Friday night was quite a night. It all kicked off with a crazy cab driver who talked our ears off. He told us how his father had 35 kids and 7 wives. What? When I asked him about his wife, he told us that he had one wife as well as a baby mama. What?

While at the concert, I set my phone down on my seat for a few minutes while I stood up, and when I went back to get it, it was gone! I knew it couldn't have gone far and thought maybe it had gotten knocked off. It was no where to be found. I started panicking thinking about my contacts and calendar I had never backed up, but more importantly the pictures of my babies that were on there. As Nathan and I were looking for it all over the floor and I was feeling so rude for not giving George my undivided attention, a guy behind us and down the row a little leaned in to tell Nathan that he had seen the girl behind me grab it and put it in her purse. What? Do people really do that at George Strait concerts...the guy who sings, "I Saw God Today?" I am here to tell you - they do!

So, Nathan asks her to look in her purse and she kind of fumbles around saying she doesn't see it. I was getting ticked and thought about saying something to her, but she was quite a bit bigger than me and had definitely had a few too many to drink. To make a long story short, she knows she's about to be busted and makes some genius comment about how she feels something under the girl's seat next to me. The floor we had just checked and double-checked. We get my phone minus the battery. She had completely disassembled my phone while fumbling around in her purse. We were calling my number, so all I can think was that she didn't want us to see it light up or hear it. When we were about to leave the concert, we end up finding the battery and the back of my phone on the floor as well. She had gotten scared and left the concert early and I guess scattered the remaining parts of my phone all over the floor. What?

Thankfully, the whole phone incident didn't ruin our night and we managed to have a great time. Of course, the night ended with another 45 minute ride with our cab driver who managed to "entertain" us the whole way home.

Check out how close we were!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Lake fun

the four little boat riders

Look at those lips

and look at that hair

Madi Kate driving the boat with Poppy

Check out my cool shirt Poppy bought me

These two slept in the same room together. They did pretty good although were so excited the first night that they didn't want to go to sleep. We finally heard Ellery tell Madi Kate, "Madi, I love you but I need my sleep."

Jason and MK tubing

We had such a great time soaking up the sun and relaxing! Saturday night the adults went to the UT vs. Tech football game and left the babies home with sitters. It was such a fun weekend that we are already planning our next trip back!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Home from the lake

We are back from a full and fantastic weekend at the lake with the Melton family. I have lots of cute pictures to post but was shocked to see this one on our camera. I love that Tiffany caught this sweet moment.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A conversation with Ellery

Ellery: "Mommy, what did you and daddy do on your date?"

Mom: "We ate dinner and talked about how much we loved you and how proud of you we are."

Ellery: "And brother? What else did you talk about? Have I ever been to the place you ate?"

Mom: "Yes, and your brother of course. You two are my favorite. Yes, you've been to the place we ate at tonight. Ruggles. Remember? We also talked about how we want to obey God in everything."

Ellery: "Let me think. Oh yes, I remember eating there with Heidi. You have to obey God just like I have to obey Him."

Mom: "That's right punky."

Ellery: "Jesus lives in our hearts. He helps us when we are sad or scared."

Mom: "He sure does."

Ellery: "Some people do not have Jesus living in their hearts. Why?"

Mom: "You are right. That's why we need to tell everyone about Him."

Ellery: (pausing to think for a bit) "Well, how does Jesus get into their hearts?"

Mom: (impressed with the logical thinking that's going on and trying to come up with the best, most age appropriate answer FAST) "Well, all they have to do is ask. They can say, "Jesus, I believe and I need your help," and He will come live in their hearts."

Ellery: "Oh. They just have to ask. Jesus lives far away. We can't drive there or fly there, right? How do we get there?"

Mom: "You are right. When Jesus calls our name, He will take us to heaven."

Ellery: "Yes, when He calls our name."

Mom: "Do you know who lives in heaven with Jesus? Nanny does."

Ellery: "I miss Nanny."

Mom: "Me too, but we will see her again."

Ellery: "Yes, we will see her and see Jesus."

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Future linebacker

I love, love when Price and Ellery start giggling together. Not much makes me happier!
Price had his one-year check-up today. He is now:
26.6 pounds (90th percentile)
31 inches (80th percentile)
and one BIG, handsome boy!

Friday, September 11, 2009

One is silver and the other's gold

When I picked Ellery up from school today, her teacher said she was a little sad. She didn't get to sit by her bestie Madi Kate at some point in the day and this made her cry. She loves her friends. On the car ride home, we had to talk about how exciting it is to meet new friends. I found myself humming the old Brownie song.

Here is a super sweet pic of the girls. Tiffany took both girls to the movies one Monday while Price and I were at therapy and Emery had her first day of Mother's Day Out.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Back to school

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ballerina girl

Today was Ellery's first day of ballet lessons. Her teacher is a beautiful ballerina named Mrs. Phoebe. To say Ellery was excited about dance class today is an understatement - she was ecstatic.
I had to wake her up from her nap to get to class on time which is why she looks a little sleepy in these photos. The minute we got to class, Ellery ran up and hugged Mrs. Phoebe. I watched through a window in the room, and she was loving every minute. They danced with ribbons, made circles, leaped across an "alligator pond", and much more. In fact, when the class was over and other girls were leaving with their moms, I overheard Ellery telling Mrs. Phoebe that her mommy was not here yet, to which Mrs. Phoebe replied she could stay with her. Ellery TOTALLY knew I was staying for the entire class to watch her and so I caught her in a complete lie. I had to laugh though - it was a smart plan that she had devised so that she could dance a little longer. There were tears when we had to leave, but I reassured her we would be there every week. I think ballet might be here to stay for awhile.

Friday, September 4, 2009

On the road

We are on the way to our first football game of the season. My car has been taken over by Longhorn decals and I am pretty sure I will be hearing the fight song anytime now. I am bummed because about 5 minutes before we hit Hruskas on 71, Ellery fell asleep. I love stopping there for a treat. **I called it...Nathan is now humming the fight song and beating the steering wheel.** The kids have been watching Annie and Price loves it! He was laughing out loud. It's going to be a fun weekend!

In other news, Ellery is obsessed with weddings. I told her last weekend that Nathan and I were going to a wedding and she was curious about it, so I gave her some details. The next thing I know I am picking her up from my parents house and she's a wreck not wanting to leave because she is marrying Poppy. My word. Ellery gave me the details of her big, beautiful white dress and how she and Poppy will dance the night away. It was just the sweetest thing and I sure do hope she marries someone as wonderful as her Poppy one day!

I attended Ellery's school orientation last night and we had meet the teacher day this morning. She is excited about her 3 year old class and her new teacher. It's so hard for me to believe that this is our 3rd year at her school. It seems like just yesterday she was in the toddler class napping with her little hiney in the air on her nap mat. I look forward to all she will be learning this year!

Now, Ellery is up and we are going to make a pit stop at somewhere not as cool as Hruskas. I will post pictures from this weekend when we get home. Happy Labor Day!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Price's party details

Price's 1st birthday party was a success! My mom and I might have gone a little bit overboard with all the planning and decorating but it was pure fun for me. We had an airplane theme because somehow it seemed fitting...don't ask me why. I have so many pictures and had a hard time narrowing them down for the here it goes.

Ellery was very protective of P and his 1st birthday cake. She helped blow out his candle and made sure that everyone knew he could feed it to himself.
Nathan rented a bounce house which might have been the most brilliant idea of the day. The party was at my parent's house so instead of having toddlers running wild in their house, they were running and jumping in the front yard.

Ella, Madi Kate, and Ellery (who is kneeling and not just short) sweaty and smiley

The food: boxed lunches from Jason's Deli. I made little stickers for each box that said "Price is 1!"

The kids table!

Price's yummy cake. He really dug into it too...made me proud!

airplane cake

his cute bib I found on etsy

Celebrate sign I saw somewhere and decided to copy

Party favors: airplane bags filled with lots of fun goodies and chocolate-covered rice krispy treats courtesy of Chocolate Pizazz

An adorable mobile and cute airplane piggy bank that was a gift from my aunt

a string of pictures from Price's 1st year

more 1st year pictures

We also had a pull-string pinata for the kids which they seemed to love. This year with Price has been a little emotional to say the least, and it was so sweet to celebrate his 1st birthday! We are so thankful for our little guy!
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