My sister Alli is in her senior year of high school, and she is amazing. She does pretty much every extracurricular there is, and also has a job at Panda Express, and goes to seminary, and has an incredible voice. Jamie and I went on a Mommy-daughter date to go and hear Alli sing at her Disney choir concert. She was awesome! We loved hearing all of the songs, and Jamie was so excited to watch Alli sing "Almost There" from "Princess and the Frog". We sure love Alli, and we are going to miss her so much when she leaves for college in the fall!
Jamie and April in their super cute church dresses. As a mom, sometimes you just have to snap a pic before they get all sticky and their hair gets all crazy.
April really wanted to blow bubbles the other day, so we got out all the bubble wands and had a blast. Jamie resisted at first, but ended up joining in on the fun.
Love this shot of April mid-bubble.
Sometimes Jamie and April really do adore each other.
Ryan will be 8 months old on Thursday, and he is getting to be a lot more smiley and happy than before. He is such a little cutie.
We took a road trip to Dallas on President's Day weekend, and it went surprisingly well! The girls watched a movie and then slept, and Ryan slept THE ENTIRE TIME. Ben and I were shocked. It was our first attempt at a road trip longer than an hour with him, and we were so happy he did so well. One of the things the girls love best about going to Dallas is getting to play with all of Ben's dinosaurs that he had when he was a little boy. April was coming up with all kinds of funny names for them. This dino pictured was, "Edid." Lol
We brought our fun family game, "Big Picture Apples to Apples" that Grami got us for Christmas. The girls want to play it every chance they can get.
In Dallas we went to lunch at Jason's Deli with Ben's mom. The girls loved the free ice cream cones!
We also got to spend some time with Ben's Grandma Millie and Grandpa Dean. We enjoyed our visit with them so much. They are so sweet and fun to talk to. The kids loved the grapes and "2 bite cupcakes" Millie and Dean brought for them to snack on.
There is a really cool duck pond not too far away from where Ben's Mom Cynthia lives, so we went there to attempt to feed the ducks some Cheerios. Apparently they don't like those, because we kept throwing them in the water and not a single duck ate one. Oh well. Guess bread is the grain of choice.
Finally got a pic of us. I never remember to take any because I'm always the one behind the camera!
Ryan looking adorable. I love this cheesy smile.
April with Ben's dad Daniel. We went to the park in his neighborhood and the kids loved it! Anywhere they can go to climb and swing is heaven for them.
I promise April is not picking her nose in this pic! Lol
We went on a walk and there were a lot of bridges to cross. No trolls though. Not as far as we could tell . . .
We really enjoyed our visit to Dallas and the kids were perfect on the road trip back! Visiting family is always so fun and everyone had an awesome time.
Some might say Ryan's hair was getting a little long . . . but as his mommy I thought it looked perfect. It only got into his face some of the time, and I couldn't bear the thought of chopping those curls off.
Here he is sitting up so well with his long hair.
Looking mighty fine and dapper.
Well . . . it happened.
He got his first haircut!
I have to admit that I was really sad when Ben cut it, but now I think it looks pretty dang cute. I am not used to babies getting their hair cut so soon! He is only 7 months old, but he is my first boy, so I guess I should have expected it.
I think it makes him look so grown up and handsome. In the meantime, the girls have been bonding a lot lately. They like to snuggle together and play together all morning long.
April is completely potty trained and we are moving her into a "big girl bed" this weekend! She is barely over two years old, so this is kind of a big deal.
Ryan has been eating everything he can get his hands on. I gave him my pizza crust the other night, and he shrieked when I took it away. This kid is never full. He loves LOVES LOVES to eat. He opens his mouth wide like a baby bird and wiggles his hands at his sides just like Jamie did when she was a little baby.
Since I was taking a picture of Ryan eating, the girls wanted pictures of them eating too. Haha.
Jamie is really into tacos right now. That's all she ever wants to eat for lunch. Good thing I always have tortillas and cheese in the fridge! We are all doing great and loving this awesome Texas winter/spring weather.
We had a lot of fun this Christmas! Our Christmas nativity set that was given to us by Ben's cousin Esther when we got married is still going strong. We display it every year.
What's Christmas without a Christmas kitty?
Ben and I got to attend his potluck work Christmas party together which was very chill. I got to meet a lot of his coworkers and we ate some yummy food. There was a White Elephant Gift Exchange, and we won the an umbrella! Lol. We were pretty stoked. But we were even more excited that when you opened it, there was cash inside! Pretty good White Elephant gift.
We kept our annual tradition of eating Johnny Carino's for Christmas Eve lunch. My grandparents joined us, and Ben's mom Cynthia. She came into town to spend Christmas with us this year.
Two of my siblings came to Texas to spend Christmas with us. My sister Adrienne and my brother Grant. They played with the kids so much and were so much fun to have around.
Grant and Jamie at the park.
My mom holding Ryan. He got held a lot over Christmas!
Ben and my dad doing the annual Christmas puzzle. Every year my mom gets a new one. They get harder every year!
The girls were so patient and waited until after church to open their gifts. They got a ton of awesome toys and games!
One of the biggest hits this year was the game, "Let's Go Fishin'". The girls loved playing it over and over again with Grandma Cynthia.
Me and Ryan.
Eating goodies after presents.
In their Christmas PJs from Grami and Grampi.
Ben's dad Daniel came the day after Christmas to spend some time with us. He and the girls drew some amazing sidewalk chalk artwork.
Ben and Ryan hanging out and watching the artists.
Sorry, he's just too cute! I had to post all 3 pics.
Grandpa Daniel playing with the girls.
We went with my family to the Wimberley Trail of Lights where they have awesome displays and tons of Christmas lights and inflatables. April was in heaven. The girls asked us several times this year if we could purchase a Christmas inflatable. Maybe next year, kids!
April and Snoopy.
My sister Alli enjoying her time with no school and no work and my brother Grant and his girlfriend (now fiancee!) Hailey. They are getting married in April and got engaged over the break!
They have a musical section at the Trail of Lights where the kids can whack a bunch of different xylophones and bells. April loved it!
My sister Adrienne and her boyfriend (now also fiancee!) David. David proposed to Adrienne the night of the Trail of Lights. We are so excited for them to get married in March!
Age and David with their Blizzard ice cream cake I got them from Dairy Queen to celebrate their engagement.
Jamie was a wonderful ballerina at her ballet recital during the break. She was so cute and excited to perform. We were so proud of her!
Jamie with her ballet teacher, my good friend Chow Wilde. She is so patient and good with her students.
Everyone who came to support Jamie's ballet recital. Ryan's chillin' in the stroller. I did take a video, but I'll have to post it later when I have more time. Or maybe on Facebook!