Saturday, January 21, 2017

Ridley's 3rd Birthday

 Ridley celebrated her 3rd birthday on a beautiful afternoon at Bicentennial Park.  We lucked out and had gorgeous weather, so we just had to move the party.  She had lots of family and friends join the celebration.  
Ridley is a fun, silly, and active chicka.  She keeps her brothers in line and doesn't take any crap.  We love her no-nonsense way of dealing with them.  She is also very girly and loves dolls and make up.  She enjoys dancing, coloring, and being outdoors. 

Ridley could swing for hours.  
Ridley and her friend from school, Brooklyn, loved it!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sleeper Sofa Drama

We have been getting ready to celebrate Ridley's birthday, so we had a few extra things to do around the house.  John Chris was out of town, so we had to get creative.
I want everyone to be comfortable and have a space to sleep, so I purchased a sleeper sofa.  I was thrilled that it came in time.  The only issue is how to get it home and upstairs, ready to use.  I rented a truck at Home Depot, which really upset Ridley.  She did not like the work truck. 
I drove to the store, helped load the sofa, and then drove home.  I was racing the rain that was starting to fall as I unloaded the heavy sofa and pushed it in the garage.  I then had to take the truck back and pick our truck up.

If all that wasn't enough.  I had to figure out a way to get the sofa upstairs to the loft.  I had two strong boys help me carry it up, all while being on the edge of throwing my back out.  Good news, we made it.  The sofa is comfortable and ready for someone to get a goodnight's sleep.  

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ridley Shopkin turns 3

Ridley woke up to a little Shopkin party!  She loved it, and I can't wait to see how excited she will be on Saturday.

The Shopkins donuts were amazing!  WOW!

I tucked my three year old in tonight, with a sock hat on, and I couldn't get enough snuggles.  She is silly, sweet, and full of spunk.  I love her to pieces. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Lunch Date

I had some errands in Southlake Town Square, so Ridley and I stopped off at the library for some new books and DVDs.  When we were walking back to the truck, Ridley said "I need some Mi Cocina, mommy."  She didn't have to twist my arm.  I needed some, too!  I love lunching with my little lady!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Choices in the library

Big library day for Reed - He was able to chose any book in the library.  Until now, the librarian and teacher have guided them to one section of the library at a time.  Parents were invited to take part in this first selection, and I was happy to help out with the class.  Reed thinks he is a big boy now.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Emory's Birthday Party

We headed to Dallas to celebrate Emory's third birthday.  With back to back parties, the kids were getting a little worn out.  Nothing a little cake and juice couldn't fix, and we would never miss celebrating our best friend, Miss Emory.  I was able to get a picture of our fabulous five kiddos before they completely went nuts.

The little girls enjoyed manicures in between play time and cupcake decorating.  Ridley was over the moon excited!

Birthday Party Face Paint

Ridley celebrated her friend, Stella, with an awesome birthday party.  Ridley's favorite part was the face painter.  We were blown away with her talent, and Ridley loved the "sparkly diamonds".

Friday, January 6, 2017

Snow Day

The weather forecasts have been all over the place.  One minute we are going to get snow, and the next minute we will miss it.  We ended up being right on the line of the front, so we enjoyed a nice dry dusting of beautiful snow.  It barely covered the coping around the pool and lightly covered the flower beds.  It was so peaceful watching it fall.

Ridley enjoyed the snow fall while waiting on her brothers to get home.  She sat in her chair patiently waiting and playing on her tablet.  

Friday night fun called for a family room pallet and a movie.  My sweet babies are getting so big.  We had a fantastic Friday.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Shopkins Invade

They are taking over our house!  Only one of us are thrilled about the Shopkins invasion.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


I love the days with my little Ridley!  We had a morning full of errands to get ready for her upcoming birthday party.  We stopped off at Firehouse for lunch, and the staff went crazy over her.  Before we left, she had a fireman hat, police badge, and lots of high fives.  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy 2017

We started the new year with our amazing friends.  We had a great time visiting and laughing, and our children partied hard into the night.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


As I was kissing everyone goodnight, I noticed they all are sleeping in some sort of crazy way tonight.  Reed is surrounded by pillows and 25 stuffed animals.

Ridley is wiped out on the sofa after enjoying her Nabi.  She even lost her wolf ears.

I found Ryland upstairs in his pillow fort behind the chair in the gameroom.  I don't see how this is comfortable, but he is out.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Fun Continues

We are enjoying our family time together and playing with every new toy.  Today, we are making homemade cotton candy.  It was pretty interesting to learn how cotton candy is made and watch the hard candy turn into thin strings.  It was very easy to find a few cute taste testers.

The bickering brothers discovered a new "punishment" today.  Hug it out timeout!  Ha!

Ridley wore herself out playing with all her new dolls.  Tonight she chose to sleep with Elena.  Such a sweet cuddler.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

The kids woke up excited to check out their new stuff.  They were so happy to see new toys and clothes.  Ridley's favorite item was her doll house.  Ryland's favorite item was his new bike, and Reed's favorite item was the foosball table.  
We were lazy all day and just played around the house.  We had birthday cake and sang happy birthday to Jesus, since He is the reason for the season.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve

We enjoyed an amazing Christmas Eve service at White's Chapel.  The message of joy, love, and peace spoke to our hearts, and the children really liked the parachute candy and the snow machines at the end of service.

Before we could go to bed, we sprinkled the reindeer food across the front yard.  Hopefully they like glitter and oatmeal.  

Santa knew just what to bring the kiddos.  Bikes, dollhouse, foosball table, Shopkins, and lots of Under Armour!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016



Sunday, December 18, 2016

Pallet Party

While John Chris and Ryland are away at the camp, I had fun with the little ones.  We made a big pallet with lots of stuffed animals.  I love watching Ridley and Reed together.  They are such great buddies.  
Goodnight my loves.

Hot Chocolate

Tom is full of fun this year.  Today he brought delicious Starbucks Hot Chocolate and lots of mini marshmallows.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Roller Skating

This was not her finest hour.  Ridley is NOT a fan of roller skating, and she immediately wanted the roller skates off.  She didn't make it one lap before melting down.  We will have to try again another day.

Ridley's First Dance Recital

This was a dream come true.  I have wanted to share this experience with my little girl, and I was so proud of her.  She did a great job smiling and dancing at her recital.  She is a precious little snow angel.

We gave her a ballerina music box with a charm necklace, and she was so proud.  This was truly a special day.