Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter Sunday

He is Risen!

Easter Bunny Visits

Once again, the Easter Bunny left a trail of huge footprints to the treats.  Along the way he dropped jelly beans and slipped on a toy. 

Goodies!  Goodies!  Goodies!

Saturday, March 26, 2016


After a full few days away, we still needed to dye some pretty eggs.  It was the perfect way to wrap up the evening.  We are ready for the Easter Bunny!

Barton Creek Easter Party

We loved the day full of Easter party fun.  This was a delightful surprise of sweet treats and perfectly planned hospitality from the awesome staff.  The children could not have been happier!  They all look awesome in their amazing face paint.  The artist was top notch!

Egg hunt time for these two.  Their age group was all about speed.

Ridley's group was more laid back and relaxing.  

They racked up on goody filled eggs.

The balloon artist was like nothing I had ever seen before.  The cobras and butterfly were a big hit.  

We had a fantastic Easter weekend in Austin.  It was just perfect, and we would love to make this a holiday tradition.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Nature Trail

We spent a few days in Austin at the Barton Creek Resort.  I had heard wonderful things about the resort and how perfect it is for families. We explored the outdoors and went for a hike.  It was a beautiful day with my precious family.

Easter Bunny 2016

I had big plans for last minute photos with the Easter Bunny, but we were at the mall right by him this evening.  I gave in and "hopped" in line.  The kiddos didn't have on their cute clothes, and I had no prep time with Ridley.  This is the best we could get.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mornings with Mom

Ryland's school hosted a muffin breakfast early this morning to celebrate moms.  John Chris had to go to work, so I was lucky enough to enjoy the morning with all three of my little ones. It was pretty early, so I don't think we were all awake yet.

After a bit of food and the sunrise, everyone was back to their normal chipper selves.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Eggs for Friends

I love our precious pre-school.  There is a tradition of sweet little gifts around the holidays.  I have always enjoyed preparing something with the kiddos to share with their friends.  As we were tying up the chalk eggs and attaching the tags, it hits me that this is the last go around for Reed.  I can't believe that his time at Chapel Hill is almost over.  So bittersweet!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Rock Climbing

We have been members at our gym for over 10 years, and we have never climbed on the rock walls.  Today after our workout, the boys asked if they could give climbing a try.  John Chris, Ryland, and Reed strapped on the safety gear and made it to the top of a few of the walls. They said it was pretty difficult but lots of fun!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Spring Break 2016 - Fantastic Friday

We talked about Friday's plans all week.  There were several ideas, but we let the birthday boy, Ryland, decide.  He chose to go see Dad's work.  He wanted to go watch the line operators and wear the protective gear.  
It was great to see many of Dad's co-workers and give the kids an opportunity to visit.  After lunch at Gloria's, we toured Dad's office and played photo shoot. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Spring Break 2016 - Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday was also St. Patrick's Day, so we all tried to sport a bit of green.  We worked on a science experiment and talked about rocks.  I remember these kits from when I was younger, so it was a cool walk down memory lane.

Every so often I would ask the children to name something that they are thankful for.  We really focused on non-material items.  It was a bit hard at first, but they caught on quickly.  
We headed to Main Event for some bowling fun.  Ridley loved rolling the ball down the dino ramp.

I have never seen Reed eat so much pizza!  He was tearing it up!  He told me he was starving and bowling was a lot of exercise.

Here is my crew - what I am most thankful for on this Thursday and everyday!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Spring Break 2016 - Wacky Wednesday

It was another great day spent enjoying the lack of alarms and appointments.  Today we were wacky.  Everything we did was done backwards or with a silly twist.  We played lots of games, had breakfast for lunch, and acted like we didn't have a care in the world. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Spring Break 2016 - Terrific Tuesday

Terrific Tuesday got off to a slow and lazy start.  No alarm or rush to get dressed, which is a nice change to our normal routine.  The sweet treat for today was a trip to Chuck E Cheese for lunch and a long time to play games.

In keeping with our tradition, a group photo in the booth.  This pretty much sums up the end of our visit.  Ridley is exhausted and the boys are hyped up and ready to go. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Spring Break 2016 - Marvelous Monday

We are getting Spring Break started right!  I thought I would try to make the week fun by naming each day.  Today was Marvelous Monday.  We were lazy and stayed in our pajamas until lunch, and then we headed out for a surprise.  What is better than a trip to Toys R Us and a milkshake?  

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Tag Along

What do you do when you have two older brothers that play lots of baseball?  You make the best of it!  Ridley is a real trooper.  From field to field and baseball park to another baseball park, she is most always a pleasure to tag along.  
Watch out brothers!  One day Ridley will be taking dance, and there will be practice.

Urban Air Party

We celebrated Reed turning 5 and Ryland turning 7 at Urban Air.  It was completely nuts, and all the kids loved it!  Running, jumping, and acting crazy!  We are so thankful to have so many celebrate with us.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Growing Up

I tucked my sweet Reed in bed tonight for the last time as a four year old.  He asked me to cuddle with him, and I was happy to oblige.  Reed has always been my sweet cuddler. I love this smart, funny, little boy so much.  He melts my heart.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Prepping for the Party

The boys' birthday party is quickly approaching and the last thing on our list of to dos are the party favors.  All three kids were really interested in helping, so we set up a little assembly line.  The best thing about the added assistance was the great conversation.  I adore these little helpers!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Celebrating Reed

Today was all about Reed at school.  He was the line leader and the center of attention at story time and enjoyed a special snack.  He has thrived at Chapel Hill and today was another day of love from his teachers and friends.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hide and Seek

Where are Ridley and Reed?  I just don't know.  
I did find some pretty cute feet.  They played for a full hour in my closet.