Thursday, November 2, 2017

Halloween Happenings!

Short and sweet this year.....

I totally slacked and the kids first time to dress up in their costumes was the night before halloween.  I also only bought one costume.....for Hampton (which he didn't end up wearing).  He wanted to be a police officer.  Anne Lowry wanted to be a ballerina (figured we already had stuff).  And Hollins still doesn't talk.  I thought about a cabbage patch doll for Hollins but then decided she would never wear the wig and without the wig she wouldn't be anything :-). If I would have been on my "A" game I would have bought her a puppy dog costume because she can actually say "dog" and loves them!  Anyway, night one we had Spiderman, Elena of Avalor and a cat (that barely still fit from last year)--no pictures!!  

On actual Halloween we met a big group for a hayride around the neighborhood and cookout.  The kids had a blast and went to bed with stomach aches.  

Pumpkin carving...

The only pictures I got with my camera from Halloween night. This was after we got back home.
*my kids are horrible at group pictures --I don't know why I even try!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Oct. 4th....Anne Lowry is FIVE!!

I have to say.....Anne Lowry is like a fine wine, she just keeps getting better with age :-).  I think she has a better grip on all those big emotions...which means fewer meltdowns and less mountains to die atop, haha!!  

This girl keeps us all in line and on our toes (I'm pretty sure I've been saying this since she was one year old).  Seriously, she does not miss a beat!  The other day we were talking in the car and she said appropriately, "wait a minute, I need to crunch the numbers."  Some days I feel like I'm talking to an adult.  She is smart, funny, confident, stubborn and has one of the biggest hearts I have ever seen.  During the "terrible twos" I use to say I was just going to "love it out of her!"  Well, I think it may be working {a little} ;-)  Just in time because I'm afraid I'm going to have to refocus my efforts on Hollins who is beginning to give us a run for our money.  

Last sleep as a four year old ...

waking up a whole hand full!

She had a "Cartwheels and Cupcakes" party.  It was fun and super easy!  She is one loved little girl and we loved celebrating her.

At FIVE....
Favorite Food:  Grits, ice cream and popsicles
color:  gold, silver ad rainbow
Favorite thing to do outside:  Dance
Inside:  watch TV
Favorite thing at school:  Art
Favorite book:  Ballerina Book
Favorite show:  Elena of Avalor
Favorite animal: butterfly

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Our first season of Soccer!

 As far as I can tell at age 6 and 4, no soccer scholarships will be awarded to these two :-)

However, they both had fun and loved it so that's a win!

These girlies wore their daddies' number from highschool.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Life is better on the boat!

(So, we have been having computer problems over here.  Like, major problems.  Apparently, our "hard drive crashed" and we've lost everything that was on it.  I'm personally just worried about all the pictures.  I can't even think about it.  Anyway, I'm blogging on Brent's work computer)

At the end of August we took a quick weekend trip up to Greer's Ferry Lake in Arkansas with the Archers and Koskos.  This is where Brent grew up vacationing each year.  For various reasons, this was my very first time to go and see what all the hype was about!!  Finally, 10+ years and I officially feel like a Hardin ;-)

  A good time was had by all :-) Cliff jumping, tubing, hot dog riding, chips and sprites galore, even a ping pong tournament one night along with a kitten.  Oh yeah, and a boat with NO reverse.  The kids were in heaven.   Enjoy the pictures!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hollins' First Day MMO (18 Months)

Oh Hollipop, WE LOVE YOU and your 18 month old self!!  Pretty sure this is my favorite age of all I've experienced yet :-)
You are so much fun and oh so sweet.  Your personality is really similar to Hampton at this age.  Very easy going and chill.  You are also very social (probably my most social at this age) and have loved school.  You go two days a week from 9-2 (but I always pick you up about 1:15 bc there is basically no chance they are getting you to nap there and I know you have to be tired...which is perfect, because I would rather you nap at home).  The first two days I dropped you off... you clung to me and cried when I left, but quit by the time I was out the second door :-)   After that you started walking right in and will give me a kiss bye.  I love your little brave self!   
At 18mths:
wear a size two 
size 5.5 shoe
started talking a bit more, still not a talker.  some words:  mama, daddy, ta-ta (thank you), Nene (for Nina),bye-bye, apple, help me, stop, up, woof (for dog), cluck (like a chicken)....probably a few more I can't remember.  Speech here we come??
Loves:  remote controls, outside, balls, baby dolls, pushing baby strollers, light switches, baths, school and her family
Dislikes:  TV....I can't really think of anything else besides being told no and when Hampton and AL bother her! 
Mostly one nap a day for about 2 hours.  Bedtime 730p most nights and sleeps til 7-8am.
Favorite foods:  mandarin oranges, bowl of cheerios w/milk (just like big kids), pouches, strawberries, blueberries, butter beans, yogurt.
I just want to eat you with a spoon you are so snuggly and my favorite time is rocking before bed.  Every night, when I go to put you in bed you point to the rocker....I know you are just trying to delay bedtime but I am more than happy to spend a few extra minutes rocking and singing to you.  It's one of my favorite parts of the day.  You are the best baby in the world.  XOXO, Mama

Obligatory first day pics (however, my lens started out foggy).  Boo!