Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter at the YMCA

There are a lot of things I love about the YMCA and this is one of them!  They do a big Easter celebration each year so this year we invited Hayden's friend Savannah to come with us.  The activities included: 3 crafts, Easter tattoo station, Easter Egg hunt, bounce house, breakfast, scavenger hunt, obstacle course, and dancing.  Oh and they could meet the Easter bunny which neither girl wanted to do!  It was a fun morning.


I was contacted through my blog by a woman named Heather who is a survivor of Mesothelioma. The only way to contract this cancer is through asbestos and last week was asbestos awareness week.  I am a little late due to not getting her message earlier, but I wanted to help spread awareness for her by sharing her story and website.  

I learned a lot by reading this and I hope you will too.  What a courageous and amazing woman she is! For more information please visit her website:

"At age 36, I was diagnosed with mesothelioma just 3 ½ months after my first and only child, Lily, was born. I was given just 15 months to live unless I underwent a drastic surgery to remove my left lung. Miraculously, I beat the odds and I’m still here eight years later.
Asbestos is not banned in the US, yet it’s the only known cause of mesothelioma. I was exposed to asbestos through my fathers work jacket when I was just a little girl; my diagnosis came about 30 years later. Once diagnosed, most patients die within 2 years. I am one of few survivors who openly share their story and work to spread awareness regarding the dangers of asbestos."

4 Months Old

Reid turned 4 months old on April 5, 2014.  Shortly after we had his check-up so here are his stats:

Weight: 16 lbs 7 oz (90%)
Height: 26 3/4 inches (95%)
Head:  44 1/2 cm (95%)

So clearly he is continuing to grow!  He wears all 6 months clothing and I'm stressing out because I'm worried all the summer 6 month clothes we bought won't fit by the time it finally warms up here!

Reid also rolled over on his 4 month birthday which was exciting for all of us to watch.  Paul, Hayden and I were all right there so it was really exciting to get to share in seeing that developmental milestone together.  He is great at rolling from his tummy to his back, but he never tries to go from his back to his tummy.  He'll get up on his side, but never roll over, most likely because he does not like being on his tummy!

Reid sleeps about 11 hours at night time and just the past few days dropped his late night nap.  So now he takes 3 naps a day and they range from 1 hour to 2 1/2 hours usually.  

Reid is holding on to lots of toys these days but still loves chewing his fist better than anything else.

He is still working on that first tooth so he is a little grumpier from time to time but still such a good baby.

He continues to be such a happy boy and brings me a lot of joy each day.  I love when we can get him to laugh really hard, so darn cute!

I just love this little outfit so I tried to take some more pictures of him in it but he wasn't having it!

Paul's Birthday

We are getting so old!  Paul turned 32 years old on April 4th.  We got to work from home on his birthday so I decided to go get Stilesboro Biscuits for breakfast.  We have driven past this place hundreds of times and we have always wanted to go.  It was delicious and a perfect birthday breakfast.

Here we are bugging Paul while he is trying to work!

Then we opened up his presents after breakfast, so fun not having to wait all day long!  Paul's wanted these Wolverine 1,000 mile boots for a LONG time!

After Paul got done working we went out to dinner at another new place.  We went to the Cuban Diner.  Paul loves Cuban food and he was very impressed with the beans.  I loved the Yucca fries! Reid joined us and while he should have been sleeping he was wide awake looking around his new surroundings!

We went and picked Hayden up and then came home to sing happy birthday and enjoy a yummy cupcake!

Happy 32nd Birthday Paul, hope you had a wonderful day and we were able to show you how much we love you!

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Our neighbors from Cheyenne are now stationed in Alabama so we've gotten to see them a few times which has been way fun.  Last summer we drove out to Alabama and went to the beach with them and this time they came out to Atlanta for spring break.  They came to our house Friday afternoon and got to spend the rest of the evening with us!  We did Cafe Rio night and had lots of fun catching up.  They also got to meet Reid for the first time.

Joe and Joan are so fun to talk to and their kids are so cute!  River loves to rub Paul's hairy arms, Cora and Hayden played so well together and I thought it was so cute that Ezra asked to hold Reid.

They are an awesome family and we definitely need to get together with them more often while we are only 4 hours away!  Hopefully next time they come they will stay with us :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Weekend of Fun

Every year Grandma Anne goes out to Mississippi for our cousins spring break and this year they had a baseball tournament in Atlanta at the end of the week.  So Anne and Steve drove out with Russ's family and stayed with us through the weekend.  They arrived Friday and we met them at one of our favorite places, Papacitas for dinner.

Jett decided to come to our house that night for a sleepover and the rest of the cousins went to their hotel room located closer to the baseball fields.

Last time Jett was at our house he wanted to play dress up but his mom and dad weren't to big on the idea, but with just Grandma and me around his wish came true!  He really loved playing with this bow and arrow.

The next morning we woke up bright and early to watch 6 baseball games!  It was a busy day but so fun to see my 3 nephews play baseball.  This was the first time we have seen Quincy (age 5) play!

Hayden had a great time at the ball park and got spoiled with skittles, snow cones, cookies, and who knows what else!  At the end of every game she was very worried and asked if we got to go to another one, when I replied yes, she was so excited!  Reid was an awesome baby once again and just hung out with us all day long and took great naps!

Jett & Quincy were exhausted and fell asleep and slept for several hours like this, how crazy?  Hayden of course had no interest in a nap!

Sunday was suppose to be another day filled with the baseball, but all the games got rained out.  We were going to meet Russ's family to say goodbye but they decided they wanted to get on the road earlier.  So we spent the day just hanging out and playing.  It was a nice relaxing day.  I also started to learn a lot about oils, Anne got into them awhile back, so I ordered some, we'll see how it goes.


Monday morning came around and we had the morning to spend with Grandma Anne and Papa Steve they took us to lunch and then it was time to take them to the airport. There were lots of tears like normal, Hayden hates to say goodbye to special people. 

At Jim and Nicks Barbecue, it was so fun having Grandpa travel with Grandma again!  Reid loved being held by him.

Summer can't come soon enough so we can get out to Utah to visit all of our family

"I have to kite"

This is what Hayden told me all day last week.  She learned all about kites at preschool and then we happened to have a very windy day, so I brought out my old kite and Paul took her out when he got home from work.  She was "freaking out" as she likes to say.