Arlington Trip- Pictures at the Park

Over the weekend of Sept. 21-24th we traveled to Arlington to spend time with Robin’s family.  Emma had a 3 day weekend so we thought we better take advantage of it… this will probably be the last time (for several months) that all of his sibblings and their kids can get together because I am due in December and Fallon is due a week before me.  The holidays are going to be a little bit different this year!

We had a great time just hanging out and letting our kids play together.  It is always a crazy time when 5 kids 5 and under get together under one roof.  And to think.. by December there will be 7 kids 6 and under.  :)

I didn’t take many pictures on our trip the first few days we were there- I was pretty tired and just enjoyed resting!  However, Robin and I both snapped some pictures of the kids on our last day there at the park.

Lylah and Emma on the slide- it’s so fun to watch these girls together.  Lylah is a “girly girl.  Can you tell?  She’s wearing a princess dress and pearls at the park!  Emma is wearing a sequined tutu so they get along fantastically!

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Zane loves these girls to pieces!

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Foster pointing at something- probably bossing someone around!

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Static hair on the slide!

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The brothers…

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Gigi with her newest pride and joy, Baby Taryn.

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There were quite a few “outtakes” from this little photo session.  We just had to get a picture of all 5 cousins together.

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A few close-ups…

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The girls: Emma, Taryn, Lylah

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The boys (for now!): Foster and Zane

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Tommy (Crystal’s husband) is such a good uncle and brother-in-law.  One of the pregnant ladies suggested that he “Make himself a Dear and go to Sonic for drinks for all of us!”  And he did!  The two pregnant Moms were so excited!  Then when he got back he dove right into playing with the kids.  Here he is helping Lylah on the monkey bars:


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Tommy helping his son Zane on the monkey bars:

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Zane just turned 3 about a month ago!

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Pure joy:

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Isn’t Lylah precious?

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Craig with Lylah and Taryn… Lylah is going to be a great big sister to a little brother very soon!

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These two boys have a love-hate relationship already.  I think boy cousins are supposed to do that.  They fight like brothers and play like brothers.  I’m thankful for that they have each other and always will!

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My Little Dollhouse Party

Emma was invited to a Birthday party for one of her newest friends, Marissa, who is in her Kindergarten class at school.  Emma was so excited to go- she has been talking about it for 2 weeks!  The party was at My Little Dollhouse.

Emma has been to My Little Dollhouse several times before and each time she acts a little bit differently… sometimes she is so excited to dress up, get her makeup done, and particpate in the fashion show, and sometimes she is very timid and you really have to twist her arm to participate.  She was very timid on this day.  I stayed for the party and I kept having to encourage her to participate!  here she is with some of her new friends: Sydney, Emma, Marissa, Teagan, Jaycee, and Stella.

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Outfit #1- a beautiful Belle costume:

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Here she is getting her makeup and nails done.  She wouldn’t let them fix her hair.

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Fancy pink nails with purple glitter

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Eyeshadow time…she chose yellow eye shaddow with gold glittery- interesting!!

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All dolled up, modeling a slinky green glitter gown!

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The whole crew….Birthday girl Marissa is in the center on the front row.

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The party was actually a “tea party” and the girls were asked to bring a doll with them.  Emma brought Cinderella… here they are ready for the tea party!  Emma thought her nails were still wet so she was afraid to touch anything. :)

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Emma and Cinderella… even the dolls had their own place settings!

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Emma being served tea…

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Cupcake time…

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Tea party in progress…

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Gift opening time, always exciting!

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Silly Foster

Foster was in a very “slap happy” mood on Sunday after church.  I was able to snap a couple of quick pictures before he just totally lost it!

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I asked him to sit in a chair and smile pretty for me and he did this.  Not exactly what I had in mind!!

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… and this was Emma’s response to Foster putting his foot in his mouth!  ”Oooooooh, gross!”

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Same dress…. 4 years later!

Does anyone recognize this little girl?  Oh my soul, I don’t even remember her being this little!

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This is Emma at 18 months old.  For Robin, this was one of his favorite stages with Emma- this is when her true personality started to show… this is when we realized how silly, how smart, how sweet she could really be.

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Flash forward 4 years… I found the same Gap dress in a size 5T at Just Between Friends and decided I needed to see Emma in that dress again as a big girl!  Here is Emma in the same dress at 5 1/2 years old.  She looks so grown up!

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I love this little girl more than life.  She blesses me in so many ways.  I can’t wait to watch her grow and mature over the next several years… I promise I won’t buy the same dress in a size 10.  :)

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Foster’s First Day of School

Foster had to wait 2 1/2 weeks after Emma’s school started for his school to start.  His first day was not quite as big of a deal as Emma’s first day was…  He only goes Tuesday and Thursday and it’s technically “Mother’s Day Out” but we still call it school because he does learn a lot while he’s there!

Here are Foster and Emma before school! (Side note… for the next 2 weeks Emma’s class has “Color Days” where they wear a different color every day.  Today was obviously “red day!”)

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I can not get over how big he looks here!

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Foster picked out his very own backpack at The Children’s Place.  He loves all things sports and all things ball so he was in love with this backpack.  Even though it was quite large, I still bought it!  Little did I know how incredibly ridiculous it would look on him!

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Here is Foster meeting one of his teachers- Miss Amanda- for the first time.  She is a Nurse which made me very excited since he has a peanut allergy.  She was very comfortable with the epi pen kit in his backpack. :)

Foster was pretty nervous when we left- it always take him a few days to adjust to a new class. :)

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Emma’s First Day of Kindergarten


It has taken me over 2 weeks to blog about Emma’s first day of school… I think it’s because I’m still recovering from her first day of school!  It was so emotional for me!

Emma started Kindergarten on Thursday, August 16th. She goes to the same school as last year for Pre-K but it was only 1/2 day so this was a pretty big adjustment!  I hardly slept the night before her first day- I was so worried about her!

She woke up bright and early on her first day and seemed pretty excited about going to school.  Here she is after she was all ready for school…

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Daddy (who is an amazing Daddy) wanted to make sure that Emma ate a good breakfast on her first day so he made her bacon, eggs, and biscuits.  She really didn’t want to eat much but we encouraged her to eat some so she would have energy for her big day.  :)

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I stressed over packing her lunch… what would she want to eat at school?  Would she be able to open all of the packages?  Would she be too nervous to eat?  Would she be missing me?  Would she have a friend to sit by? Sigh.

I packed her a PBJ, pretzels, strawberries, and a tummy yummy to drink… I also put a little note on top.

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Emma’s sweet Nana got Emma this adorable owl backpack to start Kindergarten.  I bought the coordinating lunchbox. :)

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After she got all dressed and ready we went in the front yard to take some pictures…

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She wanted to hold this silly blue ball in her hand for the pictures… we didn’t fight it.  Kinda shows her quirky personality!

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Mommy and Emma all ready to go!

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Foster and Emma before walking to the bus.  Foster is SUCH a sweet little brother who adores his big sister.  He wanted to carry her lunchbox for her.  These two truly do love each other.

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A BIG thank you to Nana for also getting Emma these cool “Twinkle Toes” shoes.  They light up when she walks and Emma was SO excited about them!  And she can get them on herself which is a huge plus for Mommy. :)

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Emma and Daddy

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THE BUS…  Ok, so this may have been the biggest thing stressing Mommy out.  We decided to let Emma ride the bus.  Her sweet teacher assured us that she would be ok- she would make it to class and she would make it home.  There are several friends from the neighborhood who ride the bus including our neighbor boys who promised us they would look after Emma.  :)  The car line to pick up kids at the end of the day at Emma’s school is rumored to be a nightmare- very long, very chaotic.  Knowing that I am going to be having a baby in 3 months, I knew I would not want to battle that every day.  SO much easier to put a baby and toddler in a stroller to walk a block to the bus stop than strap them in the car for an hour trip.

So I prayed hard that she would have a good experience on the bus… and I prayed that she would be ok getting ON the bus.  I pictured her all of a sudden bawling her eyes out, afraid to leave us. Quite the contrary.  When Emma saw the bus, she practically ran to get in line like she had done it a million times before.  Luckily, there were 3 other little Kindergarten girls and one in her same class at the bus stop!

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When the bus stopped, the kids filed on, Emma found a seat, she waved at us, and off the bus went.

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As the bus drove away, Robin and I looked at each other and Robin said, “What in the world just happend?”  It was so surreal!  Our baby girl was so grown up!

Robin had planned to just kind of “follow the bus to school” to make sure she made it safely.  However, we found out at the bus stop that most of the parents go to the school after the bus leaves to see their kids in their classroom to make sure they made it and take pictures!  So we jumped in the car and went!

We got to the school literally 7 minutes later and Emma was already in her classroom!  The bus gets there very fast!  She was suprised to see us but didn’t try to cling to us.  She was busy orienting herself.

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Sweet little gift from her teacher…

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She looks a little nervous to me here… but she also looks like she is ready for us to leave her classroom.  So we did!

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I thought about Emma all day long.  I prayed for her all day long.  God must have knew I was having a hard time because at about 10:45 her teacher, Mrs. McDaniel, called me just to let me know that Emma was having a great day!  What a blessing to hear that!

Luckily, I kept myself pretty busy because I had to attend a class at my hospital and then Judy and I went to JBF to drop off all of my clothes for consignment.  Judy and I finished the task in record time so I asked if she wanted to come back to our house and see Emma get off the bus and she got a big smile on her face and said “Can I?” :)

Here are Daddy, Foster, and Aunt Judy waiting at the bus stop.

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We knew that the bus would not arrive home “on time” the first day… but it was about 30 minutes late which was pure torture!  It was so hot outside and I worried that Emma might be hot and sad. Finally, we saw the big yellow bus and I was so so relieved….

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And there’s my baby girl getting off of the bus! (and that’s our sweet neighbor Jake right behind her… he did look after her!)

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You might be able to tell from this picture that her little cheeks are red.  She was very hot, and very sad.  She said she didn’t want to ride the bus again ever…. however she did the next day and was fine.  She was pretty distraut when she got home.  We figured out that she had been sitting on the bus for about an hour… too long.  She was SO hungry and thirsty.  She barely ate her lunch (probably nerves) so she ate snacks continuously for about an hour and half after getting home!  She also wouldn’t tell us much about her day at school- which we also predicted.  Emma will talk when she’s ready.  She had a lot to process!

Her 2nd day was much better.  When she got off the bus she had a huge smile on her face and literally would not stop talking about her day… her class, her friends, her teacher.  Praise the Lord… I think we’re gonna make it!

So the year is off to a good start.  My first baby is in Kindergarten and we are adjusting.  I miss her tons but I know she was ready.  Praying she finds sweet friends and learns a ton this year.