The Last 4 Months…

…have flown by and been a blast! Logan is growing up to be a sweet little girl and is into everything girly–doll house, barbies, ballet, and singing along to the Frozen soundtrack. Colton is…spirited. He has so much energy and loves throwing, climbing and jumping. Definitely keeping us on our toes!

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Pumpkin Patch, Farm, and Halloween

I have some cute pictures from our pre-Halloween pumpkin patch visits–including a field trip for Logan’s school that was on Colton’s birthday. We got to take the kids trick or treating at Justin’s office the week before Halloween and have a fun costume photo shoot. Unfortunately Logan was sick with a bad cold and cough on Halloween so the trick or treating was cut to about 5 houses and we had to skip the neighborhood party. We had a fun Fall and now as the weather is getting colder it’s time to start Christmas shopping and decorating:)

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Scarecrow Fest

I took the kids to St. Charles last week for a long weekend. Justin has been busy with work so he stayed home this trip. I was nervous about flying with both kids alone for the first time but they did great. My favorite festival that I remember growing up is the scarecrow festival. I also always loved the pumpkin patch outside of town called Sonny Acres. It was such a great experience getting to take my kids back to those places and watch them have fun. I think G’ma Sue and G’pa Paul had a good time too!

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Welcome, Fall!

We are all loving the cooler weather. The kiddies are outside as much as we will let them–Colton crawling all over the place and destroying his pants and Logan finally learning how to shoot hoops and pedal her bike (princess bike with training wheels).

Colton just turned 11 months old. He is still the happiest baby I have ever seen. He is incredibly ticklish and laughs all the time. He has 2 teeth and pretty sure a bunch more are about to come through. He is a very quick and coordinated crawler, but I doubt he will be walking by his first birthday. He doesn’t like to sit in his car seat, doesn’t like to sit still on the plane, and isn’t very interested in food. Pretty sure he just doesn’t like to be confined to any space he can’t crawl and move. Thankfully he is a good sleeper–naps and nights–these days.

Logan is 2 months from her birthday and we talk about when her birthday party will be everyday. She is a little chatter box. She’s been potty trained for a week now, although still wearing pull ups at nap and at night. She loves her new school and teacher, loves her friends, and often says “I’m so happy my finally is all together!” when Justin gets home from work. She is a bright little girl. However, we are getting more and more of a glimpse into the negotiating, opinionated, my way or the highway attitude. There’s always something with these kids!

We cut down the forest in our back yard, had a bunch of dirt brought in since it was sloping, seeded and finally have grass growing. We are optimistic we will have a huge, functional yard by next summer.

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Anniversary and 4th Festivities

Thank you, Karen for watching the kiddies so Justin and I could sneak away for a fancy stay-cation to celebrate #5. We stayed at a beautiful (seriously) Hampton inn and went to a delicious dinner at the Palm. We got to hang out at the pool without chasing kids around (which usually we love but was nice for a little bit), took a nap, and slept in. And the best part? Only had to drive 15 minutes home in the morning to go get our hugs from Logan and Colton.

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4th event #1:
A couple hours before our date night, we participated in the neighborhood bike parade.

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And then hosted the impromptu after party

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4th event #2:
Our friends invited us to a Independence Day party and fireworks on the 3rd of July at their country club. Unfortunately the party was moved inside and fireworks cancelled due to rain. But we still had a blast at the indoor party (hamburgers and hot dogs, live band for dancing, little bounce house for kids, and cookies. Lots of cookies). Then the kids got their first experience with sparklers. I was sure Logan would be scared of them. Nope. She loved it.

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4th event #3:
Pool party on the 4th from 10:30-1:30. It was a couple families that all of little kids at our good friends Lance and Quinn’s house. It was perfect–we planned it so we could come after the babies take their morning nap and finish lunch and swimming before all the kids took their afternoon nap. No pictures from that event. BUT Logan made big strides in her confidence in the water. She finally started jumping in a little bit (with floaties on and straight into Justin’s arms) and swimming unassisted (floaties still assisted but at least she let go of Justin).
4th event #4:
4th of July party at our friends Ashley and Brandon. There were tons of families with babies and toddlers there. Grilled out, slip and slide on a tarp, popcicles, cupcakes, sparklers and fireworks. It was calling for rain the entire afternoon and it didn’t start until a few minutes after the fireworks ended. Logan loved them.

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(There were 3 sleeping babies-including Colton-during this picture. Colton slept through most of the party and fireworks. Maybe next year!)
4th event #5:
Trip to our neighbors parents lake house on Lake Norman (about a hour from home) on Friday. Amazing day of swimming in the lake, hanging out with friends, and even a parents only boat ride when Maggie and I went tubing (the grandparents stayed at the house during nap time to give us time to go out and enjoy the lake).

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Video of the girls’ final dip in the lake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbxforKmxco
(Layla is 1 week older than Logan and Ella is 4. They live 4 houses down from us)
4th Event #6:
We went to the bounce houses and arcade in the morning then a cookout at our good friends Ryan and Kelly’s house on Saturday (they just moved into a new house and don’t have kids yet). Logan and Colton love Ryan and Kelly. We grilled out, ate Krispy kremes, played with their dog and then slept over.
It’s safe to say 4th of July is quickly approaching Christmas and Halloween as a kiddie favorite, excitement inducing, holiday. It’s going to be a hard reality for Logan that we don’t have any parties to go to tomorrow.

But we head to Florida this weekend to visit the other Logan and Tyler (Logan’s best friends that live down the street that live at their Florida house when their dad isn’t in season as a football coach). They are in Florida from end of May-August and that was just too long for us so we are heading south for a long weekend. Pray for us for a smooth 9+ hour drive with an 8 month old and 2.5 year old!

Happy Independence!

Photo Memories

It’s been a while. And we’ve been busy. Here are some iPhone photo memories from the last few months. A special shout out to all the mothers and fathers out there. Happy [way late] Mothers and Father’s Day!

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Swimming

Since Logan’s first two swim lessons have been a disaster (one on one with a swim instructor–didn’t know she could scream so loud), we realized we need to get her in the water more often so once the pools open this summer we are ready to go.

And we decided it was a good day to introduce Colton to the pool:)

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6 months!

Happy 6 months (last week) to Colton! He really is an amazing baby. (I’m typing this while he happily plays in his crib at 7:05am–not too bad for a 6 month old). Logan helped me take Colton to his check up since last time she went to the doctor she was very afraid of everything. It was cute watching her check Colton with her pink Minnie Mouse stethoscope:)

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Our sweet niece Avery was baptized yesterday. It was a nice day in Winston Salem. Logan and William are getting to be best buds. It’s too cute.

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Talking up a Storm

Logan’s verbal skills are getting better everyday. There are some down sides (like when she said “leave me alone!” to us) but mostly it’s funny and even exciting.

She has a special fascination with “BIG kids.” Some examples of recent conversations:

Me: “that will be your school when you grow up and are a big kid” (pointing to a middle school)
Logan: “they go POTTY!!”

Logan: “I’m a little kid and my friends are little kids too”
Me: “Thats right. And before you know it you will be big kids!”
Logan: “then we go down the big kid slide!” (With A LOT of excitement behind that statement).

Here is our “little kid” exhausted after 2 birthday parties on Saturday:)

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Fun in the Sun

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Love these kiddies:)