Sunday, October 19, 2014

Camping, Sleepovers, and a 1st Birthday Party

On Friday Harper's teacher sent me this picture of the two of them at recess.

She said Harper is her little buddy and loves to hang close to her when they are outside.  Harper adores her teacher and I do, too!

Friday night Robby took Hudson on his first ever camping trip.  They left right after school and headed for the mountains.  Uncle Ryan and Rylan went along with them and it sounds like they had all sorts of fun.  When Hudson got back on Saturday he was so excited to tell me about sleeping in a tent, finding sticks in the woods, and asked when he could go camping again.

While the boys were off on their camping trip, the girls had friends over for a sleepover.  We made pizzas, rice crispy treats, did crafts, and finally settled in for a movie before bed.

They were up at the crack of dawn, but loved playing dress-up and loved playing with Walker, too!

On Saturday afternoon we had the girls game, but since there was some sort of mix-up with the referees who didn't show up, the game was post-poned until one night this week.  It was kind of a bummer because Gigi and Papa had come to see the girls cheer, but they did take the girls back to their house for a sleepover that night, so the girls didn't mind.

This afternoon we helped this cutie celebrate her 1st birthday!

She had a sweet party with our dinner club friends at a fun bouncy location.  The kids all loved it and the adults loved catching up.  We were all so excited because it was the first time we all got to meet Bryce and Sarah's sweet new baby boy.  It was also the first time we had all been together in quite some time so a group shot was definitely in order!

 I'm sure Jen will be sharing details of her party on our Magnolia Mama blog later this week, so be sure to check it out for all of the adorable details!

Friday, October 17, 2014


Someone I met recently works for an online children's clothing company and asked me if I would be interested in the girls modeling some clothes for them. I knew the girls would love it so I said yes.  Earlier this week she came over to take some pictures of them in a few different things and the items Harper wore got featured tonight on Facebook.  

Both girls had so much fun and talked the rest of the day about how they were "modelers."  So cute!  

While they were in the picture taking mode, I took full advantage to finally get some updated pictures for some frames I bought for our playroom.  It took a lot of bribing candy corn to get them all to cooperate, but I was able to get some decent shots for these frames so I can finally get them hung!  

And lastly, Walker, our sweet little puppy, is doing awesome.  He is growing bigger each week and I can tell he is settling in well to being a part of our family.  We all love him and like getting as many puppy kisses as possible.

Tonight the girls are enjoying having friends over here for a sleepover and Robby and Hudson are enjoying a boys only camping trip.  Be sure to check back for details about both events tomorrow!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekend Fun

Over the weekend we had lots of fun.  Saturday morning I sat through a rainy football game to watch the girls cheer.  Let's just say I have a new appreciation for my parents and all of the rainy games they sat through when I was cheering.  Not the most enjoyable experience.

Later that afternoon we had plans to attend the pre-school fall festival.  However, the weather wasn't cooperating, so we ended up back at home waiting on the sunshine so we could make our way to the elementary school fall festival that was later on. Thankfully, the afternoon ended up being gorgeous and we had a great time.

The kids decorated cookies, painted pumpkins, got their faces painted and bounced in the inflatables!

After that the girls had a special treat to have a sleepover with a friend.  They were both excited and so happy to be spending the night out.  While they did that, Hudson, Robby and I ate Zaxby's for dinner and watched football.  It was the perfect way to relax at the end of a long day.

After we got the girls back on Sunday we all loaded up for lunch at RT.  I still can't believe I have never eaten at one of their fresh-mex locations.  It didn't disappoint and the kids were thrilled to get frozen yogurt for dessert.

And one other quick picture to share.  We have a crate downstairs for Walker for when we leave the house and another one in our bedroom for at night.  Hudson loves climbing in and making himself comfy.  Ha!  He's such a nut sometimes! :-)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Art Barn - Kindergarten Field Trip

Today I got to go with Harper's class and all of the Kindergarteners on a field trip to the Art Barn.  They have been studying farms and farm animals, so this trip was the perfect way to wrap up their unit.

We've been to the Art Barn several times before, but never with a large group so things were a little different for us this time.  It was so organized though and the weather was gorgeous so it made the perfect day. The kids all had a blast and learned a lot. I loved getting to see all of the fun they had and enjoyed getting to know each of them a little more outside of the classroom.

Each group went to 5 different stations:  painting, chickens, barnyard animals, honey bees and tractor ride.

I thought Harper was just a little timid around our new puppy and dogs in general, but after today I realized it's all animals that make her a little nervous.  In the barn yard, she wasn't the least bit interested in petting any of the animals and was happy to see them from afar.  At the chicken station they got to either pet or hold baby chicks and a big hen. She opted to just pet each of them, but her teacher didn't get the choice. Farmer Sue, who runs the Art Barn, had Ms. Gergel holding a feisty rooster and taking it around to show all of the kids.  She was a great sport about it and the kids thought their teacher was so cool for doing that!

A ton of the kids fell asleep on the bus on the way back to school and as soon as I got home I was ready to collapse.  It was exhausting, but totally worth it to get to spend the day with my sweet Harper!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Baby Boy, Football, and My Carpool Buddy

On Sunday evening we went over to Trey and Stefanie's house for a little gender reveal party.  They are expecting their second child in March and had a fun little way to tell everyone if it would be a boy or girl.  The kids had a blast running around outside and playing.

Uncle Trey played the part of football player and cheerleader!  He's such a good sport.  :-)

After dinner it was time for the big reveal and after cutting into the cake we all saw blue icing!  We were all very excited for them and the kids can't wait to have a new cousin.

The weather has been gorgeous here so today Jen and I decided to meet up at a local park and let our boys (and Mackenzie) play and enjoy a picnic.

Parker and Hudson spent a long time playing football, which is Hudson's favorite game right now.  He loves kicking it, he loves throwing it, and he loves pretending to recover a fumble.  It's the cutest!

This little guy has been going with me everywhere I can take him.  Yesterday he was at cheerleading practice with us and today he had fun at the park.  He brings lots of attention to himself everywhere we go just by being his cute little self and I'm happy to have such a sweet carpool buddy!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Puppy Love

This week is all about puppy love at our house.  Our sweet little Walker is doing great and adjusting awesome.  I was shocked by how easy the first few nights went and while I was totally prepared for him to whine and cry a lot, he only made a fuss for about 30 seconds and then was off to sleep.  

House training is going OK.  It rained all day one day and he did not like going out in the rain.  I have some good carpet cleaner though and I'm hoping he will continue to catch on.  Each day seems to be a little better, so we'll see. 

One thing is for sure - this puppy LOVES being outside.  He has so much fun running around, chasing the kids, chewing on sticks and trying to eat all of the leaves.  I think part of why he is having some accidents in the house is because when he is outside he wants to play, play, play instead of potty, potty, potty.  

Hudson likes to take his job of finding new sticks for Walker very seriously.  The two of them seem to have bonded right away.  Walker knows that Hudson is his playmate and loves to "wrestle" with him, roll balls, and squeak toys any chance he gets.

 Handley is my best helper these days.  She can be responsible enough to take him out and stay out there with him to be sure he's gone potty like he's supposed to.  She also loves playing with him and trying to "train" him to sit.

Harper is the one that has always been most timid around dogs.  She definitely doesn't want to pick him up or be held responsible for taking him out to potty, but she is helpful with things like filling up his water bowl and bringing training treats out for him.  Last night I asked if she wanted a picture with him and she did.  She's laughing because she said he was tickling her legs, but I just love how happy she looked holding him!

And then there is the mama.  I knew that most of the responsibility of getting a dog would fall on me and it has, but I am gladly doing it because I know it will get easier and eventually he won't pee on the floor, he'll sleep all night and will be a great walking partner and friend for me.  Now though, he's just a little baby and I'm enjoying treating him like one.  He curls up beside us on the couch, snuggles in my lap given the chance, and always gives sweet, slobbery kisses.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Our New Golden Puppy!

Since we lost our beloved Golden Retriever, Sydney, almost 3 years ago, we have been waiting for the right time to get another dog.  The kids (mostly Handley) have been asking about getting another dog every single day.  We kept telling them we had to be settled in our new house before that would happen. We knew we wanted another Golden I have been looking for close to a year now.  We searched rescue clubs, breeders, and everything in between, but decided that for our family, a new puppy was the way to go.  The right opportunity came about just a few weeks ago and a quick turn of events made today the day. We called Gigi to see if she would mind coming to stay with the kids while we told them we were running out to do something for Robby's work.

We met with the breeder, checked out her adult dogs and her puppies and ended up leaving with this sweet little guy.

The cutest little fur-ball you ever did see.  I was totally prepared for him to whine in the car and the whole way home, but he just layed in my lap and looked around.  When we got home we told the kids we got them a treat for being so good for Gigi and they guessed that it was frozen yogurt.  Needless to say, they were all SO surprised and SO happy when they saw what the treat really was.  The puppy immediately started playing with them, giving kisses, and chasing them around the yard.  Everyone was fast friends and it seemed that he knew right away that we were his new family.

We came up with several names and let the kids each have a say so, but ultimately we all decided to go with Walker Hurley.  His dad's name was Johnny Cash, so we took his popular song, Walk the Line, into play when choosing the name and thought Walker had a nice ring to it. Hurley, the surf/wakeboard brand, was a close second for his name so we decided that would be his middle name.

Walker had a great evening at his new home, stuck close to us all, and seems to be settling in just fine here. We are so happy to have another dog in our life and can't wait for the awesome memories we will make with him as part of our family!