Friday, July 1, 2011

Summer Snippets

I can't believe it is already July 1st! We've been out of school on summer vacation for a month already, but it seems like we just started! Jason and I spent the first three weeks of summer going to Troy for grad classes everyday, Monday through Thursday. I am happy to say that we are both finished with our many visits to Troy University. We are both taking DVD courses through Phenix City and finish those in a couple of weeks. Riley and Macy are growing so fast. Macy will soon be two and Riley will be five! I know I'm a little biased, but I have two of the sweetest, most beautiful angels! I love seeing Macy's personality emerge as she gets older and Riley's imagination continues to grow and grow. I couldn't be more blessed!

The other night I went to check on Macy in her room because she had gotten really quiet in there. When I went in, I found her inside of her toy box! She is so funny! It is amazing to Jason and I the differences we see in Riley and Macy. She can be perfectly content playing in her room with babies and books, while Riley prefers to be chased or have you build something with him, or play hide-in-seek. Anyway, here's our Macy!

Here's Riley all dressed up, "riding" around the living room. A typical summer morning, before 7:30 am!

I was proud of the Easter bunny cake I made for Riley and Macy this past Easter. Never attempted anything like that before, so I think it is pretty cute! :)

Also, I have been playing around with editing photos in iPhoto. Here are a few that I've "enhanced."

I hope you are all having a great summer!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Catching Up...Happy Halloween! :)

Still trying to catch up, thought I'd post some pictures from Halloween! Here's a couple from our pumpkin carving fun!

Riley's first "field trip" was to the Pumpkin Patch with his class at daycare. He was so excited, this was the first time he had ever ridden on a bus!
Well, I wanted to upload more from his trip and Trick-or-Treating, but Blogger is having trouble tonight!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Riley's Fourth Birthday

Riley was soooo surprised by his new trampoline in his backyard! I can see "the wheels turning" as he looks at it!

He had a fireman themed birthday party. It couldn't have turned out better!

We love you Riley!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Macy's First Birthday Party

I meant to come back after Macy's party and post some pictures, and as you can see two months later, I'm just getting around to it! I could go on and on about what I've been doing, but I'll just make it short and sweet...grad school and football season as a band director's wife keep us very busy!

Here are some pictures from her special day:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Macy!

One year ago today, my sweet Macy Cadence came into the world! I can't believe how fast this year has gone! It has been so much fun seeing her grow. She has been walking for about three weeks now and is really on the move! I love how cute her clothes are on her now that she can walk! We are having her party at our house on Saturday with mostly family and a few close friends. Can't wait to share pictures of her special day! Happy Birthday to our beautiful little girl! We love you Macy!

Here's a few pictures from the past year:

Happy First Birthday!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Last of Our Summer 2010 Photos

Earlier this summer, we went on a camping trip with my parents to Wind Creek State Park on Lake Martin. Actually, Riley and Macy went a night earlier than Jason and I because of grad classes, and we enjoyed a "date night." These kinds of nights are very much appreciated...I thought I was busy with one child, I think with two, I must be TEN times busier!

Anyway, on our first day of this mini-vacation, we traveled a bit further north to DeSoto Caverns. I had not been since I was about 4 or 5 years old. I knew Riley would love going in a "deep, dark cave!" I enjoyed hearing the history behind DeSoto discovering this cave because he is part of the explorer unit I teach in fifth grade.

Here are a few pictures from our day:

Our Family

My Sister, Mom, and Me

My Parents

Riley and Macy

Naked Riley Story:
So, Jason was taking pictures of me and my dad in front of a water wheel when I hear my mom shriek and I turn around to see this! What you can't see, because I cropped it, :) is a sprinkler area like the one at Destin Commons. He knew he didn't have his swim trunks and decided he wanted to get wet, so very quickly stripped down, butt-naked, to play! As you can see, he isn't a bit modest. I managed to get him clothed again just as a dad was walking up with two young girls! You never know what to expect with this little guy!

"Working Man Riley"
Clothed again :) and waiting to enter the Cavern.

After touring the caverns, there was a small amusement park area. The neat thing was that 80% of the rides were self-propelled! That's great for "going green," but the cost seemed a bit high, especially since you had to provide all the power!

Here's Riley with some paddle boats.

My dad and Jason racing G0-Carts which they peddled themselves! :)

Just before we left, my mom and dad bought Riley some collectable rocks and put them here for Riley to "find!" He was so excited and keeps them in their special pouch.

Also this summer, Riley took swimming lessons from Mrs. Candy. He loved being at her house with her boys! It is definitely boy heaven there! He cried everyday afterward and didn't want to leave!
Getting a little one-on-one instruction.

Jumping off the side - no floaties!

Showing his muscles to "pump himself up" for the BIG jump from the diving board!

Last, here's a few "left-over" pictures from our fun summer.

Slip-N-Slide at Nana and Papa's

Riley's idea to drive his car down it!

Swing Set at Granny and Papa Tucker's

Four-Wheeler Riding with Uncle Daniel

Sparkler on the Fourth of July
Had a hard time waiting until dark!

Dress-up Fun
Riley found his REAL Army hat and Backpack that his Papa Tucker gave him. He decided to put them on and go for a walk. I absolutely LOVE how big the backpack is compared to his little body! You might also notice he is in his pajamas AND his Black and Decker Handy Man vest! Most days, we never know what he will come out of his room wearing; he has super hero costumes, army clothing, and handy man clothing!

We officially go back to work starting tomorrow! This summer went by soooo quickly! I am happy to say that we did have many memorable moments even though we were busy with grad school! Time to get the kids to bed and get ready for a whole work-filled week!

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