Our Journey to Molly


Saturday, November 9, 2013

What does November in Melissa, Tx look like?...

Looks like summer, right?  Well it's warm, but not warm enough for this shirtless and shoeless attire! I caught the boys walking up to the house like this and am glad that Reed's friend's mama is a laid back boy mom! 
The weather has been perfect and couldn't have been better for Halloween night.  We had Dorothy, 2 Morphs, and a Scream man.  They had too much fun and got WAY too much candy!
I figured since Molly was going to be Dorothy, she better watch the movie!  Of course she loved it and was so excited to carry around little Toto.  
Here she is at her preschool Fall Festival parade.  There were some kids crying and some not wanting to walk, but as you can see she was eating every second up:)

This is the crew about to leave for trick or treating.  Ben and a group of his friends went around by themselves for the first time.  They're feeling so independent these days!  Oh and since you can't see their faces, Gage is the blue morph and Reed is the green one. Ben is the Scream man by Gage.

This pic just cracks me up!

Molly and I made a last minute girl's trip to College Station to visit one of my besties and her little girl, Julia.  She and Molly had a blast together, and of course Shelley and I did too.  It's hard to talk with our crazy lives lately, so it was so fun to catch up, uninterrupted, for a whole weekend!
The girls did a lot of this...

We got some really cute shots of them at the pumpkin patch

LOVE these girls!!

We had grandma's and grandpas come visit 2 weekends in a row!  Pawpaw and Gigi came the first weekend.  I love how the kid's have certain things they like to do with each grandparent.  What they love to do with Pawpaw is build.  As soon as they got here they were off to home depot getting some building kits.  Hopefully one of the kid's picks up his amazing wood working talent!

The next weekend Pa and Nana came in.  Another fun weekend just hanging out, eating smores and having tea parties :)

We loved our time with the grands!

The kids were out of school for conference day a couple of weeks ago, so we went to the pumpkin patch.  We've gone to the same one ever since Ben was a baby.  

Love making good memories with my babies.

We had our first broken bone in the family a couple of months ago.  I'm surprised it's taken this long!  Reed was going to jump out of a tree(all while pretending to be a flying spider monkey,,haha) and his foot got caught! He tried to break his fall with his arm and broke his wrist.  We weren't sure if it was broken until he woke up crying in the middle of the night. 

He didn't let it stop him playing soccer! Bubble wrap to the rescue!

 Molly with her friend, Allie Ray, at dance class.  They're practicing for a Christmas dance they will do in downtown Mckinney in December.  Her class of 3 will be dressed as little angels. I can't wait! And I have a feeling she'll love dancing in the spotlight :)

And last but not least, Happy Birthday to Jonathan...the Best husband and daddy in the world!! We love you so much and are blessed to call you ours :)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

catching up with end of summer and beginning of school pics!...finally!

We waited until the end of summer to go to the beach this year, which made for a long wait, but it gave us something to look forward to. It was also much less crowded since Texas was the only state not back in school yet.  It was actually a great time to go! We went to Panama City, Fl this year, but were able to stop off at both sets of parents houses on the way, and spend time with everybody.  
First stop was at PawPaw and Gigi's house(JOn's parents).  The kids always love their time here...swimming and building things with pawpaw.  We went to the zoo this time and the kids loved it. Especially Molly, who hasn't been to a zoo since we were in China!  It's small but wasn't crowded like the ones in Dallas, so they were able to get up close and really get a good look at everything.

Spending some pool time with their favorite Uncle Gaston

Next stop was Baton Rouge to see my parents.  My parents and sister watched the kids and Jon and I went on our annual night to New Orleans trip!  It's the one time a year that we act like we're 20 again and live it up.  It's not until the next day that we realize we're NOT 20 and can't hang the way we use to!..Lol
Speeding out of town kidless! ;)

One of our first dates 20 years ago was to this bar, Tropical Isle, on Bourbon Street.  We always make sure to go back here :)

Sitting on the balcony watching all the crazies below! And believe me, there is some good people watching here!

Next up, the beach!!  We had great weather, except for the last day it rained, so we went to ripley's believe it or not.  These places are always a little creepy to me, but the kids thought it was so cool.

 We went on a pirate cruise with one of our family friends from Melissa, The PIcketts, who were staying close by us the same week! So fun!!

The pirate pulling the treasure in, and Jon obviously excited about it..hehe 

We had so much fun! I seriously could live here...or at least for the summer!  We were sad to leave and dreading the looong drive home, but had to get back because school started the next week :(

Which brings me to First Day of School pics!
 Ben - 6th
Reed - 3rd
Gage- kinder
Molly- pre-k

I was worried about how Gage would do in Kinder because he's a mama's boy and loves being home with me.  He went to preschool 2 days/week last year and complained about going every time. And lots of times I would let him stay home just because!  He had a rough first week.  Complained about going the whole way there and cried the 3rd day getting out of carpool.  Was so hard to see him go through this, but he's finally adjusted, made lots of friends, and seems happy to go in the mornings now.  He even had strep this week and wasn't happy about having to stay home because he'd miss his friends!  SO happy and relieved that he's happy :))

I have to tell a funny Gage story....so he comes home the first day and says" MOM!  I had the BEST chocolate milk today! I'm not spending any more time with white milk."
I promise this isn't his first chocolate milk..lol
This kid keeps us laughing!
Molly outside of her school.  She couldn't wait to get in!

As you can see, she was just a little excited to be a big school girl :)  She is still loving it and her teacher sent me a note saying she is so sweet and makes friends so easily.  I'm so proud of my sweet girl.

Molly and I meeting Gage and Reed at school for lunch.  Ben's too cool for his mama this year!

Soccer season is in full swing and the boys have a cheerleader... or 2... cheering them on this year..

Molly went to her first dance class(ballet/tap) this week and loved it! (surprise surprise.:)
I couldn't get enough of her in her little outfit and ballet slippers.  Too cute!