Monthly Archives: January 2015

Ranch Trip 2014

Ranch Trip 2014

The day after Christmas, we loaded up the cars and headed to the ranch outside of Fredericksburg. It was a fabulous week of relaxing, eating, shopping, and just enjoying family. Unfortunately, because of how rough and rocky everything on the ranch is, I pretty much had to stay around the house. No 4wheeler, ranger, or truck rides through the pastures, but I enjoyed lots of time relaxing by the fire with the other girls and we even ventured into Fredericksburg a couple of times to do some shopping!

The (big) boys got up early and left before the rest of us so they could hunt that same evening, but my mom, Parker, and I took our time packing and left around lunch time.  All of the boys shot something, so now we all have freezers full of meat for the year!


Right as we pulled up, Christo came in from hunting with his prize for the week, a mouflon (basically a wild ram or sheep)!

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Driving the ranch truck with Daddy!

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Love these two boys!

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Driving with Chief!

As always, big time thanks to Monica and Brad for letting us enjoy the ranch for the week!

Christmas 2014

Christmas 2014


Sweet boy, desperately waiting for Pak & Chief to arrive!  I was busy trying to get a few things wrapped and he was getting antsy waiting for them to get to our house, so he pulled up the chair to the front window & told me he was watching for Chief’s truck to come down the street.  He was so excited when he saw them & RAN through the front yard!


Making his gingerbread train with daddy one night!  They had so much fun doing this together and he’s already talking about making another one!



Pak & Parker making their annual Christmas cookies for Santa!


Pak & Parker’s gingerbread men -he had a blast mixing up the cookie dough and cutting them out!



Our sweet little boy as he headed to bed on Christmas Eve!


Goodies & a note for Santa!


I’d say Santa definitely found Parker’s house this year!  He was so excited about his bike and rode it all around the house that morning!  He was AMAZED at the mess the reindeer made on the back porch with the carrots he left out for them and LOVED the fact that Santa ate all of his cookies.  He did not love that Santa didn’t drink all of his water though…remember that next year, ok, Santa?



Christmas morning chaos!


Riding his new bike from Santa!


What’s better than riding a new bike?  Riding a new bike with your new headlamp on!


Christmas fun with cousins at Nana & Papa’s house!


Excuse the popsicle :), we had a great Christmas!

Parker’s 3rd Birthday

Parker’s 3rd Birthday


Its hard to believe we have a 3 year old! This year, we celebrated our sweet little boy and his love for dinosaurs. It was a fun party to plan because he’s at the age where he can really tell us his preferences and could help pick things out.

Because his birthday fell over Thanksgiving break from school, we celebrated with his class before break.  He was SO excited to have cupcakes with his friends.  It was seriously adorable.  He kept thanking us for bringing cupcakes and celebrating his birthday.





For his actual birthday party, we kept things really low-key this year and really just wanted to give Parker a chance to play with all of his cousins and friends. I ordered a few dinosaur themed pieces of decor and had my cousin make an adorable dinosaur to hang on the front door, but other than that, it was very simple. We didn’t do a whole ton of food either, just some of Parker’s favorites (Chick-fil-A nuggets, chips, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, & ice cream) and it was nice not having quite as much to do in the days leading up to the party.




We pulled out the bounce house and corn-hole boards and everybody just enjoyed each other’s company and the beautiful weather for the afternoon. The kids enjoyed swinging, jumping, “playing” corn-hole, soccer, and even throwing the football. We’ve been incredibly blessed the last 3 years to have had awesome weather on party day and we are so, so thankful!





So thankful to all of our friends and family who helped us celebrate our little boy!

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Parker and I were out of school the whole week of Thanksgiving and it was such a nice, relaxing break!  We didn’t do anything major, just enjoyed being at home with each other with no real agenda for a couple of days.


Our pine cone turkey!  He had so much fun making this…I learned very quickly why I teach high school instead of preschool!

Thanksgiving Day my mom and I got up early and started cooking.  Then, we spent the day in Beaumont at Nana and Papa’s and had a great time with everyone.  We enjoyed some good food, great company, and lots of laughs with each other.  We also celebrated a few birthdays and had a good time playing with the kids outside.

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Nana & Papa with the 4 great grandkids!  Next year, sweet Adley will have another girl in the mix!


So thankful for these 2 boys!

Parker – 3 Years Old

Parker – 3 Years Old

I know all parents feel this way, but its so hard to believe that our baby boy is already 3 years old!  There are so many times that I look at him or listen to a conversation he’s having and wonder how we got to this point.  In so many ways, it really seems like yesterday that we were nervously walking out of the hospital with him feeling completely unprepared and clueless.  While time has marched on, those feelings haven’t really changed much.  We’re obviously not so concerned with survival or meeting basic needs at this point, but now just feeling completely unprepared and clueless as to how to handle some of the behavior issues that have begun creeping up.  I definitely spend a lot of time in quiet thought, reflection, and prayer as we move through this age of teaching obedience and appropriate behaviors.

So, a little bit about Parker at 3 years old…

He’s growing like a weed!  He weighs 35 lbs and is about 37 inches tall.  He wears a 4t in shirts, 3t in pants, and a 9 in shoes.  He still loves to eat and is still pretty much stuck on the same foods.  He does not like trying new foods, but every now & then, he does and finds that he actually some of it!  He really enjoyed his daddy’s fried turkey at Thanksgiving with our small group, but then wouldn’t eat on Thanksgiving Day…who knows…kids can be strange.  The latest addition to his diet is cornbread.  He asks me every evening if we can make cornbread to go with our dinner!  We attempted to switch him from soy milk to regular milk right before Christmas and he did great on it, but he didn’t really care for the taste.  So, we are back to soymilk, based solely on taste preference.  At least we now that he’s outgrown the milk allergy!


He’s super into legos these days and loves to build stuff…and then destroy it!  He still loves to cook in his play kitchen and spend time outside.  He got soccer goals and golf clubs for his birthday and would be out there all day & night if we would let him.  He also likes to play catch, “play music” on his guitar, read books, do puzzles, and art work.  He also loves to help his daddy work on projects in the garage.


he loves to help me clean!

We work on manners alot at home, mostly in how we speak to each other/other people and how we treat the things around us (not standing/jumping on the furniture, throwing things, hitting things/people, etc…).  We also are really working on appropriate reactions when things don’t go his way.  They work on it at school alot and even though there are days that I don’t feel like he listens to anything we tell him, we consistently hear from his teachers at school and Bible class how sweet and polite he is, so maybe some of it is actually sinking in.  Unfortunately time-out has become a common thing at our house and usually if he’s left alone for a few minutes to finish throwing his fit, he decides he’s finished, and comes to apologize to us.  We’re trying to be really consistent in how we handle things so that hopefully he eventually realizes the outcome will be the same every.single.time.  I’ve never felt more inadequate, than dealing with a child who’s throwing a fit and I have no idea how to stop it.  Its a very frustrating, yet humbling thing.


Chick-fil-A date with my favorite little boy!

He’s officially potty trained, though, due to his stubbornness, does still have accidents.  This usually happens when he’s doing something that he doesn’t want to stop, so we’re still asking him regularly and making him take potty breaks to try and prevent the accidents.  I know he has the ability to not have accidents because he stays completely dry all night long (but still sleeps in a diaper for my own sanity if there were to be an accident).  He does still get treats if he stays dry all day long and its amazing what one little piece of starburst candy does for this kid!

He absolutely loves school!  Most mornings, he practically runs to his classroom and most afternoons, he tells me that he just wants to stay & keep playing.  We are so thankful for his school and teachers.  It is truly a wonderful place and was definitely an answer to many desperate prayers.  He (finally) loves Bible class and asks multiple times each week when we get to go back to church.  This was something that I prayed about for so long and I’m so glad he finally feels safe and comfortable there!


 modeling his new jacket!

 He talks to and talks about his baby sister alot and keeps coming up with different things that we need to buy for her.  We discovered though that we think some of his behavior issues the last few weeks may be stemming from all the attention on the baby and the conversations about her, so we’ve kinda backed off a little bit.  We still talk about her and definitely encourage it when he brings it up, but Matt and I have tried to make an effort to save alot of our planning talks for after he’s asleep.  We’re also planning some projects for his room at the same time we’re working on her room so he doesn’t feel left out.



loves to climb all over daddy!

Watching this little boy grow up is such a privilege.  Each day I look at him and count the ways he’s gotten bigger and yet, so often, I’m still reminded of how little he really is.  We love you Parker James!