Happy 11th Birthday! (and first day of 5th and 3rd grade)

November 10th, 2016

Such a bummer but Peyton’s birthday was on the first day of school (his 5th grade year). He had his birthday on the first day of kindergarten too. Feels like yesterday this boy was heading off to Kinder and now he’s entering his last year of elementary school. Ugh

This is what six years looks like….

1st day of Kindergarten (and 6th birthday)

1st day of 5th (and 11th birthday)

That’s about how fast it goes too. Ugh I’m dying inside. This boy is everything you pray your child will be and more. But moving on…. We woke him up with his traditional cupcake, then rushed out the door for 1st day craziness.

I missed all of them like I always do the first day, (weeks) of school. But they had a great first day and were ready to get home and open presents. Lots of Legos, fishing stuff, and cologne…. he’s 11 and asked for cologne. Help.

Happy 11th Birthday sweet Peyton!

Celebrating Peyton, with cousins!

November 9th, 2016

It’s cousin party time! We invited my sister and her kids to come over for a small party. They had fun and as usual my sister snuck in all kinds of sugar and fun in tiny little bags. It’s always a party when Aunt Brook is around!

Wine, Lemonade, and cupcakes! The makings of a great party with family!

Brook also brought everyone silly string. They had a blast!

Thank you sweet cousins!

11th Birthday Warrior Style

November 9th, 2016

Peyton really wanted to share his birthday with his baseball team so we talked to coach about having a party at The Warrior indoor facility, The Coliseum. Coach not only agreed, he came to referee the whole thing. The boys had a blast having a Nerf war, playing dodge ball, and of course a little Sandlot for some down time between games. Such a fun party!

Happy 11th Birthday Peyton!

A Six Flags, 11th, Slumber Party

November 9th, 2016

Peyton decided he would rather have a few friends spend the night and go to six flags rather than have a big swim party like we’ve done in the past. All of the boys used free six flags passes from reading awards from school, so it worked out perfect. It was HOT but so much fun for all of us!

Just hangin’ with the cool kids, and sweating like crazy!

Everyone was ready for some pool time, food, cake, and a movie when we got home.

And finally, CAKE!

Jason and I have no idea how late they stayed up, but whatever they did, they must have had fun because they were worn out the next morning.

A donut breakfast for six growing boys!

It was such a fun night and all of them were so good! Happy 11th Peyton!

11 is big, and got here way too fast

November 8th, 2016

Our first born is suddenly turning 11, in 5th grade and tall, like really tall! I knew our kids would be, I mean Jason and I are pretty tall ourselves but to see your child grow into a (dare I say), young man is really strange, but awesome. He’s everything you’d hope your preteen could be, sweet, respectful, polite, caring…. yes I could go on for days about him, being his “mom” and all. Yes I am proud of him, even through the preteen attitude that comes with double digits, I love this boy and wouldn’t change him one bit.

The days of being called “Mommy” are numbered now and it kills me. He’s “cool” like that. I’m “mom” when his friends are around, and he’s starting to walk a few steps in front of us when we’re out. It’s ok though. I get it. Jason and I will soon be uncool and probably some kind of embarrassment. I mean isn’t that our job as parents? On most days though, when it’s just us, I’m still Mommy, he still hugs on me and holds my hand.

Our little boy, the one who made us parents and who made us think “what were we thinking” the first few weeks of his life. Our first born, growing up and doing it really well! We’ve done a pretty good job for two people who had no idea what to do with a baby, toddler, or preteen! Every day is new and my heart is full when I think of how lucky we are that God picked us to be his parents. For knowing we would get through those sleepless nights and learn to love our new normal. For the title of Mommy & Daddy, and our soon to be preteen title of “Mom & Dad”.

Happy 11th Birthday sweet Peyton! We love you so much!
Mommy & Daddy

pic pic pics

July 30th, 2016

fishing on hot summer nights

and early mornings with friends

my book worms at the library

Mr Independent making mac & cheese with a recipe he found in his library book.

the water park with cousins!

so many kittens

crazy (formal) dinner parties at our house…. I love my people!

jumpy things

and date nights with my favorite person

and his beard

and a giant rita

Our salt water gospel, through my iphone

July 28th, 2016

I have so many more pictures of this trip sitting in a folder on my computer but I’m just not ready to go through them yet, so for now you get my lovely iPhone pictures.

I had forgotten how much fun this trip was. So thankful for these three boys!

catching sharks and crabs

and that beard tho!

digging holes with friends

staying young, or at least trying

it’s not a party until someone (me) breaks something!

early morning fishing trips

and getting through a difficult week.


July 25th, 2016

I have been avoiding posting about my dad’s year anniversary since he died. Which I don’t really like using the word “anniversary” because to me its a word that is used on happy occasions. Anyway, we drove to South Padre Island the day before “that day”. I was worried about leaving my mom here by herself while we were gone, but my brother to the rescue! He flew her out to California a few days before. Writing this I realize I didn’t post pictures of last years vacation to South Padre. I’m guessing now it was just too hard, and still is. The whole week leading up to dad’s death was hard. The anticipation of it all is heartbreaking. The day itself was horrible, then and still now. I relived the whole day in my head. I can still remember everything. I know I blogged about it, but I am not ready to reread any of it. I can still remember it all, even down to what I was wearing (every time I see that shirt in my closet I cringe a little), I also remember how I didn’t want to leave dad’s side that day. It’s all still too fresh and even writing this now I can’t stand the feelings I still have. I miss him. I always will. I hate being sad for him. I just wish I could talk with him. Hear his voice. I dream about him a lot. The last dream I had he told me he was sorry what the COPD did to him and how much it affected everyone in our family. He looked good. Sitting in his chair at our old house. Relaxed and healthy. God I miss him.

So the “anniversary” came and went. We had a good time at the beach. Keeping our minds in a happy place for the most part. We spent time as a family together like dad told me to before he died. I took a lot of pictures but I haven’t gone through them much. I had not realized it but I guess in a way this was my therapy, last year and now.

I love and miss you Dad, so much! Can’t wait to see you again someday.

Happy 9th Birthday Jayden

July 16th, 2016

Wow, how is he 9 already?! We started his birthday with an annual birthday cupcake and presents!

Good morning birthday boy!

We usually don’t have the boys parties on the day of their actual birthday, but this year it just worked better for us to do both on the same day. It’s The Force Awakens Party!

Decorations and cake!

Cupcakes and (the usual) M&M treats!

And the outside decorations…. with a Storm Trooper!

I do this EVERY SINGLE PARTY and it never gets old….

The light saber/noodles are always a big hit, and easy party favors.

Swimming, water balloons, and pin the thing on the star wars/force awakens thing.

and finally, cake! Happy 9th Birthday Jayden!

Jayden, almost 9

July 14th, 2016

Every year I try to take a few pictures of the boys before their birthday. I’m so glad I started doing this when they were little, and will (try) to continue to do it. I’ve learned as they grow up they are less likely to pose for you when you want, so I try to ask them on a day when they aren’t too busy with anything else. Bribery still works well too!

I love when you sleep in our bed, it isn’t often but if you had it your way it would be.

Your sweet caring nature wins over everyone. You are still a little shy but every once in awhile you surprise us with the outgoing little boy you are becoming.

You have lots of quiet times but when something interests you, you talk and talk. It’s so sweet how your face lights up when you have so much going on in your head.

We love hearing your stories and what you and your friends do at school. For a shy boy you really know how to make lots of friends.

Your dad and I love you so much and can’t wait to see what this next year has in store for you. Keep being your sweet, silly self Jaydue! Have the happiest of birthdays! We love you so much! Mommy & Daddy


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