Happy 9th Birthday Jayden

September 14th, 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

September 13th, 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

Fourth Of July

September 13th, 2016

We love going to our favorite firework stand every year.

We celebrated with donuts and fireworks galore. Happy 4th!

Our annual ring of fire turned into a bucket of fire this year. Whatever works!

Sparklers, always awesome!

More summer stuff

September 13th, 2016

As I continue to go through folders on my computer, my camera roll on my phone, and pictures still on my Nikon, I realize how behind I am with it all.

So once again, more summer…. through my phone.

Love these girls and had a blast on our GNO to see Matt Bellassai, from “Wine about it”. He was hilarious!

Peyton had his end of season Warrior (swim) party. We just love our Warrior family. It was a blessing how they found Peyton and asked him to be a part of their select team. We are now a AAA team. A huge deal to the boys and parents.

The coaches said such great things about each player. They all got binders made especially for each player, filled with encouraging words and baseball cards.

Pokémon Go is hilarious. We walk around the parks near our house, and anywhere else to see what we can find. This is probably my favorite of all the games the boys have saved on my phone.

Jayden played on his first basketball team this summer. He had a blast with his best buddies. Go #7!

More playdate fun!

We love attending the Full Moon Concerts at our church. Fun for everyone!

I know I’ve done the before and after picture of the boys new fort but I have a few of the construction of the whole thing. Jason is such a trooper and awesome dad!

Before Jason attached the slide we had a little white trash fun with it in the pool.

The end result is awesome! The boys, and kittens, love it!

Handstand!

Kitten dinner time!

Kitten peeping tom!

Snake in the pool. Ugh!

Mama cracks us up!

Tiger love.

Free Slurpee day!

Lego builders

Poor Shay had a really bad bladder infection. We had to take him to the emergency room. Poor thing was in so much pain. About a week or so of antibiotics and he was back to himself.

Finally, a new truck for Jason. It was past time for this to happen. He now has air conditioning, heat, AND windows that work. Before & After!

Shay and Ranger weren’t thrilled with us leaving town again.

My “real” camera roll

June 30th, 2016

Ok so I have been the worst at keeping up with my blog and going through my “real” camera roll on my Nikon. Darn phones for being so easy! Anyway, I’ve just decided to go through my folders and post my “real” pics before time gets away from me.

They are random so bare with me.

I just adore these two pics. I took the same one with my iPhone but I have to say there is something about that “real” camera that you just can’t get from a phone.

These two, twinning cracks me up. Mom and daughter. Who’s who?

We still find the kittens in the most interesting places.

So we finally upgraded our playset…. The boys were reluctant to give this one up but they are pretty thrilled with their new fort. (The third child is Zach. The boys and him were inseparable this summer.)

Slip N SLide fun!

Summer friends.

Swimming with mommy.

and movies in our bed. I have several more folders to get to on my computer. Coming soon!

Birthday, birthday, birthday!

June 25th, 2016

June is a busy month for birthdays in my family so we all try our best to get together and celebrate each other before the month gets away from us. My birthday and my moms’ fell right in the middle of Peyton’s World Series so squeezing in party time was hard but we made it work. I LOVE celebrating with my mom every year! She (obviously) makes me laugh A LOT!

Jason and the boys always make it fun, waking up to breakfast and presents!

Off to the ballpark again!

A Happy sweaty Birthday to me! Go Warriors!

Cooling off with my sweet boys after the game.

Nothing like a cool bev with your besties on your birthday!

Ok maybe more than one

Happy Birthday to me!

We also celebrated my sisters birthday with dinner, drinks, and a show a few days later.

World Series, Warriors in action

June 23rd, 2016

I took pictures of some of the games. At times we were all on edge and no one was moving to even breathe. These boys played hard! All of us are so proud!

My little assistant!

We Are Warriors!!!

Warrior World Series, 2016

June 20th, 2016

We were so pumped for The Warriors first World Series! We are a triple A team now! Love our Warrior family!

Coach gave them “homework”…. take a shower, eat a good dinner, write down three baseball goals for yourself, and get some rest! Proud to say Peyton got right to it all when we got home.

Four days of crazy hot baseball! Jason had to work one morning so it was just me and the boys for one of the games. Jason met up with us for the afternoon.

A lunch break between games!

All of the teams get towels, and have pins they can trade with other teams to collect. Love this tradition!

Peyton got one of the game balls! He did awesome!

So much fun!

Great job Warriors!

Peyton celebrated the end of his World Series by jumping in the pool in full uniform!

The Amazing Race

June 17th, 2016

I entered Jason and Peyton in The Amazing Race contest at Parr Park this summer. We love the show and Grapevine offered it as a father/son event. It was a blast to watch and they did great running to eleven countries set up around the park! They came in 3rd! It was HOT but totally worth sweating it out.
Good job Mesters!

June & some of July through my iphone

June 14th, 2016

The last day of school came and went, and then the real fun started! Parties and playdates galore!

They see me rollin’

Cleaning out backpacks is always an adventure at the end of the school year…. 8 z-bars, a few party invitations, another child’s awards, Legos, and a billion papers!

Jayden had a blast at VBS with all of us best buddies!

Happy Birthday Grandpa! Yes my oldest is in footie pjs in June. Why? Because he’s 10 and he can I guess.

Ranger games and dinner by the pool.

An early birthday present for me…. it’s fun for the whole family really!

more playdates….

Trent and Ranger!

We watched this mama duck lead her babies down the street, it was the sweetest thing ever!

The kittens are getting so big and yes, still living in our backyard.

These two! Shay loves Ranger’s water and Ranger loves Shay’s cat food. They do this every morning!

Rough life.

The places we find the kittens are hilarious!

twining!

Ranger

BFF

Basketball camp with the best!

SUP with the best!

Father’s day with the best!

This boy and his summer book club!

Their first Slurpees! Mom goals!

Bodey!

Compass Church preteen night at the Ranger game!

He likes to cook his own dinners…. We are not allowed in the kitchen when this happens. Mr. Independent!

And this, From Peyton:

 

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