Friday, September 30, 2011

September Date Night!

For Ken and I's 4th anniversary this year I gave him a "monthly date basket". I have planned a date frspecial date night for us for each month that we have left in Galveston. Our first was September!
I originally planned to go to BIG Texas and see Stoney LaRue, but plans changed due to the drive, Ken's work (rounding) schedule, and sitter issues... but the key to any good marriage is FLEXIBILITY- so I changed it up. We had a date night at home: Brownies and Bridesmaids! We put the girls down and spent intentional "date" time together.
Here is the not- telling Ken of the original plans and the changes we made.
Us- on our "home" date!

The brownies were a perfect sweet treat to make this night extra special. I can't wait for our October date- it is out of my comfort zone... should be fun!



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Happy 2nd Birthday Lilly K!

This weekend was the BEST- The Kummerfeld's came for a visit and since this upcoming weekend is Lilly's 2nd birthday (Bless) and we aren't able to go, we decided to have an early celebration at our house! Ice cream for everyone and sprinkles galore! It was great seeing all of our babies play together- such special memories and squeals for all...

I also had a chance to give sweet Paige a bottle- OH the memories and hopes for the future (distant year or so future). Let me just take a moment to say that Precious Paige is her new name- she just SMILES as I talk to her and was so sweet! I could have held her all day long... BLESS!

As well M & H enjoyed giving her a bottle as well... going to be great big sisters- ONE DAY! (not now people... not now).
After alot of fun, playing with the girls, sprinkles, ice cream, toddler beds, and potty attempts... Mattie and Hailey showed Lilly how they use the BIG GIRL potty and even Lilly attempted- it was time for the party to end... BUT to my major surprise an MILESTONE happened.
Katy loaded up Paige in her carrier, which made her tearful, at that moment my sweet Hailey said "baby sad" and I had an ah ha moment- I said what would maker her happy? Hailey said "baby needs bed (paci)" I said "Do you want to give her yours?" at that moment Hailey bolted to her bedroom to get her paci that stays in her bed... and she shoved it in her mouth ('m sorry Katy and Paige- it all happened too fast....) Hailey was SO proud of herself. After the Kummerfeld's left, Hailey kept telling me how she made the baby happy when she was sad. It was so sweet. I LOVE that she willingly gave precious Paige her most prized possession! This was a HUGE, UNEXPECTED, BIG day in our world! I called Ken- because as Katy walked out the door I realized I had a meeting to go to and Daddy was going to have to be the "strong one" tonight when it was the first bedtime without paci... I showed Ken where I had stashed all the paci's and told him that if it gets too hard- just break and we will consider this the foundation to eventually giving up paci, but when I got home, I saw all the paci's in there safe place and Ken said she was so proud laying down talking about giving baby paci and how she made her happy! My heart is bursting!!! We have gone 3 nights without paci and 2 naps! We talk about what a big girl she is to share her paci and has asked for another, but I just remind her that the baby was so sad and she made her happy by giving her paci to her. She BEAMS with delight. I definitely think this is a key to her character- she is a giver and has a caring heart. I LOVE this little bug. Now... who can I give Mattie's thumb to?? kidding- kind of! :)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

LOVING school!

After 2 weeks of school- it official- I have 2 very social butterflies! Mattie and Hailey LOVE East End Preschool. Every time the girls wake up- morning or from nap time, it is all we talk about. We want "to see friends!" The other day- my friend Kate, who also works at EEP was in their room, so I asked her to take a few pictures.
Mattie's FAVORITE activity- the slide!
Hailey LOVES being outside.

We LOVE to participate! :)
Mattie and her buddy Everett
Lunch time!
All in all a great view of their day! Thanks Kate! I am so thankful for EEP for these 2 littles!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

School Days 2011

Look who started 2 year old mother's day out!!
Aren't the adorable walking in... so BIG! I just love the little outfits Honey and PaPa sent us!
First thing that my girls did was head to the play-doh set out for them!

Mommy and my girls!!
Our teachers Mrs. Nelleka and Mrs. Lisa

Mattie and Hailey talked all afternoon about painting at school... I really think they LOVED it! The only downside is that Hailey lost her bow (this is serious stuff- people!)

When I picked up the girls up- it was so fun hearing them talk about their day:

"I slide, I pway with friends, LOVE friends, I paint, school fun"

I was ADORABLE!!! :) :) :)


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Seaworld/San Antonio 2011

This past weekend- The Haynes family took a mini vacation to San Antonio! We had so much fun!! Saturday, we basically drove a good bit of the day, but got to the hotel in enough time to rest and wander around the Riverwalk (Mommy's personal favorite).
Dancing to the music!

My favorites are all here!

After a yummy dinner at a mexican restaurant, we headed to the hotel for a "late night swim".

Sunday morning, we got up early and headed to SEAWORLD!!! Here we are headed in the park...

Our first show- the dolphins! There was even one dolphin named "Hailey".
Then- off to see Shamu! It was amazing!

The whole gang's here

Look who we found!!!

Ernie and Bert are our absolute favorites!!! After lots of food, fun, and sights... we headed back to the hotel for a siesta!
After Sunday night dinner- we headed to get ice cream.

All in all- a great day!!!
Monday, on our way back- we visited a famous landmark- Gruene Hall! Even shopped a little...
Until next time San An!