Monday, June 27, 2011

Spring updates (as requested!)

There may or may not have been some requests for more pictures of the kids from some family members that shall-remain-nameless. Here ya go! Our spring in pictures:

Tobin was on his first t-ball team this spring. His team was the Royals and he LOVED being a part of the group. His favorite parts of each game were the snacks (of course!) and putting his hand in the pile and yelling "go Royals" on the count of three before each game.

I've discovered a love of running and was able to run two half marathons, the Fort Worth Cowtown in February (a 2:17 time) and the Rock and Roll Half in Dallas in March (a 2:06 time). Tobin and I ran the same one mile race we did last year and he was thrilled that he beat me across the finish line and won. I LOVE the fact that he enjoys doing things like this with me and can't help but hope that I'm helping to set a good, healthy example that he'll hold onto for the rest of his life.

Here's photos from this years Easter egg hunt. We have a baby rabbit living in our back yard that likes to help himself to Matt's garden. Tobin was convinced that this was the rabbit that hid the eggs filled with candy for him to find.

Heidi celebrated her second birthday with a milk and cookies party at the park. Many of our closest friends were able to join us to celebrate our precious girl.

Here's two of my favorites from her actual birthday. Tobin got her a jack-in-the-box after she enjoyed a friends and her face when it "pops" open is priceless:

More pictures to come....promise!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Yes, we have gone one more step towards the "granola" side of things. There are a lot of perks to having an environmentalist husband: healthy and nutritious meal planning, an eco-conscious car that saves a TON of money on gas, a desire to have a self-sustained homestead as soon as possible, and now...chickens. We've been playing with the idea of having chickens in our backyard for a while now and just went for it this spring as soon as we saw that Tractor Supply was having their "Chick Days." We picked out six baby chicks, as cute as can be, and brought them home for a new family adventure. Last week, during Matt's spring break, we built them a very nice coop to call home. Here are some photos of the process and of us all enjoying our newest family pets:I love this photo. Heidi decided to blow bubble for the chicks. This was after she tried to feed them dandelions.The final coop minus paint. We're still deciding how we want to paint it.

It has been so much fun for the kids and Tobin is doing great with helping us take care of the chicks. We have had all of our playgroup friends over to share this experience with us and I know we will all have sweet memories of this adventure!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Snow Week 2011

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Fall videos and updates

It has been a madhouse around here filled with all sorts of wonderful things! Tobin turned five and had several special birthday parties. When I asked him how it felt to be five, he said "Ummm...sort of like eight" like he truly knew what it felt like to be eight years old...what a wise soul! He had a great check-up, weighs 33.4 pounds, and grew three inches in the last year. Here's my boy trying hard to sing with bubblegum in his mouth:

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And not to be outdone, here's my little girl, being her silly self. Turn up your volume so you can hear her precious "Ow" moments:

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And one more just for fun:

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween weekend

We had a super Halloween weekend. Friday we went to the Fort Worth Zoo for their annual "Boo at the Zoo" event. It was Heidi's first trip to the zoo and she was fearless around the animals! The same little girl that just four months ago was petrified, terrified, pee-in-your-pants scared of any animal mascot in the same room as her, came "thisclose" to the tigers (with glass between, of course), snakes, birds, and more. It was so much fun. The sad part was that my camera's battery died as soon as I pulled it out and I didn't get any pictures. Lesson learned.

Saturday was Denton Bible Church's fall family festival. This was our second year to go and it was a blast. Pony rides, a petting zoo, train rides, carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, candy...what more could a kid ask for.Tonight, of course, was trick or treating around the neighborhood. Tobin rode his scooter and Heidi hitched a ride in her favorite pink car and we were off on a candy hunt. It was a such a fun night!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Anyone out there?

Hi there! Remember me? Does anyone even read this thing anymore? I can't believe it's been so long since I've written. Even now, I don't have much time to update so here's some pictures of what we've been up to the last couple of months. I'm so happy fall is finally here (although it doesn't quite feel like it yet since the weather's still in the 90's). Matt has finished his volleyball season, I'm doing my first craft show in two weeks, the kids are wonderfully busy, and the Rangers are going to the World Series. That's all the excitement going on at our house right now! Okay, here's the pictures of the kids since I know that's what everyone wants to see!

We took a very fun trip to the new Fort Worth science and history museum with one of Tobin's best buds, Beck. Here are the kids digging for dinosaur bones.
Heidi's favorite part was the play grocery store. I think she would have pushed this cart around all day:I loved watching Tobin's face as he learned how to hoola-hoop:
We did new landscaping in our front yard and put out some of our favorite Halloween decorations:

Last week we took a trip to our favorite pumpkin patch.
Happy Halloween!>