Archive for the ‘Holden’ Category

All Smiles

September 26, 2011

Holden is such a doll, with the brightest smile.  You’d never know that he’s a super destroyer by this pic. LOL  Yep, he can break almost anything by biting it, can break wood blinds in half, and chew the finish off of a 3 in 1 crib . . . . . yes, the one that starts out as a crib, then converts to a toddler bed, then turns into a full headboard.  I told him that when he’s a teenager and he asks why his bed looks like that, I’ll definitely tell him it was all his doing.  So not excited about that one. :( Well, I’m not excited about any of them, but I do think it’s cute when he points to the damage and says, “I did this. I ruined it.” LOL  I have to admit that I even laugh at that one.  But seriously, Kasen was pretty destructive, tearing up books, biting on plantation shutters (oh yeah, Holden’s done that too), but Holden definitely has her beat in the destructive category.  He’s already ruined all but one of his forks by chewing the tines off (it’s that neat children’s plastic tableware from Ikea), and that cute new placement that I ordered special with his name on it, yep, bite marks all over that as well.  He’s started biting the kitchen table too when he’s done eating, so we have to excuse him immediately after he eats.  Seriously, what’s up with the biting?!  I think he just got that huge mouthful of teeth too darn early and he doesn’t quite know how to handle them still.  We’re praying he learns fast.  I’ll tell you what they are good for, those awesome smiles.  So for now we’ll just focus on that, and hope he outgrows the other stuff . . . SOON!!! ;)

Here’s the smiley boy. :)


See ya’ later!!

I Heart Faces Photo Contest

September 26, 2011


This week’s theme of the I Heart Faces contest is “People’s Choice” – you enter your favorite face photo that was taken between June 1st and August 31st, 2011.  I take LOTS of pics, so I went and looked at all the pictures I’ve taken in that time frame.  I kept looking at all the sweet face photos that I’ve captured, showcasing such gorgeous eyes, with beautiful scenic backgrounds.  But this one kept making me laugh out loud, every time I looked at it.  Kasen and Holden love taking a bath in the “big” bathtub.  When I tell them they can take a bath in the big tub, they both scream, hold their hands in the air, and run around in circles.  Obviously it doesn’t take much to excite them. LOL  So, the bathtub pic it is. It makes me smile every.single.time. :D

Check out all the other wonderful entries here: I Heart Faces


He’s TWO!!!

July 4, 2011

We had a great family birthday party last weekend.  Holden’s favorite part was his Thomas the Train cake.  It was awesome.  I’ll have to post pics of it so you can see just how cool it was – it was made by Poppy Locks.  Not only did it look cool, it was super tasty. I’m pretty sure his favorite gift was his Thomas the Train ride on toy. It only goes 2 miles an hour, but that’s just fine with him.  He’ll circle the train in the house, stop to wave “hi” and continue on his way. ;)  Super cute. Holden had his two year doctor’s appointment on Friday and he seemed excited at first.  The whole time we were waiting on the doctor, he kept saying “It’s okay. Don’t worry.” LOL  I felt sooo bad for him.  He did pretty well, cried a bit, but the real tears came when he had his shots. That deep hurt cry that makes you cry as well – yep, I cried. :(  It was awful.  When the doctor asked if he was putting two words together, Holden said, “Can I get a sucker now?”  The doctor started laughing and said, “Yep, no problem with speech there.” :)  He was in the 50th percentile for weight.  I thought he would be because he’s slimmed down so much since he started walking, running, jumping, hopping, etc. LOL  He’s in the 90th percentile for height.  Tall dude.

On the way home from the doctor, we had a conversation I won’t forget: ;)

Me: “Did you get a shot?”

Holden: “Yes, I did!”

Me: “Did it hurt?”

Holden: “Yes!!”

Me: “That wasn’t nice, was it?”

Holden: “No. It’s Mommy’s fault.” :(

Yep, that’ll break your heart.  Oh well, I’ve been told that never changes . . . . especially when they’re teenagers.  Guess my heart needs to get tougher.

Here’s our 2 year old big boy:


Can you believe it?!  I can’t, and I can’t believe I haven’t posted here in well over a month. :(   So much going on and not enough energy to go around.  And tonight is no different.  So, I’ll just post a pic and say how much this little guy has grown up in the last year. He has his 2 year doctor’s appointment and I can’t wait to see where he falls in the height/weight percentiles.  I’m thinking he’s definitely on the tall side, but he’s having a hard time keeping his pants up LOL, so I’m he might fall in the low to average weight percentiles.  Only time will tell.

Anyway, here is our sweet little dude, who is always on the move, talking constantly and has started mastering the task of aggravating his big sister. ;)  Yep, she’s not too impressed. LOL


See ya’ later!!

Sick Little Dude

May 3, 2011

Poor little man, has strep throat.  He was really feeling quite poorly today. :(  He had a tough time at the doctor’s office, he didn’t want anyone to touch him but me. He normally goes in happily and doesn’t even cry when he gets a shot.  However; today, he didn’t even want the doctor’s stethoscope on his back.  Oh man, the screams, just awful.  I held him tight, tried to get him to calm down by singing softly in his ear, kissed his hands, rubbed his head.  None of my tricks worked.  He just kept saying, “Go home. I go car. Go home. Car.”  When we were finally ready to leave, and I asked him if he was ready to go home, he said, “Yes, please.” :)  That got a good chuckle from the doctor and nurse. He really is the most polite little boy.  Kasen did great with her strep test and it came back negative.  It’s going to be retested in the morning, to see if there’s a delay for a positive since Holden definitely has it. Kasen was quite concerned about Holden too and did her best to help him calm down as well. She’s such a great little helper. :)

Holden woke up screaming from his long nap this afternoon, and did not want to get out of his crib.  I finally coaxed him out, but then he just wanted to cuddle with me on the couch while watching a movie. He hasn’t wanted to eat much at all, he’s only wanted to drink milk.  We had to switch to water after he threw up all over the table during dinner. :(  Fun times. LOL  I was so happy that I hadn’t given him his antibiotic yet.  Whew!  Anyway, I grabbed Holden to give him a quick bath, while Brad cleaned up the table and Holden’s booster seat.  Gotta’ give props to Brad for taking care of that.  We did get his medicine down after his bath and that went better than expected, he only spit out a little bit AND he kept it down.

He was so ready to go to bed tonight, but he was missing his bunny.  Poor bunny took a hit at the dinner table tonight, so replacement bunny had to step in.  Stinky bunny is nice and clean now and ready to help out tomorrow. ;)

Here’s our sick boy:





See ya’ later!!

Texas Bluebonnets

April 18, 2011

I finally uploaded pictures that I’ve taken for the past month.  There’s been a lot going on, but blogging seems to have been left out of the mix of craziness. Here’s a little synopsis of our activities ~ Kasen has been playing soccer and finished her last game on Saturday, she’s lost two teeth and she couldn’t have been more excited about The Tooth Fairy coming to visit, and she’s been to many, many birthday parties and has loved every minute of that too.  Holden is talking up a storm, jumping off of everything he can, wants to play trains, and is his usual intense, spunky, funny little dude.  Let’s throw a garage sale in there, a sick Brad, and a very sick Holden, Kasen’s spring program, a flat tire, Kasen’s gymnastics, my birthday, Holden’s Gymboree class, playdates with the kids and lots of bike riding, sliding and swinging, flying kites, sidewalk chalk, and swimming.  I’m sure there’s more, but that’s the majority of all the action. :D

I missed getting the kids’ pictures in the bluebonnets last year.  If I can remember right, it rained a lot, the kids were sick, and then when I was ready, the bluebonnets were gone.  I wasn’t too thrilled about taking Holden out last year at this time either.  However; I’m not sure this time was better.  I wanted to wait until the sun was just going down, but that happened to be after Holden’s bedtime.  He was a little cranky before we left, but that’s not unusual.  He was super excited to play in the flowers, but none too happy about sitting still with Kasen for a pic.  Every time Holden would sit down, we would yell at Kasen to hurry and sit with him to get a picture.  As soon as she would sit behind him, he would get up or cry.  Lather, rinse, repeat. *sigh*  I snapped what I could of the little dude and I’m happy to say I got a few good shots of them together, and a couple of really cute ones of him by himself.  Kasen did great, even though she wanted to talk to every single person she saw in the bluebonnet field. ;)  After about 10 minutes of picture taking, Holden continued to say “Home, bye-bye, go car, home, bye-bye, car, go home.” LOL  We finally surrendered to his pleas and headed home.  After we arrived home, I was getting Holden ready for bed, quickly, since it was already WAY past his bedtime.  We even nixed his bath due to time.  Anyway, as I was changing Holden’s diaper, Kasen came in the room and cracked up because there were bluebonnets in Holden’s diaper.  We had a car full of bluebonnets as well, and Kasen dumped a small bouquet of them from her sneakers.

I love the different lighting that I got from both angles.  The sun behind them and the sun in front of them – so cool how it changes the color of everything.  I have to  say that I’m super happy we made the trip this year.  I was dreading it on the way there, but as I pulled up the pictures on the computer tonight and looked through them, I was laughing and smiling.  Love those kids!! :)




More bluebonnet pictures to come later.

See ya’ later!!

Our Little Ham

March 17, 2011

He is such a goofball! :)  I’ve been trying to get him to show me where his cheeks are – he’s great with eyes, nose, hair, neck, mouth, lips, teeth, tongue, elbows, belly button, tummy, bum, and toes.  He’s still having difficulty with chin, forehead and eyebrows, but he sure likes to try.  However; this is what he does when I ask him where his cheeks are. LOL  He shows me exactly where they . . . just with a little added animation. ;)


See ya’ later!!

Once a Diva . . . .

March 16, 2011

always a diva! LOL ;)  Kasen and one of her friends from school had a play date yesterday.  They were so cute playing divas in the make up chair.  They ran around the entire mall giggling, and jumped and climbed  in the play area as well.  Kasen was so cute and said, “When I’m older like you Mom, I will still love Laurel.”  Kasen definitely loves her friends and hanging out with them.  Of course, the best part for me is getting a chance to have adult conversation.  Even though it was interrupted a thousand times LOL, we still got a chat in there – Moms are awesome like that. ;)  Holden had fun too – he kept saying “Mom, WATCH!” as he would jump off of everything in sight.  He is a total daredevil.  We’re just counting the days until he makes us take a trip to the ER. LOL

Here’s our DIVA!! :D


Snow/Ice Day

February 27, 2011

We’ve had several snow/ice days this year, which is highly unusual for us in Texas.  We woke up several days to everything covered in ice.  Then we got about 6-7 inches of snow on top of that. Schools were cancelled, Brad worked from home, and the kids and I decided to decorate cupcakes and make a cake for Mimi’s birthday on one of our days housebound.  Her birthday was December 31st, but since she wasn’t here then, we had to celebrate a bit later.  It was definitely fun. :)

Since these pictures were taken, we’ve had lots of short sleeve weather, we’ve flown kites, played at several playgrounds where Holden chased the squirrels and was pretty upset that he couldn’t catch one. LOL  The weather here really is crazy.  One day we’re bundled up for freezing temperatures and the next day, Kasen is asking to go swimming because it’s a beautiful day. ;)  I enjoyed the days that we were “stuck” at home because we were all together as a family.  We played games, worked on crafts and snuggled together to watch movies.  And, of course, we played in the ice and snow.  :)  I have pictures of that too, and someday I’ll post those as well.  Don’t hold your breath though. ;) LOL

We had so much fun this day baking and decorating.  Kasen was a little over enthusiastic with her decorating skills. LOL  And Holden, as you can see, had the most fun eating the final product.  He asks for “cuh-cake” quite often now because of this very day.  We also had to sing “Happy Birthday” to everyone so each person had a chance to blow out the candles.  Come to think of it, Holden has been singing “Haaaa-eeeee- Birrr-Daaayyyy……..toooooo youuuuuuuuu” a lot lately.  I thought he picked it up at school, but maybe he just remembers this day.  Funny, he has a great memory just like his big sis. :)  Enjoy the sweetness. ;)













See ya’ later!!

Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2011

Well, I hope you all had a Happy Valentine’s Day – I’m aware it’s almost over. ;)  However; before it’s completely over, I had to come here and share my two adorable Valentines.  They had so much fun opening all of their goodies and we sent them to bed on a good sugar crash . . . . that’s what comes after the sugar high. LOL  Holden was really sick this weekend, and I’m so happy that he is doing better and was able to enjoy the sweet day, and the gorgeous sunshine.  Well, here they are, our funny Valentines.  They both completely melt my heart. :)












P.S.  If you noticed that Kasen now has bangs, you would be correct.  She cut them this past weekend. *sigh*  Oh well, it could have been worse.  I’m guessing we’ll be needing to see the hairdresser soon to shape them up for us. They’re a little scraggly and uneven right now. She had to keep pushing her hair out of her eyes today.  She was so proud of herself too.  When I asked her why she did it, she happily replied, “Because I always wanted bangs.” LOL  Well, she’s got ‘em now.

See ya’ later!!