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!!

melinda: The ones wth them looking at eachother are so sweet!!


February 7, 2011

Sweet Holden, looking out the window for planes.  Such a boy! ;)  I love the reflection in his eyes, just gorgeous. :)


See ya’ later!!

Bathtub Baby

February 2, 2011

Just one cute pic of Holden in the bathtub tonight.  He loves his “bash” and screams “Noooo” every time I ask him if he’s ready to get out.  Obviously he’s never ready. LOL  All you have to do is look at that smile and know how happy he is to get clean. :D


See ya’ later!!

Gayle Brockman: xoxoxoxo

Total Sweetness

February 1, 2011

I love the way Holden screams, “Dadddyyyyyy!!!  Daaaaaddddyyyyyyy!!” when Brad arrives home from work.  Sometimes he runs to him, other times he stomps his feet and occasionally he just starts turning in circles. LOL  Man, does he love his Daddy.  He asks for him first thing when I get him out of his crib, and he adores the way Brad plays with him every night.  And it just wouldn’t be right if Holden didn’t blow a handful of kisses to him as he drives out of the garage on the way to work. Tonight, Brad had Holden on his lap while they were waiting for Kasen to finish her bath and they started making faces at one another. Holden is such a ham, so it was hilarious.  I ran and grabbed my camera and I loooove what I captured.  I’m crazy about photography for this very reason. I’ll be able to go back and look at these three shots and remember.  I’ll remember the love I felt when I was watching both of them . . . . . letting the stress, of a day of whining, hitting, and arguing between both kids, melt away . . . . embracing the calm that returned for a few seconds . . . . and being able to soak in the happiness of that moment in time . . . . . . a moment of total sweetness. :)




See ya’ later!!

Mae Mae: Okay, that just made my day...Love you, and miss you all...see you soon...

Papa: On a cold day, those are real heart warmers. Thanks Karen!

Beautiful, Gorgeous Day

January 30, 2011

It was a gorgeous day – we even got to 75 degrees.  Beautiful golden sunlight and an enjoyable, adventurous walk with the kids.  Holden pushed his shopping cart and Kasen pushed Holden’s new doll stroller, along with his little boy doll.  Yep, it was cute.  Of course, the two pushers ditched their toys and my Mom and Brad ended up carrying them home, while Kasen and Holden set out to discover every bug, piece of dirt and stick they could find.  Holden “tried” to bring a neighbor’s ceramic bunny home, but we finally persuaded him that the bunny already had a home and was pretty happy there . . . had been for a good 12 years. :D  Kasen has always liked that bunny too.  I remember her wanting to touch it all the time when she was around 2-3 years old.  Guess that bunny has something pretty special to draw both of them in like that. LOL

When we first started the walk, Kasen and Holden were leading the pack.  Kasen was first naturally, and then Holden.  I guess Holden thought we were too far behind and he turned around, waved his little hand in the air, motioning toward himself, while yelling “Come on!” :)  We’ve never heard him say that before.  It’s just amazing the words that come out of his mouth.  I’m stunned every day.  It’s a good thing he’s cute too because little dude is a biter, a hitter and a head butter.  Whew, talk about a temper!  Boy does he ever have one.  The funniest statement came from a friend when she said, “He’s the sweetest little tornado that you’ll ever love.” LOL  That he is!  He’s had a few new teachers at school lately and they both point him out as the one that’s into EVERYTHING.  When I’ve picked him up, I’ve heard statements such as, “He gives you a run for your money doesn’t he?” and “Wow, he really keeps you on your toes.” and one teacher overhead another teacher say, “The Mom to that boy has earned every gray hair she has.” LOL  And there’s a LOT!  LOL  I have to say that even though he can be super wild, he’s the most polite little boy you’ll ever meet if I do say so myself. LOL  ”Please, thank you, you’re welcome,” and “bless you” are heard very consistently throughout the day and I love hearing it every single time.  And the one that melts my heart the most, “Uvvvv youuuu” or “Ubbbb youuuuu” every night when I put him in his crib.  Precious. :)

Kasen had a Daddy and Kasen day today at the Heard Museum, which is really sweet.  They went on a nature hike and got to see animatronic dinosaurs.  She really wanted me to go, but I needed to stay home and watch Holden.  My Mom is here, but she just can’t get around very well right now.  She’s having a lot of trouble with her back and she definitely can’t lift Holden, so that makes it impossible for me to leave him with her.  I know it’s frustrating for her because she wants to help more, but I’m just happy to have her here.  She’s excited to help with the mending though.;)  Kasen keeps finding projects for her. LOL  One of her little stuffed animals had a hole in it and she was so excited that her Mimi fixed it for her.  Anything that gets torn or loses a button, she says, “It’s okay.  Mimi can fix it.  She can fix anything.” LOL  I think it’s a good thing that I’ve been keeping my sewing abilities under wraps . . . . .like being able to sew a button on, and maybe some hemming.  That stuff is just on a VERY need to know basis. LOL  Some may say that’s sneaky, but I think it’s smart.  You don’t hear me talk about Kasen asking me to fix anything for her now do you?! ;)

Here’s my handsome little dude and my sweet girl in the background.  Happy to have such a lovely day, especially since we’re supposed to get down in the 20′s this week.  Brrrrr!



See ya’ later!!

Hair Cuts

January 28, 2011

Last week, we finally took the kids to get their haircuts.  It was . . . . ahem . . . .a little, long overdue. ;)  In my defense, Holden had really cute little curls in the back, but this dry winter weather made it a little crazy looking.  Okay, a LOT. LOL  It was looking like the mad scientist’s hair in the movie, Back To The Future.  I mean, even the hair dresser started laughing when I took Holden’s coat off and she saw the back of his head. :)  And in true Kasen fashion, she had to have her hair cut as well.  She wanted it cut over her ears, but we compromised on a cut just to jaw length.  It does look super cute, and I admit I was a little worried because it just keeps shorter and shorter.  Short and sassy does fit her to a T though.  I didn’t think she could get any more adorable, but she went and did it anyway. :)  I have to say that I think we have two really cute kids! Here are the pictures in chronological order – let the laughing begin. :D






See ya’ later!!

Here’s our silly boy sharing ice cream with Brad’s Dad.  Holden’s fake laughter completely cracks me up.  I love the way he looks at his Papa when it’s Papa’s turn to eat the ice cream.  Toooo cute – this video just has to make you smile. ;)

Click here to see: Holden Eating Ice Cream.

See ya’ later!!

Gayle Brockman: Love this......sooooo sweet!!!

One Quick Pic

January 12, 2011

I’ve got lots of pictures, but I’m still working on them.  I was pretty busy working on my nieces’ senior pictures since time is of the essence.  Anyway, I have my girls’ weekend trip pics, DisneyWorld pics, Christmas pics, playing in the snow pics and many other pics to share . . . in time. ;)

For now, here’s a pic of Kasen playing in the leaves on the first day of 2011.  Great way to start the New Year! :D