Sunday, November 2, 2014

Halloween 2014

We dressed up a lot this year.  Preschool, "Boo at the Zoo", Crooked Creek Fall Festival, and then Friday night trick-or-treating. 

While we don't celebrate evil and darkness that can be associated with Halloween, we are so thankful to celebrate life and children and fun.  We love our neighbors and community.  We love making memories and hearing kids shriek with laughter and excitement.  We love glow-sticks from the dollar store and buckets of candy.  

We love smiles.
We love silly faces.
We love long Rapunzel wigs that double as an Elsa wig with a wardrobe change.
We love LOTS of Elsa's.  Everywhere.
We love our neighbors and friends.
We love each other.  And that's what I want my children to know about Halloween.  It's not about darkness.  It's about being a LIGHT in our community.  And loving others.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

FIVE! Ashlyn's Magical Birthday

We will probably never top her 5th birthday.  Ever.

Love this baby girl so much.  I am so thankful we got to have such a magical birthday celebration for her.  Technically, I celebrated my 33rd birthday in Disney, but that is definitely not as amazing as turning FIVE!  And seeing Cinderella's castle for the first time.  On the same day.

I've started asking her questions on her birthday each year.  Last year when I asked "If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?" she answered - "Cinderella's Castle".  

Happy birthday, sweet Ashlyn!  You are so much fun to be around.  This has been such an exciting year.  You learned to swim by yourself this summer, and are starting to learn to read!  I love hearing about all the sight words you learn at school.  You like to draw and color and write and play dress up.  You are still so picky about your clothes, and I love seeing what outfits you put together.  What a loving sister and daughter and granddaughter and friend you are.  We are so thankful for you!
1.  What is your favorite color?  Purple
2. What is your favorite toy? My clip dress disney princess dolls
3. What do you want to be when you grow up?  a teacher
4. How old is Mommy?   63
5.  How old is Daddy?  64
6.  What is your favorite book?  Fancy Nancy
7.  Who is your best friend?  Helena
8. If you had one wish, what would it be?  Daddy, Mommy and me to go on a date to Disney World.
9. Where is your favorite place to go?  To Disney World
10. What is your favorite food? Chips
11.  If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? To the soccer field
12. What is your favorite drink?  Lemonade
13.  What is something that you do very well?  Coloring
14.  Is there anything you are scared of?  Monsters
15.  What is your favorite thing about Chase?  Playing with him
16.  What is your favorite Bible verse? I love learning things about God.

Disney 2014

We had an amazing time in Disney this year celebrating Ashlyn's 5th birthday.  This was our first trip there with the kids and everything was so magical.  I am so glad my parents got to come with us and experience the kid's first trip.  
Ashlyn was so excited to see Cinderella's castle for the first time.  We got to the park super early both days and were able to ride a lot of rides without any lines.  Chase was scared to ride any of the rides at first, but after we dragged him kicking and screaming onto "It's a Small World" he wanted to ride everything.  They both loved meeting the characters.  Chase's favorite was Mickey and Ashlyn loved all the princesses.  We even got super lucky and scored a last minute fast pass to meet Elsa and Anna.  

My favorite memory of the entire trip was our last night in Magic Kingdom.  We watched the night parade and then had about 30 minutes before the fireworks.  Chase and Ashlyn ran around Main Street with their $15 light up toys and laughed and played and had the best time.  I loved watching how carefree and innocent and simple and FUN childhood should be.  Seeing everything through their eyes made this trip so memorable.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ashlyn's 5th Birthday Party!

Since we will be in Disney on Ashlyn's actual 5th birthday, we celebrated a little early.  She had a few friends from school over to paint picture frames and play.  We had lots of fun!

Fall Fun

I love fall.  Lots of football, trips to the zoo, a visit from Aunt JuJu and Uncle Gene, and pumpkin picking.  Chase even got a little hair cut.  

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