19 June, 2014


Dane started T-ball at the end of May and has been having games every Friday and Saturday in June. I love watching him out there, he looks so grown up. He seems to really be enjoying it, although there have been a few meltdowns when he doesn't get to see all the action. Possibly pushing his teammates out of the way to get the ball first..oops!

 I am so that parent who is cheering and hollering. I am trying my best not to tell him what to do though, I have had to hold my tongue and let the coach teach him because I know it will mean more coming from another adult than your old parents.

His last two games are this weekend and I have to say I am a bit relieved because I miss garage sale-ing on Saturday!

Memorial Day weekend

Derek took a week off of work to help his grandpa dig out some window wells in one of his rental properties, and so I decided that I would take the kids and go visit my parents in Arkansas. I grabbed my cousin Cassie and we hit the road!

It was a long trip...I get all in my head that I can drive on my own there no problem, and every time I get halfway there I am kicking myself thinking, why did I want to drive all alone with 2 kids into the night?! It is worth it though.
We bought a new (used) car and I couldn't wait to try out the MPG on that baby. 30 mpg, not to shabby considering I was getting 14-16 average in my mini-van.

The downside....Less room, no dvd player, more antsy kids on road trips. My kids have always been amazing in the car. Dane more than Knox. But this trip was rough both ways. They were very bored, and a little cranky most of the trip...kinda like I started to get after all that driving. HA! 
My mom's pool is open and despite it being very cold (for me) Dane a blast. Knox spent the whole time in a small inflatable boat not getting wet but floating. HA!

It is nice to get to go "home" for a few days even if it isn't my childhood home (I was an army brat) and be with my parents and younger sister. A lot of times my mom is the one who comes to us and visits, and we don't get to see my step-dad and sister very often. It is nice. Dane and Knox love being at grandmas as well. They get to eat lots of junk food and stay up late!

Dane's Last day of preschool and basic updates

Dane's last day of preschool was bittersweet.

He has really loved going to school at Miss Stacy's and he got all emotional at the thought of never going back. He said he didn't want to go to kindergarten, that he wanted to stay in preschool. It pretty much broke my heart. He started to feel better though when I explained to him that all of his friends are not staying there everyone is going on to kindergarten, and that Knox would be attending Miss Stacy's next year.

He has come a long way since that first day we dropped him off two years ago, and we are so thankful for all that Miss Stacy has done. Thanks to her, he is more than ready to thrive in Kindergarten.

Dane had his Kindergarten Screening and he scored 88 out of 100, well above average. I was so proud when the only suggestions they gave us were to learn the color brown, and learn how to tie shoes. (all of his shoes are currently velcro so it hasn't been an issue thus far)
He got to go to his new school, see all the classrooms, and meet all the possible teachers he may have. He is SO excited! 

The nurse had a concern that he may be color blind because they did a color circle test thingy and he was unable to follow the green with his finger. I asked his doctor and she basically dismissed it, saying that she doesn't understand why they do that test anyway, that it doesn't really show anything. It is not completely out of my mind, something I will keep an eye on. He has never had a problem identifying colors this far.

Knox's Monster Truck Birthday Party

Knox had a monster truck birthday party at our usual location, the City Park. 

Invite from here  

I made this banner for him, I love making banners! Just doesn't seem like a birthday party without a banner with your name on it! 

He loved his birthday cake, even though those cars pulled off all the frosting when you took them off! 

The kids felt like hot-shots drinking pop just for them! 

I made chili dogs and easy crock pot corn, so good and easy. Have you ever made hot dogs in the crockpot? Game changer!

It was a very low-key party and it was actually really awesome. I was not stressed out, I was not worked up about the decorations, or the food, it all just fell together. (Thank you crockpot!)

Knoxie had a blast and that is what matters most to me! 

27 April, 2014

Knox Lee, 3 years old

Knox Lee, you are three years old today. Time has seriously flown by. I remember you coming into this world, I remember the day I found out I was pregnant with you. I remember, being pregnant with you, wondering what you would be like, would you be like your big brother Dane? Would you be more like me or more like daddy? It just seems so surreal that you are going to be in preschool this fall. 

You are approximately 38.5" tall and 32 lbs. (according to my calculations, but you have a doctors appointment this week) 
You are potty trained but still sleep in a pull up at night.

Your favorite foods include: jello, spaghetti, cheese slices, mandarin oranges, french toast sticks, (healthy right!?) 

You are going through a picky phase with food, you are not into noodles that much lately. I think maybe you are burnt out on them. You also don't like pizza that much which is so strange because Dane and I LOVE pizza. 

Speaking of food, and anything else for that matter, you and your brother Dane disagree on everything. I mean if there is something to disagree on you two do it. What to eat for lunch, what to watch on tv, what books to read, what games to play. It.is.constant. It really reminds me of Dad and I, we are very rarely on the same page with most things! HA! 

Your favorite tv shows/books include: Curious george, calliou, spongebob squarepants, Cars (lightning mcqueen) 

You LOVE to sing lately. You love music. Every night before bed you like to sing songs, and you know them all by heart. We sing you "you are my sunshine" and "twinkle, twinkle" as well as "the itsy bitsy spider". You sleep with your dog, monkey (both scentsy buddies) and mittens, who is a very special stuffed animal that was grammys.  You typically go to bed at 9 p.m. and come out of your room a few times for hugs, to say goodnight, or to complain about something. 

You rarely take a nap anymore but some days you are grouchy and you need one but won't take it. 

You love to play outside and dig in the dirt. 

You are all about trucks. Trucks all day, every day.

You are SUCH a jealous kid. You told me that you hate babies because they cry all the time. You just don't like anyone who is taking the attention away from you. HA! Since we got moses (our new Pomeranian) You also don't really care for him because he is at my side a lot. It is not like you because before we got the dog you loved dogs. But you rarely give him the time of day. You always just tell him to go away. I am hoping you will warm up to him! 

You are so full of life, silly, goofy, and hilarious. You are more cautious than your brother, to this day you will rarely go on the big slide at the park, and when it comes to swimmig you would rather stay on the side and barely dip your feet in and splash a bit and you are content, rather than getting in and swimming full on. 

We love you Knoxie with all of our hearts. You add a lot of spunk to the family and we are so thankful for you! Happy Birthday!

20 April, 2014

A new addition

We have been considering the idea of adding a dog to the family for about a year or so off and on. We both love animals, and loved our cat (and previous cats) like children. But having a dog is a whole different ball game. There are leashes, poop to pick up in the yard, vet visits, medications to keep them healthy, potty training, training to be around kids/people, worries about leaving them if we go out of town or away for the day, etc. It always came back to me not being ready for the commitment because I knew I would be the one to take care of the animal primarily, as I am the one home all day.

Well, Derek's brother decided it was time to get rid of his dog, and Derek really wanted to jump at the chance. I was a little on the fence about it just because of the responsibility. I am NOT one of those people who enters into things like this lightly, I hate when people willy nilly have animals coming and going and aren't giving them what they need and deserve. Your pets should be treated like a member of the family, in my opinion.

The reason he wanted to get rid of him as that he was using the bathroom in the house. This concerned me but I was confident that I could train him and he would be a good addition to the family. So Sunday we went and got him. He is a 4 year old Pomeranian named Moses. He is so hyper and sweet and he is just a good dog.

The cat surprisingly likes having him around. I think she really just wanted a companion in the house. We will see as time goes on how much she adores him though!

He has been doing pretty good with potty training (we are potty training as if he was a puppy with the crate at night and when we leave the house) going out ever hour or so. He has peed in small spurts by the door, on my purse once, and pooped once in the house (all by the door) I think he just has to get used to the fact that he is in a place with a yard, as he was in an apartment before.

So far Dane says he loves Moses and loves having a dog and a cat at home and that Moses is the best dog ever. Knox is of course jealous. He doesn't like his stinky breath, he doesn't like when he runs over his toys, he doesn't like when he sits by his mommy on the couch. Spoiled rotten. :)

Overall, I think we are adjusting to life with a new dog well. It may be funny but it is a big change for someone who just has to go in a few times and clean a litter box and once a week add food to a bowl, to constantly taking the dog out, feeding and watering it, worrying about what its doing, buying this or that for it (dogs are expensive and need a lot of crap!) having him in my face, needing attention. But I know he will make a great addition to our family! He is already loved!

24 March, 2014

Spring Break 2014

Dane and Knox, along with their cousin Dirk, went to Arkansas to visit with my mom and step-dad for spring break. They LOVE getting the chance to go to grandmas house. Maybe it is the fact that they get to eat unlimited amounts of ice cream ? Not sure ?! HA!

Saturday before the kids left, we took them to the St. Patrick's Day parade in Manhattan. They had a great time catching all the candy and stuffing them in their pockets.

They left on Sunday and came back Thursday. They had a blast! They did so many crafts. Sunday happened to be Dane's birthday and so grandma threw all three of them a "party" to celebrate.

Knox was a little homesick throughout the time there, because he is less used to being away from me than Dane. But he still did good.

As for mom and dad, we miss them like crazy when the house isn't loud, toys aren't scattered everywhere, and people aren't constantly asking you for things. It is fun for like one day, maybe two, and then you just miss your babies.

While the boys were gone we didn't do too much .Derek is approaching his busy season for work and that means he worked late every single night. He did get in a game of disc golf though so he was able to relax a little bit. For me, I shopped, shopped, shopped, and that gets old after a while (GASP!)

Monday I got my nails done.

We went out to dinner on Monday night and other than that we kept it low key. I was having guilt from eating McDonald's on the ride there, Chinese on the way home, and then out to dinner at Houlihans without ordering anything low in calories, so I had to do some damage control to counteract my bad eating habits later in the week.

Tuesday I highlighed my hair in peace without the kids bothering me :) It is a lengthy job.I am gradually trying to add more and more blonde, without frying my hair.

Wednesday I started feeling sick and came down with a cough/cold. BLAH! I knew we had to get sick one more time before spring/summer. It has spread to each one in the house.

I surprised them on Thursday when we picked them up with Frozen. We have watched it 4x already and I think I know most of the words to the songs. They get stuck in your head! HAHA. Knox is at a phase where he doesn't really want to sit through a whole movie, but Dane really enjoys it.

Saturday although it was cold as could be we headed out to a couple of garage sales. If you have followed this blog for long enough you know that I LIVE for bargains. This winter I have really fallen in love with Online yard sale groups on facebook. They are such a great tool and they are safer than Craigslist in my opinion because you can see the persons name, and in a small community you know wheather or not to do business with that person. You must check and see if you have one in your area!!

Anyway, some people must have canceled their garage sales because they were listed but weren't out. But the two good ones we did go to were worth getting out in the cold! The boys got tons of action figures, Nike shoes for Dane for $4 an converse's for $1, Knox a cars sheet set for $1, and I got BKE's for $2, Ralph Lauren t's and a green cardigan for $3 for all! It is such a high to get a pair of $60 dollar jeans for 2 dollars. Same with the nike shoes, they are like new! I am not looking forward to the day when Dane won't let me buy him used clothes anymore because it isn't cool. HA!

16 March, 2014

Dane Robert, 5 years

5 years ago today I became a mother. I never expected how much I would learn, how much it would change me, change my whole life, how rewarding it could be. It is hard to fathom that it has been 5 years that he has been in our lives, I simply can't imagine life without him now. He is just a joy to be around. He brings so much happiness to so many people, he is very well loved! 

Dane got Super Mario Brothers for his Nintendo DS, And roller blades, with pads for his birthday! He wanted a skateboard, but we tried one out and I think these learner roller blades will be dangerous enough for now! HA! He loved it all! 

He had his 5 year old check up at the doctor this week. He weighed in at 50 lbs! And 45 inches tall,putting him in  93 percentile for height, and 88 percentile for weight. Always top of the class. He had to get 4 shots, which we was not happy about. But he is finished with shots until age 11, so he is relieved about that. 

And now for a picture trip down memory lane!
Dane Robert: 8 lbs 11 oz 20.5 inches long. You can read his birth story here. 

 Dane on his first birthday. I mean is that not going to be awesome blackmail photos for when he is 16 and needs to clean his room or he can't go out with his buddies?!
 Dane at his first birthday, his cousin Dirk on the left side!

Dane on his second birthday. This melts my heart!

Dane became a big brother at age 2. He loves his Knoxie! He is such a big help and he is always telling him what to do. HA!

Dane at 3 years old. Such a sweetheart.

Dane at 4 years old.

Dane is such a sweet boy. He is rambunctious, he is full of energy, he loves video games, He loves to wrestle with his daddy. Every night he asks to sleep in our bed, even though he knows the answer is no. His favorite things to eat are Four Cheese Cheez-its, popsicles, and pizza. He wears a size small or 6 in pants, and size 12 shoe. He loves to watch Scooby Doo, Looney Toons, Spongebob and more. His favorite super hero is Spiderman. He is the love of our lives and we are so thankful for these past 5 years!!

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