Monday, January 30, 2012

Phone Pics

These are just a few pictures I have taken with my phone over the last few days...
We're headed to school to pick up Kensington on Thursday.  This boy takes his football EVERYWHERE!

This is what you look like after spending the day at Lovie's house. 


Last night, I was tickling the kids and trying to take self-portraits at the same time.  Me and my man!


Me and my girl....note to self...don't tickle and take pictures at the same time.

Happy Monday!
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Chef Kensington

Kensington makes dinner with me most nights.  She doesn't care what we're making...she just wants to be a part of the action.  Last night, she came into the kitchen wearing her chef stuff (normally used along side her pretend kitchen in her room).  It was serious dinner making time!

When did she get so big?  Where did my baby girl go???


My little chef :).
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

What we've been up to...

...potty training.

On Thursday, I began the 3 Day Potty Training method with Smith.  I didn't leave his sight for three straight day.  It was "Mommy and Smith" time 24/7.  By Saturday, he totally had the hang of it.  I kept him home all day Sunday just to be sure and he once again proved to be the easiest child ever.  (Not that I still don't expect an occasional accident or set back...but he has really, really shown me that he's capable and able to not wear diapers any more.)  So....yesterday, we went to the gym and the park.  At the park, Smith told me he needed to potty, so I pulled out my handy little potty (because the park doesn't have a restroom) and was going to discretely let him go.  Well...he wanted to potty right next to Sheaffer (he loves him some Sheaffer) and right inside the park.  The two three year olds were totally entertained by his pottying.  As you can see, his big sister even brought along a snack to eat while watching.

Ahhh...the joys of potty training small children.  Thankfully, we were the only ones at the park.  I would have kept this little tidbit a secret but Sheaffer took pictures and already posted them on her blog.  The cat is out of  the bag now.  My kid likes to potty in public in front of an audience.  :)

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

What Smith did on his birthday...


...Mommy and Daddy woke him up with lots of singing and loudness.  He has this "my parents are so weird" look on his face.  And he has his Buzz Lightyear pjs on.  We thought it best to start his second year off in his favorite jammys :).

Then we met Smith's bestie Nixon and his big sister Ebby Lee for lunch at McDonald's.  I love these boys!


Ebby Lee looked smashing yesterday in her leopard and True Religion jeans.  If you know me, you know that I'm a bit of a jean snob...so Ebby Lee was totally rockin' my world yesterday.


Big sis Kensington was super happy to be having lunch with friends!


Of course, we brought cupcakes!


Can you guess what color cupcake K had?


What about Nixon?  :)


Then for dinner, Smith's sweet parents (that's us!), took him to dinner at Rainforest Cafe.


This was the look on his face when the wait staff was singing to him.


After dinner, it was off for a cookie (of course, he's carrying a truck with him).




So glad Lovie, Papa Jay and Uncle Seanie came to dinner!


I'm pretty sure Smith had a super happy second birthday!  Love you buddy!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Smith William!

Today, my sweet baby boy turns two years old!  It just seems like yesterday that I went to the hospital not knowing if I'd be bringing home a Smith William or an Ashby London.  I always say Kensington is our miracle baby and Smith is the icing on the cake.  God truly demonstrated his love for us when he gave this sweet boy to me.  Smith William bears the name of my Granddaddy who I know would be so proud of the little man he is today.  Happy Birthday Smith!

 Meeting my little man for the first time.





One year old


Two years old!

We love you sweet Smith!

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Smith's Ski Lodge (Part 2)

It just seems like yesterday we had Smith's First Par-Tee and now we've already had his second!  The first post, was all food and decor, here are a few pictures of the actual birthday boy on his party day...
My dad took Smith outside to get his picture by the snowman...not the greatest picture but as you can see, he's happy to be at his ski lodge!


Smith (and Kensington) was super excited to open his new toys.  He really wanted dinosaurs like his big friends Carter and Luke have. 





This hippo bus came from my dad's parents...who would have thought a bus shaped like a hippo would be such a hit with both my kids.  They have played and played with this hippo bus for two days straight!


Smith was super, super excited to get some Vans thanks to Lovie and Papa Jay! 


He wanted them on immediately!


This is his "awwww...a super hero..." face.


K and Uncle Seanie


We cleared out brunch and made room for cake.  My boy and his second birthday!


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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Smith's Ski Lodge

Yesterday was Smith William's 2nd birthday party!  Where has the time gone???  We had our traditional "big family birthday" party (I have a big, crazy, fun family that celebrates birthdays like no body's business) and it was a blast.  There are way too many pictures for one post...so here are the photos of the party decor and food...pictures of actual people to come...but for now...this is how Smith's Ski Lodge looked...

Invitations of course by Slightly Askew Designs

Every year, I have a sign made for my kids' birthday parties.  I hope to have a wall full of these signs one day (so far...we have 6!)  The fabulous sign AND snow man were created by the super talented Amy Kulak.  Contact me and I'll get you her info.




When people came in my entry, it was "snowing" on their heads.  I couldn't get a shot of all the snowflakes at once but trust me...there were a lot (I know because I cut them all out!).


Slightly Askew also created my birthday banner and all of my food labels...she's the best.  And the sweetest :).


You have to have a Hot Cocoa Bar at a Ski Lodge!  I knew my 23 year old cousin Brooke would appreciate this the most...she did...I'm pretty sure she had 4 cups and left on a major sugar high.  Click here for Paula Deen's super yummy cocoa recipe.


Hot Cocoa Toppings


White Winter Punch for anyone wanting a cold drink (it's just 7-Up and pineapple sherbet)






My sister-in-law G makes this yummy fruit salsa...I could eat it with a spoon!  Recipe to come over at Mix and Match Mama.


G serves hers up with either cinnamon graham crackers or cinnamon pita chips...

...I opted for the cinnamon pita chips.




This was the birthday boy's favorite :).  Recipe to come over at Mix and Match :).






My famous pinwheels made an appearance (of course!).









All of the girls left with a Hot Chocolate candle from Bath and Body Works.


While the guys left with Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from Williams-Sonoma.

I think Smith's Ski Lodge was a success!


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