Monday, June 15, 2009

Double digits baby!!!

So it happens...but we don't like it. Our babies get to be big kids. My baby girl turned 10 last weekend. I'm sad but proud at the same time. We are very proud of Alyssa and the beautiful young lady she is. Here's a little snapshot from Alyssa's beach party. I keep trying to add a bunch of pictures but to be real honest...blogger is making me mad. Pic are taking FOREVER to upload.
More later when I get some patience for dealing with long uploads.
XOXo, Lauren

Friday, June 12, 2009

A beautiful reminder of how awesome the world can be!

These photos were taken last week on our way out of town. I wanted to stay home and go out on my own little nature shoot but we were on a schedule! The river was calling us. The clouds looked like waves in the ocean on a stormy day. Some looked like frosting whipped up on the top of a cake. Either way...beautiful. These were all taken while moving in the truck. I wonder what pictures I might have shot if I had time to stop??

All of these photos were taken last week on our way out of town. I wanted to stay home and go out on my own little nature shoot but we were on a schedule! The river was calling us. The clouds looked like waves in the ocean on a stormy day. Some looked like frosting whipped up on the top of a cake. Either way...beautiful. These were all taken while moving in the truck. I wonder what pictures I might have shot if I had time to stop??

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Equal opportunity blogging??

So I keep wanting to post, really I do. But then I think because it's been so long, I need to wait and throw up birthday pictures of all three of the kids. No. not just an excuse. I really was planning on posting once this weekend is over and I have photos of all three of the kids.

I know not everyone has crossed over to the darkside, facebook. I will again, try to be a better blogger. But wanna hear the sad thing..I just started to post bday pics here, then realized I already posted Evan's birthday. So I will play a little catch up so by Sat, I will be current. That is if I put pictures of Alyssa up right away. You see, my baby will be 10 on Sat. Holy COW!!! Double digits. Man, I am getting old then. Wanna see how old........scroll down>>>>>>>>>>

Next up in the line up was Megan. She's a whopping 8 now. I keep wondering when it will feel like she is the age that she is.......still wondering. She had a nice party here at the house. Some friends and a pool. Not a bad way to ring in a new year. I was thankful that the sun came out that day because it was a little cloudy and cold the few days prior. Take a look at the luau we threw.

That darn shadow! Still working on that . :O(

A little festive idea to enter the pool area.

A fun find. They looked pretty cute if I do say so myself!

Gotta dress up the munchies!

My attempt at a tropical floral center piece. 1 vase made by Megan + one bunch of fake flowers+sand from Evan's sand box= decent center piece for the table.

The girls played Aloha bingo.


Hula contest.

Hula contest round 2.

Megan wanted Costco cupcakes rather than a regular cake.

Happy birthday girl with her cupcake.

A little big?

Not if your goal is to make a mess with it and still have enough to eat!

Holly noticed this bit of choc. made a little heart on Megan's side.

A look from inside out.

Cash?? Huge hit. Didn't know that was such a cool gift. She was so excited.

I love hand drawn cards. So sweet and personal.

Sis checking out Meg's new DS game from the Bailes family.

The group, minus Dylan. I guess we knew eventually it would happen that they boy/ girl party thing might be an issue. Megan will probably last for a few more years at Dylan's parties. What, the only girl??? More attention for her? Somehow I think she'll hold on to that one, if he still wants her there. So sad how fast they have grown up. Here's Dylan on his own. Love the shirt!

Megan wanted to have a luau party just to be able to do the conga line.

This never gets old, no matter how many times they do it or how old the kids get!
OK, well I think after all these pictures, I really know why this is challenging for me. More pictures=forever to upload. Maybe I will try to post with fewer pics.........yeah right. If you know me you know there are waaaaaayyyyy too many for me to pick from. BTW, photo credits are shared on this day with my Holly. So nice to have a friend that captures the pictures she knows you would want. Loves to you Holly.
So, I'm back in the game peeps. See you tomorrow...I mean it.
Lauren :O))

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Soccer Morning

What a game. It was a great way to spend our Sat morning. Megan's team the Dynamite Girls worked so hard and played together so well. I love what a great job her coaches are doing with the girls. We have practice tomorrow. I am not quite the soccer mom yet but I am having fun watching the games. I can't even sit down. Sure, I bring a chair but never really sit in it. I'm too busy either cheering or taking pictures. I love this. It brings me back to when I was a kid and played soccer. Maybe I will pull out an old photo and give you a giggle. For now, here are a few photos of my Meggers. Such a proud mama I am.

Have a great day,
Lauren :O)))

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Trying to buy the damn camera!!

Trying to get my new b-day camera but running into issues with the site I want to buy it from. It STINKS that I am ready to buy and I can't seem to get anyone on the darn phone to confirm some info. Hmmm, wait or pay an extra 500!! I like the savings part. Wanna see what my new baby is gonna look like???

I want to have this baby in my hands before we head off to Napa for the wedding of Matt's sister. I am praying the stars line up tomorrow and I can get it ordered. I was so frustrated today I just gave up. You know, the whole money in the pocket but nothing to buy problem. I want my camera!!! Hmmm, being spoiled I guess. But I just am so excited about the possibilities. Hopefully good news tomorrow!
Lauren :O)))

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

My 3 year old little dude.

My little dude is three. So hard to believe. It feels like yesterday that we were waiting for him to arrive. I was not sure about being a "boy" mom. Wondering what this new little one was going to add to our family. It's funny how he has just finished off our family in the perfect way. Here's how we celebrated his 3rd year...

A big #3 balloon to start off the day. Matt & the girls made him pancakes with sprinkles on it, standard birthday breakfast at our house.

Evan opened his mail from Mime and Grampie. He was so happy to get a froggy card and a check for a whopping 25dollars. He carried the check around all morning telling us over and over he got 25 dollars from mim and Grampie.

For a little b-day treat I took him to meet up with his buddy Keagan to play at Chuck E Cheese. This was his first time there and he loved it. There was a learning curve though. He put all 20 of his tokens in the air hockey game at one time. He could have stayed there all day but we had to get on to more of the celebration.

When we got home from "Chunk and Cheese", Matt and the girls had a "party" all set up with gifts and cupcakes. Here's a view of the party..

The girls were happy to help Evan open his gifts. He actually did a great job. He was so happy to get cool stuff from the family.

Grandma & Grandpa sent Evan his very first remote control truck. Very cool to watch Matt teach him how to drive it!

Cupcakes with yellow (Evan's favorite color) sprinkles were in order.

Make a wish big boy!!!!!

Just when he thought all the surprises were done for the day...he went outside to find a brand new scooter. He has been on it every day since!

We had a party for Evan with our friends. It was Diego themed. Here's a glimpse of the fun.
Evan was the first to go playing pin the badge on Diego. He NAILED it, right on the money, It totally looked fixed and we all got a kick out of his accuracy.

A little pinata action.

The cake. The stores didn't have a cool Diego cake so I had ordered a trail riding cake (it was supposed to have a jeep on it) and bought the Diego stuff to be put on top. Turned out pretty good. I hear the choc cake with choc fudge cake was yummy. I was a good girl and didn't have any.

We took a moment to pose with our little guy and the big old cake!

It was great to watch Evan's face as he listened to all of our guests sing Happy Birthday to him.

I think Evan liked the cake!

At one point I looked around at the small gathering of friends and really just felt blessed to have my closest girlfriends and their families there. No, it wasn't the huge party that has been known to happen at birthdays past, but it was perfect because of the people there. Here is a picture of me and my girls. Pretty cool for me to get all of us in one picture.

I hope you enjoyed the recap on Evan's 3rd Birthday. Get ready because we are in full swing of birthday season in our family. Next up...ME!!! Yes, LaLa will be half way to 70 on the 26th.