Big Birthday Bash

For those of you who know, Madisyn had a "bubble", i.e. polka dot, party last year. This year I thought of a bunch of different themes and she kept telling me that she'd have those ones another time, but that this year she wants a "bubble" party. So... here I am, "bubble" party round two :D We'll try to make this one a little more boyish.

I was so excited about these invitations, I had to share them with everyone!

Madisyn's 2nd birthday party


Sunday night I hear Rob whistling , but then he says, "Are you listening to that?" Meanwhile, the whistling is still going on... I look at Landon and it wasn't Rob whistling, it was Landon... crawling, whistling, and going on with his business as usual, like everything is normal. It truly was a spectacle. I couldn't believe my eyes or ears.

Rob said that Landon had also whistled the day before (while I was gone). If we get lucky enough to catch it on tape, I'll post it! I can't believe our little 10 month old peanut is whistling!

Thanks, Mindy for making me realize this was blog-worthy!

Madisyn Look-alike Meter

YES! And I always thought Madisyn looked so much more like Rob!

Landon Look-alike Meter

There's no way!

Two photos same result? Who are they kidding?! I'd like to take credit... but we all know better ;)


Today I'm driving home, it's dark, but I see something in the corner of my eye... it's one of the neighbor boys by a street sign. I looked again, and again, and sure enough, he was stuck to the pole via his tongue (the kind with the little holes in it to screw the street sign on). Poor kid is screaming, and I don't know what to do...

I tell him to stop pulling (he tried to tell me that he's not, but it's very obvious that he has been due to the blood all over his tongue) and I send the neighbor girl (who is just standing there) to get her parents. Before long the little boy's dad shows up and relieves him with some warm water.

Unbelievable! I felt so bad for him! Then Rob proceeds to tell me that "everyone has stuck their tongue to a pole"... NOT ME!


I wish I could video tape it, but lately when we put Madisyn to bed, she's decided that she's going to sing her prayer (in a really high voice - which is already high :) ). When she's done she says, "That's the new one."

Rob and I were discussing something the other day (actually that I needed to shower since I smelled) and Madisyn puts her hands over her eyes and forehead and says, "Oh, my word!"

Rob said, "What did you say?!"

She repeats the hand motion and says, "Oh, my word!"

Rob and I stare at each other and start to chuckle, where did she get this?

THEN she starts shaking her head and follows-up with, "I can't believe it!"

Macaroni Pizza

So one of the things I love about the kids’ daycare is that they get to go on field trips. This week they went to Papa John's and "made" pizza (i.e. picked out their toppings and watched them being made) and they also went to Soccer Zone. Anyway... after she went to Papa John's, I asked her about her experience.

"Madisyn, did you go make pizza today?"

"Yes, we did"

"What did you put on your pizza?"


"Really? You put macaroni on your pizza?"

"Yes, I had macaroni on my pizza."

Rob pipes in, "Do you pepperoni?"

"Yeah, pepperoni." :D

Let's make a deal

Lately, Madisyn loves to try to make deals with us. We’ll ask her to do something, like pick up her toys, and she’ll say, “Okay, I’ll pick up my toys and then I can get a treat, that’ll be the deal?” It’s so cute that I tend to give in more often than not.

Or she’ll ask for something, like chicken nuggets for dinner, and we’ll say, “No, not today, we’re going to have spaghetti for dinner.”

She’ll reply, “Okay, first I’ll have pasketti and THEN I can have chicken nuggets, that’ll be the deal?” :) She’s our little optimistic.

Little boy Landon, as I like to call him, has been trying to talk lately. He babbles (i.e. mamama, dadada, nanana, ooooooo, etc…) and lately he’s begun to try to say “Uh oh.” Occasionally it’s “Uh oh,” but more often is “ugh (soft) OH (loud)” It’s fun to hear him try. He also loves waving when people say “Hi” or “Bye.”

He’s still creeping along furniture and doesn’t seem too eager to take steps on his own (although Rob swears that he took a step by accident the other day).

(photograph by Tina Vink, link on picture as well as below)
We are a busy family of five! I enjoy time with my husband and kids, running, being outdoors, shopping for deals, and cuddling. My wonderful husband keeps busy playing with the kiddos, hunting, fishing, exercising and working on projects around the house. Madisyn is six, in 1st grade, loves being outdoors and isn't one bit afraid of bugs or worms! Landon is four, a spitting image of Daddy, and is the sweetest, naughtiest and funniest little boy, all in one! Tinley was born February 24, 2012 and has already blessed us beyond belief! Here's a glimpse into our crazy and wonderful lives... hope you enjoy!

Tiece of Cake

I've finally decided to make a blog (Tiece of cake) dedicated to cakes... as to not consume the family blog.

(photograph by Mindy Leigh Photography, link on picture as well as below)

Madisyn Grace

Madisyn Grace
"Baby" & "M" (photograph by Melissa @ M Design and Photography, link on picture as well as below)

Landon Adrian

Landon Adrian
"LD" & "Bubba" (photograph by Melissa @ M Design and Photography, link on picture as well as below)