Can't argue

Madisyn: "My favorite colors are green, purple, blue and yellow."

Mommy: "You can really only have one favorite."

Madisyn: "Well, God gave me all of those favorites."

How do you argue with that?!

It fell off (revised)

Revised per my mother's request :)

Future Deloitte Consultant?

For some reason I think she looks like such a little business woman in this picture!

It's been a long time since I've posted! That may be a slight indication of how busy we are right now :) I thought things would slow down after the holidays, but for some reason they seem busier... maybe it's because we're back into the swing of full weeks (and I had A LOT of time off in December).

Random updates:
- Rob's birthday was this week, so we had a fun night out last weekend with friends (and/or family... they're one in the same, since they're Rob's cousin's and significant others). Madisyn (and Landon) got him Mario Cart for the Wii.

- Madisyn and I are going to Disney on Ice at The VanAndel in February (shhh... she doesn't know yet) and I think I'm just as excited as she will be, because I know she's going to LOVE it!

- I've started planning the kids cowboy themed birthday party in March.

- We've been missing my sister dearly as she's been on a J-term in Florida sailing (rough, I know). Apparently she got closer to this alligator after the picture was taken.

- I've been going crazy buying cake stuff lately (and realized that the Hobby Lobby in Holland is much better than the one in Jenison).

- Last, but not least... Rob and my dad-in-law pretty much finished the basement office/extra bedroom/playroom last weekend! It's been usable for months now, but there was some final trim work to be finished. Only a little painting of trim and doors and it will be complete!

Bob's surprise party

Last night we went to our friend (who is also our neighbor and Rob's boss) Bob's surprise birthday party at Uccello's. I didn't realize that the Standale Uccello's has a very nice non-smoking "banquet" room (with lots of large flat screens). Despite the crummy weather, lots of people came out to celebrate and it was lots of fun! I was able to make a cake for the party, which was lots of fun because A) Bob bleeds green and white and B) it was a fun challenge to make a cake for an adult male and not make it look "cute" or "pretty" :)

Madisyn being goofy




And no, she did not get those crazy long arms and legs from her Momma :)

There's always a little love for LD

Potty training

I am just dumbfounded. I didn't want to start training Landon yet, so I waited until a few weeks ago to get our potty from my sister-in-law (who had borrowed it for my nephew). Anyway... Landon's been asking a lot to go on the potty (because he sees his sister), but I haven't even taken him up on it since I didn't want to 'deal' with it.

Then there was today. He asked to go, so I let him sit on it, I went to get a book and when I got back he was going, not even 30 seconds later! I was in awe! So then a little later I asked him if he wanted to go and he sat, but didn't go. Since then he's sat two more times and went BOTH! That's his first, second and third success all today, before noon!

I am not going to get my hopes up because I know how difficult it can be to potty train boys, but it's not going to stop me from picking up some pull-ups :)

Boston Part II (this is for you, Ra) - New England Aquarium

Sorry about the quality, they were all taken with my cell (we forgot the camera at the hotel :( )

(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)