Birthday Party

It is extremely difficult for me to believe that another whole year has passed and that we could possibly be parents of a five year old and an (almost) three year old! I don't know if all parents go through this, but it just amazes me.

We had a very nice family birthday party for both kids. It was nice to have a large, but not overly large birthday party. The four kids (our two and our two nephews) kept things crazy enough :) It was also nice that most of the family went in on one gift for the kids (the Power Wheels), so the kids weren't going wild opening gift after gift. They did, however, get a few other things, including the superhero capes from their cousins, which they absolutely LOVE!

Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate another wonderful year with us!

Madisyn's Birthday

I think this is the year of celebrations :) Seems as though the kids' birthdays are getting a month long... and they're loving every minute of it! On Madisyn's actual birthday we went to Chuck E. Cheese with Papa and Nana Dykema. I found a picture of her riding the same ride on her 2nd and 5th birthdays! The middle is her 2nd birthday and the outside are from her 5th birthday.

And LD:

Us with the birthday girl!

The Monday following the big 5th birthday, she celebrated at school by bringing cupcakes with her favorite colors (green, purple & pink) and princess crowns, complete with princess liners... we have quite the girly girl!

That night we had some of her girlfriends over for ice cream and a princess get-together (accompanied by plenty of girly screams). It was actually really fun to see her in her element with several of her girlfriends!
(L to R: Jordan (back), Jada, Madisyn, Lauren & Lydia)

(L to R: Madisyn, Lydia, Jordan, Lauren & LD)

THEN... this weekend we had the birthday party! So, more pictures to come :)

School project for Madisyn

I admit, I've been terrible at posting... but we finally got a new camera!

I'll post Madisyn's birthday pictures soon, in the meantime, here are a few pictures of a school project that we worked on. She brought Pablo the pelican home and we did "K" activities (flew a kite, kicked a ball, made him a king...), she and Landon loved it!

(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)