Monday, October 31, 2011

In Case of an Emergency...

Give me a call and I will send my crew on over!

Elliott in typical 2 year old fashion wanted nothing to do with dressing up- as the pictures will reflect. I think once he realized that there was candy involved he quickly warmed up to the whole idea!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Elliott's 2!

Friday, my sweet Elliott turned 2. My baby is growing up and I love to watch who he is becoming! We had a small "family" party and it was a great day. The theme was firetrucks which I enjoyed doing little details to make it all come together. My hat is off to you moms who can pull off huge birthday parties for your little ones. We were all exhausted yesterday and literally laid around all day recovering! :) Maybe it gets easier as the older they get. Somehow I am doubting it! Ok- onto a million pictures!

He's ready for the big party. First we started with presents. I only get our boys one thing because they get PLENTY from everyone else. Jerel and I are going to clean out/ organize the play room this weekend.

 Sweet Annie and Emma Kate

 Nolan was a excellent big brother and a huge help with the presents

 A fire truck- of course!

 Nolan gave him binoculars and Elliott loves them. Notice how they are backwards and up side down. I am pretty sure that is how he will always use them. That's just how Elliott rolls! 

My mom sent him a huge Richard Scarry book that both of the boys LOVE. They are actually looking at it right now as I am doing this!

Next we moved outside to smack around a pinata. That was one stubborn bull!

 We had to bring in adult male reinforcements!

Us-1, Bull-0!
Then we came in to eat yummy Gumbo- no pictures included and had cake.

 So...the cake. Cute, right? I ordered the topper off of etsy about a month ago. I got it on Tuesday with his name spelled wrong. I was sad and the lady who made it was so sad that she made a mistake. She was going to overnight me another T but I decided that it would just look silly, so she refunded me the price and gave me credit for another free one whenever I want to use it. She was so nice about the whole thing. Now it's just a funny story! :)

 He loved being sung to.

 I made Fire truck cookies as party favors. They turned out fairly cute but were a major labor of love!

We love you buddy and hope you had a great birthday!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sky Top

I love living in a place that we can be at the beach one day and in the mountains the next. Literally, the morning after we got home from the beach we headed up to the cutest orchard to "pick" apples. Here's a confession- we never actually pick the apples. It seems like way too much work, so we just buy a ton of apples that they have already picked and bagged. The boys don't know the difference and it gives us more time to enjoy the rest of the orchard.

The only down side is that Nolan apparently gets car sick. About half way there he says "Mommy- my tummy hurts". I look back at him and he is that gray/white/green color. I just started to pray that he wouldn't throw up in the car because we were in the middle on nowhere and had nothing with us. The Lord was gracious and Nolan was able to hang in there until the second we got out of the car at Sky Top. He lost it in the parking lot and we were able to have a great morning! :) Poor guy!!

My boys seriously need haircuts- I am aware!! :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Family Vacation

Guess where we went??

We took our first family vacation and headed to the beach. Our amazing neighbors gave us their very large beach house.

I'm not kidding- it was huge! Thankfully, Jerel's parents were able to join us for a few days. When we arrived there was a major storm with 30 mph winds. The beach was a little out of the questions so we headed to a Children's Museum. The boys loved it!!

The next day the sun came out and we were able to head to the beach. Nolan loved it immediately. It took a while for Elliott to warm up to the sand. I totally understand- I am still trying to warm up to the sand myself! :)

We had a perfect week. The boys were great travelers. We are looking forward to our next adventure!