Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Thanksgiving 2012

This was Lainee's first Thanksgiving!  We had a great time visiting with family as usual!  We had Thanksgiving with the Almand bunch, then with just us Almands, and then we went down to my sister's and had Thanksgiving with my family.  We ate too much but enjoyed ourselves immensely! :)

Our Family, Thanksgiving Day 2012

"It's my first Thanksgiving, and I didn't get any food. What's that about?" :) Sweet little pumpkin!

Matching cousins!
 TALK ABOUT CHAOS! These nest few pictures are the definition of it:
"Do we really have to do this?"

"Let's get it over with."

Cousins! Probably the best shot we got.

"Alright now, y'all just give it up."

Grand Finale! LOL

Memorial Day Weekend 2013

We have had such a memorable(pun intended) weekend!  It has been so relaxing and just all around fun!  On Saturday, we took Brailyn fishing for her first official time to actually fish. Neena kept Lainee so we could have some great on on one time with Brailyn.  We gave her her new princess fishing pole on Friday night and she was SUPER excited!  Her mouth fell open and stayed that way for about 5 minutes. LOL There was a little fish on the end of the pole so she could practice with it, and that's all she wanted to do for the rest of the night.  She woke up at 6:30 on Saturday morning and came straight to her daddy in bed and asked him if she could practice with her fishing pole! 6:30 A.M.!!!! We got up and had to go on a wild goose chase to find some bait and but me a fishing license.  No where in Prescott or Emmet sold either one.  How crazy is that?!? We finally got some in Hope and then headed to go fish.  Brailyn kept asking and asking if it was time yet.  Finally, we got there and all set up and started fishing.  Jody would help Brailyn throw it in, then when they got a bite he would set the hook and then she would take over.  She reeled them in like a pro!  She was so proud of herself, but she DID NOT want to touch it! HA!  She ended up catching three, but we had to throw one back.  After she caught the first fish, she said. "All right, let's go to Neena's and have a fish fry." Umm baby, we need a few more for that!  She go tired after a while, so we left.  We knew she wouldn't be able to stay long and we didn't want to force her to and ruin her experience.

Here we go!  Daddy, open your eyes while you drive! :)

Her first cast!

She's got one!
 Brailyn catching her first fish!  Ignore all of our jibber jabber and focus on the cute little country girl! Ignore the horrible camera work at the end too! LOL Apparently I forgot to hit stop!
She did not want to touch the line! LOL

So proud of herself!

Sweet girl!

She got another one!

On Sunday, my parents came up to spend the night and go to church with us.  Brailyn didn't know they were coming and was very excited when she got up and saw them.  I'm so glad she loves all of her grandparents so much.
My girlie girls in there matching chevron dresses!  Made by my friend at Making Meri!  Check out her Facebook page!

I just love these two pictures! Someone thinks Daddy is awfully funny!


Popup and Gramma!

On Memorial day, we got up and had a lazy morning, then Brailyn got to go swim in her swimming pool for the first time this summer.  She had a blast!  She ended up getting in it two more times today.  We had yummy grilled burgers for lunch, then I made some "appetizers" that we snacked on that were delicious!!! I also made some festive chocolate covered strawberries too!  I love holidays and getting to try new fun and festive recipes!  While Brailyn napped(Lainee got up way early from hers), we all watched two episodes of Walker Texas Ranger.  We are crazy party people!  Then when she got up, we headed outside to swim and let Lainee have her first experience in her pool!  She like the pool okay, but decided it was more fun to crawl out of it and hang on to the side of Sissy's pool and let  the water out.  She crawled all the way around the outside of that pool and got completely dirty and didn't seem to care one bit.  I have decided that she will be our child that does not mind getting dirty at all!  For supper, Jody's parents came up and we had a Fish Fry.  It was delicious!  Hubby makes some good fish! And the best part is that I didn't have to do anything!
Wearing Neena's shoes that she wore as a baby!  All three of her sweet girls have worn them. We waited a little to long to put Lainee's feet in there, but we made it work!  Lobe it!

Happy Memorial Day!
My sweet baby inherited her momma's picture taking abilities! ;) SHe looked too cute though!

My festive strawberries!


Pool time!

Lainee's first time in her pool! Not quite sure what to think. Oh, and we haven't bought a bathing suit yet. :)

Really starting to enjoy it!

If you look closely, you can see the water splashing.  She was having fun!

This is how we spent most of our time at the pool.

Sweet blue-eyed angel!

Trying to get a good picture of all the dirt on her. 

***A little added note: Lainee took her first step this weekend too!!!!!***

We had such a fun couple of days, but we also try to take time to remember just why we get to celebrate a holiday like today and enjoy it in peace.  We are so thankful for ALL of our men and women who have served for our country and all those who paid the ultimate price.  Without them, weekends like this would not exist, and there is no way we could ever repay them!  Thanks to two special men in our lives, my uncle, Anthony Young, and our very own Papa Dale! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Halloween 2012

We had a fun time on Halloween this year!  Last year I was sick so we didn't do anything but this year, Brailyn was so excited to dress up and get candy.  Lainee could have cared less! LOL I dressed the girls up as pumpkins and they were so adorable!  Lainee kind of got swallowed up in hers though.  I mean how much since does it make to make a costume sized 0-9months? A 9 month old is A LOT bigger than a newborn.  Anyway, they still looked adorable.  We met up with Shane and Amanda and Minnie Mouse, aka Elise at the fall festival at First Baptist, but there wasn't much there for the girls to do,  so we packed up and went trick or treating in town, down our street and through the neighborhood next to us.  It was crazy!  There were kids everywhere.  I stayed in the car with Lainee, while they walked door to door because there was no room to drive through.  After we finished there, we all headed down to Neena and Papa Dale's house to trick or treat.  The girls had a blast and didn't want to leave each other.  We had lots of fun and can't wait till next year! (I already have their costumes picked out, and Brailyn's is already here. :)

Fishing for treats! The only game they could play.

"Trick or treat, smell my feet!"

Sweet friends!

My Little Pumpkins!

I'm pretty sure these girls think they are family! :)

Daddy's pumpkin patch!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Brailyn's 3rd Birthday Party!

I know y'all are used to me being way behind on this blog so I won't even mention anything about being WAY behind today!

We had Brailyn's 3rd birthday party on November 10.  I had asked her a while back about what kind she wanted and since she had a Minnie party last year, she wanted to have a Mickey party this year.  So that's just what we did! I went low key with her cake because I wasn't sure how much I would be able to get done since I had a 3 month old to take care of, so we did cupcakes.  I had bought some cupcake liners and little toothpick toppers a while back on clearance, along with some sprinkles and they turned out really cute.

These Pictures are from her actual Birthday!  Can't believe my baby girl turned 3!  I believe this was her first night to go to Puggles also!

After we got home from church, we had a tiny party of just us!  Yummy cupcakes and a present!  She was super excited!

Here are the pictures from her party on the 10th:
Seeing her decorations for the first time!

Checking it all out!

The cupcakes were supposed to be placed so they looked like Mickey's head, it kind of worked. :)

The banner we used for her 2nd birthday!  Thanks Jen, we are getting good use out of it!

The sprinkled were in the shape of Mickey's head!  How fun!

Singing Happy Birthday!

Blow 'em out girl!

She absolutely LOVED all her gifts!

She was SO appreciative of each one! Sweet girl!

You know, just reading her cards by herself. ;)

Her absolute FAVORITE card!  Thanks Amanda, Shane, Shane, and Elise! 

This card kind of put the present opening to a complete standstill.  She could not put it down! HA!

I believe these were Cars math flashcards.  She insisted that they were for her cousin James!

Seeing her gift from mommy and daddy!

We didn't get a good picture of it, but she loved it!  All the kiddos did!

"Come on in Elise!"

We had a great day celebrating our "Baby" girl!  Pretty sure this year, she is going to allow me to move away from the Clubhouse friends! LOL

Daisypath Anniversary tickers

Daisypath Anniversary tickers