Monday, February 29, 2016

Baby's First Leap Day

... and Gracie's 3rd and Thomas' 2nd Leap Days (but they didn't find the idea of a Leap Day picture cute)

Little known fact: Gracie was born on a Leap Year and her due date was dangerously close to February 29th. I remember hoping that she wouldn't come that day (you know I like things all neat and tidy, and a Leap Year baby is very special and rare, but not need and tidy ;)

Checking my math: 2/29/2004 * 2/29/2008 *2/29/2012 *2/29/2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Happy Birthday Bryce!

 And thank you for inviting us (and thank you Grace for warning me that there would be snakes, even though the warning was not enough to keep my lunch down all the way!).

Look, I love Bryce, I love that Thomas adores him and considers him his best friend for the past 4 years.  I love that they have shared birthday memories for ages 4,5,6 & now 7. But, I am not loving that daddy stayed home and I went and watched an hour of gross reptiles be passed around and fed and held and petted.


So, I will leave you with a few pictures and a Happy Birthday Bryce!

**Memories of less gross birthdays past (You are a great mama Grace! You took something your child loved and delivered on it. There is a special seat in mama heaven with your name on it!)

 Thomas' 4th Birthday        2013             Bryce's 4th Birthday

Thomas & Bryce's shared 5th Birthday Party    2014       Bryce's Family 5th Birthday 

(top) Bryce's 6th Birthday Party
(Below) Thomas' 6th Birthday Dinner Out

Thomas' 7th Birthday Dinner/Games     2016     Bryce's 7th Birthday Party

Friday, February 26, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

Lost Tooth At School

Thomas ran off the bus the afternoon to show me the tooth he lost--at school!

That tooth had been a wiggly & painful nightmare for weeks now, and I can't tell you how much I love that it came out at school and I was able to skip the drama for at least one Thomas' molar.

Plus, when you lose a tooth at school you get the cool tooth necklace!!

Each child has lost a tooth at school now, and I think that is kind of neat and makes it all the more special.

                            1st Grade Tooth Loss 4.22.16            1st Grade Tooth Loss 5.11.11

**Double cool: both lost the tooth at school in 1st grade! Which also means both at MES!**

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday's Children

Another beautiful day here in Mechanicsville in February.  Another perfect chance to get out the camera and capture the beauty that is my children.

They are all growing up so fast, but oh so beautifully.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Baby's First Outdoor Adventure

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon! Too beautiful for us all to stay cooped-up inside. So we ALL went outside!

It was Tobias' first front yard adventure.

I think he probably didn't notice much since he is only 2 months old--but we noticed it for him.

 **PS: When did Thomas start looking so grown up?!!! Tobias maybe growing quickly, but mama's other baby is growing up way too fast as well!***

***PPS: Gracie has looked super grown up for a while now. I have been sad about that for far too long. ***

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Monster Mutt

Did you notice Thomas' birthday cake?

His newest "obsession," is monster trucks and Monster Jam (thank you Bryce ;)

I can't complain, other boys his age are loving super heroes and gross cartoon characters (that I won't let him watch).

So this year for Christmas, Mamaw & Papaw gave the kids and Garren tickets to Monster Jam here in Richmond.

Thomas went for the first time last year with Bryce, Bryce's dad, and Garren--and he was hooked. He has talked non-stop about the event for 12 months, catches it when its on TV in other cities, and has started a truck collection of his own.

But, Thomas is not the only fan.  His daddy loved the experience too, and those boys have been counting down the days until Monster Jam--which is Friday.

Gracie has caught a few of the events on TV that I recorded for Thomas, and she seems excited too.

And, doing my best to be the cool mom--I promised daddy that I would take the kids to see Monster Mutt after school today live and in a parking lot.  I was also nice enough to tell super mom Grace so she could be extra super too and take her kids ;)

It was FREEZING!! But, the kids didn't care, and they got pictures with the massive dog monster truck, met the driver, got autographed pictures and won prizes with a game.

Pretty eventful afternoon.

Now, I am not sure if he was checking to make sure I was doing my boy-mom duty, or if he really wanted to see Monster Mutt, but daddy pulled in to the parking lot not long after we arrived and I was sure to get his picture taken too.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

2 Months Cuter

              Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.--Psalm 127:3

Mommy's Birthday Do-Over

Yesterday was a bad one.  Not that it matters much when you are turning 38. Adult birthdays don't really count--and that's a good thing since I am pretty sure the only thing that counted yesterday was that I was a day older and leaped into a new box on standardized forms.

But today, well today, I threw a party for myself.  After all, a new box on a government form is a big deal--probably.

***PS: Many thanks to my parents who slipped an ice cream cake (my favorite!!) into the freezer after their visit to celebrate Thomas' birthday Saturday--it was the brightest spot on my actual birthday yesterday. Thank you for remembering me. ***

Monday, February 15, 2016

Mommy's (Sad) Birthday Checklist

Birthday Checklist:

--Be trapped in house with husband & 3 kids thanks to snow.

--Cancel birthday lunch with friends I planned for myself.

--Cook breakfast

--Clean up breakfast

--Make beds

--Do dishes

--2 loads of laundry

--Clean up Lego mess in living room

--Fix lunch

--Get 1 helping before oldest child eats it all while you feed baby.

--Clean up from lunch

--2 more loads of laundry

--Referee fight

--Cook dinner

--listen to middle child complain about choice for dinner

--Burn garlic bread

--Add in 2 poop diapers, 2 more sibling fights, 4+ feedings

--Find ice cream cake parents snuck in freezer during Saturday's visit to surprise you :)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

Another excuse to have fun with the camera (and Pinterest!!)

Happy Valentine's Day from the Shipley Family!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Celebrating With Grandma & Grandpa

His birthday was Tuesday, but we saved most of the partying for Saturday!

Typically we do celebrations with family on the weekend closest to the child's birthday and on a Sunday--but we are getting a lot of snow (just in time for my birthday! :(  and we didn't want Grandma & Grandpa to have to travel in it.