Starting to...

Roll Over!

I know she still has a ways to go but I can't help but get excited!

Starting to Roll

Starting to Roll 2

Cheer Competition

Anna Cheer

Anna had her cheer competition last week. Her team came in 3rd and Anna came in 2nd place for the individual. Go Anna!

Jourdan cheering Anna on! Well, this was in between the cheering.

Jourdan at Cheer

Anna Cheer 3

Anna Cheer 2

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 08

Little Turkey

I am thankful for...

my family.
my little ones.
Eaan being home safe.
being able to spend Christmas with Eaan when some many others will not be able to spend the holidays with their loved ones.

Thanksgiving 08

Thanksgiving 08

Eight Ball

Jourdan Eight Ball

In case everyone doesn't already know, Jourdan loves to play pool. He calls it eight ball. My brother has been putting him on the pool table lately and letting him roll the balls around. I think he just wants to be the "cool" Uncle. The other day the light was shinning in on the pool table and it made for some cool shots. So I put Jourdan on the pool table. There I go starting bad habits again. But hey, I got some cute pictures and Jourdan had fun.

Jourdan Eight Ball

Jourdan Eight Ball

Jourdan Eight Ball

Jourdan Eight Ball

A Baby and Her Bumbo


I officially have a Bumbo, well Layla does. I never had one with Jourdan because they were expensive and I just didn't want one. I ended up getting it because there was an awesome sale. The Bumbo is Layla's Christmas present. I was going to wait and give it to her on Christmas but why wait when she can use it now. She isn't going to remember. So I am just going to wrap it for Christmas so I can take pictures of her opening it. I know, I am crazy...and she is going to be traumatized if she reads this post when she is older.

The Bumbo is actually pretty cool. She likes to sit up so I figured she would like sitting in the Bumbo. I was right. She likes it. She sits and watches the craziness that goes on in our house. Or in this rare moment, she was with the other little ones watching a couple minutes of TV.

Anna, Layla and Jourdan

I know, I am already starting bad habits. Don't worry her TV viewing is rare.


She mostly sleeps and eats.


When she isn't eating or sleeping, she is talking to herself and spitting up.


Sometimes she can spit up while she that's talent.

Anyway, enough spit up talk.
Jourdan seems to like the Bumbo too.


He is probably just mad because I never got him one.

Layla & Jourdan

"Mom, stop taking pictures of me...I mean it."


"For real mom, you are scaring me with that camera!"


Sweet Baby Girl

3 months old and getting chubbier by the day.

Layla :: 3 Months

Layla :: 3 Months

Layla :: 3 Months

Snow Flurries

Snow Flurries

We had snow flurries today! First snow of the year that stuck to the ground. Now, it was only there for about 10 minutes but hey, that's not the point. The point is there was snow, on the ground. Jourdan's never seen snow! And he still hasn't. He was asleep when the snow storm (yeah right, storm) went down.

Snow Flurries

It was really coming down...for about 5 minutes.

Snow Flurries

Snow Flurries

Snow Flurries

Snow Flurries

Snow Flurries

Snow Flurries

These are the pumpkins we picked out when we went to the corn maze. All 18 of them are still kicking.

Snow Flurries

And this was 10 minutes after the excitement began. Nothing.

Snow Flurries

Poor J

Sick J 1

We pretty much have been confined to the couch. Jourdan has a tummy ache and threw up for the first time ever today. Cartoons and watching snow flurries have been the highlight of our day.

Sick J 2

Sick J 3

Poor Jourdan

Maryland Storms


This was earlier today.
My mom and I have an unnatural love for storms.

Anna's 8th Birthday


Anna had her 8th birthday party last weekend. The weather outside was perfect. Which was a good thing because we were going to throw all the kids outside, rain or shine. I think there were roughly 15-20 kids here. My mom had the great idea of making Anna's party theme "outside games" (see I knew she was good for something...just kidding, I love you mommy). Anyway, I am just glad all the kids were outside and that the weather cooperated. Or else we would have had some pretty unhappy adults. (Imagine with me...15 kids, sugar, cake, indoors...humm)

On to the party! We had potato sack races...


Race 2

Anna lost by a hair.

Anna Sad Face

So Tommy teamed up with her for the 3 Legged Race to give her the edge to win. It was her birthday after all.

Tommy and Anna Race

She just held on for dear life. I love this picture! It looks like her foot is broken! (It's not and there weren't any injuries, surprisingly.)

Tommy and Anna Race 2

For the next race all the girls wanted to be on Chris' team.


This time it was Chris and Tommy against each other. Oh yea and the kids of course.

Tommy and Chris

There they go!

Tommy and Chris 2

Tommy and Chris 3

They were in the lead, then this happened. They lost.

Tommy and Chris 4

Tommy and Chris 5

Moving on to the Hula Hoop contest. I think Anna won this one. I wouldn't be caught dead Hula Hooping...I would probably look stupid.

Anna Hula

Then it was time for the Pinata. We let the little ones go first.

Jourdan Pinata

Then the birthday girl, blindfolded.

Anna Pinata

The Pinata looked like this by the time everyone had a turn.


So we let Chris go at it.
Which caused this to happen.


Surprisingly only one injury.

Candy 2

We made sure to have a small stash of candy for the little ones because we knew they wouldn't be able to get any.

Jourdan Pop

Birthday Cake Time!! Man, there are a lot of people in our dinning room.

Happy Birthday

Finally, it was time for presents.


Anna and Jourdan

Well, this isn't a birthday present...

Jourdan Bike

...but this was! Anna got a new bike, an American Girl doll and a whole ton of presents from her friends. Mom and I are also taking her to New York City in the beginning of January to go to the American Girl Place. She is one lucky little girl! Anna, I hope you had a great birthday. Happy Birthday Anna!

Anna Bike

Is this what I get to look forward to when Jourdan and Layla are older? A bunch of kids hyped up on sugar running around my house? I can't wait!