Sunday, December 11, 2011

An Interview with Isabelle

Thank you, Amanda, for this precious idea! After reading her "interview" with her son Luke (one of Isabelle's best buddies), I had to steal the idea and do this with Isabelle. You ask your kid these questions once a year and save the answers as a memento of their childhood. This was so much fun and gave me many, many laughs. Here you go:

What is your name? Isabelle

How old are you? 2

What is your favorite color? Blue

Who is your best friend? Dougie

What is your favorite animal? Tiger

What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be Connor. :-)

What is your favorite movie? Baby Einstein

What is your favorite book? Everywhere Babies

What makes you happy? Daddy (ah, how sweet!)

What makes you sad? Daddy (ah, how funny!!!!)

What is your favorite food? Grilled Cheese

What is your favorite song? Jesus Loves Me

What are you scared of? Monkeys moving (aka the gorillas at The Rainforest Cafe--we ate there like 4 months ago and she still talks about being scared...)

Thank you Isabelle for the joy you bring to me each and every day! Mommy loves you!!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Family Portraits

Here are the pics from a photo shoot we did in November. Thank you Andi Stubblefield for these precious pictures!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Cousins and Crawling!

The last few weeks have been very exciting around here! We went on a trip to Austin to visit Brendan's brother Jason and his family. The road trip actually went really well and Isabelle was very excited to go on a "trip." Barney on the DVD player and the iTouch kept her entertained in the car, and Connor was just a good little baby as usual. Here are some pics from the visit.

Eating cereal in the morning. Ella got Luke and Isabelle both set up with their bowls.

About to ride the Cedar Park choo choo train. It was really cute and a lot of fun.

Playing dress up with Ella. Ella gave Isabelle a dress up kit with jewelry, shoes, etc, and she loved it!

Ella keeping Connor company on the blanket in the front yard.

Riding a scooter! Santa (aka Grandma) has one all ready for Isabelle in his sleigh for Christmas!

Helping Aunt Kristy water the flowers

Riding bikes with Luke

All of Brendan's Austin cousins came over with their kids for a cookout. It was so much fun for Isabelle to play with all of them! Here are Ella, Luke, Isabelle, and Evan playing dead in the yard.

All in all it was a great trip! When we returned home, Connor decided to start crawling. I can't believe my sweet baby is already crawling. Isabelle gave me 13 months of immobility. This little guy will be walking in no time!

When he first started to attempt it, Isabelle would run over and plop down on him. Thanks, big sis! She did not know what to think of it. Here is the evidence:

Here I go! Here I go!!!!!

Plop! Maybe not...

Here he is crawling to his toys. I love how he explores everything! It's so much fun to watch.

And as with exploring, he wasted no time in checking out the electrical items I have scattered around at floor level. "Hmmm...this looks interesting!"

Maybe I'll try to grab it!!

And here are some cute pics to share.

My two babies in their matching jammies. Isabelle thinks it's so awesome that they have the same outfit. I won't be able to get away with this much longer!

I am really looking forward to the Christmas season!

Sunday, November 6, 2011


Halloween was definitely the most fun it has ever been! It didn't involve any sort of awesome adult party or creeping through a haunted house after dark. All it took for me to say it was the best Halloween ever was getting to enjoy it all through my sweet Isabelle, who is the biggest fan of this holiday! Each trip to WalMart or Target always included a roll through the Halloween decorations and costumes. She was outfitted with halloween cups, plates, napkins, placemats, shirts, mac n cheese (yes, Kraft makes a Halloween version!). We got to attend several Halloween activities which included trick or treating 4 times total! Here are some photos of the day's events.

Connor was dressed up thanks to sweet Tori who brought over an array of baby costumes. He looked super cute in all of them, of course! A duckie and a spider...loved it!!!!

Oh, and to make the day even more super fun was finding Connor SITTING in his crib that morning! Looks like I needed to lower it down now that my little peanut is growing up! Here he is after his morning nap.

And just because he looked so cute in this next picture (that was not taken on Halloween), I have to include it! Temps are finally getting a bit chilly on days, so I got to deck him out in his fleece hoodie and sweatpants.

At 4 pm on Halloween, downtown McKinney hosts a super cool event called Scare on the Square. All the vendors close their shops and sit in front of the stores so kids can trick or treat. Of course we had to attend! Isabelle's costume of the day was a ballerina.

Here she is getting her first taste of Smarties. She was a big fan!

Sweet Connor got pushed around in the stroller and wore a monkey hat for 5 seconds just for a photo op. It was hot out!!!

Isabelle is fascinated with the Scream man. She calls him "Man Waaaaaaaaa!"

We got to trick or treat with our neighbor friend Grace. They both spotted Frosty and had to get their picture taken!

That evening (after a quick stop at McDonald's for a special Happy Meal) we trick or treated the neighborhood with our neighbor friend Chase. Last year these two were barely toddling around as a TCU Cheerleader and a puppy dog, and here they are as big kids...a ballerina and batman!

So now for my favorite part, letting her dump all the candy out (I put all of it in the bucket from all 4 of our trick or treating adventures). This was always my favorite part of Halloween...getting home from a long night of trick or treating and spreading it all over the floor (and of course organizing it into appropriate categories...some things start young and never change!). It was such a joy to see my own daughter experience this awesome part of the holiday! Her favorites are Smarties, Nerds, Candy Corn, and M&Ms. I am happy that she is not a huge fan of the chocolately candies, so daddy and I get to enjoy these.

Thank you Isabelle for making this season so much fun for me. I can't wait to spend the Christmas season with my precious family!!!

And to end the blog, a video taken Halloween morning of my darling baby boy laughing his little head off at a toy harmonica. That laugh is sent down straight from heaven!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fall Fun

Last weekend, Grandpa (or Heepah as Isabelle calls him) came for a long weekend. And we packed in quite a few autumn/Halloween activities! First was the pumpkin patch by our house. Every time we drive by, Isabelle squeals with delight, so we decided to try it out with Grandpa. Here is Isabelle in the hay maze with Daddy. She thought it would easier to just climb over the bales of hay, but Brendan made her find her way through! Go Daddy!

Grandpa and Connor on the wagon waiting for the ride.

Isabelle got to go on her first pony ride! She was so excited because she felt like she was right in the Barney episode on the farm. Of course, everything in her life relates to Barney.

Family shot at the patch. I think we have at least another 3 years before we can get both of the kids to look at the camera and smile.

Petting zoo fun. It is not enough for Isabelle to just pet the animals. She must KISS all of them. And when I say kiss, it's usually not on the back like you see here. It's a full fledged make out on the mouth.

We had a great time with our Grandpa at the pumpkin patch!

Now on to the neighborhood Halloween festival. We got to go with our neighbor friend Chase. They are SO cute in their little costumes holding hands. It is so nice that our homeowner dues go to pay for fun events like this!

Spinning the wheel for a prize. She got a big balloon.

Isabelle and Chase sharing a moment at the haunted graveyard.

Jumpy jumpy! Chase's first time in bounce house!

And here we have an example of Isabelle making out with a goat.

Getting her face painted...she was not too sure about this.

While my dad was here, we also went to the State Fair of Texas. It was too much fun! Last year Isabelle was not walking yet, so it was pretty much just me pushing her around in a stroller. Now the fun can really begin! She got ride on rides, play games, walk in front of the stroller rather than riding it, and eat all sorts of fun treats.

Playing a game to catch a ducky. Every kid gets a prize!

This was called Little Hands on the Farm. Each kid got an apron and a bucket and got to pretend they were a farmer, harvesting crops, milking a cow, and selling their goods at the farmers market. What a fun activity!

More petting zoo fun. Hello Mr. Ostrich!

Oh, and Connor was there, don't worry! Poor little buddy sits in the stroller so sweetly, and gets pats on the head and kisses every few minutes. Big sister is usually the center of attention...

Rides! Rides! Rides! We did the carousel and several other ones. We had to ride with her, but I had SO much fun, even on these kiddie rides! Here is Brendan leading her on to the monster trucks.

This hot air balloon ride was actually pretty crazy! I thought it would just go in a circle, but it lifted up and spun around wildly. I'm still not sure if she liked it...but I sure had fun! cream!

Checking out all the rides at the car show. This was great because one of her favorite things to do at home is to sit in the car and push all the buttons. We had such a fun time at the fair. Next year will be awesome because Connor will be in on ALL of the action, too!!!

The weekend ended with the McKinney Performing Arts Center Halloween Party at a neighborhood called Tucker Hill. It kind of looks like a movie set with gorgeous homes and landscaping. They close off the streets, give the residents candy and tell them to decorate and dress up, and anyone can come a trick or treat. How awesome!

We met up with our neighbor Grace to trick or treat. No, Isabelle is not in a costume but in a festive Halloween ensemble. I thought she looked precious!

Here is an example of the neighbors at Tucker Hill. That little man was hilarious!

She loves all things Halloween, and isn't really scared of much.

She LOVED this reaper guy. Isabelle was high fiving him. I hope she continues to love Halloween. Next year we'll get her some kind of fun elaborate costume. This year we are using our Disney princess dress and a ballerina outfit. She really only gets that you get to see lots of pumpkins and ghosts, and get candy at people's houses (the most important part, really, haha).
We are so blessed to live in a community that has such wonderful free events for its residents. Happy Halloween!!!