Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Boating Fun

About a month ago, we got to go out with my parents on their boat.  The girls had such a great time & they are still talking about it.  They love to go on "Bee & Cowboy's boat!"

Here are a few pictures from the day:

Y'all. Preslee's face says it all. Do you think she was having fun?:



Boat riding:




K doing her thing on the kneeboard... like mother like daughter {I grew up on the kneeboard & loved every minute of it}:

We set up shop on a beached area for the day.  It was perfect to have lunch and let the girls play:

Cowboy trying to let Kennedie get a "feel" for wake boarding.  I think she'll be up next summer if we find a smaller wake board:




Here is a video of Sawyer kneeboarding. I am SO, SO, SO incredibly proud of her.  Last summer all she wanted to do was ride in the boat.  We could barely get her in to get wet.  This summer - look at her go:

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And of course here is Kennedie doing her thing.... she was even trying to do some hot-shotting going side to side & waving!  Ha!:


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This summer I decided it was time to learn how to slalom.  As stated previously I grew up on the kneeboard.  My parents had a boat growing up and I remember vividly living on the lake in the summer times.  I SO enjoyed kneeboarding, that I didn't have time for anything else.  I remember learning to ski on two skis, but didn't care for it much and wanted my knee board (clearly I'm old and this was all before wake boarding was even a thing).  My mom & dad would slalom, and mom was REALLY good, but it just never struck my fancy.  Last summer I got up on the wake board a few times and tried to get up on the slalom a few times, but just couldn't do it.  I was determined this year that I would get up on one ski.  I didn't want to waste time learning how to drop a ski... I just wanted to get up on one & learn how to do it.  I'm proud to say that after ample amount of tries, I finally did it!  I even ventured out of the wake & went for a long time.  This is the only video I have-- not my best run, but near the beginning when I was trying to get the hang of it.  Who says you can't teach old dogs new tricks:

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We had such a fun time & we are so thankful that my parents took our crazy crew out for fun in the sun!








Kennedie Goes to First Grade & Looses First Tooth

I can't believe my big girl has already started her third week of FIRST grade!  Y'all, how in the world is my baby big enough to be a big first grader?! What?!

A week and a half before school started, Kenendie got to go up on a Saturday morning for a pajamas & donut time in her class.  It was not an "official" meet the teacher time, but more of a time for the kids to get acquainted with each other.  It was great, but my poor Ms. K started crying when we first got there, and I thought, "Oh, no. Here we go again."  But no worries, those tears dried up soon and by the time we left she was having the time of her life. I don't have any pictures, but it was such a great time for the class to get to know one another.

About four days later Kennedie got to go back up to the school for the "official" Meet the Teacher night & to drop off her school supplies.  Here is my sweet girl in her seat, so happy:

Kennedie already LOVES her teacher, Mrs. Stephenson, SO much!  I think that God is so good & very faithful... HE has gone before us again & I just know that we'll have another blessed year.  Here is K with her sweet teacher:


We had to snag a few pictures with some friends in class with her that she was excited about:


And then of course we had to go see Mrs. Lopez and snag a picture with her favorite Kindergarten teacher & another friend in her class last year & this year:


Kennedie was so excited to be back up at school and to see all of her friends.  I felt like it was going to be a good year for her!  

On Sunday, the day before school started, Kennedie grew up even more!  Her bottom middle teeth have been loose for awhile now, and one was super wiggly.  She really wanted us to pull it out since it was barely hanging on.  Lantz and I both were a little squeamish about the loose tooth. It both gave us the heeby-jeeby's to try to pull it, but it did need to come out.  Lantz and I teased a bit about who was going to have to do the dirty job of getting it out, and I won!!!  I did not have to pull the tooth-- yes!  So, Lantz attempted grabbing it but couldn't grip it very good, so yes, yes he did go to the garage and get his pliers.  K was excited to get the tooth out and was all smiles.  She didn't bat an eye about getting it out-- she was ready.  

You can see in the picture below she could push it all the way down, so it was time to come out:

So... we of course video'd the fun.  Here it is for your tooth-pulling fun entertainment:

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I didn't grab an official "after" picture of her little toothless grin.  I was a little frantic trying to make sure that everything was ready for the next day for her first day of first grade and trying to make sure that the tooth fairy got the memo to show up.

So the tooth fairy delivered that night & left a one dollar bill with sparkles all over it.  Yay!  {Again, slacking on the picture department because we were trying to get off to a great start for the first day of school.}

Here are a few pictures of Kennedie's first day of school official chalkboard pictures:



And apparently I want to torture myself with how big she has gotten, so here is a walk down memory lane with the pictures all lined up:


Y'all. I mean seriously. Look how big!  And in case you didn't know it-- babies don't keep. 


At Kennedie's school, only Kindergarten parents get to walk in and drop off in the classroom.  They expect the older students to know the routine and be able to walk in by themselves.  So... I had been praying for Kennedie as she was preparing to start school. You remember she burst into tears on the Saturday donut/pajama party and so I was so worried for her.  God is so faithful.  My K had a great first day without ANY TEARS!!  Yes, you read that right... my girl who cried every day of Kindergarten until the middle of January didn't cry at all on her first day of first grade!!  Yay!  And guess what... we are in week three & still tear-free!  

I'm so incredibly proud of my sweet girl!!!! 

{OH, and side note to the tooth story.  She came home from her first day of school and decided that her second loose tooth was ready to be pulled, so Lantz helped her pull that one & she started day two with another visit from the tooth fairy and two teeth out!} 



Monday, August 29, 2016

Pool Fun

This summer has been a summer of swimming, that's for sure.  We have been so blessed by some sweet neighbors and some sweet friends at church who have pools and allowed us to come swim while they were out of town.  By this sweet gesture, we got in TONS of family time and the girls were able to practice swimming so much!

I would say that both Kennedie & Sawyer are doing a great job without their life jackets on.  I feel a bit more confident with Kennedie swimming, but really Sawyer is doing amazing too- especially considering she is only 4.

Preslee however has really surprised me.  She always want to "do it without my life jacket!"  We let her have some practice time without it and at first, she wasn't real sure what to do.  She kinda would just sink and we'd have to pull her up.  But now, she completely understands that she has to kick and hold her breath and move her arms.  She is so funny.  She will intentionally swim away from us at times because she doesn't want us to help her.  She really is doing SOOOOO good considering she is only two, but for sure still needs that life jacket on when one of us is not hands on watching her.

Sweet Chantzlyn has been my little water baby this summer!  She loves the water & will move her feet when I talk to her about kicking.  I can also sit her on a shallow step in the water and count to three and she will just kind of "jump in" {fall in} to me all on her own, and completely hold her breath.  She rarely comes out of the water coughing, but rather smiling from ear to ear so proud she went under.

Here are a few pictures and the few videos that we've captured {and ignore the fact that I totally forgot Chantzlyn's swimsuit that day and she had to swim in her swim diaper... although she didn't seem to mind at all}:


















Here are a few videos we got this summer-- some from Lantz's phone & some from Brenda's phone when she helped me take the girls swimming one day:

Chantzlyn kicking:
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Preslee girl: 
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More Preslee:

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Here is my Sawyer girl in action... FOUR y'all!  My little fish:

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And my big girl Kennedie!  I think if she can get her side breathing down she'll be ready for swim team:

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We seriously have had the best and most fun summer ever swimming!  I love all four of my little fish!!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Chantzlyn's 9 Month Portraits

Last month I took some 9 month pictures of Chantzlyn.  I had the other girls out doing their yearly shots, so I thought I may as well get some of this cutie.  I decided on a sweet little dress that was my mother-in-law's when she was a baby.  Sweet girl wasn't much in a picture mood, but you wouldn't know it from these few great ones that I snagged:





I love this little one to pieces & I'm so blessed to call her mine!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Kennedie's 6 Year Portraits

Kennedie turned 6 in May and so we did her yearly pictures this summer.  I love my sweet girl so much & I love the sweet little girl she is becoming.  Her smile is so big-- just like her heart!












I'll love her with my whole heart for my whole life!