Wednesday, March 26, 2014

And so it begins...

Jaris had his first soccer practice!  I knew it was going to be a big step for him as he is the youngest on the team.  Right now we do a gym class but it's a "mommy and me" type class so I'm by his side the whole time.  He is very shy in big groups!  The first practice was pretty chaotic, kids every where!  I had to push Jaris out to the field and help him the whole time.  He started to get more comfortable towards the end so hopefully the next practice will be a little more organized!  We got in the car and he said he really liked it and that he had fun.  He didn't show much excitement on the field so I was glad to hear that!  He looked mighty cute though and we are very excited to finally start sports!









Watch out sports world!


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Valentine's Day

 We don't do much for Valentine's day and this year was no exception.  We made JT's cards this year, he and I baked a cake, and Brett and I went to a movie and then ordered pizza!  Pretty perfect for me, I'm a  "at home in my sweats, cook our own dinner" kind of girl over the fancy, over-priced, and always crowded restaurant kind of girl...at least on Valentine's day!


I ran out of frosting before I could do the last rose...



 This was our Valentine's day pic last year which is pretty hard to top!


Very last minute (and I mean 30 mins before the sunset, get home, get him dressed, do his hair, find a location within walking distance, the day before) I decided to do this...


...add the sucker and they were perfect!


Loved how they turned out except I'm wishing I took a picture of him with out his arm up because it's rare I can get this out of him!

On a fun side note this was Brett and I's 14th Valentine's day together (since 2001)! How crazy is that?!  We didn't officially start dating until that March, which will make for 13 years together!



Thursday, January 30, 2014

iPhone Pics

Why does January seem like such a long month?  We've had a lot of birthdays this month, my sister moved to California, and  we made a trip to Tulsa.  We are definitely ready for spring weather but here's a little of our January through iPhone pics!

Love playing with our Cars.



Helped mommy at work.

Loves gym class and specifically loves tackling Wyatt (the little boy next to him).

Just being adorable!

Helping mom make eggs and pancakes for breakfast!

Christmas with Granny after she got back from her trip.


KU games...

My boys are pretty good lookin'!

I said, "well that stinks, we lost."  This was seriously his reaction. Cracks me up!


Same shirts different game :)
Went bowling for grammy's birthday! She kicked all of our butts!


So excited for soccer to start in spring!

Dinosaur, ships, planes, tractors, and cars...all boy, all the time.
We took a short trip to Tulsa for Breagan's 1st birthday, it was adorable and Jaris always loves being with the boys!







That's all for now!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Welcome 2014!

2013 was a year of ups and downs for our family.  Seven days into 2013 we unexpectedly lost my aunt, my grandfather passed at the beginning of December, my other grandfather had a stroke but thankfully is okay, my uncle was diagnosed with cancer but has beat it, and my grandmothers cancer came back for a 3rd time at the end of this year.  But we welcomed our beautiful niece and future bestie Breagan into the world, went on our first official (aka non-basketball) vacation, Jaris is potty trained, I got a new job, and many small blessings in between.

Destin was hands down my favorite part of 2013.  My family always went on AAU tournament trips but we had never been on a basketball free family vacation.  I love when all of Brett's family is together and adding my family just tops off the fun.  We had such a fun time and I can't wait to do it again!









Happy New Year! Bring on 2014!

Thanksgiving & Christmas

Thanksgiving was great! It was Brett's family this year and we had a lot of fun with the boys here and Breagan of course! And thanks for putting up with my constant cleaning up/ocd craziness!  Dinner came out perfectly and after hosting my second Thanksgiving dinner I can officially say I'm 100% comfortable with it...as long as I don't have to do the gravy.  The day after we went to Bass Pro Shop to see Santa, we always hate to see the Ballards leave, it takes a few days for JT to get used to the morning when he wakes up and they aren't there but we have fun when they are here.








Next thing you know it's Christmas!  It was my family Christmas and it was perfect.  It is just so much better when you have kids and this year Brett and I decided not to get each other gifts and I'm really glad we stuck to that.  Over the course of the year, dinners here & shopping there is enough for us.  Jaris on the other hand made out pretty well!

xmas eve shopping partner, can't get any more adorable!














LOVED relasing memorial balloons, we wrote messages and sent them up. Perfect way to remember your loved ones on Christmas
outtake!




gotta love a family game of apples to apples!
 Another great year of family holidays, we are truly blessed.