Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Faher's Day/Beach

Now that it's almost September I guess I might as well get our photos from Father's Day weekend up.

We celebrated in Port Aransas, but before Gary could come down to join us we spent a few days there with my friend Lauren and her kids, Ty and Reese.

We pretty much lived in the pool for those few days.

Once Daddy arrived it got a little busier. First we spent an hour or two fishing on the pier where Miller caught 2 fish and Emmylou was cruelly, unjustly denied.

We also paid a visit to their favorite souvenir shop where they picked out (what else?) a stuffed dolphin and mermaid holding lollipops (double score!).
They also had a Spiderman ride in there and Miller and Spidey became fast BFFs.

One night we fried up some catfish we caught at HEB along with some hush puppies and okra. Yay for brown food!
The next night Miller professed his love for broccoli and ate an entire plate. Who is this child?

E & M requested breakfast in bed for Father's Day. Role-reversal, I guess, but Gary didn't seem to mind.
Then they gave him his gifts, of which they had already spilled the beans, of course. Emmylou made him a "Shrink Ray 1000" inspired by Gary's weekly threats to shrink Miller and her forever and put them in his belly, and by the weapon of choice in the movie Despicable Me. Here he is feigning surprise:

The gift from Miller was at least a tiny bit of a surprise. The kids had told Gary that he was getting a "cup with Miller's picture," but didn't tell him which picture. Remember Miller's horrible school photos? Gary, especially, thought they were hilarious, so I got one of those (#70, if you clicked on the link) put on a mug for him. Success!

The kids and I also made some cupcakes that looked like BBQ grills for him and for Pawpaw.

Our kids are so lucky to have the best daddy in the world!

Monday, August 29, 2011


I couldn't resist stealing this pic from the Riley's blog. It was from when Emmylou and Tripp met their teachers the Friday before kindergarten started. Sadly they're not in the same class but that's okay, we know we'll all still see each other all the time.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Big boy bed

Miller had a big week too. He got a new big boy bed!

It even has a special spot for his favorite dinos.

Extreme close-up:

Class of 2025

Emmylou started kindergarten on Monday! Here she is before we left the house, making sure I could see the tattoo she had on her hand from the circus the day before.

Entering the class... Her teacher had to remind her to go back and give me a kiss and hug goodbye! I was so proud of her and had to fight back the tears big time at that point.
And leaving after a great first day.
When I asked her how it was she replied, "It was... Guh-REAT!" and "I LOVED it!".


Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Aunt Lauren! Part 1

We are all so happy that we've gotten to see so much of Aunt Lauren this summer! First, she came to visit us at the beginning of June for a few days, and then we just got back a couple weeks ago from visiting her in Virginia. Our photos from Virginia will be up soon (promise!) but for now, here are the way-late ones from when she came to see us. As usual, she cut the kids' hair and even brought something special for Emmylou's hair: silk shimmers! Emmylou has been sassy all summer with those sparkles!

Putting some shimmers in Dolly's hair, natch.

We loved having Mimi here with us too!
Trying on Aunt Lauren's towering heels...
And swimming in Barton Springs!

We love you, Aunt Lauren!

Monday, August 08, 2011

Preschool Graduation

So, let's see... Where did I leave off? A royal wedding? Mother's Day camping trip?

Geesh, I really couldn't be more behind on this blog, so apologies to anyone who still actually checks for new posts. This summer has been filled with fun and exciting happenings but I'm usually too exhausted once the kids go to bed to do anything that requires a single brainwave.

But to get just a bit caught up (like, from May and June :-P ), I 'll start with Emmylou's preschool graduation. It's hard to believe we already went through four years with her preschool and that she'll begin kindergarten in less than three weeks. But let's not go there, shall we?

The day started with Grammie picking up Emmylou for breakfast before school. For the past four years Grammie has taken Lou to breakfast before school at least once a week. Sadly this tradition won't live on next year when Emmylou has to be at school by 7:30!

With her class and "diploma":
There was a slideshow as each kid was called so you could see both a baby picture and current photo of them.
Songs, a few words and then cake and lemonade outside.
And, she just looks far too grown up in this picture...
Miller also had his last day of school. He will miss Ms. Marci so, so much!

Reading a last book:
Last yoga practice:
Farewell party:
Last time to play outside:

Next year he'll be in the Day School. No more Children's Morning Out for him!