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December 2012

Ahhhh, I WILL be better with keeping up my blog this year!!  Here’s a recap of December.  Busy month.  Fun Month.
We made Christmas cookies with Aubrey and Cam.
We also went on the Christmas Train, which I think will be an annual tradition from here on out!
Fynn was so excited for the train ride and Sutton was a little tired and quiet but when we got to the carousel he completely brightened up.  He was so happy on there and could have stayed on it all night.
We listened to carol singers, ate yummy stew and cornbread, ride mini horses and drank hot chocolate.

Christmas was a little difficult this year without Grandma.
Luckily the boys being another year old made it more fun because they were finally into opening presents and santa and the whole bit.
Uncle Jordan came to visit as well.
Fynn completely did this on his own.  Once he put those glasses on he became an entirely different boy.
The boys are complete wrestlers lately.
Seriously.
We were at a nice Christmas party and they started wrestling in the middle of the floor.
Of course everyone there thought it was so cute and funny but I was mortified.
Luckily they are 2 (ALMOST 3) so we can get away with it for now.
Fynn asked Santa for a race car and Sutton asked for a microphone.
And grandpa Jim and Linda sent this awesome roller coaster!
Papa O gave some awesome stocking stuffers and Sutton loved his Cars magazine.
Aunt Kim and Uncle Tom got this awesome double sided race track that they LOVE!
Miranda got them these cute books that Sutton loves.
Although I love the Christmas decorations I was happy to have our house back to normal once we took everything down.
And of course we had our annual play date with our twin friends!

My goal for 2013 is to do a better job at document my babies since they are almost 3 and no longer babies but BIG BOYS!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

 

 

 

 

January 12, 2013
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November 2012

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Yes we are almost to Christmas and I have yet to post since Halloween.  Life is BUSY!  But it’s a good busy.  Photography business was insanely busy!

So, here’s a recap of our November.

My sweet friend, Jesse, over at Good Girl Gone Glad was nice enough to snap a few pictures of the four of us.  My timing wasn’t the greatest, in that I chose the day after Halloween and the evening after a school day.  Boys were not the most cooperative.

The weather has been beautiful and perfect until this week so we made the most of it and went to the zoo with Kiki.
The boys always love the turtles.
We also went to the nature park to snap some pictures before I had a couple of sessions.
The boys LOVED the leaves!


O
nce photography slowed down I got to take more pictures of my kiddos.
I think they enjoyed the break though.
I love this boy’s cheeks and lips!!
Thanksgiving was spent at Kiki & Pappy’s house.  The night before we discovered their ovens were not working so we moved the cooking to our house.
We had breakfast and watched the parade.

We also did some garage painting!!
Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

December 21, 2012
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Halloween 2012

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This year we decided early on we would dress the boys as Buzz Lightyear and Woody from Toy Story.  I always envisioned Fynn as Woody and Sutton as Buzz but Fynn is  a bit taller and the Woody costume was a tad short on him.  He looked so cute in that cowboy hat though! 🙂

But the boys love to “trade” so we changed last minute.

Love these boys soooooo much!

Kiki wanted the boys to come and trick-or-treat in her neighborhood so we did that first.

Then we went to the school carnival and by J Gram’s.

Fun night followed by exhaustion!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

November 6, 2012
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Labor Day Weekend 2012

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We had a great Labor Day Weekend this year!  Daddy and I won tickets to the first Oklahoma State University football game!  The next day we went to the lake to help Papa O get the boat out of the water.  Sutton found this book titled, “How to Clean Practically Anything.”  He was OBSESSED with it….we even had to bring it home.
Who doesn’t find this funny?!
Sweet Boy!
Monday we went to spend the day with Aunt Kim and Grandpa at Kiki & Pappy’s house.
We cleaned the pool, which the boys LOVED doing.
Did some swimmin’!
After we ate hamburgers and hot dogs Aunt Kimmie gave us fruit bars and BOY OH BOY were they MESSY!
But oh so yummy…and funny I guess.
Straight to the bath after this mess!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

September 4, 2012
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Boys’ “First” 4th

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No, this wasn’t their first 4th of July….their 3rd actually.  But, it was their first time to experience the fireworks.  The first year they were almost 6 months old and I was more worried about the fireworks waking up my babies!  Last year we had been to the lake house all day and only saw the fireworks on our drive home, which they slept through.  So, this year we got sparklers and poppers and a few others and they LOVED them!  We went to Kiki & Pappy’s house for dinner and then let them play and it was hysterical!  Sutton would just throw the poppers on the ground one by one without even looking.  Fynn liked to put them on the driveway and then step on them.

Since Fynn can be a bit of a weeny I suggested we use the plastic cups as shields (something I saw on Pinterest) and it worked great!

After our fireworks we headed down to the river to watch the BIG fireworks!

We ended up waiting a while because we wanted to be there early when the jets flew over.  They had some airplanes at first, which the boys were glued to for at least 20 minutes and once the jets flew overhead Fynn FREAKED OUT!  Sutton loved them!  Fynn, not so much.  Well, not so much until Pappy said HE liked the jets…then of course Fynn had to announce, “I like the jets!”

Side note: Sutton has become attached to this random cover to the Toy Story 2 movie case.  It is so worn out and we somehow managed to get two of them so he always wants Fynn to carry the other.

I’ve seen countless firework shows in my 31 years of living but seeing it through my kids’ eyes for the first time was so cool.  They were mesmerized!

Hope everyone had a great 4th and THANK YOU to all our service men and women for protecting our FREEDOM!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

July 7, 2012
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Memorial Weekend 2012

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Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!  Our weekend was AWESOME!  Friday we took the boys and got a few pictures of them playing on a gravel road by our house, splurged with some ice cream and played so well together all day!  Aunt Kim, Grandpa and Uncle Tom came by with some new t-shirts for the boys as well as some homemade pickled beets for me.  Daddy and I got to snuggle up and watch We Bought a Zoo….HIGHLY recommend it, great movie!  Saturday we worked in the yard some more, cleaned, went to the store and played.  We have been enjoying our new patio furniture!

Sunday after church and brunch our good friends, Katie and Reid, came to visit with their 2-year-old son, Owen, and 4-month-old son, Boone.  We also invited two other families over for a big BBQ!

There were 9 kids and 8 adults.
We jumped and jumped…
Even Daddy jumped!
We had a fun new sprinkler!
Of course kids find the hose cart so fun!
Sutton did not like the grass sticking to his feet!
Katie is always sooo good with all the kiddos!

We grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and so much yummy food!
Spending some quality time with awesome people made my weekend perfect.
I loved being surrounded by old friends as well as new.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

May 30, 2012
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The Bittersweet Holiday

Mother’s Day will always be bittersweet.  It’s a reminder of my mom not being here but it’s also a reminder of my two blessings.

This year we decided to do Mother’s Day weekend at the lake….there is a hammock, lots of open spaces, shoreline with lots of rocks, fishing, boating, vegging, sleeping….a great place to go relax.

It was a weekend of FIRSTS for our boys.

First kite flying experience…althought there wasn’t much wind so it didn’t last long.
First time fishing.

First boat ride.  Now this FIRST was super exciting!  Daddy is a COMPLETE BOAT person and has been wanting to take the boys for a ride since they were born.  Luckily, Fynn LOVED it.  Sutton loved the boat until it started going but eventually he calmed down and enjoyed the ride.

Sutton’s favorite part was honking the horn!
They could have played on this ramp ALL weekend.
Sutton and I went on our very own walk together.
I think it was hands down one of my all-time favorite moments with him.  He just grabbed my hand and we started walking and walking and walking.  He wanted to check out the different flowers, trees and run and play.  He also was a chatter box but with words that brought tears to my eyes…still does as I type this.  He would say, “mama, lub you” and “tank ew mama” and just look up with me and smile.  I didn’t want it to end!
I taught him to blow on the dandelions.
And it tickled!  He picked up some wild flowers at one point and said, “KIKI!”  So we delivered them to our Kiki. 
We did some swinging with Kiki.
Played on the hammock.
Threw rocks of course…wouldn’t be a trip to the lake without that.
Bonded with Daddy.
More fishin with cousin Eric.
And made our FIRST s’mores.
Sutton’s interest was short – Thomas the Choo Choo was on inside and he was exhausted.  Fynn couldn’t decide if he liked it or not.  He knew he liked the graham cracker and the chocolate but the marshmallow was throwing him off.  He kept handing it to me for me to eat then would want it back.
In the end I think he liked it.
These two bring so much joy to such a difficult day for me.
Saying I’m thankful for them is the understatement of the century.

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

May 16, 2012
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Easter 2012

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Easter this year was VERY different.  Grandma wasn’t there.
The boys came to church with Jason and I and then we met up with the rest of the family.
We all went to Claremore to celebrate the holiday at Grandma & Grandpa’s house before the house is sold.  For my husband and his sister their childhood memories are all over this house, inside and out.
Luckily we had a few kids around to help keep us laughing and entertained, although I was constantly reminded how much Grandma would have loved to be there.
Kiki got the boys Easter buckets and some bubbles!
I don’t think we have ever spent THAT much time playing with bubbles but the kids LOVED them.
Sutton kept saying, “BUBBLES!” demanding we keep the wand going.  Kiki’s arm got a work-out.
Pappy even showed us how to dip the wands into the bubbles!
Uncle Kelly and Fynn
Look what I got!!
Sutton looks sleepy!

Sutton, in usual fasion, was very methodical about placing his eggs in his bucket.
Fynn discovered that if you dump your bucket out onto the grass you can pick them up again.  Genius child of mine, I know.
Cousin Elliot coming in for the eggs!
Fynn loves to say, “No Baby!”

Uncle Kelly & Sutton
My Three Favorite Guys

Aside from my kids missing a nap, not eating much lunch, eating candy (they RARELY eat candy) and the constant reminder Grandma wasn’t there….it was a good Easter celebrating our Lord and Savior!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

April 11, 2012
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Homemade Gifts

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This post is late….OF COURSE!!!

This year my sister-in-law and I decided to make homemade ornaments for the grandparents and great-grandparents.  These are the best, most sentimental gifts that will last forever!  I always love doing stuff like this and thanks to Pinterest we were full of ideas!

All it took was some flour, salt and water!

Cousin Eric was super excited to smash his hand in the dough!

We did one of Elliot’s foot instead of hand.
Gotta love chubby baby feet!

ALL DONE READY FOR PAINT!
Sutton painting his.
It kind of worked out great because when Jenny brought her kiddos over to paint Sutton woke up but Fynn stayed asleep so I was able to do just one at a time.

And of course everyone LOVED them!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

January 16, 2012
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Christmas 2011

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Christmas has come and gone.  It goes by so fast!

We had a wonderful holiday and the boys of course were spoiled.

Our game room has barely any room left for anything else!

We got the boys a keyboard and drum set but they aren’t too annoying.  The boys LOVE both!

Papa O got them a new workbench.

Grandpa & Grandma got them ponies!  They were scared of them at first but as you can see that is no more.

They got a new table and chairs so no more highchairs for us!  YAY!

They got the new early rider bikes from my dad and Linda, which they are still trying to get the hang of.

They also got a tent with the tunnel, which is a HUGE hit!

We opened all the presents Christmas Eve but Christmas morning they got the bikes, the work bench, a slide and their shopping carts.
Christmas day we went over to Kiki & Pappy’s for Christmas dinner.

Fynn & Uncle Jordan

3 cousins on a trampoline!

Great holiday.  Ready for the NEW YEAR!!!

Until next post…

The Mamarazzi

December 30, 2011
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