Thursday, June 25, 2009

Reagan is Eleven Months Old

The day after Barbara's wedding, Reagan turned 11 months. I kept telling myself not to forget with everything else going on. And I am so glad that I didn't. I think the pictures turned out great.

We also had Robert's uncle and his family staying with us for the weekend. I wanted to make sure and get some pictures of the two youngest, Reagan and Brennon. He is only five days older than Reagan. You know what? It is kinda hard to get two 11 month olds to both stay still and both look at the camera and both smile. Oh, well. I get points for trying, right?

Barbara's Wedding (and Manny's too, I guess!)

We made it! To the wedding and most importantly, through the wedding and all the parties! It was great and we all loved every part of it. But we were so ready for it all to be over, too. I took lots of pictures so I will just post my favorites and tell a little about the day through them. Here it goes...brace yourselves!

We began the morning bright and early at the salon to get hair done. Lindsey and Brielle had stickers to occupy their waiting time. They also enjoyed going back again and again for more food.Lindsey was so excited to get her hair done like Cinderella's. I don't think she ever let go of the arms of the chair though.Her hair could have been left like this and it would have been fine with me.Lindsey with her Cinderella hair.Sweet cousins with beautiful hair (and tiaras, too).
The cute flower girls waiting for pictures to be done with. I love their shoes poking out from under their dresses.The bride with my girls - all three beautiful!Couldn't resist taking this picture.On their way to the reception at the church building.Yummy and gorgeous cakes!
Maybe a minute after we drove away from the church building, this is what I saw when I turned around. Adorable!Once we got inside, Lindsey was out once again. This time with a better pillow, daddy!Tired baby - she missed her nap during the wedding.Manny and Barbara arriving at the dinner and party.There was this great mirror at the dinner that I again couldn't resist taking pictures with.This was after the girls woke up and were both happy again. Yea for short naps!The "Chicken Dance". One of Lindsey's favorites.Trying to "teach" Reagan to do the "Chicken Dance" was interesting but funny. Not real sure she remembers how to do it now. Maybe I should put the music on and see what happens?!?The newlyweds dancing with their favorite Lindsey.Reagan and Barbara saying goodbye to each other. Reagan went home with my parents so she could have a somewhat normal night. And some quiet - have I mentioned that the room was really, really loud?Lindsey and Brielle loving every minute of it!Lindsey was admiring the dancing that our friends, Chris and Ashleigh, were doing so I asked Chris to dance with Lindsey. Here she is having a ball and giggling so hard.All that dancing is hard work. Lindsey taking a break but still joining in the fun by clapping with the music.
Lindsey helping our friends, Chandra and Doug, pick out the songs for the dancing.Dancing to "I Like to Move It, Move It". Lindsey requested it at least twice during the night. All she did for the dancing is jump around - funny to watch.Robert and Lindsey during "Kiss the Girl" from Little Mermaid. Lindsey did not want daddy to sing the words.The three of us dancing together. It was a bit awkward but it worked.Lindsey and Barbara saying goodbye to each other. Good thing we snapped this picture before the crying started.

The day after the wedding - Sunday night. We went to the hotel where Manny's family was staying and the kids got to play in the pool. We ordered pizza and said our goodbyes because the family was flying out the next morning.

Reagan with "Daddy" Manny and a nice, big cowboy hat. We would say "Big" Manny but Lindsey calls Barbara's Manny "Big" Manny because he is maybe an inch taller than his dad.Lindsey found a new friend in Manny's cousin, Cody. He was great playing with her in the pool.Reagan's first time in a pool. She loved it!After swimming, you need a snack, right? Yummy fingers!
Hope you enjoyed my short recap. It may not have seemed short to you but believe me, I was very selective of the pictures to put on here. I have about 100 others so if you ever want to see more, just ask!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Cleaning out the Pantry

This week, with Barbara's wedding on Saturday and family coming to stay with us, I decided to focus on two rooms/things to work on cleaning each day. Today I am working on the kitchen and table areas. The kitchen is done but while I was working in there, I decided I was tired of seeing my chips on the counter and needed a new home for them. That led me to the pantry. Great! What was I thinking? That place is a disaster area at best. Such a mess of stuff that is hard to get to when it is needed. I wanted to put a stop to that. That led me to reorganizing each shelf. I had already attacked the second shelf when I thought that I should document this momentous occasion. So here are the pictures of the before state of chaos. From top shelf to bottom shelf...

Here are the contents of shelf #2. Like I said, I had already emptied that shelf before deciding to take the pictures. But just imagine all that stuff on one shelf and you should get a pretty good idea about how horrible it was.

I still have some work to do. My mom has these great little wire shelves that I would love to get. That way the stuff at the back will still be able to be seen so that I know exactly what I have and don't have.

Here is the finished product - again from top shelf to bottom.
Meal items - veggies, mac and cheese, mixes, etc.
Snacks - I know, way too many!
Breakfast stuff - cereal and fruit bars
Baking items - flour, sugar, vanilla, etc.
What do you think? Any suggestions?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

It's Been A While

I haven't written in a while - sorry! I would like to say that we have been busy and that is the reason I haven't posted anything lately but I think the opposite is the case here. We actually haven't been doing much, therefore I don't have much to say or even many pictures to post. But today we went to the park with our friend's, the Voss'. Well, just the kid Voss'. The adult-type Voss' (and one small baby Voss) are in New Mexico. And Amy had the audacity to Tweet to everyone today that she was able to see snow on top of mountains. When, in fact, I was helping with her older three sweaty kids at the park. Needless to say, I was not seeing any snow around here. But I did take some cute pictures of all the kiddos playing. So here they are...

Reagan loves to be outside - too bad her mom doesn't really like it!All curled up again in the swing and loving every minute of it!Lindsey on the monkey bars - with lots of help from Aunt Barbara.Monkey Finn on the monkey bars - I'm impressed!Seven was almost falling asleep while swinging!Piper looks like she was taking a short break from everything.This was as they were coming over to us so that we could leave. Seven kinda bumped into the swing and fell down. And I am pretty sure that I heard him apologize to Finn about it. But I love the fact that I got a picture of Finn laughing at his little brother.Sweet girls! Sweet Friends! And wonderful Sonic Slushes!This was before we left (as you can tell from the lack of red cheeks and sweat!) She loved her pig tails - I guess this was the first time in a really long time that we had done her hair that way.