Saturday, December 8, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday Parker James!

I can't believe I have a big THREE year old! =) He had such a good Thomas the train birthday party, and today he got to take cupcakes to school for all of his friends, too.

Today I asked him if he had a good birthday and he said "Yeah, yeah, my birthday, my trick or treated!" haha I guess he associates gifts (treats) with Halloween, still. We are so thankful that we have some many friends and family that love us and came out to wish him a happy birthday!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Children's Museum

We met my sister, brother-in-law, and adorable nephew at the Children's Museum in Indianapolis, IN. It is conveniently located pretty much halfway in between Benton, IL and Columbus, OH so it was a good place to meet. Before we went there we stopped to eat the The Spaghetti Factory, yum!! The museum was huge! It had so much stuff to do, we weren't even able to see it all.

Digging for fossils


Parker and Uncle Andrew

Lifesize hotwheels car

Scuba Diver

There was a lot of cool stuff to do, but for me the most exciting part of the day was getting to love on my baby nephew. It's hard living 6.5 hours away from him, but when I do get to see him I just enjoy it that much more.

Parker & Mommy Pictures

We hadn't had pictures with Jessica Hollis Photography since Parker was a year old, so it was definitely past due. She always captures the best pictures, and I find it hard to pick my favorite that's for sure! Here are just SOME of my favorites...

A Pirate and a Tractor

Parker had two costumes this year for Halloween, he was a Pirate and a Tractor (not at the same time!) My mom wanted something easy to take him trick-or-treating in the Saturday before Halloween because I had to work, so he wore his pirate costume.

On Halloween I was able to take him trick-or-treating so for the first part he wore his tractor costume..

After awhile it got too heavy and we changed back to our pirate costume! I'm really glad we had a back up.

I think the most fun Parker and the girls had all night was when we got to grandpa & grandma's to eat supper and let them play. It was a very fun Halloween!

Grant's Farm & Family Pictures

We went to Grant's Farm in St. Louis and we had so much fun. Parker got to bottle feed the goats, we were able to see so many different animals, including the famous Clydesdales!

Every year we do "October Birthdays" at my grandpa's house, usually in the pole barn if it's warm enough. This year it was beautiful outside and we had planned ahead of time to take a "cousin" picture. The last one was taken when I was 12! Unfortunately one of my cousins couldn't make it so I am waiting on the picture of her to photoshop her in before posting it, but I can post some of the other pictures.

My Brother, Parker, My Dad, My Mom and Me!

Grandpa Cecil, Jared, Parker, Kollins & Kadence... right before Kate the mule tried to buck the kids off! (No one was hurt!)

Parker & Uncle Jared

Parker and Great Papa Cecil

Hugs for Kollins

Ring Around the Rosey

We are so blessed to have our family so close, I am thankful that Parker gets to grow up playing on grandpa's farm with his cousins the same way I did.