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Ben and I met in 1996, began dating in 1999 and married in 2001. Now 20 years and 2 children later, we have returned to where our life together began. Ben works for the Federal Reserve and I have the privilege of staying home with our two precious boys.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Last Munchies with Mom at Shadowbrook

Earlier this week, we had our very last Shadowbrook Munchies with Mom. This 6th year was bittersweet. I will miss the wonderful creations the teachers and kiddos work so hard to put together for parents! 
The kiddos come in and sing first. I was glad to get a picture before the other classes came in and blocked Caden. 
After singing, we had a sweet luncheon and Caden enjoyed time sitting with friends. It's cute to see their interactions and how excited they are to see each other...even though they're in class together every day :-)

Love this guy!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Caden's 6th Birthday

This guy turned 6! He has been looking forward to this birthday for about 6 months, asking each day, "When is it going to be my birthday?" I'm not certain why this is the BIG one for him, but he definitely thinks it is! Caden is coming up on a lot of changes in his little life. He will be graduating from Shadowbrook in a few short days and has already registered for Big Boy Kindergarten at Ivy Creek! He can't wait to be at Ethan's school! 
 He had a fantastic school birthday, complete with doughnuts for his friends...his choice instead of cupcakes :-)
 He decided he wanted to wear play clothes to school on his birthday because it was a special day and since I wasn't going to make him do any homework, he wanted to be able to come straight home and play outside. Dinner choice was his that night and he wanted to go to Waffle House for his birthday dinner ;-) After dinner, we came back home and sang happy birthday, then had cake with some little friends!
  He had a terrific birthday day!!
That weekend, we planned a birthday bash at the bowling alley! Caden remembered how much fun he had had at Ethan's bowling party a couple of years back.
 He asked to invite his whole class and a few neighborhood friends so he had a good turnout! 
 Ms. Connie, our party host, complete with cape, giving directions
 First bowl for the birthday boy! 
 Collier and Uncle Chad testing out the ramp!
 Kate with Ms. Whitney
 Claire
 Ethan decided he didn't need to use a ramp :-)
 Luca with Rylie in the background
 The party crew
 After bowling, it was time for pizza! 
 Then singing happy birthday and cupcake time! 
Once cupcakes were finished, he went into the party machine to earn some extra tickets!
Then they paired up to do some Beam Busting in the Laser Maze
Followed by arcade time! What everyone had most looked forward to!
Connor, Tyson, & Caden
Ethan and Uncle CJ
Caden and Shane
Kate and her Dad
Luca, Laila, and their Dad
Campbell and her Mom
Ashley, Collier, & Dane
Theo and his Mom
Claire cashing in her tickets with her Dad
Dallas and Julie
Daddy and Caden playing some B'ball
Zac and Merideth
Campbell wanted Caden to open her present before she had to leave :-)
Merideth, Caden, & Rylie
Once the party ended and we got back home, it was time for Caden to open his presents.
He was super excited!
The birthday boy definitely had a terrific time celebrating the Big 6!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Easter

We spent Easter at Mimi's house and were so thankful to have some time to spend with her. The boys started Saturday morning with a little egg dying. 
 Then they took turns telling us the story of Jesus' death and resurrection through 12 filled Easter eggs and decorated Faith cookies.
 The rest of the day was spent playing outside, washing Mimi's convertible, grilling hamburgers and hot dogs followed by a picnic dinner on the deck. It was an amazingly relaxing day! That night, the Easter Bunny came and left a few treats for the boys.
 After breakfast, we headed to church then came back to Mimi's for Easter dinner. MawMaw, Chad, Ashley, Caroline, and Collier met us at the house for lunch. But before we ate, we had a little photo shoot.
The Cannon's
 The Forrester's
 MawMaw and the Great Grands
 Then Bo decided he couldn't be left out, either :-)
 Mimi and the Grands
 The Grands
 MawMaw and Mimi
 After lunch, it was time for the Easter egg hunt! Collier was ready and I had a basket just her size! She did a great job finding eggs and was so excited to find "moneys" inside :-)
 Ethan and Caden were quick finding all of their eggs, too
 An successful egg hunt picture! 
Until next year!