Thursday, November 20, 2008


I just have to post this short conversation Mark had with Paige as she was standing by the couch grunting.

Mark: "Paige, are you pooping?"
Paige: "No, (pause to grunt some more). . .I Paigey"

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

As Requested. . .

Mark and Ryan threw Natasha and I a 30th birthday party the other week. For fun, they brought out some pictures of us as kids. Everyone kept saying how my girls look just like me. See what you think. You may know some of the other kids in the pictures. I'll let you guess who you think they are. Enjoy!

And for those that didn't think that anyone would just perm their bangs. Here ya go. It really happened.

But check out the hair of the guy reffing!!

Wordless Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My girls are growing up!

I can hardly believe how big Paige is getting. She is looking so grown up to me. She truly helps me a lot. She wants to carry Alaina around ALL the time. She actually does a really good job until she gets caught and drops her. We are really trying to work on this in a way that she still feels a part of Alaina's life, but doesn't put her in physical danger. She really is a good sister and loves Alaina so much.
Paige loves to hide. . .from everyone. . .in plain site.
And tries to get us to hide with her whenever possible.

Isn't my camara shy sweetie looking all grown up in her church clothes?

. . .Still hiding!

She has recently really started imaginitive play and it is so fun to play with her or just to watch her play. Putting her babies/animals/mommy/daddy to bed is her favorite play right now. I love it when she puts me "Nigh, nigh". She goes through the whole routine with us, playing our role, and we act and say the same things she does. It is so awesome to hear her pray and sing us songs. Lately, we sing Hallelu, ABC's, and Jesus Loves Me. I really need to work on getting this on video. Stayed tuned.

Alaina sucks the same two fingers that I sucked when I was a baby. I love it!

How precious is this little girl. I can't believe that she is 7 months old already.

Paige loved helping her daddy give Casey a bath.

"Hmm, how do I make this thing work?"

Friday, November 7, 2008

My Baby Girl

I love her smile. (Notice the two bottom teeth!)

She crawled under her walker and couldn't get out!

Paige wanted so badly to help feed Alaina. She is a wonderful big sister and great help to me.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


Cost of blankets: $$
Cost of chairs to put blankets on: $$$$
Cost of quality time with Daddy: Priceless!!!
(This is what I found after I was done updating the previous post and had to share. Love it!)

Happy Halloween

Well, after much debate, we did take the girls out trick-or-treating. I just wasn't sure if Halloween is a holiday that we want to celebrate and some of our neighbors really don't decorate very tastefully. I love to dress the girls up and people do give out yummy candy, but ultimately, is the gorgeous weather that won me over. Paige was Elmo and Alaina was a lion. Alaina actually fell asleep, so she didn't really join in the festivities. Paige loved it and with a little prompting told everyone Thank you, and "Happy Oween", as we walked away. It was pretty cute.
We just couldn't get a good picture.

Here is our annual fall picture in front of our house. We took it kind of late this year. Our tree is past its fall prime.

Halloween also happens to be my birthday. This was a big one for me, the big 30. I don't feel older and really didn't think I was going to have a hard time with it, but leaving my 20's was hard to swallow. My husband is so sweet. He made this cake. We have been watching Ace of Cakes on tv, so he decided he wanted to try to make fondant for my cake. He made it from scratch, as he didn't know you could buy it. I'm sure it tastes better homemade anyway. It's made out of marshmellows and powdered sugar. Yummy! He's my Ace of Cakes!
Our Anniversary is November 8, and for a combination birthday/anniversary gift Mark planned a surprise weekend for me. I had no idea where we were going or what we were going to do until we got there. We went to Waukegan, IL for the Michael W. Smith/Steven Curtis Chapman United Tour performance. It was AWESOME!!!!! He did such a good job and I was totally surprised. And the venue was small. It only had 1800 seats, so it felt so quaint. They were totally candid and it was such a worshipful experience. Unfortunately, we didn't have our camara with us, so no pictures this time. It was just a great weekend for Mark and I to reconnect and spend some quality time together. Thanks honey, you're the best!