Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ballerina Weekend

In all of the excitement surrounding the arrival of Jack, I've forgotten to post a few pictures from a few other special events... In the weekend sandwiched right in between Aly's birthday and Jack's birth day, we had a ballerina weekend. First, was Aly's much-anticipated dance recital. She did great, had a blast, got some pretty roses, and (best of all!) got to wear make-up!!

My two Ballerina Girls


Aly and Lizzy


All Made-up!


In full-form!



On the Sunday following the recital, the girls and I made one last "Girls-Only" trip to Atlanta to watch the ballet Cinderella. It was beautiful, the girls loved it, and my contractions held off until the following day! Best of all, it was a memorable day with my sweet girls.

Quick Pose

During Intermission

Friday, February 19, 2010

More baby pictures!

What a week! We have thoroughly been enjoying getting to know our Baby Jack. We were welcomed home from the hospital by two excited girls and lots and lots of snow! What a fun memory!




Jack has been a very easy-going baby so far (knock on wood!!) He more or less sleeps when he is supposed to and eats when he is supposed to. We'll see how long that lasts!!

After Jack's first bath

Sweet little face!

I'm not sure what this week would have been like without Nana and Papa. They have given baths, packed lunches, cooked meals, dressed kids, done laundry, cleaned the house...even organized our laundry room! They leave tomorrow morning, so I'm bracing myself for our new life!
Jack and Papa...


...and Nana


Chad was actually out of town until Sunday; I know he was ready to get home to spend some time with his new family!

Finally, Jack got to go to his first basketball game last night. He did a great job, was held by about 20 different people without a fuss, and brought home a win for the team! Go Hawks!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Welcome, Jack

Jack Warner
February 10, 2010
9:02 am
7 lbs., 2 oz., 20 in.
PERFECT!!







Thursday, February 4, 2010

Birthday Girl

As I mentioned earlier, Aly turned 4 on Tuesday. I know that every parent says this at every birthday for every kid, but I cannot believe that our baby is 4. Three still sounded young and toddler-ish to me, but 4 is...a kid. A full-blown kid! And she is that. She is so into accessories and clothes. (check out the Wal-mart headband she got from a friend that has adorned her head each day since she opened it up on Sunday!) I'm waiting in fear for her to utter the words, "Hannah Montana" or "High School Musical". Yikes!
She is such a sweet girl, and we are thankful for her each and every day. Here's a quick list of just a few of the things we love about our Aly Bug:

1. She is in love with Chad. Not just a little, but unbelievably. She refers to him as her "prince".

2. She rarely goes by Aly. Her usual favorite names to call herself are Rose, Lace, Laura, Butterfly, or Lily.

3. She has started singing prayers at night. These consist of made-up words, made-up tunes, and hand motions.

4. She has an unbelievable memory. When she put on 'the birthday dress' on Tuesday, she said, "when I wore this last year, I had a runny nose."

5. She loves to sit and 'read' books to Caroline (accurately, at that!)

6. She has a tender, tender heart. Disciplining only has to consist of looking at her sternly and she is in tears!

7. She loves to cuddle. And beyond that, she loves to cuddle on the couch, preferably with Chad, watching either football or Tiger Woods.

8. She is so absolutely neat. Unlike her sister, she hates being sticky, dirty, wet, or otherwise "messy".

9. She has an unbelievable imagination and lives in another world a good majority of the day. Luckily, she invites Caroline into it!

10. She is the best big sister, and loves Caroline completely. She watches out for her, misses her when she's gone, and says, "I love talking to Caro at night in my bed."


Waiting to open presents



"Happy birthday, Aly-Boo!"



Annual breakfast at Panera



Birthday snack at school



Birthday celebration at school

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Darn-it!

So, I know that watching any kid throw a temper tantrum is not fun, but I had to post this for Chad to see. He has a tendency of saying, "darn-it", so it has obviously rubbed off. This is Caroline when she wasn't allowed to go get Bun-Bun and Paci out of her room. Oh the memories! :-)

video

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Georgia Tea Party

We celebrated Aly's 4th birthday yesterday with a tea party birthday! (She's been talking about it for the past 5 months or so!) It was really fun to plan this year because she had definite opinions about what she wanted, so it was a bit of a team effort! So with the help of Fancy Nancy books, we had a little afternoon tea fit for even Nancy herself! Aly's actual birthday is tomorrow, but yesterday was definitely what she has been counting down to!

(For anyone other than my mom...you can just stop reading here! There are a lot of pictures of the details that she wants to see but no one else probably cares about! I will post more pics of the actual birthday girl later!!)


Party favors


Snacks


Teacup-cakes


The room
(those are butterflies hanging down, as requested by the bday girl!)



A Place Setting


The Cake


Pre-party Pose


Craft Table


Pin-the-lid-on-the-teapot


Make a wish!