Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween 2008


















We had loads of fun on Halloween. Before we got the costumes on, Billy and I spent an hour in line waiting to vote. We officially live in Harris county now, which creates a logistical nightmare when finding a convenient place to vote. Basically...there is not one! :) Regardless, we drove out of our way at least 30 minutes and then waited in line for more than an hour....but we did it. WE VOTED...so if you have not done it, please do it on Tuesday.

After voting, we came home and got ready for a neighborhood Halloween party in the cul-de-sac around the corner from us. We were a little late (due to the voting situation) but what is an hour anyway? We were so excited to finally get out and meet all of our neighbors. There are so many kids in the neighborhood and it will be exciting to see the friendships that develop over time.

The boys all loved trick-or-treating and if you have not figured it out yet we had a Darth Vader (Gavin), a race car driver (Gage) and Superman (Grayson).

Grannie and Grandpa came to visit this weekend and the boys were all excited to have them go trick-or-treating with them. Thanks for coming to share this time with us. :)
Blessings,
Tanni

Gavin's Fall Festival






















Billy had the privilege of attending Gavin's fall festival at his preschool on Wednesday. There was one other dad there so Billy was not alone in a slew of mom's. Thank you honey for going even though Gavin picked you over me! I won't hold it against him. :) I know it meant alot to him. Here are some pictures from the event. There is one picture of him and his "crush"...yes he has a crush. It is crazy that it is already happening. Gavin has informed me that I can no longer talk to her mommy. I guess that I embarrassed him one morning after talking to her mommy. I will try to hold my tongue in the future, but I am sure it won't be the last time that I embarrass him. Sorry G! :)

I bet you are asking where Gage & Grayson's fall festival pictures are? They are done on different days and different times; however, I did not attend theirs because they seem to melt down when they see me at school. I was not sure how it would go at the festival early in the morning so I decided to sit it out. There will be more parties and hopefully they will grow out of the meltdowns soon. :)

Blessings,
Tanni

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

There is nothing wrong with a little pink!











This weekend Gavin discovered his inner princess. If you know Gavin, he is all boy, but for some reason this weekend he decided to explore. Typically, he would refuse anything pink. I could not help but take pictures. I am sure someday, when he is a teenager, I will be grasping for some currency/ammo for Gavin to follow the rules. I know....I am a sneaky mommy! :)
I texted Billy a picture of Gavin while he was away and his response to me was... "WRONG!"

Love you honey! :)

Single Parent Weekend
















We are back from our trip to Prosper. We had a great time, but honestly it was alot of work. I am sure Kathy would feel the same way. We took the kids to the park and had a picnic. We also had a play date on Saturday evening with Trudy Hanson & kids and Cassie Fuller & her kids. It was so busy at the play date that we forgot to feed the adults....sorry girls! :) The official head count was 9 kids (all 4 and under) and 4 mothers. Whew! Just typing that makes my anxiety go up! :) It was fun to see everyone and I am glad that the kids got to play. In my family, Gavin was the best behaved this weekend, maybe it was because his inner princess came out. (of course, there will be a post on that....its coming :)
Moral of this story, I really missed the help of Daddy! He had a great time at the UNT homecoming, but I missed having him on my team this weekend. I think I was in bed and asleep by 10pm on Sunday night...which is early for me.

More to come!

Blessings,
Tanni

Friday, October 24, 2008

Family Pictures 2008














Here is a glimpse of our professional pictures. I went through them fast so if you want to see more, please go to the Chubbyfoot website. I am awaiting a CD of all the pictures taken so I am sure I will post more later.
We are off to Prosper again. Billy has UNT Homecoming with his fraternity Sigma Nu. Many of his brothers from the fraternity are going. It will be a nice guys weekend for him. I opted to go and hang out with Kathy so we can enjoy our kids together.

Blessings,
Tanni

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Intentional Foul

OK, so I have a funny story. It is from a couple of years ago and it still makes me laugh. Gavin was about 2 1/2 and was in 2-day pre-school. We had been potty training for a little while, but it seemed to be lingering since we were also tending to our twin infants. Anyway, one day when I went to pick up Gavin from school, I was talking to his teacher about his day and I noticed that he was in different pants so I assumed he had an accident. His precious teacher preceded to tell me that he poo-pooed on the playground. Again, I assumed that it was an accident. I looked at Gavin and started talking to him about his accident. The teacher had to stop me because "technically" he did not have an accident. He actually pulled his pants down and willifully did his business ON THE PLAYGROUND! Let's just say in the moment, I was mortified and almost in tears, but managed to laugh instead of cry. The sweet teacher comforted me and said that it was not the first time it happened...which made me feel better. However, as I was leaving the school, I saw the principal and we were discussing and laughing about what had taken place. As we were talking she informed me that it was the preschool's first ever occurance. YEP, that was my first born! :)

I learned a couple of things from this experience.

1 - Your kids are going to do things out of your immediate control. Don't take things so personal. (I have come a long way since then. Gavin is now 4 1/2)

2 - Make sure to clarify with your spouse that it is probably not the best idea to let your son go to the bathroom outside at the park...especially #2. Here is the back story and his defense. Billy was at the park with Gavin a week prior to the incident and had ran there with the jogging stroller. He was at least 2 miles from home and of course Gavin decided he had to go. There was no bathroom and Gavin could not make it all the way home. This was a situation where you are up the creek without a paddle. In that situation, you do what you think is best. I honestly don't know if I would have not done the same thing. :)

This was probably the funniest Gavin story to date so I thought I would share.

I hope it gives you a nice chuckle. :)

Blessings,
Tanni

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Resemblance?


This is a picture of me when I was five. My sister recently sent it to me saying how much Gavin looks like his Mom. I guess I can not deny him....not that I would ever want to....well...at least when he is acting good. :) Kidding aside...I love Gavin so much. Thanks for sending me the picture Kelli. :)


Blessings,

Tanni


Monday, October 20, 2008

Backyard Fun








Here are some fun pictures of the boys playing in the backyard. They are riding on a little John Deere Tractor. The little boys are not quite up on the driving part, but big brother does not mind driving them around the backyard. He really takes care of them...most of the time! :)

Enjoy!
Tanni

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fall Soccer









We signed Gavin up for fall soccer and Saturday was the fourth game....but his second. He was out for 2 weeks because of the toe issue...which by the way was another staph infection. Lovely! The doctors office said that they are seeing them over abundantly. He is fine now, but we were a little bummed that he missed 2 weeks of soccer. Right now, we are thinking that he prefers tee-ball over soccer, but I guess only time will tell. Here are some pictures from the day. Enjoy! :)

Blessings,
Tanni

Friday, October 17, 2008

Reflection

We had our annual appointment for family pictures on Friday. I thought it would be a great idea to meet at our church - Woodlands Church - Fellowship of The Woodlands Campus. We have been members there since we moved to The Woodlands and they have a beautiful plaza with several water features, benches, & foliage. A little before we arrived, I received a call from Mackenzie, the photographer, saying that something really big was going on at the church and there were lots of helicopters, cars & people. She said it looked like it might be a funeral...and it was. Out of respect for what was going on, our plans of taking pictures in the plaza, immediately changed. We stayed on the out skirts of the church away from the service and tried to remain as low key as possible (as much as you can with 3 boys in tow). We soon realized that it was also lawn maintenance day...which creates a unwanted distraction when you are trying to take pictures. When we finally found a place where we thought we could get some good pictures, it was in the grass...which it typically not a bad thing, but this grass was in need of some maintenance (it was tall), it was wet and a little muddy from all the rain. The boys had a great time running up the wet hill, but all ended up with wet shoes and pants. Oh, well! Nearing the end of our time, we ended up in the playground area. The boys had fun playing and hopefully Mackenzie got some good shots.

As I reflect on the day, I realize that I was so caught up in my own task of getting family pictures taken (self absorbed) that I did not take time to pray for the families grieving their loved one. My family pictures seem so meaningless in the big scheme of things. After the crazy morning that we had, we went to lunch and I realized what had taken place. I was pretty disappointed in myself. I was respectful of what was going on at the church, but so consumed with my own situation that I did not take time to love others through prayer. I know that I am not always like that, but I wanted to share this because it is real. I am not perfect, just forgiven in Jesus Christ.

Please take a moment to say a prayer for the families who lost their loved ones. There was a local helicopter crash earlier in the week and 2 people were killed. It was a tragic loss and my heart goes out to these families. Here is a link to the news story.
http://www.nola.com/newsflash/index.ssf?/base/national-111/1223917770114780.xml&storylist=national

Life it too short not to love others.

Proverbs 3:3
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them on your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.

Blessings,
Tanni

Wednesday, October 15, 2008