Big Giggles

We were eating dinner tonight, and Matt was playing peek-a-boo with Caroline.  She was looking around me to find him, and she was cracking up.  She was laughing so hard, and every time she giggled, I think we giggled more.  She’s a cutie!

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Busted Irrigation

Matt was working at home, the house was quiet, and all of a sudden I heard the weirdest noise.  I ran to get Matt, and while he was checking things out, I checked our water pressure.  We had none.  I just knew a pipe had busted (because it’s so dang cold outside!).  Matt found a leak outside, called Bartley (one of our best friends who owns a plumbing company), sent him pictures, and Bartley immediately sent one of his guys out.  Come to find out, we have an irrigation system (that we didn’t even know about…. ha!), and the pipe busted to it.  No damage was done to the house, but we about flooded the neighborhood waiting for the plumber to get there and fix it.  Can’t wait to get the next water bill…..Ugh.

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Chloe’s 7th Birthday Party

And the partying continues…..

First, Caroline had to catch up on her sleep before heading out to Chloe’s party.

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We woke her early and headed to the skating rink for Chloe’s big party.  She invited all the girls from her class and a few other friends, and everyone but one made it.  There were a bunch of silly girls and silly laughter the entire time, and Chloe was one happy little girl.

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Caroline is ONE!!

How did that happen??  And so quickly??  I say it every year, but this year has gone by faster than any other year has.  Adding a third baby to the mix sure did make things crazier, busier, more hectic, but oh so much more fun!  Sweet Caroline has been just an angel baby and such a blessing.  She just completes our little family, but I sure do feel like we brought her home from the hospital only yesterday.  I still vividly remember her laying on my chest while I was in the hospital bed.  It’s surreal to think that was a year ago.

We started the day off running errands and eating lunch with Pappy and Papa, and when Puffy Muffin found out it was Caroline’s birthday, she got a free cupcake.  We got home and waited for Daddy to get off the plane and get home.  Once he arrived and the kids got home from school, we started celebrating.  Since Matt was gone for Chloe’s birthday, we had some extra celebrating to do.  We gave Chloe and Caroline their presents, and we decided to go ahead and let Caroline have her first cake before dinner!

Caroline was very skeptical of the cupcake.  She touched the icing and didn’t know what to think.  Then she grabbed the entire cupcake and threw it on the floor.  What?!?  Are we sure she’s my daughter?  We picked it up, cleaned it off, and put a bite in her mouth.  She just didn’t seem that interested.  Then, she got her hands in it and just started playing.  She was much more interested in the texture than the taste.  And of course, her hands go straight to her hair.

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It was a fun day, and Caroline didn’t realize what was going on, but she knew she was something special with all the attention she was getting.  Happy 1st birthday, sweet girl.  You have brightened all our lives with your sweet little being.

 

Chloe is SEVEN!!!

Today was such a good day, and I think Chloe loved it! She awoke to her usual streamers and balloons, but this year there were seven balloons, and there was one dollar in each balloon. Surprisingly, she didn’t notice this – it was Cole who pointed it out to her. After getting ready for school and taking pictures, we walked to the bus stop.

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When the bus driver stopped, the first thing he said was, “Happy Birthday, Chloe!” Wow! He is so sweet, and I really think he is the best bus driver ever. Chloe later told me he played a birthday song for her when she got on the bus, and then after the bus made the last stop and the bus was full, he announced to everyone that it was Chloe’s birthday and played the song again. She was giddy!
Pappy, Papa, Caroline and I (Cole was at school) surprised Chloe at lunch, and she was just that – surprised – and very happy. We got ice cream for her class and sat with Chloe while she ate lunch. She loved having us there, so we loved that she loved having us there. We’re gonna ride that as long as we can!
After lunch we told Chloe we would see her at the bus stop this afternoon, and we did. We hurried in and finished homework so we could get that out of the way. Then, Chloe opened her presents from Pappy and Papa. We didn’t let her open anything else because her daddy was out of town, and we want him to be home to celebrate with us.
After presents we headed to dinner. It was Chloe’s choice, so of course, it was BrickTops. Ninnie met us there, and we had a yummy feast. Dinner consisted of more presents, more fun, and CAKE. Even though neither Chloe or Cole ate much dinner, they did eat cake. Poor Caroline didn’t get cake (because we are making her wait until her birthday), but I think she ate more dinner than anyone! She ate bread, spinach dip, chicken, blueberries, grapes, pineapple, strawberries, and french fries! But….. back to the cake – it was delicious, and Chloe enjoyed blowing out the candles.

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On the way home, poor Chloe lost it. Everything caught up with her, the exhasution set it, and she started crying for her daddy. She was so sad – we all were – that he wasn’t with us tonight. She cried and cried, but she ended up satisfied when we face-timed him. Matt walked out of his dinner meeting just to talk to her briefly. He showed the kids the outside of the restaurant where he was (MN), and there were feet of snow!! The kids loved it! This calmed Chloe down enough that she went to bed happy. Now, we can’t wait for Daddy to get home so we can celebrate Chloe’s 7th together!
Happy 7th Birthday sweet Chloe! What a full, fun day you have had, and we aren’t stopping anytime soon! Love you sweet girl!

Grocery Fun

We took a family trip to the grocery store, and Matt took the kids while I started shopping.  They caught up with me, and Matt had them in the cart.  Caroline has never been in the  cart with the kids (and vice versa), so they thought it was all a big treat.  Just look at those smiles!

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Chloe’s 1st Basketball Game

Chloe has started basketball this season, and she has been super excited about it…. and guess the best part?  Her daddy is coaching her!  He and Al Gregg are coaching together, so Chloe has been just as excited about seeing Madelyn as she has been about playing.  The first game went well, but there is a lot left to learn.  I think the coaches may have their work cut out for them!

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