Monday, December 28, 2009

Well it has happened...


1.) Yes that is gum in Kaylinn's hair. Thankfully it wasn't at the scalp!

2.) The next story is something that I have feared since becoming a mother. I locked all 3 kids in the car last Tuesday. We had just pulled into the driveway from running errands to take naps. I jumped out of the car, pushed what I thought was the unlock button, threw my keys on my seat, and closed the door. I pulled on John David's door and just went numb as it didn't open. Even though I was at home both sets of keys were locked in my car (long story but lets just say I am mom of 3 small children who doesn't always think clearly...I use to be a very responsible person before kids). Anyways, I then preceded to bribe, threaten and coerce Kaylinn in getting out of her car seat. She can unbuckle the top but can't quite muster the strength for the bottom button. After many tears and discussion, she looked at me with exhaustion and yelled, "Call 9-9-1 mommy, call 9-9-1...the police can help us!" I am guessing they have talked about 9-1-1 at school because I know I sure haven't. I don't know if makes me a bad mom for not wanting to call 911, but I really didn't want sirens blaring and I wasn't too sure they wouldn't call CPS or write me a ticket. The kids did eventually get out of the car. David called AAA for me...I did hesitate a brief second about going inside a getting a few things done while my children were strapped in their car seats, but I thought it might look bad if the triple A guy had to knock on my door with the kids still in the car. To say the least I am thankful it was a cold day, and I was parked in my garage. Lissie fussed a little but went to sleep. John David was busy playing with his cars. Kaylinn, however, was very disappointed the police didn't rescue her.


Just thought I'd post my Thanksgiving pictures before I do my Christmas post!

John David wearing his fall hat after nap.
Kaylinn's bday was the day after her last day of MDO before the break. She was very excited about her hat.
We took snacks to school...K and 4 cookies.

I split time going back and forth between Kaylinn and John David's classrooms.

This year we had Thanksgiving with my family at the 4-O.

Since we weren't going to be at the 4-O for Christmas we did our gingerbread house contest. We divide into teams and do our best to shine. Boogie was super excited KK was on her team (Kaylinn usually eats about half the candy that is supposed to go on the house).

Here is Kaylinn with her house...she was so proud! Kind of looks like it belongs in a Dr. Seuss book.

My team was made up of my cousin Beau, sis in-law Ashley, myself and John David. We decided to go with a red-neck log cabin complete with a satellite dish, tires in the yard and tin roof.

Two teams took it to a new level by adding real trees and electricity.
One team even made a little pet dog. Each team wins a prize and it always is SO much FUN!

Lissie enjoyed a little pumpkin pie herself.

My brother Jarod brought bache again this year, and we had a blast playing.

Kaylinn in her Thanksgiving attire.

Meemaw with the two newest family members. You wouldn't know it by looking at them but Cullen is a month younger than his cousin, Lissie.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Prayer Request

This prayer request is on behalf of another family. When I got home Saturday from celebrating Thanksgiving with my family, I had a chance to check my email and discovered that one of John David's classmate's mom lost her battle with cervical cancer. Please lift the Grant family up in prayer. Thank you!

Monday, November 23, 2009

3 Wild Indians

For Halloween this year the kids went as the 3 little Indians, but I renamed them the 3 wild Indians. I have to say I was not a very good mommy. Kaylinn wanted to go as a princess, so I just slowly planted the idea that she could be Pocahontas if she wanted; I was surprised that she went for it eventually.

We went up to church for the fall festival, and the kids loved it. Later, David took Kaylinn trick-or-treating , while Tonto and I stayed behind to hand out candy. When David and Kaylinn got back, Kaylinn helped in handing out candy and had more fun in the giving than the receiving...shocking since she ask for candy every single morning when she wakes.

The only place in the U.S. where you can get away with wearing a loin cloth in October.

My sis in-law had gotten these for her little boy, not realizing they had purple (she thought they were blue). It worked out perfect for our littlest Indian. Thank you Aunt Chandra!

Really...4 years?

I cannot believe I have a 4 year old! It is such a blessing being Kaylinn's mommy. She is a precious gift to David and I, and I thank God every day for her. Anyone who has ever met Kaylinn knows that she has a mind of her own and has the energy of about 3 kids...I wish I could bottle some. She definitely keeps us on our toes. I just LOVE this little spit-fire of a girl!!!

I was trying to get John David to put his fists on his hips like superman...this was a close as he could get, his armpits.

My sweet mom took cake responsibility from, and boy am I glad she did. She did an AWESOME job, and Kaylinn just loved it!

Kaylinn even helped decorate. Can you guess where?

The best part of the cake was the surprise inside...WOW! ROY G BV came in handy when putting this cake together.

Sweet Carter

A little something for the superheros

And of course something for the princesses!
Kaylinn continues to talk about her party and of course what kind of party she is going to have next year. She had a blast! And each year just gets better.
A few things about our kk:
1. wears size 10 in most shoes, size 11 in tennis shoes
2. writes, draws, throws right handed
3. loves anything with art, especially if it's messy (at the moment enjoys writing letters)
4. 50th percentile in every area of growth and always has been
5. loves her friends but is independent...she does play rough
6. very aware of surroundings, and the more different a person is from her the more likely she is to copy what they are doing or ask questions...very loud questions
7. loves the t.v.
8. will speak her version of Spanish, which is not Spanish
9. loves to dance
10. is all girl but prefers to play with the boys
11. gets up about 5 times after being put in bed at night
12. most days still takes an hour and half nap
13. loves to know what's going to happen during the day when she wakes in the morning
14. bedtime is 7 but usually doesn't go to sleep until 9
15. wakes around my alarm clock
16. acts like she's 16 some days
17. loves, loves her baby sister and most days her brother...she is a great big sis
18. afraid of the dark and bugs
19. favorite thing to eat...anything sweet and gum
20. loves the outdoors and playing in the water
21. enjoys helping in the kitchen, holding doors and getting things for Lissie

Saturday, November 21, 2009

All Things Pumpkin

Of about 20 pictures of all 3 this was as good as it would get.

The only picture of John David somewhat still.

Kaylinn "found" a crown...just like a princess.

Although Lissie can crawl, she's a little more patient with me taking pictures. She is such a serious little thing. I think she was trying to figure out where I was going every time I'd duck behind the camera.

Playing with spiders while carving our pumpkin.


Moby Wrap

It's amazing that even though I've had 3 kids pretty close together, I still find new gadgets that I fall in love with and make life a little easier. My favorite I found this go round and absolutely LOVE is the Moby Wrap. The Bijorn kills my back, and the Easy Sling I could never get to feel secure enough & left me with one arm...which when you have more than one renders useless. The Moby Wrap was my solution to curing all the above dislikes. I cannot say enough about this wrap; I really don't know what I would have without this go round. Kaylinn also enjoys carrying her babies.

Friday, November 20, 2009


We went and tried on our bridesmaid dresses. I was excited that I'd be able to wear spanks under it!

A few of the bridesmaids with bride. Jenny, childhood friend, Carly, roommate, Meg the bride, me, and Kenzie, roommate.

Kaylinn spotted a few dresses she just had to try on as well.

She couldn't take her eyes off herself.