Friday, March 22, 2013

Parker's 2-Year Pictures

Parker just had his 2-year pictures taken. We went to JCPenney at the Tuttle Mall. Although Parker was a little shy, he did a great job, especially when the photographer made him laugh with an Elmo doll!

After his pictures, he played in the mall's play area. The theme is the solar system so they have planets to climb on and a rocket ship. Parker had a great time here!

As he's about to slide down the meteor (in the previous photo)!

Piloting the rocket ship.
 Then we went to rest and have cookies.

We also rode up and down the elevator and escalator one time each. Then Parker got to throw coins into the water for the first time. He thought this was so much fun!

It was a fun day!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Double Digits

It's true.... time flies! Isabelle turned 10 on March 9th! These past 10 years have proved to be full of joy, laughter, excitement, fear, nervousness, tears, smiles, songs, hugs, kisses, love and just about everything you can imagine. Having a daughter brings something new just about every day! We're very proud of the young lady Isabelle is becoming.

Isabelle's day started with breakfast in bed.

Followed by her presents from us - a set of nail polishes and an alarm clock / radio that also docks and charges her iPod Touch.

Grandma Diane and Grandpa Clyde visited us in the morning.

Diane & the Birthday Girl
Isabelle opened a Lego Friends set from them plus two smaller Lego kits.

Grandpa Steve and Grandma Barb visited in the afternoon.

Isabelle opened a Butterfly Dreamlites and a unicorn Pillow Pet from them.

Isabelle requested, as usual, a "Caffeine Cake" from Grandma Barb. Isabelle doesn't like traditional cake, but she loves this one!

Here we are with our Birthday Girl!

And a goofy shot...

That evening, we had a birthday party for friends. The theme was a dance party, so our basement was decorated with a disco ball and a "scene banner" along the walls.

The girls had pizza from Zanzi's then had a good time dancing and playing their own games. Here they are running around the pole.

I made an ice cream cake again this year, a copycat recipe of Dairy Queen's cakes. It was delicious, although I admit the decoration could have been much better!

Time to open gifts from friends. Most of the gifts were gift cards. Rowan gave her a book, Out of My Mind, that she's really enjoying.

Seth got to hang out with Rowan's brother, Holden. The boys had a great time together!

Erika, Faith, Sara, Isabelle, Rowan, Hailey
And of course, a goofy pose
Happy Birthday, Isabelle!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Safety Patrol

Isabelle is on Safety Patrol at school. This is something only 4th Graders get to do. They cross students at one busy intersection in front of the school. She loves it!

Here she is wearing her safety badge. I'm pretty sure she will be noticed in this bright green coat!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Upward Cheerleading

Isabelle participated in Upward Cheerleading for her sixth season this year (5th for basketball). She had a great time with her coach (Angel Ison) and all the girls on the team really got along well. The team was made up of 3rd and 4th graders. Isabelle made a couple of new good friends - Taylor and Tristya. The Upward colors change every season, and this time they were blue & gold.

Isabelle is second from the left.

At the beginning of each game, the cheerleaders and players run through an Upward banner and along a line of cheering parents. Isabelle was always the first one out, since it was alphabetical.

Seth in the tunnel - he got a lot of high fives from the players

Parker and Isabelle after the tunnel
Parker and Seth like to play together and have snacks during the games
At each game they performed two half time cheers. Here's a clip of one - Isabelle is the furthest in the front row (it was so crowded, I couldn't get any closer to record it).

There were also 2 Upward events at church this season. Stay tuned...

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Parker's Hair

Parker decided to tear apart a window gel cling and put it in his hair. It kept him busy for a while, and it's quite fashionable!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Crazy Hair Day

Today was Crazy Hair Day at school. I think the kids' hair looked pretty good for the occasion!

And Parker and Mommy got to go out for breakfast at Big Boy. I love spending time going fun places with this little guy...

Parker liked to "hide" under the table

Happy Friday!