Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sibling love...

The boys don't look too happy here but they are sitting in the same chair.  That is love right?!?
Lots of love and laughs here...
A little wrestling match...
Just out and about at Destin Commons...
Dance party USA...
Playing chase- trying to run off that last bit of energy before bed...
Morning reading and static
Late night movies and cuddles...
Brother and Sister having some fun.  No one can make Izzy laugh like Aiden.  She thinks he is hilarious!
Doesn't everyone do this?!? 
Watching a show on the kindle while watching a show on the TV.  Typical!
Another movie night...  Anyone elses kids stand in front of the TV??
Having a heart to heart while waiting for Ethan to finish basketball.  Izzy was not cooperating.
Even Daddy shows some sibling love every now and then.. (no, that isn't a pregnancy test- funny though huh??)
Aunt Amy was brave or crazy and asked Daddy to pierce her ears.  Izzy was scared for her.
I love watching the relationship my kids have.  I look forward to watching it blossom into something special.  I was worried how Down Syndrome would affect the boys and I worried for nothing.  They all have such a bond- unbreakable. 
I sure do love my little munchkins!  They have given me some gray hair but I guess that is what hair color in a box is for.

Friday, January 24, 2014

A little comparison...

Look how much my baby has grown!

This was Izzy's first Thanksgiving in 2011 and then this past one in 2013.  From beautiful baby to a beautiful little girl.  I would say slow down but to be honest... I am slow proud of the huge milestones she has hit.  Even though she has been our baby for a lot longer than the boys were, I am glad Sister is walking and beginning to have a speech explosion. 
She is so independant!  She now sits at the table like a big girl- no more high chair.  Her choice... not ours.  Most of the time she won't eat if we try to feed her.  This makes for messy dinner times but don't worry- Milo is always near by.  She is walking everywhere and by the expression on her face, she thinks she is running but her legs aren't moving quite as fast yet.  Izzy loves to dress herself in whatever clothes she finds near by.  Sometimes this isn't a good thing as I am still working with the boys on getting them to put their dirty clothes away.  What is it with removing every article of clothing right when you enter the house and drop it where ever you are standing at the moment?!? 
Our baby is growing up so fast!!  I love watching her learn and experience new things every day. 
Awesome shirt created by Angie!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Oh sweet Isabelle

But Mommy... I just want to pet him and squeeze him and love him. 
These two have a special relationship.  Izzy wasn't sold on him at first but now they are besties.  Milo lets her pull his ears and tail anytime but don't mess with him when he is eating or napping.  That sounds like someone else I know...

Monday, January 20, 2014

Oyster time...

Insert a picture of me doing the happy dance!!  Or not... that might not be pretty.  But I was very happy about some oysters!
Papa searched around the area for some oysters and he was able to find some at our local seafood market.  We had to say an extra prayer over these slimy delights since the rule is - you only eat oysters in months that end in R.  But... these came from another state and that combined with prayer -we felt we would all be ok.
The boys tried them and then wasted them by immediately spitting them in the sink.  But hey, at least they tried them.  The other cousins tried them as well but I don't think we have any new fans just yet.
Papa, Chad and I ate until we were about to bust and then we stuffed a few more in just to tide us over.  Yummy!!  Thanks again Papa!!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Better late than never...

Sometimes with winter comes the winter blues- and I live in Florida so I can't imagine what everyone up north is feeling.  I am a Florida girl through and through.  This last week has been just too cold for my blood.  So I have been hiding out as much as possible.
Bundled up in my footie pj's
Rewinding back to December... we enjoyed the Holidays and of course, they went by way too quickly.
There was the Christmas parade.  We didn't check the weather and we froze our biscuits off- note to self for next year.  I also think Ethan ate too many donuts or candy before we even left the house.
Their goal at the parade... collect as many beads and stuffed animals as possible.  This requires Izzy to stand in the front because everyone knows they throw stuffed animals to the babies in the crowd.
Then, we ended up at the Sasser family Christmas party. 
The boys attended a sleepover the night before and I don't think much sleeping happened.  We couldn't get him to wake up until half way through the party.
Sasser tradition... everyone signs their name on the Christmas sheet.  I think this has been happening since 2009.  We love to look back and find out names for the years before.
Papa and Izzy kissing under the mistletoe.  She is sure a Papa's girl!
Even Santa arrived at the party. 
Izzy was giving someone the evil eye because she thought she was going to take her baby from her.  We just found out that her MO at daycare is to take all the babies in the class and hide them in a cabinet so only she can play with them.  We questioned her on this behavior and she quickly admitted "Yeah".  At least she is honest.

My Aunt's sister made Izzy a blanket.  She now carries this blanket around the house to cover all her babies.

We did a little decorating around the house and then a few days after Christmas... I was ready for it to all be gone.  This year, I couldn't imagine our decorations staying up to New Year's so I packed things up and tried to get the house in order.  Now I am on a mission to de-clutter.  If it is laying on the floor, it might get thrown away- watch out kids.
Izzy loved all the decorations.  She stood around saying "Ohhh".  In the picture above, I initially thought she was fascinated with the fireplace but then I found out she had found my soda and she was getting her first taste of a coke.  I think Sister liked it!
The kids went with Nana and Papa to the Barfield Christmas party so no pictures.  I was too sick to go this year. Boo!
We spent Christmas with both sides of the family so everything was perfect!!
Christmas Eve was spent with the Holt's then off to the Candlelight service.  As you can see... Aiden wasn't too impressed.  Just kidding!  He just need to rest his eyes.

 We also threw in a few dance parties.  This are a must in our house!
 Will you hold my baby?!?
Covering her baby with another blanket given to her my another Aunt.  I have a lot of Aunts- no joke!  She is stocked with babies and blankets now.  She is one happy little girl!
No shirt.. no problem!

 Izzy holding a light at the Candlelight service.
What is Christmas without a meltdown or two?!?  She might have just been scared of the big gorilla foot next to her.
meltdown= nap time.
Another holiday season full of memories.  So thankful for our little family.  We sure are blessed!