Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tucker's 3rd Birthday

Today my sweet little Tuck turned three years old. I can hardly believe it. Tucker has seriously been the  happiest kid and he brings such joy into our lives! We love our Tucker-Duck!
We celebrated today with a birthday party with some of his little friends and cousins. It was so much fun. Tucker is really into trains, cars and planes right now so we themed his party around that. 
I called it "Planes, Trains, Trucks and Toys, There's nothing like Little Boys"


We had "Sunny D", water and Kool-aid for drinks. 

For food we had jello cups and fruit. 
We had two different kinds of sandwiches- PB&J and ham & cheese
Oh and "traffic cones"  or bugles
Here is the cake I made for Tucker. He loved it so much. He did not want to share it. It was so funny. I kept telling him yesterday that I was making his cake and then today he told everyone it was his cake and he wanted to eat it all. 
I used car track tape to decorate the tables and had construction cones as centerpieces. 

We had a baggage claim area for all our little guest to claim their favors. Inside each little suitcase was a mini train, candy, train whistle and small car. 

We had two different games. The first one was "Pin the Propeller on the Plane". Tucker decided he didn't want to play this game, but all his little friends had a great time playing. I had to tell myself over and over that it was OK. Just because I worked hard putting this game together for him, doesn't mean he has to play it. It's his birthday after all. lol. 
Tucker did enjoy the other activity though. It was an "auto paint and detail shop" The kids each got a tiny wooden car to paint and they loved it. 


Tanner told Tucker that he painted his train for him. He gave it to Tucker as part of his present. So sweet!

Tuck worked so hard on his little car. It was pretty adorable!
Then we opened presents. Tucker got some great gifts and he was so thrilled with them. He loved the trains from his brother and sister. 



After presents it was time for cake. Tucker loved his cake so much so we had to get a picture of us with his cake. Sweet boy!


We attempted a family picture, but not everyone was cooperative. 
I do love this picture of Tucker and all his birthday guests. So cute! 
Then we had cake and cake pops. 
We handed out the favors as everyone left. It was such a fun morning celebrating our sweet Tucker.
I'm so happy this is the last party I will be having while pregnant. I am totally worn out and so glad it's done. But it was all worth it to see the smiles on Tucker's face!



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bailey's Kindy Pizza Field Trip

Today Bailey got to go on a field trip to Eureka Pizza with her kindergarten class. 
I thought it was a pretty weird field trip but it turned out to be pretty adorable. 
Each kid got a little apron to wear and then we took a tour around the pizza kitchen. The manager showed the kids how to place an order on the computer. 

Then we watched the pizza chefs making pizzas. The kids loved it when the chefs would toss the pizzas in the air and spin them around. 
Then they each got their own pizza dough to play with. We learned about the process of making pizza dough and how long it typically takes to make the dough and them bake a pizza. 
At the end, each kid got to make their own pizza. Bailey wanted sausage and pepperoni on her pizza. 
Then we put the pizzas in the oven and waited for them on the other side. 
Oh and Tucker got to come too. He loved hanging out with his big sister. He even got to make his own pizza. 
The kids got to take their pizzas back to school and eat them in their classroom for lunch that day. 
Bailey said her pizza was delicious. Tucker and I took his home and he ate it there. He ate almost all of it, so I guess it was really good. 

I really love kindergarten and all their cute outings and fun things they do.  We have a little over a month left of school and I can hardly believe it. Lots of kindergarten cuteness coming up in the next few weeks, so stay tuned. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Fishin' with Papa and Dad

How cute are these fishermen? Every Christmas my Dad gives Chris a guided fishing trip as a gift. Chris looks forward to this trip each year and I love that they get to bond together on the river.
However, this year, Tanner got to go to. He was so excited! Like so excited he almost couldn't sleep. Fishing with his Dad and his Papa- it doesn't get much better!
I love this picture the fishing guide took of some of my favorite boys!
These guys had a great time and brought home tons of fish.  They were gone from about 7 am to 1 pm and Tanner had the best time. Chris said Tanner caught more fish than anyone. He caught his limit and then helped everyone else catch theirs. So funny. 
I know this was a fishing trip Tanner isn't likely to forget anytime soon. 



Saturday, April 8, 2017

Camping at Terra Rose

We got home from our first camping trip of the season today. We only went overnight but it was so fun. We drove over to "Camp Terra Rose" in Gravette and stayed in a little cabin there. It's so nice to stay in a cabin because there is so much less work involved. There is a fridge and range in the cabin so it's easy to store and cook food. 
We arrived around 5 pm on Friday and we immediately busted out the bug boxes I had bought for the kids. I found them at the store for only $2 each and it was the best buy ever because these kids loved hunting for bugs. So funny.
We caught grasshoppers and lady bugs for a couple hours while Dad prepped the fire pit for dinner. 







After catching our fill of grasshoppers, we decided to eat dinner. The kids loved roasting their own hot dogs. We bought cheesy dogs this time and they were a huge hit. I think Bailey ate 3 of them. Tanner and Tucker each ate two. 
After dinner we went on a nice walk. It was a beautiful night and the weather was amazing. 

Bailey enjoyed picking wildflowers.
Even Tuck brought me a little bouquet of flowers. So sweet!
There was also a cool obstacle course we played on. 

Tanner and Bailey loved walking on these beams and balancing. 

We also hiked up to these little caves. 
The kids loved pretending to be bears and scaring mommy. 
I love this picture. Chris is such a good dad. Taking the kids on adventures and keeping them safe. I just love him!
Then it was back to the fire to roast marshmallows and drink root beer. We don't get soda often and so when the kids get their own cans, they are in heaven. 
These three are the best of friends sometimes and I love them!
By 9 pm we were all ready for bed. They snuggled into their sleeping bags and went right to sleep. 
The next morning, Daddy made us all pancakes and then we headed over to the pond to go fishing. 
I just love them!
The pond was overflowing with fish. We would throw in our line and immediately catch a fish. Over and over it happened. But we only did catch and release. 
Tanner with his first fish of the day. 
Introducing his fish to his siblings. 
Even Bailey held one of the fishes we caught. Tucker didn't want to hold the fish but he really liked looking at them.
Tanner with his sunfish
Again with the best Dad ever.  Teaching Tanner to cast and helping Tucker hold the fish he caught. 



After we finished fishing, we went on a little canoe ride. The kids loved it. Chris and Tanner paddled them all around the edge of the pond. 

We had the best time fishing. Then we went back to the cabin and had sandwiches for lunch. We sat on the front porch of the cabin and just enjoyed the quiet. Sometimes it so nice to disconnect from the world. There is no cell phone reception at the this cabin so their is no cyber world. So nice!!!

After lunch we played with bubbles, tossed around some Frisbees and ate some snacks while we enjoyed the incredible weather. 
Oh and Chris had brought all the kids glider planes to play with . These were a huge hit!
And here is one family picture before leaving. 
I can hardly believe this baby boy will be here next month. I doubt we will be doing much camping after he gets here, so it was nice to have this trip in the nice spring weather. 
I just love my little family and I'm grateful for all the fun times we have together.