Monday, November 4, 2013

Halloween and Our Cousin Eric! :)

We had a fun time walking the neighborhood and visiting with family on Halloween. Aubrey, Luke and Mia were Jessie, Woody and an alien from Toy Story 3. They had a blast! Here are some pictures:

Also, our nephew Eric had a competition today at the Alamo Dome and Mia and I went down there with G.G. McAfee to watch him perform. It was the New Deal High School Band and they were AWESOME! I am really not saying that to be biased, they were really great. They made it to the finals and will play tonight to see if they can win state! It was great to see Eric and Julie and Royce and get share the morning with them!

Here's a video snipit - I am not sure if it plays right...

Also, Kyle and I went to an adult costume party where the theme was "Bad Fashion Trends". Here for your viewing pleasure are our first place winning getups. Kyle wore a wonderful 70s number, complete with baby blue checkered head to toe skin tight, except for the bell bottomed-legged, pants. I found a pair of Rocky Mountain Jeans that came a full 2 inches above my belly button (really great for making your tummy and hiney look HUGE), and a wonderful southwestern print top (really awful) and made sure my hair was big 80s with wings :).

Monday, September 2, 2013

Horseback Riding Lessons

Aubrey got to start horseback riding lessons (a gift from Gram for her birthday). It was INCREDIBLE!!! The lady who teaches the class is a Christian woman who loves God, children, and horses. She seamlessly, wonderfully, passionately teaches little ones to love riding and caring for horses. Here are some pictures and video of Aubrey's first lesson!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

What's Going on in Our World: Part One

Howdy! What a year it's been! Looking back at the last blog I posted, I cannot believe how much the kids have grown (and not just physically!). For family who doesn't live close, here's a glimpse at what our year's been like (I'll start from the end of the last post, which was last April): Well, Mia had her first birthday. It was themed around her favorite book "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". She enjoyed herself quite a bit. They opened a Buccees in New Braunfels, which is a little less than 30 minutes north of us, so we had to go check it out. If you don't have the luxury of having a Buccees close by, and don't know what they are: they are HUGE (and I mean HUGE) gas stations known for having exceptionally clean restrooms. So, one picture is the kids in one of the stalls. Classy, I know :). They also have fresh fudge, every flavor of Icee you can imagine, warm bbq, stuffed animals, cheap beer, -you name it, they got it. So, the kiddos gave this place a big thumbs up (with fudge still in their mouths). We grew our own vegetables for the first time. We grew green peppers, grape tomatoes, watermelon and cantaloupe. The watermelon and cantaloupe grew, but then busted before we got a chance to try them. The peppers were cool, but the tomatoes were DE-licious! It was fun to check on them everyday and see how they had grown and if we had any new fruit coming up. We're working on it again this year too. The best investment we made all year was the $20 we spent on our inflatable pool. The kids love that thing. Kyle likes to photo-bomb any chance he gets, so sorry for the "muscle" shot. Aubrey turned 5 at the end of June and we had a My Little Pony party. She invited friends from her pre-school class along with our family and it was sweet and fun. At the beginning of June headed up to Lubbock to gather with the cousins and Aunts and Uncles on the Martinez side of our family and had a blast! The kids played the Wii, ran around at the park, and were exceedingly patient as we tried to get pictures with the crew of 13 (there were 2 missing) to sit still and look at the camera for a good shot. This is what two youngsters look like after a weekend with 13 cousins :). At the end of June we headed to Dallas to gather with the cousins from the Grace side of our family. It was a week packed with Zoo trips, swimming, movies, and ended with Luke's birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. This picture is so dear to me, because it really captures Luke. They said something like, "On the count of 3, scream Chuck E. Cheese." So, with every fiber in his body and all the volume his little body could muster, he screamed! The little veins popping out of his neck are precious! After that our summer slowed down a bit and we did things like, paint in the bathtub with water colors, pick flowers for our sister, and wear Daddy's Chemistry goggles. Fall came and brought two new milestones for us; Aubrey went to Kindergarten and Luke started pre-school. They have done incredible. They both love school and love their teachers and we are so thankful. Another milestone for us was when I let the kids play in the gutter for the first time during a rainstorm. You would have thought we had taken them to Disney World. They LOVED it! We also try to get out the camera whenever we feel like the kids are looking extra cute :). We wore our Aggie gear for every game and Kyle and I even got to get away to College Station and watch a game live this year! Aubrey started ballet in the Fall and decided after her first recital in December, dance wasn't for her. She was so great at it though and looked so stinkin' cute that it made me a little sad. > The kids were minions from Despicable Me for Halloween and had a great time collecting candy and running around the neighborhood. In early December I made an emergency trip. We sadly gathered to bury my cousin David from my Dad's side of the family. It was a somber event, but wonderful to get together with many extended family members to share in the grief and try to comfort one another. One of the Kellogg family traditions we look forward to every year is cookie decorating at Grandma Kellogg's house. Tony, our cousin was so sweet helping Aubrey and Luke. Mia took to this cookie thing like a fish to water :) We traveled to Lubbock again for Christmas and enjoyed the holiday with both the Grace and the Martinez sides of the family. We had a lot of fun with our cousins and the kids even got to play in snow! Well, that's part one of my post to try to catch everyone up. That takes us through December. I'll try and sit down and write more and catch us up to the present tomorrow. But, something I can't keep till then: Mia Claire turned 2 today and gave up her pacifier without a fight! She surprises me a lot over what she'll fight about and what she'll let go. It's been fun catching up with you! Love, Jacqui