Thursday, December 31, 2009

Tiny Toes......

Every Wednesday I take my little girl to her first dance class, and I just can't believe she is old enough for this yet. She brings me such happiness. She loves this class so much. Her friend Aliya is in it with her, and they have the best time. A few weeks ago it was "watch week". They don't really like you to stay every week to watch (understandably, as Makenzie is a totally different girl when she is not showing off to mommy). All the family came to watch, it was so great!

This is called, good foot, naughty foot. When it is pointed, its called a good foot:)

This is called elevator up, elevator down:)

Here is her class going across the floor with their teacher. She was so great!
Here is her great friend Aliya. They laughed so much this day.
They danced to "I want a hippopotamus for Christmas" and there was a part in the song they were suppose to stomp their feet and make a naughty face. This was her naughty face, how lucky am I that really that is as bad as it gets:)

I love my little family:)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Lets do some hair!

After Drew got back from his trip to California, I really felt like I needed some girl time with my little Makenzie. So I invited along some other important girls in my life - my mom, sister and niece Andra, for a little pampering at a place called Monkey Dooz. It is basically a spa for little girls. It was SO dang cute. Makenzie had the best time, and it was made even better because Andra was there. She adores her cousin, or as she calls her "big sister".

Here she is getting a "Sparkle Manicure"

They get to sit in these barbie cars to get their hair cut! How awesome is that?? (And for the boys, they had Hummers:))

Cute little Andra:)

She loves her Aunt Corinna

....and Grandma of course:)

How I love my little girl. I don't know what I would do without her in my life. She keeps me young, always laughing. She reminds me how much love one has to give in life. She gives it so freely to anyone who needs it. I am so glad I have a little girl to do these things with:)

Here she is when her balloon came unwrapped of her wrist and flew up to the ceiling. I just happened to have my camera ready. How funny! She though, did NOT think it was funny:)
PS... To all those wondering if I just spend a fortune on a 3 year old to go to a day spa, the answer is NO. It only cost 15 bucks! What a deal!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

I am so grateful....

What an amazing day. My little man Mason was blessed today. I am overwhelmed with gratidude for all I have been given in my life. I am incredibly thankful that I have a husband that is worthy to give my children their blessings.
As I sat in church today, literally surrounded by family, my eyes filled up with tears. As Drew got up and scooped up Mason, I looked over to see my two brothers walking up with him. My two brothers who I only get to see once a year, came to my son's blessing. I feel so lucky that they, and their wives and family, cared enough to make that a priority. I couldn't believe today EVERYONE I cared and loved were in that chapel. All of Drews family (minus David) where there and all of mine. What an amazing feeling to have everyone you love that much around you. I knew my Dad was there in spirit, I felt it.
Here are some great pictures of that day. This day kicks off what is for sure going to be an amazing Thanksgiving week. How much I have to be thankful for.....

Here is my little man in his blessing outfit. My mom bought him this, it was so cute, and this is the best pic I got of it:(. It had a little vest and tie. So cute:)

These are all the men (minus Jay:( who we love and wish was in the picture, and our dear friend Kevin) who were in the blessing circle. I look at this picture and am so amazed, proud and thankful to have them in my life. How handsome are they!?

The Banning adults

The Babbitt adults

Our little man:) How we love you. Drew gave the most amazing blessing. The spirit was no doubt a part of everything he said. I love you both so much!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

How I love thee....

Here are just a few cute snapshots I got the other day......
Makenzie... how you bring so much laughter into our lives. You are the kindest, most tender hearted child I have ever met. You love your little brother so much, and are such a good big sister and help to me. You are so much smarter than even I give you credit for. You love your puzzles (even the 1000 piece one you do with Daddy), you love to help us cook, and you love your movie nights with the family. You make me feel so loved and needed. Thank you for being someone I am so proud of, and making the world around you a better place. XOXO

Mason.... What a jolt you made coming into this world. You have really made us work hard to get you here... but it was worth every second of blood, sweat, and lots of tears. I am eternally grateful for the health that you have now. You haven't been with us long, but already, you have filled a place in my heart that was empty before you came along. My own little man. The smiles you are giving us now warms me to my very core. Although you have a temper like nothing this family has ever seen, those eyes are full of kindness. We can't wait to get to know you better. XOXO

Friday, November 13, 2009

Happy Halloween!

This Halloween was so fun! Makenzie was a little princess (of course!) and our little Mason was a monkey. His costume was HILARIOUS! He tolerated it pretty well too! He didn't make it long that night, so Dad took him home to sleep. I was lucky and got to take Makenzie around with my sisters and their kids. She held up well for a while... even though she was NOT having anything scary. She didn't like the scary decor up around the doors, or older kids scary costumes... but she got the hang of it. It was such a fun night.

I was a ski bunny:) Hey, it's what I had around the house...except the ears:)


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Most treasured pics....

Ok, so I have many, but these really top them all for me. The first two are on the way to music class for the Halloween party. I had just put on her earrings, and they pinched her so bad... but she didn't tell me!! I looked over and saw this... quietly tearing up. It was so sad, but I had to grin a little bit... she was so cute!

This was a candid shot I got of Dad and Mason..... no words needed:)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Party at Music Class....

This was the party we had a few days ago at Makenzie's music class. I love this class, and I love the teacher (who also happens to be my Visiting Teacher and Mak's Nursery Teacher). All the kids were invited to wear their costumes, and she had a little carnival for them. Mak dressed up as a princess (of course) for the party. Nicole, her teacher, is in the middle as the Statue of Liberty.

This little boy is the CUTEST little boy ever. His name is Nathan and he is Nicole's son. They have the biggest crush on each other... and it is SO adorable. He is SO sweet to her. I love it:)

Pumpkin Carving Time!!

This year we went to my sister Corinna's house to carve pumpkins. Everyone had so much fun! Corinna and Kimberly bought my little Makenzie this cheer leading outfit (to drive Drew crazy)... it was HILARIOUS!!!

I didn't get a pic of what Drew and Makenzie carved, but he did Minnie Mouse for her. Too cute!

CRAZY MUCH KIMBERLY?!?!?! :) I was a little nervous for the kids:)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Fun at Grandma's.....

We got to go over to my mom's the other day. Kimberly really did all the work helping, I was spoiled and just got to take pics. Here are some shots of that day.... goodbye fall, we will miss you:(

There are some DANG cute pics of my little nephew Talmadge, but I will let my sister post all of those, but here is one I couldn't resist....