Thursday, January 27, 2011

Happy Birthday!

My Babies are one! I am so grateful to have their first year behind us. They were HARD! They were SO worth the wait, the hormones, the tears, and the sleepless nights. If I had to choose one word to describe these two, it would be JOY.
What an amazing year this has been. We have had so many family and friends who made the journey out to help and visit this year. Just over a dozen in the first six months alone.THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I personally would not have made it through this year with out you.
Two babies.... One present. I wonder how long I can get away with this?
Annalise faired much better than Mckay in the cakey-gooey-mess department.
She was not impressed with her cupcake AT ALL.
McKay on the other hand tipped us off to the fact the blue frosting STAINS...hands, face, teeth, etc.

Highlights for these two at one year: pat-a-cake, "Yea"(followed by clapping as you see here), Chicka Chicka Booom Boom, Peek a Boo, the dishwasher phenomenon, the parade wave hello, as well as the hello telephone greeting, and "More" with the appropriate sign.


Love these kids. Every one.
Happy One, you two.

Universal Christmas

This year for Christmas we took the fam down to Florida to Universal Studios. We decided to try investing in memories this year rather than gifts. We are contemplating taking a family vacation each year for the Holidays as a new tradition. It was a long drive with a very packed car. Everyone did great, even the babies! It was probably the longest for Jake who drove through the night so that the kids could sleep.

We stayed in a condo about 15 minutes away that my parents have through their timeshare and it was super nice but really tiny. It had trails, a kids center, several pools, a workout facility and a computer lab.


Here we are enjoying a butter beer at Hogwarts. The Harry Potter Venue was the highlight of the two theme parks for me. It is truly amazing what they have recreated. Magical!

Kenna is enjoying the playground at Jurassic Park.

This was taken just outside the World's largest Hard Rock Cafe. The babies only gave us grief at the park once. They were super troopers! Not an exciting photo, but the only one we have of Jake. Sorry hon!

Our first ride was Spiderman 3D! The special effects were pretty cool, just like the glasses.

Again, at Hard Rock Cafe. Super cool strings from someone famous....can't remember. Typical me.


McKay and Annalise in a rare appearance out of their stroller enjoying the bounce house in the Barney kiddieland. Cute as ever.

Over all we had a wonderful trip with great weather and fun memories. However, it was very expensive and hectic to travel during the Holidays, so it is hard to say yet whether this will become a tradition or not.
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Foliage, Homecoming, Halloween


Annalise and McKay enjoying the fruits of Jack's labor.


Jack scored ten pounds of candy. Eww!


McKenna and her date (1st one ever!) for homecoming.


Cute Halloween nerds.

Trick or trunk!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

September Pics

My two cute kids looking especially great for church! Kenna played an arrangement of " A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" this month for sacrament meeting. she did a great job.


Annalise is entertaining McKay with her super clapping talent.


Pajama party! Jack is great at keeping the kids while the rest of us get ready for church.


Jack received his Webelo badge this months for cub scouts. He is a great little scout!


Kenna will be taking her driver's permit exam in a few weeks. She is working hard at school and is rocking AP Chemistry! We are so proud of her.


Some milestones this month include: Sitting up


Almost crawling, YIKES.


and lasting through three hours of church.... Twice!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Early Sweet 16

Sonya Payne and I took Mckenna and her friend to Virginia beach for a girls getaway and as an early sweet 16 for Mckenna. We met up with another friend from MN whose boys were competing in the Jr. Olympics that same week. We had a great time!
Mckenna and Destiny on our dolphin tour. We were able to get up close and personal with the dophins. It was AMAZING!


Here are current pics of Mckay and Annalise. Seven months and going strong. We are having so much fun with these two!


Jake has taken two trips out of the country this summer. One to St. Petersburg Russia and one to Vienna Austria ....see pic below. Rough life!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Six Month Stats

Annalise: 15 lbs./25 inches
Starting cereal.....yum!

McKay: 18 lbs. 10 oz./26.5 in

Jack: baseball/golf tournaments/scout camp/trampoline/anything to be outside
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

5 Months and Counting

Miss Annalise and Mr. Mckay are busy discovering their ability to sit up and join the party at the Estes house!

Mckenna had her 4th year hike last week and counted it as her most favorite year at girls camp! She made it through with out any blisters or drama. SUCCESS!