Wednesday, December 7, 2011


So...I've been really bad at updating our blog! I've been given "gentle" reminders to update it!!

I have lots of things I can blog about, it's just a matter of TIME! Which I seem to not have enough of lately!

We have family pictures taken...back in Sept!

They are great! I love them! I love to see how much my little family continues to grow and change each year! The boys are getting so big and are so much fun!

My sweet 4 1/2 year old boy!

My sweet, ornery 2 year old!!

I had to throw this one in b/c it cracked me up! That's what Cole does...crack us up! Such a funny little man!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Eli started his last year of preschool!

He goes 3 mornings a week and loves it!

I can't believe he will be in Kindergarten next year!

He has a new teacher this year, Ms. Mari! He loves her!

We have had the best teachers at his preschool!

I just look at these pictures and think back to last year when I took him!

He has changed so much in a year!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


I can't believe my baby is 2!

However, he definitely acts ALL of 2!

I love that he has so much personaility! He makes us laugh daily!

He LOVES his brother and calls him "Bubba!"

He talks....ALL...THE....TIME!!!

He uses complete sentences and talks just as much as Eli does!

I can't wait to see what God has in store for him this next year!

We love you Cole!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

a little bit of farmer!

We had Eli's 4 year pictures taken back in April!

It was supposed to be warm, so I had shorts and a polo picked out for him.

Well, in Kansas we never know what we are going to get.

So we had a change in plans last minute, due to weather!

This is probably more Eli...being out on a farm.

(The belt/beltbuckle he has on was Aaron's from when he was little. It has his name engraved on the back. It was sooo cute!)

I love this smile!

Thanks again, Meg for capturing our sweet boy!

Saturday, June 11, 2011


We spent 5 days on this....Doing a lot of this...
With some awesome friends that were celebrating their 10 yr anniversary!
It was perfect!

We will go again! (for our 10 yr anniversary!)

More to come...

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Every year I send this poem home with my students.
I take a picture with each one of them and put it at the bottom.
This year I struggled getting through it!
I have loved this class and will miss them dearly!

I'm glad I was your teacher
I've come to love you so.
I can't believe the end is here.
I hate to see you go.
Remember all the fun we had
and all the things we did
but most of all remember...
Mrs. Kirtley :)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

another milestone

Today was Eli's last day of preschool! (I wish I could say that I've had my last day too!)

They had a little program and celebrated with a circus theme!

It was cute!

I am so glad that he still has another year of preschool!

This Mommy isn't ready to send him off to Kindergarten just yet!

After the program we went to the classroom and had popcorn!

Ms. Karri was Eli's teacher! She was awesome! Eli learned so much from her!

Ms. Renee is the directed and helped out in the classes! She is awesome as well! We were so lucky to have Eli in preschool there!

Eli will go back to preschool there next year, but he will have a different teacher b/c he's going 3 days a week, instead of 2! We will miss Ms. Karri! Thank you for all you did this year!

(I don't know why it's leaving all that space at the did it on my last one too!)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Eggs!

So we waited til the last minute to dye Easter eggs!

We decided to dye them Saturday afternoon!

Cole had just woken up from his nap, so he's a little out of it!

Eli did GREAT!

Friday, April 22, 2011


Cole got glasses a week ago.

Poor boy got my bad eyes!

We noticed a few months ago that he was having a lazy eye.

I mentioned it to our pediatrician and he sent us to a pediatric optometrist.

I was hoping that I wasn't right. That maybe I was just imagining things!

Unfortunetly, I was right! It's very slight and he was impressed that I noticed it already.

But, it's a good thing I did. Hopefully the glasses will correct things and he won't have to have surgery like I did.

He does AWESOME with them! He rarely takes them off. I think it's usually when he has smudges on them.
I could not be more proud of this little guy!
He's far exceeded my expectations with them!
He's been such a trooper!

And, how adorable is he?? Such a sweetie!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

I hope this NEVER happens!!

Our friend, Derek, works for the Police Dept. He also works for Aaron with the guttering business. The other day he stopped by and this is what happened!

Eli got arrested! (Notice one brother is arrested and the other one is holding a gun?!)

Put in the police car.

Yes...what one brother does, so must the other!

They had fun. We did talk to Eli and tell him that it's fun now to sit in a police car, but how serious it can be when he's older!

When Derek left he turned on the lights and sirens. I'm sure our neighbors were wondering what was going on! That better be the last tme I see both of my sons in the back of a police car!

Friday, April 8, 2011

I am so ready for this...


I caved!

The ice cream truck stopped right infront of our house today.

Both boys were outside and it was HOT!

So, they got popsicles!

Eli was very neat and clean with his!

Cole...well, you can see how that went!

We then got water guns out and played for a while.

It was a fun afternoon to come home to after work!!

I am so excited for this summer and spending more time with my boys!

Come on summer!!!!!!!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Since we had a birthday party with Eli's friends at the fire station, we decided to keep things low key with the Grandparents! Good thing too, since Eli was running a fever.

His favorite things: soccer, Transformers, Power Rangers and Spiderman!

We enrolled Eli in Newton United for instructional soccer. So we got him the things he needed: a water bottle, shin guards, shorts and ball!

Happy Birthday, Eli! We love you!

We felt so bad for you that you had a fever on your birthday (and 3 more days after that!)