Saturday, November 15, 2014

Happy Halloween

We had a very relaxing, low key Halloween this year.  We went to a pumpkin farm in Winnie, TX the weekend before Halloween.  It had a hay ride, face painting, pumpkin bowling, corn maze, a big slide, and a big swing.  It is a much smaller scale pumpkin farm than the ones that we went to in Virginia but the girls had a great time regardless.
Both girls wanted unicorn face paintings - two years in a row.

I'm the queen of the tire tower!

Pumpkin bowling

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A true Texas pumpkin patch.  They ship in pumpkins and throw them on a field.

Molly truly enjoyed the pumpkin patch and slept the entire time!
Emma and Anna both wanted to be Michigan State cheerleaders this year and I was extremely happy with that decision.  It was super easy for me to pull together their cheerleading outfits (enter online shopping) and they could even use the outfits on game day which is an extra bonus.  Plus I have been wanting some cute updated pictures of them with their Michigan State outfits!  I must say that although I am a bit biased they made for some adorable cheerleaders.  Especially when they kept yelling "Go Green, Go White!"
Anna was beyond excited to dress up for school as a MSU cheerleader!

Decorating cookies at her school party.

Could they be any cuter??

Even training Molly to be a Spartan fan.

Molly's bunny costume (that was Emma's when she was a baby).  She wore it for about 30 minutes and called it a night.
We went trick or treating in our neighborhood.  Jay and Molly came for a little bit and then they headed home to hand out candy.  The girls were troopers and walked a long way and had a great time.  This was the first year that I didn't have to walk up to each door with Anna and it was a quick reminder of how big they are getting!  I have to say my little heart melted every time I heard them yell "Trick or Treat" and then a big "Thank You!"  I can remember taking Emma to see our neighbors when she was a baby and couldn't even talk yet.  How have they gotten so old???

This little video of Anna melts my heart!  She is singing "Five Little Pumpkins" and I don't ever want to forget how she pronounces "punkins".  She has come such a long way with her speech and I am so proud of her, but as she is getting better she keeps losing those wrong pronunciations that are so endearing.

Here is a little video of Jay on the big swing with Emma and Anna at the pumpkin farm.  The girls loved it, but safety was a bit questionable!  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Our New Family of Five

I'm back to the world of blogging after over a year hiatus!  What could possibly bring me back to my blog and be so important that I have to update it?  We are beyond excited to announce the arrival of our third daughter, Molly Elizabeth Davis!  She was born September 22nd at 12:58 pm.  She was 9lb and 20.5 inches.  She is actually the main reason I have been absent from blogging the past year.  My pregnancy, much like the last two, was not fun at all.  I spent the first 22 weeks extremely nauseous and sick, followed by a period of dizziness and being lightheaded, and then back to nauseous again at the end.  Needless to say I do NOT enjoy pregnancy and I am beyond ecstatic to have it beyond me!  Now that I am feeling better I hope to get back to this blogging world to document our crazy family of five and our journey through life.

Our world with three kids has been crazy busy and hectic.  Although I will admit that the transition from 2 kids to 3 was much easier than 1 to 2.  I am already used the the busy schedule of preschool, 1st grade, and all sorts of activities thrown in.  Molly just spends lots more time on the go in her carseat than the other two ever did.  She is a good baby (most of the time) and sleeps a lot during the day.  At 6 weeks she usually sleeps a 5-6 hour stretch at night and then eats and sleeps 2-3 more.  I am beyond ecstatic about her nighttime sleeping habits as I thought I would still have a baby getting up every 2 hours at this point.  Her bewitching hours are definitely from 7-9pm and she is usually pretty unhappy at this time for some reason.  Some nights she goes right to bed after eating and others we have a really hard time getting her to fall asleep.  Once she is asleep she will sleep for that long stretch.  Jay and I easily forgot all of the trials and tribulations that come with having a newborn - crying of which we try to surmise every possible reason she could be upset, the crying in the car that we have NO control over, and the constant feeding schedule.  I am nursing and at times feel like she is constantly attached to me.  Babies are HARD!  

With all that being said we already couldn't imagine our family without Molly.  She makes our family complete (that's the truth this time!!:) and we couldn't be happier to have three gorgeous girls.  Her big sisters already love her too and are constantly asking to hold her, kiss her, and play with her.  I have to answer a million questions about when she will be able to clap, talk, walk, read books, and play with them.  They are so excited for her to be able to interact with them.

I have a MILLION pictures from the hospital and her first days at home.  I tried to weed them out a bit, but I will be honest, with three kids, a feeding coming soon along with having to pick up Emma from school I didn't have the time to be super picky.  That is how my life rolls these days.  Enjoy:)

Molly was a surprise for us and these were our guesses as to whether she would be boy or girl.  Mom was the only one who got it wrong!

It's a girl!!

Proud parents of three girls!

Blurry picture but it shows Emma's pure excitement the moment she met Molly and found out that she had another sister!  I love Emma's smile here!

Emma is also known as the baby hog.  She couldn't wait to hold Molly and didn't want to let her go!
My sweet friends Jamie and Jenny came to visit me and meet Molly all the way from Baton Rouge!  While they were here Jamie took some amazing pictures of Molly.  It was so kind of her as she has an amazing way to capture those memories from the first days meeting a new baby.  She also took pictures of the tiny things that you never want to forget - like baby feet and the umbilical cord.  Thank you Jamie!  These pics (and many more) are priceless!

Jenny and Jamie meeting baby Molly.  We were blessed with lots of visitors to come and meet Molly in the hospital.  She is a lucky little girl!

Our first picture as a family of five

Nana and Papa meeting Molly for the first time

Dr. Sherman and Molly.  She was a wonderful doctor despite being an Ohio State fan.

Dressed in her going home outfit.  Emma and Anna also wore this coming home from the hospital.

The Baby Hog

Molly loved snuggling with Grandpa that first week!

We had to buy a new swing because our old one stopped working.  She loves the swing!

Proud Grandma and Grandpa

6 weeks old already!
That's it for now.  I have some cute Halloween pictures to post too.  Hope to get to that soon so that I can start writing about our day to day activities!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Halloween 2013

We have been staying busy since my last post.  Emma seems to be busy all the time with school activities and after school homework and projects.  She has also started running sometimes with Jay and absolutely LOVES it!  He signed her up for a 1 mile fun run a few weeks ago and they even trained together for it.  She could run over 3/4 of a mile prior to the race and was beyond excited to run like daddy does in a race.  She had so much fun, but was very disappointed when the one mile fun run turned out to be more like 1/4 of a mile.  She wanted to know why it was so short!!  Hopefully it is something she continues to enjoy!
Ready for the race

We have had a fun fall and have been LOVING the cooler weather that seemed like was never going to come!!  We took a trip to a local "pumpkin patch" that had fun activities for the kids including big slides, hayride, corn maze and pumpkin patch.  We also carved pumpkins and decorated cookies with friends. 

Girls in the corn maze

Unicorn face painting.  Although they look less than thrilled here, this was by far their favorite thing about the pumpkin patch.
Picking out pumpkins
Anna also managed to get sick again recently.  Our first clue something was wrong was when she actually fell asleep on the couch with Jay.  This girl NEVER naps!!  She also seems to have a knack for picking up every virus possible.  She has since kicked the bug, thank goodness.

Cookie decorating


A little windy for the pumpkin carving!

This is as involved as Anna got - holding the spoon.  Girl does NOT like to get dirty and did not want any part in cleaning out the seeds.

Silly Emma
Simple pumpkin faces.  Apparently Jay thought we have one too many Barbies as his pumpkin is eating one.  Girls thought it was funny!

Tinkerbell and Witch
Girls had a great time trick or treating - especially since we weren't sure it would even happen.  In true Southeast Texas fashion we had a monsoon hit and had major road flooding during the day.  Anna's preschool was closed and I even brought Emma home from school early because I was so nervous about the flooded roads.  Stalled cars were everywhere and lots of white knuckle driving saying a little prayer that I didn't get stuck in the high water.  Even our cul-de-sac had super high water, but it drained amazingly fast throughout the day.  The roads dried up and it turned out to be a beautiful night to trick or treat.  The girls had a great day at home as Nana and Papa were visiting from Michigan.  They can attest to the horrible flooding, despite it being gone hours later.  Jay thought I was off my rocker:)
Our sweet neighbors were the first house - Mr. Bill and Mrs. Geneva

A witch has to protect her hat!

Note the picture perfect curls in her ponytail.  Oh how I love her curls and I know one day they will be gone:(

Trick or treating with Nannie

Getting tired and hitching a ride in the wagon


Jay and I got away to a Texans game while Nana and Papa were here to babysit!
Anna has finally finished all of her reflux testing!  As you may recall, she had to be sedated for an endoscopy and then they placed a small catheter into her esophagus to measure the acidity of her reflux for a day.  It took her all of about 5 minutes in the recovery room to dislodge the catheter from her throat into her mouth by using her tongue and they had to come back and re-place it!  I thought for sure that it wouldn't last, but in true Anna fashion she surprised us all and kept it in the entire day and night!  All results were normal, which means that the reflux she does have isn't causing any damage to her esophagus.  For now we continue to take the prevacid to reduce the acid.  This is the only medicine she takes - YAY for that!!  Doctor hinted he might take her off in January, but we will wait and see.  I am just ecstatic that for right now we don't have another appt until January (knock on wood).  I have been traveling back and forth to Houston with her a million times!  Below is a picture of her with the catheter smothered in tape to her face.  She is normal, happy Anna and you wouldn't even know she has a tube stuck up her nose! 

Here are a few cute videos.  The first is Anna being silly.  Apparently we call her Anna Banana so much that she thinks it is her real name:)  The second is Emma reading.  We are so proud of her and how well she is doing in school.  She is a little sponge and in a few short months is learning to read already!!  The last video is Anna's version of how to run the bases.