Friday, April 18, 2014

Boys of Summer

our friend sherri took some great pictures of the boys playing ball.









this was the weekend i was gone, so gianna got to hang out in the dugout. i bet that was entertaining.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Meeting Ady

last weekend, i reluctantly got on a plane. all by myself. no kids, no hubz. i wasn't reluctant because i was afraid of where i was going or what i was doing there. quite the opposite. i was meeting adalyn jean for the first time and spending some quality time with lilah grace. i was pretty excited about that part. the part that made me SO nervous was the part where i leave my whole family behind. that have never happened before. of course, i go to work every day and i'm not with them all the time, but this was a plane ride away. not in my comfort zone at all. also, it was the first night i have spent away from gianna. i knew that she would be fine and so would the boys, but i was still really nervous. so, it helped that i was super tired when i got on the plane (3am comes super fast, ya know). i looked out the window for a few minutes and then tried to doze off for the rest of the flight into baltimore.

look at this face! i was so happy to land and see this little toothy grin!

and, i finally got my paws on this little bundle of pure cuteness.

just look at those little hands

and these super yummy kissable cheeks! don't let the pictures fool you. she has a full face, but she is TINY!

one thing i can predict with almost 100% certainty, it is that adalyn will have her tongue out. all. the. time.

and oh boy, did i get some good snuggles from lilah grace! she loves seeing her face on the phone, so we took quite a few selfies.

we went outside because it was not TOO cold. but the wind was blowing and mommom was cold! funny story...lilah called me mommom the whole time i was there. not sure if i look like her or sound like her or what, but i didn't care.


can you tell it was windy?

ady made herself comfy and i didn't mind one bit!

lilah loved playing with my phone and i really don't mind at all, but she brought it back to me and look what it said..."iPhone is disabled, try again in 5 minutes"...haha

her face says it all...

meanwhile, back in SC, the kids were taking advantage of a lenient poppa, wearing pajamas all day, and apparently pants were optional.

i made it back home by lunch on sunday and i was SO happy to be back home. i had a wonderful time and treasure that one on one time with my nieces, but i'm not sure i will travel without my family any time soon.


Saturday, April 5, 2014


roman has had 2 really loose teeth for what seems like forever now. one on the bottom and one on the top. the one on the top seems to have moved over in front of the one next to it, so it doesn't even wiggle backwards now. the one on the bottom was hanging on for dear life and so last night, i took matters into my own fingers. i yanked it. it didn't hurt him, he was just surprised it came out so easily. but, he was super happy and thanked me a million times for pulling it. he was thinking it was going to hurt, but it didn't, so then he was excited to wait for the tooth fairy to arrive.

nevermind that scary tooth pillow...


we are happy to say that the tooth fairy came and left him some golden coins with chocolate inside and a few dollars, one of which he has already given to his little sister (sweetest brother on earth!!)

now, if we can just work on that top one!


Friday, April 4, 2014

Life with the Crazies

my big strong guy sitting on top of the world. or the concrete ball at Parkers...
doesn't everyone watch Frozen, in the bathroom, in their "baby" suit, with their jump rope and washcloth?totally normal.
mimi and aunt maddy came to visit...a little lunchtime goofy-ness

gianna loves to pray, even at pretend dinner


aunt maddy, mimi and her little lovies

hot dog dancing

roman's class took a field trip to the beach. he is in the back row with the blue jacket. notice his teacher on the far left...super pregnant. this was on a tuesday and she had her baby on friday! what a trooper.

they had a picnic lunch and roman sat next to a sweet friend, evelyn


that's life! and i love it!


Friday, March 28, 2014

Free Entertainment

everybody has kids to do chores and provide free entertainment, right?


the boys were out at roman's ball game, so it was just the ladies around here. so, i recruited some help with the chores and was in turn, given a free concert after bathtime. it seems a little like an unfair trade, but i assure you, she was a happy camper!







Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Opening Day

it's baseball season! this past saturday was opening day so we headed up to the park early for the festivities.


as long as she has refreshments, gianna is good to go!

there's my boy!

about to head out on the field.

soon after the opening ceremony, we headed out for roman's game. here he is crossing/hopping across home plate.

chase is on the team too. they are the best buds and of course the most handsome on the team, right?

the colella kiddos played hard, so they need some after-game sugar. you like how they look like they are being picked from a lineup?

later in the day, the boys had somewhere to go and they left me in charge of this monkey!


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Grandpa & Grandma {x2}

my uncle posted this picture on facebook last week. it is my father's parents and his siblings (there are actually two more that aren't pictured that were adopted, possibly after this picture was taken, i'm not sure). my dad is the dark haired fella in the front. second to youngest. the funny thing is, my grandmother looked the same as a young woman as she did an older woman. my grandfather changed a little bit, in my opinion. anyway, i had never seen this picture before, but it is really cool, i think. especially since my dad was coming to visit the weekend after i saw this.

grandpa and grandma arrived on saturday, in time for the boys to head out to baseball practice. the girls stayed home to rest. we went out to dinner and then headed to the park...sorry no pictures of that...

on sunday, we went to church and then went to ihop. these kiddos were good in church, so they earned a ringpop. of course, they always pick the most offensive colors!

roman and grandpa were deadlocked in an intense game of tic tac toe.

oooohhhh, grandpa finally makes a move!


gianna climbed over to get in the picture too!

and i love the side-eye...

thanks for coming to visit us grandpa and grandma!!!