Two Year Photos

I feel like we just got done having Carson’s one year photos taken, but I’m sitting here looking at his two year photos! I remember when we did his newborn session and thought it was so stressful, but it’s nothing compared to a busy boy who doesn’t want to sit still. That’s why we pay a professional! Amanda is fantastic with him and always snaps great photos, so matter how much he runs around.

We went to a local barn for these photos and she had a real bunny rabbit. Carson just kept asking why there were no cows in the barn!

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Day At The Zoo

As soon as the weather turned warm, we planned a day at the zoo with the kids.  I think everyone in Knoxville had the same idea, but we still had a great time.

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Carson loves animals, so I was so excited to take him!  His favorite of the trip turned out to be the camel.  He kept saying, “I ride camel.”  I’m not sure if he just heard Lily say that and repeated it, but he was obsessed.

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You know you had a great time when you barely make it out of the parking lot before falling asleep!
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Snow Day

I’m pretty sure I avoided talking about playing in the snow until spring hit! Hopefully I don’t jinx us-if we wake up tomorrow to a white yard, I will cry.

We actually got a pretty good snow in February!  And by good snow, I mean a few inches that lasted an entire day.  The rest was just ice, cold and misery.  I know the people in Boston who had record amounts of snow would either laugh or punch me for complaining about our two weeks of winter weather.

We headed over to Grandmom’s house to play with Heather and Lily and go sledding.  Kayla, Asher and Maeve came over, too.  We are used to seeing our friends a lot during the week and go through withdrawals when we are stuck inside because of ice!

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Carson was not a fan of the snow. He takes after his Mother’s southern side and was happier on the porch. The girls, however, were in love. Maeve and Lily went down the sled with Nick several times and loved it! Little daredevils. I think Nick gave Kayla a small heart attack when he took off down the big hill with the kids. Luckily, no one fell off!

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Winter, you were pretty for a few days, but I’m glad to see you go.

Every Day Should Be Princess Day

Saturday was all about the girls!  We had a girls’ day with all the “big” and “little” girls to see Cinderella!

We started off with breakfast at First Watch and we had tiny princesses in tiaras and gowns.  We were definitely the best looking crew there!

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The movie was SO cute!  I think the old gals enjoyed it as much as the little ones did.  We were laughing because our crazy crew took up an entire row.  We’ve had a lot of babies in the past few years!  My girl was borrowed since Carson stayed home with Nick.  However, we did have two little Prince Charmings with us!

IMG_0010image[1]Lily had her first sleepover at our house the night before, so we had a great little adventure as we call it.  We got a taste of what life with two kids will be like-loud and chaotic!

Papa, Kiki and Cherry

We had some visitors last weekend!  Well, let’s phrase this correctly-Carson had some visitors last weekend, since we know he’s the real attraction these days.

We’ve been showing Carson a picture of Nick’s parents and he would point to them and say, “Pa Pa” and “Kiki,” so he started calling them that as soon as they got here.  Carrie is still Cherry or Caca at the moment, which I kind of hope sticks permanently.

The weather was beautiful, so we took a walk to the end of the neighborhood to see the horses and cows.  Carson is currently obsessed with being outside and animals, so this is one of his favorite things to do.  However, I can tell we are entering that independent phase because he wants to get out of the wagon and pull it himself.  I’m hoping this doesn’t happen when it’s warm enough to run with him outside.

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I hear all the time how much Carson looks like Nick and maybe I’m a little biased, but they are studs.  This was the very first time he looked at the camera and said, “cheese!”  He normally still runs away, but he is starting to occasionally look when we have a camera out.

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If you point to a horse and ask Carson what it is, he will yell, “neigh!”
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His real love right now is cows, cows, cows. We have a herd of cows in our house and are constantly finding them on our pillows, in our drawers, in the laundry basket.

Checking out the cows with Papa Ed and Grandma Kiki.
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IMG_5699The only bad part about taking him outside is trying to get him to come back inside. It’s a battle which I can tell is going to test me as the weather warms up. Here’s to lots to patience!
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Minute To Win It

Most people spend New Year’s Eve in fancy dresses and heels, but we were home in our sweatpants!  We ended 2014 by playing “Minute To Win It” games with the family!

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I love watching all the little cousins together! The “older” cousins were constantly together as we grew up and I hope they will be the same way. Colby definitely took charge as the oldest of the group and had them playing games and following orders!

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Brandi found a bunch of game ideas on Pinterest and we had SO much fun!  I’m hoping this will be an annual event.  The little kids even had a great time, although I think they were just laughing at the adults being crazy most of the time.

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It’s pretty much a guarantee that if I hand the camera to my Mother, I will end up with fifty chins.  Or maybe I just eat too much cake.

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Things got a little wild on the game front!  Lily burst into tears at one point and yelled, “but I wanted Gigi to win!”  Drama starts young when us ladies!

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Poor Callen definitely didn’t make it to midnight-he was out by 7 I think!
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I’m pretty sure that Colby is Lily’s hero…she loves doing whatever he is doing!

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We had a great time ringing in 2015 with this crew!  However, 2015 has been off to a rough start, health-wise.  I’ve been sick since New Year’s Day-this year needs to shape up and turn around!