Thursday, October 27, 2016

Carlyle's Interview at 7 Years Old

CEG - (almost) 7 Years old - September 23, 2016
  1. What is your favorite color?  Pink & Torquoise
  2. What is your favorite toy?  White Kitten stuffed animal (from WDW)
  3. What is your favorite fruit?  Do I even like fruit?
  4. What is your favorite TV show?  Shimmer & Shine
  5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  I don't really have a favorite.
  6. What is your favorite outfit?  My American Girl Doll dress, but its itchy.
  7. What is your favorite game?  Pie in the Face
  8. What is your favorite snack?  Pretzels
  9. What is your favorite animal?  Puppy. Cheetah is my second favorite.
  10. What is your favorite song?  Christmas songs
  11. What is your favorite book?  my Barbie Bedtime Storybook
  12. Who is your best friend?  Alexandra, Zara, Ella.  Sidney also, and Abigail (DA)
  13. What is your favorite cereal?  Oh, I don't have one.
  14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Swim & Swing
  15. What is your favorite drink?  Milkshake - Vanilla, I mean Cookies n'Cream
  16. What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas
  17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  Mommy's pillow.
  18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Zuzu's waffles from her house.
  19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  Papa Johns (Cheese, no sauce)
  20. What do you want to be when you grow up?  an Inventor

Friday, September 23, 2016

Ben's Interview at 5 Years Old

JBG - 5 Years old - September 23, 2016
  1. What is your favorite color?  Blue
  2. What is your favorite toy?  Ukalele (Uke A Lay Lay)
  3. What is your favorite fruit?  I don't like fruit.
  4. What is your favorite TV show?  Madagascar
  5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Sandwiches
  6. What is your favorite outfit?  Its on me. The Turtles (soccer uniform)
  7. What is your favorite game?  Soccer
  8. What is your favorite snack?  Pirate Booty
  9. What is your favorite animal?  Elephants
  10. What is your favorite song?  The Minions song (really, Uptown Funk it Up)
  11. What is your favorite book?  Peter Pan
  12. Who is your best friend?  Emmet
  13. What is your favorite cereal?  Quaker Oat Squares
  14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Tennis
  15. What is your favorite drink?  Milk
  16. What is your favorite holiday?  Fall
  17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  Nighty (his puppy)
  18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Pancakes
  19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  Pizza.  Papa Johns. 
  20. What do you want to be when you grow up?  a Rockstar


Monday, November 23, 2015

Carlyle's (short) Interview at 6 years old

CEG - 6 Years old - November 23, 2015
  1. What is your favorite color?  Pink
  2. What is your favorite toy?  All of them
  3. What is your favorite fruit?  Apples

Ben's Interview at 4 years old

JBG - 4 Years old - November 23, 2015
  1. What is your favorite color?  Blue
  2. What is your favorite toy?  Clover, aka Grober (Grover beanie)
  3. What is your favorite fruit?  I don't like fruit.
  4. What is your favorite TV show?  Mickey Mouse
  5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Ham & Cheese Rollup, Halloween pretzels
  6. What is your favorite outfit?  Dis on that Daddy gave me (US Open Tshirt & Ole Miss sport shorts)
  7. What is your favorite game?  Matching Game
  8. What is your favorite snack?  Crackers
  9. What is your favorite animal?  Zebra
  10. What is your favorite song?  The Butterfly Song (made this song up, recorded)
  11. What is your favorite book?  the Frog Prince
  12. Who is your best friend?  Emmet & Oliver & Sebastian
  13. What is your favorite cereal?  the big ones (Quaker Oat Squares)
  14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Leaf Pile Jump
  15. What is your favorite drink?  Hot Chocolate
  16. What is your favorite holiday?  Happy Thanksgiving
  17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  Mommy. Clover.
  18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  cereal
  19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  This time, cookies, ok?  How bout this? Carlyle eats a quesadilla and I eat chicken.
  20. What do you want to be when you grow up?  a Ninja


Monday, February 9, 2015

Carlyle's 5 Year Old Interview

 
CEG - Five Years & 3 months old - January 22, 2015 
  1. What is your favorite color?  Pink
  2. What is your favorite toy?  My Build a Bear and my two ponies
  3. What is your favorite fruit?  Apples
  4. What is your favorite TV show?  Dora & Friends into the City & Little Charmers
  5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Special Sandwich (pb & nutella)
  6. What is your favorite outfit?  I mostly like my costumes because they are much fancier. 
  7. What is your favorite game?  Strawberry Shortcake on the iPad, oooh and that thing you bought for us because I like Music.
  8. What is your favorite snack?  I don't know.
  9. What is your favorite animal?  cute kitties & puppies
  10. What is your favorite song?  Miss Me When I'm Gone (Cups: You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone, from Pitch Perfect)
  11. What is your favorite book?  Peter Pan
  12. Who is your best friend?  Alexandra.
  13. What is your favorite cereal?  Superwhy (Alpha Bits)
  14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Go on the Swing.
  15. What is your favorite drink?  Water
  16. What is your favorite holiday?  Valentine's Day
  17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  My Build-a-Bear and my Lovie.
  18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Waffles
  19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  Bowtie Pasta (plain) or a waffle with sprinkles on it, because it would be my Birthday.
  20. What do you want to be when you grow up?  Mommy.  I want to be a Mommy.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Ben's 3 Year Old Interview

  
JBG - 3 Years & 4 months old - February 5, 2015 
  1. What is your favorite color?  Yellow and Green and Red...
  2. What is your favorite toy?  Blocks.
  3. What is your favorite fruit?  Um, applesauce.
  4. What is your favorite TV show?  Mickey Mouse
  5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Turkey Sandwich
  6. What is your favorite outfit?  my Bumblebee "fing" (Carlyle's old bumblebee tutu)
  7. What is your favorite game?  Puzzles.
  8. What is your favorite snack?  Pirate Booty
  9. What is your favorite animal?  a chicken... and a cow.
  10. What is your favorite song?  Let It Go
  11. What is your favorite book?  Curious George
  12. Who is your best friend?  Emmet.  And I play with Tucker, and Harrison, and Oliver!
  13. What is your favorite cereal?  Superwhy (Alpha Bits)
  14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?  I like to go on the slide & swing & play tennis & soccer & basketball!
  15. What is your favorite drink?  Milk and water
  16. What is your favorite holiday?  Spooky (Halloween)
  17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?  Monster Inc & "Grober" (really, its a blankie, paci that we've attempted to cut, & Grover)
  18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  Oatmeal & Pasta!
  19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday?  Cupcakes and cookies
  20. What do you want to be when you grow up?  I want to talk & cook pizza with Daddy!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

I wish I was you mommy

Carlyle, the drama:

C: I wish I was You mommy.... 
C: If I were you Mommy. I would do everything my children want.
Me: "When I became a mommy, I had to learn that my job as a Mommy is to keep you safe, happy and healthy."

"I don't want to go to school. It's just boring for my life." 

"Baby Lyla is so cute. I just can't stop thinking about her."

C:  Mom, do you know Ilene's sister has... A boyfriend?
Me:  "Wowee, really?"
C:  Mom, why did you say wowee?
Me:  "Because just big girls have boyfriends."
C:  (A sly smile)
Me:  "Why? Do you know younger girls that have boyfriends?"
C:  pause... Yes, mommy! Me? Will?
Me:  "Oh"
C:  And guess what?.... He is Irene's boyfriend too!!
Me:  "Ha! Really. So you have the same boyfriend?"
C:  And Madeline too.
Me:  "And what is a boyfriend? Like what does that mean?"
C:  Mom (like duh?), he's just a boy. And my friend. So you put the words together... Boy--friend.
Me: "Ah! Good."

Me: "Why don't I make you some soup?"
C: Actually, you can make that for me when I'm sixty-five. But I won't like that when I'm four.

Carlyles French name/persona is Rose` Rose`

I just love my teacher Mrs. Sorflaten because her hair is poofy and its yellow and she's a girl.  And her name is beautiful.  Sorflaten, SOR-flatten... Sounds like Shortcake, kind of.  Strawberry Shortcake. 


Ben:
When I grow up, I have superpowers.
 
When I am four, I can go to football game.

I need my Moozma-jock shoes.  My Moozma-jock.
Oh! You mean your slippers?
Well I call them Moozma-jock shoes, like "Got the Moozma-jock, got the mooz la jock!" (moozma-jock = Moves Like Jagger song by Adam Levine)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

She says, He says

Some funny things they've been saying over the past few months, at least the ones I could remember to write down!

C
That's Rediclious (Redicleeus)

Akward (like Akkkwaaard..., it gets serious laughs on the PreK playground)

Obsessed with Altoid mini mints

Didn't want Ben doing something rowdy cause she said it would get "all moradic" in here. (7/14)

M: "Carlyle, look at me with your eyes when I am talking to you."
C: "I am."
M: "No, you are looking at Ariel."
C: "Well, I have two of them. So I can see both of you." (1/14)

She liked the way Zuzu's soap smelled, so when asked what it smelled like: "Blue . . blue . . blu ray" (6/14)

"Hi, I'm Carlyle.  I'm very sweet and I don't do bad things to anyone. My bruver is 2." (12/13)

"Mom, I just want to be the girl who does what SHE WANTS to do." (4/14)

B
I wuv you too Mommy (says I love you too, instead of I love you)

Superman!

Captain Ahoy! (when shooting something or a cannon from Bucky the ship)

Mommy, hold you? (pick me up)

Pank that bug!  Pank it! (slap or spank that bug when trying to swat it)

Ben and Carlyle play dress up, a lot.  It's about 80/20, he'll end up in a gown or tutu instead of a cape.  But this is what I heard frown down the hallway, Justin: "Whoa, whoa Ben, you are gonna trip in that Cinderella dress and scratch your penis. Slow down." (Ben was naked under his dress) (6/14)

Friday, June 20, 2014

The High Dive

So proud of our fearless swimmer. She passed the lifeguard test to swim across the pool and back, got a wristband, and jumped off the diving board at the UP pool. This was our first visit with friends this summer. And it followed a morning swim lesson at Baylor (which we love!) where her instructor told me "she is a natural butterfly stroke." Can you tell I'm having a proud mama moment? 
She quickly graduated to the high dive. 
Easily the youngest in line. 

And when asked about her experience later...
Shauna: Carlyle, I heard you jumped off the high diving board at the pool?!
Carlyle: yeah. And I wear big girl panties all night too. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Big Boy Bed

With a reluctant but proud tear in my eye, I'm happy to say Ben has moved into a big boy bed. He's always been a good sleeper and I adore bedtime with him [because he lets me hold him like a baby and sing to him after storytime]. He hasn't learned the tricks of bedtime procrastination, yet. Chad says it's like turning off a DVD player. On/Off. But, Ben does still have a paci. Eek.
A week into it, and he is doing great! No real trouble at all actually. He's proud to say, " I sleep in my big boy bed". Carlyle was a huge help in the transition, showing all kinds of excitement and even congratulating him with hugs the night we were setting it up for him. He's pretty proud of himself, and so am I. 
Helping Daddy disassemble the crib.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mother's Day

We managed to coordinate a matching photo for Zuzu.  Her nest is full!

Emmet (almost 3), Carlyle (4.5), Lyla (2m), Ben (2.5)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Miss Lyla Kennedy

Ben and Carlyle met their new baby cousin, Miss Lyla Kennedy.

They were in awe...
Ben starts out with, "he just wubs me!"
then repeatedly says, "Mommy, I just wub her!"

And Carlyle, "Oooooh, she's so cute!"

She's here!
Seriously, he'd rather hold Lyla than play with the big kids.
Lots of love...
and adoration. (I love the look on his face, looking at Lyla)
Sweet LKB
The girls!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter in Natchez

Breakfast on the patio at Zuzu's "Natchez House"
Easter Sunday with Meme and Paw Paw
We look forward to Easter Egg hunts in the backyard at Meme's
Thank you Uncle Brandon!
Scooter riding at the condo
Baby Juliet
Me and my Laurel
Easter Egg Hunt Time! At Phillip and Stella's.
Caroline

Friday, April 18, 2014

Fishing at Hawthorne

I love going to Natchez for Easter.  It's always so beautiful there and so much to do (or not do).  Fishing with the Carbys & Jenkins was a highlight this year!
And Ben caught his first fish!
The girls in matching dresses

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Like Sister Like Brother

This is a very genuine moment. Playing in the backyard together. She
dressed herself and helped Ben with his attire. He requests his
"bumba bee!" a lot.  At least he threw in the cape to even things out. 

Waiting for Baby Sister-Cousin

Any second now... Baby girl will be on her way!
Carlyle has been pretty set on having a baby sister lately.  I'm so happy that Aunt Shauna can give her one!

She has also been making toys and art for Baby Girl Barnes.  
C: "This is for my baby sister, not my baby boy Ben.  He can touch it once my baby sister is here. Oh... I hope Nana gets one for me!  One more rainbow sparkley to make it beautiful for her to love it!"
And after a longer conversation explaining that baby girl is going to live with Dach, Nana & Emmet, she ends with,
"Well, Mom.  We just gotta find a way to get one in your tummy."

Carlyle keeps checking my belly to see if there is a baby in there, and there is not.

All that being said, we are ALL very excited to meet our new baby girl/cousin/sister!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

First Dry Day

I know we have a long way to go, but today was Ben's first day to have a dry pull-up ALL day!
His teacher reported to me when I picked him up.  He has been so interested in going to the potty since probably November.  He loves going to the potty and pretty much doing most things "by self".  It has to be the influence of an older sister.  He sees her going to the potty, and he wants to go too!
I'm thankful that he is interested, but to be honest... I wasn't really ready to potty-train yet.  But as his teacher said, "He is ready, but I don't think Mom is."
I also know it will probably be a whole year before he is legitimately potty-trained, but this is a great start!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Scootertown

These kids love to scooter in the backyard.  So happy we opened up the fence-line and gated the backyard when we moved into this house.  I love that they can go back there and be safe.
I had to capture this sweet helmet head of hair and head.  I wish he would wear this 24 hours a day, with the rate at which we are losing his teeth.
brother and sister
Weeeeee!
Look at me, Mommy!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Truth

I am SO behind, I've almost thought about stopping.  BUT, I am slowly going back and filling in the blanks between September and December... so keep scrolling down to see if there is anything new.  Old, but new.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Happy 60th Zuzu!

So happy and feeling blessed that we can spend your 60th birthday with you!  Surrounded by your chillin's!