Tuesday, July 1, 2014

June… another month in the books!

We have had such a blast so far this summer. Each week has been something different and we've enjoyed changing it up a bit. 

We are having some major plumbing issues at our house, so have gone out to Marble Falls a few times to escape it all. The kids have had a blast swimming at Aunt Pam's pool! 

The boys kicked off the summer at swim camp. This year they moved up to the Guppy group and learned some strokes. 

Eliza spent the night and the girls had so much fun playing together. They were in their princess dresses the entire time! 

Zoe has been loving riding with Ty when he mows the grass. It's too cute! 

I rarely do this but one day we were out and needed to pick up lunch. When this usually happens, we swing through the drive-thu somewhere or I run in to pick up a to-go order. We've been eating gluten-free/real food lately and it's hard to find this kind of food on the fly. So, I braved taking all 4 kids to a restaurant by myself to grab a bite to eat. We lucked out (??) and ended up being the only ones in the entire restaurant! Turned out there was a reason for this… the food was really mediocre, but it make for a fun lunch! 

We have been going to UT for many years for the kids to participate in language research. It was finally Tatum's turn and she was so excited. She chose to wear her UT cheerleading outfit and was disappointed the staff didn't give her a Hook 'Em Horns hand sign when she left. Ha! She had a blast and was excited to show off her book she received as a thank you for her participation. (They are always nice and give a book to the siblings too.)

Tatum has been asking for several months to take gymnastics. Dad and Jennifer gave her some money for Christmas to take some lessons and the time finally coordinated with our schedule, so she has begun! She LOVES it. She hams it up but has a smile on her face the whole time and asks every day of the week how many more days until her next lesson :) 

We have 3 big steps from our back porch down to the yard. Zoe has been doing a great job of just standing at the top watching the other kids play, but we could tell she really wanted to be out there with them. We figured we should teach her to go down safely before she attempted it on her own, so with just a few tutorials, she has gotten it down! She loves the freedom of being able to go up and down as she pleases. 

Off to find some adventure at the swing set. 

Colt spent a week at baseball camp. He thought it was too hot (even though it was comparatively cool this June) and too long, but in the end, had fun. He asked me one day, "Mom, what is a money ball?" Apparently one of his coaches told him he hit one :) 

We had the privilege of watching Plamedi one day. She's the daughter of our friend, Innocente from church. Tatum LOVED getting to feed her the bottle. 

Zoe loved playing in Plamedi's car seat (and got very jealous when I held Miss P). 

The older 3 went to VBS for the first time this year at a church very close to our house. We all had fun at the Thursday night show where the kids sang us the songs the learned during the week. Tatum loves to perform!

Zoe loves to ride on Daddy's shoulders.

Tatum was on photo duty at Colt's b-day party :) 

We had a Dillman family party for Colt at our house one weekend. It was the first time we've all gotten together since Christmas and was lots of fun. The girls...

and the boys.

Colt is turning 7!! He wanted oreo cake :) 

Tatum has been asking to wear my makeup a lot. Grandma bought her a little bit of makeup so Tatum gave all the girls a makeover. Don't we look beautiful? 

Aunt Debbie receiving her beauty treatment :) 

We made this little number for Ty's office for Father's Day. He is such an great dad and an amazing husband. The kids love his stories, wrestling matches, baseball practice, date nights with Daddy, drinking his coffee, and driving in Daddy's truck among many other things. We love you more than words can express! 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Happy 1st Birthday, Zoe!

Gah… I love this girl!!

We threw a family b-day party for Zoe's first. Levi and Colt are perusing the spread.

Colt loves Pirates Booty.

Grant and Stephen were able to join us! 

Zoe loved some of her favorite foods: turkey, bell peppers, carrots and grapes.

This is one of the best cake pictures we got. She started off slow, then got to it!

This year has flown by! We have been busy with moving, homeschooling, church planting, and just life, but it seriously seems like all I did was blink and my baby turned ONE! 

Tatum and Eliza LOVED riding in the Jeep together. These girls are fun together :)

Bang Band and Hazel

Zoe loves holding my cell phone. It's getting hard to take pictures of her (or anyone else) with my phone b/c as soon as she sees it she freaks out/screams until the phone is in her hands. 

The big ONE!  

Zoe is a busy girl! She's fast too - takes off before you know it :) 

Zoe, 
You are our sweet, silly, smart, laid-back, tough, curious girl. We love everything about you. Before you were born, your dad and I went back and forth on what your middle name should be. One name we considered was Joy, but nixed it because it was short just like Zoe. Therefore, we went with Faith. While we still love the name Zoe Faith, you bring so much joy into our lives that I often wonder if we gave you the wrong middle name :) We love you to pieces! 
Love, Mom

May

Ty and I headed to Dallas for the Catalyst conference this year. Our childcare ended up falling through. Zoe came down with hand, foot and mouth so we were taking her with us to the conference as to keep her from sharing her germs with our nephew, Axel, who was also being watched by my parents. Then Jennifer ended up sick in the middle of the night with a stomach bug, so I missed Friday morning of the conference to watch the kids while my dad was at the hospital with her. I made the afternoon/evening of the conference. Then, my dad got sick in the middle of the next night, so Saturday morning I came to pick up the kids. We decided to bring them to Catalyst with us! Thought they'd love the music… but it ended up being too loud for them to enjoy :( Fortunately, they had lots of fun games set up outside, so the boys raced the hamster balls over and over again during our lunch break. Fun times! Dad and Jennifer, thanks again SO much for watching our kids for us. Even thought it didn't go as planned, they had fun with you while they were there. There's always next year! ;-)



Tatum has been into makeup lately. I think this has been spurred on by our neighbor who has her own kid makeup that they play with quite often. Anyway, one day I discovered this stinker putting on my lip gloss in the car. Earlier in the day she had put lip stuff all over her eyelids, so at least this time she kept in on her lips :) 

Tatum and I also attended the Mother Daughter Tea at Westover. It was fun to color our own tea cups and eat some fancy food. She loved having all the attention to herself and talked the whole car ride there. 

Ugh! This was outside our bedroom patio door the other day. I could live without these being so prevalent around my house.

Ty and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary! We didn't get a sitter on our actual anniversary (we celebrated the next day with a delicious sushi dinner. Random story- also eating at Uchi with us was an actress we watch on tv quite often, Robin Tunney aka: Theresa Lisbon from the show The Mentalist. She sat 2 seats down from us at the sushi bar. It was fun to star watch as we ate!). Anyway, I thought it would be fun to celebrate our marriage in an extravagant way with the kids. It's never to early to teach them to celebrate love and marriage! So, we set the table with our finest and busted out the nice glasses. The kids had fun drinking apple juice (a delicacy in our house) in their wine glasses. 

They also had fun blowing out the candles over and over again :) 

Colt was trying to master the art of extinguishing the flame with wind created by his fingers. This is one of Ty's specialties that the kids try to imitate.

Tatum continues to sport her Elsa braid daily… though I've changed it up to add her bangs into the braid now so she has less whispys throughout the day.

More baseball! Go Colt!

Having fun in the dugout.

I love how the boys are so close in age that they can be on the same team some years. The team was very young and lost most of their games, but they all had fun and learned a lot! I should also mention that Ty was their assistant coach this year. I think both Ty and the boys had fun spending all that time together at the games and practices. You are a great dad, Ty! 

Thought this was cute! Zoe is a trooper and is so go with the flow (I guess most 4th kids have to be). She was so cute sleeping in the car after church this day. Guess we didn't get home fast enough for her. 

Sweet cheeks

Colt's kindergarten class at Veritas. I'm not really sure why kindergarten graduation is a thing now, but it is, so we went to show our kid how proud we are of him. 

Here's Colt's class. They all received rocks with a character trait written on it that exemplifies the student. Colt's rock said, "thoughtful." 

My thoughtful boy

A family snapshot in Colt's classroom

That same afternoon, we headed over to Levi's preschool as he graduated from Pre-K! (He's on the right end, blue shirt.)

Here he is with his teachers, Ms. Kristi (left) and Ms. Tina. He loved school this year and is ready to rock Kinder next year! 

Tatum with her teachers, Ms. Karin (left) and Ms. Stacey. Her teachers were so perfect for her and so much fun. She is REALLY going to miss them this summer! 

I got my phone out to take a pic of the kids playing on the porch one day and you-know-who noticed. Here she is reaching for the phone. 

And now she's crying b/c I wouldn't give it to her. I sure do hope her propensity for my phone doesn't mean she will like expensive things her whole life ;-) I'm always so worried she's going to drop and break my phone.

A few selfies with my baby… still reaching for the phone.

She's been curling her tongue like this A LOT. 

I love kissing this cutie! 

On our way to the boy's end of season t-ball party, Colt decided to wear all of his baseball hats from each team he's ever been on. 

We hit up The Thinkery (Austin's new children's museum) before schools get out next week. Tatum really enjoyed this plexiglass that she could paint and squeegee. 

Levi enjoyed it too… He got paint all over him :) 

Aunt Ashley was awesome enough to join us (it was so nice to have an extra pair of eyes to watch the kids!). She was able to show Colt lots of cool things with her super arty eye. Check out her work at Morning Lion Art.

Zoe is as excited as I am that this blog is officially up-to-date. Now maybe I will start posting in real time!!