Tuesday, February 14, 2017


This weekend was a big weekend.  One that we knew would eventually come about when Elle was born! The infamous Daddy Daughter dance! We found out about the Daddy Daughter dance a few months ago and were excited about the super sweet theme of a Sock Hop. I immediately got online to start looking for a poodle skirt for Elle and was so happy when I easily found on Amazon that include a cute scarf and even some 50s inspired glasses. Elle loved it and put it on as soon as it arrived and then I tucked it away so it would be ready for her to wear this weekend.  For Kenny's outfit I knew he would not want to go too over the top so I ordered him a simple black t-shirt and a pair of tube socks and he ended up rocking his look.

Saturday afternoon before the big dance we attended a birthday party for one of Elle's little guy friend's that is in her class.  Garrison and Elle were in Pre-K and now Kindergarten together.  The party was at the movie theatre where they had cake and ice cream and opened presents and then went to see the new Lego Batman movie.  I stayed for the movie and sat a few rows back with a friend. 
Getting ready to go in to watch the Batman Lego movie.
Silly faces.
Pretty sure she told them to act like puppies in this one.

Once we got home we ordered a pizza to have a quick dinner and then it was time to get dressed. I made sure to a lot plenty of time for pictures.  I pretty much couldn't get over how cute she looked! 
My little 50s girl!

Time for Daddy to be in on the action.

Practicing their moves.

Right before they were off. Walker wanted in the picture 
and Elle was completely over the pictures at this point.

I got a few texts from Kenny while they were there and then of course got the full report when they got home. They had lots of fun! Kenny say it was pretty chaotic with so many little girls! They were all running around playing and dancing with each other. The dads stood around the sides of the room and talked and then a slow dance would come on and all the little girls would find their daddy's and dance with them.  The dance was two hours long and they both game home after picking up an ice cream happy and tired!
Elle with one of her friends and classmates Audrey Caroline.
Elle, Cate, Audrey, Aubrey and Ella
Cute picture in front of the dance backdrop.
End of the night picture with Daddy after a slow dance.  

Ice cream on the ride home.
A huge hug before I took her up to bed where she fell asleep immediately!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


This past weekend was the perfect mix of friends, family and fun. Friday afternoon, my friend Jennifer texted me and asked if I minded picking up her daughter Mary Kenway from school and dropping her home.  I happily agreed but also knew that Elle was not going to have just a car ride. So I invited Mary Kenway over for an unexpected after school playdate. The girls were super surprised and excited when they got into the car and since it was Friday I took them for some ice cream before we went home!
Yummy ice cream at the Churn and Spoon!

I took this picture Saturday morning of Walker after he came 
padding into my room with his books and wanted to get up on the chair to read.
On Saturday my friend Mary Martha was in town with her girls-one who was a sweet friend to Elle. They moved to Columbus in August and we have been missing them! A group of moms and our girls met them at Chick Fil A to let them play and eat lunch and so we could catch up. It was fun and Elle was happy to see Miriam!
Enjoying their lunch! Elle, Mary Kenway, Miriam and Collier.

While we were at Chick Fil A, Kenny and Walker went out on the golf course, had some lunch and then he put Walker down for a nap before we headed over to campus for the men's basketball game. We haven't been able to make very many basketball games this year for some reason but we were glad to get to go to this one and this was the first one to take Walker since he has gotten a lot older. We weren't sure how he would do but thought he would like it.  And he really really loved it.  We ended up having a great time! We were playing Tennessee and they were beating us badly but the second half we came back and we ended up winning the game so it was really exciting and fun to cheer on the Bulldogs! Hopefully we can make it to a few more games before the season is over.
Getting settled into our seats.
Walker brought Elmo along.
Of course we got some popcorn and that kept him happy for a while.
He loves popcorn just like his sister and Daddy.
Elle enjoying some snacks and cheering on the players.
Selfie with my girl.

Sunday evening we went over to Jay and Margaret's for a big Super Bowl party. We were happy to bring Elle and Walker with us and they had fun and the grown ups had fun eating and watching the game. Atlanta looked like they were going to tromp the Patriots but the Patriots came back and won in overtime. It was a pretty crazy game
The kids table!
Hanging out on the Cook's bed watching a movie.
Sippy and quality time with Jay.
And I have to include this pictures because it is so funny to me. Walker really didn't want too much with the girls most of the night. I think they just overwhelmed him. At one point he agreed to sit on the bed though and Katherine couldn't resist playing with his hair.  And this was his face.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Elle came home from school for Christmas Break saying her tooth was loose.  Upon our own wiggling we found that her bottom front tooth was indeed loose.  I thought for sure she would have it out before she went back to school a few weeks later but that pesky tooth held in there until last week! She had been working on getting ready for a while and we knew it would be soon. Kenny and I both teased her about not being ready for her to loose a tooth and we were partly serious! Just another big sign that she is really growing up. On Tuesday she came home to tell us that Mrs. Hunt had checked her tooth and told her to come back the next day for her to pull it. Mrs. Hunt is another one of the Kindergarten teachers who is known for pulling kids of all ages teeth!

The next day I got a text and a picture from her teacher Mrs. Kristi! It was official! She lost her first tooth! I may of shed a tear or two! But I was so proud of how brave she was to let Mrs. Hunt pull it at school and I am sure she loved the attention! Below is the picture I received from Mrs. Kristi.  I know her and I can tell she isn't exactly sure what to think and she even looks a bit pale.  But when she came to get in the car that afternoon she was so excited to tell us her news and for the tooth fairy to come that night!
Toothless and brave! I love the sticker and tooth necklace.
So excited to show me where her tooth used to be when she got in the car at carpool!

This sticker cracks me up!

My sister ordered Elle the cutest tooth fairy pillow to put her tooth in but she lost the tooth before it arrived so we improvised and just stuck her tooth under her pillow and it worked! The tooth fairy still came! Since it was her first tooth, she left 5 whole dollars and a note covered in glitter introducing herself!

Now we are anxiously awaiting the next tooth to fall out.  She already has another one loose that I would guess falls out in the next few days!

Monday, January 30, 2017


These past couple weeks we haven't been super busy. We had a nice weekend at home this past weekend and were able to hang out and just relax.  The weather finally got cold again so we snuggled in the house.  Elle and Walker had a good week at school last week despite both of them having colds.  Elle was especially excited because they have been counting up to the 100th Day of School. 

 Walker doing a little reading one day in the car. He loves this trains, cars and planes book.
 Olivia, Elle and Abigail reading a book together before ballet class started.
 I kept Walker home one day because he was running a fever and 
we had fun together playing and staying in our pajamas all day.
Walker has started carrying this little dog and a small Elmo doll everywhere he goes.  

Elle totally got into 100th Day of School this year and decided to dress up like a granny who is 100 years old. She would come home every day and announce that they were one day closer.  On the actual day I helped her get dressed and gave her a special hair do.
She didn't like the bun I did at first. I agreed with her in that it was more ballet bun and not old lady. So this is what I came up with. She was pleased.
I bought her two different pairs of glasses to try from the Dollar Store.  I thought these were more granny like but she liked the other ones better. But I made her take a picture with these too.
 My sweet granny!
 Granny pose after the glass swap.
 Daddy and his Granny girl.
 Walker wanted in on the picture.
 I posed for a quick selfie despite not being picture ready. 
Loved helping her get ready for her big 100th day!
 Elle and some of her friends made the school's Facebook page.  
These are a few of her closest friends. Elle, Audrey, Aubrey, Cate and Ella.
Everyone who dressed up in their sweet grade.
 When she came home from school she had a special snack and worksheet she was happy to do.
 Snapped a few pictures of these two cuddling one weekend morning.

Sunday afternoon I went to see A Dog's Purpose with Margaret and it was so good but soooooooo sad.  I mean really sad.  Margaret being a huge dog lover cried the entire movie and I cried a lot too.  When I got home I still needed to get it all out so I told Kenny the sad way all the dogs died (yes for real) and then loved on Lena.
 Giving my old girl some hugs through my tears.