Sunday, April 13, 2014

Little Bit

While Princess Maddie was having her special day with her friends, Lillian and I stayed at her house and had lots of fun, too! 

Special T-shirts, manicures and pedicures, inflatables at Frog Legs, and lunch at Chick-fil-A made for a very special finale to Maddie's birthday week!

Sweet puppy Max is going to think his name is "No Max", "Stay Max", or "Down Max".  Lillian says each of these to him quite often.  She is slowly warming up to him.  They had lots of fun playing with sticks and exploring the yard.

She also took a little time out for a drive and a little yard work!

Swinging, jumping on the trampoline, and blowing bubbles were also on our list of things to do!  We also made a trip to the park, but Nana forgot her camera.

 As soon as Lindsey and Josh returned from the birthday adventure, Lindsey headed to her high school's prom, to help one of her special students.
Excuse the shadows on the next two pictures, please!


Here is her 7 month baby bump.  Baby Reed is growing quite nicely.  We can't wait until his arrival!

We are headed back later this week to help with Maddie.  She will have her tonsils out this week.  I hate that we are going back for that reason, but we can't wait to see them again!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Let's Party

We rushed home from the ballpark to find people waiting to help celebrate Maddie's birthday.  She is actually having a week of birthday celebrations.  Saturday was her family birthday, and she had a party at school Monday.  Next Saturday, Lindsey is taking Maddie and two of her special friends for a spa day and a day of fun!! I am a strong believer in "Birthday Weeks".  There is way too much to celebrate to do it in just one day!!  On the way from the park, Maddie said she wanted to change into a pretty dress for her birthday party, but there was no time for that!!

Maddie's fan club sporting our shirts!  I can't believe she is already 5!!

Great food and good times together!

 Our sweet, sweet birthday girl!

You don't turn 5 until you blow out the candles and have a cupcake!

Now on to the fun stuff-opening presents!!

Baby Sis got in on the fun, too!

And now, meet Max!  Lindsey found this adorable puppy at the Humane Society!! He is half Australian Shepherd, and we think half Saint Bernard.  He is also 100% precious!!

What a fun, fun time!! There is nothing better than spending time with family! I have to add that this sweet thing is having her tonsils out next week!  I know she will feel better, but we are not looking forward to it.  And bless her heart, she is SO excited about it! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Play Ball!

What a great weekend we had!  Maddie had her first TBall game of the season Saturday morning at 8:00, which was entirely too early!!  The second one was at 10:30 which was a little better!  Both were big victories-16-7 and 22-4!  It was a great way to start the season!

They may be little, but they are mighty!!  Maddie is one of the youngest on this team by far.  Some are almost 7!!

Game 1

I couldn't find Pop and Lillian after the first game.  He had her on the field running the bases while the players for the next game  were warming up!!

A little snack and rest time between games!

And a little playtime in between!

Game 2- Just in case anyone is wondering, I am still very much a ball mom(or ball Nana now)!  I surprised myself at how much I get into these games!!  It is so much fun to watch her play!!

Lillian was quite the trooper.  Everyone pitched in to keep her entertained.  They are weaning her off the paci, but 4 hours at the ballpark calls for an exception!

Go Angels!!  We headed from the park straight to Maddie's house for her first birthday party!!

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Happy Birthday Princess!!!!

Five short years ago, our lives changed forever.  No one could ever prepare you for the joy of becoming a grandparent.   It is a type of unconditional love that is just hard to explain!! Lillian and soon to be baby Reed helped us continue down this wonderful road.  We have made mistakes as grandparents, and will surely make more, but mostly we've made precious memories.  I am also confident that the girls love us just as much as we love them. 

I tried to pick out just a few of my favorite pictures of Maddie, but it was hard to narrow them down.  She has changed so much in such a short amount of time.

It was love at first sight!

 This was taken when her mom and dad left her with us for a trip to the beach!!  She knew the spoiling was about to begin!!

Her first birthday party!

She has always been adventurous!!

She loves to help Pop garden!

I love her sweet smile and precious personality!

This had always been one of my favorite pictures.  She looks so serious!  She was actually studying that stick so hard because she didn't want me to take her picture!

A few more of my favorites-

She is the best big sister EVER!!

There are not too many playgrounds around here that we haven't explored!!

Hunting with Pop

First year of T-Ball

Ready to conquer the world!!

Happy, Happy Birthday!!  I shed a few tears with this post!  The first 5 years flew by way to fast!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Camping-Round 2

One of the most enjoyable things about life in the campground is the amount of presumed freedom the girls had.  They could ride  bikes, go on walks and play endlessly without fear of cars or strangers.  Strangers quickly become friends, and time stands still. It also takes lots of planning and work, so I'm not sure how often this Nana could handle it, but I definitely want to take them again.

Watching big boats and barges was lots of fun!  Maddie said she wanted Pop to get us a boat like this one!  Sounds good to me!

Here comes another barge!!

Eating ice cream was serious business and took lots of time! Good to the last drop!!

Jiffy Popcorn cooked over an open fire is quite fun and tasty!!

The girls will probably never see these two sweet brothers or these twin sisters again, but for at least a couple of days they were best buddies!!  Lots and lots of fun was had by each of them!!!

Papa got in on the action each afternoon.  The girls loved his visits!  We tried to convince Maddie that she was ready to take the training wheels off.  She said she would wait until she was six or twenty!! Now that sounds like a plan!!

The first picture below is blurry because I was quite a bit away from them, but I thought it was too precious not to share.  Lillian got the book from her basket and hopped right up on Papa's lap.  The next picture is from one of our many walks.

Next up, our big girl turns 5 and has opening day of TBall.  Nana and Pop can't wait!!