the invitation..

Here's Beau's birthday invitation that I made in Photoshop.

I've actually made a this card for 2 other boys before Beau's party. Why reinvent the wheel? I just changed the names & party info. Beau couldn't have been happier!

Making cards all started a couple of years ago when some good friends asked us to make a birth announcement for their son. He's going to be 3 this year!!! Where does the time go? I love this kid (Sam)....he's the funniest kid ever.

Here's their newest addition, Sef. He's the so cute. He likes to spit up on me.

So, this is one of my hobbies...this and digital scrapbooking! I cannot even tell you how great it is to scrapbook without the MESS! It's so me. I hate scrapbooking with papers & sticker & tape and........
when I found this I was in-love with it! I've caught everyone up to their first birthday now! I just haven't printed the pages. And I don't really journal. Does it still count as scrapbooking then? It's about all I can muster for now. My goals is to have their books done by the time they move out. I hope that gives me enough time.
I'm so excited for Christmas card season! I would love to make a card for you, too. Let me know if you ever want one. I can make the Costco size that you buy in sets. I'm also working on postcards (with printing on front & back). a little sidetracked! Back to my boy! He's at Disneyland right now. This very second and I'm sure he's having a blast! I sure am missing him (and Joey)!

Beau's Star Wars Party

auntie sue & the birthday boy
papa & parker
playing ring around the rosey...all by herself!
chloe & carter
auntie sue getting bombarded!

happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you...
oh...this pinata! my neighbor gave it to me. it was used....we made it work though!
group shot! just a little bit of the craziness
slip n slide (the girls chillin in the pool)

It wasn't even a question in my mind. I knew Beau wanted a Star Wars party this year. He loves Star Wars. His friends at school all love Star Wars. We don't have a day that passes in our house that the phrase doesn't get spoken at some point.
We had 9 boys, 2 girls & 2 babies over here Sunday. It was wild! We got the slip-n-slide out & the baby pool and they had foam "light sabers" (pool noodles cut in half). There was lots and lots of dueling going on. It was seriously crazy. Then there was the pinata and pin the sticker on the Death Star or something like that...
Beau got lots of new Star Wars toys. He got a "gun" and I am sure there is a name for it...I don't know it, but it's huge and makes lots of noise. He woke up this morning at 6:30 and started blasting away. All Joey had to say was "Beau" and he turned the sound off until everyone was awake. Joey & Chloe were the only ones still in bed. Joey finally had to wake up baby girl at 7:30! 13 hours of solid sleep! She was so tired from the party. She was on the slip n slide with all the boys. She's really has no fear. She was relaxing in the baby pool with mayhem all around.
Isabelle had a blast running around with our neighbor, Brooke, and all the boys. She fits right in and enjoys playing with her brother & his friends. I was surprised that there were no major incidents to break up. The kids all did really well and didn't argue. They were wild and crazy, but well behaved if that makes any sense? It was nice to have Joey's sister, Suzanne (Auntie Sue!!) & her hubby, Shaun there. Joey's parents were able to come, too. Reinforcements are always nice at a birthday party!
Well, our sweet boy is with daddy on their way to Disneyland! He was so excited for his birthday trip! I am sad I don't get to be with my boy on his 5th birthday, but I know he's going to have sooooo much fun. Isabelle decided she wanted to go and shed a few tears. It must be hard to know they are going to DL, but she already had her birthday trip in March. I kinda figured that would happen at some point today, but she recovered quickly when I told her she could have an ice cream sandwich. I know Beau is really excited. I hope he gets some good sleep so he can last until the fireworks! I can't wait to hear about all the fun!!!

Little Miss Independent

my girl!

Yes, that's right. Little miss independent...or so she thinks! Isabelle is now doing her own hair in the morning (yikes). She wants to know why she can't use the curling iron or flat iron by herself (double yikes). She wants to know if she can wear make-up in high school. She is 6 going on 16. She loves it when I stay in her room at night and talk with her. I don't do it very often, but I think I should try to do it more....before she doesn't want me to anymore!
She has two boys in class that give her notes. This does not make us very happy...1st grade is too young for all that silly stuff. We told her she can be friends with them, but that's it.
Isabelle is also very, very creative. She loves to cut, paste, staple, tape and glue. She made a 'paper doll' outfit the other day all on her own. She didn't trace anything. She also gets a little carried away with pens...I've found marks on walls, doors, clothing and her siblings. She's been put on restriction from pens for a while. Pencils, crayons & washable markers until she can prove she knows where to draw. I LOVE that she's still the same....she's always been this girl. Always. She was always into my make up as a baby, writing on her brother, and loved to color at an early age. She's always been sweet and happy, too!

My Big Boy

my blue eyed boy!

I am really proud of Beau. He has come a long, long way! He only cried a few days for Kindergarten drop off, goes to MOPS and church with no more tears and his big milestone...he doesn't wear a diaper at bedtime anymore! He forgot to put it on one night and he was fine. He decided he would wear underwear to bed from now on. Just like that. : )

This is all very 'Beau', because he does everything in his own time. There is no forcing him to try something new before he's ready. He weaned himself from nursing at 8 months, then from formula before his 1st birthday, he decided to wear underwear the summer before his 3rd birthday....and now no more night-time diapers. There's no bribery involved (I would have used it - if it would have worked).

Another thing...he's really getting better and better with his Lego building. He replicates ships from Star Wars, trucks, trailers and so on. At first, I thought Joey had built them for him, but to my surprise it was Beau! It's so great to see him grow up from this baby to toddler to little boy. Now if I could just slow time a little...


She's debating whether or not to sit down...
my mischievous girl
...and she's up.

She knows she's in trouble and doesn't care...

Chloe has found a new hobby. Every time I turn around she is running on the couch. I tell her to sit. She sits...for a second or two. Then she stands back up and starts running along the cushions. If she weren't so cute I wouldn't have to take pictures of this naughty little creature. Now she likes to straddle the side arm of the couch (no pics of that one yet) and looks like she' riding a horse. She's fallen off a couple of times, but that doesn't stop her from wanting to try again. And again. This little girl loves adventure. She is constantly making us laugh.

She has joined the ranks of "wild animal" just like her siblings. She tries to jump and her little feet don't even get off the ground. So then she will try to bend her little body lower & lower to see if she can get a bigger jump.
Earlier this morning she was looking at one of Isabelle's "big girl" books and laughing to herself. I wish I knew what her little brain was thinking! I love those moments when I catch her in action...she doesn't know I am watching or listening and she is in her own little world. So precious.
Her words right now:
Bubba / Beau
No-No (so far only once)

She will not point to her nose or eyes, but she will take your finger and point to your nose or eyes. She will "woof, woof" like a doggie. She loves, loves, love peek-a-boo. Still. I don't see that changing anytime soon. She also loves hide-n-go seek. She always gives away the kid's spots. I guess that makes her more of the seekers big helper.

I love my little stinker!

I like...

Kinder homework has officially started. Beau is working on some sight words...
"I" and "like". Beau really likes dad. Can you tell?

She's Awesome!

I am sure she picked this up from one of her siblings. She is very adventurous. Like I said in my previous post...she would much rather be chased (or apparently jump) than play with toys. She would rather play with dishes than Little People. Maybe this means she's going to be an Olympian. One can hope, right? : )

time flying...

Oh yeah...the tweezer incident. Beau decided to see how this would work out...
it was plugged in at the time and he got himself a nice little shock. Let's just say he won't be doing that again...
This girl is the happiest when she's climbing...she's so cute! onto the updates!

I just need a few more hours in my day! My friends who have kids a bit older than mine have always told me once they are in school you are just busy, busy, busy! It's so true...just between pick up and drop offs I am in the car 4x a day!
Beau is really blossoming in kindergarten. He has made some friends...and they all seem to be good little boys...a bit on the rowdy side! He actually looks forward to school. I never though I would see the day! As you can see from the photos above...he really is a curious boy. I had to go out and buy new tweezers yesterday. I am just thankful he was okay. He scared the you know what out of me! Boys!
Isabelle is just as social as ever...she has a boy that sent a note home. It has hearts, flowers & rainbows. I told her she could be his friends, but their would be NO note-writing back and forth. She is too young for "boyfriends". I told her they can like each other and be FRIENDS!!! There is NO WAY I would encourage that stuff at this age. She really likes her teacher and she seems to be doing well with her classwork and homework so far. I think it's easier than Kindergarten so far...or maybe I am just used to the homework now!
Chloe is our little ham. She is into everything. In fact, she will carry the step stool around the house so she can reach all those things she shouldn't. She's keeping me very busy when it's just the 2 of us at home. She loves, loves, loves to be chased. It's her most favorite thing. She will play forever. She likes it more than toys and almost as much as being outside or eating. She's not talking a whole lot...well anything you can understand. Just momma, dada & bubba (which I think is both isabelle and beau). She is still my "smallest" baby at 15 months she's 23.5 pounds, 32.5inches and her head is 18.75 inches. She eats like a pig...double fisted and so fast. I can barely keep the food coming fast enough with this one.