Friday, December 15, 2017

Happy Holidays!

I'm so far behind on catching up with life and the kids -- I just decided to start from present!

I can't believe we are halfway through December.  November flew by!  We spent Thanksgiving at the beach with Grandpa and Grandma Fredrick, Darcy and Brad.  We watched a lot of football and had a few walks on the beach.

We were also able to take some family pictures :) I love how they turned out!

Sister Love!

My girls!

One of my favorite pictures with Grandma and Grandpa!
The Big Guy!

Fredrick Five

Aunt Darcy and Brad
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

October Fun

This year has really flown by!  We have had really warm weather this month.  Perfect for pumpkin patches and trick or treating!

We went to a pumpkin patch with the Salzman's.  There was so much to do! My favorite was this humongous cow! The pictures just don't do him justice.

This kids could have cared less and were off running around...but not me! I hung around this guy for a while!

Claire and one of her best buds, Dylan.  They look 12!

Trying to get a group pic with six kids :)
And sadly, I still don't have my icloud fixed and the rest of the fun pics are on my phone. 

Halloween was amazing! Max was a ninja, Claire was Evie from Descendants, and Kate was SuperGirl (to go along with her buddy Ben who was SuperMan)
Our neighborhood goes BIG for Halloween!  There is a DJ that lives down the street and has disco lights going from 5:30-9. There are many houses that have adult treats as well :) My favorite was the marshmallow vodka pudding shots!

The Big Kids took off so quick I didn't get a chance to get good pics of them.  Lets just say they were in candy overload and are already looking forward to next year!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

My football player and cheerleader!

This summer we signed Max up for flag football and Claire up for cheerleading.  We are doing it through the Pop Warner league and did not realize what we were getting in to!  They started in August and had conditioning for two weeks. It was M-F for two hours each night! Now we are down to two practices a week and a game on Saturday.

They have had a busy season and have really been enjoying it!

Originally, Claire was cheering for a different team, but a week before the season started, they switched them to cheer for Max's team! Makes it a lot easier on us!

When we play on our home field, they get to run through the Cougar tunnel! I think that's their favorite part!

Monday, September 18, 2017

What's Kate been up to?!

Kate started a mother's morning out this month.  She is going twice a week from 9:00-12:45.  She is loving it!  It helps that her best buddy, Ben, is in her class.

She is the Ducklings class.  Her teachers are awesome and I just know she is going to have fun and learn so much this year!

Always being silly!

Kate has so much personality.  Justin and I just look at each other and laugh bc she is so funny.  She has recently started to play dress up.  One day she decided to wear a fairy costume and she wore it for four days!  I was able to get a bath, but she wanted to put it back on! lol  so she took naps and slept in it. haha!
She also likes to wear her old big bow bands! Such a fashionista!

She is a pretty good eater.  Her current favorite is yogurt.  She request it at least two, if not three times a day!

We are getting ready to start potty training.  She has gone once for me.  I was so proud of her!

I just love every second of being with my little punky!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

1st grade!

While most kids are just going back to school, Max and Claire went back in July! When we moved neighborhoods, we were districted to a year round school.  I tried to apply to a traditional schedule, but got denied :(  . Luckily they are young enough that they didn't realize they were missing half their summer.  AND, the majority of the kids in our neighborhood are on the year round calendar.  Our county, and mainly city, is very over populated and is still growing! In year round, you basically go nine weeks on, three weeks off and still get the traditional days off for holidays.

 I am happy with both of their teachers and they both seem to be as well.  Their classes team up a lot during the day and mostly have the same homework -- which is nice!  They each knew one or two kids in their classes so that helped with first day jitters.

We are still trying to get back into the routine of homework and reading every night.  We did so well at the beginning of the summer but started slacking when we found out they were going to year round and we had family vacations.

Claire has started cheerleading.  I think she has found her calling!  She is really enjoying and pretty good, I think! They had their first game last weekend and it was the cutest thing watching her and her friends cheer for Max's flag football team!

Max has started flag football.  This league is pretty intense, but I think the discipline is good for him. He is very athletic, but isn't quite as competitive, if that makes sense!  He gets excited about their game days and running through the cougar tunnel!

All my pics are on my phone.. still don't have my icloud fixed to access phone pics....

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pine Knolls Beach Reunion

Two weeks ago we went to Pine Knolls Shore beach.  It is in between Atlantic beach and Emerald Isle, NC.  It was the beach my family grew up going to.  It was the beach where some of my most favorite memories were made! I haven't been since I was a senior in high school (18 years ago!).  My mom, her three sisters and their families and my grandparents would go.  We would get two condos and two families would share. We were always a door or two down from each other and would spend all day on the beach or pool together. I was the oldest cousin so in the later years, I was also the babysitter.  Now, two of my cousins have babies!
This year we had four condos filled with three generations!

Here are some of my favorite pictures from the trip (a lot!)

My buds!

Kate and Ann Grace (7 weeks apart!)


just chillin!

Some of the gang!

My cousin, Charlotte, Claire and niece Landyn
It was no easy task, but we took family pictures one evening!  There was definitely some bribing for the kids and men!

My whole fam.  Mom and Dad, Brother and his family and the Fredrick five!

My favorite people!
My mom and her sisters: Margaret, Mom, Catherine, Ann

cousin pic! missing two :(
The sisters wanted to do a jumping pic! lol

The whole crew!
Nanny and her grandkids!

My sweet family!

The little cousins!
I wish I was at my house growing up and could find the tree pics from the past!