Monday, March 3, 2014

Playing Catch Up

I haven't blogged in a while so now I'm playing catch up!

For Valentines Day at school we made these cute Minion valentines. I would like to state for the record though how much I hate making things like this. I also hate the pressure that Pinterest puts on us these days to be creative! I also hate how stay at home moms always show me up, EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. Sure, I could make cute snacks for Earth Day and cut flowers out of sandwiches too if I didn't have a job! Ok maybe I should stop there before I make people mad. I won this Valentines though, just for the record. :) lol!

Ryleigh got some super cute new outfits from a line of clothes we both can agree on, Matilda Jane. She's at the stage where she doesn't like smocked but I'm not a fan of little girls in jeans all the time. So here is our compromise! I also don't wear jeans much, if at all, so I guess I'm pushing my habits on her!

Ryan and Kiersten are engaged!! I'll have to do a post on the whole thing once we get the video back but it was the best proposal I have ever seen!! Everything went great and he put so much time and effort into it. We are all so happy for them!!

Pretty much my favorite group of people!

Ryleigh is reading chapter books and has finished most of the Boxcar Children and moved on to The Babysitters Club! I loved those books when I was a kid! I ordered the movie for her off of Amazon and we watched it with Whitney the other night. It was so fun!

Ry and Tan were on when Ryan took them to Mardi Gras. They were excited about that!

Aunt Cheryl texted me this pick the other day. She was cleaning out and found this old book of Whitney's. From a young age she's always known I was cool!

And lastly...why does Ryan feel the need to text me at 3 am??? I sent this to Whit one morning when he texted me 3 times before 5 am. I'm sorry Ryan, but unless you are stranded or hospitalized it can wait until 7 am when I get up. Whitney had to ask me something the next day about the eye dr and sent it right at 7, lol! Oh and just ignore my unread text, haha!

Universal Studios

I guess this may become a yearly thing...birthday trips to Universal! Around the same time last year we went as well. We had a blast! we met some friends of ours down there who were leaving on Monday when we did, for a cruise out of Miami. Evan also stayed until Saturday afternoon. The kids had a great time and Ryleigh rode all the big roller coasters! I was so proud of her!! We went for 3 days (Friday-Sunday) which worked out great because we weren't rushed. We left Sunday around lunch and went to the outlets, Cheesecake Factory and Downtown Disney.

I love this picture!!

And this one too! We had suck a fun few days with this group! The weather was PERFECT! 75 and sunny the whole time!!

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We busted the kids out of school early on Wednesday and headed to Orlando! It worked out perfect for Evan to go with us. He had to be in Tampa Saturday afternoon for Spring training. So he went down with us and spent a few days with us. It was so great to hang out with him before he's gone for 7 months!

Thursday morning this is how I found Tan and Evan. Tanner LOVES LOVES LOVES Evan! Thankfully Evan loves him too! Ryleigh-not so much, lol! They drive each other crazy. :)

We got up and headed to Legoland!! Tan was super excited!!! He has a love of Legos that is borderline unhealthy! We even have a subscription to a lego site that works like netflix. This park was so fun!! It was geared for ages 10 and under in my opinion and was right up Tanner alley! He rode every roller coaster and ride!

Me and Evan kept SnapChatting Whitney, Jordan and Lindsey the whole time! It was fun!

Seriously, Evan barely fit on some of the rides. He was a great sport!

We ended the night at T-Rex in Downtown Disney!

I think this guy had a great birthday!

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Location:Birthday Celebration Cont...

Tanner is SEVEN!!

Man how time flies! Tan Man turned 7 on the 26th. In true Stokley fashion we celebrated for days and days. I think one day is too short for a birthday. Everyone should get at least 2 weeks. The Friday night before his Wednesday birthday I took a friend of his and him to the movies and to eat. They had a great time! We saw the Lego Movie (shocker, I know!)

Saturday we hung out in Ocean Springs at the boat show (we finally bought a bigger boat) (mixed feelings in this family, lol!) then went birthday shopping for Tanner. He wanted some new tennis shoes and no lie we went to 11 shoe stores! He doesn't mind shopping when it's for him. :)

Monday night we had a little party for him. Seriously is was so last minute. Semmes has a new Chill and we were the first party! It was the perfect place for a low key party. I would highly recommended them!

Wednesday, his actual birthday, we unfortunately sent him to school. Good news is we were getting him out early and he got to miss Thursday and Friday. I don't think anyone should ever have to go to school or work on their birthday. We took doughnuts to his class. I also wrapped 3 presents and put them in his lunch box. This was a HUGE hit!! He loved that surprise!

Can't believe my baby boy is SEVEN!!!

And my word what a difference one year makes!

Happy Birthday sweet Tanner! We love you!

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Location:Tan Man's 7th birthday