“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together there is something you must always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart I'll always be with you.”

~Winnie the Pooh


i blinked and this started happening

so we blinked and shelby started walking.  it happened so fast.  she was crawling one day and the next this was happening.  she looks so big now that she's vertical and wandering around the whole house.  she is such a sweet baby girl.


happy halloween

another halloween has come and gone.  the boys look forward to it for months, getting to dress up and run around asking for candy (well, carson really only likes to dress up.  he's not a huge fan of going door to door in the cold when we have a perfectly good bowl of candy at home where there is heat and a couch.  i'm pretty sure he inherited that from me).  this year we had several costume changes.  both boys got to dress up for their school parade and then came home for a quick costume change to go out trick or treating.  all in one day we had mike wazowski,  super mario, tinker bell, darth vador, luigi back to mike wazowski and a peacock.

mike wazowski going to school

cutest little mario around!

hard to get a shot of our little peacock.  she doesn't sit still for long.

sweet girl

ready to trick or treat!

we made a quick trip to a pumpkin patch the day before halloween so the boys could say that they got to go.  it was kinda nice because we were the only ones there.  i guess most people get to one a little sooner than the day before.  what can i say, we're lucky we made it to one at all!

my little pumpkins


sweet girl looks like a little linus from peanuts with her dingy blanket she carries around

love this little face.

and then the next day it was time for the adults to get out of the house.  we had a wedding to go to downtown that was so much fun.  it was nice to get out and play dress up like real people do.  i even took a shower and did my hair, which quite honestly doesn't happen ofter these days.  

with my dad.  where's my mom you ask?  she was inside watching the auburn game on the iPad.

so this is how andrew spent most of the reception.  our game was on and it was a close one.  he had his ear piece in and his phone on the whole time.  true auburn fan.  war eagle.


go padres!

so, another t-ball season has come to an end.  yes, it was only our second season but i feel like we've been playing forever now.  between practices and games all weekend long and even some late night school night games i'm exhausted.  our little t-baller has really been transformed from a kid who could have cared less to one who told me he wanted to hit one, and i quote, "out of the park."  ok little one, let's just worry about hitting it out of the infield for now.  he really has improved though.  his throwing has gotten light years better (he throws left handed) and his hitting has gotten even better (he bats right, don't ask, we can't figure it out).  as long as he has something to work for like a trip to taco mac or ice cream after a hit, he's good to go.

his sweet little team was really good though.  they all worked together really well (the 3 kids who consistently hit home runs didn't hurt either) and through some really hard work they made it to the t-ball championship game.  i gotta say, most of the time i was pretty calm, except for the time brooks was up to bat and the bases were loaded.  thank God he hit his first triple that day!  other than that i was of the mind frame that as long as he tried he did a good job.  not this game though.  for some reason i really wanted to win.  maybe it was my inner competitive spirit coming out.  other than a good board game our boys could really care less about wining a game.  brooks really only cares about the snack and running around the field like a wild man after the game is over.  but this night was different.  i even went out and bought him new cleats with the hopes it would help him run faster than the slow mo speed he's been running.

i'll be darned if this kid didn't play like it was his mission along with all the other boys on the team.  they were making outs one after another (not our brooks, he still spends most of his time out in right field spinning around in circles.  but, he does back up first base like nobody's business).  it almost felt like that old book, casey at the bat.  his first two at bats he ended up hitting off the tee but running at lightening speed.  so fast that the parents on our team who know how he runs were all floored he ran so fast!  new shoes clearly did the trick.  but it was his third at bat that was the game changer, for brooks anyway.  he cracked a coach pitch harder than he ever has.  i honestly don't even know what base he ended up on i was jumping up and down with so much excitement.  my baby had hit the ball and hit it hard!  all of the time and exhaustion was worth it to see his sweet little face come in to the dugout after all those high fives from his coaches.  and in the end we were the champions.  the padres won 18-7.  it was an amazing game.  gotta love some baseball under the lights.

look at that sweet little #13.  what a doll.  

go padres!

getting his trophy
IMG_4262 from Lauren Hess on Vimeo.


almost walking

well, she hasn't quite taken off yet but she's getting there.  miss shelby is just as stubborn as her older brothers and wants to do things her way.  even though she's been taking steps they just aren't fast enough for her so she drops to her knees and crawls at lightning speed to where she wants to go.  usually to my pant leg to pull on it so i'll pick her up.  here's a little video of her trying out her sea legs the other night before a bath.  hence, the diaper look.  oh, and please excuse the mess behind her.   when i grow up i want to be organized and clean.  till then we'll just have to live with it.


party time!

i know that i'm a good two weeks late on getting these posted.  having 3 kids is kicking my butt.  there is no time!  however, brooks and i have had plenty of time to make it to world 8 on super mario brothers on the wii.  don't judge, you all know how much fun that sounds.  it's like i'm a kid again.  and it's not just me, andrew loves playing too.  we try to limit the time we spend playing but it's so darn addicting.  you just have to make it one more level.  so, between that and life itself i've lost track of time on the blog and haven't updated.

shelby is still working on walking.  she's up to about 10 steps until she plops down and takes off crawling.  she's so fast i don't think she wants to give that up yet.  and just today i noticed two more teeth coming in on the top.  i wouldn't of even noticed she was teething but she was laughing upside down and i saw them coming in.  so far, from about 4 months on, she has been such an easy baby.  we are so lucky she decided to get with the program.

the boys are both doing great in school.  they each had their field day/fun run this past week which about wore me out.  running between two different schools can get tricky.  we're still working on next year's plan.  the hopes are that they can both go to the same school, where that may be is still up in the air.  i'm just praying that we make the right decisions for both the boys.  i've said it before, but this parenting stuff is for the birds sometimes.  sheesh.

here are shelby's birthday party pictures.  the few that i took before her party actually started.  none from during the party.  i forgot to put someone on that for me.

she was not loving her cake.  look at that face!

i did a cake redo hoping she would dig in for me but it was still a no-go.  the cake sure was pretty though.



my baby girl is one!  she has given us a year of bows and ruffles and giggles and laughs and all things girlie.  the boys are so enamored by her sweet little smile (until she grabs their toys) and love cheering her on as she learns to do new things.  her daddy has been brought to a new level of "daddy."  i love seeing all my boys be mesmerized by this little princess.  and as much as she is a little princess she loves to get dirty too.  i've seen her clear a plate of barbecue while shoving it in with the back of her hand.  i've seen her lay face down in a baseball field of dirt and loving every minute of it.  all while wearing her hair bows and ruffles.  i love this little girl more than i thought i ever could.  she has completed our family perfectly.  we love you miss shelby cooper.  you are our little piece of heaven right here on earth.

happy first birthday, sweet baby girl!  may you have a lifetime of tutus and balloons!


she will be one!

this little princess will be one in 9 days.  how has a year already gone by?  she is the best little addition to our family and we could not of asked for sweeter baby girl.  i love this little face and all the wonderful things she brings with it.  9 more days and then we'll have a one year old.  yikes.