Theodore: 6th Birthday


Theo woke up to balloons, streamers and a birthday song on his birthday morning!

Then we headed downstairs to open some gifts.

Theodore: 6 Year Old Questions


What is your favorite color? blue, orange, red and yellow

What is your favorite toy? connect toy

What is your favorite fruit? apples

What is your favorite movie/TV show? The Greatest Showman and Spirit

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch and dinner? cheese and apples, quesadilla from Salsaritas

What is your favorite game? Don't touch the ball

What is your favorite animal? puppy

What is your favorite song? Ready, Set, Go and A Million Dreams

What is your favorite book? Make Way for Ducklings

Who is your best friend? Madelyn

What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play on Emersen and Bronwyn's new swingset

What is your favorite drink? Sprite, lemonade and fruit punch mixed together

Where is your favorite place to go? Panera and Salsaritas

What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Joseph, glitter and buzby

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?  bacon, donuts and cinnamon rolls

What is your favorite thing about school? friends, being superstar of the week

What did you do on your birthday? Dunkin donuts with pj's and Panera

Theodore: 6 Years Old


Theodore Joseph,

You are SIX!! We just can't believe it.  You just finished Pre-K and are moving up to Kindergarten next year.  We're so incredibly proud of you big boy.  You excelled in school this year and are above and beyond where you need to be for next year. 

Mommy has loved having you around as her little buddy this past school year while sis has been in school.  You're a trooper running errands, going to the gym (which you love!), getting special treats and helping me at home.  We've had some fun this year and mom is definitely going to miss you while at school next year.

Daddy loves that you willingly help with projects around the house.  You'll sit next to him with tools and hand him whatever he asks for.  Such a big helper and happy to do it. 

And Madelyn just adores you.  She loves reading to you and showing you how to do things.  You've definitely learned a lot from her.  You've taken off reading and she helps you with words and teaches you new things.  You definitely have your not so great moments together, but we just love seeing the sweet moments where you love on each other.

You weigh 39.4lbs and are 44in. tall

Currently in size 6t tops and 5t pants.  Size 12/13 shoes.

Your favorite foods are still the same cheese, fruit, veggie straws, goldfish, granola bars, cereal, mac and cheese and anything with sugar.  It takes an awful long time for you to eat anything (except ice cream!).  We've set a timer for you at meal times otherwise we're at the table forever!

Going to sleep at night around 7pm and waking up around 8am.

Some of your favorite activities are gymnastics, reading, crafting - cutting paper, gluing and taping, Pre-K, helping with anything, going to Tennova, "dog concerts" and putting on birthday parties for your animals.

Still doing so well in gymnastics!

You and sis played soccer this spring and daddy helped coach!  You both did such a great job.  Proud of you kiddo.

Theo, you are the sweetest boy and we just love your kind heart so much.  You'd give someone the shirt off your back if they asked.  Love you to the moon and back a hundred million infinity times!


Birthday Party


When we asked the kids where they wanted their birthday party's this year, they both said the same place.  So we decided to combine it and have it in April this year.  They both invited a few friends and a couple special adults to join them.  Both felt very special and loved and were so excited to celebrate each other! 

Ready to jump and play!

Singing "Happy Birthday!"



We had such a good Easter this year.  The kids are learning more and more about the meaning of Easter and it's so neat to see.  This is the first time since we've been in high school that Tim hasn't been on staff at a church during Easter.  We still kept pretty busy, but it was nice to have a little break. 

On Good Friday, we went to a walk through to see the life and death of Jesus at a local church.  Then stayed for their Good Friday service.  Madelyn made this booklet on the way to and from church that night.  Learning so so much.


Madelyn: 7 Year Old Questions


What is your favorite color? orange

What is your favorite toy? barbies and Rebecca (American girl doll)

What is your favorite fruit? mixed berry frozen fruit

What is your favorite TV show? Cat and the Hat

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  pringles and luncheable

What is your favorite outfit? Dress

What is your favorite game? Monopoly Junior

What is your favorite snack? pringles and noodles

What is your favorite animal? puppy

What is your favorite song? "What a Beautiful Name"

What is your favorite book?  the Bible

Who is your best friend? Theo, Baylee, Jennifer, Lilah

What is your favorite dinner? Pizza and noodles

What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride bikes

What is your favorite drink? fruit punch, lemonade, sprite with ice

Where is your favorite place to go? Mall

What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Animals - piglet, bunny, Hello Kitty, Valentine

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? French toast sticks (cinnamon), sausage, bacon

What is your favorite thing about 1st Grade? It's fun because we get to learn.  Everything is my favorite!

What do you want on your birthday? Go to Gatti's Pizza and school

Madelyn's 7th Birthday


Sweet girl had such a fun day and said she felt very special and loved!  We treated her like a princess and definitely spoiled her.  Her teacher did at school as well!

Last night of being six years old!

She started out the morning with a birthday donut (per her request - pink with sprinkles) and a morning birthday song by a sleepy mom and dad.  I found a cute pink letter board (thanks Target dollar section!) and knew she'd love to write her own little sayings on it like I do on mine.

Madelyn: 7 Years Old


Madelyn Joy,

Happy 7th Birthday baby girl!  You are such a light to everyone around you.  We just love you so much and are proud of who you are becoming.  Asking all sorts of questions about life and everything that comes with it.  You have a spunky demeanor that sometimes comes with a bit of an attitude, but it normally fizzles out and you get back to your sweet self.  Love you kid!

You weigh 47.8 lbs and 46.5 in tall

Currently in size 6t tops, pants and dresses.  Size 12/13 shoes.  You love staying in PJ's all day, every day.

Your favorite food is definitely pizza!  You also like mac and cheese, noodles and cheese and cheese dip.

Going to sleep at night around 7pm, some days earlier when it's been a long day at school

Some of your favorite activities are dancing, swimming, bike riding, soccer, jumping on the trampoline, eating, playing with your brother, coloring, homework and playing with friends.

You're over halfway through 1st grade and still loving it.  Spring break was last week and all week long you were asking for school to start back again.
You just started playing soccer again and are tearing up the field!  Had your first game last week and scored 2 goals (bubba did too!).  You're his biggest cheerleader and love him so much.


Daddy/Daughter Dance


This past Friday night, Tim took Madelyn to a daddy/daughter dance nearby.  They both had so much fun!  Apparently she tore up the dance floor.  She is a dancing machine.  Tim said Madelyn took a water and picture break but then was right back at it.  Love her.  And him!

My Sweet Valentines


Lots of celebrations going on this year for Valentines!  I'm working at Theo's school this year so I got to be around for his party at school.  It was fun to see him in his element with all his little friends.  It was a crazy day at school with all the sugared, hyped up kiddos, but it was fun.

On Valentines Day, we all headed to MJ's school to help with her party.  The kids had so much fun!  We love her class and sweet teacher.

Tim's Birthday


We did a couple activities to celebrate the big kid this year!  On his birthday night we went out with a couple of friends and their kids to a local pizza/games place. 

He requested we go to a trampoline park with some friends.  All of us couldn't get together until after his birthday and we were able to celebrate our friend Todd's birthday as well!  It was lots of fun.



The kids started gymnastics this past fall and love it!  Madelyn has been taking dance since she was 2, but decided to give it a break and learn how to do some gymnastics moves.  She's learning so much and so is Theo!

Sickness & SNOW


We finally got a good snow in Knoxville this week!  Madelyn had strep this past weekend and then Theo started getting sick with a fever and cough.  Poor babies.  They stayed in yesterday when the snow was falling, but we got them out for a little bit today to play.  Now inside and drinking some hot chocolate and watching Toy Story.

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This was last week....beautiful and 60's....

Riding their new bikes

2 Weeks with Gigi and Pops


The day after Christmas we headed to visit my family.  We got there in record time - 11 hours!  The dogs sat up front with Tim while I was in back with the kids.  Worked out well so I could hand them things and help out.

this one napped for 3 hours!