June Adventures!

This month is almost over!  And we just finished our third week of summer!  It has not been boring yet!  We've been packing our days and weeks with a lot of fun!
 This sweet girl is getting too big!  She loves being on her belly, pushing up on her arms and rolling over and over!!
 Piper is such an awesome big sister!  Emerson is a bit heavy for Piper to lug around but she wants to love on her and carry her around a lot!

 Emerson is using the high chair for three meals a day now!  She really does not love her high chair but if I break up some crackers to let her play with and attempt to eat, she stays happy for a good twenty minutes!
 Piper lost her third tooth this month.  Many of her friends have lost several more than her but our pediatrician's theory is she'll have better last teeth as an older adult since she's losing them at a slower pace!  Piper pulled this tooth out all by herself!  That little fact is a big deal!!!

Piper has been loving the pool this summer.  Both kids have actually!  She and her friend Campbell have had fun together!
Piper was the very first person to ever go down the new slide!  It needed some more waxing because it was extremely S-L-O-W.  I think it's still slow even after a few weeks!  The kids aren't complaining though!
 Briggs has been so much more in love with swimming this summer!  He loves the slide as long as Michael is nearby.  But he goes belly down, swims a short distance to Michael. Michael catches him and pushes him towards the ladder, then Briggs swims there and gets out.  Then he repeats!
 Michael hung the baby swing.  Emerson loves it!
 Piper decided all on her own to make breakfast for Father's Day!  She needed minimal help and was actually annoyed if I tried to help!  I couldn't resist helping her when she was about to put a half of a stick of butter in the skillet with 3 eggs!  I was looking out for Michael's arteries...and his taste buds. Piper has really been displaying a desire to serve others this way lately!  Maybe me being in the kitchen so much is rubbing off on her!

 Speaking of serving, we just completed a service project with a group of kids last week.  We participated in taking Meals on Wheels to shut-in senior adults in Oak Cliff.  We rode on a bus to the location to deliver the meals.  Unfortunately, out of the four meals we were to serve, only one person was home. And halfway through the experience, Piper started getting easily upset and sensitive.  Lo and behold, she was running a fever after we got home!  So it was a fun experience with a few bumps along the way, but I hope we can do this again!
 We enjoyed doing it with our friends!
We're actually purposely serving others this summer with a group from church called "Hands and Feet Service Projects."  There are weekly projects to do as a big group or just with your individual families.  The Meals on Wheels was a group project, but the kids also completed a project of collecting canned goods to take to a local food bank.  We made flyers and Piper put them in every mailbox on our street and we emailed a few family members and friends.  Together, we collected over seventy-eight pounds of food!  It was neat to drop the food off and see the facility.  The kids have never done anything like that!
 Piper and Briggs had a sleepover together in our bedroom last Friday as a reward for learning their bible verse.  They did good and it was fun!

 And this guy...well, he keeps me laughing!  He loves being the family clown!
Below, I think he looks like Wolverine from X-Men!  I instructed him to make a mean face but he could not quit smiling!  Ha!


Emerson is Six Months!

This Cutie Pie turned six months old on June 10.  Six months is my favorite stage because it is usually the time for a baby's personality to begin to emerge.  And the smiles and coos that accompany it...I love!  Here's a few fun 6 month facts:
-rolling over and over
-sleeps on tummy or her side
-loves laughing at her brother and giving huge smiles to her sister
-Mama is her fave!
-gives big, huge smiles for Daddy and big loud breathy coos
-gurgles and blows raspberries, squeals & squeaks very loudly!
-eats sweet potatoes, peas, applesauce, bananas, and rice cereal and pretty much loves the food!
-first tooth emerged on June 7
-Weight: 16 lb 15.5 oz (67th percentile) and Height:  26.75" (83rd percentile)
-nicknames include: Emers, Emersony, Em, Emsy
-sleeping during the sixth month was more inconsistent than the other two kids because of her little illness.  She would sleep through the night sometimes but not consistently.


Piper's First Swim Meet

 Piper is participating in her first ever swim team during the month of June!  It's been kind of a stressful start because it was delayed two weeks due to the rain; however, I think she is beginning to ease into it!
 She swam in the Freestyle relay, the individual Freestyle, and the Backstroke.  She did so good!

 Emerson tagged along.  It was pretty hot outside (95 degrees).  I just dipped her in water over and over to cool her off and there was a little cloud cover that helped us out!  The meet was delayed by an hour due to some lightning that occurred.  I wasn't too thrilled about that but all in all it went well. The day was long and exhausting but Piper did have a great day!
Before her Backstroke event, Piper became upset and refused to participate but Coach Caroline offered to swim along with her in the water and so Piper agreed to swim.  She didn't even need Coach Caroline!  Piper took off and Caroline was unable to catch up until the race was almost over!
 After that, Piper became Caroline's little shadow!  It was cute!  Piper is on the left, Caroline in the middle, and Campbell on the right!



 Piper's last day of First Grade was June 5th.  After school, we picked her up and headed to Oklahoma!
 All three kids napped at some point which made for a pleasant drive!
 We passed the VERY full Red River.  I have never, in my life, seen it this full!  Usually there is land with ATV tracks all over it.
 Emerson was giving me the stare down towards the end of the drive.  She.Was.Done!  We made it to OKC that evening and all was well with her after that.
 The next morning we headed to Woodward to throw my parents a 50th Anniversary reception.  Fifty Years!
 Piper loves her cousins!  And I thought this was cute.  She has recently gotten interested in taking pictures!
 My mom and dad visiting.  My dad loves chatting with others!
 Happy Anniversary!


Love this sweet girl and her crazy personality!  On the last day of school, each child in class received "compliment" notes written by each student in the class.  Most of Piper's notes said something along the lines of "Piper you are nice because you are funny."  Or, "I like you Piper because you make me laugh."  So it sounds like my daughter might be a little hambone!  At least more than we realized! But some of my favorite notes were the following:
From Logan:  "You are nice when someone cries, you say "What's wrong?"
From Nora:  "Piper you are loving because you smile a lot."
From Campbell:  "You are friendly because you cheer me up."

Warms my mama heart!

The End of May...

 Piper and Nora catching grasshoppers!
 Field Day 2015...It was a Super Hero themed; hence the capes!  Piper loved the rock climbing wall.  And so did Briggs!

 Piper and Farrah were buddies for the day!

 After all the rain ceased for the month, we visited White Rock Lake to see the dam.  It was pretty cool!

Briggs at 4 1/2!

 Life with Briggs is pretty easy and fun most days!  He's a terribly picky eater and he can be stubborn. But he sure likes to smile, make others smile, and have fun!  When we say "Hey Briggs.  What time is it?"  He normally replies with, "It's time to have fun!!!"
 He and his best bud, Asher playing Spiderman!
 This face below just cracks me up!  Part evil look, part smile!  ???  And Emerson looking like, "huh? What?"  Her car seat takes up the entire grocery cart!  I should take a picture with her and all the food surrounding her at the end!

 He loves school, friends, and watching tv, swimming, cars, animals, dinosaurs, and making his baby sister laugh!  He is quick to apologize and admit his wrong, but is so ornery too! We love our Briggsey Bear!