Monday, August 27, 2012


My oldest baby girl left me today....well, she left me for 8 hours.  Our first child has gone off to Kindergarten!  Lillian has been jumping around about this day since the beginning of the year and I don't mean the school year.  She has been ready since January and she was still in preschool.  She has asked and asked when she would be going to the "big school." 

Finally last week, she was so happy to learn that we would go meet her teacher on Friday.  In Forest Creek Elementary, the teachers call the day before and let you know that you will be in their class.  So Thursday afternoon, I got a call from Mr. Whitfield telling me that he will be Lillian's teacher.  I was excited at first because I have heard everyone saying they wanted him for their child's teacher.  He is a 19 year Kindergarten teacher and also a singer/songwriter who plays guitar to his students in class to help them learn.  How awesome is that!?  Then I asked around to other parents about who their kids got and funny enough, the 3 kids I asked about were all going to be in the same class! Just not in Lillian's class. :( 

When we went to see Mr. Whitfield's classroom and meet him on Friday, I think Lillian became a little nervous.  Who was this "man teacher."  Where are all the pretty decorations on the wall you usually see in Kindergarten books?  Where are all my friends???  Lillian left clutching on to me and tearfully said she did not want to go to Kindergarten!

Brandon and I talked to her about it throughout the day and weekend and I think she was still anxious, but getting excited again to go.  I got things semi-ready last night for her big day and then found a cute idea online of taking her first day of school picture with chalk writing out on the sidewalk.  So I hurried outside and wrote out Kindergaten big for her to stand and sit by....did you notice what I forgot????  I didn't until my sister pointed it out after I took Lillian's picture.  No 2nd "r"!  That is what a not used to getting up early frazzled first day of kindergarten mom does!  So later I added an "r" in the pictures with the paint program!  It will have to do.  But not before some already noticed it and the first picture I posted of Lillian didn't show the "n" on the end, so Lillian was standing in front of "Kindergate."  Apparently this is a prison for kids or a political conspiracy. :)

After pictures, Brandon finally got up and we all walked Lillian over to school for her big day.  We made it through the crowd and got her in line with her class and she seemed okay as they walked in line towards their classroom.  We shall see!

How is Mom, you might ask?  Fine.  I did tear up a little when I saw other moms crying and for a minute when she was leaving, but no real waterworks!  I'm proud!  Andrew sure misses his sister though and thought when we were leaving for the gym at 9:20 that we were going to pick up Lillian then to come with us.  Oh, Andrew!  I know he will be ready to go back to Preschool when it starts next week.

My first baby girl is a Kindergartner! (at Kindergate! ha ha)

ready for school

with her teacher, Mr. Whitfield

Lillian with her buddy Quinn

after I added the "r"....facepalm!

walking to class

Friday, August 24, 2012

Marjorie has begun walking!

Little Miss Marjorie waited until 11 months old to crawl....later than her brother and sister....but is taking steps sooner than both of them at 13.5 months!  She decided today was the day!  This morning she took 6 steps at a friend's house. Then I got her on camera tonight taking more!  My baby girl is growing up!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Happy Birthday, Brandon!

 Brandon had to work on his birthday like many people, so we didn't get to spend a lot of time with him today, but we woke up this morning and gave him his gift when he came down ready for work and then we met him for dinner at Serrano's this evening.  The kids were very happy to celebrate.  Andrew was so excited that when we got home, he ran into the house and went straight for the refridgerator and grabbed the cake out so we could sing to Daddy and have him blow out the candle.  But being a clumsy 4 year old, it slid out of his hands and over onto the floor!  I about lost it, but held it together okay.  It could have been much worse, I know.  It just landed on it's side, so one side of the cake's icing was gone.  So we scooped it up and still had our birthday celebration.  The cake was still delicious too!  A yummy white cake with strawberry filling from Randall's. 

Brandon, in just 3 days it will be 13 days since I met you and in some ways it feels like a lifetime ago and sometimes like yesterday.  It was the best thing that has happened to me.  You are a wonderful husband, father, and friend!  I hope you had a great birthday!  You deserve it!  I love you!
Brandon and the crazy kids
My men!

Lillian with Daddy at Serrano's

Cake time! ( the side with no icing is facing Brandon! ha)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Nature Outing

We have been staying in quite a bit due to the summer heat and I get tired of taking them swimming on my own with Marjorie now crawling all over the place and she won't sit in a float, so it makes it a tough outing alone.  The kids are out of school for the month too, so I think they are getting tired of just me and going to the gym.  They miss getting out and doing things.  So this week I decided no matter the heat, we would head out to the park.  So One day we hit up the All Abilities park and were the only ones there!  Then yesterday I remembered Memorial Park and how it had quite a bit of shade, so we headed there. 

I love how this park feels like you are out in the country in nature when you are actually under the busiest highway...interstate 35.  Because we haven't had rain in quite a while now, the water wasn't very high and when we walked up on a boy and his mom with a net catching minnows and tadpoles, I told the kids it was okay if they walked around in the water too.  They had a blast!  They looked all around for tadpoles and fish and waded through from rock to rock.  I think Andrew would have stayed there all day!  But that part was in the sun of course and poor Marjorie was getting red in the face from the heat, so I made them come back to the other side and the playground after about 20 minutes or so. 

It was fun getting out and doing something different though!  I need to think of more places like this to get out and see these last few weeks of summer before they head back to school.

Andrew playing in the water

sweet baby toes

wading in the water

My sweet girl...getting so grown up

Marjorie sharing her goldfish

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cooling Off in the Famous Pool

We have been trying to get together with some preschool buddies and to keep busy now that school is out for all of August.  Andrew goes back in September and Lillian goes in 4 weeks...the last week in August.  So we called up the Bodnar's.  Lillian was in class with Payton for a few years.  We've only gotten together with them once this summer, so we wanted to see if they would come swimming with us. Payton's mom, Sara told me about their summer bucket list of places they wanted to go in Austin.  So we planned a trip to the Barton Springs Pool!
All the kids on the Zilker train: Cael, Andrew, Payton, and Lillian

Andrew on the Zilker train
Me and my big kids in the Barton Springs pool

Having a fun snow cone break after we swam
Lillian and her buddy from preschool, Payton on the Zilker train
Next to the pool entrance is also the Zilker park train, which we haven't ever ridden before, so we decided to do this as well.  The kids loved riding it and especially the little tunnel you go under.

Then we had a picnic lunch while watching the people swimming in the pool.  They were very curious about this big pool!  For those that don't know, Barton Springs Pool is a spring fed pool and an Austin Landmark that has been here for years and years.  Because it is spring fed, it is very cool!  So when we went in, the kids were a little shocked by the cold water.  But they loved it and ended up going in pretty quick and going all around it.  It was a nice change from going to a regular swimming pool and the water doesn't feel so bad once you get used to it.  Luckily, Brandon was off work when we went, so he kept Marjorie home because I don't think she would have agreed about the water and we were flirting with nap time too, so she probably wouldn't have made it.

After the kids tired out, we went out and got snow cones and an ice cream for Payton.  Thanks so much to Sara who had extra cash since I used mine up on the train ride and pool entrance fees. We'll have to treat them next time! 

It was a fun day and with weather in the 100's now it was perfect for the Barton Springs pool!  We may have to go back!  I will for sure once Marjorie is bigger and can handle the water better!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Surprise, Uncle Clay!

My sister, Katy let us know way back in the spring that she was going to have a surprise birthday party for my brother-in-law, Clay for his 30th birthday.  So we have been planning the trip and everyone was sworn to emailing or talking to Katy about it in case Clay snooped and found out. So my mom, who had a longer 8 hour trip compared to our 4 hours to Abilene went down there on Friday and then we met her there on Saturday.  We had to spend the rest of that day there hiding from Clay.  His friend had taken him to play golf while Katy supposedly hung out with his wife all day.  She actually went with his wife and mom for a pedicure and then had lunch with us!  We met up with them at Abuelo's.

Marjorie at lunch at Abuelo's

Lillian and Andrew with the Abuelo's statue

After lunch, Katy had to go set up for the party and get ready, so we went with mom back to the hotel we would be staying in.  The kids were so excited because they didn't remember staying in a hotel before since they were very young the last time we have stayed in one.  And this one had an indoor swimming pool, so that was also a fun new experience for them.

Lillian jumping into the hotel pool

Grandma Teddy and Andrew in the hotel pool

After spending some time in the pool and getting ready, we headed to the restaurant in Abilene for Clay's big surprise.  We were there about 20 minutes before his arrival and everyone was getting excited.  No one was quite sure if he would really be surprised or not.  Then when he finally arrived, we gathered facing the door and yelled "Surprise!"  and we saw Clay's surprise face.  We definitely got him.  Especially us that had come so far and hid out without him knowing.  Good job, Katy!  I think the hardest part for all of us was not being able to post any pictures on facebook of what we were doing all day because he would see where we were.

Clay, Katy, and Parker

Clay opening his gift from us while Lillian watches closely

Marjorie was excited to sit with Grandma Teddy

Clay with Andrew and Lillian definitely not posing

Marjorie with Uncle Clay..."Who is this guy!?"

And this picture pretty much sums up the rest of the weekend and Monday.  Marjorie didn't sleep well in the hotel room with me, Mom, Lillian and Andrew all there.  She went to bed late and then couldn't go to sleep with all that was going on.  We learned we will definitely need a separate room for her nexttime or suite with rooms.  She was exhausted and slept like this all the way to Katy's the next day.  Then was tired and crabby the rest of the day, so I didn't take pictures of us out swimming at Katy's house or anything and then we spent today driving back home.  It was a fun, but very tiring weekend!  We had a good time though and hope Clay had a great birthday!  We were glad we could be there to celebrate!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Beauty and Darkness

I haven't bragged about my new drapes yet!  Jamie made them for me and brought them the weekend of Marjorie's party, but since then, I was updating the blog from that weekend and kept forgetting to take a picture of them to share.  I absolutely love them!  They added color to my drab front room in my house and help keep some of the heat out in this hot summertime!  And once Marjorie is big enough to play upstairs in her room and not only downstairs, the baby toys will be gone and I think it will make the space look a lot more grown up!  Thanks again, Jamie! 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Take Us Out to the Ballgame

Last summer, Marjorie was a newborn at this time and Brandon was home for a month, so he did some things with the kids to get them out and left Marjorie and I home to rest and have some quiettime. One of those things was going to several Round Rock Express games.  The Round Rock Express is the team that feeds into the Texas Rangers and their field, the Dell Diamond, is down the road from our house.  The kids had a blast last year and we just haven't planned to go this year, so after seeing a friend post online about going, it reminded me to look at the schedule and we noticed that a game coming up was on a day Brandon was off and it also happened to be $1 drink and hotdog night...perfect for us bringing the kids.  So we decided to go.

Although it is summer and hot, it actually didn't feel to bad to be outdoors.  There was a breeze and the temperature dropped a little for the evening.  The kids were excited to go to the big field and see Spike the mascot and of course get the food!  We only ended up in our actual seats for the first 3 innings though.  They wouldn't sit after that.  Luckily it is a place devoted to families, so it has a playground and lots of kids friendly places to walk around during the game.  The game started at 7 and with that being Marjorie's bedtime, I was shocked at how happy she was the whole time.  She never got fussy besides when we were still trying to sit in our seats.  She was crawling around making friends everywhere.

The kids when we were actually in our seats

This is what it looks like to have 3 young kids at a baseball game--busy daddy

Andrew when we moved to sit on the grass hill in the outfield

Rolling down the hill

Lillian with Spike...Andrew wouldn't get too close

Marjorie sitting with Daddy on the grass

Monday, July 16, 2012

Tory and Drew Were Here

My sister, Tory moved to Arizona back in February and we haven't seen her since!  So we were all very excited for her to fly in to visit and for Marjorie's birthday!  We got to meet her boyfriend, Drew and we broke him in to the Pearman craziness.  The trip flew by, but we enjoyed all the time we got to spend with them.  We tried to take Drew to some "Austin" places to show him around.  Hopefully we didn't scare him too bad and they will come back to visit again!  I know the kids miss their Tory!

Tory with Marjorie when she just got to my house after flying in from Phoenix.

Poor Drew...we got him this shirt! ha ha

Tory, Me, and the kids on the cow at the arboretum.

Tory and Drew on Lady Bird Lake...I'll still always call it Town Lake!

Outside of the famous Round Rock Donuts

Drew with Andrew at the Hula Hut

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A First Birthday

We celebrated Marjorie's first birthday with a party on Saturday, July 14th so that family could come and celebrate with us.  Brandon spent the day before bbqing all day even in the downpour of rain that came suddenly and we also rented a waterslide for the kids to play in.  The weather turned out to be as perfect as you can ask for in July in Texas.  Not too hot and it waited to rain until nighttime.  Everyone had a wonderful time visiting and watching the kids play in the water.  It was so good to have family and neighbors together to join in the festivities.  We were especially excited to see my sister Tory and her boyfriend Drew that flew in from Arizona for the occasion and also Brandon's cousin Brian and family who we love, but don't get to see very often.

Marjorie has been teething like crazy lately and was waking up a lot in the nights surrounding party day, so she was a tired girl.  Luckily, she napped right before the party began and then we hurried through playing, food, cake, and presents and put her down for her 2nd nap.  She was a trooper and enjoyed it even with a runny nose and some hurting gums.  She was excited to play in the water with the kids and look around at all the people.  She also loved her cake and lots of gifts.  She is discovering them more and more now that it is getting back to normal around here. 

She also decided to learn to climb the stairs this weekend too, so we are in for some fun now on the baby watching!