Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Another way we like to beat the heat this awful beautiful summer is to go get snocones.

Sprinklers and Snocones. It's the theme of this Summer!

So off to the snocone stand we go.

No snocone visit is comeplete without princess shoes.


And of course you have to sport the sunglasses. Dad's make the best accessorie though.


If you are a 3 year old princess, the only snocone for you is pink. Flavor doesn't matter.


Most of us use straws.


Unless you're weird. Which, let's be honest, we all know R is pretty weird at times.


I could get snocones everyday. They are cheap, delicious and of course are the epitome of summer.


And this girl loves them as much as I do.


I could eat her up!


Go forth and eat snocones this summer! It's what all the cool kids are doing!


More adventures to come!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sprinkler Summer Fun


With this crazy heat there are only a few ways we like to beat the heat. One of Avery's favorite ways is to play in the sprinkler. And that girl can play!


It doesn't matter what kind of sprinkler it is. We got this crazy sprinkler this summer.


It's wild and crazy. Just like the girl that plays in it.


But Avery is no sprinkler snob. She'll even play in R's rainbow sprinkler (there may be a more technical name for this but that's what I call it) when he waters the lawn.



I mean, really, is there anything much more fun than playing in the water?


I'm pretty sure this girl would tell you no.


Avery has such a good time it's hard to tell her no when she asks to play in the sprinkler. I love to hear her little squeals, screams and laughs. Even if it is past bedtime. I know these moments won't last forever.

What do i do while Avery is playing (besides taking pictures)? I rest of course (it was a windy day)!


Such fun times!


How do YOU beat the heat?
More adventures to come.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Girl or Boy? Pink or Blue?

So R and I have known the sex of our little gummy bear since July 7th.


But we decided to keep it a secret for a while.

I don't think our intent was to keep it a secret from our family as long as we did but it just turned out that way. I blame my dad who had to go to Vegas for a conference right after we found out. I know. Rough right? (Hi dad!).

Anyway, we finally decided to reveal the sex to them via pizza.
I know, I know. Pizza is kind of strange. But in case you didn't know R has a Big Green Egg and for Father's day he got a ceramic baking stone.  This means we can now cook pizzas (and cookies!) on the Egg. R has been on a pizza kick since. So he decided he would make a pizza and "write" the sex on the pizza. For the record, I wanted to make a reveal cake.
I let R have his fun.

We'll just go ahead and reveal it to you via pizza too. 


Yep!  We are having another girl! 

I went ahead and baked a fancy schmancy cake for the occasion.

finished cake

Four layers and every layer a different shade of pink. It's actually best that we didn't reveal the sex this way because my frosting wasn't quite hiding all that pink. The cake was delicious though! And it was a fun little addition to the celebration.
(Note to self: do not bake 4 layer cakes in 100+ degree temperatures. your house will never recover)

The bad part is that I slipped up before we served the pizza and referenced the baby as a she. Avery had also spilled the beans to my parents (the girl can't keep a secret) so I'm not sure how surprised everyone was. But the family seems super excited as are we. I'm still not sure that it's sunk in that we'll have 2 little girls running around here. And 2 weddings. And eventually 3 women in the house (if you know what I mean). And more boys than I think Ronnie will ever be prepared for.


In case you needed further proof.

The ultrasound was great though and it looks like we already have a drama mama on our hands. At the time, Baby Girl weighed 8 ounces and was about 6 inches long.


Avery is thrilled to be a big sister and is really excited she is getting a baby sister. She wants to name the baby "Flower Beauty Morris". We don't have the heart to tell her that the name probably won't make the final cut. I mean, we aren't hippies!

So, there you have it. Baby Girl #2 on the way. And I know you're wondering- do you have a name? Yes we do. But we're not telling...

avery face

not even to this one.

More adventures to come.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

No More Mondays

Not too long ago, R and I made a pretty big decision.  Well, besides the decision to have a baby. 

We decided that I would quit my job. 

Let me tell you.  Before I had Avery I always thought I would work and have kids.  I mean, I am a woman of the 2000's right?  Both my parents worked and raised my brother and I.  Ronnie's parent's worked and raised he and his brother.  So I just thought that's the way it would be.

Enter this cutie face.


And for about a year I was content.  I was somewhat successful at work, worked for a fantastic company and Avery was having a ball playing with her cousins everyday. 

Peyton- this is the cousin Avery usually wants to say 2 prayers for.  She loves her Peyton!

Kelli Lynn-Avery's playmate and teacher.  Everything Avery knows she says she learned from Kelli.


Mason- The oldest of the great-grandkids.  Avery is the youngest for now.  Love they got to spend so much time together.

And then I realized I wasn't THAT happy.  I wanted to be at home with Avery and any future kids.  R wanted to the same for our family so we worked to make it happen.  We had a goal that by the time kid #2 came along, I would stay at home.

I could dedicate an entite post to what we did to prepare for one income.  Most importantly we took a hard look at our budget, made some cuts that weren't easy (getting rid of OU football season tickets and cable, for example) and started living on 1 income. Some things were easy, some were hard.  But we had to remember what we were doing it for.

Tommorrow I start my new job.  Stay at home mom.  The hardest thing I had to do was tell my supervisor I was leaving.  I worked for a great company and had an even better supervisor.  I made some wonderful friends that I know I will be keeping in touch with (in fact, one will be my neighbor, yay!) and I will miss those friends dearly.

But, for our family, this is the right decision. A decision that took a lot of prayer, thought, and a big leap of faith.  I look forward to spending some time with Avery before New Kid comes along.  I know it won't be easy and there will probably be times that I want to go back to work but for now, I'm going to appreciate the blessing we've been given.

All in all, I did it for this girl.  The love of my life.  The one I can't imagine my life without and can't remember my life before her.  And for New Kid.  Who has already captured our hearts and I know will be loved beyond measure.



Tomorrow starts No More Monday's for me. I'm nervous, excited, anxious, scared and many many more. And I can't wait.

More adventures to come.