Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

Last weekend, we went to our first Pumpkin Patch with some great friends. It was such a fun trip! The weather was perfect - a beautiful Fall day, and Kate loved the whole idea of the "punkin patch". By the end of it, we had 2 very tired little girls, but I'm sure they would've stayed 3 more hours if we let them  =)

Here we come!
John was a great sport and went down the slide with Kate - it was a bit too tall for her to brave it on her own
Mabry and Kate = BFFs 
Riding (being pushed by Daddy on) a John Deere

Feeding the animals!  But keeping a safe distance  =)

Got him!

Burying "Anna" in the corn box (Mabry's Frozen socks) 

The Maze - which John had a significant advantage in
The pipe swing was Kate's fav

Hi mommy!
Getting just the right one

Saying goodbye... how cute are they!

Our wonderful friends!  (Danielle is pregnant with her 2nd girl, just a month after me... so more BFF's to come)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Vaca at the Lake

We spent a week at the lake again this summer with my family, and made lots more wonderful memories.  We had perfect weather all week and loved just being together!

These times always make my heart so full.  Watching Kate play all day and night with her cousins until she can barely keep her eyes open - only to wake up early the next morning because she doesn't want to miss anything  =)  It's the stuff vacations are made of...

Playing catch with Padrick

Joining the girls attacking Uncle John

Playing cards with Emily and Daddy

Em is quite the card shark

Hosting tea parties for Josh 

Front row seats to our very own Movie Night (Kate's aunties do it up right! This movie night was complete with movie tickets, play money & a concessions table)

Getting daring this year.. riding the see saw with Emily

Catching up on a little baseball 
Aunt Missy made a obstacle course for the kids  =)  
Kate loved it and didn't miss a beat

She didn't seem to love Smores however
Too. cute.

Fishing off PaPaw's boat is always a highlight...
... although Kate's content just going along for the rides
And maybe helping PaPaw drive a bit 
Hi Mom!

"I jus relaxin... like Mommy" 

Welcome Baby Grant

Continuing with some catch up  =)   

On May 19th, Kate's first cousin on the Shaida side was miraculously born at just 30 weeks (after momma had been on bedrest for over 3 months).  Grant Shaida Jr weighed just 2 lb 9 oz, when he was born, but was perfect in every way.  So many prayers had been spoken for this little one... God was so faithful to have answered each of them.

Meeting Baby Grant for the first time!
Such a precious boy

We got to spend some more time in KS in July, just in time for Baby Grant to be released from the hospital and come home.  He was welcomed with lots of arms ready to love on him!

On our way
Snuggle time
MorMor and her grandkids

Kate accessorizing Grandpa's look with some stickers
"Helping" MorMor water her flowers
Playing house
Watching Uncle Robert & Uncle Grant play soccer
So tall! 
Driving with Grandpa
It's like riding a bike...