The last time I posted was Avery's birthday - November - and how much has happened since then!
Let's see...Christmas, a National Championship game, a Super Bowl, Brady turned SIX, vacations, hockey, soccer, swim lessons, dance classes, tennis, piano, early school mornings,
laughter, tears, and doughnuts, lots of doughnuts. I'll try to hit the highlights but more importantly share some highlights of our kids' wild and fun personalities.
We had a LOT of fun this Football season, especially with the Tigers beating the Gamecocks and going to the National Championship!! But one of the best parts was getting Piper to shout "Go Tigers!" Our kids are ALL IN, Brady's favorite color is Orange and he won't even cheer for those Gamecocks anymore (okay, okay, maybe I went a little overboard with the brainwashing).
|We went ice skating in downtown Charlotte. Avery met the Claus family and really was only interested in Mrs. Claus and the cat!|
|Christmas Morning! Santa brought the much desired "Marker Maker"!|
|Christmas afternoon at Bucky's house with our twinsies!|
|Snow White worn out from Christmas fun|
|Brady's 6 year old birthday party with two of his favorite girls - Tyler and Layla|
|Birthday Fun! Adventure Landing|
While Brady has been enjoying Kindergarten, Avery is running the 3s classroom. She is a firecracker, constant entertainment, and has a strong sense of her own style. But she is also extremely loving - mothering her babies with vigor and reminding us regularly that she loves us "so, so, so, so, so, so much" (my heart could burst).
|Dressed and made herself up - I can't keep her out of my makeup!|
|This girl LOVES taking care of her baby dolls, changing their diapers and clothes, feeding them, putting them down for naps and taking them (and her diaper bag) everywhere she goes.|
|Besties Avery and Hattie|
|Post Soccer Lunch Date|
Easter was celebrated at the Gillespie's house in Columbia. It featured all the Easter favorites - egg dying, egg hunting, coloring on cookies with edible markers, a golf cart ride, and a ridiculous amount of yummy food. Can't wait to have Finn join us next year.
Our first official family Spring Break took us to the Bahamas with the Speckman family. It was just the right amount of family fun and adult fun. We had long days at the pool, waterslides, beach activities, and swimming with the dolphins. And the nights were for the adults (oh, except for that one night the kids stayed at Kids Club until 10pm eating candy and thought it was the coolest night ever)
|On our way!|
|At Kids Club pickup = they don't even look that tired!|
Swimming with the dolphins was a highlight of the trip. We started with a young rambunctious dolphin named Palmer who did not want to behave, so Sasha came over and gave us kisses. The kids were not afraid at all and we were all in awe of these amazing creatures.
|Cabana time with Gma, Gpa and a cute boy on the last day there! We didn't want to leave!|
|So proud of themselves!|
May brought the Wells Fargo Championship to Charlotte and Ben & I got out there Friday, Saturday AND Sunday! It really is one of our favorite events every year in Charlotte and we thoroughly enjoyed our day dates. The kids and Speckmans joined us on Sunday, which was a fun experience once they figured out they had to be quiet every time a player was close by.
May is also our annual fun trip to Birdfest. This year Mommy & Daddy had a wedding to attend, so the Birdie and Bogey took all 3 grandkids by themselves - man, they are brave!! Not sure how Birdie & Bogey fared, but the kids had a blast as usual. Avery is pretty much nonstop happy when Piper is around.
|Swim lesson diva!|
I'll leave you with a last few fun pictures highlighting the fun we have daily:
|Swim Team - Go Sharks - Summer is almost here!|
|Preview of 15 years from now? AH!|
|Mommy's first school field trip!|
|The Red Tornadoes!|