Friday, May 20, 2011

A day in the life of...

Maddie and Lyndon are at such a fun age. Maddie is 5 and Lyndon will be 4 on Sunday. They get excited about little things. Just a trip to the grocery store can turn into a fun adventure for them. I've been so fortunate to be able to stay at home with them. I definetely have my crazy moments but all in all it's such a pleasure to be with them and plan my day with them in mind. Ever since they were little I would almost daily take them out somewhere in the community whether it be the library, Target, swimming or the park. It kind of feels like our day isn't quite complete until we go somewhere. Do you ever feel like that?

One of the reasons I'm so grateful for my photography is because I've been able to capture all of our families sweet, crazy and memorable moments. It hit me the other day that our kids will only be small for such a short time. I will only get to go on these fun adventures with them for just a short while. And then they'll be all gown up going on adventures with their own kids. So it's important for me to have a way of remembering these little parts of life that make so happy. (It's also a good reminder of what great kids they really are when their being little stinkers. :) )

On Saturday Jonathon had a band over at our house recording a few songs. If you've ever been anywhere near a know how LOUD it can get so the kids and I decided to head out and make it an "out and about" day. I took along my camera to document our venture.

Our day started out with a trip to Round Rock Donuts. These little devils, uh donuts, (yes, they're evil.) are soooo yummy. Think soft and fluffy like Krispie Kreme but with more substance and flavor. They're pretty famous too. They've been on the Food Network and the Travel Channel. The only problem is (beside being addicting and calorie packed) it's usually jam packed with people. Especially on a Saturday morning. The drive-thru line was wrapped down the block and the line inside was coming out the door. But let me just say, they are worth the wait!

This is while we're waiting in line. This is classic Maddie, "I don't want my picture taken" face.

It doesn't last too long though. :)

I love this picture. This is Maddie thinking she's being all sly and Lyndon knowing (and loving) exactly what Maddie is about to do.

And there it is...Moose antlers.

It's so fun Lyndon has to do it to himself.

We were headed to gymnastics and didn't have enough time to eat our donuts there so we just had to eat them in the car on the way over.

Both Maddie and Lyndon always get the same kind of donut...Chocolate eclair. Maddie wanted me to take a picture of the creamy middle.

Classic Lyndon with a little bit of frosting on his face and everything. :)
(I've always tried to capture their many expressions throughout their lives.)

Heading into the rec center for gymnastics...

Maddie and Lyndon are patiently waiting until they can go into their classroom. They love gym!
(I like to take pictures of the things they do that make me smile. For some reason, this is one of them.)

It's almost like the kids are little fishes in a bowl because all the parents sit at the windows looking in.

This is why it looks a little hazy...these metals cris crosses.

Lyndon is a text book charmer. He actually kind of fascinates me. I've always been a "rule follower". If my teacher said, "sit" I sat. If I was told something, I listened. Maddie is exactly the same way. Lyndon, on the other hand, is CONSTANTLY pushing the limits. But he does it with such charm and charisma that his teacher doesn't even seem to notice. ...Not quite sure how that's going to play out when he gets in school but it's pretty interesting to watch. :)

Gotta love Texas, right?

It's only 12:30 so we have some time to kill. What's a day out without stopping by Target? And we definitely have to get popcorn and a drink while we shop.

While I'm helping Maddie try on some shoes Lyndon has found some of his own. His "pirate boots" as he called them. Here he is trying them out by doing the crab walk.

I've spent many hours in the Toy Department at Target. We have to hit the boy isles and the girl isles. Lyndon love super heroes.

But he also loves princesses. Cinderella to be exact.

Maddie LOVES princesses.

Time for lunch...Jason's Deli. One of our favorites. Jonathon doesn't love it so we go when he has to work. It's tasty, fresh and kid friendly.

One thing we love is the complimentary muffins and crackers.

AND the complimentary ice cream cones are a great end to the meal.

Maddie told me it was important to document me as well. So she took my picture. Not sure what I'm looking at or what my expression is all about but there ya go. I was there too!

Last but not least we stopped at Barnes and Noble. My kids love the kid section. Lyndon always seems to find this puzzle to play with.

It's so cool that they have all the Thomas the Train stuff set up to play with.

This is typical Maddie when she reads a book...she pulls her hair up while she reads.

We read a few stories while we were there too. Olivia is one of our favorites.

While we were in Barnes and Noble Jonathon called to say he was all done.

The kids were all done too...

Phew! What a day. But now I will always have these pictures to remember this day in the Life of Maddie and Lyndon.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Little sweeties

This picture was taken 2 years ago. They look so little. I truly can't believe how fast they're growing. I miss them. Even thought they're right here I miss that they will only be little for such a short time. Today Jonathon was recording a band at the house so to save our ears we decided to make a day out of it. We went EVERYWHERE. I brought along my camera to document "a day in the life of Maddie and Lyndon". We basically hit all of our favorite "out and about" places...Round Rock Donuts, Target, Jason's Deli, Barnes and Noble...It was a fun day. I can't wait to post the pictures.

We rented the Justin Bieber (spelling?) Story and watched it tonight. Is it shameful that I just about cried on many occasion throughout the movie? Just about every time I saw him with his Mom I would tear up. There's just something about seeing your kids succeed that really tugs at my heartstrings.

Yes, I get sad to see Maddie and Lyndon growing so fast but at the same time I get so excited to see what their futures hold. It's fun to see them make new friends and learn new skills and then they immediately turn to us with excitement in their eyes as if to say, "Look at me, I'm succeeding!"

What sweeties.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

a sacred place...

I was able to attend the San Antonio temple yesterday with my sweet friends, Ellen and Teresa. What a special place.