The Mascara Incident

This face says it all.

What did she do this time you ask?

She got into my makeup drawer.  And it's not like I own a lot of makeup.  I'm a bare boned kind of girl.  I have the basics for every day, and then a few additionals for a night look.  I am not a makeup connoisseur by any means. 

Yet again, Cassidy walks into my bedroom and bathroom likes she owns the joint.  She pulled out the mascara and went to town on herself.  She said she wanted to be like mom.

Last time I checked, I did not resemble Carol Burnett when she dressed as her Norma character.  (You can thank my dad for the picture).

Having kids is fun right?!

Now, I just have to buy new mascara.

Oldest and Youngest's Special Bond

My oldest and youngest have always had a special bond.

Since the day Cassidy was born, Jackson has been an awesome older brother to her.  He loved holding her, trying to feed her, and playing with her.  Even two years later, these two share something special.

Cassidy will follow Jackson around, and Jackson will allow only her in his room at times.  He'll help Andrew and I out when we ask him to go find and make sure she's not getting herself into trouble.  Because that happens a lot.

When I saw them sitting on the floor of the living room like this, I grabbed my camera and took the shot.  This image tells the story of how special their bond is without even trying.

I pray they keep this bond as they grow older.  Big brother always watching out for little sister.

And this will definitely come in handy whenever Cassidy attempts to start dating!

Emily Ingalls Photography Round Rock Texas Photographer Pflugerville Austin Central Texas Sibling Bond.jpg

He lost his first tooth!

My son, Cullen, lost his first tooth on Wednesday... at school!

I'm picking my kids up from school Wednesday afternoon.  As they are crawling into the car, Cullen yells, "Mom!  I lost my tooth today!"

To which I responded, "Oh my gosh!  That's awesome!  Do you have it?"

Then he proudly holds up a Ziploc bag containing his bottom tooth!

Getting him to tell me how he lost it is like banging my head against a brick wall.  I know he must have lost it after lunch because I was at his school, in his classroom taking photos in the morning.  The only thing I can seem to get out of his is, "It just fell out."

My second baby lost his first tooth, and I still have no idea how he lost it.  He won't go into any details about where it happened, how it fell out, what he was doing.

I got nothing.

I'm pretty proud of him just because he played it off so well.  He's like, 'Mom, I'm just too cool now.'  And I'm like 'Whoa buddy, take the coolness factor down a notch.'

Of course I took a photo of his first toothless smile!  So proud of my little man!

Bowling at Mel's

Last week, Andrew and I took the kids bowling at Mel's Lone Star Lanes in Georgetown.

We had a bit of a rough start with trying to get bumpers up for all four kids.  Once we got everything figured out, we were rocking and bowling!  (see the pun I just made there!)

My two youngest had to use the ramp.  However, they were both determined to bring their ball to ramp all by themselves.  Luckily, no dropped balls landed on feet due to Mom and Dad's quick hands and reaction times.  I taught Cullen how to throw a granny ball, and Jackson is slowly developing a natural swing.

I, however, am horrible at bowling.  Just about every other ball thrown is a gutter ball.  I did throw two spares and one strike which I did celebrate!  Andrew is more of a natural bowler.  Although he contributes it just 'throwing the ball as hard as I can down the lane.'

Overall, we had a fun time!

Before I realized I had to teach him how to granny bowl.

And he dropped the ball too. Whoops!

Superb concentration!

Did I mention Cassidy was not having other people taking turns?  We had to keep her busy, and she was attached to Dad.

A morning with my oldest boys

This past Friday was the last day of preschool for my two youngest (whom I affectionately call 'the littles').  Which means, it was the last morning alone with my two oldest boys.

We've spent a lot of our free mornings at the pool.  With both of them finally being big enough to swim, touch the bottom, and not drown, it was quite a different pool experience than past summers.  We played with the diving torpedoes.  We floated on pool noodles.  We had cannon ball contests.  And we played catch with the football.  All 3 of us enjoyed the quiet morning pool time.

I was also able to run errands without all 4 kids around.  Grocery shopping was interesting with someone other than myself pushing the cart.  It was also interesting how a bunch of different food I normally don't buy ended up back home as well.

Since our mornings free were coming to an end, I tried to make it a little more special.  I took Jackson and Cullen to Café Java for second breakfast.  My boys are always hungry and usually don't turn down food.

After Café Java, I took them over to Ceramic Lodge.  It's a paint your own pottery place.  I let them each pick out a piece to paint.  Jackson painted an Angry Bird bank, and Cullen picked out a dragon.  Cullen got really into it!  Jackson is a little perfectionist with everything it seems.

It was a nice out-of-the-box morning for us.  (Although Jackson still wanted to go to the pool!)  I documented it as best as I could.

School starts is 20 days!  But first we have to get through August!

Café Java, Round Rock, TX

Working hard at his maze

Contemplating his word search and place mat

Word search

Perfectionist at work!

Concentration is key!

Final product before the kiln

Final product before the kiln.  He wanted to look fierce like his dragon!