Lilypie - Third Birthday

Friday, November 14, 2014

Lots of Catching Up

I am catching up on nearly two weeks worth of fun in the Howard household. 

Let's back up to Halloween weekend, two Sundays ago. We had Fan Day at church which meant we got to tailgate with our small group after the service. This little was thrilled when he saw there were bounce houses involved. 

Here are a few of the little ones that we could contain for a minute to take a picture. They were having so much fun together. 

Straight from Fan Day we had a birthday party to get to. We played and played until this occurred. We pulled in the driveway and Fulton was out. Matt decided to rest his little eyes too. I went on inside and left these two to their beauty rest. 

Now let's skip to the next weekend (last week was filled with playdates, library outings with friends, and a girl's baby shower...all of which I managed to take zero pictures). Friday afternoon mom, sister, and I headed to our annual tradition...Christmas Village. This was the only picture I took (I am losing my touch) because I wanted to remember what aisle something was on to go back and get. It's a little blurry. Lots of fun things to see and we had a great night together.

Saturday we were up bright and early for Fulton's buddy Elijah's birthday. It was at the fire station and we had such a great time. This is the first time we have been to a birthday party like this and the firemen pulled the engine out and let the kids get inside. How cool!!

All the kids sat on the drive and watched the fireman pull the engine out and raise the ladder all the way. Their jaws were just dropping. It was so precious. We enjoyed some yummy cupcakes too. 

Sunday afternoon we had some sweet couples from our class over to help wrap shoeboxes for Operation Christmas child. Fulton had a ball playing with Alex and little baby Luke. It was a great opportunity to serve others and begin instilling in Fulton about giving to others and not focusing on ourselves.

Monday we had some errands to run and I looked back and saw Mr. Coolio sitting like this. He cracks me up!! I am loving (can I say loving again) being home with him. I am so blessed to get to enjoy this season of life. His little personality and the things he says just make me smile. 

Monday night we convinced Matt to get the Christmas tree down (don't judge). I just like to enjoy it! Caught this little helper getting into something... as always. 

Just because he's cute. 

Tuesday was Veteran's Day and we are so beyond thankful to all the men and women who serve and have served our country. We are blessed to live where we do. It was a beautiful day and we went for a walk on the trail in our neighborhood. 

I guess one of my favorites about fall is the leaves. It's so cool how God designed them this way. To turn into beauty and allow us to enjoy it before they fall off. 

Later that afternoon (after we enjoyed a picnic lunch on the backporch) this little guy decided he wanted to nap in his big boy bed. He did pretty good. He laid there like a statue for a while...almost afraid to move, but finally settled in to sleep. And yes, he hasn't moved to his big boy bed yet because...he doesn't want to. Crazy huh?!?

That day we finished up our Christmas decorations inside and started to enjoy them. 

Love our tree!! We haven't put the outside decorations up yet because I don't want the neighbors to freak out (sshhh--don't tell). 

So later that night guess where this guy wanted to go back to... his crib. He is such a creature of habit and we are so thankful he has never tried to climb or jump out (Even though he is working on his yoga poses here) and he just seems so happy and content in his same old bed. I guess we will move him to his big bed before he goes to first grade.. just kidding. 

Wednesday turned freezing!!! We bundled up and headed to the library for story time. We checked out some really cool books and this guy has kept his nose buried in them. I love the fact that he loves books. The teacher in me is content!! Last night I helped with a women's dinner at church and got home really late. Today has been pretty low key as I am pooped from last night. Looking forward to building a fire tonight and enjoying my family. Have a great weekend!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween Day

It was finally Halloween Day  (as Fulton calls it). I don't think Fulton even knows what you do on Halloween, but he kept asking "Is it Halloween Day yet?"

Friday morning we were excited because IHOP was giving away a free silly face pancake. We love pancakes and since they were free, we were even more excited. 

Our best friends Laylee and Macy came too. These two!! They may not let us back here for awhile because these two together can cause quite the destruction. 

What a fun pancake!!

From there we headed to the library to trick or treat. I am so thankful for this season of life to be home with Fulton and enjoy these things that I have been missing during the day. God is so good to allow us this time. 


We finished up our trick or treating, checked out some more books (he is loving all things nonfiction- police cars, firetrucks, garbage trucks, football, and construction) and then 
ventured out onto the playground. 

Loosen your belt buckles it was time to eat again. We met up with KK and Pop at Sonic for 50 cent hotdog day. Thankful they took their lunch break to visit with us for a bit. We came home for some good naps and got rested up for Halloween night. 

Our long lost friends, Avery and Colt, came in town. Yay!! We have missed them. Fulton and Avery have taken a Halloween picture together since they were born and I was sad we may miss our tradition but they came through. 

A few of our sweet neighbor friends that stopped by. We enjoyed walking around together for a bit. 

We had two sweet families, the Mimbs and the Burgess families, and their sweet boys Luke and Andrew, came over to trick or treat and have dinner afterwards. Fulton insisted on riding in the wagon with sweet little Luke. 

We visited several houses before it got too cold and windy and this guy seems to be a pro now. We came back to the house, relaxed and enjoyed dinner and fellowship with sweet friends. 
We had a fun day!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Time to Party at School

Today was our Fall party at preschool. Any good excuse to dress up and have fun 
and you know I am all over it. 

I decided a week ago to make a new costume for myself. I had searched and searched what I wanted to be and nothing was getting it. Until I decided on the trusty ole Oompa Loompa. I made everything about this costume, stripes and all. Baseball pants aren't the most flattering on me. Yikes!! 

This is my sweet little class. We had an owl, shark, Cinderella, Cat, Ballerina, Spiderman, Fairy, and a Cowboy. They were precious!! 

Next up... the parade. Parents literally lined the circle and we paraded around with our class. My class did such a good job. To be honest, I was worried. We walk on a rope everyday, but we still struggle and often get tangled up which results in someone falling and then the tears begin. 
But they did so good!!

Here's Fulton with his class and best buddy Elijah. 

KK and Pop came to represent the parental figure for Fulton since I had to stay in my class for most of the time. I was thankful to get to be there with him and pop over to his party some. And daddy made a quick surprise appearance. He didn't think he was going to be able to come, but thankfully had a quick lunch break and made it just in time. 
It meant so much to Fulton and myself that he came. 

Back to my room, my littles were partying it up. They had pizza and bananas.
 Every toddlers favorite. 

Fulton loved his party and I am so thankful these two came and stayed for him. He loved it too, even if the facial expression doesn't show it. 

His class had Chick-fil-A and this is Fulton's love language, so he was thrilled. 

This is Fulton's sweet teacher Juliette (and we have become dear friends in a short amount of time). 

Fulton was heading out with KK and ran into his best friend Laylee. 
They just love each other so much. Sweet friends!

Too Much Candy

This little guy has had so many festivities going on lately. 

I am a sucker for seasonal PJ's. These glow in the dark. How fun is that?!

Wednesday night we had trunk or treat at Mom and Dad's church. This little guy has had several costume related events lately (and more to come) so he opted to be Dr. Howard this time. Maybe he will steer this direction one day. That would be nice.

We made it in time for a little hotdog dinner. You see this look--gets it straight from his daddy. I know he has seen Matt sit like that and I guess he has decided to go with it too. 

Look at that face. He is getting too used to this candy thing. We literally let him pick one piece out last night and stashed the rest. 

He wasn't a fan of stopping to take a picture. He kept his eyes on the prize the whole time. 

We ran into some sweet friends that Fulton used to stay with at Mrs. Vin's house. 
We love Thomas and Madelyn. 

This was probably his favorite thing. 

But he did enjoy a few rounds of bean bag toss too. 

Kiki and Pete were sweet to walk around with us too. 

We hung by KK and Pop's booth and Fulton sweet talked the ladies 
into pouring more candy into his bag. 

These two are having a discussion as to why he cannot eat any candy this late at night. 
Straight to the brain people. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

HallowBoween Party

The Bowen's hosted their Halloween party this past Sunday night and the
 Howard family enjoys any opportunity to dress up. 

I tried this cake at a friend's house a few weeks ago and knew I wanted to attempt to make it myself. No better chance than a good ole Halloween party. Mine wasn't near as pretty, but it tasted pretty good. My orange layer had a little more in it than the yellow, but I think you get the point. 

This was a costume party and we weren't just any old cheerleaders. We were "The Spartan Cheerleaders" from Saturday Night Live with our cute little coach in tow. Here's a little fun fact on these costumes. Matt and I hosted a costume party back in 2007 and we made these costumes. Yes, I said made. I held onto them for whatever reason and I told Matt to cross his fingers that maybe they would still fit. Hooray they did and the coach was the perfect fit for Fulton. 

We enjoyed some delicious food and some spooky treats then it was time to carve our pumpkin. 

Matt was sweating in his full body cheer outfit, so he kept it simple this year. Who would have known it was going to be 80 that day. 

It was time for awards. Say what?! Yes, they gave out awards. 

The Shaw family took home "Most Original" for their sweatin to the oldies theme. 

Drumroll please... the Howard family took home the trophy for "Best Costume," Bring out the streamers and party hats because that shiny trophy is sitting on our mantel. 

The sweet Bowen family. Loved their Frozen theme. They hosted a great party. Matt and I are still enjoying that plastic rat they sent us home with in the party favor. It just keeps appearing in all the most random places. We like to keep things interesting around here. Fun night!