Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Toothless in Arkansas

I can't keep up with all the teeth falling out around here! I didn't expect to be dealing with loose teeth so soon either. They won't even be 5 until July and between the two of them they have lost 7 teeth! Riley lost her first tooth at 3 years 2 months old (NOT an accident either!).She has already lost 5 teeth and has two permanent teeth in as well! Regan has always been proud that she has "none loose". However, this last week she showed me her loose teeth and I was shocked because her two bottom teeth were barely hanging in!

Sunday night at bedtime we were reading and her first tooth literally just fell onto her bed. Then tonight she was trying to eat and I hear her spitting something out and it's her second tooth! Yes, right in the middle of us eating. Oh, well.

So here are pictures from Monday and today. She is SO proud and calls it her "new smile".

Somehow the pictures are backwards and you get to see the tooth in the middle of the table first. Oops! That is green marker on the table as well. :)

Tonight, second tooth!

Monday, first tooth!

The tooth fairy now has to go find more quarters somewhere....

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Don't you wish you were in our family?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Continue to Pray for Avery

My friend Carissa had her baby girl today! I blogged about her story a few weeks ago and you can follow her story here:


Keep praying for them as they go through these first few days.

Dear Parker Michael Thomas,

HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY!!!! I love you so much and am so proud to be your Aunt Coco. You can't understand yet how much joy and happiness you bring to our family. As you grow up you will also find out what an awesome mommy and daddy you have.

No matter what Mommy says, I think it's kinda funny how determined you are to get your way. It shows great promise when you hit the terrible twos at 6 months old. By the time you start Kindergarten you should be doing fractions.

Also, Mommy gets a little worried about letting you have candy. If she ever refuses you candy please call me so I can explain the fact that she lived off gummy peaches and sour patch kids for a few years.

Your big cousins Regan and Riley are very excited for your birthday. We have picked out no less than 30 different present ideas for you. You will be very happy with our final choice and so will Mommy. But, tell her it's yours and she needs to let YOU play with it. You could share if she's nice.

It's going to be so fun watching you continue to grow. You are such a big boy now and have a new trick every time I see you. I think my favorite new trick is how you tell yourself "No" when you know you shouldn't be doing whatever it is you're doing.

Like this picture above, Coco will be less scared than Mommy to let you do the "scary" things in life. For example, play in the Mall playground or swim at the Jones Center. When you are ready for the big jump give me a call, but don't tell Mommy because she would KILL us! I think I had to just grab you and put you in the swimming pool.You LOVED it! Mommy only had 4 panic attacks.

I think these next few months Mommy is going to be kind of tired from your lack of sleeping and chasing you around. You might just pick one day a week to take it easy. You know, only eat something off the floor maybe a couple of times or if you pull off the entire roll of toilet paper, just put it in the toilet. Not the bathtub.

I have decided that I really don't care if I am called a Baby Hog because I love you to pieces and can't get enough. I can't wait to watch you grow even more over this next year. Hope you have a Happy 1st Birthday!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Belated Birthdays

May is birthday month in our family! I decided instead of several posts I would just do one to cover them all. We start with Kari Beth, my sister in law whose birthday is the 3rd. Kari and Aaron are a perfect match and always hilarious! I am totally jealous of her ability to make the same clothes I would want to wear look WAY better.

Holly and Kari today at Mother's Day Celebration

Here are the girls with Kari at their wedding. The wedding was so fun and personal. And she had really cute flower girls. :)

Next comes my little brother Aaron whose birthday is the 5th. Aaron is so smart and talented. He is the only guy I know who can out shop all three of his sisters. Happy 28th little brother!

Next is Holly "the middle child". Ha! Her birthday is actually today. Holly is my style and decorating consultant. I am the non-artsy one in the family and I turn to her for help. By the picture below you can tell she has always had a love for accessories. She is always fun and positive to offset me. :)Holly is a great mom, sister, and constant source of entertainment.

This Tuesday (the 12th) is a VERY SPECIAL family birthday that will require its own post with many, many pictures. You will not want to miss the newest May birthday of the family. Please note: Kari, Holly and Whitney try not not have any future babies in May :)

Away from the birthday theme, I must congratulate the "baby" of the family for graduating from the U of A on Saturday! This fall she will start the MAT program 8 years after me! Yeah, Whitney!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there, but especially to mine! Despite the fact that I have pictures to develop all the way back to last August (gasp), I could not find one of mom by herself. So here's the best one I could find of the parents! Happy Mother's Day MOM! Thanks for letting me call you with my daily "quick questions" and for usually having the answer.

Here's all the girls last Thanksgiving. (Whitney, Mom, Holly, Me)

Also, Happy Mother's Day to my little sis Holly! Last year she had Parker 2 days after Mother's Day! She is such a great mom and definitely keeps me laughing with all her stories. Parker is proof that boys are different than girls. I can't help, but laugh sometimes! However, I am the one who will have TWO 13 yr old girls at the same time! Please start praying for me now.

Speaking of the cuties.....I am so blessed to be the mom of two perfectly healthy, happy and sweet girls. I feel grateful to be their mom every day. I love you Regan and Riley. Being your mom makes me the happiest I have ever been.