Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Austen @ 6 Years

Austen Lee, you are 6 years old!

Just a few days old, you were such a laid back baby.
Our baby boy turning 1, you loved your cake and still have a thing for sweets!
At 2, we celebrated on the back porch and you shared a party with Aiden.
At 3, we took you out to Dorey's (your choice).

Four years old and another hot July party on the back porch.
For your 5th party we went to the community center. You requested a tractor cake and were very disappointed when it showed up and didn't have a trailer with it! You also requested strawberries, watermelon, and apple pie. You love to eat fruit!
We can't believe you are six years old! It seems like just yesterday we were waiting to meet you! You bring so much joy to our lives. You keep us smiling with your funny expressions and your sense of humor. You love to ride bikes with your brother although you are not a fan of the heat and sneak inside sometimes when Aiden is not looking. ;-) Your favorite inside toys to play with are cars or animals. You will be starting first grade this year. You actually enjoy school and do not give up easily. If something is difficult, you keep a positive attitude and keep on going (just like your Daddy)! Your brother is your best friend and you always think of him first. You are a busy boy! It is very hard to take your picture because you are always on the move. You are mechanically minded like Daddy and want to know how everything works. You amaze me with your ability to fix things and problem solving skills. You love your baby sisters and are their protector. You recently told me you were so glad we have Arynn. You still love to cuddle and even though we don't hear it as often, we still get requests to sit in the recliner and rock you. We love you baby boy! Happy Birthday!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Arynn @ 4 Months

Arynn Lizabeth, you are 4 months old!!!

You weigh 15 pounds and 13 ounces! My you have grown and I think it is all in your thighs! You are wearing mainly 3-6 month clothes, size 2 diapers and are starting to wear a size 2 shoe.

You have had your first cold, it started with Momma and it was pretty rough...
But brother helped take care of us!

Momma left you for the first time with Daddy to go buy groceries for about an hour and a half and you slept the whole time.

You are rolling from your back to your belly and you love floor time with Addy Kay.
For the past few weeks, you have enjoyed sitting in your bumbo looking out the front door while everyone else eats breakfast. The other day we found that you had learned to "jump out" of your bumbo. Just one of your cool new tricks.
You are starting to get up on all 4's and are trying hard to scoot. Your hair is starting to thin out and what is left has a reddish tint.

You helped Momma and Daddy celebrate their anniversary.

You are reaching for toys and have already picked out a few favorites. You seem to be more fair skinned than Addy, your light skin reminds me of Ava.

You have made your first trip to the lake and were so well behaved. You enjoyed the water too!
It was just too much excitement for you and you needed your beauty sleep.
 You are almost always smiling but every so often I get to see this serious face.

I can't believe how fast time is flying. Please don't grow up too fast, we love you precious girl!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Aiden @ 9 Years

Aiden Thomas, you are 9 years old!

You are so special to your family! We can't believe how fast you are growing up. It seems like it was just yesterday we were taking these pictures.

Our firstborn who stole our hearts!
(Daddy's hair is crazy!!!)
Celebrating your 1st birthday with LOTS of family and friends. Over 50 people came to your party!

Your 2nd party was all about Elmo, your favorite show at the time.

Your 3rd birthday, just 10 short days before you became a big brother.

Your 4th birthday was a pool party.

Your 5th birthday you shared the spotlight with your brother and you both enjoyed a train themed party.

Your 6th birthday was at Larry's Pizza.
Your 7th birthday was spent at home with your family. 
Your 8th birthday was with family at Dorey's (which is now closed) and you got a guitar.
You continue to practice your guitar and look forward to playing specials at church. You played "Silent Night" and Momma sang with you at Christmas. At Easter, it was 5th Sunday services and you played "Jesus Loves Me" while you and your siblings sang along. You plan on playing again with Momma the next 5th Sunday too.
Working hard in the garden with Daddy.
You are my right hand man. I honestly don't know how I would make it without you. You walk with your baby sister when she is fussy and you have a great deal of patience with all of your siblings. You take good care of your dogs and are very compassionate when it comes to animals. You might have your Poppa's tender heart. You enjoy reading and listening to audio books. You tell us you want to be a farmer when you grow up. You are a hard worker. You help your Daddy with yard work and love spending time with him. Recently you and your brother took a float trip with Daddy and Uncle Beef to the Buffalo River. I am still hearing stories about your overnight excursion!
You also enjoy drawing and drew this picture for your Uncle Beef of your trip to the Buffalo.
We feel so blessed to be your parents and watch you grow into a young man. Our prayer is that you will continue serving the Lord and seek His will for your life. We love you Aiden Tommy and are so proud of the man you are becoming!!!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Arynn @ 3 Months

Arynn Lizabeth, you are 3 months old!
You are very smiley these days! 
I don't have an official weight for 3 months, but I know you are over 12 pounds.
 You can't get enough of these two boys, they seem to be your favorite source of entertainment.
 The reason Momma knows you are somewhere over 12 pounds is because they weighed you on your first trip to the ER at 2.5 months. We had a small incident involving your oldest sister, you and the bed. Thankfully, everyone turned out just fine!
You are getting stronger, and spending lots more time on your tummy, you will be taking off too soon!

You are rolling from your belly to your back a lot and are very content to play in the floor for extended periods.
I love to watch you hold your hands, when I nurse you, you get this same grip on Momma's shirt.
Your hair is starting to have a reddish tint, I guess this comes from Poppa Kenneth and Nanny Lee. Nanny had red hair as a child and Poppa has red in his beard. I would love a red headed baby!!!
 So Sweet!
Since the incident, you have officially been evicted from Momma & Daddy's bed and now sleep in the pack and play- ALL NIGHT!!! It makes me smile too!!!
Your serious face.
You survived a whole week without Daddy (just barely) and helped him celebrate his birthday when he came home from Denver. You also helped Ava celebrate her birthday.
 Photographic evidence of the fact that Momma must have recessive genes...
and Daddy has all of the dominant genes!

You are starting to suck your thumb but I'm not too worried about it becoming a habit. All of your siblings did for a short time. You are still wearing 0-3 month, size 2 diapers and you can almost fit into a size 2 shoe. You are growing up too fast baby girl. We love you!


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Fun with Bubbles

The next day after Ava's party, she was nice enough to share her gifts with her brothers and sisters. We went out to play with her bubbles, jump rope and hula hoop. Here are some pics from our fun morning.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Party Time Take 2

A few days after Jacob's party, it was time to celebrate this precious girl turning 4!
She got a couple of packages in the mail from some sweet friends. She was so excited and I had to grab the camera, Ava could hardly wait to open her gift!
I love this face!
All the Mashburn men + 1 sweet baby girl
We love having outside parties, but the bad thing about our back porch is that it gets direct sunlight after 6:00. I'm hoping our new house won't have this problem! ;)
Ava asked for a puppy dog cake and she picked out a cake pan at the library. She even picked out the colors. This was the best her Momma could do, but she didn't seem to mind.
Nanny and Arynn enjoying themselves at the party.
Her main request for her birthday was a ring like Momma's. Daddy picked out a ring for her and she loved it! We had to get it sized down to a 2, but she has not taken it off since she got it back!
Showing off her gift from Daddy.
Enjoying her cake and ice cream!
We partied so late, we had to move inside to eat cake. She had a wonderful night with her family. It was so fun to watch her excitement for her big day. Ava later told us it was her best day ever!