Friday, October 17, 2014

I'm still here Grandma =)

This quick post is for my sweet grandparents, who check all of their grand-kids blogs each morning. (If I haven't posted in a few days my grandma checks in with me, so this is just a quick shout-out that we are still trucking along).   So Grandma and Grandpa...sorry for the lack of posts lately, but hopefully once we get moved in, we will resume more regular blog posts!  HA!

House Update - I don't know if I've posted this on here or not but we SOLD OUR HOUSE on Emory's birthday!  =)  They close on October 28, which means we gotta be OUT OF HERE by then.  CRAZY!  Life is getting a little hectic and hairy, and we are trying to start packing things up and move things over to the new house little by little.

Our new house is ALMOST's so exciting!  Just yesterday the electricians finished everything up, the carpet is being laid today, the plumber is finishing putting everything in, the painters are finishing their final touch-ups, etc.  Our builder put up most of our upstairs railing yesterday and that should be finished today.  It's really crazy how it's coming together.  Our plan is to try to move some bigger furniture next week and then next weekend to try to get everything moved over.  As crazy as I know it will be, I"m really excited about getting everything super organized and just weeding out and getting rid of stuff we don't need.  I am the TOTAL ANTI-HOARDER so moving is going to be a great opportunity to PURGE some stuff.

Okay...that's all for now!  I'm off to deliver some cookies (on that note...just last night I finished up the last batch of cookies I will bake/decorate in THIS house...that's kind of a weird thought!) and get some boxes packed up!

Monday, October 13, 2014


On September 24 my sister-in-law was scheduled to have a C-section to deliver their sweet baby!  They decided not to find out beforehand and it was really exciting wondering if they would have another girl or a little boy!  The day before, Pam took some of Sarah's besties to lunch and we had a relaxing and fun lunch to celebrate Sarah and what was getting ready to happen the VERY next day!

Sarah's c-section was scheduled for 8 am, so Brynn and I took Emory to Nonna's and headed to the hospital around 7:30.  We got to visit with Sarah and we all prayed over her before she headed out.

Sarah with her two sweet girls, Charli and Ansley.
Look how cute Sarah looked!  Her eye-liner was rocking and she looked so beautiful!

Then around 8, she headed down and we all went to the Delivery waiting area.  We couldn't wait to see the precious little baby and find out if it was a boy or a girl!

Around 8:45 Jason wheeled the sweet baby out for everyone to see...

and announced that they had their THIRD PRECIOUS LITTLE GIRL!  They named her Hollyn Monroe Bandermann...I just LOVE her name!  (Monroe was Ryan's grandpa's middle name).

This is EXACTLY what I remember Ansley looking like as a baby!

Later that night we went to eat at Chick-Fil-A with Ansley and Charli and then headed up to the hospital to visit Jason and Sarah and little Hollyn.

Brynn was SO PROUD to wear her "big sister" shirt.  She had been planning what she would wear to meet her new baby cousin for the last couple of months.  She kept telling me she HAD to wear her "hospital" shirt...she doesn't realize she only wore the "big sister" shirt at the hospital for Emory because Emory was her sister, she just thinks it's the "shirt you wear when you go to the hospital to see a new baby!"  HA!

After Pam and Rick had three boys, they now have FIVE grand-daughters!

Emory was having a BIG OLE time with Uncle Jason!

Aunt Sarah had Hollyn on a Wednesday, so the next day at our church preschool these two were my little buddies and helped me after school.

Jennilee, Emily, and I took a fun little girl's visit to see Hollyn on Thursday night.

Hollyn is PRECIOUS and we are so thankful to have our third sweet niece!   Can you even imagine what it's going to be like when all these girl cousins are 17, 15, 14, 13, and 12?  WATCH OUT!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Bowling Party

A couple of weeks ago I got to take Brynn bowling for the first time!  My friend Erin's little girl turned 4 and she had a bowling party.  It was so fun watching the girls "learn" how to bowl.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Back in September Ryan and I had a FOOTBALL DATE!  Ryan's parents kept the girls all day (thank you thank you thank you Pamaw and Papaw!) and we got up early Saturday morning and headed to Columbia to watch the Tigers take on Indiana!  We hadn't been to Columbia in a while and it was SO NICE to spend the day there! 

ROAD TRIP!  (Okay...only three hours, but it was still fun!)

Three of Ryan's cousins go to Mizzou so we invited them along for lunch at one of my all time favorite college restaurants, the Heidelberg!  I didn't even look at the menu...Kevin's Chicken Wrap and fries for me!

I just love hanging out with Mollie!  And Matt and Zach were hilarious, as usual!

Oh does this take me back...

Probably my favorite picture from the day...Ryan carrying in his "chair-back."  We laughed SO HARD.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE those and you can rent them at the stadium for $5 and I totally do that every time.  But watching Ryan carry that in next to 18 year old kids was just funny.  When did we get SO OLD!??

As you know, I was IN MY HAPPY PLACE!

Not much beats watching a college football game in it!

We asked the older lady behind us to take our picture and we got three pictures just like this...thank you for your hand in the way lady!

Mizzou was UPSET by Indiana in the last like 60 seconds of the game, so that was awesome.  NOT.  (But surprisingly, I've mellowed a bit in my old age and we were like "dangit, but we've still had such a great day!")  On the drive home we listened to the SEMO football game and they beat the number 3 FCS school in the nation in a nail biter, so at least we had a football victory to celebrate.  So thankful for an awesome hubby and a great day together!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Emory's FIRST Birthday Party! Our Little Pumpkin Is Turning ONE!

On Saturday, September 13 we had Emory's FIRST birthday party!  We kept it really simple and small and it was great celebrating our BABY turning ONE!  We had the party at my mom's house and the theme was "Our Little Pumpkin Is Turning ONE."  We had chili and hot dogs for supper, with fruit and cookies for dessert.  It's hard to see, but I printed pictures from each month to put on a little banner, and I just love looking at those!

My friend Jennilee made the little smash cake and it was ADORABLE!

I made some pumpkin cookies to match the decor...

Emory with her two grandpa's...grilling away outside.

With Granny and Pawpaw...

She LOVED her chili!

Sweet little cousins and friends!

And then the most important part of the evening...singing Happy Birthday and letting Emory dig into her smash cake.  =) (Sorry for the picture overload).

Then she really got going!

She was a FAN!

Then she got to open presents (or Brynn got to open presents...haha!)

She must have liked this next gift!

The big girls got to jump on the trampoline and eat outside on the straw bales...they thought they were big stuff!