S: Our Family 2010
FC: Our Family 2010
1: 2010 was such an exciting year for our family - mostly due to our new addition. The kids adore their baby sister and she fit right into place immediately after she was born. The following is a glimpse of days I will always cherish, as they seem to go by all too quickly.
2: The year started off with Grant's birthday party at the Victoria Karate Academy. All the kids had a great time playing, but the biggest hit of the day was the enormously huge and awesomely cool cake that Aunt Cindy made!
3: WINTER FUN & VALENTINE'S DAY | The kids always love to lounge around with daddy. Ava likes to brush daddy's hair at night after he does hers. Grant and Ava went through a stage of playing dress up together...not only would he dress up in her playclothes, but she liked to wear his pajamas. | Class Valentine parties were lots of fun. Grant especially enjoyed looking through the Valentine's from his classmates. | Our Valentine's day followed our normal tradition - take out from Carino's and heart shaped strawberry cakes...dinner by candlelight, of course! | Ava at her class party (left) and decorating her Valentine cake at home (above).
4: Almost time This pregnancy went by so quickly.. As with the other two, I was all belly, but felt wonderful. I love the family photos we had made; I think they capture our family perfectly. My "girls" threw me a quaint baby shower at The Oak Room, one of the gifts being this awesome quilt that Tammy made.
5: Welcome Baby Kate Kate arrived on Monday, March 1st at 7:46 am.. Grant and Ava were so excited to meet their baby sister. The C-section got off to a rough start when they could not get my tummy numb, but we soon heard her first cries and saw her sweet little face. Our family is now perfectly complete.
6: Bringing Home Baby Our stay in the hospital was uneventful and we went home on March 3rd. Kate is such a sweet baby and quickly had us all wrapped around her tiny little fingers. Grant and Ava could not hold her enough and there were never any moments of jealousy. The transition to being a family of 5 was so much easier than I anticipated; it seemed as if it was just always meant to be this way.
7: Kate had to learn from the beginning to "go with the flow" - with Grant and Ava being in school and other activities, there was always somewhere to be or something to do. Daddy took off a week and then we depended a lot on grandma to help us out...and of course, I had my other two little helpers as well!
8: YMCA SPRING SOCCER | Ava joined Grant on the soccer team again this spring. This was Grant's last time to play in this age group before moving to the "big" field. Daddy was assistant coach again. Fun season for all!
9: EASTER | Spring has sprung - in addition to school parties, Aunt Cindy had dinner and an egg hunt, the Easter Bunny left presents at our house and dropped a whole bunch of eggs at grandma and grampa's house.
11: Springtime Fun | Clockwise (top left): Grant's class song performance at Spring PTC meeting, Ava's class field trip, fun at the park with Nicole, backyard tree climbing.
12: Little Ballerina BusbyDancenter Recital May 22, 2010
13: Bye, Bye Kindergarten Of course I cried when I saw my boy graduate! We are so proud of his accomplishments in school this year...his teachers called him a "model student". Grant loved both Mrs Bluntzer and Mrs Dornak. | Ava had a great first year at OLV. We saw her mature so much this year and overcome some of her shyness. She adored her teacher, Mrs. Pribyl.
14: Grandma and grampa came over for dinner the evening before Mother's Day. | Let summer begin! We started the summer off with a trip to Splashway with our friends - Kate stayed with grandma while we soaked up the rays!
15: Our little fish would live in the water if we let them! Grant is a strong swimmer; I didn't even worry about him in the deep end this year. Ava made great strides and could swim short distances without floaties by the end of summer. We only put Kate in the pool one time and she didn't seem to like it too much!
16: We had friends over for a bbq/swim on Memorial Day weekend. It was a great day of family fun. Grant tried his hand at t-ball this summer. We thought he did really well, but he much prefers to play soccer. Ava and Abby became great pals during the games.
17: Beach Trip! After months of begging, we finally took the kids to the beach. Poor little baby Kate was left with grandma again! It proved to be a horrible day for the beach - seaweed was everywhere and the smell was horrible. But the kids still had fun, and I guess that's what it's all about.
19: Sleep, my child...
20: dinosaurs! | The summer of the dinosaurs began at the Houston Zoo's robotic dinosaur exhibit. This was awesome! Some of them actually scared our resident paleontologist (Grant). Even Kate was able to join us on these expeditions. | A few weeks later, we went to the Witte Museum in San Antonio, where they also had a robotic dinosaur exhibit. A highlight of this trip was the excavation site where they could "dig" for fossils. We wrapped up both trips with a train ride through the park.
21: My birthday was fabulously spent at the Day Spa and then home with the family. The BIG deal, however, was Daddy's birthday...turning the big 40! Cindy out did herself once again with this fabulous cake and her and Nanny were able to help us celebrate. The following weekend, we had a weekend getaway in SA with friends to see Ron White and enjoy some adults only relaxation.
22: August brought the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. Grant's in the big school now and Ava's going to school everyday - both were excited to go back. We are so proud of Ava for becoming more independent, she has grown into such an intelligent and sassy little girl! Grant's reading ability has really taken off and he seems to excel in Math as well. My family got together at our house to celebrate mom's birthday. The kids swam all afternoon while we enjoyed each other's company and played some cards.
23: What would life be without Grandparents?
28: Pumpkin Patch Sticking with tradition, we made our annual visit to the pumpkin patch at the First United Methodist Church downtown. We each picked out a pumpkin - the kids and daddy for carving and mine just for decoration.
29: Halloween Fun at School Grant's class also took a trip to the pumpkin patch and they both enjoyed fun Halloween parties (even Kate got in on the action!). Ava was so very proud of her Jessie costume (and she did look awfully cute!). There aren't any pictures of this, but we also enjoyed the school's Halloween carnival that took place the night before Halloween.
30: We love Halloween! Lots of fun traditions we've created...pumpkin carving with dad...who I must say really out did himself this year and trick-or-treating with great friends. Murray and I even dressed up this year. Funny thing was, Kate was not at all afraid of Murray's costume, but completely FREAKED OUT about my witch hat (which is why I'm not wearing it!). This was another fantastically fun Halloween!
32: Happy Birthday, Ava Ava celebrated her birthday at home with grandma, grampa and Nanny, then had a party for her classmates at Mannings gym the following weekend. She is very proud to finally be 5.
33: We spent Thanksgiving at grandma and grampa's house this year. Because we were leaving for DisneyWorld the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we started putting our Christmas decorations up early.
34: Preparing for Christmas The first grade class has a tradition of making advent wreaths in the cafeteria with a surprise Turkey dance to follow. The kids all made their own turkey mask and danced the Turkey Wobble...hilarious! Ava was chosen to play Mary in the ECC Christmas program. We were so proud of her performance.
35: December was a very busy month in the Carson house! As soon as we returned from Disney World, we had school plays, parties, family trips to see lights in Hallettsville and Cuero, and Ava's debut in the Nutcracker! | Our little cherub made us proud again with her performance in the Nutcracker. She was nervous, but went on stage like a true performer and came back just beaming!
36: Hermes Christmas We celebrated Christmas at Keith and Caryn's house this year because Tucker had his tonsils removed only a few days earlier and could not travel. The kids all had so much fun playing and we still took our annual family picture. Mom surprised me with a scrapbook of my life that had me pretty choked up. Kate seemed to have fun being around her family and trying to eat the paper!
38: Santa came! Grant was up before dawn checking out the loot that Santa left. We got him to go back to sleep briefly, but when he couldn't stand it anymore, we finally got everybody out of bed to start the fun
39: The kids all loved their presents and they really seemed to have gotten into the spirit of giving as well this year. Kate loved her push toy the best and immediately stood up and started walking with it after it was put together.
40: Christmas with the Carson's We went to Aunt Cindy's house Christmas afternoon for dinner and more presents. The kids had so much fun playing with their older cousins.
41: Grant is 7! Another year ending, another birthday for my big kid. We celebrated at home on his birthday with his grandparents (his party with his friends will not be until January). | Special Friends The kids are so lucky to have made such special bonds with their buddies. They have both made new friends at school, but also keep special ties to the kids they have grown up with.
44: This will be a year to remember for so many reasons, but it's the little things that I don't want to forget, so here are some of the details that may be forgotten... This year, Grant was obsessed with Legos - my dining room was completely over run by Legos and his creativity with them is amazing. His reading ability has exploded; his favorite books being the Magic Tree House series. He also loves to ride his scooter and play the Wii. He wants to be a rock star and he thinks anything with skull/crossbones is cool. My sweet Ava has sadly (for me) moved beyond the princess fascination stage, preferring to play with anything Toy Story or running around with big brother. Ava has turned into such a silly, sassy, smart little girl. She is very independent and likes to do things for herself, but still needs our reassurance now and then. She has already started reading and writing very well for her age and she has a very creative imagination. She has already developed crushes on several little boys at school, so I think we may have our hands full as she gets older! Kate is the happiest little baby I have ever seen. She has brought so much more joy to our lives and I think she is the perfect blend of all of us. We can tell already that she will be easy going like her brother and precocious like her sister.