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Plano, TX
Our first child, Caroline, was born June 5th, 2009. She has completely rocked our world. Patty stays home to take care of Caroline full time. Reagan is a computer programmer at PFS Web. We met Jan 9th 2004. Patty's best-friend from high school, Dixie, slyly matched us up. In July of 2004 we moved to Allen, TX for work. We married Oct 29th, 2005 and moved into our current house in Plano the following April. We also have two furry children named Annabell and Oliver. We love to travel. Throughout our marriage we have taken some incredible trips. We haven't gone anywhere with Caroline (other than Tulsa) yet but we're planning a family trip this summer.

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Shows we love

  • 30 Rock
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Eastbound and Down
  • Entourage
  • Lost (we have a love/hate relationship)
  • Modern Family
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Sopranos
  • The Daily Show
  • The Wire

Caroline's Favorite Activities

  • Hugging and kissing Annabell
  • Scaring Oliver
  • Eating solid foods
  • Laughing with Nana and Pappa
  • Playing with her baby friends
  • Climbing on her Mom and Dad
  • Playing with all her toys
  • Shopping with Mommy
  • Reading with Daddy


Glen Rose

This week we took an overnight trip to Glen Rose, TX.  It's about 2 1/2 hours from our house.  Glen Rose is a super cute small town with bed and breakfasts, boutiques, a safari park, a dinosaur fossil park (yes, there are actual dinosaur fossils there) and lots of other fun things.  We stayed at a bed and breakfast called the Country Woods Inn.  It's on an actual farm and you can rent out numerous different cabins.  There was so much fun toddler friendly activities there and it was very peaceful.  We've had a stressful last couple months with getting our house on the market and finding a new house.  It give an quick update on that......our house is currently under contract.  We listed it on a Thursday, Reagan flew to the Philippians for work on Friday and we had our first offer 2 hours after he boarded the plane.  On top of all that C got the croup and an ear infection.  It was INSANE!  That offer didn't work out but we had a few other offers and accepted one 7 days after listing.  We are out of the offers period and things are progressing smoothly.  Finding a new house has been a bit of a challenge though.  We've put offers on 2 houses, neither has worked out each for different reasons.  We are looking into a couple more options that we are really excited about.  Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Back to our little trip.......we had a great time!  This peaceful trip together as a family was exactly what we needed.  Below are pictures of our adventures.

The goat pen was right outside our cabin.  We hand fed the goats every chance we got.

Daddy and his girl

Cup of goat feed in her hands.

Checking out the rabbits.

Horses in the beautiful wildflower pasture

Walking around

Playing tether-ball 

Is it just me or does our child look like such a big kid!

Christopher - the loudest goose!

Saying hi to the pigs and Christopher

Quaint bathroom with the stone floor and clawfoot tub.

Typically - Reagan trying to stay up to date on e-mail so he isn't overloaded when he goes back to work!

I think C's favorite part of the trip was the breakfast basket!

Cabin door

Cabin porch

The girls

Playing at the near-by park

Getting onto the girl for throwing rocks.

Hot dogs and smores!  When C was sick we have her several steam baths.  She thought the smoke from the fire was "healthy steam".  We had a little science lesson on the difference between smoke and steam.

The "Gasoline" sign.  Changed to "Caroline" in photoshop.

The little park at the Inn

"I do it myself Daddy!"

Playing in the toy mailbox

Yummy smores!

I want to steal this little table set.  It was adorable!

Excited face!

The next day we went to Fossil Rim.  Reagan and I LOVED it but C whined the first half then slept the second half.  We will go back sometime so she can enjoy it too.  

The animals would approach your car looking for food.

Nice bangs

Feeding the giraffes through the sunroof.   My favorite part of the trip!

Baby girl sleeping!


Things To Remember

It's been several months since my last post.  Caroline has grown a lot in those few months.  We call her our "balanced" girl.  She will go from pretending to be a mermaid that's hosting a tea-party to a super-hero fighting monsters in a flash.  She talks non-stop (literally!) and says some really funny things.  I wanted to document a few of those I think are funny and cute.  I've forgotten so many of her cute phrases already I thought I'd write a few down to help me remember.

Stage: Me trying to buckle C into her carseat and her fighting me.
Caroline, "NO, DON'T DO IT MOMMY!  I only a person!"

"You like ketchup Daddy?!?  Just try it.  You [will] like it."  C loves ketchup and can't get over the fact that Reagan despises it (before we had C I had to hide the ketchup bottle from him or it would gross him out just to see).  She randomly asks him if he likes it ALL the time!

Stage:  She had climbed onto a bench and was scared to climb down so I picked her up and put her on the ground.
Caroline, "Mommy, you my super-hero!

She put her hands on Reagan's cheeks, brought his face close to hers and said, "You beautiful Princess Daddy."


First School Thanksgiving Feast

The week before Thanksgiving Caroline's class had their feast. We both love the kids in her class. They are all so sweet to each other (MOST of the time!) and play together very nicely. She talks about all her friends on the days she isn't in class. It was fun to be apart of their feast and watch them interact.

They made headbands and placemats the week before the big feast!
Hands folded and saying grace before lunch
Ms Beverly showing the kids their "gobble gobble"
Waiting to be served
Cheesing it up for Mom!
Caroline's teachers (they are mother and daughter)
Playing with her friends after lunch
Some of the girls posing for a picture. Caroline did not look happy here but she wanted to pose with her friends!


October = busy and fun!

October was a super busy month for us in the burbs. The first signs of fall brings fun activities like pumpkin patches, Halloween parties and our anniversary! If you can believe it, I heavily edited the number of pictures on this post. Caroline is my photography inspiration and I went a little crazy on the number of pictures I took. Although Halloween night I only took a couple (completely uncharacteristic of me!).

Caroline has developed a "baby" phase where she wants to be the baby. She asks me to carry her in our baby backpack and wants to be held like a baby and rocked before bed. Neither Reagan nor I mind though because it's so rare that she is still enough for us to cuddle with her. Below we are making faces in the mirror. That's her "scared" face!
Earlier this month Sarah joined us for a trip to the zoo. It's so nice to call my sister in the morning to make plans together for that day. I love having her close by!

Looking at the elephants!

Riding the monorail
playing in the stream with Aunt Sarah!
We took her to the pumpkin patch by our house. She ran around looking at pumpkins the entire time. It was hard getting a good picture of her because she wouldn't sit still. As we were leaving a family of 3 daughters in matching outfits arrived to take family pictures with the pumpkins. As their mom was positioning them for their picture C came up along side of them and started posing herself for their photo! It made me laugh! We had been trying to get a picture of her sitting with the pumpkins the whole time and she wouldn't sit still but she happily posed for their family photo! Silly girl!

My beautiful girl climbing trees in our yard!
Uncle Justin came for a weekend visit. He joined C and I to a trip to the pumpkin patch with our play-group. There is a mom in our group that went to school with Justin from Kindergarten to High School! Small world!
Snow White riding the pony!
Laughing and running through the hay maze!
Falling down in the bounce house. C picked out her own costume this year. I was certain she was going to pick out a Buzz or Woody costume but when she saw the princess dresses she got so excited. I was pretty excited my little girl wanted to be a girly-girl!
Eating dinner and laughing with Uncle Justin!
We hosted our neighborhood Halloween party this year. The kids looked so cute and the moms looked pretty cute too. We all dressed up! As we were getting dressed for the party C yelled, "No princess! I witch!" We compromised by dressing her in her pirate costume from last year.

Also this month I was elected onto our neighborhood HOA board. I'm not certain what my role will be yet but I'm excited (and a little nervous because I'm not sure what to expect) .
Concentrating on her ghost art project!
Some of the moms in our costumes!
Princess Caroline ready for our playgroup Halloween party at the bounce house!
A rare picture of us together!
Caroline and her bestie. I love this picture because it illustrated their little personalities! Sam's eyeballing C to ensure she isn't breaking the rules and C is carefree! These two love each other every much and their personalities complement. C is daring and outgoing and Sam is peaceful and grounded. They squeal, hug and giggle every time they see each other!
Sam (who doesn't like bows or other things in her hair) let us put C's crown on. Her mom use to be a party planner and dress like a princess for birthday parties was super excited her daughter wanted to don princess gear!
As I mentioned earlier I didn't take many pictures on Halloween night. My sister and her family, Reagan's parents and Sam's family along with her Papa came over for chili and trick or treating. Sam's family is currently undergoing a big home renovation and are staying at a hotel for a few nights. Since they were homeless for the night we had time over!

This is the girls right before we left for trick-or-treating! Once again their little personalities shined as they were trick-or-treating. C confidently knocked on the doors, loudly said "trick or treat" and would usually start reaching her hand into the candy bowls. Sam had a completely different approach. She calmly waited her turn and sweetly held out her sack waiting for her candy. These to are precious to me!
Trick-or-treating with cousin Val!
Cousin Ben helping C go through her candy.
That concludes Halloween and now let's back up and review our anniversary. Nana took C earlier in the afternoon to her church's Halloween party. The plan was we'd clean out our shed, shower and have a nice steak dinner. While at dinner we had our reoccurring conversation that Reagan doesn't like to wear his wedding ring. He isn't a jewelry guy and even after six years he hasn't gotten use to it. I had my usual response of you don't have to wear a ring if you get a tattoo on your ring finger. It's been a joke in our marriage because Reagan is soooo not a tattoo guy. Well, one thing lead to another and we found ourselves at the tattoo parlor!! That's right, we both got tattoos!! I'm still in shock. R got a tiny infinity symbol on his left ring finger and I got the same symbol on the back of my wrist. We'll never forget this anniversary that's for certain!