Stephens Kids

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

February-March

 Brennley had a fun Daddy Daughter dance for Valentine's Day. She was so excited to get all dolled up and get to go out with Dad. They had so much fun dancing the night away! Pat is always so involved, our children are blessed to have him!!
 Brennley had to give her very first presentation at school and she worked really hard on it. It was for Black History Month and she memorized her presentation. Her teacher was blown away! I am so proud of Brenn for always working so hard and giving her best effort at school.
 Yummy heart waffles to celebrate Valentine's day! Pat and my Mom and Dad gave me the beautiful roses :)
 Enjoying every second of Grandpa and Grandma.
 Grandma making us a yummy southern breakfast. 
 We confirmed that the moving truck would be coming to our home on February 17th as planned, even though we were in the middle of a terrible ice storm. So, on Monday, February 16th, we drove really slowly with Grandma and Grandpa following us out to our new home. We slept there on our air mattresses and had a little pizza picnic that night. We figured it would be easier than rushing out there early in the morning for the moving truck. 
 We experienced some really cold, snowy, icy days at our new home. Brennley had quite a few snow days, then went to school for one day, then had a few more snow days. It was really nice having her home to help move in. What a blessing!
 This is the view from our front porch. 
 We were so lucky to have cousins come over, bring us dinner, and visit. We have so much love and support here, it is wonderful! It was extra nice for the kids because we have been at home so much, unpacking, and kind of stuck because of icy roads.
 More fun cousin play time. Thanks y'all!
 Brennley was really excited to start her new school. One big step for Brenn is that she is able to ride the school bus, which she has always wanted to do. So, she gets picked up right by our mailbox and dropped off there too. It is really easy and she loves it!
 There are so many things that we love about our home. One of these is the fire pit that was already here. McKay was especially anxious to have a fire. We had to wait for the snow and ice to melt away, so he would ask almost every day if it was warm enough to have a campfire. 
 Bring on the marshmallows.
 I love having so much space outside for our kids to explore and be kids! These three children are my JOY! They have adjusted so well to all of the big changes we have been through. We are so blessed.
 Even Dad gets to enjoy a well roasted marshmallow.
 The whole family....for now......
 My sister and I were prego together for a little while and it is really fun being close by to enjoy her friendship and being able to relate about all the fun pregnancy/baby stuff. We love our momma!
 Sisters...matching jammas (as Lucy says)
 Shortly after we moved in, we started potty training Lucy. She has been interested for a long time now, but I didn't want to start with all of the moves we were going through. She picked out Frozen panties and loves putting them on in the morning. But, she is quite opinionated, and she has to be the one calling the shots. She is doing great with going potty! She is such a happy, fun, full of personality girl!
 Brennley and McKay loved playing in the snow. They played outside until their hands were frozed and would come warm up and then head back out. I loved seeing them try to sled for the first time and working together to build a snow man. It is so neat that they get to experience snow!
 Sitting on the potty, watching a movie. Lucy loves sitting on the potty. At the beginning of potty training, she would want to sit there for a long time, waiting patiently. She was in no rush. 
 Saturday morning snuggles with DAD!
 One of the best things about our home for Pat (and I reap the benefits), is the HUGE garage. He quickly set up a nice area for his wood working tools and we have already gotten great use out of it. Thanks Pat!
 We try to have Grandma and Grandpa over as much as possible. We had Grandma over to celebrate her 70th birthday! We enjoyed some time by the campfire and fun stories. Don't mind our little pantless Lucy with the double bandaids. Her poor knees are always scratched up. And of course, McKay is always ready for the camera.
 For Grandma's birthday, she wanted to do a little historic walk downtown. We loved walking and visiting with our energetic momma!
 McKay posing in front of the Batman building and Dad's work. 
 Grandma & Grandpa with a few of the grandkids.
 Free samples at the Goo-Goo Store. Yummmm...
All of a sudden, McKay has learned to pose for the camera! Mister Coolio! And Lucy was freezing! We really enjoyed being here to celebrate Grandma's big day!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Welcome to Tennessee & Happy Birthday Pat!

 We wanted to make our drive to Tennessee fun, so we stopped halfway at a hotel. We made sure it had an indoor pool, but I guess you have to confirm if the pool is heated or not. It was FREEZING COLD! The kids were so positive and we had a ton of fun. We swam, shivered through a hot showered and snuggled up in warm jammies and a cozy bed!  
 One of our very first mornings in Tennessee, we had snow! Lucy had never seen snow, so first thing in the morning, Grandpa walked outside without shoes and grabbed a handful off of the car to bring to Lucy. So adorable! We are so blessed to be living with Grandma and Grandpa while we close on our home. Our children are getting spoiled with Grandma & Grandpa's attention - this is such a special time for us.   
 Reading stories with Grandma. 
 Most mornings, Grandpa will ask for the color guard to raise the flag, our kids love it!
 The other greatest thing about living at Grandpa's house is UNCLE JOSH! Josh is such a party!  
 "Oh once I had a little dog......." Lucy listening to Grandpa's famous songs.
 Snow day!  
 Reading books with Uncle Josh.
 I am amazed at how well Brennley, McKay, and Lucy are doing, They are sharing a bed until we move into our home. They are handling the temporary living so well. 
 "Rock a baby"
 Happy Birthday Pat! 
 We celebrated with some yummy clam chowder and of course German Chocolate Cake. We love you Pat! You are great for bringing us closer to family!
We also enjoyed a fun night out to dinner with brothers and sisters to celebrate Pat's birthday! It is so nice to be home and close to family! SO FUN! 

Lucy Turns 2 and Saying Goodbye to Texas

 We were so looking forward to Lucy's birthday! She kept saying, "No Brenny day, Lucy day!" We had looked at Brennley and McKay's birthday pictures and Lucy was so excited to celebrate herself!
 Lucy picked out funfetti cake with blue frosting. We went to the park with some great friends and enjoyed the ccccccold! 
 Lucy loves Nia! She talked about her all morning and was so excited to play with her at the park. 
 Lucy May has been a bright ray of sunshine in our lives! She is getting so much personality right now and changing everyday. She is quick to apologize and is full of love! Her vocabulary grows daily as well. She knows what she wants and is very smart! At the library she picked up two square books and said, "Same size". Wow! I love my sweet Lucy!
 Lucy's birthday morning, she opened presents from the family. We also met dad at McDonalds for some yummy chicken nuggets. She loves the playground, especially with her big brother McKay!

 Happy 2nd Birthday Lucy!
 Moving Day! The movers came and packed up the furniture and big items on January 8th. Our home was empty by that night. Thanks to nice neighbors, we had a table and chairs for eating on, other than that we enjoyed our blow up mattress and a friend's plug in cooler. It was an adventure "camping out" in our empty home.
 We wanted to attend our church one last time, to say goodbyes. We will miss our Texas ward family so much! Our children had great primary teachers and we had amazing friends.
 This ward brought a whole new meaning to the term 'ward family'.  It was truly a family!
This was the morning that we drove away. It is so sad to say goodbye, but exciting to look forward to new adventures.