21 questions with Bethany

Today I asked Bethany the same 21 questions I asked Lane. Her answers cracked me up. Some were exactly what I thought she would say. Others were SO random!

What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite t.v. show?
 Doc McStuffins
(I thought she would have said Peppa Pig)
    What is your favorite Movie?
     Leap Frog
    What is your favorite toy?
    (Maybe she means picnic? I’m not completely sure. I thought she would have said her doctor kit, trains or Dora house)
What is your favorite game?
(Again, random. I thought she would have said Hide & Seek or Pop the Pig)

What is your favorite animal?

What is your favorite song?
 The Mommy Song
(random, but she makes up a new song everyday and today it’s the mommy song)
What is your favorite book?
Peppa Pig
What is your favorite food?
(Really it would be strawberries, any kind of rice, cereal, honey and chips)
What is your favorite holiday?
(I guess every Sunday is a holiday at Highlands? ๐Ÿ™‚ )
What is your favorite sport or activity?
gymnastic ๐Ÿ™‚
(we’ve been talking about starting gymnastics when school starts)
Where is your favorite place go?
What is your favorite thing to wear?
red shirt
(I thought she would have said boots or sparkly shoes)
Who is your best friend?

What do you want to be when you grow up?
a doctor


What makes you happy?
What makes you scared?
What makes you sad?
What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy?
train tracks
What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy?
play blocks
What is your favorite thing to do with Lane?
go to the zoo



21 questions with Lane

Several months ago I got the idea from pinterest (here, and here, and here, and many more if you do a search) to ask the kids a set of questions every year on their birthday to watch how they grow and change. I’m a couple months late but today I asked Lane his 21 questions.


What is your favorite color?
 red, green, blue and pink
What is your favorite t.v. show?
 Henry Hugglemonster and Daniel Tigers Neighborhood
What is your favorite Movie?
 If I Sang a Silly Song
What is your favorite toy?
 all of them
What is your favorite game?
Pop the Pig, Super Why, and Balloon Bounce (keep a balloon from touching the ground)
What is your favorite animal?
What is your favorite song?
 Jump by Go Kids Music
What is your favorite book?
All of them
What is your favorite food?
wafflers, cinnamon toast waffles, gogurts and smoothies
What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas and my birthday
What is your favorite sport or activity?
Basketball and Spanish at Meadowbrook Baptist Preschool
Where is your favorite place go?
Veteran’s Park, Chuck E. Cheese and Treetop Family Adventure
What is your favorite thing to wear?
My animal zoo shirt (a shirt he had when he was about 3. Clearly he loved that shirt!)
Who is your best friend?
Mrs. Kay, Patton, Olivia M. , Mia, Julie, Caroline, Maggie and Miller
What do you want to be when you grow up?
a fire fighter and an artist
What makes you happy?
everything that you (mommy) say
What makes you scared?
Giants and Bats
What makes you sad?
If you weren’t my mommy
What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy?
Go to the Beach
What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy?
Be silly
What is your favorite thing to do with Bethany?

    As you can see he has a bit of a hard time narrowing down his favorites to just ONE favorite.

    The sandbox

    Lane and Bethany love to garden and help me in the yard. This is fantastic in early spring when I am planting flowers, however for the rest of the year they are constantly asking to dig. I’ve found Lane trying to dig up my grass, flowers, pine straw, anything that will stay still long enough. So, I knew I wanted to get them “a diggin’ place” for their birthday. Our homeowners association is on the ridiculous side, so I knew the green turtle would cause numerous letters about property value plummeting so I turned to pinterest to find a more aesthetically pleasing sandbox.

    I found several really neat ideas:

    Playhouse Sandbox  
    But, when I saw this idea I knew it was perfect for our space! I loved that it folded close to keep bugs or cats out – no neighborhood litter box! And I loved the bench since I  knew they would want me in the sandbox with them.

    Once again, Chris did an amazing job making something for the kids! We ended up making it larger than the plans. Ours is 6×6 so that several kids could play at once – I honestly can’t imagine it much smaller at all!

    Chris tried for a while to make it with out the kids seeing it at all, but that proved to be more difficult than we thought  especially since Lane loved building things! So, eventually Chris let Lane help. Lane had a blast!


    We ended up giving the kids the sandbox after Lane’s 4k graduation (the day before their birthday party).It was pouring but as soon as the rain slacked off some we took them out. They were so excited! Bethany continued to play even after the rain started back!


    They have played with it almost daily since their party. We often pretend we are at the beach!



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    Lane’s Birthday

    Monday, May 13th was Lane’s 5th birthday. I originally planned to tape balloons on his door like I did for Bethany. However, after he fell asleep I remembered that he has several of his favorite school projects taped to his bedroom door. So, I changed plans and just put balloons in the little hallway to his room. He was so excited when he woke up on his birthday!

    He ran to the table and found all his little presents wrapped in superhero paper!

    Then, he and Chris spent a good bit of time launching catapults and driving remote control cars.

    For his birthday breakfast, I offered to fix ANYTHING he wanted but he chose a frozen waffle. So, we stuck a candle in the waffle and sang Happy Birthday!

    Then, it was time to quickly hurry and get ready for school. Lane was so excited to take his special snack to school. What did he want…cake? cupcakes? nope, plain sugar cookies with NO sprinkles or icing. (he was very clear about that!) So, that’s what we did! Mom found some really cute cookies that had birthday pictures (They were just like the holiday cookies you bake with a flag, a snowman, a heart, etc) I had never seen them before! So we had those and true plain sugar cookies. Gigi came and surprised Lane at school during his special snack. Lane was thrilled! [On a side note, Bethany came with me to Lane’s classroom and she had a blast. She sat like such a big girl at the table with him. She was SO PROUD to be at school! She even jumped in on a couple of class pictures!]

    Sweet friends!
    and Bethany ๐Ÿ™‚

    …and one with Mrs. Kay, the best 4K teacher ever! Lane absolutely adores her!๏ปฟ

    After school we took Lane to Treetop Family Adventure. We had never been out there before. Lane and Bethany had a blast playing in the playground, bowling and  

    ….”playing” miniature golf. Lane is in desperate need for his Papaw to come teach him how to golf. He has quite the unusual technique for hitting the golf ball!

    We spent a VERY long time on this hole. It had four levels. The kids had a blast taking turns dropping the ball in the hole and watching where it would roll out on the next level.

    After Treetop, Lane chose where he wanted to eat for his birthday dinner. He chose Don Pepe. Can you tell we like Mexican food just a little bit!

    Overall, it was a wonderful day spent celebrating my sweet boy! We love you Lane!


    Bethany’s Birthday

    I love Birthdays! I love letting those I love know how special they are to me and how grateful I am that they were born! So obviously, the kids birthdays are a big deal around here. The whole day centers around them and whatever they want to do!

    On Bethany’s birthday, when she woke up we all went in to her room wishing her a Happy Birthday! She was SO excited! I taped a number 3 out of balloons onto her door. (Last year I did that really cute pinterest idea of filling the kids bedroom with balloons while they were asleep. They LOVED it but it also started our day at about 4 am. I’m waiting a couple more years till I try that on again)


    Then Bethany ran to the table, where a bunch of little gifts were waiting on her. Her presents were all wrapped in Hello Kitty. I think she loved they paper as much or more than the actual gifts. Even now, almost 2 weeks after her actual birthday, she still says she got Kitty for her birthday.




    Then, we had a special birthday breakfast. She had a cinnamon roll with a candle so we could sing Happy Birthday. She SPAZZED out! The entire time we sang she cried and yelled No NO NO! It was only after the song that I realized she was scared of the flame on the candle. Oops!

    After breakfast, we opened some of her new toys and played for a bit. Then we asked what she wanted to do for her birthday. THE ZOO!!! So we quickly got ready to go and invited Gigi to come along.


    We had so much fun at the zoo! She led the way around. We saw the elephants and played on the playground. Then we found someone doing face paint! Lane wanted an Elephant and Bethany wanted an Alabama “A”.

                                                                                   Roll Tide.

    We continued looking at the animals. We made it to the giraffes at feeding time. Lane and Bethany had a blast feeding the giraffes.



    After the giraffes, we walked around the corner and found camel rides!


    Bethany loved the camel ride so much she asked to pet the camel afterwards!

    We continued on and had the best time watching all the animals. They were all so active since it was close to feeding time. We watched a zoo keeper hide several fish in one exhibit. Then she released the cats. It was so neat watching the cats “hunt” for the fish!

    We finally ended up at the children’s area. We did the new DINO exhibit first. Lane loved it!


    Bethany was a little scared! Chris ended up having to hold her and sneak by all the dinos. Every time they would get close to a new dinosaur she would whisper in his ear “shhh. quiet!” So funny!

    Thankfully, Bethany warmed up to the dinosaurs by the end!

    Then we moved on the carousel. She rode 5 times in a row.


    She only got off because we wanted to try to catch the zoo train. We hustled over to the train and made it just in time for the last ride of the day!

    On our walk back to the front of the zoo, we found the photo booth. The kids wanted to take a picture so we took on set with family pictures and one set with Gigi and the kids. I love how they turned out!


    About that point a rather large man with a growly voice came by to make sure we knew the zoo was closing. Yes sir!

    When we got back to the car, it was time for Bethany to decide what she wanted for dinner. Mexican!

    So we eat then went home after a fun-filled day. It was a perfect way to celebrate B!

    I’m all growin’ up

    Happy Birthday Lane!

    You are 5 years old now! It seems like it was just yesterday that you were a tiny little fella leaving the NICU but as you reminded me yesterday ….

     You are “5 years old and all growin’ up!”


    You are so sweet and kind. I pray daily that you keep you sweet, kind heart always. You are so thoughtful. You freely give those you love hugs and sugar! I cherish them and dread the day you are too cool to give hugs and sugar. But never fear, I will be that mom that keeps giving you hugs and sugar and telling you how much I love you.

    You love to laugh and make others laugh. You love telling knock-knock jokes. Right now a typical knock knock joke for you would go like this:

    Knock knock
    Who’s there?
    Shoe who?
    Shoe coming out a tree bush pizza. (insert your uncontrollable laughter here.)

    Needless to say, Mommy and Daddy gave you a joke book for valentine’s day and frequently google “kid jokes” to build your joke library! ๐Ÿ™‚

    You are a leader. Bethany follows you everywhere and does a lot of what you do (including telling stellar knock knock jokes!). You love Bethany with all your heart. Whenever you and I go shopping you almost always find something B needs or would want but you rarely ask for anything for yourself. Last night, you two were hugging so tight and saying you were best friends. You have no idea how happy it makes me to hear you two say those words. I pray you feel that way about each other forever!

    You are so smart. Soo soo smart. Last night you were reading to me and a word stumped you. I can’t remember the last time a word stumped you. The word was rambunctious. Right now you really enjoy reading classic stories like “3 little pigs” and “Goldilocks”. You’ve have started reading the book to Bethany and then you guys put on little plays. Bethany is usually the big, bad wolf and you are all the little pigs.

    You have really started asking questions about God and Jesus. I love your sweet question but I don’t always know the answers. “What’s God’s favorite flower? Does God like pizza?” If it’s raining you will say “Oh God must be waterin’ the flowers. That’s so nice of Him!” After church you will tell me about the “worshipin’ songs” you like to sing. Every Sunday, you get a sheet that has the story you read from the Jesus Storybook Bible and you will read that story over and over and over until the next Sunday. This week you have amazed me with several Bible verse you know. As much as I would like to say I taught you to memorize scripture, I think you learned them at your wonderful preschool! You LOVE singing “the B-I-B-L-E song and John 3:16.” You sing them constantly right now! SO precious!

    Here is a little video of you making a “joyful noise” singing John 3:16

    You truly are a blessing, Lane! I thank God daily for trusting us to be your parents. We love big boy!!

    B turns three!

    Happy Birthday Bethany Claire!

    Three years ago, you came into our family and brought more joy and laughter than we ever could have imagined. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who loved life as much as you do! You are always going full blast. Everything you do is all or nothing.


     Three years ago, your daddy and I marveled at all the little things about you – your long eyelashes and nails (Lane was born so early he didn’t have these! We didn’t know babies could be born already needing a manicure. I knew you were my girly girl right then!)

    You are so smart. You amaze me daily. You know your letters, letter sounds, numbers to 20 and depending on your mood you can count even higher. ๐Ÿ™‚ You have really become interested in reading books – The Froggy series is your favorite right now. You also love reading baby Elmo books and your “Jesus loves me book” (The Jesus Storybook Bible) You are starting to try to spell/read. You can spell Bethany, Lane, zoo, and cat. The other night while we were taking a bath you decided to spell tepee for some reason. You did a great job sounding it out!! You have learned to read some words. I was writing a letter the other day and you came up and started pointing to several words – I remember you saying “that says So, right mommy?”

    You are stubborn. Oh my word, are you stubborn. I both love and hate this depending on the day. haha. The past month though, I have LOVED this. Whenever you decide something will be done (or won’t), you stick to your guns.  Right before Easter, we were putting you down for bed on night and you said you didn’t want your paci. I really didn’t believe you so I tried to put your paci in your bed so you would find it if you needed it in the night. Oh that made you mad! You grabbed the pacis, threw them out of your bed and screamed “I DON’T WANT MY PACI’S!!” And you haven’t touched one since.

    This week, you potty trained yourself. I tried potty training you several months ago and you did great, but you did NOT want to wear panties – only diapers! Then Tuesday you woke up from nap completely naked asking to go potty. So, we went. Then, you asked for panties. You went the rest of the day without even having one accident! And you’ve pretty much continued on the rest of the week! I’m not sure who is more proud of you – us or you!

    You want to go to school SO BADLY! Everyday when we drop Lane off you start crying and saying “but it’s my turn!” We already signed you up for 3k next year. We’ve been telling you for months that in order to go to school you had to be 3 and you had to tee tee in the potty. Diapers don’t go to school. We were hoping that would encourage you to start going potty. Well, last night we were telling you today was your birthday, then we asked how old you were going to be. You whole face lit up and you exclaimed “3!! I gonna be 3! and I tee tee in the potty! I gonna GO TO SCHOOL!!!!” Right then is where I wanted to crawl into a hole. The we had to have a long talk about summer vacation and all the fun we were going to do. It helped when I mentioned that Lane would not be at school and neither would Maggie or Miller. Then in the fall everyone will go back to school. I fear Lane’s last 4 days of school are going to be long. But at least you are so excited to go to school.

    You love painting, chalking, bubbles, really anything artsy or outdoors! You love gathering pricklies (sweet gumballs) and giving them to mommy and daddy!



    You love dogs but rarely want to get close enough to pet one. You play doctor every single day. You sing all day every day too! Sometimes you sing classic songs like Twinkle Twinkle. Sometimes you sing songs from cartoons like Doc McStuffin’s theme song. Sometime you sing church songs and sometimes you make up your own songs.
    I love the way you say so many different things.
    You say “I’m walkin’ on myself!”              translation: I’m walking on tip-toes.
    You say:”a little minute”                            translation: a little bit + just a minute
    You say: “There’s a bone in there!”            translation: I was choking
    You  like to wear your busters.                  aka your slippers
    You call polka dots “bubbles”
    You call french fries “chicken fries”
    You make me laugh daily. Someone mentioned the old country song “..she’s a wild one with an angel face.” and it brought a smile to my face just thinking about you. You are wild but you are sweet and precious. You snuggle like no one else. You give the best hugs. You love your brother and try to do everything he does.
    This could go on all day long. You are unique – a rare gem and I am so thankful God gave you to us! You have my heart baby girl. I am so honored to be your momma. I love you!