Monday, August 4, 2008

Lauren's "Under the Sea" Party...

Lauren had a late guest at her party. Signe's (on the left) mother had a farm in Payson that we farm now for them. My grandma grew up with Signe's mother also. She was her 4-H leader when Signe was a young girl.

This is Chad's Aunt Cindy and Grandpa Hummel.

Some of my family enjoying the kiddos swimming...
Here is the deck before the party started up.

Lauren's party area. I made her banner.

I obviously did not make her cake!

Dad helping Ella with her new purse that my sister brought her from Vegas. Notice her new Hannah Montana shirt that she also got. I'm not sure whose birthday it was!!!

Lauren playing with Amaya.

Chad and I got Ella a rocking horse when she turned one. So we thought it would be a good idea to get Lauren one. They're exactly alike... Lauren quickly learned how to climb on...

...and ride!

Here was Lauren's smash cake...

Kaleena was trying to help her figure it out..

...but Lauren just didn't like it! This part of the party didn't last too long. Ella loved her smash cake, but Lauren wanted nothing to do with it.

After we got her cleaned up, she opened her presents.

This was much more fun.

A karaoke piano from Anthony and Kara.

And a fire truck from Andy and Danielle.

Lauren taking her first dip with the kids that were swimming while she was opening presents.

Ella, Auston, and Amaya enjoying the pool.

Lauren swimming, and we cut off Coltin who is trying to jump in!

Ella loves to jump in the pool!

Lauren after her nap after the party! She slept forever, and then she had "crazy hair!"

Payson Old Settlers

This past Saturday was Payson, IL's Old Settlers. Chad grew up in the Payson area, and we always put the kiddos in the Kiddie parade. This year's theme was Mardi Gras, as you can tell. Lauren had more fun with the even than Ella seemed too, but it was fun to watch them.

Lauren and Daddy before the parade.

Lauren was walking around like such a big girl.

We dressed them in super bright colors, and Ella being the girly girl that she is, already had all of the beads...she insisted on wearing her sunglasses rather than her mask.

Here is the little wagon that Lauren was riding in. Ella was convinced that she was going to pull her in the wagon.

I ended up having to walk with Ella in the parade. You can bet that I was super excited to do this! Chad's youngest sister, Kaleena, ended up pulling the wagon.

Lauren after the parade.

This is my nephew, Garrett. He will be four in November. He entered his bike in the bike contest. I thought it was super cute. We weren't brave enough to enter Ella and her princess bike. I think we're glad we didn't considering Ella's "mood" during the morning.

This is my newest nephew, Gavin. He is Garrett's baby brother. He was born June 27th. He spent the day in the stroller being a sweet little baby boy. He is the most content little guy.

This is my sister in law, Shelley. Garrett won 2nd in his age group in the tractor pull. He was one of the youngest in the group too. I know he'll be in the same age group next year too! Maybe he'll win it all next year. He was disappointed that he had to pedal a "red" tractor. He wanted to go home and get his "green" one. I know his dad was proud of that considering they farm with "blue" tractors! :)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Ella's New Bike and Lauren Walking...

Lauren does this cheesy grin every time you get the camera out!

Our rock wall climber...

I made it!

Ella and my dad. Mom and Dad made the trip over this past Sunday to see the girls. They had a hard time getting home considering Hwy. 36 was closed between Hunnewell and Lakenan.

Me and Lauren.

Papa and Lauren.

Lauren walking on the street. I was worried she would fall, but she did fine.

Everyone "helping" Ella up the driveway.

Lauren checking things out...

Ella proud of her new Princess Bike!!! Chad wanted to get her a John Deere bike, but she wanted a pink princess bike. I think that will be the theme of her birthday party!

Riding down the street.

She did pretty good for the first time. Uphill is a little hard though. Hey, that's hard for me!

We had to remove the Princess bag and water bottle because Ella was too distracted by it. She is such a girl. She wanted to go get her bracelets and necklaces so she could put them in there. We told her she needed to learn how to ride her bike first!

The pretty princess and her new bike!

Lauren Ann Hummel is One!!

Taken yesterday (7/31) with my Big Sister, Ella!

See my little teeth!

I'm One!!!

11 months on Vacation!

10 1/2 months

10 months.

9 months.

8 months at Easter.

6.5 months

At Christmas with my sister. 5 months.

3.5 months in my Bumbo.

A Little Lady Bug almost 3 months.

2 months old.

On my Baptism in September.

Sleeping beauty.

My and my big sister in the hospital.

Lauren Ann Hummel. 7 pounds 4 ounces, 20 inches long. Born August 3, 2007 at 5:52 pm.