Wednesday, November 30, 2011


We welcomed Ryder Norman Yates on 11-11-11, at 7:59 a.m.  He weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces and was 19.25 inches long.  He is absolutely perfect!  We are so in LOVE!

His big brother, Parker, is adjusting pretty well.  He hasn't quite figured out that his little brother can't do everything he can do.  For instance, the other day, he wanted to give his baby brother an underdog in his baby swing :)  Parker got Ryder an elephant stuffed animal (a newer version of the one he has) and he wants to make sure Ryder has it near him at all times.  He's a very good, loving big brother!

Happy Family of 4

The Proud Big Brother

Happy Champagne Thursday!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

It's Par-Tee Time!

We celebrated Parker's 3rd birthday with a fun Golf theme.  He loves to go to the golf course with his dad or hit balls in the back yard, so I thought it would be a fun theme.  And thanks to his Uncle Marcus, he has real set of golf clubs, that he got for his birthday last year.  

The Invitation

I had a lot of fun with the decorations.  I bought a few green and white planters and grew some wheat grass, (which grows super fast by the way) and made some flags to stick inside.  I filled vases with golf balls and tees and added some ribbon around the vases.  We had a "Guess the Number of Tee's" game.  The number of tees in the vase was 151 and my Great Aunt won with a guess of 150.  I made a "Happy Birthday Parker" banner with some fun scrapbook paper. I scattered golf tees around the food tables.  We also had a mini putting green set up in the living room with some plastic kid clubs.

We had some fun golf related foods:
Build Your Own Club Sandwiches
Chip Shots - Chips
Hole-in-Ones - White Powdered Doughnut Holes
Sand Traps - Rice Krispie Treats
The Watering Hole - Drink Table with water and lemonade
Arnold Palmers - 1/2 Lemonade & 1/2 Ice Tea
And few other items including: m&m's (dark green, light green & white), fruits, veggies & a cheese tray.

For the cupcakes, I found a frosting applicator that made frosting look like grass and then added golf tees, golf flags (which I made from scrapbook paper & sucker sticks) and mini golf balls.  The "golf balls" were white sixlets that I found at a candy store.  

So many presents!

Make a wish!

Skyping with Aunt Lisa while opening the presents she sent

Opening Presents

The Birthday Boy

I had every intention of getting more pictures, but unfortunately ran out of time.  I'll have to check out what pictures my mom got.

Happy Champagne Thursday!


Thursday, November 3, 2011


Parker had so much fun trick-or-treating this year!  I was a little worried, because last year he only made it to one house and this year he didn't really want to try on his costume before Halloween, so I wasn't sure how he was going to do.  He loved it!  Huge success!  After leaving each house, he would yell "got some" and "next one," it was pretty cute!

Here's my cute little shark

Trying to take a bite out of his baby brother

Daddy and Parker

Our Pumpkins

P for Parker
3 for birthday # 3


Parker and Thatcher trick-or-treating


Enjoying a sucker after we got home from trick-or-treating

Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!

Happy Champagne Thursday!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy 3rd Birthday, Parker!

It's hard to believe this little guy is turning 3 today!

Enjoying a special birthday cinnamon roll for breakfast this morning.

I hope you enjoy your special day!  You have brought so much joy and love into our lives!
Happy Birthday, Parker!