Archive for September, 2010


Go Aggies!

Tonight is the Aggies first Big 12 football game.  Of course, here in the Paquette household, that means we need to show our Aggie spirit and dress accordingly!  I’ve mentioned before how much I like dressing the kids in Aggie clothes.  Here are the girls new season shirts (with bows, socks,  and earrings too!)

seriously cute Aggie shirt!
who doesn’t love Hello Kitty?!

And we can’t forget Asher! He has been pretty sick this past week, so he isn’t looking so happy, but mama wants a picture, so here you go!

That’s How I Roll

The girls have lots of Aggie accessories, but Asher gets the shoes.  My mom bought him the cutest shoes! They are called Team Squeaks, and whenever he walks, the shoes ‘squeak’. Well, they are cute for a little while, then they can get a little annoying… 🙂

You will hear him coming!

friday night lights

Rilyn had the opportunity to cheer the Manor Mustangs football team as they ran onto the field during their homecoming game on Friday night.  Going to this game brought back many memories of when I was in high school!  Rilyn was mesmerized pretty much the whole night because this was her first high school football game which is pretty different from Aggie football games, (cheerleaders, homecoming king and queen, drill team, mums, garters…) I’m sure that going on the field and looking at the HUGE crowd cheering was pretty cool too!

We added a little Manor red to support the Mustangs!
Rilyn taking it all in before the team comes out!
Team is getting ready to run out!
All ready!
Football players running by! (Rilyn is in the middle of the picture.)
You can see Rilyn’s head in between football players running!
We won the game!

Dino Park

Today was Ella’s first field trip (she has 8 field trips this preschool year!)  They went to the Dino Park and I got to tag along!  (Love being a stay at home mom!)

Ella loved this T-Rex head!
I love her face in this one.  She’s thinking, “Guess I’m being eaten alive.”
Jake and Ella acting like T-Rexes
don’t remember what this little guy is called
Stegosaurus and Ella’s class
Jake and Ella (could pass for siblings don’t you think?)  So sweet.
our Ella Bella

busted up

I don’t know if Asher is just becoming a little boy and not a toddler anymore, but Asher is getting VERY WILD.  Running everywhere at full speed, not watching where he is going, hitting his sisters, head butting me while I’m trying to sleep in!  😉  On Sunday afternoon, Asher ran into the back of our couch nose first (although the frame is covered by fabric, it is still wood under there!) at full speed chasing a ball.  I didn’t see it, but I heard the thump and then I see his face with blood everywhere on it.  (His nose immediately started bleeding when he hit the couch and then he smeared it all over his face because he didn’t know what was happening.)  It took awhile, but we finally got him to calm down and stop touching his nose.  Then on Tuesday at preschool they tell me he walked into a pole hitting his nose again!  Ugh!  This boy is crazy!  Here are my best attempts at getting his bruised and swollen nose.  We think it’s not broken, but I’m told by Dr. daddy that I need to take him to peditrician on Friday if it’s still swollen.

I’m sure there will be many more boo boos with this Busta’ Man (our nickname for him since birth and now we know why!).  I remind myself, I’ve seen worse.  Anyone remember Rilyn’s forehead injury?  My poor babies!

bruise and swelling on his right side of his nose
the bruise

schlitterbahn in september

Water parks.  They are frustrating for a person like me.  Why?  Because I feel that it is an event with my kids that I MUST document with high quality pictures, however, a water park is not exactly the best place to bring my very nice camera and lenses.  So, I did take pictures today, (with my friend’s camera), but begrudgingly. I really wanted to get ‘the shot’ where the girls are flying down the slide in their tubes, but of course, I can’t.  So if we were near our locker, and I was in the mood, I got out the camera and took a few shots.  So what I’m trying to say is that I’m not super excited about these pictures.  😛

We thought today would be a good day to take the girls on their first trip to Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels. Today is the second to last day that the water park is open this year so I thought it wouldn’t be too crowded.  We had promised the girls to go this summer, (they had even been saving their chore money for tickets), and summer came and went so fast that before you know it, September was here and we were down to the last weekend it was open!  So we really were praying for good weather!   As I checked in the car halfway there this morning, it was slightly nervewrecking to read 95% chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.  We told the girls our game plan-go on as many slides in the morning as possible!  But after we bought the freaking expensive tickets, I decided we would battle the rainstorms and spend as long as possible there!  🙂  When we got there, the girls were excited and then Ella, after seeing the tube slides, quickly decided she was scared and wanted to go home.  You can see the fear in her face in this picture.

Ella is not so sure about this place!

We forced our girls to go on the tube slides (another drawback of uncompassionate parents), and the water was FREEZING! After all, it was an overcast day and it was only 80 degrees outside! Ella was not a fan of any of the tube slides. But we promised we would head to the kid section and then she relaxed a little.


James really wanted to do the Boogie Bahn ‘ride’ where you try to boogie board. He asked me if he looked like a Californian after the ride and I told him Californians don’t boogie board with their glasses on. 🙂

time to boogie
good thing I have my glasses on so I can see the water splashing in my eyes!

The lazy river was a hit especially when they found an alligator to ride on! James was having fun trying to tip them over!

My thoughts that Schlitterbahn wouldn’t be crowded were wrong. We waited on a slide that was labeled “high thrill” for an hour and a half and Ella fought us the whole time. She made up excuses, cried, made us hold her…but we didn’t budge. Remember, we have very little compassion. After the slide was done, she told us that was best slide ever. (Using lasers, they project a dragon head on a waterfall that is falling over you in a dark tube so it looks like the dragon is eating you.) It was Rilyn who was complaining how scared she was!

my freckled beauty

Then came the rain. It poured for like 30 minutes. We were COLD and WET. Not fun. But we walked to the last park (there are 3), to try and enjoy a couple more slides. The girls were done with slides though and we didn’t want to really wait in the long lines, so we opted for the kid area again. This park had a pirate ship.

Ella going down!

Rilyn took it upon herself to be the ‘slide lifeguard’ at the pirate ship area. For 20 minutes I saw her at the top of the slide making each child give her a ‘ticket’ (a high five) before they could go down the slide. She made them go one at a time and told them “No alcohol.” (I’m sure she said this because every time we went into a new park, they would check our cooler and say, no alcohol or glass bottles inside.)

Rilyn making the boy give her his ‘ticket’
Ella always looks so funny going down slides!

And finally, did you know Schlitterbahn has a mascot? Apparently, Schatze the dog represents!

Rilyn with Schatze

We decided at the end of the day (we stayed about 6ish hours), that we will go back in a couple of years. We want Asher to go with us next time and he needs to get older, and we want the girls to go on the slides because they want to and not because we are forcing them to!


the newest gap model

Rilyn came home from school today with a wiggly top front tooth.  She has lost four already and today she was GOING to get out number five (because her friends were over and she wanted everyone to see her tooth come out.)  🙂  I tried to get it out, but I told Rilyn after several wiggles that it wasn’t quite ready-maybe tomorrow.  She was determined though, since her friends, (younger and who have never lost any teeth) were staring at her wide-eyed.  I was pretty impressed.  She ate a granola bar, yanked on her tooth and pulled it out herself.  It was the bloodiest tooth yet, (because it really wasn’t ready to come out that minute!) but she was satisfied as everyone came over to look at her bloody tooth and missing gap.  Here is her new smile!

number 5

Thanks Super Why!

Well, at age 2 1/2, both my girls could sing the alphabet song pretty well.  They could also both speak in sentences!  Asher, well, you will see in the movie, he doesn’t quite have that down, BUT, at almost 2 1/2 he recognizes almost every letter in the alphabet!  Neither of my girls could do that!  So, no thanks to me, (he’s the third kid, what can I say?), but all thanks goes to Super Why! on PBS, one of his favorite shows.


I’m going to miss this.

This has been my mantra the past few weeks.  As a mother with young children, summer is a little too L-O-N-G.  I’m not going to lie and say I was sad when it was back to school time.  But, at the same time, I do want to treasure and remember that I won’t be a mother of young children for long.  As much as I don’t think so in the times of whining, drawing on my walls, tantruming, and sand on my floors, I AM going to miss this.  So, maybe this post is just for me today, but I choose to see these pictures as a joy rather than a burden because one day, far down the road, when I’m sending my daughters off to prom, sending my son off to Texas A&M ;-), or maybe sitting alone in a quiet house (which I’m doing right now-ALLELUIA!), I am going to miss this.

my living room on any given day (we call it ‘the pit’ these days)
my porch on any given day (there is about that much sand scattered throughout my

floors too if I were ever to sweep it up!)

My couch where Asher sits and eats his snacks.  Don’t worry, I’ll brush the crumbs off

before you come over to visit!

We’ve had a couple of these episodes lately.  Fortunately, Asher used chalk and not

sharpie markers.  So I made him clean it up with a wipe, (which hindsight might of

been too much fun for him and encourage him to do this again!)

And just for fun, I’m for sure going to miss this! (Because in a couple of years Asher won’t be caught dead playing with Prince Charming and Prince Eric! At least I hope so!)


first day of preK!

It was a GLORIOUS rainy morning today!!  We started a new season of life in the Paquette household and I am praising God for giving me just what I needed at the right time-rest, peace, quietness.  Today is the first day of preschool for Ella and Asher, (and the very first day of preschool EVER for Asher!)  It feels different sending your youngest (and last) off to preschool.  I’m much more anxious and nervous for Asher then I ever was for the girls.  It could be because of his personality or that he’s my baby-probably some of both.  As for me, Asher and I needed some breaks from each other during the week.  Actually, I think it’s safe to assume that Asher would of preferred me being at his beckon call and at his side ALL day, EVERY day, but I just don’t have the patience right now.  (So maybe I had a month long countdown going in my head until preschool started.)  🙂  Asher was crying when we left him, but that didn’t surprise me.  I am very interested to hear how his day went from his teacher.  Ella is a preschool pro, (this is her 4th year of preK!) and was very excited to go back!

ella- 4 1/2 years old
His Buzz backpack that is bigger than him.
New lunch kit from Grandma! and a little unsure of what

this preschool stuff is all about.

preschool buddies!

Ella and Asher are going to preschool with their best friends and Ella and Anna had to keep the tradition alive and dress alike on the first day. This is their 3rd year doing it!

At the donut store with their BFF shirts on!

Asher is going to preschool with Caden and Malachi. I figure might as well dress them alike too while they still don’t care, because I’m certain the boys will nix the matching outfits sooner than the girls!

Three little monkeys sitting on a bench!

Ella’s class is Miss Robin’s Rhinos!

And Asher’s class is Miss Brooke’s Bees.

Caden and Asher are both in the same class.  That could spell TROUBLE!


Rilyn cheered this morning for the Manor Falcons!  I was excited, of course, to get some shots of her in her uniform (oh, and to watch her cheer)!

view of the back of the uniforms
There are 10 girls on her flag cheer team, 2 were absent today
This was her face when my friend, Kim, told her how

good she was at cheering.  So happy!

little artsy shot
Rilyn is getting more flexible!  High kick!

My photography business!

September 2010