Thursday, August 25, 2011

Trynlee's Newborn Photoshoot

Trynlee is over a month old now! She is so much fun. She has been a pretty good sleeper, getting up once or twice a night and taking several good naps during the day. She takes a pacifier and a bottle! Yay for us!! She loves sitting in her bouncer, and swing. She also loves constantly being held by her sister and brother ;) They really love her. A week or so ago Trynlee was crying (screaming), and I mentioned to the kids to try singing to her. So Shayd and Zander started singing a song they were making up as they went. It was the sweetest thing! And guess what...It worked! Not only did she calm down but she fell asleep and took a pretty long nap. I love my cute little family! We are so blessed!
A Friend of mine came over this week and took these pictures of Trynlee. She is amazing! Thanks Nikki! They turned out so cute!

Monday, August 22, 2011

More Trynlee Pictures

We took these pictures the day after we got home from the hospital. She was still less than a week old. She is a very sweet baby!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Trynlee Eden Bell

Here she is! Our sweet girl was born on July 20th at 3:26pm. For the most part labor went well. Trynlee had a hard time keeping her heart rate up, but luckily the nurses knew exactly what they were doing. They put me on my side, and had me on oxygen, and most importantly kept me calm! I didn't realize how concerned they were until after Trynlee was born. She weighed 6lbs. 5 oz. and was 20 in. long.

The kids were so excited to meet her! They love holding her and helping with her! Shayden still can't get enough of her. Trynlee is a lucky girl to have so many people who love her.
My mom was able to be there for the birth thanks to a good friend that kept the kids for a few hours. Hillary, Emily, and Erin came to visit our sweet baby.

Our nurse/friend Deanna was with us when Shayden was born and took care of us after Trynlee was born. It was fun to have a familiar face in the hospital with us!
My most favorite "Things"!!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


I had the Amazing opportunity to tag along on Kristin, Randy, and Alyssa's vacation to Orlando. Thanks to Kimmy, (who kept the kids while Clif was working) I was kid free for almost a week! We started our vacation off with a stop at Krispy Kreme for doughnuts. We checked in to our condo and headed to Shades of Green (a military hotel where we got an amazing discount on Disney World tickets!). We got a good night sleep and after a brief (or not so brief) sales presentation, we were on our way to Animal Kingdom. The Condo we stayed in was gorgeous!!! Thanks Mom and Dad Bell!
Animal Kingdom started a little slow, but once we saw the "Bugs Life" show, and ate our PB&J sandwiches, our energy levels picked up! Some of our favorite things at Animal Kingdom were, the "Bugs Life", "Finding Nemo", and "Lion King" shows, along with the rides, Expedition Everest, and my personal favorite...The dinosaur ride! There was also a raft water ride, which didn't soak us nearly as much as the sudden down pour. It must be Monsoon season in Florida! Even though it rained every single day, we did not give in and become Poncho People!
After our fun-filled day at Animal Kingdom, (and thanks to our park hopper pass) we headed to the Magic Kingdom to catch some of the night shows. We went on the Haunted Mansion ride and rode Splash Mountain twice. We saw part of the fireworks show, and ended the night with The Light Parade. Day 1 was pretty much perfect!

We got up bright and early for day 2, and headed out to The Magic Kingdom. Thanks to Disney's Past Pass we were able to schedule rides and shows and do everything we wanted to. We rode "Pirates of the Caribbean", "Snow White", "Peter Pan", "Thunder Mountain", "Space Mountain", and our favorite, "Splash Mountain." We watched "Disney's Philharmagic" in 3D, and a really cool "Monster's Inc." comedy show, and saw the Firework show again! We also had a blast at Disney's Dance Party!
Every morning before we left the condo we filled our packs full of ice water, and packed Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches, and carrots to have for lunch. We had a pretty good routine down!

Disney World really is the Happiest Place on Earth, and truly Magical!

Day 3 was at Universal Studios. We got completely soaked on the water rides, and not just because of the ride! It rained on us while we were riding "Jurassic Park" and soaked us again. I think we spent more time wet than dry! We rode "Spiderman"(a 3D ride), and "The Hulk" (a crazy fast roller coaster).

Probably the highlight of our day, and maybe even our trip was Harry Potter land. It wasn't actually called that.
It was pretty impressive, and even after an hour in line, the ride was worth the wait!!!

Day 4 was spent at Epcot. There were several rides and shows that were fun, and some rides and shows that were not, (I didn't realize Disney was so political) but the best part of that park was visiting the many different countries!

We ate a snack at most of the countries we visited, and enjoyed exploring other cultures!

We watched Epcot's Fireworks and Light show, and then hurried back to catch Magic Kingdom's fireworks for the last time. I was actually a little sad to leave knowing it was our last night at Disney!

Day 5 was at Seaworld, and one of my favorite days! We saw a sea lion and walrus show, the Shamu show, a dolphin show, a pet show, and an acrobatic show. My favorite shows were the Shamu Rocks night show and the night sea lion show where they made fun of all the other Seaworld shows. I don't think I have ever laughed that hard! We also had an ongoing water fight!

The scariest roller coaster I have ever been on was at Seaworld. It is called Manta, and we pretty much flew through the air Super-Man style. I was screaming so loud my throat hurt!
We found another dance party and totally rocked Seaworld, then watched another a-m-a-zing fireworks show! It was a great way to end a GREAT week.

I was sad to leave Orlando and Kris, Randy, and Alyssa, but I was very happy to get back to my THINGS! And believe it or not...they actually missed me! I have the most amazing husband in the world who let me leave for a week and go on vacation with out him. Thanks Clif for letting me go!
Thanks Kimmy for watching my kiddos while I was gone (boy did she earn her money!)
Thanks Randy, Kris, and Lys for letting me crash your vacation!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Father's Day

I realize this post is late, but I am trying to catch up. Happy Father's Day to the wonderful father of my kiddos!! This year for Father's Day I let Zander make all the decisions. He decided to get daddy a Wii game that he (Zander) had been wanting. Super Mario Galaxy 2. He decided to make daddy biscuits and gravy for dinner. I have no idea where that came from! And he decided that he wanted to make daddy a cookie cake. So, we made the cookie cake and Zander decorated it. Can ya tell? We had a blast and even let Clif watch whatever he wanted on TV that day. It was fun seeing Zander be creative and decisive. He also gave Clif a card he made and a few treats he had picked out at the store.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Zander is an Entrepreneur!

Zander decided that he wants a Nintendo DS (a lot of his friends have them). We talked about maybe being really good and asking for one for his Birthday in June, but he says he needs it sooner so he can play it on the bus. He asked how much a DS would cost and decided to try to earn his own money to buy one. The first day he took out all the garbage and was really bummed when he only got one dollar for 15 minutes of work. We thought that for a 5 year old four dollars an hour is a pretty good deal. I used to get one dollar for cleaning the whole kitchen everyday for a week! The next morning I walk into my room and found him making our bed. I thought "wow, that was sweet"... and then he informed me that I had to pay him for it. I laughed for a minute, then what did I do? I paid him! We were pretty impressed that he took initiative and went out looking for work. Here is what it looked like after Zander made it, and below is what it usually looks like. He was not too far off! He is such a fun kid!!