Friday, February 10, 2017


WE did it!  WE read all 30 Pinecone books for the school's reading program.  Go US!  This was a joint effort...of course!  But WE are so proud!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bitty Bombs at Great Wolf

Having a cheer competition at Kalahari, gives us a GREAT reason to take a day off and enjoy the waterpark.  The Hammerick's ALL took a family day and headed to Great Wolf Lodge early on Friday so we could make the most of our trip.  The kiddos enjoyed splashing, swimming, sliding and soaking at Great Wolf's waterpark all day Friday.  Allie was thrilled she was tall enough to ride on ALL the slides by herself and Ayden was brave enough to try them out with Mom and Dad...he could ride on a lot of little ones on his own.  The family favorite HAD to have been the big hot tub (it gets pretty cold going down those slides.  Story time with Violet and Brinkly were a hit too.


On Saturday, Allie competed for the first time this season.  Those Bitties were the cutest thing ever on the floor.  Sparkles and smiles all around.  They did pretty well for their first competition...a little work still to do before the next. 


They took 2nd place...not too bad.  Proud parents!!!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Tooth Fairy

As Allie was drinking her hot chocolate yesterday morning...her FIRST tooth FELL OUT!!  It feels like she's been waiting forever!!  She's been wiggling it and talking about it.  We were all ecstatic!
Allie put her tooth in her tooth pillow that has been hanging on her closet door for about 4 years now.  The binky fairy gave it to her when she hung her binky.  She left her tooth right by her fairy door and went to bed...too excited to sleep!

Sometime during the night, the tooth fairy made her very first visit to the Hammerick house.  She left Allie a special container to keep her first tooth in.  She also wrote a tiny little letter to Allie and gave her a receipt for her first tooth...and $10!  It won't be long before she picks up more and more of Allie's teeth...she already has another wiggly one!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Graduated again!  On to level 7. I can't believe it! We have ourselves a swimmer!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ayden's Baptism Birthday

Happy 3rd Baptism Birthday, buddy.  Today it was Ayden's special day as we celebration his acceptance in God's kingdom.  Goodies for his church bag and a special ice cream sundae.  Feeling blessed.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Another new year's eve celebrated at home with our traditional green punch and 12 grapes...reflecting on the past year and making wishes for the new year.  Allie said all her grapes were the next 12 months should be filled with good, happy moments.  I ate all of Ayden's grapes...his were all sweet as well.  This was the first year Allie could write in her New Year's book by herself...Ayden was able to make the "A" in his name...I did the rest.

We wrote our wishes on our balloons...but I FORGOT to take a photo of them (boo). Ayden's wish is to learn to pedal a tricycle this upcoming year.  Allie's wish is to achieve her back walkover.  Todd's wish is to obtain his commercial pilot's license and my wish is to have many more adventures and experiences together as a family.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy new year...and for all our and your wishes to come true.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Looking Back at 2016

As 2016 comes to a close...the Hammerick's are feeling HAPPY, PROUD, and THANKFUL!  Here are some of our most memorable moments from this past year.


Allie ice skated for the first time and learned very quickly!


The Hammeick's went to Great Wolf Lodge...

...for Allie's first cheer competition of the season.


 Allie ran her first Girl Scout cookie business and sold over 300 boxes of cookies!

The Hammerick's got their very first pets...FISH (Shimmer and Starlight)...


...Allie completed her first year of Lego League with her team, The Recycle Friends...

...and we took a cruise to St. Maarten, Haiti, and the Virgin Islands (Allie's 5th and Ayden's 3rd).


Todd took the family for our first flight together..
...and the kiddos saw their first Tiger's game at Comerica Park.
Ayden graduated from Lynnie's Place...
...and we drove out east to Philadelphia and to visit Sesame Place.
 Both the Hammerick kiddos achieved their wishes for 2016. 

Ayden officially became a big boy by hanging up his binkie, learning to use the potty, and sleeping in a big boy bed all within a couple weeks of each other...
...and Allie learned to ride a two-wheeler!
Fairy doors magically appeared in our house...
...and Todd and I celebrated our 15 year anniversary with our first trip away from the kids to Utah.

Allie started kindergarten and Ayden started preschool...
...and Ayden turned THREE!

(Just a lot of fall activities, but nothing extraordinary)


Allie turned SIX...

...and no one cried for Santa's photo this year!