Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Help

Not only does he sweep...


...and cook.

But he now does LAUNDRY TOO!


Friday, September 25, 2015

FunD Run

Today, Allie (and I) ran to raise money for our school!  I was lucky enough to see my Allie before she ran her 6 minutes with her class.  I only got to stay for the stretching because I had to pick up my class from music...BUT...Todd filled in and cheered our Allie girl on!

Mrs. Bairski's class is all pumped and ready to run for some FUNDS! 
Go Allie!  Look at our girl go! 

Allie ran a few short laps before her (and a handful of others) tripped and fell on the cement.  OUCH!  There were a lot of tears from those little ones.  Todd bribed Allie with a "special dinner" if she got back out there and ran one more lap...and she did!  Bloody knees and all...poor thing.  Our girl is gaining some determination.  We're all proud of you, Allie!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Apple Picking

Apple picking is a must do in Michigan each and every fall!   Lucky for us, today was a day off from school...a day off to enjoy the cider mill. 

Allie and Ayden each strolled through the apple trees with their personal apple picking bags. We helped each other pluck of a few golden delicious and some other red scrumptious apples. It didn't take too long before our bags were filled. Ayden ate his way through the orchard. 



We couldn't leave without taking our yearly photo next to the famous apple sign!  Look HOW TALL THIS FALL!!!  These two sure have sprouted up!
Allie's fave this year...Apple cider slushy!  Ayden was content with his plain 'ol apples. 

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Happy 2nd Birthday Party, Ayden!

Happy Birthday Party to this little pup!  Ayden absolutely LOVES dogs!  He points, smiles, and yells, "DOGGIE!" every time he sees a dog walking in our neighborhood, out the car window, or even on TV!  He loves, loves, loves dogs...so naturally, he loves CLIFFORD!

Ayden was DOGGONE cute in his Clifford shirt and party hat!  He even let me put it on him for some photos...and smiled!  Yahoo!  He really is 2!  BIG sissy, Allie, matched her little bro with a super cute Clifford dress too!


I got to work making all of Ayden's decorations at the beginning of summer...I knew once August came around, I would be busy, busy with school.  His decorations came out oh, so cute!  Red, black, yellow and blue TWO! Lots of Clifford's, bones and paw prints filled our house.

Ayden served his little pups...pup-eroni pizza, hot dogs, pup-corn, paw-sta salad, fruit kibble, doggone good grapes, puppy chow (chips and Doritos), and pup-cakes and ice cream. 

Ayden's party guests had fun making a Clifford craft and coloring, reading lots of Clifford books, and playing in the yard with all his doggone fun toys!

Time for LUNCH!  Yum!  Yum!  Ayden was the first one to start eating and the last one at the table...he LOVES his munchies.

Happy Birthday singing time!  Ayden was all about his singing, cupcake and candles.  He even wore his hat...AGAIN!  What a good boy!  He smiled and blew out his candles successfully!  Then, gobbled up his PUP-CAKE!

Time for gifts!  He dove right in and opened up ALL his gifts.  He had a few helpers, but he loved ripping off the paper and seeing all his new toys...and his BIG sissy was hoping he would share with her.

Thanks everyone for coming to my BIG birthday party!  I loved my pup-cakes and seeing all my friends and family.  Thanks for the super fun gifts!!  I love everything!  I will enjoy reading my Clifford Birthday book in the years to come and will think of my friends and family when I read your messages.


Happy BIG Birthday, Ayden!  We can't believe you are TWO.  I just love giving you a one-of-a-kind birthday party year after year.  I look forward to our two-year-old adventures to come this year.  Happy 2nd Birthday!  We love you!

Ayden is 24 Months

Today marks the day of our very last Sticky Bellies photo shoot for the Hammerick family.  This handsome guy has been our Sticky Bellies model from the moment he was born, having his first photo in the hospital room in which he was born.  Ayden has cooperated very well for all of his photos.  He would sit when asked.  Thanks to Allie jumping around behind me, making silly faces and noises, Ayden would smile and giggle when I pointed the camera his way.  Towards the end, Ayden would voice his preference where we took his photos...he usually wanted to go across the street to the benches for his shoot.  We've been having our photo sessions for 2 YEARS...24 MONTHS!  I'm a little teary-eyed knowing that this was the last time I would peel that monthly sticker off my baby boy's shirt to add to his baby book.  My how Ayden has grown!

At 2 years old (or 24 months in Sticky Bellies time) Ayden is silly, happy and loving.  He enjoys playing with cars, puzzles, anything in the kitchen cabinets and dishwasher, and he loves to go outside.  Ayden is shy when he meets new people.  He loves to read books and sing.  Ayden likes to eat mac 'n cheese, smoothies, ice cream, noodles, Gogurt, watermelon, and apple juice.  Ayden continues to go to bed well and sleep through the night.  He usually wakes up between 6:00-7:00 am.  Ayden loves his sister and always wants to play with her and be with her.  Ayden uses his manners and will say please when asking for something.

Ayden wore his "Birthday Boy" shirt to daycare to celebrate his birthday on Friday...it still fit him after a whole year!  Here's one-year-old and two-year-old Ayden!  Ayden brought freeze pops for all his day care friends to help him celebrate. 

My Dearest Ayden...you bring us so much joy everyday.  We love you so much and enjoy each and every day with our silly, curious, kind-hearted, and sweet big boy.  We look forward to watching you grow into an even bigger boy.  We love you!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

First Day of Pre-K

Allie was as excited as ever to go to school this year...she was mostly so excited because she was going with her momma! 

SCHOOL: Gretchko Elementary
TEACHER: Mrs. Bairski

Allie went to school with her new Hello Kitty backpack, matching lunchbox, snack bag, and water bottle.  She hugged me goodbye with a smile and set off for her first day of a great school year...and no tears!  Hooray!

Thanks Mrs. Bairski for taking such good care of our Allie girl...she loves you already!

However...poor Ayden did not share the same excitement as Allie.  He cried and cried all morning after Allie and I dropped him at Lynnie's.  Hopefully by next week he won't start crying as soon as we turn into her subdivision.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Back to School Breakfast 2015

My little caterpillar is venturing off to school this year...hungry for learning!  I have confidence she will blossom into a beautiful butterfly!

BACK TO SCHOOL BREAKFAST this labor day was Hungry Caterpillar style.  Lots of fun new goodies to help this little worm, inch her way through the school year.


Allie was excited (of course) and couldn't wait to open her present.  Lots of hungry caterpillar goodies...a book, pencil, eraser, notepad, workbook, stickers and felt story cutouts to use to tell this beloved story.  How cute?!?!

Allie got to work right away practicing writing her letters while she "ate through 7 grapes" of her breakfast caterpillar.  Happy last day of summer and BACK TO SCHOOL!  May this be the best school year yet!