Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Just a Boy and His Sophie

Does it get any sweeter than this?  I don't think so.

Ok, maybe this.

Or this.

Last Day of School

I'm rediculously late on this one, but Madeline had her last day of school at the end of May. 
I wanted to get a cute picture to compare it to her first day of school picture, but this is all I got.  She was in quite the mood that morning (and my camera wasn't cooperating. ugh.)

August 2011

May 2012

She was much happier once she saw her friend Samantha at school!

Movin' on Up: Big Girl Bed and Rice Cereal

Three weeks ago we moved Madeline into her big girl bed.  She has exceeded our expectations, and has been sleeping better than she slept in her crib.  During naps and at night she'll fall asleep on her own, and has only climbed out a few times when she's not supposed to.  It took her a week to figure out that it was ok for her to climb out of bed on her own when she wakes up.  She will still sit at the top of the stairs and wait for us to come get her, or go play in the gameroom.  This also means Andrew now has a crib in his room...woo hoo! 

Last night in the crib!

Fake sleeping

First night in the big girl bed!

On Father's Day we gave Andrew rice cereal for the first time.  He likes it, he's just not quite sure how to eat it yet.  Most of it ends up on the bib, but I'm sure he'll be a pro in no time!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

If You Give a Mom a Muffin

This is so true and happens to me about 10 times a day.  Here's a good laugh for all of you mommies out there!

If You Give a Mom a Muffin
By Beth Brubaker

If you give a mom a muffin,
she'll want a cup of coffee to go with it.
She'll pour herself some.
Her three year-old will come and spill the coffee.
Mom will wipe it up.
Wiping the floor, she will find dirty socks.
She'll remember she has to do laundry.
When she puts the laundry into the washer,
she'll trip over shoes and bump into the freezer.
Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan supper.
She will get out a pound of hamburger.
She'll look for her cookbook
(How to Make 101 Things With a Pound of Hamburger.)
The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail.
She will see the phone bill, which is due tomorrow.
She will look for her checkbook.
The checkbook is in her purse,
which is being dumped out by her two year-old.
Then she'll smell something funny.
She'll change the two year-old.
While she is changing the two year-old, the phone will ring.
Her five year-old will answer and hang up.
She'll remember she was supposed to phone a friend
to come over for coffee.
Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup.
She will pour herself some more.
And chances are,
if she has a cup a coffee,
her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Father's Day

We had a nice Father's Day weekend.  Jon's one request was to go to the beach, so on Saturday we drove down to Surfside with Maria and Ben.  There was quite a bit of seaweed, but we still had fun!

On Sunday the kids slept until 7:15...a present in itself!  We got Jon some clothes, a membership to a Beer of the Month Club, and a stepping stone with the kids' handprints to put in our garden.  After presents we drove to Bryan for the day.  Madeline got to do two of her favorite activities: see the cows and bake cookies. 

This picture was reenacted, but she made this exact face and pose and said, "I love baking cookies."  Eyes closed and all...so dramatic!

Father's Day 2012

With Papa K

Paw Paw came over for lunch and we were able to take a generation pic.  Both kids now have 4 sets (2 from each side) of four generation pictures.  What a blessing!

We headed back to Houston, played outside and Jon put the kids to bed.  When I met Jon I knew he would one day be a great father.  Our kids just adore him and I feel so lucky to be going through this parenting journey together!

Happy 5 Months Andrew!

In case you're wondering, yes, his hair has a reddish tint.  I promise he (and his bleach blonde headed sister) are both mine.  Trust me, I birthed them.  Their father obviously has the dominant gene when it comes to hair color.  Jon was born a red head and has red facial hair.  I was blonde until age 3 and he was blonde until middle school.  I am SO over people asking me where they get their hair color, but I guess I can't blame them considering my hair would blend in with a sharpie.
  • He weighs 17.5 lbs and is 26.5 inches long (from my best at home measurements)
  • He's wearing a size 3 diaper and 6 month/ 6-9 month clothes
  • He eats every 2.5-3 hours during the day
  • He sleeps from 8:30 pm - 6:45 am in his miracle blanket (he loves that thing).  I usually have to put his paci in his mouth a few times a night, which is why he's still sleeping in our room at night.  At least that's the excuse I use. :)
  • He naps around 8:15 am for an hour, cat naps while we are out and about in the late morning, naps from 1pm - 2:30 pm, and then usually from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. 
  • We gave him rice cereal for the first time a few nights ago, and he loves it!
  • This might be TMI, but whatever.  Almost every early morning at 4 am, he'll start lifting his legs together in the air and throwing them down in his sleep, so we'll hear "boom. boom. boom."  This lasts from 5-30 minutes and always ends in him passing lots of gas or pooping and he never wakes up.  Something only a mother can find entertaining.
  • Andrew found his voice this month and is not afraid to use it!  I love the little high pitched squeal he makes when he's happy or hungry
  • He scoots around on his back all over his playmat in full circles
  • He found his feet and likes to hold them
  • He likes to stand while we're holding his hands
  •  He can roll from his back to his tummy
  • His new favorite toy is the Fisher Price Jumperoo.  He gets so mesmerized by all the toys on it and loves to jump.  When the music stops playing he'll squeal until I turn it back on. 
  • I'm convinced there is not a sweeter baby on the face of this earth.  He is so happy and will let anyone hold him.  He is such a flirt and loves to smile!  I wish I could bottle this age up and keep it forever!


We were busy last month celebrating 3 very important graduations: Maria from University of Houston, Mark from Texas A&M and Aimee from Clear Creek HS.  We also had two parties celebrating the graduations, so prepare yourself for picture overload.

Maria Graduates from U of H
Maria graduated from the University of Houston, with a major in Sports Administration and a minor in Health. We were so very proud of her....not going to lie, I might have shed a few tears. That stinkin' song they play as graduates are walking in gets me every time. After a 45 minute (!) entrance, every person that spoke had good things to say.   Maria got a job working for MediFit, a company that manages the workout facilities and wellness centers at corporate offices.  She's at the Shell office off of Westpark, teaches multiple fitness classes and does personal training.

Diploma time!

On the big screen, getting her diploma

Thank you to Jon for watching our kids so I could enjoy the graduation in peace. :)

Louisiana fam: Aunt JuJu, Pistol Pete, Aunt Peggy and Uncle Mac

After graduation we ate at Mia Bella, a cute Italian restaurant in downtown Houston. 

Generation pic with Paw Paw Pistol Pete

The girls (Maddie was not interested)

Mark's Graduation from Texas A&M
Little Marky was the 5th and final Kleckley boy to graduate from Texas A&M!  He majored in Management and will be working for Cap Gemini doing HR consulting.  In true Mark Kleckley fashion, he had to go out in style: he was selected to say the Invocation at graduation, and got to sit on the stage. 

Mark's graduation was followed by a party at the Kleckley house.  Ben and Luke decided they would help me out with Andrew...

Granny made cookies with everyone's Texas A&M class year on it!

Enjoying the beautiful weather...

The following weekend my parents hosted a graduation party for both sisters.  The girls requested crawfish, gumbo and jambalaya...yum!

The grads and the parents

Maria and her best friends, Jamie and Emily, showing their college pride

Doesn't everyone 2nd Line to the Mardi Gras Mambo at their parties?  Oh, that's just us.

What about dancing The Wobble in the garage with your parents?  Anyone?  Guess that's just us, too. We're cool like that.

To conclude the month of graduation festivities, Aimee graduated from Clear Creek High School on May 31st.

Aimee was a class officer, so she was asked to sit on stage and say the Invocation.

The graduate with Grandma and Grandpa

A BIG congratulations to my parents for graduating 4th and final child through school! 

And that, my friends, concludes our graduation marathon. :)