The McBride's

The McBride's

Sunday, May 30, 2010


Thursday was Lexi's last day of pre-school. I can't believe she is going to be in all day KINDERGARTEN next year! It makes me a little sad that she will be gone so long. If I thought I could home school her I think I would just to keep her home with me! I know Ryan is going to miss her too. Whevever she is at school Ryan tends to look a little lost. I usually let Ryan have her t.v. time during that period to try to help her not feel so bored. It's amazing the difference between a first and second child.

I have mixed feelings about pre-school "graduation." I know most pre-schools do it and I, honestly, think it's a little silly. I can understand kindergarten b/c they say it's such an important year of school but to me pre-k for Lex was just getting her adjusted to the school setting. Now having said that when I got the invite for hers I wasn't going to miss it for the world! It was actually perfect. Very low key. Just some parents and the teachers and kids. They were even dressed in their swimsuits b/c the last day of school was a water day. I really liked Lexi's pre-school teacher and although she was already doing well with letters, numbers, and colors she still learned a lot about animals, insects, the President, nursery rhymes, etc. She had to tell Trav what she learned everyday in school for one of her "chores" and it was great to listen to my little sponge! So here is my baby on her pre-school graduation day. Wow time is flying.

Listening to Ms. Stafford talk about the class.

Her teacher giving her her diploma. She also said a little bit about each child as she handed it to them.

Singing a couple songs at the end. One of the parents commented about how Alexis really knows how to pose for the camera. HAHA I guess that happens when you have a mom OBSESSED with taking pictures of her kids.

Saturday, May 29, 2010


We signed Alexis up for a dance camp this summer so I was going through the girls stuff to see if we still had dance stuff that would fit her. I found one for her and Ryan and they really wanted to wear it right then. So, of course, I was happy to oblige. I love having sisters so much. They loved getting dressed up, posing for the camera, and dancing away! :)

Friday, May 28, 2010


I have been looking forward to Theresa's visit since she left after driving across country with us back in November! I couldn't wait to meet her new baby Konnor!! (*side story* Konnor is named after Theresa's mom and I think the name is adorable. Alexis has told me multiple times, "mommy Konnor is a BOY'S name!" I ask her about Ryan and she says no that a girls name. HAHA I just think it's hilarious that she thinks Konnor is totally a boy's name but Ryan is not.) Anyways, Konnor is such a SWEETHEART. Very easy going even with Ryan laying on top of her trying to give her hugs she was happy as could be. We enjoyed our time even if it was way too short. We spent our time hanging out and being in the pool as much as possible (it's really gotten warm here and I am LOVING it!) Like normal we took a ton of pics but NONE of Theresa and I...

Look at that face!


Playing in the pool!

After playing pretty pretty princess.

I just LOVE her!

We love our new friend Konnor!

Thursday, May 27, 2010


When I was younger I LOVED field days! After talking to a lot of my friends most poeple love field days so I was excited when I got the note saying Lexi would get to participate in their field day this year. Theresa was here (more on that in a later post! :) ) and we decided to go say hi and see how it was going (and get pics but thank goodness Theresa was there b/c I forgot my camera!) Alexis said she had a lot of fun and I enjoyed watching her. My baby isn't so little anymore...

Snack and Water break

Waiting in line and always the sweet big sister letting Ryan sit on her lap.

Ryan trying out the hula hoop.

Lexi and her GA bff (HAHA!) doing situps.

T's turn for the hula hoop! I love having her here she is always willing to participate in whatever my girls are doing!


What Konnor and I were doing! :) I guess this is Konnor's debut on my blog. Isn't she ADORABLE!!!!


Loved the videos of the girls trying the hulahoops. Lex can really shake her hips!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Some friends of ours invited us to a bbq for his birthday and they had a pinata for the kids. Since it was Ryan's first pinata I had to post a blog!! They thought it was awesome to beat it with a bat and they didn't even realize the candy that was going to be coming! :)

Ry's turn

Lexi's turn

Getting all the candy!!

Fun friends. Yep it's a lot of boys! :) Quite a change for us from all the girls in Baumholder. They don't seem to mind.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


When I heard TWO months ago that Disney On Ice was coming to Columbus I knew we would be there. I'm hoping while we're living in GA we can get to Disney World but for now this will have to suffice. The girls absolutely LOVED it. Everything that came out was exciting. Ryan seemed to not be able to stop dancing and Lexi couldn't stop smiling. I love making my girls smile and today was all about smiles!!!!

Mommy and Ryan
Daddy and Alexis
Micky Mouse ears. When we went to the bathroom and intermission Lex saw herself in the mirror and said, "oh HI Micky Mouse how ARE you?!"

Ryan's turn to cheese it up.

Covering Ry up with the ears.

Enjoying the show AND the popcorn.

And b/c the Holtgrewe's would have been with us if we were still all together this picture of Princess Tianna is for Anya.

And a little far but Lilo and Stitch for Eric!:)

A few videos of the excitement. This was both of them through the ENTIRE show. **WARNING** Turn your volume down before playing it is LOUD!

Saturday, May 15, 2010


I know I've been posting a lot of these video clips. Mostly b/c I just figured out how to but also I just think my kids are adorable. :) Alexis taught Ryan that my name is Monica so now she she thinks it's hilarious to call me momica. She's such a comedian! :)

Friday, May 14, 2010


What can I say? She hears the music and she has to dance! :) Ryan has been really into little people which is great since we have so much little people stuff from Alexis! :)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


The quality of these is not great b/c it was with my phone AND it will only record 30 seconds at a time. I still wanted to share. You may have to turn your volume WAY up to hear! :)

Is she too young to have Justin Bieber fever? HAHA Not really but when she heard this song playing she ran in and said mommy I know that song! Then got her dance on! :)

These are a couple of her reading. It's hard to tell how well she's doing with only 30 seconds at a time but I'm pretty proud of her. My favorite is when she tells me she needs to stop b/c it's a period. Usually we stop at the periods and talk about what she just read. I can't believe she's starting kindergarten in just a few months!!

Saturday, May 8, 2010


I know I haven't posted anything new and that's b/c I just haven't been taking many pictures. We've been just hanging out enjoying some downtime after MONTHS of craziness! :) Alexis had her last soccer game last weekend and she got her FIRST goal of the season. She was so proud of herself and we were so proud of her. She had her end of the season party and got her first trophy. We really enjoyed having her play soccer and she is excited for the fall to play again. Over the summer she is going to do a dance camp and her and Ryan are signed up for swimming lessons. We are looking forward to the pools opening around here b/c it's already hit the 90's and I'm LOVING it. I will probably hate it by the end of the summer but it's been quite a while since I've been in 90 degree weather for more than 2 consecutive days. I hope all the mama's have a wonderful Mother's Day tomorrow. Here are just few pics...

PRoud of her trophy.

That's her coach in the blue shirt and this is right after she gave her the trophy.

Enjoying her party with a few of her teammates (Jack, Seamus, Olivia, Camryn, Alexis, and Ryan, had to have some too!)

This is just random. We went to an 80's party and this is what Trav wore but Ryan had to try it on. ROCK ON!