Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Real life cowboy...

Just like every other sport, there is an end of the year Award Ceremony for the Junior Rodeos. All of the little cowboys got together for a ceremony where they all received awards for the past season. We have never been a part of this, so we weren't sure what to expect. All we knew was that Gage would get SOMETHING. They called each kid, by name, up to the stage. I'll never forget how excited he was to hear his own name. I'm not sure he expected that! His first award was a saddle blanket. He was able to pick his color and couldn't have been more proud of his first Rodeo Award!
Each child also earned a water bucket and a t-shirt with their name on it. Here he is getting his bucket!
I am sure you remember these three monkeys from a couple posts ago. These are Gage's best buds! They LOVE each other so much and play so well together. Gage and Joe (middle kid) go to preschool together as well. They fight like brothers, but they love each other so much! This is all the boys in their trophy jackets. They have their name on them and they acted as if they were given a million dollars!
I am so proud of Gage for competing and completing his first year of Junior Rodeos. I look forward to many more years to come. This is something I always hoped my kids would share my love for!
Doesn't he look so handsome? I'm so proud to be his Mom!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Gage's 4th Birthday

On February 27th, Gage turned 4 years old. It's hard to believe it has been that long since he came into our lives. If you know Gage at all, you know that he is COWBOY TO THE CORE! That being said, it should come as no surprise that we celebrated his birthday at his Junior Rodeo. During the Winter, we had them a couple weekends a month and one of them happened to fall on his birthday.

We celebrated the special occasion with Sam's Club cupcakes...YUMMO!!! If you haven't had them, they're a MUST!!
Gage blew out his candle and opened some gifts just in time to ride his sheep!
I'm sure some of you are thinking this is CRAZY! I grew up in the Rodeo scene. It has always been a part of my life. I have always hoped that one of my children would love it, but honestly, I never dreamed sheep riding would be in my future. But...this life is known to throw a curveball or two.  I want you all to know that I don't love it that much. It makes me a nervous wreck EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. But, Gage loves it, so I guess I'll just keep pretending I do. He's bound to grow out this crazy sport, right?

Gage's best buds ride sheep as well. These three are as thick as thieves during rodeo season. They're each others biggest fans!

When they are finished with their ride, they always compare "sheep fur". They compare the amount of wool they pull from the sheep during their ride. I'm not sure why they decided to do this, but...they do! I think this was Gage's favorite birthday "gift". He got a ton of wool stuck in his new spur that day!

Happy Birthday, Gager Man!! We love you more than you'll ever know!!


Emerson is ONE!!

Since I took such a long break from blogging, I want to take a few days to play "catch up". From the beginning, my reason for blogging was to have somewhat of a scrapbook of our lives. When life gets crazy, it is easy to forget things. Important things.

I want to start with Emerson's First Birthday. Instead of the typical over-the-top cake, we decided on cupcakes. I wanted something different this time around. I was thrilled with the way the cake turned out and I have Heather McCray York to thank for that! Heather, if you're ready this...we LOVED it!!
Both of my kids LOVE sweets, so watching them tear into their cakes was fun for everyone! Emerson enjoyed hers, but certainly not as much as her brother. She's such a typical little girl ;)
My kids are so BLESSED with family that adores them. As the only babies on my Dad's side and 2 of 3 on my Mom's, they are spoiled rotten! 
The party was TONS of fun and we can't thank everyone enough for sharing the day with us!
Happy 1st Birthday, sweet girl! We love you to the moon and back!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I'm back...for good, this time!

Oh my, has it been a while since I've written!? I have been so CRAZY with Chasing Emmy, that I've abandoned my blog. Honestly, I can't believe I haven't been here in over a year. I have missed so much in other bloggers lives, and if anyone even reads this, they've missed a lot in mine. In the past 16 months, life has changed a little. My kids are growing like weeds, I've opened a new business, and I'm crazier than ever! So, as a little "welcome back", I'll try to catch you up on SOME of what life has been about since I was here last.

In my last post, Emerson was a little over 2 months old. She is now 18 MONTHS and boy, have things changed. She is all over the place. She's bossy. She talks NON-STOP. She ADORES her brother. And, she is a major DIVA. My dreams of playing dress-up have definitely come true! Although she is a Momma's girl, she has stolen her Daddy's heart and made him even more a softy than he already was! I think we will keep her ;)

As for Gage, he is now 4 1/2. He is HILARIOUS and has the best sense of humor. He still loves anything cowboy, but his new obsession is Baseball! He played on his first team this Summer, but he seems to like the game a little more, in our backyard. I think the "game" was too much for him, honestly. He hasn't figured out the whole "share the ball" theory just yet. You know, when you're at home playing with Daddy, you don't have to share much :-/  He is a Daddy's boy to the core, and I just pretend I'm ok with it ;)

Now, onto the Boutique...in June of 2012, I opened a small Children's Boutique in a section of a local store. I sell Boutique clothing and accessories for little girls of all ages! I love the business, but the store wasn't enough. I have recently launched my website and I'm thrilled with how things are going so far! If you stopped by, please do! www.chasingemmy.com