Sunday, October 31, 2010

Spring and Summer photos

Here's what we've been up to :)
click on the photo below to see a bunch of photos!

spring and summer 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Our little performer

Like I said before, Ava REALLY loves to sing. She enjoys making up her own songs and she really sings from her heart. Sometimes the words are funny but I try my best to keep a straight face :) I think we might see musical theater in her future, what do you think?

Unfortunately the sound quality stinks, so turn the volume up as high as it will go.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Huge Photo Update (for my mom)

I've been so behind on updating and after many "nudgings" from my mom, I finally got around to updating. Since there were so many pics, I uploaded them to Picasa. Here are the links:

fall/winter 2009-2010

2nd fall/winter

Things are really good in the Iles home. Aside from being completely tired of all this snow, we are having a great time and enjoying life. Jesse is now 25 months and Ava is about 4 1/2. They are doing great!

Ava is still just as sweet as ever.. she's a really wonderful big sister to Jesse. She amazes me everyday at the kindness she shows all of us, and keeps me smiling with all of the songs she creates and sings. She has a really caring and loving heart, although she has to be in just the right mood for cuddling and kisses. She's growing up and looking like a pretty little lady (sniff sniff). She still adores Piggy and loves to collect tons of stuffed animals. She keeps up with her title of first born with her twinge of bossiness and her "job" of correcting us all, especially her brother :)

Jesse is getting to be a big boy. He is speaking more and beginning to form small sentences. He is LOUD! Constantly jabbering about something. Constantly yelling "Wook at me" "I did it" "Oh tay mommy" and "I tummin" (I'm coming). He steals our hearts everyday with his little smile and his big beautiful eyes. He likes to irritate his sister, but he is her biggest fan. He is almost always willing to give out kisses and hugs. I'm blessed that he still wants to sit on my lap and cuddle. Check out his video below :)

Michael and I are doing great and just reached 9 years together. We're looking forward to celebrating 7 years married in a few month and aren't feeling a twinge of an "itch" :)

Hopefully I'm off the hook now for a bit. Have a good day, Mom! :)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Birthday Video

I'm a bad, bad blogger! I have so many pictures to upload.. they will be up soon! Until then, check out this video that Michael and the kids made me for my b-day! So cute!! They are the best!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ava's 4th Birthday

It's been a long time, but I am going to try to be better at updating our blog. (Sorry Mom!) Our little Ava turned 4 last month and we had a fun "Piggy Princess Ballerina Party." :)
We are so thankful for Ava and we can hardly believe she's already 4... life is moving way too fast.
Here's some pictures:)

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Summer 09

Since I've been horrible about uploading pictures to blogger lately and have been posting them mostly to facebook, I decided to make a slideshow rather than try to upload photos one by one... this way I could post a ton. So, this video is basically our summer in review in just 2 minutes :)

This summer we passed on a vacation, but instead, took a few trips to visit family and friends, and as we posted before, we went to Chicago back in June. We've had a fun, laid back summer. When we we weren't entertaining or traveling, we spent a lot of time in the backyard, went to the splash park, went to the zoo a few times, and just enjoyed being together.

I don't journal on paper, but very infrequently do on here, so I can print it for our kids someday to know how I'm thinking/feeling at this stage.... I'm about to journal some things I've been thinking about, and since It's mostly our moms and siblings that read this, they may be interested, but if you don't want to read my mooshy reflections on parenting, just watch the slideshow below :)

Lately I've had this overwhelming sense of reality in realizing how fast life is moving. As Farris Bueller so wisely put it, "Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once and a while, you could miss it." :)

Ava is aproaching 4, and Jesse is now 20 months old. Even though I spend everyday, all day with them, I still find myself wishing I had them longer. Don't get me wrong, I look forward to their bedtimes, and getting out of the house for dates with Michael or alone time for myself... But I guess, I mostly wish time would slow down and they would be my babies for longer. The thought of kindergarten makes me weepy, and so I have been trying to remember to treasure this awesome time that I get to have these two little people all to myself everyday. It seems as if each day Jesse does something new or he gives me the cutest little grin from across the room. Each day Ava says something so witty (get's that from her dad!) or she discovers some new truth about life or God and I get to be the first one she tells it to. I've been storing these memories like snapshots in my mind.

But, reality is that our life is not perfect. We have our good days and our bad. Jesse just threw 3 tantrums at the doctor's office the other day and that is a memory I am hoping to forget :) Ava can sometimes talk so much and asks so many questions that my mind feels like mush at the end of a long day..haha.

In a couple of days Michael and I will have known each other for 10 years. Last night we were talking about when we first met and how we never could've dreamed how ten years later our life would be so different or how happy we would be together. Or how cute or kids would be (we are obviously biased!)
But one thing has stayed the same- when Michael and I were engaged over 7 years ago it was clear that we were similar in a lot of ways. We envisioned a simple life together, just hanging at the house with each other and our kids in the evenings. No huge homes or lavish vacations. Just us, together. That's the way we like it.

So here's our slideshow.. I know some may think the song is total cheesy-ness. But, I love this song and I love the words. Michael and I feel so blessed that God chose us for each other and chose to take it one step further and give us Ava and Jesse.