Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Disney World '09

4 Disney parks in 4 days. 358 photos. 12 (ish) souvenirs. 46 character autographs. 2 exhausted parents. 4 days of magic and 2 happy little boys: PRICELESS!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Boxes from Mickey

FOUND: on our back porch! A box addressed to each boy from Mickey himself!

Cole's first find...a little Mickey doll. He anxiously digs to see what else is in there. He found pjs, character tshirts, a Toy Story water bottle and Mickey fruit snacks!

Travis reads his card from Mickey, which congratulates him on growing tall enough to ride all the exciting rides in the parks!

Travis was pumped that he received another box from Mickey this year. He got one in 2007 when he made his first trip. He told me later he was afraid the "box thing" was just for first timers and that Cole would get one, but he wouldn't.

Mom, (ahem!) I mean Mickey, YOU ROCK!
The boys are more excited than ever to start packing.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Soccer Season Opener

The soccer season was delayed by one week due to rain, so by the time game day rolled around this week both boys were way past ready! This is Cole's first year to play and he's extremely enthusiastic. In fact, on the way to the fields this morning he declared himself a "soccer expert" much to Travis' frustration. This is the best picture I could get of the two of them together. Immediately after I snapped this shot, Cole darted away to join his teammates.

Cole plays for the Red Rockets...Travis' team is named the Vipers.

The very picture of focus and attention!

Sadly, Cole's team lost. I couldn't keep up with the final score. There wasn't a great deal of defense on either team. But Cole-man scored two goals and he was delighted with himself.

Travis all sweaty and tired, yet victorious!!! Travis has played for the same coach and with most of the same kids for three seasons now. It's amazing how well they're learning to play as a team. Shayne and I were both so excited with how well they played today, winning 3-2 over a very good team. Travis scored the first goal of the game and was quick to remind me it was also the "first goal of the season!"

Here's to a winning season full of fun memories for both my soccer stars!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

4 and 8 Year Portraits

We had the boys' portraits made on Wednesday by Bright Eyes Photography. The ladies were kind enough to show us a sneak peek of the 300+ photos they snapped by featuring the boys' session on their blog. There are three more cute ones on their website...check 'em out!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


We just thought we were done having babies! As a friend of mine said when I shared the news, "We make our plans and God just laughs!" It's obvious that He wasn't done with our family yet.

We'll have another little Myhand join our family in February 2010.
We can't wait!!

The boys are delighted! Cole is very enthusiastic about being someone's big brother! Travis was quick to remind him that he'd still be a little brother too.

Here they skeptically look over the sonogram images from today's ultrasound. Cole said, "I don't really see a baby, Mommy." But Shayne and I got to see it and it was looks perfect! And there's a possibility we might have to change this blog title to "My Three Sons" soon!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Tutty Bear Comes for a Visit!

Travis' 2nd grade class has a traveling mascot named Tutty Bear. In history this year, they learn about all things Egyptian...so the bear follows that theme. Thus the name...get it?
So, Tutty goes home with a student on the weekends accompanied by a travel journal in which his adventures are documented. The student then shares with the rest of the class on Monday.
It was quite an honor for Travis to be the first to get to bring Tutty home! And I was thrilled because we actually had a fun event planned we could journal about. We had tickets to the UT game so I suggested we take Tutty along. Travis was a bit apprehensive. But I assured him that even in a crowd of 101,000 people, I could be trusted not to lose a stuffed bear. I felt confident. And no, this story doesn't take a horrific turn...we made it there and back with Tutty safe and sound. We got a couple of cute pictures for the journal and I thought I'd share them:

In front of the entrance to the stadium.

From our seats, with an awesome view of the field and downtown Austin in the background.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Hook 'Em Horns

Shayne stumbled on a really great deal on tickets for the Longhorn's season opener. We were able to all attend our first UT game this evening! Travis enjoyed his first "tailgating" experience and Cole enjoyed the chance to perfect his "Hook 'em Horns" fingers he's been working on for quite a while! And we all enjoyed the chance to cheer the Horns on to victory...or at least a solid half-time lead...which was when we decided we'd all had about enough.
Hook 'em!

In front of DK Royal Memorial Stadium

Can you say "cheap seats?" We were at the very top with our own backrest.

I love the look on Travis' face as the Longhorns raced through the smoke to take the field.

Is this not the sweetest thing? Shayne and I just kept looking at each other in disbelief with a lump in our throat...I almost forgot to grab the camera and snap a picture. Glad I did, because it didn't last long.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

First Day of 2nd Grade

A few scenes from Travis' first morning of Second Grade:

Outside his classroom door.

Which cubby is mine?

With his new teacher, Mrs. Gresham.

Taking a break from organizing his desk "just so" for a picture.

One last smile...enough MOM!
Have a great year buddy!