Archive | August, 2009

birthday party!

30 Aug

we had such a great day w/the family celebrating addison’s 3rd bday! her bday is actually tomorrow, but we had her party today…taking advantage of the weekend! ryan grilled hotdogs and my mom made a yummy cake with pink icing. then, after opening presents, we went to the park to blow bubbles…that was addi’s one request! she got lots of goodies today…and even some last week from out of state, including legos from minnesota (thanks uncle ross) and a cute shirt, stickers & a target gift card from virginia (thanks grandma & grandaddy dixon). addi had such a blast…she has seriously been talking about & waiting for this day for months. here is a video of us singing to her….she actually got teary eyed, she was SO happy!  LOVE IT…

and here are a few pics of the sweet birthday girl! that smile is priceless.








tomorrow, we are taking mini chocolate cupcakes to school for her to share with her friends…so the birthday fun continues! hope you all have a great week.


what a croc!

27 Aug

i love receiving texts that say something along these lines…

“go to and pick out some flip flips for you & ryan…i’ll buy them for you.”

um, OK! they were having a buy-one-get-one-free sale, so jen, my sweet/giving/loving sister, wanted to treat us. fun surprise to brighten my day! here are the ones i picked out….

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i have so many flips, i thought i’d try a different style. these look comfy & i love pink & brown. thanks jen…love ya!

sleepy time

21 Aug

kamryn is such a cuddle bug. she always has to be holding her blanket, her bear, and have her paci every time you get her out of her crib from a nap, in the morning when she first wakes up, or if she’s just getting sleepy.  it reminds us of linus from charlie brown!  🙂  cutie.



here is a typical evening at the dixon household right before bed time. ryan & i LOVE to cuddle w/our babies!



hope you all have a great weekend! we plan to do a lot of relaxing and enjoying the cooler temperatures while they last. much love friends & family!

the cutie pies

16 Aug

yesterday, we had a lazy day. went to breakfast w/jen at cafe tazza, which was awesome. then, we all stayed at home most of the day just hanging out.  we did go outside to play….for all of about five minutes.  1. it was too hot.  2. the mesquitos in our backyard are out in full force ready to attack at any sign of flesh.  i loathe mesquitos! but, i did however get a few cute shots of my 2 dolls while we were out there!








my addi kate.

10 Aug

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Gosh, I love this kid! She will be 3 this month and I can hardly believe it. Tonight, while we sat on the couch eating popcorn, she wanted me to take our picture….and then “again” and then “another one”….hence the photos above. I just love her smile in these shots so I thought I’d share! She’s going through such a sweet phase right now. She’s very loving and likes to give out compliments. For example, we hear things like this all time, “Mommy, I like your pink shirt.” or “Daddy, I like your haircut.” or “Grandma, I like your sandals.” Its so adorable! Tonight, after we sang our “night night song” and said our prayers, she laid down in her bed & while I was walking out of the room she whispered, “Momma, I like your flip flops.”  Hahaha…so adorable! She’s a doll.

Kam’s Kisses for Pooh Bear

4 Aug

10 Reasons Why I Love to Run

2 Aug

my friend ashley posted this blog the other day about her new venture into the running world. she asked for some reasons of why i love to run and so it got me thinking. why do i run? why do i love it so much? so here goes…this is for you ash!

1. I love food. I love cooking and I love to eat. The Food Network is constantly on at the Dixon casa. Running allows me to eat what I want without blowing up like a blimp. Don’t get me wrong, we try to eat healthy for the most part. But I love pasta and I love chocolate – so running helps me to burn those calories! 10 miles of running usually burns about 1,000 calories.

2. Running is an awesome stress relief. If you haven’t noticed – life is crazy. Running is a good, beneficial addiction that soooo helps my stress-level and makes me an overall happier person. Endorphins baby.

3. I love that Ryan runs and a lot of my family runs…its great to have this hobby to do together! When my sister Jen is home, we usually run together. So much easier to get through a long run when you have some running partners cheering you on! I am so proud of my running buddies and love to see them meet their goals too. Plus, Ryan is a hottie and I enjoy seeing him run (wink).

4. Running is a peaceful time to myself  – it doesn’t matter what I look like, if I have makeup on or not, & my hair is a complete mess – who cares. I just crank up the ipod shuffle and hit the pavement…love that.

5. I enjoy participating in races…such a blast. From local 5k events to the Dallas Turkey Trot 8 miler to the 1/2 marathon in San Fran…its awesome to get together with other runners, usually for a good cause, and run the neat courses in neat places. Its also great to have a race on the calendar – helps to keep me motivated! Just finished the San Fran 1/2 and already have plans to do the Tyler 1/2 in October, the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving and then the White Rock 1/2 in Dallas in December. Plus, races give you a good reason to get out of town for a mini vacation!

6. I love to set a goal and achieve it. I love the feeling that running gives me – such a sense of accomplishment. Its something you have to do by yourself and for yourself. No one can run for you. When I first started running a few years ago, I honestly could not do 1/4 mile. I registered for the Race for the Cure 5k in Lubbock and decided to train & get myself ready. That’s where it all started for me. Then, after I had Kamryn, our second child, we decided to train for a 1/2 marathon. A lot of running is a mental game. You just have to tell yourself – I will run __ miles today & then just do it. Its addicting & I love it! Nothing beats the feeling you have crossing the finish line after 13.1. Maybe I’ll shoot for a full marathon one day? NYC?

7. I love the time running gives me to think. Sometimes I spend the time planning. Sometimes I pray. A lot of times I think of my two beautiful daughters and how I want to live a long healthy life and be the best mom I can be to them for many, many years to come. My dad inspires me in this regard too.

8. Running is a good full body workout. It uses a lot of muscles in your body – not to mention all the cardio! Because of this, it gives me more energy to keep up with our two little girls!

9. It is just down right fun. Its fun to go shopping for running gear – socks, shoes, shorts, etc. Its fun to read Runners World and Kristen Armstrong’s blog. Its fun to put new music on your ipod & check the stats on your Garmin watch. Its fun to run on new trails in new cities. Its just fun.

10. I thoroughly enjoy the places we run. You really can experience a lot of God’s beauty when you take time to notice the beauty of nature all around us. Its amazing. Here are a few of my favorite places to run thus far: The Golden Gate Bridge, Town Lake in Austin, White Rock Lake in Dallas, Mineola Nature Trail, and here lately – the South Tyler Trails.

So there you go. Running is awesome – its not always easy and its not always enjoyable when its 156 degrees outside – but its a great hobby. So Ashley…keep it up! Run on. Love you. 🙂

this is how we roll.

1 Aug