Monday, February 27, 2012

It was time...

Today was a sad, sad day for the Reinhart family. Our Brewski was put to sleep today. There is nothing anyone can say to make it seem better. We know that he's not suffering anymore. We know that he is back to his playful, hyper self now. Yes, it was a hard decision to make, but we just knew. Everyone told us we would know when it was time. Today was the day. After a few rough days of breathing and laying around with little to no activity, we got the signs we needed to make that dreadful decision.

I tried explaining what was happening to Laney. Of course, we knew Max wouldn't understand. We weren't sure if Laney would or not. In tears, I told her that Brewski was very, very sick and was going to Heaven to be with Jesus. Her initial response, "Can I have the iPad now?" Knowing she didn't quite understand, we let it go and said our good-byes. While Benji was at the vet with Bruce, I stayed home with the kiddos. Laney said, "Brewski is sick and won't be back. Will Daddy be back?" I explained that Daddy would be home soon, but Brewski wouldn't be with him because Brewski is in Heaven. She then said, "That's ok Mommy. Brewski will be able to play with baby Ainslee in Heaven. She'll play with him." Of course, the tears started flowing. Makes you realize how kiddos grasp onto serious issues. Than, that lead to a more serious discussion about her wondering if she'll see Brewski next time she's sick. I then explained that just because a person or animal is sick, they don't always go to Heaven. A lot of times, they get better.

So here is to Brewski....
December 25, 2011

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My Interview with Laney

Here is an idea I got off of Pinterest....interview your child and see what the answers are. I figured it would be fun to do with Laney. Max, of course, is too small to answer them. So, here we go with Laney's interview:
1. What is your favorite phrase: Thank you
2. What is your favorite food: Ice cream and fish sticks
3. Who is the coolest person on Earth: "You (Mommy) :)....oh, no no no, I mean Max"
4. When you grow up, what do you want to do: A teacher
5: What is your favorite color: Orange
6. What is your favorite song: Smurf song
7. When you're outside, what is your favorite thing to do: Swing
8. If you could go anywhere in the World, where would you go: Disney
9. What did you like to play with when you were little: My toys
10. Who is your best friend: Mommy and Madison....little Madison, not big Madison
11. What is your favorite snack: Starburst
12. What's your favorite movie: Smurfs
13. What is your favorite thing to do with Max: Play with Cassius
14. What is your favorite book: Toy Story book

Maybe I'll make this a tradition after each birthday and see what has changed within a year. It's something that would be interesting to follow up on. Honestly, the answers would probably be different if I asked her the same questions in an hour. Who knows!!

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Where have the 4 years gone?

It's birthday time in the Reinhart household. Laney DeeAnn is now FOUR YEARS OLD! I think I post this every year, but I'll do it again (and probably will continue to do it here on out)....everyone has told us how fast the years go. Of course, those first weeks of having Laney, I thought to myself, "Yeah right!" I totally agree. In fact, I'm one of those parents that tells people that. Yes, it's true. It might not seem like it will, but it does.
Laney's party this year was at Take the Cake, our favorite bakery! They make the best cupcakes and cakes!! Love them!
Everything turned out great!
The cookies were amazing....

The cake was delicious...

and the cupcake decorating was, well.....messy!

But it was totally worth it!

I wouldn't have changed a thing!

The kids got tatoos of Toy Story characters, which was a big hit of the party!

We were so thankful all of our friends were there to help us celebrate the big day with Laney!

Her orange hat was a fun surprise!

But she loved all of her gifts!

Then it was cake time, everyone's favorite part!

It was time to clean up and head to dinner at our fave spot....El Nopal! Victor was waiting for the birthday girl!
The tradition of smashing whipped cream in her face didn't go over so well with Laney

But she sucked it up, and took it like a champ!

and even shared her treat with her best bud, Charlo!

She enjoyed M&M pancakes in the morning and announced now that she's four, she gets to.....

sleep with Cassius!!! (When she turned 3, she asked Daddy when she could sleep with Cassius. He told her she could when she turned 4. Of course, we all thought she would forget we told her that. She didn't. So tonight, we'll see how long he lasts in her bed!) Let's just say if it he enjoys it, she sleeps well, I'm not complaining about the 80 lb dog not sleeping with us!

Happy 4TH Birthday Laney!

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Laney is FOUR

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Remembering Miss Ainslee

Yesterday, our dear friends, Travis and Channan Soppe, had their "Angelversary" of sweet Ainslee Ryan. We ask all of our friends and family that follow our blog to lift Travis, Channan, and Adrian up in prayer. Although a year has passed, it's still a long road of grieving for their family.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Pinterest Project

For those of you who know me well, you know I like to be organized. No, I'm not nearly as organized as I would like to be. A lot of that has to do with the two precious kiddos in my life. Love them. Wouldn't change a thing. One thing I've started doing in order to stay somewhat organized is create my "menu" each week so I always know what we'll be eating and avoid the random grocery stops throughout the week. Of course, Pinterest has several ideas of Menu Boards to make. Yes, some might think I'm crazy by liking something like this, but whatever.....

Here is my creation:
I love it! It definitely beats the post it note that I was writing the weeks menu on (and sometimes misplacing it!) And, of course, it coordinates with my kitchen colors! :)

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