They grow up so fast...

You know that saying "they will grow up right before your very eyes..."? Yea, well... Payton is about to grow up right before YOUR very eyes. Because the last time I posted was forever ago about one of her FIRST birthday celebrations. Friends, she is 2 and a half now. I have to get caught up here. Thank goodness for taking tons of pictures to help me remember things. I have written down all the posts that I want to get done and I even have them written in my blogging calendar. (Yep I have a calendar for my blogging. It was created for my teaching blog but I am using it for both blogs now so I can try to stay on top of things here.)
In fact... you are about to see her go from this..

To this... (and beyond by the time we catch up here)

The last time I wrote we were celebrating Payton's birthday in Buffalo about a month after her actual birthday. That summer (2012) was a whirlwind. My aunt was diagnosed with lung cancer and not doing well. When we were in Buffalo that July we were lucky enough to see her. I am grateful that we got to see her one more time before things got bad... which was just a day or two after we saw her. In fact, the day we were at the family reunion I last posted about we thought was going to be her last day... multiple times. It wasn't.We left Buffalo just a few days later. She lost the battle to cancer in August, which meant we were headed to Buffalo again. It was rough. Probably one of the toughest things I have experienced. But having a cute daughter to cheer you up helps.

Payton stayed busy playing in my Aunt Susie's yard and on her trampoline. I mentioned before how much I love it in Silver Creek... Payton takes after me!

Clear the road folks!

Mowing the... dirt?

Look at that baby fat!

Tim ended up winning tickets to a Bills preseason game and we decided to go to try to cheer me up. It was a nice break from the reality of everything that happened and it was nice to see some of my best friends- Jackie and Jarrett. (Those pics will be in another post.)

Get ready friends... because you are about to see Payton go from a tiny little 1 year old to a 2.5 year old little girl... who even made her first trip to Disney!
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Buffalove- Family time

We were in Buffalo this trip for a wedding that Tim was in. So we didn't have a lot of time for going all around town visiting people. Instead we made sure everyone was in the same place at the same time. It worked out perfectly that Tim's family was having a family reunion, and they even celebrated Payton's birthday at it.
 And it started with Payton just grabbing at the cake...
 And then turned into this...
 Sharing with daddy...
 Unfortunately I don't have a lot of pictures I can share from this day because the ones I took, Payton doesn't have her shirt on and those are not for public viewing. And I didn't take many others because I wasn't in the right frame of mine, due to family tragedy.

While we were in Buffalo, we actually stayed in Silver Creek because it was halfway between Buffalo and Jamestown (for the wedding). We stayed with my godmother and Payton had a blast on the swings.
 If I could get a teaching job, I would so move out there.
 And then we had to head back home. :( We made a stop in Cinci to visit more of Tim's family. Where Payton met some of her cousins and aunt for the first time. And had a ball playing in the tunnel they got her for her birthday. Again, not a lot of pictures were taken. At this point we were all exhausted.
 (The reason I was not in the right frame of mind for pics during this trip is because my Aunt's health had taken a terrible turn. I have not posted about this anywhere, but it is very out of character for me to not have a TON of pics of everything we do.)
Until next time...
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Buffalove... a year later

Are you ready to watch Payton grow up a year before your eyes? Is anyone still here? It's ok if not, since this blog is really just for us. And I know I can count on my dad to read it. Last school year got hectic. Fast. And it took me all summer to wind down. And now that I go back to work in a week I figured I should probably get to posting here again. Payton has done a lot since I last posted...including turning 2 and going to Disney. WHAT?! Yep we did it. We took her to Disney. But since I am a year behind, it will be a LONG time before I get to reveal those pictures.

Anyways.. back to where we left off LAST year. We celebrated the 4th of July. then spent a few more days in Buffalo. Payton enjoyed her time. It is really hard to stop and see everyone when we go to Buffalo because 1. We are ALWAYS there for an event, never just to go. 2. There is never enough time to see everyone. So this trip, we decided to tell everyone where we would be and when and met up with people that way. First stop was my cousin's house...where it appears we didn't take any pictures except for this one of Payton kissing Austin.

Another thing we just had to do with Payton was take her on the Maid of the Mist. It's funny because until we found out we were moving, we NEVER went on this. But we had to take Payton. She LOVED it! Before we got on, we took some pictures and let Payton run around some.

And then we finally got our ponchos and got onto the Maid of the Mist!
She even makes this poncho look good! And anyone who has been on there knows, these things are NOT cute.

We had some of the Silver Creek family with us!

These next 4 are some of my favorites!

Ending the ride...
As much as Payton loved it then, I think she will like it even more next time she goes on. She loves waterfalls (even though she calls them bubbles)!
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