Happy Birthday, Pac Man!

Today is Paxton’s birthday!  7 sure sounds old….


Hugs, T


First Day of School Photos

Fall is here, hear the yell, back to school, ring the bell,
Brand new shoes, walking blues, climb the fence,
Books & pens…I can tell that we are gonna be friends.

  Love that song!  I will tell you more later, about WHY it is stuck in my head at the moment.  Pretty exciting stuff!

  So, school is back in full swing at our house.  For the first time in 6 years, our family is attending somewhere other than Central Christian.  Our family goes back 30 plus years at that school, but the Lord called us to a different school this year.  I will share more about that tomorrow, but for now, here are our first day of school photos!

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I can’t believe summer is over!!!!



A ”P” Party for P-Man

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   We decided for Paxton’s 4th birthday, we would have a “P” Party, after the funny thing that happened last month.  Like I said, not really a full fledged party, but a themed celebration none the less.

You may have read his statement on facebook:

Paxton: “Mom, you call me P-Man because I pee a lot.”
Me: {snort} Um, no buddy, I call you P Man because your name starts with the LETTER P!
Paxton: “OH.”

Boy, glad we cleared that up!

   We were at my moms most of the day, due to us having no kitchen.

  Here are the photos from Sunday:

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Police Gear, remote control car and sheriff set from mommy and daddy.

  The car and bopper hands came from the other kids.
party 2

  They wrapped up some of their own favorite toys from the playroom closet for him to have.  party 3

Nana made us a yummy Chicken Salad for lunch with Potato Sticks. party 4

Mmm! I have blogged this one before!  It’s a family fav. Click pic for recipe!

Potato Stick Chicken Salad

  That afternoon sweet Nana fixed us a P snack:
Punch, really fruity water…amazing!  Party picks, pretzels, pineapple and pepper slices.
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We skyped Papa Clay and Grammy Drea, then headed to supper. Paxton picked PIZZA, how fitting! party 7

We were thankful Grandpa and Grandma Cottingham, and Great Grandma could join us too.  party 8

Back to Nana’s house for Pie
party 9

All of a sudden, there was a knock at the door. 

A special surprise for Paxton via his Uncle Dan and Aunt Gena….

A Convertible ride around the block in their 1964 Chevy Impala!

Eeek! SOOO fun! 🙂
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They have had this car forever.  I road to my first fireworks in this car, as a little baby.party 11

After Paxton was done with his solo ride, we all piled in.party 12

It was the Perfect ending to a perfect P Party day!
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Oh, and just this VERY moment, I remembered I bought a Pinata on the clearance rack for $3 last month, planning to fill it with stuff from our candy basket and mini toys for his celebration….rats!



Happy Birthday, Paxton! This Is Your Life

  I am pausing Photo Week today to share This Is Your Life….

  Paxton is the only Ferguson child whose entire life is captured on this blog.  He grew up on here before your and my eyes, so today let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of those cute moments and funny firsts.  You can click on the titles to go to those posts if you’d like. We sure had fun reading through all of them!

  This weekend was his 4th birthday!  He was so proud to be a BIG BOY.  We threw a little “P Party”……

  Now, this was not a darling, themed, letter P party, with pinterest worthy decor. Ha! No time for that!  But it was a fun celebration none the less. 🙂  I will share that tomorrow.

  Now a walk down memory lane!   

The Story of Paxton

  Paxton’s healthy birth was truly a miracle and gift from God….Our Father in Heaven even nudged people we didn’t know, to cover our pregnancy is prayer, and only He knows the extent of His covering on Paxton in the womb as He fed and gave Him oxygen when my body could not.

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A Big Day in Paxton Land


First Food


First Avocado


First Snow


Paxton’s Latest


Paxton’s Pool


6 Month Photo Shoot


Paxton and The Trampoline


Some Paxton Firsts



First Date


The Many Faces and Places of Paxton


First Haircut


A Tank Party for My Tank


Paxton’s 18 month Photo Shoot


2nd “First Snow”


Oh Pax! No no!


Paxton’s Monkey Party


Paxton is 2!


Corn On the What!?


Paxton’s Born Again Birthday

Paxton is 3!


Paxton is 4!


Scrolling through these photos makes me tear up! He has changed so much these past few years.  Good bye baby face, hello big boy.

Love you to the moon and back, Paxton Clay!

Summer Kiddos Photo Shoots

  My photo biz is in full swing, and over the years, I have actually had to start booking a slot for my own kiddos, or it just wasn’t happening!  Kinda like the builders wife never gets her home building … Continue reading

Back To School 2013

  Yesterday was our first day of school!  Waaah! How is summer OVER already!?!?!

  I missed the Bigs terribly, but the Littles and I did enjoy our one on one time together!!!!

  Avery is a new 5, so her teachers felt it was important for her to wait one more year.  They also explained the benefits of siblings not following each other back to back in school.   Made sense!

  So, rather than do preschool another year, I am homeschooling her.  My little over achiever wanted TWO lessons today, so who was I to say no?  This is the curriculum I am using, so far I love it! Colorful and fun activities!!!!!!  Praise the Lord, it came through Zulilly last week for $14, so I snatched it up!  If you aren’t part of Zulily yet, you are missing out.

  In addition to this curriculum, I have gotten shoes for Tylan for $8, you will see them in his photo below.  Rather than buying one pair for $30, I was able to get him THREE pairs of shoes for less than that last year!!!!!! How fun to have different shoes to go with his different colored uniforms. 

  I have also gotten some neat, hands on Christmas gifts tucked away, and talk about great photo props! I am in HEAVEN!

  If you sign up so that you can receive their emails full of discount boutique items, I would be so blessed if you would use my referral link!  http://www.zulily.com/invite/tferguson790 

Thank you! 🙂


  Back to School morning would not be complete without photographs and collages!  They have changed SOOOO much since last year!!!!  Take a peek here.  Eeek! How is that even possible!?

Destiny is in her LAST year of Elementary school…….

Destiny School Collage

This is Tylan’s first year to be at school ALL day.  He was very excited to skip nap time and eat lunch at school ON A TRAY! Too cool!

Tylan School Collage

Avery will be ready for Kindergarten next year! She is such a good little student, blessed to have her home one more year.  There would’ve been some serious boo-hooing yesterday morning if I only had one left at home!!!!

Avery School Collage

  And although he was not dressed for the occasion AT ALL, Mr. Pax INSISTED he get a photo shoot too!  Ok buddy, you are pretty darn cute in your jammies, pull up, crocs and the ever important noise reducing ear plugs.

Paxton Collage

Happy Back to School everyone!  Here’s to a great year….



Paxton Is 3!

  Paxton turned 3 this weekend. HOW IS MY BABY THREEEEEEE??????????????????????

From that to this, in just a few short years………….

Paxton, age 1 and 3

Happy Birthday, Tank!

   You make my heart go pitter-patter with your luscious lips, big eyes and SQUISHY cheeks!!!!!!  You sure are growing up fast, but never fear, you will be my baby forever and ever.  🙂  If you are new to 4 little Fergusons, you may read the story of Paxton here.  

  He was born a hearty 10 pounds 3 ounces against a whole lot of medical odds.  The Lord truly worked a miracle for us as He fed and gave our little {big} man oxygen in the womb.  

Happy Birthday Paxton
Love you to the Moon and back, little one!

~Mommy  xoxox

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Pictures Tell the Greatest Stories…

Once upon a time, there was a mischievous boy named Paxton.


  He was such a good, pleasant little boy, but he just seemed to get himself into messy predicaments.

A LOT.  

  Case in point, yesterday at Hobby Lobby.  If you follow us on Facebook, you already read about this.  Here was my status update:

Oh my goodness, whose naughty child is throwing ribbon spools and watching them roll at Hobby Lobby while mommy’s back is turned?
Oh wait. Mine.

Yup, that would be my Paxton.  He told me as he cleaned them up that they were “Truck Tires”.  I made him apologize to the clerk and got out of there asap.  My other kids NEVER did this kind of thing, I don’t even know where to hide when he does this stuff.  Someone on Facebook suggested I hollar, “Where are your parents?”  Haha, I liked that one! 🙂


   So on the particularly lovely day that this next story takes place, Paxton and his family were spending some time together walking around the Fairgrounds.

  They had a lovely time, but before he knew it, it was time to head home!  

   While Mommy was helping Avery with a mini crisis in the car for TWO STINKIN’ SECONDS, Paxton found an opportunity to meander over to a giant mud puddle. 

It was a lovely puddle.  And it seemed to be calling his name…..

Hey Paxton….



“Are you calling meeeee, Giant Mud Puddle?”

I mean, WHAT is a boy to do?


Oh wait, that’s right….


 You all, I am all about Puddle Parties, but not in nice clothes away from home! 🙂


Pictures tell the greatest stories, don’t they?


Pax vs Mud puddle

4 little Fergusons Photography: {Paxton Is 2!}

   This is post 2 for today, be sure to head back a post for some YUMMY lettuce wraps!

  My lil’ man is 2!  I have put off his session for a solid month waiting for the perfect day, wasn’t happening. SO, one cloudy day, with a cool front on its way in, I get the urge to snap a couple pics of him.  It turned into a full session, and despite the weird gray light and how COLD it was by the end, I was super happy with how they turned out.

It helps a lot that he doesn’t know a life without a camera in his face! 🙂

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  Don’t just want to squeeze those sweet CHEEKS!?!?!?!

Love my lil’ man, he is growing up TOO fast!


Paxton’s 2nd Birthday

  This is post 2 for today, be sure to head back a post to Mrs. B’s Creamy Tacos! YUM

  My baby turned 2 in August, but since it was during my blogging break, I didn’t get to share it with you until now! 🙂  Our tradition is first and second birthdays are celebrated with the extended family.  (over 30 of us usually)  After that, parties are smaller scale, or just a friend over to celebrate with.  I also have tried to make the “theme” match their little personalities.  Paxton’s nickname is “Tank”, so his First birthday was a Tank party.

Tank Party collage

Well, last Christmas, Uncle Mike bought him a Sock Monkey.  He latched on to it that day, and has refused to sleep without his “Unkie,” ever since!


   Naturally, we decided to have a Sock Monkey Birthday party.

  I made this collage and had it printed at Walmart for a buck so I could display it at the party. What a fun but cheap table top decoration!   🙂

Happy Birthday Pax


  I used all the dining room chairs to baracade Mr. Birthday Boy out of the ktichen and away from the cake.

00000331 0000033600000337 It was a great effort, but it took him about 2 milliseconds to figure out how to get this far.  Stinker!

  At party time we let him in the kitchen. He promptly practiced blowing out his candles, eye balled the new hat I put on his head…..


And waited oh so patiently at the bay window, watching for our guests to arrive.

“Hi guys! Hurry and come in, I’ve been waiting for you!”



After presents, it was time for cake!  He blew out those candles like a champ, musta been all that practicing he did ahead of time.


He even showed us all that he was “TEA-OOOOOOO!”  (Two)  

{If you aren’t saying that with your lips stretched forward in an O shape, you are saying it wrong…}


He dug into his smash cake puppy dog style!00000326


He was not feeling this method of eating, and promptly announced he needed an “Ork”.


Who am I to turn down better table manners?


Well, kinda better manners. 

  I let him take several more BIG bites before I cut him a piece and gave him a plate.

As you can tell by the photo, he wasn’t very impressed with this plan.


  Happy Birthday, Tankers!  We sure can’t imagine our family without your sweet grin and ornery ways.

Love you to the Moon and back,

Mommy  xoxo