Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween: The Class Parade





I didn't get many good shots from yesterday's parade at Caroline's school, but the ones I got are cute. The children looked precious all dolled up in their outfits and Caroline was over the moon about getting to be Belle!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Birthday to you Alex, Brooke, and Zachary!

This weekend we had lots of birthdays to celebrate. Alex and Brooke turned three and Zachary turned two. Alex and Brooke's party was held at an indoor play space with a giant swing set. It was perfect because it was raining and yucky weather and the kids were able to burn up all sorts of energy. On Sunday, we went to the Wise's for Zachary's party and the children loved the games and food (was there ever a moment that Sam wasn't eating chips???). Thanks for the invites guys, we had a blast!
exploring the HUGE indoor swing set
a super cute divided cake for twins Alex (Cars) and Brooke (Dora)
swinging with the birthday kids
all the guy wanted to do was carry around a balloon...it's the little things

Emma trying out the clothespin game...she got two!

Matthew is planning on helping Santa out with gifts for the kids and thinks a trampoline is a good idea



the rat favors from yesterday were a HUGE hit

Caroline's turn at the clothespin game
Brayden dropping a clothespin in the jar

Mason playing the clothespin game
Tiffany, Teri, and some of the boys

just how many pictures do we have of EK eating cupcakes?
Handsome Man the Birthday Boy
Pin the Nose on the Clown
Emma Kate and Mason on the Trampoline
We had a great time this weekend, thanks for having us guys!

Friday, October 23, 2009

In the Garden





is this not a cool toy? it's a play garden and is on loan from the Teri Wise foundation...they love it and have spent almost every second in it since we got it yesterday...thanks for sharing guys!

p.s. the backdrop is for Nancy!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Gigi, Gramps, Nonna, and Papa's Houses

Everyone needs a place that they can break loose and break the rules every now and then.
A place where you can
have chocolate pudding for lunch
play with the remote control without anyone taking it away and saying, "no!"
have people at your beck and call and think you are cute even when you are touching what they asked you not to
eat ice cream in the living room
have cinnamon rolls for breakfast
get Christmas gifts early and wear it right away
put on a singing and dancing show and not care if you look silly or sound horrible

wear mismatching clothes
and enjoy being with family...that place is at your grandparent's (and great-grandparent's) house. Thanks for a wonderful weekend guys!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Video

The kids seem to be exploding lately with new skills. Emma Kate has added several words to her vocabulary (sock, shoe, bow, brush, cup), Caroline is stepping up and helping me more and more, and Sam is feeding himself with a spoon and fork (messily) . I am not bragging, I know that this is what kids do...they are preprogrammed to impress their parents and grandparents with skills that other kids also have. It's just really neat to see the growth in the precious people I am lucky enough to spend my time with. I thought I better get some of this on film!
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Corner Pocket




The last few times that the Backyardigans have been outside, they have been gathering in the back left corner...I think they are digging, tossing the landscaping bark, looking between the fence slats, and trying the climb the tree. I love to see them play together.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

Teri and I took our crew to the pumpkin patch last week and has a grand time! Brayden had Bumbles with him, the class mascot from his and Caroline's preschool class. We rode a train, had a hayride, ate a picnic lunch, fed goats and giant catfish, played in a hay maze, rode the giant tunnel slide, and bounced in the huge bounce house. It was a full day and my three were worn out when it was time to leave. It is wonderful to have friends to enjoy these places with! This is my favorite time of year!!!
Brayden and Caroline


A field of pumpkins to explore and ours would rather swing (which both families have in our own backyards)
what does a goat say?
feeding the goats and chickens
Teri sharing her goat grub

sliding with Teri and Zachary
tube slide
hay tunnel
hay maze




me and three of my favorite people on the hay ride
Caroline on the train
our whole crew on the train...look at how cute they are! If they look content, it's because Teri was bribing them with lollipops!
posing Bumbles on a pumpkin