Wednesday, August 31, 2011
A sweet moment.
A photo taken through the family room window as Jonathan, Samuel and Matthew held hands and prayed over their dinner outside.
(Andrew was at soccer practice, the moms/girls were eating inside).
I'm very grateful for these positive friendships in my boys' lives.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
The organizing/clean out continues!
Working on my kitchen desk today.
This was an idea I copied from my favorite organizing website.
All the kids' craft supplies now fit in this utencil holder.
Crayons, pencils, paints, scissors, stickers and glue sticks on the other side.
It's working great!
(PS. The colored pencils stay together because I put them in inside the crayon boxes that I no longer needed).
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
The Bug's first pair of ballet slippers.
"It's little girls like her that make my job worthwhile."
Said the sales person at the dance studio as she watched Katie's face light up when she put them on her feet.
The much anticipated "dance class" starts next month!
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Thursday, August 25, 2011
A cruel, cruel Mommy made Andrew carry his own pillow, blanket and stuffed animal from the van into the house as I unloaded from our trip.
The result: A classic Mommy/Andrew standoff.
15 minutes of Andrew just sitting in the van, not budging while I unpacked and went into the house.
Once his audience was gone, Andrew brought his things inside and curled up in shown fetal position.
Oh, to have such a cruel mother!
Kitti sat by him and comforted with her stream of chatter....
"I stay wiff you, Andrew."
"Do you want me to pick you a flower?"
"Are you afraid of bugs?"
(And my personal favorite....)
"When I was a little boy my name was Hansel." :)
What I love is my little man's eyes focused on me....watching for my reaction!
I'm learning.... :)
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The Benton Franklin Co. Fair!
Unplanned matching outfits on Katie & Gracie...
Petted goats & bunnies...
The kids "showed" lambs & got ribbons!
Isaiah threw up (because of a dare)...Kaitlin got lost (terrifying!!)...
Mommy cried when she was found (riding the carousel?!)...
Hawaiian shave ice (the best!)...Nana hobbled on a possible broken toe...(trooper!)
Balls on the water for the big kids & ponies for Kitti...sticky cotton candy!
Stuffed animals won for "prizes"...bucking bronco (Andrew stayed on the longest!)...
Lots of rides....HOT weather & kankles...
Nana spoiled her Grandkids rotten!
The kids had a FANTASTIC day!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
A nice lunch at the Rainforest Cafe (I love this restaurant and it's so fun for the kids)
with Grammie & Grandpa and then of to the airport!
We made it home today!
It is SO much easier to travel with the kids now.
Dan and I noticed a huge difference even from last summer!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
David hosted us at his condo today.
So enjoyed visiting with Winnie's sister's Pat (center) and Ginny (right).
Loved this photo of them!
We spent the day visiting and eating the great food David and Ginny made.
We're loving the palm trees too! :)
Fun to see such different vegetation that what we have at home.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
The M&M store on "The Strip" at Las Vegas.
Our Tour Guide: Uncle David
MGM Lions, Bellagio gardens, Circus Circus games & acrobatic act.
108 degree weather.
Followed by swimming for the kids/Grammie.
A date for Daddy and Mommy (dinner @ Olives & Cirque du soleil's "O")
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
Afternoon stories and snuggles.
A daily routine for the past 8 years of my life is coming to an end.
Stories are still frequent.
Snuggles and rocking, less so.
Today I got both.
From 2 of my little loves, no less.
And I savored every minute.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
(Still featuring Birthday photos).
Love this one of Isaiah and Matthew bobbing for Apples.
(courtesy of Shannon).
We paired the kids up with a parent and rotated them through the games.
I was with these two.
It was nice to see they aren't too "cool" for the games.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
The Birthday boy ready for some fun!
9 siblings/cousins/friends plus our birthday boy.
There was calf roping, apple bobbing, bottle shooting, panning for gold, clothespin drop and
a funny 3 legged race making for a fun afternoon.
It was a fun day for our big SIX year old.
I love you, my little cowboy.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
(Andrew cooperated so nicely for this photo, but had to wait so long for his brother and sister to look up that his face had fallen into this stiff frozen fake smile. :) )
We went to the zoo for our family birthday outing for Andrew (his choice).
I forgot my camera! So sad!
I snapped this after we got home as the kids played in the sandbox that Dan filled up while we were away.
Andrew said, "Now when we want to play at the beach we can just come here!"
(Hair cuts for everyone this week! Can you tell we're due?) :)