Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
mia had a great time making snow angels. asher was not so into it. mostly because once he got into the snow he couldn't get out. =) he loved to walk through mia's though and tell her how pretty it was. the irony that he was stepping on it while telling her this was evidently missed. so here's to the beginning of winter. if it's gonna be cold it can at least be pretty. =)
- kids love to jump in leaves - after they are assured that it's okay to mess them up
- waiting for leaves to get raked across a yard into a pile requires more patience then a 2 or 3 year old really want to display
- that when said 2 and 3 year old follow along behind the raker kicking the leaves back across the year it takes even longer
- remove sticks from the pile
- be sure removal of sticks actually means sticks leave the pile (not that they are simply placed on sibling's side of the pile)
- jumping into leaves is WAY more fun with a partner
- jumping in is fun but it's even better with a running head start
- in order to jump into leaves with a partner you must either run the same speed or not hold hands - this is very important!!
- even mommies and daddies love to jump in leaves
- being buried in leaves is also fun but does require a good hair brushing afterward
- babies like leaves but really should not be given them to chew on - even if you just wanted to share
french fries and onion rings
we decided not to break the tie between french fries and onion rings and just have both. =) it was a fun little thing and the kids really seemed to have a good time filling out their ballots and getting to pick their dinner. mia learned how disappointing it can be when the one you voted for isn't the one to win. she really wanted hamburgers (i think more because that was her choice to begin with) and when it didn't win we had a very good conversation about graciously conceding defeat ... ie it's not really nice to get so upset you have to be escorted from the room. she has brought it up several times since then and always talks about how it's okay if your choice doesn't win you just try again next time. so cute. we did decide to have hamburgers the next night. =)
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
mia started preschool and loves it. she gets to do 1/2 hour of dance each time she goes and is very happily teaching asher everything she knows. the two of them now have a favorite game they call "cha-cha" in which they hold hands and "dance" (or spin) around the room as fast as they can. this is something i am still trying to accurately catch on video as it is hilarious (though there have been a few mishaps and asher has been "cha-cha"ed into the wall and the big plastic rocking fish).
this is what's been going on down the street from us so this is where we have been almost daily for ... well for a long time. let's just say that all the guys on the job site know mia and asher on a first name basis and stop what they are doing to come over and say hi. they have each been offered a ride in the excavator (their favorite machine) but both decided it was too scary. the excavator operator is their buddy that's for sure.
we headed out to the pumpkin patch and had a blast. asher's favorite part by far was the hayride out to the field. i think he could really have cared less about the pumpkins after that. they also had a wooden tractor the kids could play on and he would NOT get off of it. it was a great day for the adventure though and mia got to ride a pony too. what more can you ask for?
we've been lovin' on the littlest. he's one loved kid that's for sure and he doesn't lack for attention from anyone. i do try to steal a few moments alone with him everyday though it's hard when he's such a popular guy! he's three months old already and rolling over already. it's amazing to me how fast the time is going. i love every moment ... they just go too quick.
we've headed to the beach a bunch though that's starting to end since it's getting so cold now. the kids love to go and we usually pack a picnic dinner. they love to eat dinner like that and it makes the trip so fun. they don't seem to mind that's it a little chilly and love to run around on the sand and play on the dunes. the last time we were there a group of guys was there playing percussion and just jamming. they loved dancing around and just having fun.
i'm sure there's tons i'm missing but there's footsteps on the stairs and it's way too late for that. i better go.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
we move into our new house. pete has been working so hard on getting it done and it just looks amazing. i am continuously astounded by the things he thinks of and that he is able to do. he has done something amazing to just about every room in the house. it as been a complete house overhaul and it looks wonderful. he refinished the floors this week, put up the new trim, and built a custom pantry (just to hit the highlights). it's amazing and we are so thankful for all his work. we have a beautiful house to go to now. he is simply amazing and i'm so lucky to have him. here's the picture of the new floors and of the basement (the half wall by mia is new and so is most of the space behind her).
in exactly 2 weeks our third little miracle will be added to our family. everything is going fine with the pregnancy and this little one. my doctor is guessing this baby will be the tiniest one yet and her prediction is 7lbs 4 oz. we'll see. still guessing whether it's a boy or a girl though everyone around us thinks boy. we'll have to see about that one too. thankfully this little one is not following in asher's foot steps and is head down. hooray. i haven't been that good about posting (or taking) pregnancy pictures but i've seen this shot a few times and just loved the concept so here's my self portrait two weeks before i get to meet my new little one.
even asher got a chance to sit on a horse. no riding for him yet though. despite his initial bravery actually getting up on the horse made him a little more nervous. and yes, mia's cowboy boots are pink. can you get more girl? horses and pink boots - that's my girl!!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
then headed for lunch. we did venture into the birthing barn and (thankfully) did not see any calves being born but did see two that were less then 2 hours old. a good day but we'll probably wait until the kids are a little older to try this one again.
gotta get some yummy ice cream!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
the joy of exploring, the joy of being outside, the joy of just being. does it get better then that?
watching your kids love to do things that you remember doing. running through the grass barefoot until you felt like you were going to fly.
loving to "drive" anything with wheels because that's what grown-ups did and it was just so fun.
riding on a swing and trying to get your feet to touch the sky. oh if only they would stretch just a little farther.
watching the bright colors of summer become the backdrop to the most beautiful things you have ever seen or ever will ... your children just being who they are. hope you're having a wonderful summer and enjoying every moment.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
pool .. okay he really didn't like it but as you can see he loves the pool in the backyard. i think we just have to get him in the big pool more often and he'll be fine.
then the other day it started to rain when we were out playing. mia wanted to stay outside and play in the rain, so we did. it was just a nice summer shower. still warm but definately getting ya wet. it's one of those memories that my kids may not remember but i will. where the rules get suspended and time kind of seems to stand still while you watch your children enjoy such a simple thing that brings them so much joy. it's a blessing when you realize you're in one of those moments ... here's to both creating and noticing them more. hooray for kids!