Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
That great big smile in the bottom pic is Lolabee riding the schoolbus. That's how every field trip starts out: Giant smile and excited to ride the bus. Every field trip ends with her asleep in my lap. The Duck Race was lots of fun for her; such simple activities, but she loved all of them.
The Corn Box was probably her favorite. She thought it was so cool to rock out in all those corn kernels. I'm still finding kernels in the car and a few in the kitchen. Notice her bling on her left hand. She's super proud of that jewel. She got it in the treasure box at school and has worn it almost everyday since. She even takes the time to wash it separately when washing her hands.
The hay ride. I happened to catch Lolabee really telling this little boy something. (bottom pic, middle) He was listening so intently. I wish I knew what in the heck 3-year-olds could be discussing so seriously. Corn Cop made me laugh. Neon green Chucks. Bee's shadow waving.
The Corn Maize. She'd pretend she was Dora at times, working her way through an adventure. Fascinated by the ears of old corn she'd find. On this trip, I also noticed that, at least at this age, she can be somewhat of a loner. I totally relate to that too! It's not bad by any means; she just was confident enough to explore on her own and still always had fun. That's not to say she never played with the other kids, though. I always want her to be who God created her to be.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Brother comes back again. This time to see if the cookies are ready to eat yet. Checks the oven. Not done yet. Disappear again.
I couldn't figure out how to make my camera speed up enough to capture Cal really in action. He gets pretty high. Here, he's actually coming down. (Amanda, you know I'm not digging the throws! I get all clammy-handed watching this stuff. Addie's tosses send me over the edge!)
It was dark outside, all fake lighting inside, doing something super fast, tried different settings -- just couldn't get it to do what I wanted. That's kind of the story of me and my camera's relationship most of the time. I see things in my mind but can't make the camera cooperate. Oh well. And, to top it off, I meant to take a pic of the kids finally eating their cookies. I forgot in my hurry to get a bite too!
I'm wondering if this is sort of what it'll be like when the kids are teenagers. That'd be cute. Hopefully Bee will still enjoy helping in the kitchen. And, something tells me that Cal will always be one to help us eat her creations :)
Monday, October 25, 2010
So, I let her loose, and she was thrilled to be "in charge."
And, as all good bakers know, you must stop halfway through preparing your snacks to make funny faces at your mama.
Every season, I think these little cookies are so cute. I'm intrigued with the way they're able to make the dough with the designs smooshed into the centers. I'd like to watch that Unwrapped on the Food Network. Before & after. Yum!
Friday, October 22, 2010
Today is my 33rd birthday. I could have sworn I was already 33 but after doing the math several times and being assured by family, I really am just now 33. Crazy.
However, KJ took it upon himself to make arrangements with his parents to watch the kids while we went out for supper. We went to Longhorn for steaks. I love that place. It's quiet and they have asparagus and sweet tea and delicious seafood dip...yum. We usually go there once a year. Afterwards, we went to Lowes to look at carpeting and a new oven bc we SOLD OUR HOUSE this past weekend!!!! The new house we're buying needs a lot of work so we're researching prices for all kinds of new stuff. When we got back home KJ surprised me with this tiny red velvet cake. Even though it was 9:30 at night, we let the kids have some too.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Lola's even got her oven mitts on and ready for the retrieval.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Gramby got the kids a bucket of Halloween goodies and inside was a box of Sour Patch Kids. All of the little goodies kept them busy while I was doing laundry. After a bit, I noticed it was unusually quiet so I went to see what was going on. Lolabee and Cal were sitting in the corner of my bedroom in the dark devouring the Sour Patch Kids. They ate the WHOLE BOX except for this one red kid and the four that Cal was squishing in his fists -- which he refused to give up. By the time I was finally able to get them free, they were nothing more than a sticky ball of goop. He was mad. So, so mad. I figured he might as well polish them off except that I didn't want him getting my newly cleaned upholstery all gross and slimy.
I took this pic of him before I noticed the candy. And, looking at it now, I can't really remember why he was running around with no clothes on. Usually the only time he does that is before bed and this was before suppertime. Kinda tacky, I know.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Meet the newest member of our family. Meet Crixus. He's not our pup, though. He's my brother's. Lola likes him as long as he's in his crate. Cal wants in the crate. He likes the puppy except for when he jumps up on him and they're eye-to-eye.
Justin, I know this second picture will make you crazy. You're super protective of that dog! I know you hated leaving him in his cage just to keep my kids happy. And, no matter what you think, they were not "stabbing" him as you claimed.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
A Penny for Whiffles
Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse
The old Whiffles book is one I bought at a craft show this summer from a used book dealer. There's just something I love about old, vintage books. I think the illustrations are much cuter too. The Cowgirl book was a birthday gift we got her. She loves horses. I was a little surprised she didn't take Pout Pout Fish bc she reads that all the time. (Thanks, Jodi!!!)
Monday, October 11, 2010
two months old
four months old
Friday, October 8, 2010
On Tuesday, moms were invited to "Muffins for Mighty Moms" where we got muffins and juice and then took our kids to shop the book fair before school. Thursday is "Donuts for Super Dads" but I don't think KJ's going to be able to attend bc of work. I love getting to participate in all these cute little activities!
All of the classrooms decorated their doors to go with the hero theme. There were lots of really cute ones! One of Lola's teachers has a relative who is a sniper, so their class's door had lots of pics of those guys. Cal's class's door were books with each kids' face on the body of a book character. LOL It cracked me up! He thought it was unusual I think, bc he kept pointing at it and making an odd face.
Lola loves to read. She can't read on her own, but almost every night at bedtime, she asks if she can read before turning off her lamp to go to sleep. We always allow her to bc she really does sit in bed for a good 10-15 minutes "reading" her books and quietly examining each page. She was excited to learn what a book fair is and that she'd be able to get a book or two. She took it very seriously. Cal, um, not so much. He just wanted to grab books and run around with them. He got a book about the planets; Lola got two cute paperbacks. (I also got her a surprise hardback Olivia book -- totally unlike any Olivia book I've ever seen.)
I realize a book fair may not be that big of a deal to most people, but I love capturing pics of all of my kids' first this or first thats. Plus, it helps me to gain more confidence in my photography skills bc it forces me to break out my camera in places that don't always have the best lighting, etc. I need all the practice I can get. I tend to chicken out a lot, though, bc I don't want people to think I'm weird for taking a close-up of random objects. I try to take pics so that if someone were to flip through my camera, the images would tell a story on their own; they wouldn't need me to explain where we were at, what's going on, etc. I've got a long way to go but am slowly understanding it a little better :)