Tuesday, June 2, 2009


I love fun stuff like this. Jackie from In Full Blum tagged me. Here are the rules:

1. List Six UNIMPORTANT Things That Make You Happy.
2. Mention and link to the person who tagged you
3. Tag six of your favorite bloggers to play along, and comment on their blog to let them know they've been tagged.

My six UNIMPORTANT things that make me happy are:
1. Laying out and getting tan (you said unimportant, right? ;)
2. When the kids sleep in past 6:30
3. The entire Real Housewives genre of shows on Bravo
4. Thursday night date nights watching The Office
5. Girls Beach Trip
6. TEA parties

I tagged the ladies from six of my favorite blogs:
1. Eisha at Notes from the White House
2. Michelle at The Robbins Nest
3. Erin at The Harrison Family
4. Katie at The Gordon Family
5. Kelly at The Waldrop Family
6. Jennifer at the Mautz Family

Monday, June 1, 2009

Soooo, May was a little busy... ;)

Ten posts later, and I think I am finally caught up. Kids are so worn out from the farm this weekend and Nate is still in Toronto, so I thought I would knock out some posts. We had a super fun May as you can tell. Please forgive all spelling and gramatical errors. Ten posts in one night is rough. ;)

Eh? (they really do use that word. A lot.)

I just got back from my fun weekend in Canada with Nate. Nate is speaking at a conference in Toronto this week, so we decided to fly up a little early and have a fun weekend away. For the sake of full disclosure, my part of the trip was actually supposed to be through Tuesday but since I do SO well being away from my kids, I headed home a day early. A HUGE THANKS to Nate's parents for watching the kids while we were gone. They came up for Jack's game on Friday and then were brave enough to take 3 kids 3 hours in the car to their house. The kids had a blast! My super sweet brother and sister in law came and took them to the movies and out to lunch as well. They are so lucky to have so much family so close!
Toronto was a blast. We ate at great resturants, had a room with a great view and froze our tails off. The high didn't break 60 one day! Thankfully I looked at weather.com before we left so we were ok. We were able to score really great (free) tickets to the Blue Jays game on Sunday. That night we had a romantic dinner overlooking downtown Toronto and Lake Ontario. As an added bonus, Mr. Geography was our cab driver on the way back to the hotel. He has been on Leno and was in the Guiness Book of World Records. It was a great weekend! It was nice to spend some time with Nate since he has been traveling so much recently. I forgot how much fun we have together! I think we are going to make me tagging along to this conference a yearly traditon!

We are the champions my friends...

Another season of sports, another championship trophy. This one however, was not won without a fight. Jack's team was the number one seed going into the double elimination tournament. His team won out so they scheduled the Championship Game Friday night with a double header if needed. The first game was ugly. The Cardinals always take an inning or two to warm up, but this got out of hand quick. The next thing I know, I look up and the first game is over and Jack's team lost 25 to 10. So his AWESOME coaches decided the kids didn't need to be yelled at. Instead they needed to loosen up a litttle bit. So they called the boys into the dugout and attacked them with silly string. The second game went much better than the first, with the Cardinals pulling out a 11 to 10 victory!! The coaches promised the kids that if they won, every kid on the team could throw a pie at one of the coaches. It was so much fun! Jack was extremely blessed to have such wonderful coaches. They understood the game and could explain it to the kids.

School's out for summer!

Jack's last day of school was Friday. He had such a great year. We could not have asked for a better teacher. Jack will definitely miss Ms. Williams next year! On the last day of school he also brought home his CRCT test scores and he did AWESOME!! Nate and I are blown away by how great he is doing at school. We are going to join the summer reading club at the library so that he is doing something with his brain this summer. Here are a couple of pictures from the last day of 1st grade as well as the first day of 1st grade. The year went by FAST!


Sweet Caroline is already 7 months old?!? I know I say it every month, but how did this happen? She has officially entered into the "busy" and "oral" developmental phases. Everytime I put her down she manages to get across the room in no time. We are doing a variation of crawling that looks like it requires way more effort than actual crawling. She is also doing bows and toes as well as downward facing dog. A total fitness nut at 7 months. ;) We have been doing great with all of our real meal baby foods and we love the food strainer. You can put fruit or veggies in this little mesh bag that has a handle. Caroline can gnaw on it and get all of the benefits of fruits without any of the choking hazards. Her personality has come out a lot more this month as well. We definitely say "hey" to everyone who says hi to us. She is working on waving and is becoming more and more adament about being outdoors. She literally cries if we walk by the front door and don't go out it. I can't wait to see what month 7 has in store for us!

Pool's Open!

Since we have moved to Harmony, we have complained every year about how late the pool opens. So this year the HOA decided to open it the first weekend of May. Guess what? It rained or was cold everyday of May besides last week! They will probably go back to opening the pool Memorial Day weekend again next year. We went on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and the kids froze. I would only let Caroline dip her toes in because we are still recovering from an ear infection. (Yes the same one since April. UGH!). I love the one of Nate and Caroline in their hats. You will notice we were the only crazy people brave (or stupid?) enough to venture in when the water was 50 degrees.

You're a grand ole flag...

Well we had the best plans for Memorial Day Weekend. Visions of lazy days spent at the pool, a fun low country boil with friends, a concert on the great lawn all danced in our heads. Unfortunately nothing went as planned. It was entirely too cold for the pool (see above post). The low country boil was delicious as always but got cut short due to rain. We made it for about 30 minutes of the concert before the thunder and lightening started. However I did manage to take some fun pictures. My personal favorite is the one where Ben is giving Caroline bunny ears. Apparently you are never too young for your older brother to start teasing you!

On your mark...

Jack has always been really into sports. At school, he found out about a race that was being held at the park by school Memorial Day weekend. He wanted to do the fun run. So we "trained" a couple of times a week for the entire month of May. When race day came, Ben decided he wanted to do it as well. They both did so good and Nate and I were so proud. Jack came in third in his age group and Ben ran the entire thing. He had to leave straight from the race to head to his baseball game.

American Adventures!

Ally and Kelsey had their birthday party at American Adventures this year! The weather held off and the kids had a blast. The boys rode everything that was open and had the most fun on the scrambler and tilt a whirl. They also had a chance to play putt putt. I forgot to take a ton of pictures, but here are a few.

Last Day of Preschool

en's last day of preschool was this month. He had such a great year! His teachers were so nice and I am amazed at everything he learned this year. At the class party, the teachers handed out awards for each of the students. Ben won the Leadership Award. Ms. Jennifer and Ms. Elisa said that he was the leader in the class and a positive influence on everyone. Yeah Ben!


Watch out Ansel Adams...

Ben has picked up a new hobby. He loves taking pictures. He asked the other day, where his pictures were on the computer (the blog). Here you go Ben! You do great work!