Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I also picked up some new fall candles and accent decor so my living room reflected the changing seasons. I love the colors of fall, especially since they go so well with the existing colors in our living room. I also like the way the collage frames on the fireplace really uncluttered the space.
So while I do not pretend to be a Martha Stewart by any means, I still enjoy trying to keep my house looking nice and I am so excited for fall. I love the colors of the falling leaves, trips to the pumpkin patch, apple picking, hikes in the national park, cooler weather and holidays enjoyed with family and friends. Fall is upon us.
Monday, September 21, 2009
So when the temps warmed back up again this week, I took the opportunity to take the kids in the pool and even though the water was a little cold for my tastes, the kids still enjoyed our Friday afternoon dip. I also made sure to take a few pictures because with the water temps dropping, I think we may be taking the pool down in the next week or so. I can't seem to get pictures with their googgles off. They are like fish in the water now.
That's it for now. Hope everyone gets their week off to a productive start!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
And finally last year at ages 2 and 4:
While we did experience some thunder and lightning this year, the storms were very isolated and never seemed to hit us. The first week of school however, we did get a little rain. Although it was nothing compared to what we usually see, I was so thankful because the kids had been crying for it to rain all summer and did not quite understand why I could not just make it happen with the snap of my fingers. And as a sign of the kids getting older, with this storm they decided to experiment with an umbrella. At least they shared it:
Friday, September 11, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
For weeks, Scottie and I anticipated the arrival of two little house guests, Jake and Jadyn. We wanted Joe and Jenn to be able to celebrate their anniversary; therefore, we offered to watch the kids. The only thing we were nervous about was how the kids would handle spending the night away from home. Our intentions were to keep them energized and busy most of the evening, with the hopes of them being way too tired to even discover homesickness.
After Joe and Jenn left for their night out, we immediately dove into the activities. Jake occupied some time playing the Wii, while Jadyn and I pretended to be horses while crawling all around the house. We weren’t just plain old horses, but horses who were transporting Jadyn’s toy kittens as passengers.
When Scottie arrived home from work, it was time for the daily outside chores. Jadyn wanted to help. The first chore was to feed the bunnies. Jadyn helped Scottie scatter food around the back yard for the rabbits.
Next, we moved to the front yard to water the newly planted tree. Jadyn loved helping me water the tree. She also notified me later on in the evening that the tree drank all of the water and was thirsty for more.
Also, the kids expressed an interest in writing the letters of the alphabet. I would make several dots on the paper and then the kids would connect the dots to make a letter. Not only do we offer fun and games, but we also offer educational opportunities.
Following dinner, it was time to get ready for a movie. The kids got into their pajamas, while Scottie blew up the air mattress for all of us to lie on while we watched the movie. Of course, the air mattress held their interest for a while which slightly delayed the start of the movie. The kids were cracking us up while they showed us all of their favorite tricks which included jumps and flips between the couch and the mattress. You’ve probably heard the saying, “Don’t try this at home.” I’m pretty sure the kids are not allowed to jump on the couch at home, but it’s okay at Scottie and Ali’s house… right?
Somehow, we got the kids to settle down. They selected “The Lion King” for movie night. Jadyn only got scared during one part, but the popcorn served as a great distraction.
To our surprise, Jake and Jadyn showed great effort and endurance by maintaining consciousness until approximately . I figured they would pass out during “The Lion King”, but they held on for a little longer and wanted to watch another movie. Because they couldn’t agree on watching the same movie, Jake and Scottie stayed in the living room to watch the 5th Harry Potter movie, and I joined Jadyn in our room to watch “The Little Mermaid”. After 15 minutes, both kids were fast asleep. In the end, we all survived the night, and I was incredibly impressed with how well the kids handled being away from home and their parents. Hopefully, the adventure was just as fun for the kids as it was for us.