Monday, February 29, 2016

Grace Turns 2!

We celebrated Grace's birthday on the Sunday before her actual birthday.  It's just nicer because we're all home and we can celebrate together without rushing around.

She dressed up for church in her little sweater dress and we headed outside to take some pictures.

After church she hammed it up in the parking lot with James.

And held hands with Matthew on the ride home.

We had pizza for lunch and then it was cake time.

She was so happy after she blew out the candles.

Then it was time for presents where she laid on the floor to open each one.

Then we grabbed some pictures of her with just Brian and I.

After cake and presents she put on her new clothes and we headed to the park!

Happy 2nd birthday Baby Girl!  

Monday, February 22, 2016

Cones, A Park and a Baby Sister

This past week was interesting.  We came home from somewhere to find a ginormous pine cone in the driveway.  We set it on the table as a decoration and the next day the kids scoured the backyard for all the regular-sized pine cones they could find.  

One of these pine cones is doing its own thing. 

We met Daddy at our favorite park for a picnic lunch and some running around a couple of times.

Pretty nice looking February out there!  Grace loves it. 

The boys brought along a couple of home-made kites to fly as well.  

Gracie and Andrew at the park.

On Saturday the girls decided to sleep in - or they were too tired to get up - so I brought this crew to the grocery store with me to stock up for the week.

Because we have a special birthday coming up as well, we had some other shopping to do.

They wanted me to buy a dancing toilet paper card for Grace - but I went with a puppy one instead. 

Then we headed to the toy aisles where they died.

They're not used to or fond of hanging in the "girl" aisles.  

After successfully loading up the cart we headed home. 

On Sunday we woke up to homemade sticky buns courtesy of Faith.

And Gracie dressed up for church so I grabbed some pictures of her.

So cute in her sweater dress. 

She was hamming it up in the parking lot with James.

And Holding Matthew's hand on the way home. 

Stay tuned for more!  

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Girl and a Gun

So, I have a problem.  It's actually a good problem, I just have to learn how to control it.  I have two great cameras.  My Canon super-de-duper I'm a photog camera and my Nokia "my cell phone camera can beat up your cell phone camera" camera.  I love them both.  But I have a hard time remembering to take the pictures off of them and so, when I come to blog, I'm scrambling to find photos.

Anyway, I took the memory card out of the Canon and I'm going to see if there's anything worth sharing.

Wait for it . . .

Ah, good.  I found a couple.  Brian took the kids out back to do some target practice with the BB gun.

You might not wanna mess with her.  

More later!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

January is Gone

January was a busy month - hence no posting :(  But I'm planning to try and get back to this little blog because we like it so much.  

We had visitors from MN - Brian's parents came down for New Year's again this year.  

We made The Lasagna

And went to the park!

This was back when Gracie was too afraid to slide down the baby slides.  

Peter wasn't afraid though.

One of Grace's favorite things at the park is the baby swing.  

I think she could literally stay in there for an hour or so.

We also practiced our selfies.

We went to Family Night at Chick fil a and got our faces painted.

We put on our shoes and sweatshirts and took walks around the block.

We had muffins for breakfast!

We did school half dressed (like all homeschoolers do)

We did a lot of walking together at the park near our home.

Grace wore the dress she got for Christmas.  Even though I didn't get a photo of her before Alyssa took her to the Crazy Hair Place (aka the sink)

We shopped for chips.  

Peter Sweeter finally lost his first tooth.  He was very excited to join the ranks of toothless kids in the family.  

He got a crispy $1 bill from the Tooth Parent.

And our girl Alyssa got glasses in January too.  

Not me.  Not yet.  I'm just trying on frames for support.  (and so I won't be shocked when I get them in 10 years - baby steps)