Monday, December 17, 2012

ARGH

BLogger has decided that I have uploaded too many pictures on here and I must pay to continue to upload photos.  I will see what I can do about that . . . but in the meantime check out facebook for some new photos.  This is the exact reason I left Xanga . . . . we will see what I can get figured out.  I do enjoy posting here so much more than facebook because I can put so much more info with the photos but I am not paying for it so . . . check facebook for a while.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I Corinthians 13 for Moms

Must remember to read this .  . . over and over and over.  So encouraging and convicting!  1 Corinthians 13 for moms.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pumpkin Carving and School Parties

Oops, didn't realize our little supervisor was in this photo . . . edits necessary . . . Andrew would not touch the Goop again this year.  He talked all about how brave he was now and how much older he was and would help more this year . . . didn't happen.  :-)  He can't stand his hands to be dirty . . . NO IDEA where he gets that from!  :-)  Andrew did draw this design for the pumpkin on a paper though all by himself and I drew it on the pumpkin for daddy to carve.  This is after a minor tooth mishap.  LOL

  Then it was his Fall Colors Party at School. 



Andrew has a boy in the class who is described as his teacher as Andrew's mini me . . . this boy does EVERYTHING Andrew does and is literally lost without him.  Andrew went to Burger King with the other kids that sold things for the fund raiser the other day and Mini Me was left behind.  They said he did not play on the playground, he didn't talk to anyone else, he just walked around with his head down saying, "I need my Andrew . . . "  LOL  In this class photo, Andrew decided not to hold his mask the "traditional way" . . . can you find Mini Me?  LOL

Thursday, November 1, 2012

More Fall Fun

Andrew took that picture of our tree . . . didn't he do a good job!?  I was impressed . . . no cropping or anything-that is just the way he took it.  Our area can not agree on Trick or Treat times or days.  Seriously every town does it differently (probably why we end up with over 200 kids for trick or treat).  We are so thankful that it has never been allowed on "church nights" so Wednesday and Sunday are out across the board, but other than that it's fair game.  With Halloween falling on a Wednesday this year EVERYONE made up their own times for events.  This was great for us because we got to try out a bunch of new things that we normally can't get to because they are often at the same time.  Andrew is in for a boring week next week when there isn't an event every evening to go to.  :-)  He and I raked leaves for hours!  Seriously, our tree dropped them ALL within a week.  Andrew is waist deep in them with almost no stacking on our part!  If you have leaf pick up in your area be thankful . . . bagging all those in garbage bags is a PAIN!!


Then it was our last soccer practice and game for the year.  I was super excited about soccer being over until it was . . . I actually will miss all of that I think . . .much more than I thought I would.  I can do without the cold rainy games but I think I will miss it.  After the last game he got a little trophy .  .  . he is SO PROUD of that trophy.  He has a special place in his room for it and were it not for me setting some strict rules, he would carry it around all day.  :-)   His coaches were excellent this year and getting the kids these trophy's was so thoughtful of them!  Chris, what do you think of that form in the first one??  :-)



Then our town had a carnival type event with some great little prizes and games.

 A kids bookstore in the mall had a "story hour" type event with costumes, crafts and books.


A "sister" church had a carnival type event which my nephew Daniel was able to come to with us.  The boys LOADED up on candy at this event.  They also got to make an ADORABLE little edible turkey to take home. 


 
Then on our actual trick or treat night my nephew and niece were both there (hamburger and fries LOL) to trick or treat our neighborhood with us.  This house had the coolest Halloween decorations I have ever seen in it . . . the photo doesn't do it justice!  The mummy in the front left window is lifesize and looks like he is waving at you and the cat eyes in the upstairs window actually glow.  Not scary but very very fun!!!  :-)



Then our mall had a "Malloween" event.  Andrew decided to go with his third costume of the season for this event (I had not let him wear this one to anything we were doing outside . . . too hard to see him . . . meet dark Spiderman!!

 

















As always, not pictured was our little lion cub that accompanied us to all these events (rather unwillingly I might add . . . she was NOT a fan of her costume)  Well, we still have pumpkin carving and school parties to go but that's enough for now.  :-)  Now you see why this truly is our favorite time of year!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Columbus mini-Vaca Take 2

Next up was our favorite event of the year.  It really is one of our favorite traditions of the entire year!!!  Boo at the Zoo at the Columbus Zoo!  They have treat stations for the kids all over the zoo, Halloween themed inflatables to look at, each animal is given a pumpkin to "discover", the entire thing is like a huge scavenger hunt!  We were all very excited.  Andrew police officer and Spider Bear (transformed into his Police costume--Special thanks to Aaron from church for the bear police costume)  And Emma as Thomas the Train--not pictured . . . adorable Baby K Lion.  :-)

side note . . . I know you are wondering why Andrew is not a pirate.  Here is our conversation while packing for Columbus.  "Andrew, you need to tell me what pirate things to pack for your Boo at the Zoo costume"  "I need my red vest, black torn pants, hook and sword."  "Okay, what shirt do you want to wear under the vest (gave him a couple choices of sweatshirts)"  "MOM, Pirates do NOT wear sweatshirts under their vests-they only have skin!!" "It's too cold for only skin under your vest-you have to wear a shirt under"  "If I have to wear a shirt, then I can't be a real pirate . . . I'm not being a fake pirate!!  I'll just pick a different costume from my box" 

So there you have it . . . Police Officer Andrew (complete with sweatshirt under the coat)

Happy faces and ready to hit the zoo!!!  Unfortunately, the reality of the zoo was this . . .  

POURING rain and cold.  So disappointing.  We made the best of it and did the best we could to jump between buildings and dry spots and have fun.  Andrew had a blast and never once complained about the rain.  Unfortunately I can't say the same for the adults . . . and especially Baby K who was MISERABLE most of the time.  She was dry and warm but HATED being inside the stroller covered up where she couldn't see anything. 
Next year, we will make this event a priority.  We had to squeeze it in on a miserable, rainy, Friday night because of soccer games on Saturday, but next year we will make it work another way.  It's too fun an event to try and force it into a few rainy, wet hours.  You really would enjoy it much more on a Saturday or Sunday when you can spend the entire day finding all the stations and seeing the animals with their new "pumpkin toy."  Live and Learn I guess.  Dont' tempt me though, I might just be there again next Saturday to make up for it!  I will speak only for myself but I truly LOVE this event. 

Andrew did not even seem to notice the rain.  He especially enjoyed this treat station sponsored by some Gymnastics place.  You had to complete the Gymnastic apparatus obstacle course before you could receive your treat.  He did it at least 5 times start to finish.  He LOVED doing all the "tricks".

Thanks to Lia for taking Baby K for a few minutes we also enjoyed the "not so scary Halloween house" where Andrew posed as Dracula (how did he even know what that was I do not know) and we made it through the black light maze.

Then we went to the live action Avengers show.  Andrew was completely into the entire thing.  He did not move a muscle the entire show--look at his face--completely engulfed in the play!  He was so involved in fact, that he lost reality a little.  One of the characters said "We need the police to come and arrest this bad guy"  Andrew got up from his seat, handcuffs in hand, and asked me where he should go.  LOL  He was so serious.  Completely adorable!   


 
Because of the cold and rain we didn't see too many animals.  The reptile house was nice and warm though so we did spend some time in there . . . learned that Emma LOVES snakes.  She really could not get enough!  Andrew touched it because Emma was . . . but immediately was done and moved on.  :-)

 

















For some reason I really loved this guy . . . LOL . . . strangely similar to the view of Andrew I had on the way home . . .



Thank you so much to Chris, Lia and Emma for hosting us and letting us be their guests at the zoo this weekend!  We always leave their house wishing for more time and this was no exception!!  THANK YOU

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Columbus Mini-Vaca part 1

Andrew had a day off school this week so Tim took off work too and we took a little mini-vacation to Columbus for a couple days.  It is by far our favorite quick trip spot since our best friends live there and it is only 2 hours from our house so not too bad a commute either.  :-)  This time we had promised Andrew that for his birthday (not quite a month late) we would take him to Build a Bear Workshop.  We had never been before, but given his current love of bears we thought this would be a great time to try it out.  He soaked in every part of the experience.  He especially loved the bear "bathtub" where he had to use the air bath to fluff his bear.  he thought that was really great and spent a lot of time there.

In spite of Tim's efforts to get him to pick a Browns football costume and my efforts to get him to pick a Pirate costume for his bear he picked a spider man costume instead.  So, now introducing, Spider Bear (bear for short) 
Since Andrew's favorite bear isn't allowed out of the van or house, Andrew enjoyed carrying this bear around Easton for the rest of the afternoon and showing him all the things there.

 
That evening, Chris and Lia took us to the Circleville Pumpkin Show which was PACKED!  I LOVE things like that though.  I enjoy the crowd and the energy of it . . . 300 food and other vendors!!  Their website says they expect 10,000 people a NIGHT visit their festival and we were there on a weeknight and it was that packed.  It was very cool to see the pumpkins and all the stuff though and we ate some AMAZING fried pumpkin pie.  We even picked the right night to go since it was the "parade of Bands night" and I got to see a TON of marching bands.  In fact, we watched the parade over an hour and then had to leave because it was too late and it was STILL going with more and more bands and other things. 

A 14 foot pumpkin pie and pumpkins well over 1000 pounds!!  The one Andrew is sitting in front of didn't even win first place . . . it was just his favorite!  :-)
These Pumpkins are just creepy.  They were real pumpkins that were placed in a mold as they were growing so that they would look like a face when they finished growing.  CREEPY!!!

Friday morning, Chris headed into work and K was exhausted from the pumpkin show so we left her and Tim at the house for naps and Lia and I took Andrew and Emma to the "World Of Bounce" where we had a blast playing on all the bounce houses and inflatable things.  The adults can even bounce for FREE so Lia and I got a workout too!  They had these blocks there that were big and soft and movable and Andrew spent more time there than doing anything else.  He is quite the builder right now and enjoys creating different things . . . his imagination on what blocks can be turned into is really quite fascinating.  Here we have the Polar Express Train!  The second picture is Lia and Emma at the bottom of the biggest slide!   

Saturday, October 13, 2012

WE LOVE FALL!!

I love this time of year.  I love the colors, I love the events, I love the decorations, I love the weather .  . . I just love everything about fall!!! 

While waiting on K to fnish with her visit last week we went on a hike as a family in a local park that is just beautiful this time of year.  The hike was a ton of fun and seeing such beautiful things along the way was just bonus!  This time if year is my favorite time . . . just seeing the beauty of God's creation as it changes colors always amazes me.

 Tim and Andrew found a Buckeye tree and showed Andrew how to break open the soft outside part and find the buckeye inside.  Andrew was so proud of himself.  He cracked open and saved probably 5 of them.  One was even sprouting already!

Andrew took this picture of Tim and I.  He posed us and gave us the leaf so it would look "pretty"  Not too bad!!



Then today was our annual Sweet Apple Farm trip with our church.  Love this event every year and Andrew has been talking about this trip for weeks!!  So happy to spend it with friends at church each year.