Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Birthday Dad

This past summer was my dads 60 birthday.  Since for mom's 60 we had taken her on a big date I decided to take dad on a date for his birthday too.  I have always loved being alone with my dad.  One on one conversation wasn't common in a house with 6 people (or more) living in it and I craved that one on one time, especially with my dad.  Because of household responsibilities, mom didn't travel much with dad when we were growing up and occasionally (especially as I got older) there was a trip I got to go on with him in her place.  I LOVED those times we had without the distractions of everyone else.  (call me selfish . . . )

One of the things I always loved doing with my dad as a kid was going to the WVU football games.  We didn't go to a ton of them (and never alone) but once a year or so we would go to a game with the church and I loved it. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for us to have some "alone" time and to enjoy going to a game for old times sake.  Tim had been out of town for a week and I literally passed him on the interstate on our way . .. the only bummer to the day .  .  . I did kinda miss that guy.  He says he honked but I didn't hear it. . . . :-) 

Dad and I had THE BEST TIME.  Its been years and years since we have done anything together . . . maybe even since I have been married, so it was really fun.  WVU didn't win, and the weather was a little rainy for my liking . . . but we still had a great time and memories I will always have.  Who knows, maybe we will make this a yearly tradition.  (maybe minus the entertainment of the drunks in front of us)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monkey and Frozen Birthdays

Our kiddos have birthdays back to back to back of each other.  If these kids stay here then one of these years I'm going to throw a HUGE fall birthday bash and kill all three birds with one big stone!!  :-)  This was not that year.  Chunky Monkey celebrated the big 2 with a fun filled evening.  We had grandparents, cousins, aunts all there to celebrate his big day and then we took the kids all out trick or treating.  (wasn't that great that they planned trick or treat on his party day?)  :-)  Anyway, he LOVED the attention and giggled every time we sang to him.  In the spirit of his nickname, the party was all monkeys.  :-)  Chunky Monkey also started his big boy Sunday School class with Mrs. Lena this month.  What a sweet, wonderful lady who has now had all our kids in class. 

Then less than a month later Little Lady had her birthday (4).  In spite of inviting 4 different families, couples over for her party it just wasn't a good weekend so we celebrated as a family this year.  It wasn't what I wanted or had hoped for, but as it turns out, we did get to do some fun things together that she had never experienced before so it was a really special day.  Frozen party plates and napkins, new frozen bedroom, frozen DVD, (see the theme?) a train ride, frozen yogurt place where she had her very own yogurt for the first time, then we came home and "built a snowman" in the big tub with bathing suits and enough bubbles to overflow the thing!
Also, notice the beautiful, homemade quilt on her bed from her Great Grandma . . . she loves it and it's so warm and beautiful.  She made one for each of our kiddos.

 Grandma and Grandpa C. were out of town for the "frozen" party so they threw their own the next week.  Here she is all decked out in her new rain gear!

Happy Birthday kiddos.  I don't know what God has in store for your next year, but we sure have enjoyed being a part of this entire last one!!! 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

October Fun

October was a fun month filled with . . .
Babysitting this guy (Gabriel) every morning before school.   While it's rough having four kids to get out the door each morning, it has done wonders for our morning routine.  We are up and moving an hour before we have to leave.  This has been a great challenge for me, and has added a little extra $$ to my "home improvement" budget.

Our foster agency had a really fun party (which Andrew refused to wear his costume for) where the kids got to do lots of crafts and Halloween games.  Then Andrew went to his first ever costume party/birthday party.  I will admit that I enjoyed this as much as he did.  A real hayride through the country, "spooky" foods, pumpkin decorating, and some time for the two of us together without everyone else.  Memories for both of us for sure.  Andrew was a chef for this event (thanks G+G Seigneur)

The Chef costume gets a lot of use around here .  . . . Here Chunky Monkey is a doctor in it.  :-)
Belated Birthday gifts from cousins make a surprise appearance, and a very happy boy.  Fun Halloween snacks, Lowes Haunted House Build, Fall Colors Parties at school

Trunk or Treat at a local church (they painted Andrew's hair silver) (super hero girl, dragon, chef were the costumes of choice at this event)

Pirate Day at school. 
"Mom, when I grow up I want to be a hair sylist . . . do you think I look good like this?" 
Oh dear oh dear!!!  LOL

First Aid Day at AWANA 
Trick or Treat we did twice . . . once with the little kids, Tim, Stephanie, Daniel and Cherith at a neighboring town (Andrew was a police officer that night).   This town goes ALL OUT for Halloween.  This first guy was a vampire on the roof yelling down at the kids . . . almost every house was like entering a haunted house to get to their candy . . . quite the night.  Good thing we only did one street of it . . . not sure the kids could handle much more after dark.  Our little kids were at their moms and Tim was in DC for Halloween night in our town so Andrew and I went solo (he was a doctor in his white coat for this one).  Thanks mom for manning the candy bowl at our house so I could go out with Andrew.

Saturday, November 8, 2014


We tried a new soccer league this year and I'll be the first to admit that I did NOT care for it at the beginning.  It is a very hard league with "adult" rules and positions and tournaments.  Not the "training" leagues we have been in before.  I was very turned off by the win at all costs attitude it seemed many of the parents and coaches had.  We were used to not keeping score and playing for fun in the other leagues we have been in.  Although I still have some issues with teaching kids this young to be super competitive and benching kids who aren't good players (I think they are too young for these concepts under 6 years old) I do see more improvement in Andrew's knowledge of soccer, his skills, and his enjoyment of the game after this season than any other.  He really did learn a lot from being pushed the way he was.

His team went undefeated in the regular season and went into the tournament as a clear favorite for the win.  Unfortunately, the other team was ready for us and out played us in the finals.  It was a great game but we didn't come out on top this time.  Very proud of Andrew, his coaches, and his teammates for their attitudes after the game and for their very successful season. 
Way to go Royal Kings!!

Coach gave each child their trophy with his favorite thing about each of them.  Andrew is the player that worked hardest at improvement and showed the most improvement by the end of the year.  I would agree with that . . . :-)


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sweetapple Farm x2

This year I got to go to Sweet Apple Farm two times.  Once on our traditional trip with the church and once with the two little ones on a preschool trip.  The day of the preschool trip the weather was just beautiful and warm!  Little lady was sporting her "let it go hair" . . . aka side ponytail.  :-)

The day of the church trip was cold but beautiful and the rain held off for us so perfect.  Credit goes to my friend from church for many of the group shots of Andrew with his Sunday School class friends.  They turned out super cute!

Little lady with her BFF (besides her brother of course . . .)

Our church had probably 40 people there so it was really a fun day.  Not sure how many more years our kids will find the fun in a hayless hay ride and small petting zoo but for now, it's a tradition we will keep alive one more year.  :-)