Monday, August 31, 2009

First Day of School 2009

Today was the first day of school for Kaleb and Cole. They were so excited and decided to all wear their new star wars shirts on the first day.
They all got cool new clothes, backpacks, lunchboxes and lots of school supplies.

I got Landon in the picture too, but he doesn't start until Wednesday.

Kaleb is starting the 2nd grade. He loves reading and math and is excited about learning.Cole is starting 1st Grade. He has really gotten better at reading over the summer and has the same teacher as last year (she moved up). He is also excited about staying at school all day and getting to take his lunch.

Here are the brothers walking home from school on the first day. The school is right behind our house, so it is really nice that they can walk together.
As for Landon and I, we went to the rec center, grocery store and several other places by ourselves today. He will be in preschool in the mornings, starting on Wednesday, so there will be lots more quiet around here soon (peace at last).

Sunday, August 30, 2009

What are we doing now?

So, what have we been doing since we got back?

We have been fixing things up around the house. We had a garage sale to get ride of some stuff and then bought more stuff.
We painted the playroom, moved the living room furniture down there and are calling it the movie room now.

We moved some of the toys to the craft room, so now it will be the workout/craft/toy room. Since I do digital scrapbooking, I don't need all the space for crafting now.

We bought new bookshelves for the living room. We also bought new leather furniture for that room, but it won't be delivered for another 3 weeks.

We moved the chairs around in the family room to face the stove, now that there is no tv in there. We plan on adding more bookshelves in that room so it can be a library.
We also added a new ceiling fan to our room. We have needed that all summer.
Landon made his first official visit to the dentist. Actually all 3 boys went, but this was his first time.

My garden is growing like crazy:

I have tons of zucchini, my tomatoes, bell peppers and squash are growing like crazy too.

I don't know why all my pics are sideways.

Here is Cole playing with our rabbit Peter.
We have a new playground in town. They tore the old one down because it was dangerous.
The kids love it. It has a climbing wall which is really fun.

Is this called a tilt-a-whirl?

Landon loves the swings too.
So we have had a busy few weeks since vacation. School starts tomorrow and soccer starts next week. So I guess that means summer is over and it is time to get back into the routine again. Yeah!

Down in Waco

Okay, I know it is taking forever for me to get these posted, so I thought I would just do one long post about the 3 days we spent with Kyle's family.
Thursday: we got there really late at night because we picked up Jim & Candace from the airport in Dallas and their plane was really late.

Friday: we hung out at the house and played with cousins. we also celebrated Emma's first birthday (Kyle's youngest brother's first baby).

Here is Emma and her mommy Andrea.

Here is Mindi (Kyle's sister) and her new baby David.

Here is Kyle's grandmother with baby David.

Emma wasn't sure about her birthday cake.

But she finally got into it.

Here are the cousins sitting in the backyard eating hotdogs for the party.

Saturday: we all went to Lake Whitney to go tubing, swimming and cliff jumping. The water was low, so they couldn't do much cliff jumping.

Baby Emma lookin cute in her beach hat.

Doug in his boat out on the water. We took turns going out in it and in the tube.

Kyle carrying the tube for tubing. He and the boys went out this time. I just rode in the boat.
Kaleb loves the water and the boat.

Sunday: we went to church with Kyle's dad and then hung out around the house the rest of the day.
Cole loves the scooter.
Keaton was great with the boys. He played with them most of the time. Here he is pushing Landon in the car.
Kaleb, Becca and Cailyn playing together. What's wrong Cailyn, too hot?

The adults came out to watch the kids play red rover. The adults played at first, but it was kinda dangerous because the kids wouldn't let go when the adults ran through.

Here are Jessica, Maycie, Cailyn and Kaleb playing Red Rover. They had a blast eventhough it was hot out there.

So, I finally finished the pics from the trip to Texas. We had a great time but were glad to get home and back to cooler temperatures.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

While in Dallas, Grandpa and Ann took us to the circus at the American Airlines Center.
I hadn't been to the circus since I was little and I knew the boys would enjoy it.
My pictures came out horrible. My favorite part was the elephants.
We ate cotton candy, which the kids quickly found out they didn't like. Their favorite part was the motorcylces and tigers.

The whole thing was amazing and exciting.

An elephant painting a picture. What will they come up with next?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Off to Grandpa & Ann's house we go!

We spent 3 days at Grandpa & Ann's house. We brought our Wii games because Grandpa has a Wii at his house.

We went to a pool down the street so the we could beat the heat one afternoon.The boys love to swim!

It also wears them out so they sleep better at night. It was so hot that they couldn't just play outside for very long like they can at home.

We also went to the new spray park in town. They loved playing in the water and keeping cool.

It was wonderful! We went here 2 times during this visit.

In the same park they have a new regular playground as well.

They would go play over there and then when they got hot they would go back to the water.
It was awesome!

Here is grandpa and the boys on the morning we left:

We had a great time on our visit. I wish we lived closer so we could see each other more than once or twice a year.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Visit with Mamaw and Papaw

We went to visit Mamaw and Papaw (my grandparents) on Monday after leaving Mimi's house.

We ate a wonderful lunch that Mamaw prepared and then sat around and played games. The kids love playing games with Mamaw and Papaw. Here Kaleb and Mamaw are playing Chinese Checkers.
Kaleb was determined to beat Papaw at checkers, but after a couple of games he got mad and gave up. I used to sit and play checkers with Papaw when I was younger and he never let me win either.

Landon likes to play with the old toys they have there. I used to play with this little house and it's pieces when I was little.
Here is Landon and Papaw with their dog Birdie. Birdie is good with the boys and gets excited when they play with her.
Here are Mamaw and Papaw and the boys. They love visiting their great grandparents. I'm glad we were able to go this year.