Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Portrait of my kids

My second-born.
Loves nature, art, stickers, and being outside.
She's my "little mommy" most days - she's very concerned about everyone else and will do anything to make sure they are are okay!
She loves to watch sports.
Girly wouldn't even begin to describe her. The same girl who has to make sure her nail polish matches her outfit is the same girl who enjoys kissing frogs.
She'll hug worms, kiss frogs but is scared of a miniature poodle.
She LOVES Disney princesses right now!

My first born.
He's always exceeded my expectations.
Compared to Zoey, his first 3 months were brutal. Since then, he's been our "easy" child.
He's never met a Lego or a car he didn't like.
His latest obsession involves Star Wars.
His reading abilities are just plain scary. So far he has reported that Kindergarten is boring and easy. Somehow, I'm not surprised.
Don't ask him about what he wants for his birthday or Christmas unless you're prepared for a long list of toys!
He loves to talk. Try to make a decision while he's talking and you'll understand. He just has a lot to say!
He is most concerned about whether people know Jesus and go to his church.

Some days they argue and whine so much that I think I should take up drinking.
However, most days...nah. I love them just the way they are!

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A look back

On August 24, 2010 we were enjoying a picnic dinner in roughly 80 degree weather.

On August 24, 2011, we enjoyed the pool in 97 degree weather!

I can't say that Zoey was much into the splashing business at all!!

Wait a sec...what is she laughing at?

Bubble, bubble, bubble...


After doing plenty of jumping...
(A LOT of jumping)

And swimming...

Jack was ready for a little lounging.

But not for long!

Even Zoey decided to get in on some exciting jumping-in adventures.

Now, Zoey has made the most progress this year in the pool. She started off not even letting go of anyone, and now she's swimming on her own (with floating) and jumping (okay, walking) into the pool.

But at the end of the day...
 Jack is exhausted.
Zoey is happy...

And we are all cooled down!

Sometimes having a pool does pay off.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Stuck like glue

Here's a regular issue:

Zoey loves sticker books. And coloring. Basically anything art is going to make her very, very happy.
Jack loves to read. And color. And mess with his sister.

When these two get together and someone has a coloring book or stickers, watch out. It's usually chaos all around.

But a few weeks ago, something strange happened...they shared:

I can't say that this is a sign of things to come, but it's a nice refresher from the usual!

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Take me out to the soccer match...

This is actually a sponsored blog post. Well, sort of. You see, SureWest is a cable company who sponsored an amazing event. We basically placed our name for a drawing of 4 tickets to a soccer game...dinner and parking included. We won tickets! So without the amazing generosity and marketing skills of SureWest (despite the fact that Time Warner has some amazing ad space in the new soccer stadium), this blog post wouldn't have been possible.

Trav took the evening off, so we were ready to go!

On the way there, we had one very, very tired girl! We were glad she was able to get some sleep at least.

Jack needed his picture taken. "Too bright, Mommy!"

Now, my only complaint is that the walk from the general admission parking to the Livestong Stadium is brutal. It's like the never ending sidewalk. No matter how far you walk, there's still more parking lot to cover!

Ah, the new stadium. Very neat. Very awesome. Pictures of that to come shortly.

Now, this event was neat. It was all-you-can-eat hot dogs, hamburgers and chips. It's a basic meal, but it was still nice. Jack had three hot dogs and a hamburger...and was still hungry for more. Someone was hungry! Anyway, after eating, there were plenty of things to do - such as face painting! Or, as in Zoey's case, arm painting.

My boys waited patiently for Zo to get her arm painted.

That's concentration!

Yup. Still waiting.

Ta-da! The soccer ball in all of its glory.

Ooo. Aaah. You can't even see the glitter!

As promised, here's the view from the top. There's no bad seat in the house!

Our view.

Our seats!

The teams were warming up - awesome to see!

SHIRT CHANGE! You see, the entire night was free, so we splurged and bought the kids matching shirts.

Cheese! (Jack's was a size medium. He'll grow into it!)

Jack may look happy, but soccer just didn't entertain him. He was begging to go home before the game even started.

Zoey loved it though! She did get fidgety though.

Goldilock, anyone?

She was about 7 chairs away from us.

This was before the game started though, so there weren't many people in the stands yet.

Now for some pictures taking by the kiddos:

But guess what we saw?
Two goaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaals!

Overall, it was a fun time. I would highly suggest to anyone to visit Livestrong at least once! It was just awesome. And thanks to SureWest for making it possible!

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Random Facts about ... Me

I'm always talking about the kids.

Jack started school.
Zoey's in pre-k.

They are my life, so it's expected!

But now it's my turn.

Here are 5 things you probably didn't know about me:

1) I cannot whistle. I can snap my fingers, but whistle? Sadly, I cannot. I also can't roll my Rs, which prompted me to take German to avoid any Spanish R rolling.

2) I am always cooking, but it's not because I love food. When I was growing up, my parents established a rule - if you don't cook then you clean. Since I hated doing dishes, I took up cooking.

3) I take a lot of pictures - as in, about 75 photos for each hour of an activity. However, it wasn't always this way. When we first had Jack, I would go through spurts of photo taking. I would be consistent for a few months and then forget for a few months. Once I received my superzoom camera (2 months before Zoey was born), that pattern ended.

4) Before Trav I was a pretty picky eater. After I met him, he opened my eyes to many types of food I had been ignoring, including
- Asparagus
- Artichoke
- Black Forrest cake
- Crab legs
- Lobster

He also took me took my first sports bar, mexican buffet and Greek restaurant.

5) As I get more and more tan in the summer, a scar on my finger looks more and more like a band-aid! Why? Because I had to have acid treatments (after freezing failed) to get rid of warts on my hand. After the doctor would apply the acid, the nurse would put on band-aids. One day a band-aid wasn't tight enough and turned around, meaning the acid was now working on my non-warty part! Needless to say, I still have the scar from it!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 1

All I could think of this morning was this:

Now, back to your regular programming:

Jack went through these doors this afternoon for the first time as a kindergartner.

His  school.

His time to shine.

Needless to say, he's ready.

He's good enough. He's smart enough. And doggone it, people like him.

The long way to the office.

Listening to what will happen each time he is dropped off.

No preschooler here! 

His own name tag (there are two Jacksons of course) at his table, which he shares with a friend.

He was more than ready to get the show on the road!

Of course, at the end of the day, everyone was happy to see our Kindergartner again!

Yeah, I would say he loves school!

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