Thursday, April 30, 2009

No Kidding Around

I tease the boys a lot. They're learning to tease in return and it's kind of fun to have them banter with me. Sometimes they don't know when I'm teasing and when I'm serious. Today I found David's Russel Stover's chocolate/caramel Easter bunny in the cupboard. He must've stashed it and forgotten about it. Well, it was just what I needed! :-) (He left for a three-day trip with our teenagers.)

So I started on the bunny's ears and Trevor saw me. He got excited! "Hey, Mom! Can I have some of that?" I looked at him and said, "No way!" He paused and looked at me and said, "You're teasing, aren't you?"

I very seriously replied, "Momma does NOT tease when it comes to chocolate!"

Then Trevor kind of chuckled and said, "Yeah. Girls like chocolate a LOT!"

(His wife will thank me some day for teaching him this important principle early in life!)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Cole & Logan

Cole and Logan have been playing together better and better. Saturday night they went outside and I found them digging in the field with their little shovels. I couldn't resist a few pictures of them.

Trevor's PreGame Kick

I didn't get very good videos last week of Trevor. It's harder to take good pictures of him while his games are going, because his playing field is bigger than Cole's. So this week I thought I'd get some before game kicks.


We're getting our spring time flowers combined with summer time heat! Here are my first tulips. Aren't they so pretty?

Our pear tree in bloom.

I'm guessing I'll have quite a few soccer pictures to post in the weeks to come. Here are a couple from Saturday.

The Forecast Indoors. . . . Foggy???

Don't you just love those cute things that kids say? There are a few words that my boys mispronounce on a regular basis. The English buff in me wants to correct them, but the mommy in me wants them to say those funny things forever. Well, at least until they start high school. :)

It took me a bit to understand what my boys meant when they complained about their foggy cereal. Cole didn't want to finish his breakfast. "Mom, the cereal's foggy," he complained. I came to the table to see if we had clouds in our dining room or something. Nope. He meant that his cereal was SOGGY! It was so cute and endearing that I couldn't correct his speech at that moment. But when the kids fiddle around at the table and don't eat quickly, we get foggy cereal around here a lot.

How about when Logan talks about our new baby grill? He means girl, but grill is so cute. Cole has been trying to help Logan fix that mispronunciation, and I cringe each time they have that little lesson, hoping Logan still says "grill" after the tutorial is over.

At the mall the boys all want to ride up the alligators. I have said "escalators" many times, so they can get it right, but they still want to ride the alligators.

The boys play hide-n-sink. (I think Trevor's grown out of that one though.)

And one more is hotton candy. I don't know why it's hotton candy, but my boys have never eaten cotton candy. They prefer hotton candy! Even as I type these I'm grinning ear to ear, just to think about those cute boys of mine.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Song

One good thing about getting older is that you have plenty of help when it comes to blowing out those candles!

Gifts & Cake

The boys (and especially Cole) have been wondering all day when we were going to have Dad's birthday! After dinner we cleared off the table and David got down to the important birthday business of opening presents.

I couldn't very well wrap his new suit so we played "hot and cold." I told him when he was finally getting warm near the coat closet where he foud his last gift. The boys really loved this, since they'd been wondering where that last present was all day long!

And FINALLY! The good part!

Sleepy Boys

Today is David's birthday. After school was over we had a nice time playing Bocci with the big boys, and just hanging around in the nice weather. I was getting ready to make David's requested meal - grilled steaks and mozzarella sticks - when he went upstairs to get Logan up from his nap. I was in the kitchen kind of getting things ready and wondering what was taking him so long. So I finally trudged up all 16 of our steps (a lot of steps for this pregnant woman these days!) thinking David might've gotten on the computer. When I got to Logan's room, this is what I found:

So precious!

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Speaking of the barn. . . Cole climbed into the loft today. He's pretty fearless when it comes to this kind of thing. There are not any steps or ladders up to this portion of the barn for some reason, so Cole just figured out a way to get up there! Trevor followed after he watched how Cole did it. It's too bad we didn't have a bunch of hay up there. I can just imagine the fun two boys could have in a hay-filled loft.

Farm Life

Okay, we don't really live on a farm, but we do have a barn and we are surrounded by cows and corn fields! All that to say that my boys have been loving the nice weather and the outdoors the last couple of days. We have a small creek behind our house and Cole and Trevor can play back there for hours. They also come back to the house wet and muddy! I try to remember that they are boys and let them enjoy themselves. This is what Cole looked like this afternoon!

Throwing It In

Here's a short clip of Cole throwing the ball in. . . and of how the five-year-olds typically play. They're kind of in la-la land until you tell them what to do, but it's so cute.

Trevor's Game

Trevor is an active guy and loves to run around, so this soccer thing is right up his alley. He made one goal today and it was from half-field! (Not sure if that's how you say that or not!) His team clobbered the competition with a final score of 10 - 1.


Of course Logan was not to be left out today at the soccer fields. Poor guy wanted to go out and play soccer with dad too! He did get to go make some goals during the breaks and after the games.

Cole's Game

It's official. . . .I am now a soccer mom! Ha! Today was the first day of the boys' soccer games. It was a gorgeous day with temperatures in the 70's. David is coaching both of the teams that the boys are on. Cole's first game was bright and early at 9:30. It is pretty funny watching those five-year-olds run around the ball trying to kick it. There were a lot of "air-ball" kicks! They are all pretty cute out there though! Cole's team "won," even though they don't officially keep score for that age group.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Move

So far - So good! Logan made the move into his new room and his new bed Wednesday night. It was smooth sailing, praise the Lord! I might've made too big a deal of his nice, new bed, because he doesn't want the other boys to even sit on his bed now! Guess we'll work on breaking him of that one, but for now I'm thankful he's happy with his new room.

Doesn't he look so small in that big bed?

The walls used to be brown mobile-home paneling. We primed them and then painted them.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Baby Grill

Tonight I had nursery duty. I was holding a three-month old baby girl at the end of the service while I was waiting for her mom to come. Logan came to find me and he suddenly got very excited. He pointed at the baby and said, "Is that the new baby grill, Mom? Is that the new baby grill?"

If only it were that easy! :-)


We had a good day at church for Easter. It's always nice to see a lot of visitors in church to celebrate the Lord's resurrection. After a lunch of scalloped potatoes, ham, beans, and rolls, David and I went outside and hid 92 eggs for the boys! They had so much fun finding the eggs. Logan must've said, "I found an egg! Is there candy inside?" for at least the first 6-8 eggs that he found. He finally realized he should get down to business and just find the eggs before his brothers got them all!

Cheesecake Factory

One of our favorite places to eat is the Cheesecake Factory. I thought I'd be a good girl and get a salad, so I could save some room for cheesecake. Who was I kidding?!?!?!

Pretty Architecture

There is some beautiful architecture in downtown Pittsburgh. We did some walking downtown and I got a few shots of some of the pretty buildings down there.

And boy was it ever refreshing to see some trees in bloom! Pittsburgh must be a bit warmer than our area, because it looks like spring is coming to the city much more quickly than it's coming to our area.


David and I went to Pittsburgh Friday and Saturday for our final babymoon! We decided to get away - just the two of us - to relax and enjoy each other before our new arrival. It was very nice. We stayed at a Sheraton hotel on the river, did a lot of swimming in the pool, sightseeing, eating and just relaxing. Here are a few pictures from our trip:

The view from our window.

PNC park, where the Pirates try to play baseball!

We went up the Monongahela Incline Friday night. It was built in 1870 as a means to get up the mountain easily. It only costs $2.50 for a round trip. At the top there was a big overlook spot and I got some nice pictures of the city at night.

On the way up:

It looks like we're standing in front of a photography setting, but this is the real deal! A lady came by while we were trying to get a good shot of ourselves and took our picture. She did a great job on this one!

Coloring Eggs

The boys were excited to color some eggs. We did them Thursday night as a family. Some of them are quite pretty, and some were pretty ugly! The boys liked to put the egg in every cup so we got some funky looking ones. They had a good time though. Two dozen eggs don't go real far when you're coloring them!