Monday, August 30, 2010

Grandpa & Grammy Pictures

This post is lovingly dedicated to my dad. I put every, single, torturous picture on here, Dad. Enjoy!

I've entitled this slideshow "Oh The Joy!" because as you can see, taking pictures with a bunch of kids is SO MUCH FUN!

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Happy Campers

Friday night we had a bonfire outside. (My husband must've been a pyromaniac in his first life, because he absolutely LOVES bonfires.) While he got the fire started I got dinner cleaned up and then Brooke and I joined the boys outside. It was actually a great night for a bonfire. It was a bit chilly and the fire was just right.

There were are few extra boxes and things to burn, but before we burned those boxes, the boys got a little more mileage out of them. Cole is so slim, he really can fit in one of these boxes.

What started out as an innocent bonfire soon turned into a camping activity! I'm not even sure how it happened, but somebody mentioned sleeping outside. We don't have a tent so I shot that idea down; too many wild animals out here. But then David got the bright idea to bring his truck over to the bonfire. He brought the full size mattress from Trevor's bed outside and the boys were all set.

I know you're all wondering. . . no, Brooke and I did not sleep outside. I was actually kind of sad about not sleeping out there under the stars. It was such a beautiful night. But I knew that little girl wouldn't get much sleeping done out there. And if Brooke isn't sleeping, then Momma probably isn't sleeping either! So to make sure that everybody was happy, I let the boys have their campout without us girls.

I know this was a great memory for the boys. They were up bright and early, stoking the fire and drinking hot chocolate out there. I'm sure they will do it again someday, but they'll have to give Dad some time to recover first! :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Brooke Fest

Our little Brooke is 14-months-old today. She really is such a sweetie and we all adore her at our house. She is a bit small for her age and is a late bloomer, but I honestly don't mind. I'm enjoying my baby as long as I can.

She still isn't walking. If you hold her hands she will walk along with you, and she will even walk if you just hold one of her hands. She's beginning to stand up all by herself also. Once in a while I'll catch her standing up in the living room just playing with a toy in her hands. I don't think she realizes what she's doing, but all the rest of us get excited to see her progress. You should see the boys get all thrilled each time she does something new. I don't think it'll be too much longer before we have an actual toddler in our house.

Brooke sprouted two lower teeth in July. She didn't seem to have any trouble with that, thank goodness!

I just love this big smile she has on her cute face! I just want to squeeze those cheeks when she does that. So cute!

This picture just cracks me up. We were out at the amusement park and it was a hot day. We were standing in line and I thought I'd take some pictures of Brooke on Daddy's shoulders. I just happened to snap the picture at the right second here.

All the boys dote on Brooke, but Cole definitely has a soft spot for her.

I love this little profile picture. Actually I love everything about that little darling!

Lakemont Park

We went to Lakemont Park a couple of weeks ago. It was kind of our last hurrah before school started. Lakemont is a small, local amusement park. They have dollar days on Wednesdays throughout the summer, and of course that is good news for a family of our size! The kids had a great time, and even though it was a hot day, I enjoyed watching the kids have fun.

Cole didn't like the kiddie roller coaster!

Logan loved all the little rides. He could go again and again and again and . . . .!

This one was more Cole's speed.

David and Logan are waaaaaay up there.

It was in the high 90's that day. We cooled off with some slushees. Brooke wanted her fair share!

I just love this picture. Aren't they a cute pair?

We went on the Tin Lizzy cars and the boys got to drive. They were SO excited about driving real cars. Cole was David's chauffeur. Can you see how thrilled he was to be driving?

Trevor was my driver. You can tell by his giddy look of glee that he was having a good time being in the driver's seat. I said, "You could get used to this, couldn't you, Trevor." And he replied, "OH YEAH!"

Trevor's our daredevil when it comes to rides. He went on the big roller coaster with David, and he went on this ride by himself. He really enjoyed this park.

School Days

It's hard to believe that today is the first day of the school year for three of my boys. The summer went very fast for us. I am looking forward to being in a routine again, even though I may need to remind myself of that in a month or two!

For a couple of weeks now Cole has been praying for school to start soon. Today his prayers are answered! I homeschooled him for his kindergarten year of school, and we did a great job together. But he's been ready for a while to head next door to "Dad's school" so he could be with the other kids.

Of course they had some farm fresh eggs and toast for their first day of school.

Cole is getting ready to walk to school. Lucky for him it is not uphill both ways! It's right next door!

There he goes -- my cute little first grader!

And here's Trevor. . . When we shopped for him David picked this shirt out. Can any of you Ohio people figure out why?

He's starting his third grade year, even though he'll be happy to tell you that he's doing some fourth grade work.

And my third boy! Tee-hee! (I know some of you were wondering.) David's looking forward to a good school year for himself and the students. He spent quite a bit of time painting and preparing.