Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Documenting memories

Oh, how I miss our camera. It broke this summer and we haven't had the extra money to get it fixed. Really we don't know if it can be fixed yet. Anyhow, I feel as though I'm missing out on documenting so many events/memories. I do have a smaller camera, but it just isn't as good. I guess it'll just have to do for now.
 Olivia got a bunny, Cuddles. She really wanted a dog, but she settled for a rabbit. Cuddles is a great pet and the kids love her.

 Olivia had her music program. Her fourth one at CRE! Time is going by too quickly!

                              We went pumpkin picking at the Fruit and Berry Patch in Oct.

 Nathan is getting so big. So hard to believe he will be in Kindergarten next year. He is doing so well in pre-school. He can count to 100, read all his sight words, colors better than some 1st graders, and his teachers brag on how well- behaved he is.

 Luke is a wild child! I'm so glad he hasn't broken any bones yet. He is very loving and funny. He has an awesome personality.

                    We just LOVE our kids SO much. They are a blessing to us every day.

                                                                 Buzz Lightyear, Luke

                                         Nathan and his buddy, Lily.          Buzz Lightyear and Jessie!

   Luke has started role playing. We love to hear him talk as he plays. He has a great imagination.

                                                           Bee of the Week, Third grader

                                                               Nathan loving slushies!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Slice of Life Girl's Getaway

  July 15-17, 2011-    This weekend was our annual lake getaway. We had a blast...of course. You never know who will end up being your closest friends. Reason says it should be people who have the most in common. Women who have similar family makeup as your own. Similar religious beliefs. Similar educational background. Yet with these group of girls it was the love of scrapbooking that first brought us together about 5 years ago. A time in my life when my core group of friends was starting to change due to the "season of life" we were all in. We were having babies, some were working on family relationships, others were worried about things that just didn't make sense to me.
I love these group of girls because no matter what season of life we are all in, we make still room to hang out. These girls have been here for me through the adjustment of a second child, a surprise pregnancy while the 2nd was still 6 months, staying at home for a year, going back to work after being home for a year, and now they are praying for us as Greg looks for a job. I thank God for each of them and what a great blessing they have each been in my life.

Dinner at the marina.
Sara had bought all sorts of "summer citrus" fruit goodies for us to go with the "Slice of Life" theme for the weekend.

Love my "C" which now has a new home on my scrap table at home.

Awful picture of me, but a lovely picture of the yummy Sangria.


Picnic dinner Friday night

We always have plenty of goodies when we get together. Regardless of who is trying to lose weight! Ha, ha!  We know how to party. The fridge was full, counters were covered, and coolers were stuffed. 

Fruit Pizza

 Sara made some yummy watermelon pops for us....delish! They looked better before I ate a third of it. :)

Watermelon ballons
Yes, we were still in our jammies.

We don't just scrap on our getaway. We sleep in, read, get online and catch up on our blogs, go out on the boat, try new yummy drinks, and eat all sorts of junk food we would never buy for our pantries.

Doing a little bit of each.

Hardcore scrappers

Saturday night dinner

Always so good to catch up with friends.

Sherrie almost didn't get to come. Yay for last minute changes!


Wild woman driving!

Paula didn't get to come up with us on Friday due to the passing of one of her best friends. She came up Sunday and got to relax with us on the lake.

We missed our babies, but ahhhh...we came back home so relaxed!

                                                      A perfect way to end the weekend.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sugar Bugs

July 12, 2011- It is recommended that children should first visit the dentist at the age of three. I didn't feel that Nathan was ready last year for the visit. He is very apprehensive when it come to any new experiences. So since we are so good at brushing teeth and keeping away from sugar we decided to wait. Well, we have been talking about the dentist all year in preparation for this summer's visit and it paid off! We scheduled Olivia's visit first so Nathan could watch and know what to expect.

He was all about the visit at first, but then all of a sudden got very nervous and thought he couldn't do it. So he went back to the waiting room to read books while Olivia finished her visit.

He was ready to go when the hygienist came to get him for his visit. He was practically running!

We were so proud of Nathan. Unlike Olivia and Luke, Nathan is not always so ready or excited when it comes to new experiences. He is getting better at expressing how he feels when he is nervous and stepping out of his comfort zone. He was awesome for both the hygienist and the dentist! Very compliant and sweet.

           Nathan got a new Lightening McQueen toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss! Rock on!

Best part of the visit? No cavities! We did a great job of keeping the sugar bugs away. Dr. Solly did say that Nathan's teeth were all perfectly in place so closely together. So we'd better start saving. Braces might be in his future.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Camping at Cove Lake

July 7th-8th
Olivia had been wanting to go tent camping since last year. We promised her that we would go this year since Luke would be older and potty trained. So off we went to Cove Lake State Park. Greg and his family used to come camping here during the summer when he was little. It is north of Knoxville. The park has a small campground and a great bike trail. I also like how it is just a few minutes from a little town so we can do Walmart runs for things forgotten.

The kids brought their Pillow Pets and a special toy. Olivia brought the baby doll she has had since she was 2. Nathan and Luke both brought their "Big Eyes" animals. We also bought the kids new crayons and markers to color in their coloring books.

Baby Doll

Camping tradition? Drinking Capri Suns and eating junk food like Poptarts for breakfast.
 We had a little field right behind our campsite. Perfect for the kids. They had a blast playing tag. It was so much fun to watch them catch fireflies when it got dark. I'll have to remember to bring some mason jars when we go camping again.

Big sister showing the boys a firefly.

Mr. Adventure was not one bit afraid to catch the fireflies. He even watched as the fireflies crawled on his arm after he caught them!
 Greg bought the kids new flashlights. Talk about cheap fun! The flashlights were a dollar and came with the batteries. I think Nathan was the most excited about the flashlights. He could not wait for it to be dark so he could use his flashlight.

As with every kind of "tool", Luke put it in his pants and pretended to be a "worker" and went to work.


Playing "Hide and Seek".

Greg brought 2 tents, but we all slept in the bigger tent.
 I love having three kids. Although sometimes it can get loud, it is such a blessing to see how well they play with each other. They are really such great friends. I hope and pray they will continue to be there for one another as they grow.
Making a train to wait for me to get the night-time things ready.
They were so funny in the camp shower. We used the handicap shower stall so I could bathe all three kids comfortably. Olivia could have taken a shower by herself, but I'm glad she didn't. Nathan and Luke squealed with excitement the whole time we were in the shower. It was hilarious!
The next day we woke up early and went bike riding. Olivia has forgotten how to ride her bike so we tried to help her remember. She is a trooper. It isn't coming back as easily as we thought. Olivia has been blessed with having most things come to her so easy. She was reading at four and a half. She understands math concepts the first time. She has a great memory. So she was ready to give up when the bike riding didn't come back to her. We had her practice when Mami Elia was here. There were tears. As there were tears today. There was even some blood as well. She kept on jumping off the bike when she got scared and really wanted to give up.  Olivia needs major encouragement it comes to things that don't come as easy to her.  So we kept on encouraging her and she's almost got it!
I am so proud of her.  She went from being discouraged, scared, and wanting to give up to being determined to ride that bike! Regrettably I don't have any pictures from our bike ride because the camera battery was out of juice.

The Funniest Things

Kids say and do the funniest things. I wish I had started writing them down as soon as Olivia started talking in paragraphs which she did at the age of 2. For example, today as I was trying to get the laundry folded and put away before the boys woke up from her nap she called me about three times to come see something she had done. I finally told her I was trying to get my chores finished before the boys woke up from their nap. She said " You have chores?!" She couldn't believe it. I thought that was so funny and I told her that my life was full of chores.
The boys love to pick dandelions from the yard to give to me whenever we leave the house. Nathan always picks the yellow ones and Luke mostly picks the white ones. Our driver's side van door lock is messed up. Well the other day as I'm pumping gas the door shut and locked on it's own. I called Greg to come and unlock the van for me. The boys were napping so he whisked them out of bed, told them it was an emergency, and they came to rescue me. As he unlocked the van door I went to give the kids kisses. Nathan, oh so very sweetly, says "Mom, I'm sorry we don't have flowers for you. We didn't have time to pick any for you." My heart melted. How sweet is my little boy?!

Nathan, Olivia, Luke

The kids like to take turns pushing the handicap buttons to open the doors @ St. Mary's. It all started when Luke was a baby in his car seat carrier and boy, was he heavy. So Olivia and Nathan would push the buttons to open the doors to help me. As they've gotten older it is now Nathan and Luke who take turns although I am no longer carrying a baby in a car seat carrier. Well, today as we were leaving the gym Luke ran as fast as his little legs would carry him to push the button. Then he ran again to push the second button which should have been Nathan's turn.  He giggled so! He knew what he had done and thought it was so funny. :) He does things like that all the time.  That boy!


So I decided to write in a Word document and upload to the blog when I don't have access to wireless. Then I can still be up to date.

 July 5th
Greg won tickets to Dollywood back in December and we upgraded to season passes for this year when we went on New Year's Eve. We love going to Dollywood. It's definitely not Disney, but it has it's own charm and plenty for the kids to do and see.
When I first moved to Knoxville we would go do Dollywood if we had free passes. Over the year the park added more rides and started doing festivals such as KidFest. KidFest is in the summer and always so worth taking the kids to play. My favorite thing at KidFest is the kid theater they have. The theater has live actors that bring to life 3 of the Imagination Library books that Dolly has sent out. The play we saw this year sucked big time! Ha, ha. We couldn't wait to get out.

There was a bubble show we saw as well. It was great. The kids loved all the bubbles and tricks the performer did. Luke kept on saying "I pop them, Mom!" when the bubbles came flying by. Awesome.

Yay! Bracelets make knowing which rides they can ride easy.

This year Olivia is tall enough to ride ALL the rides! Too bad Greg and I get sick on the upside down twist around and round rides. She and I love to ride the "Blazing Fury". I hope that as they update the park they don't get rid of that ride so that in a few years the five of us can ride it.

Nathan can ride so many more rides this year. He was all about it. We had to be sure to ride the train this visit to DW because we didn't get to ride it the last time. Nathan loves the train.
 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs simulated ride:
Nathan, Luke, and I watched the 3D movie since the boys couldn't "ride".

Olivia and Daddy

3D glasses upside down!         

 Luke can finally ride the Veggie Tales roller coaster which is my favorite kid ride! He was so funny. The ride scared him a little so he crossed his hands, pouted angrily and said "I don't like that ride!" He is so expressive with his words and his little body. I love him!
Best part about our visit? Normally on a Tuesday, it would be me and the kids at KidFest. Greg would have been at work. It's been wonderful to have Greg be a part of so many summer activities he wouldn't normally be a part of. 

So great to always be the five of us.
 I need to make a list of the rides the kids rode.

River Rampage-He didn't enjoy this ride back in May. He loved it today. May be that he knew what to expect this time around. He yelled "Mom! I got wet!" Oh, so cute.