Wednesday, September 1, 2010

little moments

We'll just see how long I stay! :-) It's been over a year since my last post, and I've been so horrible about not documenting those little moments that happen so frequently around here that I would like to remember. Finally decided to go ahead and post some of our fun times here so I can remember them. I can' believe how fast this summer (well, this year) has gone! It's September!!!! My favorite time of the year since my birthday is a week away and fall is just around the corner!!! I love everything about fall! It's such a sensory wonder! It's beautiful canvas of color, the crispness of the leaves under my feet and the wind on my skin, the tastes and smells of apple cider and roasted veggies! YUM! I can't wait to break out my long sleeved t-shirts and jeans!

As much as I love everything about the fall, I also am really, really enjoying experiencing all of these things (and many others) in the eyes of my sons! I can't believe Zach is 3 1/2 already. He's already asking for snow and if it's Christmas yet, because he knows he'll turn 4 after Christmas!!! And Max will be 11 months soon. I can't believe that one at all. Some days I feel like I was just pregnant! But he is such a happy kid and I love seeing him experience new things!

Where was I again? I'm already going off subject! Didn't I start this post with the intent to remember what was happening in the day to day life of our family? All I've done so far is look toward the future!!! While that's good and all, I'll get to some things I'd like to remember some day when I'm out frolicking in the leaves with my boys!!!

Zach is such a good little guy and such a great big brother!!! He is so caring, helpful, protective, and loving to Max. It's funny that he'll let Max play with his toys, but he's actually pretty good at knowing which of his toys are too small for Max to play with. If he sees Max playing with a small toy or trying to get a cord from a lamp, Zach will redirect him or call out for me to move him. Not usually in a mean way, but it's just so cute. Although, he does sometimes say, "No, Max. Bad, bad, bad." That always makes me chuckle! This week Zach has mastered pedaling his tricycle! We were able to ride to and from his preschool today (it's 3 houses away from ours!). It helped that Papa put his Spider Man horn on for him this week. And let me tell you, I think the whole cul-de-sac knew we were coming! Next week, Zach is starting preschool. WOW! We went and dropped off our supplies today and got to see the classroom. When we entered the classroom, his teacher made a comment and Zach said his famous phrase, "Don't say me that." Translation is, don't say that - but you somehow lose the rolling of the eyes with the translation! Apparently, that phrase is spoken by his teacher's daughters often as they imitate Zach at their house - how funny!! Zach's favorite things these days: going to the pool, SuperHeroes of any kind (he got a Wolverine figure from McDonald's the other day and he's never heard of him or seen him before -- so he named him "Buster." Cracked me up - what a great super hero name!!), he loves reading, and has recently started making the letter "Z" and is very proud of himself (as are we)!!! He's a great little kid and even though he's only quiet when he sleeps these days, I love him so much!!!

Max is such a hoot! He's quiet and happy. He's mastering all kinds of new things each day. His FAVORITE thing is Cheerios! I'm pretty sure he could eat a box every 2 days if I let him! He gets so excited when he sees that yellow box come out of the pantry! I feel kind of bad as I've been trying to plan his 1st birthday party in October. I can't really think of anything he really likes or has favorites of (rather than Cheerios). And I don't think a Cheerios themed 1st birthday would be all that much fun, well maybe. But he is just so easy going. He is crawling everywhere. And his poor knees from our hard wood floors must be hurting because he does a funny crawl half the time where one foot is on the floor and the other knee is on the floor. Crazy, but he can move fast. And he's so quiet that I joke that we lose him several times a day! He'll entertain himself and be playing in a corner and we won't even know he's there. He now has 5 of the sharpest teeth ever. I'm sure the 6th one will be out soon, but I think we've gone through 7-12 bibs a day for the last 2 months. Luckily teething doesn't seem to bother him, too much. Generally Max will talk (babble) throughout the day and loves to imitate me when I hum to him at bedtime. He loves playing peek-a-boo and doing "so big!" He can sign "more" and we're working on "all done" which I think he'll get soon. We've just introduced sippy cups and he's doing pretty well with them. It's hard to tell because he's been refusing bottles lately, too. He has a lot of fun sitting on his butt and spinning in circles and will eat anything you put in front of him! Although, pureed baby food is getting turned down more and more lately. Guess that's a good thing though. He's such a kind and happy spirited little guy. I love every little inch of that kid!!!

Anyway, I've rambled on and on long enough tonight. Hopefully I'll be back here again sometime soon with a more cohesive thought process. For now, these are the things that make me smile!


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Snow Day Fun

Sorry it's been sooo long since I've posted. No excuses, just life. Yesterday we had our first snow day in forever here in VA! Zach had tons of fun playing out in the snow, and I had a pretty good time too. Here's a few pics from our adventures!!
Getting ready to go outside Sunday night, just after it began to snow. Good thing Grandma bought lots of snow gear "just in case"!!!Outside in the cul-de-sac playing with and watching the neighbor girls! Enjoying his first real Virginia snow!!!He even had to go down the icy slide! He had a blast!!!
Hope to be back with some cards soon!!! Till then...

Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Fun List

I don't normally do these, but I've seen this around the past few days and thought it might be fun! Here's a chance to get to know me a little better. If you play along, please put a link in my comments section so I can get to know you better, too!

The colored items, I've accomplished.
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/Disney World
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House - didn't get to go in though
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox twice
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sweet and Simple

Sweet and simple. That's the rally cry for these next cards. I was inspired by Kathi's card which was inspired by these cards by Jennifer McGuire. I loved them so much I went out and bought the Amore heart punch by Fiskers, just so I could create my own. And I LOVE my Swiss Dots embossing folder. It is so versatile and adds just enough depth to any card. I can't believe I just got it!!! The hearts are on pop dots for some added dimension. Quick and easy Valentine's Day cards!

Products Used: 1st card: Cranberry & White Daisy CS (CTMH); Amore Heart Punch (Fiskers); Scallop Scissors; Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Provo Craft). 2nd Card: Urban Rhapsody Die Cut Mat Pad (K&Co), Amore Heart Punch (Fiskers).

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Zach's favorite food these days is bananas! He sometimes eats 3 a day! Usually it's just one or two, but sometimes he cons us into thinking he hasn't had one lately!!! Here are some cute pictures that I captured of him enjoying his favorite food the other day! I'm pretty sure he's going to turn into a monkey pretty soon! And I LOVE the faces he makes on command these days! He's so much fun to be around!!!
He got so impatient waiting for me to bring the peel down to eat the rest of the banana, he decided to try the peel. Good news is that he didn't actually bite it off! Crazy little guy!!!