Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A few of my favorite things: summer time edition

My babies in just their diaper
Plus baseball is another huge fav.

I've always loved thunderstorms, but mid-west ones are where it's at!!
Oh and my kids sleep GREAT when it storms & even treat me with a late wake up call :)
(disclaimer- taken from a moving vehicle)

yummmmm... cold summer time treats!

Cooling off in the water

What's on your list?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Two Times the Fun

We are loving a little change in our normal schedule.

I have really enjoyed getting to know Molly, who I met through MOPS, and her family. She is an OB nurse at night a few days a week. So that she can get some sleep when she gets home from work, we're swapping kids one day a week. Her kiddos Noah & Ainsley are just about the same age as Isaac & Brooklyn. This means she & I are doubling our pleasure on our day to watch the kids. But it also means a playmate for each of our kids too.

Here are some pics from the first week we swapped. It went surprisingly well...

Everybody got along- they could even all share the cars without too much drama.

With a common love for Thomas the Train this book was a good one to entertain the boys for quite a while.

Good thing these guys like each other so much- with school, MOPS & kid swapping there are some weeks they're together 4 days a week.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Watch Out World

Brooklyn decided while we were playing at Daddy's softball game that walking was the way to go. She walked...and walked....and walked for 2 hrs. straight. She insisted on starting off in this dirt patch every time. If she fell, she'd crawl back over to the patch & try again. She is a persistent girl. She doesn't get frustrated trying again & again.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Christmas in July

Last year we really enjoyed cutting down our own Christmas tree. Since we have a cathedral ceiling in our living room we went with a 8' tree.
It was cute....but just too small for the room.

We looked at artificial trees that were 10'-12' for a staggering $ an after Christmas sale. Yikes! But we budgeted for buying a tree this year knowing it will probably been a pretty bare tree at that price until we can buy decorations too.

Last week we came across a steal of a deal on Craigslist

We got this beautiful 12' tree for $80. Yes friends....that's my kind of a deal!!!
The family selling it had been hoping to open a B&B, but haven't been able to make that dream come to fruition.

So even though there are several months to Christmas, we're so excited about being able to decorate this monster this year!! Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Long 4th of July Weekend

We had just the best time as a family this weekend.
It was a long one.
Because of Zach's work schedule we had Wed- Sunday as a family and it ROCKED!!!!

We spend lots of time outside, playing in the pool, swinging, blowing bubbles, being silly and just having fun!

On Friday we went to the Royals game and saw the amazing fireworks. Both kids loved it!! Isaac was so sad when they were over.

(horrible pic, I know- I should have figured out how to do night setting before we got there)

I got to thinking during the display about how blessed we are that loud explosions over our head are fun & entertaining for us. I'm sure there are way too many people in the world that have a very different reaction- one of fear and confusion. I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to care for your children and keep them safe in an environment like that. Once again amazed at our many blessings here in the USA!!!

On the 4th we had a fun lunch with the extended Taylor family. Last year Isaac was learned about corn on the cob & watermelon on the 4th- this year Brooklyn learned about those same foods & Isaac moved onto learning how to tear up a chicken wing.

Hope you had an equally fun & enjoyable 4th celebrating our independence!

Friday, July 03, 2009

Happy Independence Day!!

A Happy 4th of July weekend to all!
We're counting our blessing & so thankful for all the freedoms we have here in America!