Sunday, August 10, 2014


I love Skype!  When Dave is away traveling for work, I like that we can still see him and keep in touch.  The kids love talking to him even though they do get a little crazy.  OK a lot crazy.

 Had a wonderful dinner over at Ralph and Michelle's.  Pulled pork and mashed potatoes.  Yummy!  And after dinner at the request of our littlest we went on a walk over to see the chickens, bunnies, and turtles.  The boys love going for walks and being outside, unfortunately, Payton is not as big a fan and refused to come.  Oh well.

I love that we get to see so many animals, we almost always see deer.  The kids love it and are getting really good at spotting other animals too.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Austin's Birthday

I can't believe my baby is 2!

He is everything BOY.  He loves running, climbing, exploring and does his best to keep up with his older brother and sister.  He will not be left out of anything. 

Since Austin loves anything with wheels we decided to make the theme of his birthday party Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and boats).  Instead of having organized games we left it a play date feel.  We had an area with cars and a ramp, an area with trains, little planes, and wading pools with boats.

My little helpers were having a grand old time getting everything set up and ready for the party. Lincoln and Austin were helping to fill the wading pools and somehow ended up drenched.  Hmmm.

As always I learned how to do some new things on my Silhouette and was really excited about that.  This time I learned how to weld objects, which basically means taking several shapes and making them one shape.  This was great because it gave me the ability to create a basic silhouette of a car, boat, plane, and train without having to glue a bunch of pieces together.  I really liked how it turned out.



In the past, I have enjoyed being clever with naming the lunch items.  However, this time I decided not to.  Partly because all the cute ideas I had or could find involved a lot of work and effort that I figured would be wasted on a bunch of 2 year olds that wouldn't have even realized the fruit they were eating was put together in the shape of a car.  Haha!  So I settled for car, plane, and boat cookies and cupcakes with fun transportation toppers.

We made sandwiches for the kids (which I did cut into shapes) with fishy crackers, pretzels, watermelon, and yogurt.  Then made Chipotle style burrito bowls for the mamas.  Funny thing was that a majority of the kids chose to eat the beans and rice over the sandwiches.

The kids seemed to have a good time.  They played with everything we had out to play with along with all the other toys in our playroom.  The only child who seemed disappointed was our little friend Gage who was upset about me not getting our toy guns out.  :o)


After Austin's birthday play date we had just enough time to clean up and get the birthday boy a nap before we had family over for a little dinner celebration.

In addition to our normal family we were also excited to have Kristen's sister, Kira, over.  She was so nice.  Even let Payton teach her how to make rainbow loom bracelets.  We also were lucky enough to see Uncle Anthony.  He just happened to be in town this weekend.  What luck!

It was a really nice day and I think Austin loved being the center of attention.

Happy Birthday Buddy!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Busy Day

Today was a crazy busy day.  We started by taking finally Payton to the Dermatologist.  She has had a muluscum rash since February.  Originally our pediatrician said not to worry about it, because she only had a few warts but she has gotten a lot more and they are not getting better. 

I love the dermatologist, she was great.  Payton even liked her.  The dermatologist described muluscum as a virus on the skin that the body builds up an immunity to.  I guess it is kind of like chicken pox.  After talking to one of the parents of the kids in her class I found out that several of the kids had it during school around the time Payton first got it.  Unfortunately, Payton has not yet started to build an immunity to it so the dermatologist has prescribed a cream that will help her to develop to immunity so the rash will go away.  We are all excited to see if it works.

After our doctor appointment we headed over to have a playdate at Dorie's house, one of Payton's friends.  We had so much fun.  I thought we were just going over to play in the sprinklers but they had so much more planned. 

A wonderful lunch, sandwiches, homemade soup, snacks.  It was delicious. 

Sharon, Dorie's mom, also planned to has the kids decorate T-shirts with puffy paint.  I love how creative the kids are.  Although, I will say that standing next to a 2 year old using puffy paint can be dangerous and to only stand close at your own risk.  Haha!  Paint goes everywhere.

For dessert, they planned ice cream sundaes.  So good!

After the playdate, we came home to prepare for Papa Ralph's birthday dinner.  It is so nice being close to family so that we can celebrate together so often.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Payton is loving gymnastics.  I love that she loves it.

She is so excited to learn.  She wants to be able to do a cartwheel so bad.  Today one of the lead instructors was teaching a new instructor how to coach a child through doing a cartwheel.  Payton was one of the kids they chose to be an example for the new coach.  She was so excited, this was perfect because she has been working so hard to get the hang of it.  They worked with her for about 5 to 10 minutes.  The one on one instruction was great, she still can't so a cartwheel by herself but she is definitely getting the feel for it.

Monday, August 4, 2014


My little boy is so brave, every time we go to gymnastics he surprises me with doing something new.  This week he attempted doing a seat drop by himself.  It was awesome!  He has never jumped off the mat before without holding someone's hand and today he went for it.  Very exciting!