Friday, September 27, 2013

Fund Run

Today was the fund run at Almaden Country School.  Amma, Papa Don, and Grandma Vella all came up to watch Payton participate.  What a cheering section!

Payton did such a great job.  She ran/walked for 30 minutes with her Big Buddy, Cameron, cheering her on.  Last year she ran 19 laps and this year she ran 27!  Great job Payton we love you and are so proud of you.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Crazy Sock Day

Crazy socks indeed.  Haha!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Crazy Hair Day

Today was Crazy Hair Day at Almaden Country School and Payton rocked the fauxhawk.  I think the only thing that would have made it better would have been adding a little color.  ;O)


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Birthday Shooting

This year Steven and I did a little joint birthday celebrating and went to Sporting Clays. 

I haven't shot my gun since I was pregnant with Payton.  Needless to say I was a little rusty. ;O)

Good times!  Happy Birthday to Steven and to me!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Pipe Cleaners Animals

Another Pinterest find and attempt at an activity with the kids.  Pipe cleaner animals!

Sounds like fun, right?  Haha!  I couldn't find decent instructions anywhere so I was kind of making it up as I went along.  Those poor lions had the hardest time standing up.  Oh well, it gave them personality.  Just like Lincoln.  :O)  Love his face in these pictures.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Bows and arrows and a mohawk.

I get a lot of comments on Payton's hair and all the different things that we do with it.  I think Lincoln was feeling a little left out.  He asked for a Mohawk today.  Haha!  So cute!

I saw an idea on Pinterest to make bows and arrows out of popsicle sticks and Q-tips.  It was a success the kids had so much fun decorating their bows.  AND the bows shot the Q-tip arrows across the room!  Yikes!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Daddy came home early!

Dave was scheduled to be home from China on Friday.

So imagine what goes through my mind when I pull up to the house from picking up Payton from school to find the garage door wide open.  I think to myself, "What?  I know I closed the door AND alarmed the house."  Then I hear the kids start screaming, "Daddy, Daddy is home!"

To be honest I almost started bawling right there in the car.  We were doing fine while he was in China but oh, what a relief to have him back home.  I felt like I could breathe again.

He did not come home empty handed.  He brought each of the kids an outfit, a puzzle, and all sorts of treats.

Welcome home Daddy!

Monday, September 9, 2013

A New Toy

We had a little incident the other day where I found Austin squatting on the kids table.  Yes, I did pause to take a picture before getting him down.  Haha!  This little adventurous boy is really into climbing, it drives me crazy.  When Lincoln was little and started the climbing phase we borrowed a little climbing slide thing from my friend Aimee.  So I gave Aimee a call to see if we could borrow it again.  She said yes.  Yay!

He loves it!  And so does Lincoln.  And so does Payton.  I hope they don't break it or break themselves on it.

A new session started today at the dance studio.  Payton and her friend Sadie decided they wanted to give Hip Hop a try.  It was SO cute watching them.  Watching them try and do what the teacher was doing was hilarious.  Click here to watch a video of her doing a hip hop walk.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Sleep Over

Dave went to China for work and while he was away the kids kept asking if they could sleep in the bed with me.  I remember when my sister and I were younger we always wanted to sleep in our parent's bed when my dad was out of town.

I promised them that we could do a sleepover on Friday and they looked forward to it all week.  We even watched a movie in bed.  It was fun but I don't think I would have them both sleep in the bed at the same time again.  They are the craziest sleepers ever.  At one point Lincoln's head and torso were on Dave's nightstand and only his legs were on the bed.  How does one sleep like that?  Then there was Payton,  that child was sleeping sideways in the bed.  I am so tired.  ;O)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Payton's First Day of Kindergarten

Ahhh!!!  My baby is in kindergarten.  Isn't she adorable?

We got to stay for the first couple minutes of class.  She was so excited and I am so happy about that.  She showed Lincoln around her classroom, we got to watch them go to opening circle, and then they did a small activity so the kindergarteners could say goodbye to their parents.

She had a great day and LOVES her teacher.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Lincoln's 1st Day of Busy Bee's and Payton's Lemonade Party

I can't believe Lincoln is starting Pre-School.  When did he get so big?  Payton was so excited to take Lincoln in and introduce him to his teachers and take pictures of the whole thing.  He did great!

After we dropped Lincoln off, we headed over for Payton's Lemonade Party at her school.  It was her opportunity to meet her teacher, explore her classroom, and possibly meet some of her classmates.
She was so excited and nervous at the same time.  It was so cute!  Her Teacher, Mrs. DeRienzo, had all the kids complete a worksheet that instructed them to go to different areas of the room and answer questions.  She seems really great.

Can't wait for her first day tomorrow!

Sunday, September 1, 2013


Dave bought a little solar kit that you could use to build a whole bunch of different things like a dog, boat, and robot.  I think they built everything the kit would make in the first day.  They even filled one of the kiddie swimming pools to try out the boat.  So fun!