Wednesday, December 29, 2010

More Christmas Activities

Layla and Dylan went to a neighborhood "gingerbread house making party". They had lots of fun!





Four elves delivering goodies to a new neighbor.



I love this photo, he looks so sweet and innocent (looks can be deceiving).



Heading to church.



Christmas Break has been lots of fun especially with the nice weather outside. The kids have enjoyed the trampoline.





And when it has been too cold, they have enjoyed the garage.



Christmas morning!



We are heading to Papa and Nana's and then to the Baker family Christmas at my cousin's. I just couldn't resist adding yet another photo by the tree. Nash would not just smile and look at the camera. Ahhhh, two-year olds. We had two full days of Christmas. We feel very blessed to have our family so close.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

November and the start of Christmas Activites

My dad is having a pond dug and wanted us to come take a look at the progress. Of course, the kids found this HUGE mountain of dirt. They had all climbed to the very top and I snapped this shot.



November 1st, Layla turned 8. She had her first slumber party with 4 friends. We made night shirts, ate pizza and cake(Layla and I made a "Sleepover Cake"), and then they watched a movie. She had a blast and I did as well.







Layla was in the "Square Dance" portion of the 2nd grade musical. Here she is with her best friend.



Buttermilk Deer Camp



Nash loves wearing things on his head, boggins, doo-rags, underwear, he doesn't care.
He looks like a skater dude in this photo. (I probably have several words misspelled, but this is my blog.)



Harrison was one of five Elvis' in the 5th grade musical. He is the one in white.



Dylan in the 4 year old Thanksgiving Program at Mother's Day Out. The older 4 year olds were Pilgrims and the younger ones were Indians, it was really cute.



Granny Baker with some of her great grand-kids. This year we had Thanksgiving at my cousin's house, because Granny has been in the nursing home for a few weeks. It was more spacious and very nice, but it was not the same. I miss being crammed into Granny's little house.



In the past my Advent calendar has been frustrating. I couldn't fit 3 or 4 candies or small anythings, so I would end up having quarters or maybe a M&M for each child. I wasn't satisfied with that, so I was searching for something different. I came across a blog (Sorry, I don't know which one. I look at too many!) and she put slips of paper in her small boxes with acts of kindness or fun stuff to do. Why didn't I think of that? So here are a few pictures from a couple of the days activities.



"Make Paper Snowflakes"



Nash was allowed to use some very dull scissors and he was really getting into it.



"Go to watch the Downtown Christmas Parade"
We sat by our good friends "The Hughes".

Friday, November 26, 2010

Vacation, Birthday, Baby, and Halloween

August, September, and October Catch up.

Before the kids went back to school in August, we went on a long weekend vacation to Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas. We went to the Wonderscope (Children's Museum), Kansas City Zoo, Cabela's, swam at the hotel and on the way home we drove to the T-Rex Cafe. Amos and Harrison also went to a Royals vs. Cubs Game. We had lots of fun!

Wonderscope




Kansas City Zoo








A nice lady offered to take a family photo.



A HUGE statue in front of Cabela's. Look closely to see Nash, not wanting his picture taken. Two-year olds, what fun!?!



Our last night in Kansas City, we went to a "fancy" restaurant.



T-Rex Cafe, very cool, had lots to look at and fun stuff to do.



Dylan turned 5!
She had her first "church" friend party at our house. We made bandanas, ate cake and hit the horse pinata.

2 months old!


5 years old!







On Labor Day Weekend, we visited some friends camping at Lake Ouachita. It was beautiful there. We played games, swam, made smores and rode bikes.







The next day Dylan decided she needed to learn how to ride her bike without training wheels. She practiced for most of the day by herself, she wanted no help from mom or dad. She was riding a two-wheeler by that afternoon.



On September 9th, I became an aunt for the 4th time. My sister gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Tanner Lee.



Proud big brother, Tristan, and Tanner.



At the end of September, Amos turned 36. I surprised him with a weekend in Chicago. It was just what we needed, to get away. We walked, rode a boat, rode the "L" train, rode an airplane, rode in a taxi, and rode in a rickshaw all around Chicago. It was exhausting, but lots of fun. We decided we are going to take the kids sometime in the near future, there was so much the kids would love.









Time for a haircut!

Before:




After:
I know not much different. I couldn't do it, he has such pretty hair. We did get a trim:)



Ridiculous Day!
She is still beautiful.



Halloween!
The first time in this neighborhood. Everyone said to have a lot of candy. So after we trick or treated for about an hour, we came home and gave out candy. I sat in a chair on the porch, there was a constant stream of kids. I gave out all our candy in about 45 minutes. It was CRAZY!! There were hayrides with 20 or so kids on them and people walking up and down the neighborhood until after 9 o'clock.