Monday, August 31, 2009

4-H Craft Day

The Cooperative Extension office recently held a craft workshop for the 4-H kids. The point of the workshop was for the kids to make things to enter in the fair. We aren't going to make it to the fair this year, but we still had a great time.
This was the first time I EVER dropped one of my children off with someone who was not family or a church member (and even that has been limited). I know that kids that attend daycare and school do this on a daily basis but we prefer to have our children a little more insulated than most. However, they were great. Madisyn and Ty and the workshop instructors. I know now that they can handle things like this and we hope to be able to participate in more activities in the future.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

I'm a big brother/ sister

Before Henry was born I made the kids big brother/ sister shirts. That is what they are wearing in the picture in header of the blog.

Henry's I'm the Baby Brother shirt.

Ty was The Biggest Brother

This was Griffin's I'm a Bigger Brother shirt. I thought the hat suited him.

Of course, Madisyn was the cowgirl Big Sister.

Last but not least, Ben's 1st I'm a Big Brother shirt.

Saturday, August 29, 2009


After lunch we visited the playground and my little "monkeys" took to the monkey bars very quickly.

Granddaddy thought Ben was at a disadvantage because the equipment was so much bigger than him so he helped Ben out.

There was a swing for everyone.

Faster, Granddaddy, Faster!

There isn't anything sweeter than holding a sleeping baby.

Madisyn tried out her photography skills here. I think she has potential. ;)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Fly on the Wall

Griffin is 4 years old and lately I have been amazed at the things that come out of his mouth.

Earlier this week Ty couldn't find his toothbrush. After searching long and hard (I believe the official time was 43 seconds but to a 6 yo boy that's like 3 weeks ;). ), it was determined that the toothbrush jumped out of the drawer and ran away in the night. Griffin being the kind soul he is offered to let Ty use his brush when he was done. After several statements of "Hurry up, Griffin" control of the toothbrush was given to Ty. As Tyler reached for the drawer to get more toothpaste, Griffin said "You don't need that, it already has toothpaste on it.". LOL While he was willing to use Griffin's toothbrush, Ty was unwilling to use his leftover toothpaste. Griffin shrugged his shoulders and walked away with the smirk that I believe will make him famous one day.


This morning Ben was having a rough day and was pitching a little fit. Fits are not tolerated around here so he was disciplined. For some reason this made him mad at Madisyn and he began shouting at her to do something for him (I forget what exactly). I very sternly told him "You are not a little prince". Griffin piped up very quickly with "Ya but me are".

That boy is something else!

Lunch at the Park

After we changed clothes at the beach, the sun came out so we headed to the park for some watermelon.

Madisyn really liked her watermelon.

Raegen lost his clothes in the watermelon eating.

Ty went exploring while we were eating.

Mimi and Granddaddy were having a good time.
Me and my boy.

Granddaddy and Ty.

Granddaddy with the "handfulls".

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Let's go to the beach!

On a not too hot day in June, we headed to Heber for some fun in the sun.

This was our first swimming trip of the year (and so far the only :( ).

Mom and Dad joined us along with Raegen and Aunt Robin. Dad fixed us up with a beach tarp and umbrellas.

Henry and Granddaddy chillin in the shade.

Ben wasn't so sure about the water, it was a cloudy day and the water was cold.
So Ben decided to just hang out on the beach.
Henry lounging.
Unfortunately, it started to storm so I got a quick picture of Henry in the water.
We all went back to the tarp for a snack to see if it passed. It didn't so we loaded up and went to change clothes.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Henry is 3 months old!

Walter Henry, you are 3 months old!

You weigh 13 lbs. 5 oz (37th percentile).

You are 24.5 inches long (52nd percentile).

Your head is 43 cm (71st percentile).

You are "talking" to us when you grin, so sweet.

You are laughing now.

Your hair stands up down the middle and is sparse on the sides. You have "faux hawk" and it always generates lots of attention.

You had your first cold, complete with fever.

You wear size 0-3 month clothes.

You still wear an XS diaper cover.

You made your first over night trip and did great.
You love to chew on your hands.

You travelled to Fayetteville. 5 hours in the car didn't seem to bother you.

You attended your first wedding.

You are a very sweet boy. :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

You get a line and I'll get a pole

One of the activities we discovered this summer is fishing. We had intentions in the past but never quite got around to it.

There was a fishing derby held at Miller's Pond outside of Augusta and we decided to join in the fun. We didn't want to participate in the fishing for prizes portion but had a great time just catching what we could.

I thought the boys were awful cute fishing in their overalls.

I think this was the only time Ben wasn't running around. Luckily, Mimi and Granddaddy came and helped keep and eye on him.

Ty and Madisyn both caught several fish though I think Madisyn caught more. The pond had been stocked with good sized catfish. I wish I would have take a picture of the grown men that were struggling to carry the stringers of fish that their children caught. It was unreal!

Monday, August 24, 2009

That's what sisters are for!

Madisyn is a very special little girl. She is my right hand helper, I honestly don't know how things could run as smoothly as they do without her assistance.
She and Ben have a very special relationship. One of his favorite phrases is "Where Sissy at?". We hear those words a thousand times a day. Ben wants her in his sight at all times.
I love how willing she is to play "baby" games to make him happy.

Who needs fancy equipment when you have an adoring sister and a laundry basket?
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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Our Church

(Take # 980847092375 - this was the last picture and the best. Don't you love the look on Griffin's face! LOL)

A dear sweet lady from our church recently moved to be closer to her children. We all miss her greatly, and knew that she missed us as well. I wanted to give her something to remember us by so I gathered up families for several weeks and took their pictures. I also grabbed a few candid shots. I then put these all in a scrapbook and gave it to her at Uncle Scott's Wedding (more on that later). Unfortunately, I didn't get pics of the scrapbook but here is a couple of the shots that were included.

(A few of the kids after church. Swinging around that pole has been done since the church was built.)

(The men in the foyer catching up. I didn't get a good shot of the ladies.)