Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Take Me Out To My Gammy's

A Memorial Day game of T-ball out at my mom's produced some cute pictures of my boys...
Joel pitching to our left handed batter Noah.

Oliver and Dad hustling in from center field. Okay, maybe not hustling but still looking like quite a team that works well together.

Ollie giving it his best shot along with some impressive sound effects!

Now there's a boy hustling in to take his turn at bat!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Tulip Farm - Last Ones I Promise!

Ummm, please don't pick the flowers!

Didn't know I had a daughter did you?

Noah and Bre getting ready for their turn on the cow train.

Tulip Farm - Part 3

Beautiful Bre

Mommy and her little man Brandon

Brandon and Oliver sharing some shoes

Tulip Farm - Part 2

Pictures From April - Tulip Farm

We went to the Tulip Farm with the Montee's while they were here in April. I didn't want to post any pictures back then because some of the picture were being used as a gift and I didn't want to ruin the surprise. I could literally post dozens of pictures but I will control myself and only post a few more...

Clothing Optional?

I really wonder sometimes why I even bother buying our children clothing, given the option (or not) they would much prefer to be at one with nature. I snapped these shots as they were running through the sprinklers for the first time this year.

Friday, May 25, 2007

My Priceless Works of Art

Mrs. Kutch, Noah's teacher, doesn't paint much in her class just because it takes so much time to set-up and then clean-up (I totally understand!). Anyway, when the kids do get to paint the kids often cherish the moment that much more and produce masterpieces such as this.

Dad's Boots

Oliver went into our room, found Dad's boots and brought them out to seek help getting them on. Once Joel would lower Ollie into the boots, Oliver would do a little scoot and shuffle dance. It made me laugh which made our little attention seeker want to do it even more.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Boys Growing Up

Noah left his door open the other night so that Buddy could sleep with him. The plan, obviously, worked. Can you believe that the school year is almost over. Just a few more weeks and we will be into our summer vacation. He has had a great first Kindergarten year and we lucked out with an incredible teacher.

Oliver just happy to be outside and playing. He has really started to talk lately. Everyday it's a new word. He is also over exaggerating his no-no's and uh-oh's lately - it's a full body experience. He is even starting to put two word sentences together: want up, want out, hi ackon (that's Jackson), etc. It won't be long and he will be chatting away. He's also started to show an interest in picking out his own pajamas at night. I have most of his pj's hanging in his closet, after his bath we will go grab a diaper and then his pj's. If I pick the wrong pair he gets very upset, takes them from my hand and throws them back into the closet. He then picks the "correct" pair for the evening. This is a great way to learn that it's time to clean out the pairs that are too small. I had to force him into a pair that he'd outgrown the other night, those are now in the donation pile. Both of our boys are growing up fast.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Miracles Really Happen

I actually took this picture a week or so ago but I decided to post it because it makes me smile every time I see it. Not only is Noah giving me his goofy smile but his room is CLEAN. Yup, I said it, it is clean. I know that most of you find it hard to believe and I don't think I would believe it if I hadn't seen it for myself.
On a different note, Oliver went in for his 18 month checkup yesterday and is healthy and strong. He is now a whopping 25 pounds and is just shy of 35 inches tall. He didn't appreciate the 4 shots he received and adamantly waved goodbye to the injection nurse when she was done. She said, "Aww look, he's still waving to me." I informed her that it, most likely, was not a friendly wave. More along the lines of a if you're done then get out kind of wave.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

My Mother's Day Present

My Mother's Day request was that my van be cleaned inside and out. I've got kids, of all ages, constantly climbing in and out of it and that just leads to spills, messes and mysterious sticky spots. Joel and Noah spent the better part of today cleaning every nook and cranny in my van. As you can see they even removed the seats! It's sparkling clean now and probably a couple pounds lighter! My guys did a great job! The only bad part is that now I don't want to drive it!

The Beauty of Motherhood

Picture is a bit fuzzy but you get the point! Happy Mothers Day to all of mommies and grandmas out there!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Mother's Garden


Could a more beautiful garden
For mothers ever be,
Than her children happy and healthy
Sprouting upright and free.
Each bearing in turn their own good fruit
To honor posterity?

Could there be a more important garden
For a mother's eyes to see
Than the human flowers she nourished
And guided so faithfully?
Her blossoms could well be called "God's thoughts"
Since love lives eternally.

Could a more glorious garden
For mothers ever grow
Than the one her heart has planted
In a straight and weedless row
The garden her soul has prayed for
And asked her God to know?

Happy Mother's Day

I got to enjoy a Mother's Day Party today at Noah's school. They sang for us, did sign language for us, had treats out and gave us gifts. Noah not only had his mom in class with him today but also his Gammy. Mrs. Kutch is a wonderful teacher! Noah loves her and I love what she has done for all of her classroom kids.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Bye Bye and Birdie

Oliver has a VERY enthusiastic wave and he loves using it whenever he gets a chance! Here he is waving to our friend Jackson. His wave is so fun that no one has been able to resist waving back.
Despite the efforts of the other birds in the neighborhood our little birdie is the only one that has set up home in our tree. Cute as a chickadee, proud like a robin and as noisy as a jaybird! He even has his own song that is very distinct and easy to pick out from the other bird melodies.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Not Sure What to Title This Picture

Trevor came and stayed with us Thursday and Friday night last week. Then we packed everyone up and headed to Albany for a Pinto Show. Trevor was in the Peewee Driving Class again this year with his dad. He did really good and took some thirds, fourths and fifths in the class. Anyway, while Trev was visiting I decided to snap a couple of pictures and this was one that I captured. Look really close at Noah and you can see just how contorted he is while playing on the computer. Then that look on Trevor's face...I can't tell if his nose itches, if he's giving me one of those looks or if he's being silly. Hence the title to this post! I should have a contest to see who can come up with the most clever name. The sad truth is that this is only one of four pictures that I ended up taking. The batteries were going dead in the camera and we never really slowed down enough for me to change them. The camera sat unused for most of Trevor's visit. Thanks for visiting with us again Trev! We love having you around. Aunt T-T will figure out when we can come up and visit you. Will you teach me how to ride your motorcycle?

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Latest Favorite Pictures

Noah out climbing in our tree again. He loves being up in the tree. We have a few birds in the area trying to stake their claim on the tree. He is desperately hoping that the Robin family that appears to be moving in decides that this neighborhood, or at least this tree, is a bit too rough to raise a family in. I've tried to explain that we need to share the tree with the wildlife and his response was, "I do share it with the wildlife, I let Jacob and Jackson play in it too!" Not exactly the wildlife that I was referring to but wildlife none the less.

While we were outside we also turned on the water and made a waterfall down the driveway. Of course this meant that big brother Noah fills little brother Oliver's diaper to it's maximum capacity. So I relieved Oliver of the ten pound mass and let him run around and play naked in the water. When the water was turned off and we were settling down some Oliver realized that it was a bit cold out and he handed me Noah's sweatshirt. I put it on him and couldn't resist a picture of him borrowing his brother clothes. Surprisingly, big brother thought it was pretty cute too and took advantage of the situation and guilted me into giving him my sweatshirt.