Thursday, July 23, 2009

We're Sleepy BECAUSE...

We are headed to OMAHA tomorrow!
I kept the kids up from their naps so they could have an early bedtime, as our plane leaves at 7am tomorrow (meaning we leave our house ~3:30AM!). Jon will stay just a few days, but the kids and I will stay on for another week. Thanks to a generous gift of airline rewards tickets, we will be able to make the trip out to visit Jon's parents and sister & family. I know we will have an enjoyable, relaxing time with family, and we are greatly looking forward to it. I'll try to keep you updated on our adventures.

Baseball Fever

We love baseball, and Michael plays as a one-man team sometimes. Kate can even ID the beloved game, and will shout "Baseball Payer" (players) when she sees one in uniform or on a diamond.
Running to make the tag.

We still need to get the boy a leftie glove. He will catch with his right in the glove, then throw/shove out in one fluid motion.

Dreaming by the Window

I found Kate just staring out the window one night, rocking like an old lady. All she needs is an afghan in her lap and a needlepoint project in top. Michael will also occasionally relax in the rocking chair this way.

Puppies Don't Wear Clothes

Michael is pretending to be a sleeping dog. I let him lie. ;-)
You can imagine my surprise when he looked up at me and I saw this-

Yes, my boy was buck naked. When I asked him why he didn't have any clothes on, he imformed me that he was a doggie, and doggies do NOT wear clothes. Makes sense to me.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

National Ice Cream Day

July 19th is National Ice Cream Day. Did you celebrate? We sure did!

Cubs vs Nats

On Saturday night, Amanda was kind enough to watch the kids so Jon and I could go to a baseball game. The Cubs played at Nationals Park, and since Jon is a big Cubs fan, we didn't want to miss an opportunity to see them play.
We both love baseball, and it was the perfect weather for baseball- 70s with a breeze! It really couldn't get more lovely!

I'm posting this picture merely to show the tiny shred of my t-shirt that is visible here. I found a Washington Nationals t-shirt at a garage sale that morning for .50c, and couldn't resist the antagonizing factor that it would add to the game. Jon cheered for the Cubs, and I cheered for the Nats (even though I have been an Orioles fan since birth. Unfortunately, both the Orioles AND the Nats stink badly!)

They have the famed Presidential Races every game, and Abe Lincoln was the winner on Saturday. Go Abe!

The sunset over Nationals Park was just beautiful! What a lovely night we had!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

I LOVE These Kids!

They just get cuter and cuter every day!

Catching Fireflies

One of the many joys of summer is waiting for dusk to come so we can catch fireflies.
Michael spots one!

He leaps!

CAUGHT IT!

Now, to inspect it!

A Walk to the Lake

We have been trying to go on a walk every evening after dinner, and one of our favorite places to go is the lake in our neighborhood. It's so peaceful and quiet, and Michael loves to "fish" with his fishing stick. He has yet to catch one. :-)
There's this beautiful green pasture with the lake just beyond. It's very Anne-of-Green-Gables-esque.
"And at the closing of the day She loosed the chain, and down she lay; The broad stream bore her far away, The Lady of Shalott."

Occasionally, we'll see a boater or a fisherman on the banks, but often, it's just us.

It's stocked with many fish, and we occasionally see the big splash of a happy fish (happy that we don't have fishing poles!). The kids love it!

Michael picked this stick out specifically for fishing. He apparantly needs a few fishing lessons, as he hasn't "caught" anything yet. :-) We keep this stick in a special spot by the lake so he can use it every time we go.

Big Man, Little Boy

I love this one!






This Is What I Get....

...when I don't make my bed first thing.
The sheets and comforter become a toboggan.

Quirky Kids

My kids crack me up with their strange and mysterious ways. Here are a few:
Michael's obsession with bugs. He caught a moth with this toilet paper tube, and would NOT be convinced that it was anything but a precious, beautiful butterfly.

Kate, my clumsy one, fell down and skinned her shoulder. Not her knee, her shoulder. She managed to get running to quickly down the driveway and fell headlong on the pavement.

Michael picks weeds...er...LOVELY flowers on the side of the road. He's convinced that Daddy loves flowers, and bring him sundry weeds on a regular basis.

Kate decided that, since it's July, that she needed her heavy winter coat on, and she would do it herself. Strange.

And this isn't strange, just fun to watch- they kids LOVE to run laps in the house. I'm all about burning energy, so they go back and forth, back and forth, just laughing their little heads off.

A Visit With Lobsters

Every time we go to Giant (our local grocery store), we always have to stop by and see how the lobsters are doing. Michael loves them, and Kate could care less.
Michael often asks me to get one out of the water. I'm not sure if has plans to play with it or what.

Kate with her "I'm not impressed" face on.

Michael could stand here for hours, though.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

A Happy Independence Day

We celebrated our Independence Day this year with a very relaxed, low-key day. Of course, we grilled hot dogs for lunch, but then we went to the school playground to enjoy some time as a family.
Little red, white, & blue princess. Kate LOVES flags now, and will spot and yell at every one she sees now. "Fwag!!" So I decided to get her a flag tee for the day, and she LOVED it.

Playing at the school playground.

Michael was quite the little monkey climbing up and down everything, and Kate is getting very brave and starting to scare me a little bit. She loves to do anything her big brother is doing.
Jon is spotting the kids, in case they do something dangerous. That, or he's napping. ;-)

As the sun was setting, we went and got McDonalds ice cream cones (one of our favorite treats, and only .50c), then went home and got baths. Then, clad in our jammies, we headed out in the van until we found a good spot to pull over on the road to watch the Fredericksburg City fireworks show. The kids LOVED it!

It was a beautiful show, and we enjoyed our relaxing day very much. We are thankful for a country in which we can enjoy great liberty and freedom. Thank you to those who sacrifice so much to keep is free!

Go, Cubs, Go

We all like baseball in our family, and Jon is a big Chicago Cubs fan. He's already indoctrinating our children to be fans, too. Here, Kate is snuggling with her dad watching a game.
Now Kate can differentiate her sports & can tell when anyone is playing baseball. She loves to shout it loud and long- "BASEBALL!"

Beauty & The Beast

The kids played dress up with Michael's well-loved doggie towel and Kate's new princess bride outfit that she got from her cousin Lauren. Kate calls it the Frincess.

Trying to eat her embellishments.

Monday, July 06, 2009

New Sleeping Digs

Michael graduated from his toddler bed, which he was getting much too long for, and Kate moved out of the crib this week. Jon put together the bunk beds, and removed the bottom frame to make it a loft. Kate took over the toddler bed, and Michael is thrilled to be able to sleep WAY up top! They have done very well with the transition.
Daddy puts the side rail back on so Kate won't roll out.

They LOVE it! One of my favorite things is to listen to them whispering at night to each other before they fall asleep. It's simply precious hearing them talk together about things.

A Trip to the New Wegmans

We recently had a new Wegmans store open in Fredericksburg, so after the first 2 weeks of new-store chaos, my friend Amanda and I decided to go see what all the hype was about.
It was fun to go and check out the variety of foods that they have, but I'm definitely not switching stores. I'm a firm believer that a store can win me over by wooing my wallet with low prices, and Wegmans did NOT do that. They had a lot of organic choices, fresh foods, and a varied selection of upscale products, and even had a few pretty decent sales. However, as much as I hate to admit it, Wal-mart (though not classy or enjoyable in the least) is by far the cheapest store of them all. I'll get my produce and meat-on-sale at Giant, but Wal-mart wins in the low-cost category.

At Least He Coordinates

Yes, my boy's wearing ladies shoes. ::Sigh::

When Life Gives You Mud...

...dunk your kids in the laundry sink.
After a long morning in-n-out of the pool and playing in the mulch and dirt, I decided to just utilize the laundry sink for a quick bath before lunch.

In The Words of Cookie Monster...

"Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!"

I love the complete abandon of cookie consumption, as evidenced by cookie all over the face!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

A Few Michael-isms

Michael absolutely cracks us up on a regular basis. Here are a few things he has said recently that might make you laugh, too!


Michael: "Mom, we need to get some hay for our horses."

Me: "We don't have horses."

Michael: "Then we need to get some horses for our hay." (Dizzying logic, that boy has)


Michael: "Mom, do we eat cucumbers?"

Me: "Yes."

Michael: "Do we eat tomatoes?"

Me: "Yes."

Michael (horrified): "You mean we might eat BOB AND LARRY?!?!?!"



Me: "Michael, I love you. You're my FAVORITE boy!"

Michael (sweetly): "Mommy, I wuv you, too. And you're MY favorite boy!" (Precious... I think!)


Michael: "Mommy, you don't need to go the the hospital today, because you made the sick people better yast (last) time!"



Me (at 11:30pm): "Michael, WHY are you still awake?"
Michael: "Mommy, I just can NOT sleep, because I need a cheeseburger!" (He's his dad's boy!)


Kate (to Michael): "STARS!" (in reference to his shirt with stars) Michael: "Yes, they ARE stars, SWEETIE!"


Michael (passionately): "Mom, I WUV being messy!"

Me (sadly): "I know, Buddy. I know..."


Michael (in a melodious voice): "He MOWS forever" (for "He Rules Forever.")


Michael (in a grave tone): "Mom, I think I have leprosy."


Michael to me as I'm headed to work: "Mom, are you going to miss me?"
Me: "I'll DEFINITELY miss you, buddy!"
Michael: "Are you going to cry?"

Michael (in deep thought): "Mom, do firemen wear underwear?"