Saturday, November 28, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ten on Tuesday

1. Let's just ignore the fact that I haven't updated the blog in awhile, shall we? I haven't really taken very many pictures lately either! I'm looking forward to some down time after Thanksgiving to regroup and get organized!

2. I did snap a few pictures of the boys at their Upward awards for Flag Football. The church that held the award ceremony was the biggest I have ever seen. The kids had a great time and Moose was generally well behaved. He was quiet as a mouse until someone would start praying then he'd either start humming or saying "Da!" really loud.

Ever spent much time with a bunch of 8 and 9 year old boys? Because this is how they typically display their excitement. I was just grateful they let me take a picture. That rarely happens these days.

3. I am really blessed to work for a company that not only believes in giving back to our community but encourages it. I was able to help out at a Habitat for Humanity house last week. The community we were building in wasn't the greatest-I couldn't help but think about how lucky we are and how much we have. It was some hard work (shoveling rocks; mudding, sanding, and painting walls; I even got to use power tools!) but it was so rewarding.

4. We've all been pretty sick in the last week-nasty stomach virus. But Jackson got things the worst. Not only did he get a stomach virus but he also got a horrible ear infection and his ear drum burst (again!). I'm happy to report he is feeling much better already but I got to make yet another visit to Urgent Care. I'm pretty sure they know us by name there now. Honestly.

5. Because he wasn't feeling well, he was pretty cranky Sunday and got really mad when I threw his milkshake away (he had left it on the counter when he took a nap). I told him his dad would get him a new one when he went out later. He didn't believe me and said, "You are a liar, you lied, one, two, three, four times! and I don't believe you!" He then followed up with, "And you are always in my business-why are you always in my business?" Hee. He was just absolutely miserable and in pain so he got a pass. (Trust me-our kids normally would never talk to us like that!) Rather than be upset I just had to laugh-it was such a ridiculous thing to say.

6. Jarron and Bryce had a sleep over at their friend Logan's house this weekend. Bryce talked all weekend about how he couldn't wait to try Logan's Mom's brownies. When I asked him the next morning how they tasted he said, "Well, the brownie itself was good but I made the mistake of putting ice cream and hot caramel on top-so it got all ice creamy and yucky. That's the last time I give in to peer pressure!" :) Let's hope so.

7. Jarron also had his share of witty remarks. At one point one of the boys at the party said, "My great-grandma is 91!" And Jarron said, "Mine's 99. When she doesn't listen to me, I just give her a poke. That really works with the seniors!"

8. I'm pretty sure Chuck sabotaged our TV so he could get a new one. A couple of weeks ago he was talking about how great the new plasmas are and how affordable they are getting. Low and behold, a day or two later our TV breaks, just stops working and we are forced to buy a new one. Coincidence? I think not.

9. I really, really want to go see 2012. I love cheesy disaster movies. LOVE THEM! I think my obsession with them started with "Twister", my all time favorite and grand-daddy of all natural disaster movies. Chuck, being the awesome husband that he is, finds the TV disaster movies when they are on and lets me know about them. He will even sit and watch them with me. You know a man loves you when he's willing to sit through "Earthquake in New York! The Big Tremblor!"

10. The new West Chester Library opened last week, I might need to make a little trip over there tonight for some reading material for the drive to Kentucky this weekend. I {heart} libraries! All of those books lined up all nice and neat, just waiting to be read...pure bliss. I am fully aware of how nerdy that sounds.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Ten on Tuesday

1. I'm back! Did you miss me? Between the craziness of Halloween, flag football and the flu hitting our house, I just didn't have much computer time. I will be a better blogger, I promise! :)

2. The boys had a blast at Halloween this year. We had Trunk or Treat at church on Thursday, so the boys got to hang out with the Lakes cousins. (And collected 4 buckets of candy.) On Halloween, we went trick or treating through our neighborhood. (And collected 4 MORE buckets of candy.) Jackson was cracking me up, after each house, he would look in his own bucket and examine the candy and then look in Brody's bucket. If Brody had something (like Kit-Kats) that he liked better, he would switch.  And each time he would say, "Brody doesn't like Kit-Kats (or Hershey's, or Reese's)". By the end of the night Brody had a bucket full of Tootsie Rolls and Almond Joys. Poor kid.


3. As you can see, we had a bit of a Sci-Fi theme going with costumes this year. Bryce was Captain Kirk, Jackson was Luke Skywalker (disguised as Anakin-I couldn't find the real dark colored Luke costume-Jackson never knew the difference), and Brody was Yoda. Jarron, being Jarron, wanted nothing to do with Star Wars or Star Trek and went as an Army guy. I was just thrilled he wasn't a Power Ranger (as he was in 2004, 2006, and 2007)!






4. I was the parent helper for Jarron's "Harvest Party" at school. Fortunately, Bryce's room is right next door, so I could go back and forth and see both of the boys having fun. I caught Bryce bobbing for apples. (The "ewww" factor was really high for me. Seriously, gross. I am not at all surprised that Brycey was sick the next week.)

(This was taken after I witnessed 3 other kids "bob" for apples. Yuck!)

5. One of the mom's from Jarron class was telling me that he loves to eat. Which, of course, I already knew. She went on to say that her son was sharing with the class that he was going as a box of french fries in a costume that she made and Jarron said, "I'm so hungry I could eat that costume!".
That night, as I was telling Chuck that story, Jarron interrupted me and said "She's a French Fry Costume Making Liar!, I never said that!"  Nice.

6. Chuck was able to get some tickets to UK's exhibition games last week. He took Jarron on Monday night and Bryce on Friday night. (He and Bryce forgot the camera for their trip-since the boys are identical twins, I am just going to make two copies of the pictures for each of their scrapbooks-they'll never know. Kidding!) Needless to say, Chuck is thrilled that the boys share his love of the Wildcats. It makes me so happy to see them hanging out together. I know I've said this before, but Chuck is such a good dad.

(There's a story behind this foam finger-look for that in the next week or so!)

7. Our last flag football games were this Saturday. All three of the boys had a great season, playing far better than Chuck and I expected them to. I won't miss freezing to death on the side lines, but it was great to see them having so much fun.

8. Does anyone else watch Mad Men on AMC? As you know, I've spent my entire career in marketing and advertising, so I absolutely love this show about a Madison Ave advertising agency in the 1960's. I just watched the finale and I don't want to spoil it for anyone but it was so awesome! I'm sad about Betty & Don but love what they have done with the agency.

9. This past Sunday, we headed over to Rentschler Park to have our family photos taken by Bobbi. I'm not going to share the photos here until after the new year (they are for our Christmas cards). It was such a beautiful day and there was a ton of leaves on the ground. So, naturally the boys had to have some fun after all of that posing!


10. While at Rentschler, I snapped this picture of Chuck, James and all of our boys. I love this-I love that these boys are growing up together, hanging out every day. I love that my brother and his family are such a big part of our lives. We are so very blessed.