Monday, December 20, 2010

The One Where the Boys Got Elfed

How could you not love the boys dressed as elves dancing to 1980's Christmas music? :)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

1. It snowed! It snowed! Okay. It flurried. But still. There was white stuff on the ground, so the boys suited up and headed out...

2.Moose was having a good time until he touched the snow and then not so much. He screamed and ran to me holding out his hand as if he had been burned. Poor kiddo.

3. The Moose is quite the chatterbox these days. Loves to hang out with his momma, chattering a mile a minute. I was wrapping a birthday present for one of Jackson's friends in some Spiderman wrap and Moosey was hanging out with me. This is what I was hearing the whole time:
"Wha happen mommy? Spiderman get an owie? It's okay Spiderman. Mommy will fix your owie. Mommy's puttin' a band aid on your owie. S'okay Spiderman."
I realized that he thought the tape I was using on the Spiderman wrapping paper was a Band Aid. Ah, the logic of a two year old.

4. We're going to see Santa on Saturday. I'm anxious to see what the boys are going to ask Santa Claus for-the only one I know for sure is Jarron. You just never know with the Lakes boys though. :)

5. I volunteered at our company's OneSight clinic at the Museum Center this week. They let me run the tonometer, which is the machine that measures the pressure in your eye. Some of the kids had no problem with it but others...yikes. I love helping with the kids but I hate making them cry. I know it's for their own good but it was still tough to see.

6. We're really enjoying Sarah Palin's Alaska on TLC and next week it looks like Kate Gosselin will be on the show-I'm hoping Sarah shows her no mercy. I am seriously looking forward to watching Sarah school Kate in camping and {maybe, just maybe} being a parent. In all seriousness, I had no idea Alaska was such a beautiful state, I hope Chuck and I have the opportunity to see it in person some day.

7. I made 6 dozen cookies today. Just because I was bored. It's newsworthy, because it happens like once a year. Needless to say, the boys were shocked. In fact, they all seemed sort of suspicious. I guess I should bake a little more often.

8. This little man moved up to a big boy class in the nursery at church this week. He loves it. His momma may or may not have had a tear in her eye when she dropped him off.

9. This is what happens when you leave your good camera where two 9 year olds and a 6 year old can reach it. I have no idea what "stunts' they were doing on the stairs, nor do I want to know.

10.Look at that Ten on Tuesday two weeks in a row....yay me!!! :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

The One with The Slideshow Of All the Pictures

I'm sort of sad that no longer let's you customize your slideshow with cool music, so I'm going to have to find a new source for slideshows in the future. But in the meantime...enjoy all of the photos from the boys' most recent photo shoots.
{This is for those you who still aren't on facebook, I'm looking at you, Chuck!} :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The One With The Return of Ten on Tuesday

1. Even though I've tried really hard to break away from Ten on Tuesday posts, I just really, really like them. So they are back. For good.

2. We call these two chocolate and vanilla. Totally cracks me up how one kid can have such dark hair and the other such light hair. I swear they are both mine. {Come back later in the week for a slideshow with all of the pictures from the photoshoot.}

3. A couple of weeks ago it was unseasonably warm here in Cincinnati-like 70 degrees and sunny- warm. So we spent the day outside. At first, the boys stuck with bike riding. Then, they dragged out the skateboards. {Maybe that should be drug out? I dunno, it's late and I'm on Nyquil for this stupid head cold,  so we'll go with dragged out...}

Have you ever read the children's book "If You Give A Moose a Muffin"? In that book, when you give the Moose a muffin he asks for jam, which leads him to ask for more muffins, then when you go to the store to get muffin mix, it's cold which reminds him about a sweater he wanted to borrow, which reminds him about a puppets he played with and so on and so forth...Opening our garage leads to the same thing. One boy sees a bike, which reminds another one about the soccer ball, and before you know it I have four kids and an adult playing golf in my front yard.

4. Yes, you read that right. They were playing golf in my front yard. I have pictures to prove it. Moosey's got a pretty decent swing. Fortunately, they were using practice balls, especially considering how many times I felt the ball whiz past my head.

5. And yes, those are Christmas lights in the background of that photo. I'm no fool. I went ahead and put them up when it was 70 degrees and sunny. I barely resisted the urge to start turn them on. Barely. I waited until Thanksgiving. Yay me.

6. Moose has definitely hit the terrible twos. He gets into everything, all the time. He knows exactly what he's not supposed to be getting into and goes straight for it. You tell him he can't have cookies? The instant you turn your back on him, he steals the cookies and hides somewhere, eating them as fast as he can. And he is awesome at hiding. Scares the living daylights out of us. The kid will get inside his own toy box and cover himself up with toys to hide from us. But he is also the sweetest, most loving little guy in the world. Loves to give hugs and say "wuv you". And so polite-says "tank you" all the time. It's hard to stay mad at him for very long.

7. Poor Jarron probably had more reason than most of us to be mad at him. Moose head butted Jarron and gave him a black eye. But Jarron, being the sweet natured big brother that he is, just shrugged it off and said, "he's just a baby, he didn't mean it." And then a couple of days later, his other little brother, Jackson, elbowed him in the same eye playing basketball. Adding a cut and further bruising the already bad black eye. Jarron wasn't upset by that either. In fact, I think he was a little proud that Jackson was being so tough on the basketball court. {I wasn't too thrilled. The black eye came just in time for our Christmas card pictures. Awesome.}
Thankfully, the black eye is mostly healed in this picture.
8. Bryce is busy practicing his songs for the play he is in this April at school. He has two solo's-"Ain't Nothing But a Hound Dog" and "Rock Around The Clock". He is also back up in a number of other songs, including "Thriller". One night when I picked him up from practice, while rehearsing for Thriller, he was doing, what looked to my untrained eye, to be the "robot". When I asked him later why he was doing the robot, this was his response:
Me: Um,why were you doing the robot?
B: Uh, I wasn't. {Said with his "duh, mom" voice.}
Me: It kinda looked like you were.
B: That's because I was doing the Zombie.
Me: Mmmmkay.
B: Mom, the robot and the zombie are pretty much the same dance. {Again with the "duh,mom" voice.} You know, because, zombies and robots don't have brains and live for hundreds of years.
Me: Oh.
B: Jeesh, Mom.
Clearly, I know nothing about dancing. Or zombies.

9. My sweet little Jackson is turning into one of them. Jackson is..........a basketball player. Sigh. That's right. He's no longer sitting in the stands hanging out with Mom. He's out on the court. I'm having a hard time believing that my baby, my Jack Jack, is old enough to be out there. He, on the other hand, is sooooo excited! He told me all about it the other night in the car-did I know that he gets to wear a uniform like the twins? And dribble the ball and shoot into the hoop? {And apparently elbow people in the face-looks like we don't have to worry about his defensive game...}

10. I'm seriously considering moving the blog to a more user-friendly host. By user-friendly, I mean easier for me, of course. :) If I make the switch-I'll make it easy for you guys too. I'll post a link and all that good stuff. And it won't happen for a couple of weeks. But I know some people don't like change, so I'm trying to ease you into it. I'll keep you "posted". Hee. Hee. Get it? Posted? Because this is a blog "post"? I crack myself up!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The One Where The Football Season Ended

That's right, people, the football season officially came to an end last week. I have a whole month and a half of free Saturdays before basketball starts up.
Woo Hoo!!
And I have to say that last football Saturday of the year was bone chilling COLD! The boys had to wear sweatshirts and pants under their uniforms. Moose had on a big winter coat-it was very, very cold.
I love the player introductions-unfortunately I waited until this particular game to take pictures. They kind of look like homeless people with all the clothes on.
The Tuesday after their last games, we headed out to a mega-church in our area for the awards ceremony.
The kids had a lot of fun-there was a magician and one of the Bengals spoke to the kids-Morgan Trent.
I was on Moose duty. Which was just as challenging as I thought it would be. He was running up and down the aisles before the program started. Once the speakers got on stage, he was super bored. He was throwing fruit snacks and asking me to go home. It was kind of brutal.
 Then, all of the sudden (after he spit chocolate cookies everywhere and I had to take him to the bathroom and use baby wipes to get him-and myself- clean) he just laid down on the pew next to me and fell asleep. And slept the last half hour. It was awesome. Note to self: bring a lot more stuff to entertain the Moose when attending awards functions for the boys.
I'm glad the boys are able to play the sports they are interested in and experience being on a team. But I'm also relieved when we get our life back at the end of each season.
Well, until the next sports season starts up, that is. ;)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The One with the Blue & White Game

My husband is kind of a big Kentucky Wildcats fan. Like "name your pet after the head coach " big fan. Or "try to talk your wife into naming your son after one of the players" big fan.
In the past he and his brother, Don{or as Moosey likes to call him, "Papaw"} have camped out-in tents- for tickets to the first practice of the year. This year tickets to Big Blue Madness were going to be really hard to come by. Some fans camped out for DAYS. So, instead they decided to head down for the annual scrimmage game, the Blue & White game.
The game is played on a Tuesday night, a school night. I was a little hesitant about the twins going but Chuck promised they'd do their homework in the car and would sleep on the drive home. So they went.

And had the best time. Uncle Don, Zachary, and Chuck's parents went too. Jackson was still a little too young to make the trip-maybe next year.

Jackson, Moose and I got to watch them on TV. Yup, right before and after the commercial break the camera zoomed onto the boys dancing and having a good time. Pretty funny.
Can you tell that the twins are kind of big Kentucky fans too? Sigh. I guess I'll get to spend time with them come March. {Or April depending on how this season goes...}

Friday, October 29, 2010

The One with Trunk or Treat

My facebook status from last night:
"Taking two ninjas, a barbarian, and the Incredible Hulk to Trunk or Treat."
And here they are:
I've got nothing to fear with these four protecting me!
They don't look quite so fierce all bundled up from the cold, waiting for the festivities to start, do they?

Our Tiny Ninja looked a lot like the mean kid from the original Karate Kid movie. Sadly, his secret weapon proved to be projectile vomiting. The stomach virus he's been fighting all week decided to pay him yet another little visit just before he went trick or treating. Poor little ninja. We cleaned him up, put a jacket on him and let him go once around the circle-he was so excited to get candy. Ninjas (even slightly sick ones) love candy!

Hulk has been excited about Trunk or Treat for DAYS! Every day this week he has been counting down the days, "Mommy only 3 more days until I can be Hulk...." The first thing he said yesterday morning was, "Mommy, today's the day, TRUNK OR TREAT! I can't wait to be Hulk!" He was the coolest Hulk I've ever seen.

The only Barbarian at Trunk or Treat this year. Or um...any year, I think. As soon as he spotted this costume, he had to have it. Even though he wasn't (and still isn't) entirely sure what a Barbarian is. He just knows they are a super tough and super mean. I think the mustache and beard drawn in with a tattoo crayon added just the right touch. When I asked him if he was going to wear his glasses, he said, "Mom, I'm pretty sure Barbarians did NOT wear glasses." (Said in the same tone of voice he uses when I ask ridiculous questions about video games and sports.)

The Big Ninja. When I see this picture, in my head, the song "Kung Fu Fighting" starts playing {everybody was kung fu fighting, those dudes were fast as lightning}. This was another case of the boy seeing the costume and immediately having the need to purchase the costume. The gloves did not come with the costume-those were a special request -he thought they were an essential part of the ninja wardrobe.

I know that we won't have too many more years with all four of our boys dressing up in costumes. So I'm enjoying this. Taking as many pictures as they'll let me. Making special trips to the store for fake mustaches that certain Barbarians decide are too itchy and for essential red gloves.
It's all worth it.
After all, do you have any idea how much candy all four of these will hold?  :)
Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The One with Another Ten on Tuesday {but no pictures...}

1. Without pictures....because, I am lame and didn't take a single picture all weekend long.
2.  I had an epic week last week and not in a good way. I got a cold about three weeks ago. By Thursday of last week it still hadn't gone away and my neck was completely stiff and hurt something awful. So I googled my symptoms. Not a good idea. I quickly become convinced that I had meningitis. So I went to urgent care. Saw the worst doctor. Who stood about five feet away in a surgical mask and diagnosed me with an upper respiratory infection and a pulled neck muscle (from violent coughing fits). Awesome.
3.  Jackson went to the AWANA store this week at church and continued our children's tradition of buying the most violent toy they could find-a battle ax. Which promptly got broken on the way home.
4. In my attempts to fix the battle ax I super-glued a bottle of super glue to my hand. True story. Chuck had to pry it off.  Super awesome. I was able to get the residue off with nail polish remover. Chuck end up using a lighter to fix the battle ax. 
5. I spent 2 hours and went to 3 different stores to find costumes for the boys this year for Halloween. You would think they are going as something unique or elaborate. Nope. Just really hard to find the sizes we needed for some reason. But they are happy. Jarron was on the fence about even dressing up this year, so I am really glad he found something that worked for him. I'm not ready for him to be too old for Halloween.
6. While costume shopping, Jarron asked, from the back of the van, "What does brouhaha mean?" I was driving so I couldn't google for the "official" answer. I gave him a rambling, long winded answer, to which he responded, "Are you sure about that? You don't seem sure..." 
7. The new team that I work with are "huggers". It is well documented that I am not a hugger. At all. Seriously, these people are always hugging each other. I was a little worried that our last team meeting was going to end in a group hug. This could be a problem.
8. Some people have asked for an update on our adventures in fishkeeping: we currently have 3 black mollies, one orange fish, and about 7 million snails. We have no idea where the snails came from or how they keep multiplying.
9. I was working the nursery this weekend at church and told Moosey to be nice to one of the other kids {he was stealing her blocks}. He looked at the girl and said "You be nice to me." I guess I should be glad he's talking in complete sentences.
10.  I'm getting my haircut next week and I'm super duper excited about it. Oh, and Chuck and the twins are going to the Blue and White game down at UK next week and they are {kinda} excited about that too. Be back next week with pictures!

Friday, October 15, 2010

The One with Howl o Fest

The boys have been asking to go to Kings Island for weeks. Unfortunately Kings Island is closed to the public most of September, so they had to wait and wait and wait....
Finally, this past weekend, we had a chance to go. After football in the morning, we headed over for a few hours. During October, KI has a free children's event called Howl o Fest.

The boys got to go Trick or Treating, visit a petting zoo, hang out at a pumpkin patch and more. I think the only thing we didn't do was ride the rides!
I think the highlight of the day for Chuck and I was seeing the big boys play in the Foam Pit. Yup, you read that right. A Foam Pit! How cool is that?
It's beginning to feel a lot like autumn around these I just need to get it into gear and get the Halloween costumes taken care of! :)

Monday, October 11, 2010

The One With The Mega Update

Here it is, as promised, the "mega update"...
Since I last blogged (in no particular order)...
-This little guy officially turned two and got a whole slew of Elmo (Mo Mo) related presents. Including a "Knows Your Name" Elmo Cell Phone which you can program with one of over 15,000 names, but not the name "Moose". You can, however, program it to say Ebbaneza, Jakovian, Moonglow, and something that sounded a lot like Satan, but was spelled "Satin".
But not "Moose".
Really, Elmo?
"Moonglow" is an official name but "Moose" isn't?
Come on!
The phone that took me hours to program. He loves it, so I "guess" it's worth it.
-There were some football games that were played that were so exhausting to watch for the littlest guy in the house that he crashed mid-snack. This kid falls asleep eating more than any child I have ever seen. (And yes, sometimes I let my kids eat Cheetos. I am not a perfect parent-please do not send me emails about the evils of Cheetos, I am well aware of their place on the food pyramid.)

-There was the second birthday party extravaganza for Rizzo and Brody with the "Puppy Dog" theme, organized almost entirely by Aunt Fawna. I was really impressed with the "Pin the Tail on the Dog" game she found, as well as the cupcakes in the shape of the dog bone. Pretty clever. Even the big kids had fun, despite the fact that it was a party for toddlers!

-There was AWANA's club parents night for the Truth and Traing and Sparks clubs. My brother came to the Truth and Training club night since my nephew Blaze is in that club, so the boys were pretty excited to see him participating in the games. James was never much into sports growing up, so I was surprised to see he was pretty speedy on his run for his team! (As was Blaze-Go Blaze!)
And then on Sparks night, Don suffered what can only be described as the "mother of all wipe outs" while running for Andrew's team. It almost happened in slow motion. To his credit, he was running pretty fast and took the corner pretty hard, I could see him going down and people scrambling to get out of his way. I think he took out a few innocent bystanders when he went down. Sadly, I didn't have my camera with me to document his fall but believe me when I say that it was epic. It was definitely the talk of the night.

-There were play try-outs for Bryce. We had prepared for a dramatic reading but it turned out that he needed to perform a song and dance. No worries. He just got up and sang Aretha Franklin's "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" and did the Moonwalk, as if he had planned it all along! The kid is fearless! Needless to say, he got a part. :)

-And last but not least, there was a visit to Kings Island Halloween Fest-but that's another post for later this week. :)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The One Where I Give You a Link To Incrediably Cute Pictures of My Kids

I've been a bad blogger. {Again}. But in my defense, I started a new job and caught a really bad cold.
How about if I distract you with some incrediably cute pictures of my kids?
Just head on over to my sister in law's blog HERE.
I'll be back this weekend with a mega-update post.
Enjoy the pictures!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The One Where Our Moose Turned Two

Once there was a tiny little Moose, just a baby Moose really. He had three older brothers and they all loved him very much.

But each and every month, the Moose grew a little bigger and stronger and he learned new things.

His Momma and Daddy were proud of their little Moose but a little sad too. Because they knew this was the very last time they'd have a baby Moose in their house.

Time went by, as it does, and before they knew it, their baby Moose was walking and not long after that he was talking.

Every day he would learn something new. (Unfortunately, this little Moose never really learned to sleep alone.)
And then one day they looked up and that little Moose wasn't a baby anymore. He was a toddler.

He was running and jumping and talking in sentences. He was asking to watch Elmo on TV and asking for pizza. He wanted to wear his Goofy shirt and his Batman pajamas. He was a big boy now!

Yes, there once was a baby Moose but he grew into the most adorable big boy Moose you have ever seen.
Happy 2nd birthday Moosey-we love you!