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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Happy Halloween 2014

This year we decided to stay home from our church's Trunk or Treat in order to test out the new neighborhood and see how the trick or treating was there. Although it isn't my favorite holiday, there's something quite alluring to our kids and love it. Reed and Nash even wanted to dress as skeletons which is definitely not our top choice.
 Luckily, our kids have some great teenage friends. Oh the irony. If only they knew that most kids don't have great teenage role models that are willing to dress up and go trick or treating with them. Jason, Brian, and Keslie all came over and went trick or treating with the boys.
 The only problem was that it WAS FREEZING cold. Reed bowed out as quickly as he could and Uncle Bill volunteered to take him back home.
 We did find out that some of our neighbors take Halloween very seriously. I mean, they gave out FULL SIZE candy bars!
 After everyone arrived back home, we had hot dogs and gave out candy. We had a ton of trick or treaters. It was a fun night!

Miss Candace's Pumpkin Party

 Every year Ms. Candace has a pumpkin party and every year we go to the party. This year, though, Abbey had to miss the party because she was running a half-marathon in Chattanooga.

The boys and I still went and we had a lot of fun. Even though the point of the party is to carve pumpkins, we never actually carve pumpkins, because the thought of having to reach inside of a pumpkin and pull it's guts out makes my stomach turn.
 Thankfully, Candace always has little pumpkins for the boys to decorate. Some years she is daring and even let's them paint the pumpkins. This year, however, wasn't that year. She did have some great stickers for the pumpkins.
 Will was very proud of his pumpkin and he did do a great job at decorating it.

 Nash really loved that this year's new addition to the party was a bounce house. I hope that Ms. Candace is planning on renting another one next year or there might be a revolt.


Of course, KK has a lot of things to play with at her house, so the boys never get bored. They even have ducks that won't stay at the pond and continually come back to their house even when they try to make them go away.
 Reed has been to the pumpkin party every year and he is getting so old. Maybe next year he can carve a pumpkin himself.
The highlight of the evening was the hayride. KK pulled us on the trailer through the back pasture. It was a lot of fun. And Abbey ... well ... she got sick and ended up not being able to run the whole race.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Reed's First School Project

Reed Land’s Arctic Habitat

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First, Reed cracked the eggs and mixed the cake.

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Next, he added blue food coloring to make the water underneath the ice. Then he put the cake in the oven.



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First he made penguins from marshmallows and oreos.

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Then he made polar bears.



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He then made seals by smashing the end of coconut covered marshmallows and cutting them up.

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Reed put icing on the cake to make the “ice”.
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Reed put all of the animals, plants, and natural resources that he studied about to make this project on his cake.

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Reed is proud of his arctic habitat. He shared it with his friends as a snack!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trike-A-Thon

 The boys had a trike-a-thon at their preschool. They were really excited about it.
 Will thought it was great to get to bring his bike to his school. Of course, Will also gets excited about going to the doctor, having x-rays, and getting homework.
 Tuck and Will were both excited that Pop and Lola were there to watch them ride.
 Will's class was all decked out with their bikes and their helmets.
 Pop helped tuck steer. Tuck really doesn't understand the whole "pedal" concept.
 But he does know how to zoom. He is so cute on his trike.
The boys are really enjoying their first year at their new school this year. It has been a good move having them at the Path Preschool.

Tuck is Three! Pete the Cat Birthday!

 It's hard to believe that our baby boy is three years old! I can't believe that it was that long ago. Abbey pulled out another birthday spectacular with a great birthday breakfast.
 Now, I heard from several of our friends that a 9:00 AM breakfast birthday was entirely TOO early, but I hate going to birthday parties, so I thought everyone would be glad to get the birthday out of the way early.
 Tuck loved "Pete the Cat" so Abbey go everything all decked out for a great birthday party. Lola came in to help and celebrate with us.
 Abbey put hershey kisses in little eggs with mice faces drawn on them. They kids got to hunt for mice and found "mouse poo" inside.
 Tuck was really excited about his birthday presents.
 Tuck's unconventional birthday cake was a multiple layered pancake with all of the colors from Pete's New Shoes book. White Shoes - whipped cream, Red Shoes - strawberry jam, Blue Shoes - blueberry jam, and Brown Shoes - chocolate gravy.
 Uncle Bill got to play with Tuck a little bit with his new gadget toy.
 Tuck had plenty of help opening some presents.
Lots of friends came and the boys were really excited. Tuck's main friend these days is his crib buddy from Taiwan, Wei. So the other kids entertained the other friends. 



 Everybody loves Wei.
Cate loves Tuck. We are happy that we have such great family and friends. Happy birthday Tuck! Love you so much!

Fall Ball 2014

 It's something that we said that we would never do, but alas, we did sign Reed up for Fall Travel Ball this year. And guess what? He LOVED it. It was totally his prerogative and he really loved his team.
 We had a great team of seven kids and 3 of the kids are in my Sunday School class this year. I loved watching Reed improve under the direction of Coach Terry. He has been a great influence on Reed.
 The little brothers also loved getting to go to all of the games. Well, maybe love is a little bit too strong of a word. They, at least, tolerated going to the games.
 All four of Reed's grandparents were able to make it to at least one of the games. Of course having grandparents at your game is much better than parents being there.
 Reed got several goals and he really worked hard on his footwork.
 Sometimes, Mr. Brian gives Reed tutorials when he is keeping the boys.
 Soccer season is over, so now we are going to have random practices to keep the boys in shape, but we will start back again in the Spring.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Family Day Celebration!


Last week for Family Day celebrations, we took the boys to Dave and Busters. Will loves to bowl. Well, at least he talks about bowling constantly.


The boys all enjoy throwing bowling balls really hard at wooden floors. We had a lot of fun.


The boys were excited that Mr. Brian and Uncle Bill joined us on our Family Day Celebrations. It was a special treat for them for sure. 



For dinner we went to Chuy's. The boys love Chuy's. We like taking them to Chuy's because it is loud and we are a loud family. 


Uncle Bill still has pictures on his phone from when we went to get the boys four years ago. They were very impressed to see how much they had grown since then.


After we bowled we went to the game part of Dave and Busters. It was 1/2 price games night. I bought $25 worth of credits and I was beginning to think that we would never use them up. Then Will played a game an hit the jackpot and won 500 tickets. Then I went over to another machine and hit several jackpots and won 2500 tickets. Then we hit several more big ticket wins and by the time we finally ran out of the credits we had 7700 tickets.




The boys each got to have enough tickets to get pretty decent prizes. I think that it was actually one of the best Family Day celebrations we have had. So much fun.