Saturday, August 28, 2010

John's 3rd Birthday




 


 
Guess who showed up at Spiderman's party?
 
Three Reasons why we LOVE this kid!!!
(1)  He's one of a kind!
(2)  He makes us laugh!
(3)  He has a great imagination!
Happy Birthday, John!  We LOVE you!

Monday, August 16, 2010

First Day of School 2010

First day of school!






Just picture the scene in "Finding Nemo" when Nemo is running around (ok swimming around) shouting excitedly "First day of school, first day of school!" and you will have an idea of the scene in our house this morning ... except maybe I was a little more excited than the girls!  (  =  I can't believe Cardi is in 4th grade and Bella is starting 2nd grade!  I can't wait to hear how their first day of school went!


Boys for first day of preschool.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

My favorite things...

I really enjoyed spending time with Cardi reading.  I checked out a book from the library: "Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror."  She enjoyed the book and we were able to discuss it together.  She is now into reading Lemony Snicket, "A Series of Unfortunate Events."




We created a great reading space just off the laundry area.  In addition, to temporal books, I enjoyed discussing the scriptures with Cardi and Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation.  She really is growing into a beautiful, brilliant young lady.

Some of my favorite memories in the last few weeks have just been spending time with the kids.  A couple of weekends ago, Bella and I went to the farmer's market (a favorite weekend pass time of mine).  We both love the sights and sounds of the market.  We bought tomatoes, red Italian peppers (which I thought tasted better than red bell peppers), honey from right here in Oak Ridge, and delicious gouda and peppered sheep's cheese (James' favorite thing we brought back).  We spent a lot of time talking to the local vendors and even learned a honey and molasses vinagarette recipe.  We met Sue and Phillip who sell flowers and invited us  to their home to see their lovely garden (sounds like a family outing is called for).

We bought basil for our basil-jalapeno glazed chicken.

Look at all those beautiful flowers!



Delicious flavored vinegars.
Although we didn't buy bread, it was fun to look at it and talk to the vendors.

 
    Last weekend, I managed to get Cardi, Jackson, and John to join Bella and I at the farmer's market.  We came a little later and most of the vendors were sold out.  The kids did get to enjoy buying flowers and eating yummy lemon glazed rolls and other delicious desserts.  Then we took a quick outing to the park followed by an attempt to take photos of Meredith.

They are as sweet as their desserts!
Kids picking out their flowers.

Kids with their bouquets in the front yard before the park.
At the park just being silly!
The Fab Four...Meredith was home with Daddy!  I'm still trying to figure out how to get her in the tree for the next kid photo.  (  =
I forgot to mention:  Bella has glasses now!
Aren't they sweet?
Meredith didn't care much for a picture, but she loved being outdoors!