Wednesday, September 29, 2010


When I picked Link up today, his teacher told me he went to time out for dumping sand on a two-year old's head. To top it off, he had no remorse. He even smiled about it. I told her I would talk to him about this afternoon and he would lose the Ipod while we are waiting to pick Ethan up.'s how the conversation went.
Me: Lincoln, it is not nice to dump sand on your friend's head. We do NOT do that! How would you feel if your friend did that to you?
Lincoln: I am not friends with those babies!
Me: ****crickets****

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Basketball drill

Ethan is doing so much better in basketball. Here is a clip of a drill he performed on Sunday.

Monday, September 27, 2010

I like that church

Not only did Ethan start Kindergarten, Lincoln moved out of the nursery into the three-year old classroom at church. Last Sunday, they painted in his room. When we arrived at church yesterday, he smiled and said, "I like that church. Am I going to that paint room again?"

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pumpkin patch 2010

Who would have thought that the last weekend in September would be 90 degrees? We definitely didn't when we bought tickets to go to the pumpkin patch this weekend.
This pumpkin patch is on steroids. We started with the hayride. They have tons of animals. The boys were not so thrilled with these piglets. They were very stinky!
The slides were a much bigger hit!!! Thanks to Justin for taking Link so I could get a picture!
Both boys got to milk a cow.
I told Nate that I don't think I have ever even milked a cow.
But...once again...the slides were such a bigger hit!
There was free apples and cider. I told both of the boys to save their apples until after lunch. Yeah....that didn't happen!
I dressed them for fall pictures. I tell myself EVERY year that when we come the next year I am going to get their "good" fall picture FIRST!!! As you can didn't happen!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The noisy train

It has been a LONG, LONG, LONG time since the "noisy train" has been out. AND....there is a reason for that......that thing is NOISY!!!!! BUT, they love it! They love it! They LOVE it!!!!! Daddy is working late and the boys can occupy themselves forever with the train. Daddy will probably NOT love the big ole mess that the noisy train creates!!! (You only see a quarter of the train pieces we have!!!)

Monday, September 20, 2010


Well...Nate I bit the bullet and signed Ethan up for a basketball class. We have been putting off putting him in some kind of organized sport because we love having the freedom on the weekends to do what we want to do as a family! I felt that a class that teaches the skills he needs to play basketball would be a great start! It's every Sunday at 1:30 (i.e. Lincoln naptime!!!).
He loved it!!!! The funniest part of this picture is that he is RUNNING! The reason this is so funny is that he has been "limping" since the big fall on Saturday! For some odd reason the limping escalated today going into school. He's hilarious!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pretty faces

Since I gave you such ugly faces yesterday, I thought I would show you how pretty and sweet they can look!

Aren't they adorable!!!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010


We took Jaden on a bike ride this morning. Ahhhh....look at those sweet happy faces. Don't they look so happy and excited to start their bike ride!
Umm....yeah....that lasted about 2 minutes. We started the trip a little further down the trail. I guess it is a lot hillier than up the trail. Ethan started going too fast and had a pretty bad fall. We gave him some attention and told him we needed to get back on the trail and at least head back to towards the car. You would have thought he had his legs amputated! The screaming and yelling was sooo ridiculous. I wish I had a video to show you. It ensued for about a half hour. Nate and I had had enough and we decided to go. I told him to cut out the screaming and I got this......

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

and the ugly!

The good....
When I picked Ethan up from school, we learned that Ethan was a star student at school today. He was sent to the office to get his name on a wall outside the office for being an outstanding student!

The bad.....
When I picked Lincoln up from school, I learned that he had been sent to timeout for talking when he was supposed to be quiet. He has also been sent to timeout for sticking his tongue out at the teacher during chapel. Oh Linky....thank goodness you are so cute!

The ugly....
In case you are wondering.....YES that is a GIANT Pirate flag on the wall in our toy room. Bob got it for them at a Pirates game a few weeks ago and the men in my life love it!!!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Mountain Vernon Trail

We decided to try out a little bike riding as a family, yesterday. Our neighborhood, and even road for that matter, is mainly hills. So, we put the bikes in the truck and drove over to the Mount Vernon trail. When Ethan called Memaw later that day, he called it the Mountain Vernon trail!
It is a heavily populated trail. There are joggers, and bikers, roller bladers, and walkers.
Ethan took the lead and that poor fella pedaled like crazy!!!! He only stopped 10-20 times for water! ha!!! He stops with NO warning. I almost crashed twice! ha!
At one of our water stops, we ran into our friends the Kelleys. They rode all the way down to Mount Vernon, which was a 10 mile trip. We made it two miles, which I thought was fantastic!!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010


The whole family has been tired from school/work this week! On Thursday, as soon as we got home, the boys climbed onto the couch and watched a movie!
Rachel and Jaden came over and the Iphones and Ipods came out and each kid was watching or playing on their devices.

I added the netflix app and now Link can watch Treasure Island. That boy was soooo excited!!!

Things a teacher never likes to hear

These have been said by E this week:

Me: What did you learn about today?
E: Firedrills

Me: What is your favorite thing about school?
E: Gym.....oh and recess!

Me: What was your favorite thing today?
E: The coloring.

Me: How was your day?
E: It was amazing. We played lots of games!

Nate: What did you do today?
E: I can't remember.
***In his defense, I bombard him with questions when he gets home. Then, Nate comes home and he doesn't want to recap again!****

Ethan is terrified of fire alarms. He says it hurts his ears. His teacher warned the class that Thursday was a fire drill day. He was so nervous that morning. When I picked him up, he was grinning and said, "MOM. It was not bad. At preschool the fire drill goes BAAAAA BAAAAAA BAAAAA, but at school just goes baaaa baaaa baaaa!" He cracks me up!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

First Day of Kindergarten

Today, my boys started back to school/daycare after the best summer ever!Ethan started his first day in Kindergarten much better than Mommy and Daddy. He told us, "I am not nervous a bit." Well, that is great kid. Your parents are nervous enough for all of us!!
This smile was forced. What you don't see in this picture are the 100 students and parent to the left watching him get his picture taken. He had had enough with the photos!
I met his teacher on Friday and she looked about 9 1/2 months pregnant. AND.....she had her baby this weekend, so he didn't even get to meet her. Thank goodness they had a long term sub already lined up and he came in today!
Nate and I would have stayed all day, but E was ready for us to leave! Sooo....we reluctantly left.
Link had a great day! He knew his teacher already and the kids in his room. His teacher told me he didn't nap. When I asked him why he replied, "I didn't know when you were coming to get me." I quickly said, "EVERY DAY...AFTER naps!! Take a nap!!!"

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Over the river and through the woods

to Memaw and Pappy's house we go. I was able to take a few pictures of some of the things they were able to do this week!Pappy put out some bases and the boys played baseball all week.
Lincoln ran laps around the house.
Pappy brought some walkie-talkies home and they played Star Wars guys. Lincoln was Obi-wan, Pappy was Anikan, and Ethan was Darth Vader.
Pappy said that they were in and out of the house all day! He said they even ran outside in their underwear....the boys that is!
Today, their neighbor Mark, came by on his go-cart. He let the boys sit on it and try his helmet on.
We brought their bikes down with us. E rode a little bit. I did not plan our outfits well. It was cold this weekend. I didn't bring any socks! The boys ran around enough to keep warm.