Friday, November 25, 2011

Field Trips

On this day after Thanksgiving, it seems fitting to note that one of the things I am most thankful for is my sweet husband and the hard work he does to provide for our family. I never really mentioned it on the blog, but I didn't go back to work this year. One of the main reasons for that was so that I could be more available to my kiddos. I have had the opportunity this year to volunteer in both the kiddos' classrooms every week. I have been able to coordinate and volunteer at all their classroom parties and offer help to their teachers when they need it. In the last month they both had field trips that I was able to go as a chaperone.

AP's class went to the pumpkin patch. If I am truly being honest, I was not at all looking forward to another pumpkin patch field trip, but it was a fun day! (Between assisting at the school last year and my own kids' trips to this patch, I have been there 6 times in the last 3 years!)
It is so funny to watch little girls interact. There was a group hug as soon as we walked into the big barn, although they had just seen each other at school and ridden together on the bus :)

Then off to find just the right pumpkin....

We found it!

Then C's class went to Traveler's Rest. This field trip I was looking forward to! I've lived in Nashville all my life and had never been there. It is the former home of Judge John Overton. He was close friends with George Washington and Andrew Jackson. It was a very interesting field trip.

The kids played with toys that were popular in the time that the Overton kids lived there.

They also learned to write with a quill.They learned dances that were done to entertain guests and tried snacks that would have been offered to guests as well.

A great field trip! I look forward to going on that one again in a few years with AP!

Ohio Birthday Bashes

Two weeks ago, we went up north to celebrate the birthdays of my niece and my sister. It was a super quick trip, but we are glad we got to be in on the party! My niece turned FOUR! She had a skating party and sported the shirt her Aunt Sissy made her :)

My sister made her a really cool cake. There were 4 layers that were all different colors. The candle spun around like a firework and eventually the burning flower opened it's petals. Pretty cool!
C is almost as tall as Nanna!
That night after the skating party we celebrated my sister's birthday, too.
There was a lot of celebrating crammed into 24 hours!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Just a Random Day in the Fall

I honestly don't even remember when this day was. The kiddos were playing in our backyard and I was struck by the beauty of all the fall colors, so I just started snapping away!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Trick or Treat 11

So, pretend it's a week or 2 ago and Halloween just happened :) Because, apparently, I am way behind! On Halloween night, AP decided to wear her pirate costume again, but she wanted to be "a pirate with lipstick" this time. The only problem with that is her mommy doesn't wear lipstick, so we had to search this house to find some! C really wanted to be something "scary", but settled on Darth Vader. He was really getting into the poses!

We met up with our friends and trick or treated through their neighborhood. We had a good lookin' group!

There was another Darth!
After spending time with our friends, we stopped by to see family and help pass out candy (and experience AP choking on a mouthful of Skittles!)Bo, the bulldog, was a pumpkin :)
We had a great night and are STILL polishing off all the candy!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Turkey Family Project

Our assignment was to disguise the turkey that was given to us so that the farmer wouldn't cook her for Thanksgiving Dinner. Can you tell what AP disguised hers as?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Rocky Top Road Trip

Last weekend we took the kiddos to their first UT game of the season. I think they love road trips as much as we do! We stayed at our favorite place, which is in great walking distance to the stadium. We were afraid that it might get too cold, but we managed. We all had blankets and hand warmers :) The Vols didn't end up winning, but we had fun!

I think one of the things Hubs looked most forward to as a parent was sharing the experience of Vol game days with his children. Here he is taking it in with his babies :)

We aren't fair weather fans in this house! We support our Vols even when they are all hurt and can't seem to win!