Sunday, September 30, 2012

Things that make me laugh

Just a few things that have made me laugh this week, and I'm sure my kids have no idea why :)

One morning this week, I saw C playing with a candy wrapper in his car seat.
So I did what any mom would do and said, 
"Let me see your tootsie roll."  
Then I snapped this picture and laughed out loud to myself.  The kids thought I was crazy, I'm sure, but what child of the 80's wouldn't laugh at that? 
(For anyone reading that doesn't know, that was a line in a popular rap song)


And I gave AP's teacher fair warning before I sent her homework in this past Friday.  
She was practicing writing sentences and then illustrating them.
Those look just like 5 sailboats sailing, right?

Happy Monday!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Even More Awesome Up Close

Random this and that for the week:

Yesterday was National See You At The Pole Day.  This is a morning set aside for parents, children, and staff to meet at the flag pole and pray before school.  Our school day starts at the crack of dawn, so getting everybody up and there 30 minutes earlier was difficult, but we managed!  And it was great to see so many parents there and so many of the teachers were able to take part as well.


Tuesday, AP and I had a front row seat in C's karate class.  
I snapped this pic while they were doing grapevines as a part of their warm up.

I took this pic of AP just after she asked me the following question.  
"What if when I grow up, every boy in TN wants to marry me?"  
We really need to work on her self esteem :)

Last night, the kiddos and I had to do a little shopping for several birthday parties that they've been invited to this weekend.  We passed by this new store coming soon to our outdoor mall.  
C asked that I take this pic :)  
But, he is quite charming!

And, last but not least, C completed his first project for the 3rd grade!  
His poster is all about the Wetlands.  
We researched, printed out facts and pictures, and C drew the Wetlands.  
Our finishing touches were glitter glue and adding actual moss to the wetlands drawing and pictures.  
C was so very proud of his work.  
He said, "I can't wait til my class sees it in person, it is even more awesome up close!"
And, not that it matters, but he got a 107!!  Hard work pays off little man!

Monday, September 24, 2012

It's Great. To Be. A Tennessee Vol!

I said It's Great. To Be. A Tennessee Vol!
The kiddos learned that cheer this weekend and have been chanting it repeatedly ever since!  So much so, that they both told me this morning that they couldn't fall asleep last night because they couldn't get that out of their heads!

We took the kids to their first UT game of the season on Saturday.  We got on the road to Knoxville right after AP's softball game (which I don't have any pictures of because I am a coach in the field this season, but she's doing a great job!)

The game was a late night game so we knew we would be spending the night in Knoxville, rather than driving home through the night.

After we got checked into our hotel, we made a stop at the Diamond lounge for snacks (one of the perks of daddy traveling for work!).


Then we were off on our hike to the game!  Our hotel is actually really close to the game.  But little legs still get tired :)

The sun was setting as we were climbing the ramps at Neyland.

 Our little Vol Fans :)

This little fan wiggled, snacked, and danced her way through the entire game.  Luckily, our seats are on the end of a row :)
And speaking of snacks, C had nachos for dinner.  The kind where the cheese-like sauce comes out of a huge pump dispenser.  And he was soo over the top happy about it!  He said, "now THIS is what I call dinner!" A made a mental note to not put much, if any, effort into my future meal planning.


My two favorite boys happy about a win:)

Yesterday we said Good Morning to Knoxville and then headed on our merry way.

After we waited a really long time for the valet to bring our car back.  We thought he lost our keys for a while.  Who knows, maybe he was taking the Acadia for a joy ride :) 

We are already looking forward to our next trip to Knoxville this season.  Daddy showed us some of the places he used to go and where he lived.  The kiddos loved seeing that. They began discussing their own future college plans.  AP was telling me who she was going to live with in college and that they would probably be cheerleaders.  
I think I may have had a small heart attack.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fall is here!!!

It seems the cooler temps have set in and fall is upon us!

Tuesday night, the kids and I made a loaf of pumpkin bread.  As it was cooling on the counter, and the fall candle was burning, and the back door was letting in the cool breeze, it just felt so fallish!

Yesterday the weather was absolutely beautiful.  As soon as I picked the kiddos up from school we headed to the greenway.

C tried to convince me that this was an ancient tree.  He told me that people used to communicate by writing on wood and stone.  Yeah, I get that, but I'm pretty sure these are just star-crossed teens in love carving with pocketknives, but I didn't let him in on that.

I L.O.V.E this picture above!  
I'm so thankful for happy healthy kiddos, beautiful weather, and the time to enjoy them both!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

How Did A Week Go By?

How did a week go by since my last post?

Let's see... in the last week,

this little guy got a much needed haircut,

Nanna and I dominated a cornhole game...until the very end...and then we lost,

I've been in awe of sunsets,


even sunsets at a game that Tennessee lost to Florida...


the kids decided it would be fun to stand on the big red ball outside Target,


we played a little Red Hot softball,


this little guy tried to sneak in AP's bed at bedtime,

we tried to break an unbreakable board and it proved itself to be indeed unbreakable,

and this little guy continues to just be super cute.

I think that sums up the last week or so!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

It's Gonna Be A Red Hot Season!

Thursday night we went straight from C's karate class to the first game of the Red Hots softball season!

Here are the kiddos softball and karate ready :)

The Red Hots won their first game!
We went to Sonic after the game to celebrate with a friend :)

It's going to be a fun season!

In karate news, C is eligible to test for his next belt, it's just a matter of scheduling! 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

8 Years with Lil C

This past Friday, August 31, marked 8 years since we were declared the parents of the cutest baby boy in the Kuibyshev orphanage in the middle of Siberia!

There are too many great things about C to possibly list them all, but some of my favorites are his tender heart and the way he unashamedly shares his feelings, his love of books and reading, his fascination with science and nature, his honesty, his love for God, his desire for all things to be fair, and his love for his family.

I know it's cliche, but I feel like I blinked and we went from this little guy...

to this little guy who will be as tall as his mommy very soon.

Given the opportunity to do anything he wanted to celebrate his special day, he chose to "go to the bookstore and buy a new science book then go eat Mexican."  Good books and good food are necessities :)

Nanna took us to see "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" that afternoon.  It was a really cute movie.

Then we headed over to the bookstore to browse the Science books.

Eureka!  We found it!

And then C spent 90% of the time we were in the Mexican restaurant reading his new book :)

Happy Adoption Day to my tender-hearted future scientist!! 
Mommy and Daddy are so proud to be your parents!