Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Random Bits of Life...The Photo Edition

I think these photos go all the way back to September.  I've been so off and on with the blog that these little bits of life haven't gotten documented.  And because my memory is lousy (at best) I know I better get these memories posted before they fade away...

Bri and Des' first day of school

Scott's first race

Cub scouts popcorn sales

Painting the ugly wall in the backyard

More painting in the backyard but on a bit smaller scale

First ballet class

Rare moment of brotherly love

Jack and Des

Logan feeding the giraffes

Cub scouts at the park



 Pink ballerina

Purple ballerina

Jack reading on the jungle gym

Family photo at Thanksgiving

Great Dona and Des

Beautiful Bri

Logan and Marley

Still loving ballet class

One of Jack's swisher shots 

Excited to be playing basketball with friends

Des and Bri's first day of their new preschool

First day of school with a good friend

Photo session with two of their besties...Ella and Yuliya

Cute, silly trouble makers

Whew!  I think I'm finally all caught up on the random bits of life from the past several months!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The (Failed) Experiment...

I had this crazy idea to take one boy and girl to my parents house for a few days, take them home and then bring the other boy and girl for a few days.  The hope was that by splitting up the typical teams (Jack/Logan and Des/Bri) that I would be able to get a some quality time with each kid and be able to see them as individuals instead of part of a two-person team.  And while I did have good trips, I didn't quite get what I was hoping for.

First up, I took Jack and Bri to Nana and Granddad's house:

Baking with Nana

Braving the cold for the beautiful view 

Granddad, Bri and a shark

Storytime with Great Dona

 And Great Uncle James...

 Trip #2 was Des and the camera-shy Logan:

Riding the carousel with Granddad

And getting a lift from Granddad

More baking with Nana 

Special time with Lexi

Being totally entertained acting out "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" with Great Dona and Lexi

Monday, January 28, 2013

Christmas Recap

One day, these kids are going to be grown (right?) and I'll surely forget the details of our regular days and likely even forget our holidays.  So here goes a quick photo recap of Christmas 2012...

It all starts with the silly bunch finding the perfect tree. 

Parents (zookeepers?) of the silly bunch

Our 2012 ornaments...a cub scout shirt for Logan, an "I love to read" for Jack, an "I love the sparkler" ballerina for the girls...and a very belated "Family Forever" to commemorate Des and Bri's homecoming in 2010.

Taking the Jolly Trolly with Mrs. Claus (in the background)

Waiting for Santa 

Our Santa pic! (This year we got every kid in and Scott and I didn't have to be in it...a success!)

Christmas morning is finally here...

New Fresh Beat Band books

Time to open presents after stockings and breakfast...

Logan's mystery present ("Fum who?") for Mama

So happy with two Ninjago figures...

 Off to Grandma and Grandpa's house to spend time with the rest of the family

Spending time with the cousins 

Crazy Uncle Michael