Saturday, September 23, 2017

Big Kid Bed

All BIG BEDS in this house!. Today we FINALLY converted Ayden’s toddler bed into a full sized bed.  We think he’s starting to get the hang of this “going to bed by yourself” thing...but he tends to sneak out of bed and pass out in the hallway outside our door. I usually scoop him up and put him back to bed after I hear snoring from outside our door. However, in the morning we usually have a little friend laying in the floor beside our bed. We are HOPING this new big boy bed will do the trick!!  And help Ayden go to bed peacefully...and stay in bed too. 

On a whim this morning we ventured out, bought us a mattress, and strapped it to the roof of our car. We drove home hillbilly style (holding the mattress to our roof) and put together Ayden’s new bed. When he was about 1, I purchased his glad that I did!!  DONE!!  Looking spectacular in here!!!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Apple Picking

Erwin's is open for another season...and we actually made it there early enough to pick us some Honeycrisp apples this year!  Ayden's highlight was the tractor ride, or course!  Both little enjoyed picking and eating the apples in the orchard.  The doughnuts and cider was delicious...and no bee stings either...successful morning!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Back to School 2017

Today my little dude went back to school...back to his wonderful, loving and nurturing PRESCHOOL teacher, Mrs. Poxon.  He took it waaaayyyy better than he did last year.  NO TEARS and a bit of excitement.  He is going to have a great year as the leader in his class.  I'm looking forward to him really shining this year.

Allie's back to school happened yesterday (as did mine)!  I can't believe how grownup she looks...just beautiful!  She is going to have an amazing year with her TWO teachers and some really good new and old friends in her class.  Allie was very excited to wake up and get "fancy" dress on for school!

Another year is beginning with lots in store.  I can't wait to see all they learn and how much they will grow...both inside and out.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day Up North

One last get-a-way before the craziness of school starting.  We headed up north to the Ader's cottage for some time with our besties.  Todd flew us and the kids LOVED it!  Sure beats sitting in a car!


Once we arrived we had some fun in the was a tad too chilly for my liking.  But, the kids didn't seem to notice.  Ayden was obsessed with the jet skis and looking forward to them the whole trip.  Todd took him out a few times. 

So thankful for our friendships...and that our kiddos get along so well.  Too bad the rainy weather ended our trip a bit early.  We flew home the night before to avoid thunderstorms.  All good things must come to an end.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Back to School Breakfast

Today I surprised the kiddos with a pencil waffle back to school breakfast.  The summer flew by (as it always does) and it's time to go back to school.  To celebrate the new school year of first grade and preschool (again) I got these little learners some activity books, fun alphabet post-it notes, new socks, a Leap Frog video, and a new backpack for Allie.  She was thrilled!!!  She's been asking for a new backpack ALL SUMMER!


Happy back to school!!  I'll miss summer, sleeping in and traveling...but I'm ready to have a regular routine again.  Here's to a great school year!

Sunday, August 27, 2017


A little bit of fun at the airshow today before school starts.  These two got to test out few aircrafts and see where Daddy works at.  We watched the airshow and saw some crazy tricks!  

Friday, August 18, 2017


Allie preformed in her first musical production...MANNERS!  This week she attended theater camp at the Farmington Players Barn and fell in love with the stage. She played the part of the NOBLE and approximately three lines and a full song to memorize.  She did great...saying her lines slowly and loud (sort of).  Allie preformed for us and the Aders came too!

 I always knew she would be a little actress.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Las Vegas


Kathleen celebrated her Fabulous 40th VEGAS STYLE!!  We has so much fun!  There's no place on earth like Las Vegas.

We spent a couple days at the in a cabana.  This girl knows how to do her 40th!  The pool was amazing...and so were the drinks.

Birthday dinner was a Tao and then we rode the HIGH ROLLER.  The views of the city were amazing.  We had a pod all to ourselves.

On our last day, I rode SLOTZILLA!  It was way cool riding superman-style across Freedom Street. 

I was pretty bummed Todd couldn't  But, I couldn't NOT go to Vegas for my girl.  Thanks Nana and Auntie Ellen for keeping the kids occupied while I was away...and thanks T for encouraging me to go...alone.

Monday, July 31, 2017


We couldn't let summer pass by without our annual trip to visit Auntie Ellen and Uncle Joe...and Patches too!  We always love just hanging out!!!  We took a trip to Amish country and lots of tasty things to eat.

We took a day to visit the waterpark and even got to ride on a few rides too!  Auntie Ellen just loves that LAZY RIVER! 


Todd and I took a night to visit the winery...just the two of us...thanks Auntie Ellen!  It's our FAVE!  We celebrated T's birthday and caught up...just what we needed.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Happy Birthday, Todd

Happy Birthday to the best husband and dad we know!!!  Celebrating in PA this year with Auntie Ellen and Uncle Joe!

VBS: Make Fun Factory

VBS always surprises gets better and better every year!  This summer's theme was all about building God's Kingdom.  Every morning Allie and Ayden strapped on their bandanas to sing, dance, craft and learn.  Ayden just LOVED the songs, as did Allie.  They both knew all the words to many of them by the end of the week...we played them at home and in the car too.  So glad I can volunteer in the summer at VBS!  

Thursday, July 20, 2017

City Museum

Our last stop on our trip out west was at the City Museum.  The place was AMAZING!!!  Artisans built this playground for all ages from unique found objects, such as old chimneys, salvaged bridges, construction cranes, miles of tile, and even two abandoned planes and a school bus!  We had so much fun climbing and slide ALL DAY!
I climbed and slid most of the time...however there were a few places I couldn't squeeze through (I was a little claustrophobic inside some of the tree trunks and caves.  We told the kiddos to always stay together.  They would climb and crawl...and end up on a totally different floor in the building.  Allie and I rode the ferris wheel on the roof!  Ayden loved climbing through the tunnels to the airplanes.

I'm sooooo glad we visited this was so much fun and a great way to stay cool for the day too!