Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Life Lately

As we were sitting down to dinner the other night something hit me.... there was something different.  It wasn't until I thought long and hard about it, did I realize what it was.  There is no longer a communication barrier between the kids and Nate and I.  Henry and Zoey can tell us what they want, what they mean, and can accurately tell us what they are talking about.  There is no longer a guessing game, and that makes a huge difference. 

Okay, so we understand them at all times, and they understand us, but that doesn't mean that we are able to reason with them all the time - yet.  But it is so fun to have actual conversations with your kids!!  They can tell us what they did at school, they can describe their feelings, and they can tell us what they want when they want it. Such a concept!

 Speaking of conversations, I wish I could say they were having a great conversation here, how Zoey had a wonderful day, and that she loves spending time with the men in her life, but really, she just wanted the hammock to herself and was telling (and pushing) them to get off.  (We are still working on sharing)



 Painting...

 More vegetables from our garden... they are fans. 



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Summer 2014 Volume 1

While I feel like it has just started, there is only a month of summer left.  We have tried to take full advantage of it this year!

One of the best parts about this summer is our new backyard space.  New cement and more grass space than before.. makes for more room to play.  Henry is mildly obsessed with all sports.. and the kid actually has some skill... golf, soccer, baseball - you name it, he wants to play it. 




The best part about this summer is how self sufficient the kids are... they play so much better together, and they can use all their toys by themselves... This makes it so much easier to be grilling or just sitting watching them play.


Our water table sees plenty of action... even the cousins get in on the fun.  Could Brynn be any cuter? :)



Mixing it it...



 The splash pad is still a big hit... but this year, Henry mostly likes to run around and avoid the water... until we are just about to leave, and then he gets soaked. 

Zoey on the other hand, is usually soaked from the minute we get there.


 Oh you know. just riding my 4 wheeler with my heals on... its totally normal. 


 We even got the hammock out, which we haven't had out the past 2 summers.  So relaxing.  Although a little stinker usually claims it as her own...



We have hit up the farmers market a few times too.  Nothing like a warm Saturday morning to get some fresh lemonade, great harvest rolls, and to listen to some music. Oh, and there are vegetables there too. 


We will be losing our two front trees this year, so we planted a new one.  It is just Zoey's size... 

 The petting zoo at the cabin was a big hit - not as big of a hit was riding the ponies. 


 We kept the kids up this year for the fireworks. And by kept up, I mean we had put them to sleep an hour and a half before this, and they were still awake.  


Last week Kelly and Lincoln came to visit from Norfolk.  It was so much fun to see them.  And so hard to get all of us looking at the camera at the same time.  I have the death grip on Henry to keep him from riding his bike away. 


Our raspberry bushes are finally starting to produce some respberries.  And by some I mean 3.  I dont know what is up - but we want more!


We still have plenty of fun ready to be packed into the rest of summer.... this has been a great one so far!

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Conversation with Zoey

Tonight at the dinner table...

Nate: [Pointing to his nose] "What's this?"
Zoey: "A booger!"

Then she put on her own PJs.


I love my little weirdo :)


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

More Chicago....

Of course while we were in Chicago we had to visit the Shedd.  The kids had been talking about it for a while.  "Whales and Fishies, whales and fishies...."  They were pretty excited. 











 I didn't get any pictures during the show... but the looks on their faces when the dolphins would jump was priceless!  After, Grandma and Grandpa spoiled the kids in the gift shop, we headed outside for some Chicago Dogs









 And then, they discovered how fun it was to chase the birds....









It was such a fun morning....

Monday, June 23, 2014

Millennium Park

Henry and Zoey enjoyed the reflection pool in Millennium Park.  To them, it was a giant puddle that I was okay with them splashing in....














It was all fun and games until they saw a little girl get 'spit on' by the fountain... then they were not having any of it...

Oh to be on vacation again.