September 1, 2015

The Pie/No Pie Festival

We found out about a festival in a neighboring town.  It was held last Saturday, and with a title like "Pie Festival", we thought we were set!
Although it didn't turn out exactly like we thought it would be, the kids still were very excited and had a lot of fun. 
Basically, it was booths people had set up with whatever junk they wanted to sell, a bouncy house that smelled like mildew, a couple carnival type games, pie.  Apparently there was pie in the afternoon after the judging and pie eating contest.  But we couldn't really stay until late afternoon since we got there at 10.  So now we all are jonesing for some pie.
Our shining moment was when we accidently (actually I think it was my fault) knocked over their "Road Closed" sign.  It was a ramshackle sign on the back of a stop sign.  We looked around for help but got nothing.  The sign was broken and we couldn't really figure out how to put it back up, so we walked to a tent to buy tickets.  We mentioned the sign and she said, "Well, I'm glad you guys mentioned that because we were all talking bad about you!"  Andrew then sneezed all over her hands.  I slipped him a 20.  Not really, but I did roll my eyes so far into my head, I couldn't see properly for two days.
Anyway, as always, the kids were excited.  We love having kids who have fun in every situation.
Andrew was so excited to go buy pie.  He brought his piggy bank.

They are all so cute.
They loved the bouncy house.  Emily liked making faces. 
I love this shot of Charlie mid-air.
 We ended up getting a funnel cake.  The kids were definitely fans.
Baby and me.  We were too cool for school.

August 28, 2015

A Great Day for Biking

Not every family is the same.  Not every kid has siblings.  But we love our kids, and love that they have each other!


Henry David
Being put down when he wants to snuggle. 
Not eating.

Snuggling, eating, playing, toys, his siblings, people, tickles, music, getting help dancing, getting his diaper changed, eating blankets, being held.  Basically, he likes life.  A lot. 
And like Buddy the Elf, he likes smiling.  Smiling's his favorite.

August 24, 2015


We've had a good summer so far.  The weather has started to cool off a bit (in the 80's) and I couldn't be happier about that.
Gotta love this super happy boy.  

 Mike is the best dad.  He came home with bats, balls, and a t-ball stand.  The kids had SO much fun!
Their form was impeccable.

Future baseball players here.

 For sure....
 Two cute boys!
I love these adorable kids.
 Another great idea from Mike - a jam tasting party.  The kids had the best time.
It was a hit.

A big hit.

With everyone.

The kids love wearing washcloths on their heads to "protect them from the sun."  Emily adds a bib for extra protection.

Popsicles are a big hit.

Sprinklers are too, although they aren't as effective with an umbrella.

August 21, 2015

Big Hank the Tank

Our little/big guy is growing up so fast!!!

 I can't believe he can already roll from front to back and back to front.  A couple days ago, he started pushing himself off with his toes.  It's amazing, and I think maybe we should encourage him to slow the heck down.
He even fell asleep during tummy time the other day.  The kids put his hat on his head, too.  Hilarious little guy.