Friday, August 31, 2007

Dimples aka Dumpling

I woke up & everyone was outside but Dimples & Sweet Pea. Dimples was hanging out in the swing while Sweet Pea watched her & read. I took the opportunity for some playtime with Dimples. Oh, she is a cutie! I was ecstatic to capture her smile on my camera!

Isn't she BEAUTIFUL? We were all amazed a what a happy, laid-back baby she is. It made me wonderfully happy to have her smile at me again & again.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Lazy Afternoon

After saying a tearful good-bye to Matt, Jenny & our precious nieces we got ready & headed out to our friends' b-day party for her 2-year old son. It was a hot & humid day but the kids still had a good time. We came back home to cool off & have naps. It was a lazy afternoon napping, reading & watching t.v. Perfect.
Tomorrow if it's not as humid we'll start cleaning for our next round of company. I'm hoping to also prepare for our fun first day of school on Monday & maybe get some lesson plans written. We shall see!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Matt, Jenny & the girls leave tomorrow. I'm sad but oh, so thankful that we had this precious time. Our little nieces have stolen a piece of my heart. I will miss them & their mama and daddy so much.

I hope to post the rest of our visit pictures soon. Be prepared, I have a ton! Lol!

Monday, August 27, 2007


Here are the pictures I promised.

She was funny. She wore this towel everywhere yesterday morning.

Sweet Pea & Dimples
Aren't they sweet together?

I Remember...
I remember when Boo was this age & Aunt Jenny read to Boo. It's sweet to see Boo now reading to Aunt Jenny's little one.

Bugs is facinated with the baby & of course Cupcake wanted to be with her sister too.
Working Boys
Matt is helping us get our gutters up. What a blessing!

CAUTION: Brothers at Work
Being goofy & wise-cracking. Lol.

Time Flies
Again, this brings back memories of S.P. at this age & Aunt Jenny cooking with her. How neat that our girls can play & work together now.

Cheerful Bakers
The cookies were delicious & disappeared F-A-S-T!

The official tasters gave them 2 thumbs up!

My Boy
This photo is so sweet.

The Leaning Tower of Cupcake
She kept leaning further & further. I was wondering if I was going to get the pic. Lol! Made me laugh!

Sunday, August 26, 2007


These are two of my favorite shots from today.
Don't worry I'll post the rest of them tomorrow! Lol!

Watching Our Daddies

Cutie Cousins


Here are a few pictures from yesterday. It was HOT, HOT, HOT here! So that's why we all are "glistening".

Bugs, Mama/Auntie, Dumpling

Munchkin & E-boy playing in the "new" playroom.

Proud Uncle Dave with Dumpling

She is such a little sweetheart!

E-boy was tickling her to make her smile. And she did!
We are having such a good time. The kids are getting along beautifully & E-boy is enjoying having kids to play with that are closer to his age. The girls are stepping in and loving their roles as "Big Cousins" teaching the little ones, reading to them & letting them "help" with projects. It's neat to see.
Dave & Matt are being goofy as usual and also getting a lot of needed things done at the same time. Matt shaved down our bathroom door and it no longer sticks. Yay! The guys also started hanging the gutters. Matt has been a great help as he knows what tools, equipment, etc. to use & is also a hard worker like Dave. Jenny & I are having a great time chatting and even made it out to the grocery store alone! Wow! Lol!

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice

I'm in my glory. Our nieces are visiting - a 3-month old, a pre-schooler & a toddler. I am in Little Girl Heaven! LOL! Now those of you who know me know without a doubt that I LOVE & ADORE my boys. Wouldn't trade them for ANYTHING. Lately though I've been longing for another little girl. My family is in agreement. We are all LOVING this time with our 3 nieces/cousins. They are the sweetest little girls & absolutely adorable. Bright too! Yep, I'm a braggin Auntie. We are having such fun cuddling & coaxing smiles from little Dumpling, playing & dancing with Cupcake & chatting with and running around with Munchkin. I'll post pictures later if it's okay with their mama. In the meantime if you're looking for me I'll most likely be cuddling Dumpling & getting my "Baby Fix". *wink*

Friday, August 24, 2007

"Summer Cleaning"?

I've heard of 'Spring Cleaning' & 'Fall Cleaning' but 'Summer Cleaning'? We've purged every summer but this time I'm also doing my Spring/Fall cleaning as I go along. As I mentioned before we are having 2 batches of company over the next 2-3 weeks. It's a great motivator for getting those 'extras' done! We are giving up our bedroom & as a result it's getting cleaned top to bottom. I've even organized my vanity & nightstand drawers! Dave is helping me hang decor & frames tonight. Hooray! We need to hang our curtains too, (yep, 4 years & still no curtains lol - but we do have blinds), but I think that will have to wait.

The kids are helping some but it's like pulling teeth most of the time. What they don't seem to get is if we all work together it'll get done that much faster & we'll all have more downtime.
Enough rambling.......
Back to a little more cleaning and organizing & then I'm hitting the hay. I'm so tired I'm about to fall on my face. This cold & insomnia is taking it's toll.
All the clip art in this entry was created by

What a FUN Day!

On Wednesday we went on a field trip with one of our homeschool groups. Three families went for a total of 4 moms & 15 children. It was such a fun day! It took about an hour to drive out but it went quickly. We drove through some towns I didn't even know existed in our state! Lol! The scenery was beautiful & charming. The park was huge & clean. Very pretty area too. We packed a lot into one day & on the drive home only one child stayed awake while the other 4 fell asleep. What a great day!

All Aboard!
Bugs boarding the train ride.

Mommy & Bug-a-Boo

Sweet Pea & E-boy

Peek-a-Boo Bugie
I love this! Bugs looks so darn cute!

Yo! Yo! Yo!
Boo & Best Friend posing.

Whoo! Whoo!
Riding on the train was fun. It was a longer ride than at the other park too. Yay!

The Zoo
E-boy observes the birds at the zoo. The birds that live at the park are given a safe home as they are injured & cannot live on their own in the wild.

"It just wouldn't be a picnic without the ants."
Or in our case the yellow jackets. Ack!

Mama & E-boy share lunch.

Glug, Glug!
Thirsty boy!

Picnic Lunch

Boo Bear

The kids took some time after lunch to ride their scooters & play with toys.

After the Panic
Terry & Sweet Pea talk about the scary chase the Yellow Jacket gave Terry. Poor lady ran round & round the picnic table. It was funny to watch though! Sorry, Terry! Lol!

Waiting & Waiting
The line took quite awhile & it was tough for little E-boy to wait. BUT the good news is that they were given as much time in the boats as the ones before them. So all that waiting was worth it!

Too Funny!
It was funny to watch the girls. At first all they did was spin in circles. Terry & I laughed and laughed and cheered them on.

Ahoy, Matties!
E-boy & Sweet Pea had fun in their boat too. Like the girls, it took S.P. a little while to figure out how to steer the boat but she soon got the hang of it. I love how E has his binoculars with him. Just like a sailor!

Watch Out!
They had fun colliding and chasing each other. Lol.

What a Fun Day! ~ Part 2

Somehow I flubbed & deleted these from my original post. Here they are!

More Bumper Boats!
What fun they had!

More Fun
Some pics of our friends on the bumper boats.

My Big Boy

E-boy & his new friend observed the flowers & their seeds as we waited for the girls to finish golfing.

I See You!
E-boy loves these binoculars.

Too Sweet
I like this photo.


4 + 1 ~ My 4 + Boo's best friend.
Do you think maybe Bugs has had enough? Poor little guy.

Sweet Dreams, Bugs


It really was a terrific day. Thank you Terry for inviting us!

I don't know when I laughed harder, when you were screaming about the spider & I was laughing so hard I had a coughing fit and the Ranger came over to see if we were okay; when we all freaked out over the Yellow Jackets, or when I came out of the restroom with a stream of toilet paper flowing out behind me! LOL! Rolling!