Wednesday, March 03, 2010

February ... The Novel

Read any good books lately? Well, if you have a good 45 minutes AND you find my family and their antics somewhat interesting then pull up a chair ...

Here is February ... The Novel

Chapter 1: Monster Jam

Chris took Sam to the Monster Jam show in Richmond last month. I threatened all sorts of beatings and various methods of torture if my husband did not take pictures of my boy with the giant trucks.

Because 22 years from now, Bad News Travels Fast will probably not elicit the fond memories that seeing my boy does. Remember his first trip?

But alas. My husband said that Samuel did not want his picture taken.

Fancy that.

I was quick to point out that we would only have about 13 pictures of the boy if we actually asked him if he wanted his picture taken.

So my boy took a picture of my husband with the giant trucks ... which turned out to be pretty endearing after all.

Then when they came home I took this picture that they will be forever grateful that I had the foresight to take.

Because men are always grateful for things like that.

Chapter 2: It Snowed ... Again

I have a whole separate post in mind for this but it deserved mentioning.

Chapter 3: The Great Wolf Lodge

We went to Williamsburg with La La and her crew and had a great time at the Great Wolf Lodge! I love that place!

Everything except the really strong, overwhelming, stinging/burning nature of the chlorine in the air.

Well that and the VERY immodest individual in the dressing room. Call me a prude, but I would be perfectly fine if I lived my entire life and never saw another stranger, completely nude, ever again.



I'm weird like that.

But really ... we did have a great time :)

Here's the traditional picture of little hot sweaty babe sleeping in the stroller. I have this same pic of Benjamin from our trip in 2008.

More babes in the stroller. Have I told ya'll how much I LOVE this stroller? Oh, I will. I most definitely will. I am reserving that for my "Favorites" post.

I'm gonna get on that right after my "Baby Shower" post, "Snow" post, and "Homeschooling Revisited" post.

See? I have a ton of posts! (just none that you can actually read because they only exist in my mind)

Benjamin giving the water fountains the "what-for" (that's Texas-talk for a "beating")

There was one other not-so-great part about the Great Wolf Lodge. It was the part where Benjamin fell backwards on his SKULL twice in the span of about 30 minutes.

It was not great at all and left me feeling very anxious and out about $12.99 (the cost of some water shoes).

Did ya'll know about my boy's curls?

Um ... We think they are pretty frecious ... frecious being a made-up word that means insanely cute.

My big girl and baby girl. The big girl is still crazy-talking about how she just turned 15.

I climbed up on a chair and looked down at her and told her to quit lying and put on a hair bow, a smocked dress, and some Mary Janes ... OR ELSE!

Our little crew ... we've been growing up with these kiddos since 1999. Time is passing way too fast.

And Alvah is way too tall.

If you ever wonder about taking a baby to the GWL, let me tell you. With the killer white noise and the humidity level it is the perfect storm for continual napping. I have gone with two babies and they have both done wonderfully well :)

Chapter 4: Art Class

We started Art class again. It is fun for all (moms too!) and going really well! I will post some of the projects later ... right after the other 2 or 27 posts that I have in mind ;)

Clara Hope ... who Daddy calls Clara Bell ;)
She makes our hearts smile. All the live-long day.

Benjamin Lynn ... everyone needs a daily dose of a kid like this:

Samuel Christopher ... has a pen pal in Texas and all of a sudden looks 5-years older.


Chapter 5: A Visit from Uncle Curt & Aunt Cinda

Curt and Cinda drove down from Pennsylvania last week and we had a great time together. Sweet Addison was a quick learner and caught on fast to the crazy fun & folly around here.

But you can tell by the look on her face, she is keeping her eye on this motley crew.

Especially the over-sized two-year-old ...

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Kelly said...

Looks like a full and fun February:-) We love Great Wolf, too, and the humidity and white noise are also good for making mommy nap... at least this one! I can sit for hours with a good book and read and doze the day away- heavenly!

Leslie said...

You sure did cram a lot into 28 days! Thanks for sharing -- you know I love all your family updates with pictures.

Amy said...

Well you must feel good that you got it all written out. It's a great re-cap that years from now you'll be forever thankful for the time it took. Loved the fountain video and can't believe how big Clara is getting!

Amanda said...

Kelly y'all live in the same state! Maybe it's the same lodge!

I love this post! LOVE IT! Your kids are sooo beautiful and Josiah AND Zeke would FREAK to go to that truck show but Jeremy would probably cry!

Christina said...

Well I don't think it took me 45 minutes to read, but I did wait till all the kids were in bed just in case! Thanks for the update. It's always fun to read what your family is up to.

Lisa writes... said...

I like the novel! When's the sequel? :-) Also love (and miss terribly) the sweaty baby in the stroller shots!