Friday, October 29, 2010

Pumpkin Patch & Apple Orchard

About a month ago we went to a local Apple Orchard and Pumpkin Patch. We had a great time, this was one of the best (and cheapest) places we’ve ever gone too. There pumpkins were still on the vine, and in EXCELLENT shape, and were only $1 a piece, for any size.

We had a lot of fun and took way too many pictures :)

We’re already looking forward to doing it again next year!

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IMG_0041 Alexa loved sitting and rolling around with the pumpkins. She worked so hard trying to help and pick out the pumpkins but she kept tripping over the vines, being our second born easy natured child she was a real trooper. IMG_0135 Treyton took the job of picking out pumpkins very seriously.

IMG_0143 We are finally able to take a few “couple pictures” now that Treyton can use the picture.

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First Pumpkin Patch Visit for Audrey :) IMG_0070 

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Apple Orchard

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Little Sluggers

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It’s been nearly a month now since Treyton’s Little Sluggers has finished, but I’m just now getting around to posting these pictures.

Treyton improved a lot in the 6 weeks of his games. He really looked forward to going every week, and despite a few attention issues, I think he did so great in EVERY game!! *Go ahead, call me biased :) *  IMG_0037

This picture makes me laugh, Treyton looks so talented here, but in reality, he’s just a little distracted. There is not a ball anywhere near him, he’s just practicing :)   

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A “real” smile, priceless

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IMG_0016  “Goooo Rays!!!!” (for the last time)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Treytonism: All Boy

IMG_0129I have gotten a little behind on my picture posting, but had to put these in here of Treyton entertaining himself one afternoon in a large puddle in our yard. I love these pictures because they show such a big piece of his personality. IMG_0136 Such a BOY!! :) IMG_0137

Speaking of being “all boy”….

One day last week for art, Treyton and I were drawing a “Beatrice the Bubble Burping Dragon”. Treyton decided he didn’t want to draw a nice girl dragon, instead he wanted to drive a fire-breathing boy dragon.

He said “ I didn’t have a baby boy, so I want a boy dragon, okay mom?”

“Okay, sounds fair.”

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Treytonism: Could Be Worse

IMG_0026 While on vacation, Treyton was really excited to have the chance to sleep in the top bunk at a hotel. During his prayer he was sure to thank God for the “junk beds” to sleep in.

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When Treyton was talking about what his favorite part of the day was, he said “I had a lot of fun dressing up like Mountain Vernon. Wait sorry, I meant George Washington.”

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While making dinner the other night, Treyton was goofing around and acting crazy.

IMG_0166Tim: You’re a maniac, dude.

Treyton: Yeah! I’m a maniac.

(long pause)

Treyton: Could be worse.

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While out to lunch just me and him, Treyton was telling me about lions. He felt the brick wall next to us and said “Yeah, like that, that’s what a lion’s tongue feels like”

Me: Yeah? You think so?

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Me: What?

Treyton: I can make my tongue feel like a lion, watch.

He started rubbing his hands over his tongue to dry it out

Treyton: Hea Fee (here, feel) he said while sticking out his tongue

Sure enough, his tongue did feel a little sand-paper-ish

Monday, October 18, 2010

Alexaism: Just Because

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Me: That’s right, no going potty in the bed.

Alexa: Know why, mom?

Me: Why?

Alexa: Because

Me: Good point.

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After seeing a AFV clip of a spiderman clip Lexie was TOO excited she was running all over the living room yelling “Spiderman on TV!” over and over and over again. Believe it or not she was more excited than Treyton.

Tim: Can you record Extreme Makeover tonight?

Me: Yeah, but it’s not going to be as exciting as seeing Spiderman, Dad.

Alexa: Nope!! Try again Mom!!

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IMG_0154 Lexie has been having a hard time eating the food that we’re serving. Almost every meal (unless it’s cereal) she says “don’t like”

At first we just told her she couldn’t have dessert if she didn’t eat what she was given, that was proving to be ineffective so now she is often sitting at the table after the rest of us are done trying to finish her meal.

One night she asked “Can I be done mom?”

After I inspected her plate I said “no.”

Dramatically, she puts her head in her hands and then down on the table saying “Augh! I KNEW IT!!! I knew it, mom!”

Thursday, October 14, 2010

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Vacation 2010: Day 8 – Niagra Falls

Day 8, we left Virginia at about 9 am. We drove 8 hours to Niagra Falls. IMG_0018We arrived to Niagra Falls about 5 pm. It was sprinkling and about 50 degrees out – brrrr! We decided to do the Maid of the Mist boat ride, because we wanted a good look at both of the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls, which are on the Canadian side, and we don’t have passports.IMG_0012The kids were excited about the boat ride, until Lexie realized she was going to have to wear plastic, which she really didn’t like. But, after a little pep-talk, she calmed down and on the boat we went. IMG_0021We were able to take a few pictures of the falls but because of the mist from the falls we mostly kept our camera under the rain poncho. The kids did GREAT, I thought after we got sprayed going near the American falls that at least one of them would start crying – but they didn’t. So, I thought, Okay, that wasn’t so bad. Then I looked ahead of us and realized we weren’t going to go close to the mist of the Horseshoe Falls, like we did the American falls, we were going IN TO the mist of the Horseshoe Falls!! In this picture, you can see the huge mist in front of us, that’s where we’re headed. IMG_0034Wet and cold it was – but more than that - it was incredible!!

To be that close to the falls, barely able to hear yourself think over the roar of the water… feeling the gust of wind and water against your face, as your boat begins to bounce from hitting the stirred water beneath you… to know that you are only yards away from 6000 gallons of water per second falling 180 feet to water that is nearly as deep… dependent on a tug boat, that suddenly feels no safer than a canoe, with 2 or 3 small “life saving devices”, to keep you from the freezing cold water that surrounds you on all but 2 sides… is a humbling, and exciting experience. 

And that’s not even mentioning the emotion of beholding such beauty; even with a slight sting of water against my eyes and cheeks, I was unable to turn my face, out of fear that I might miss one awe struck moment of staring at a true wonder of creation. IMG_0035There are few times in life that you feel closer to God. Knowing Him as not only the Creator of such magnificence but also Lord and Sustainer of it all, brings you to a humble realization of how Great and Awesome He is! IMG_0032On the flip side….

After sitting in the mist of the horseshoe falls for what seemed like 10 minutes, I was like, um yeah, this is cold. I could no longer feel my fingers and it was taking a lot of energy keeping Audrey as covered and dry as I could without suffocating her with a plastic poncho!! IMG_0037I looked down and poor Treyton was staring at the falls, putting all his energy into merely keeping his balance, jaw quivering, arms to the side looked like – who in the world cares, it’s water, and totally NOT worth being this cold for. Then I look at Tim, who was holding Lexie just in time to hear Lexie say “Too much water, water broke”. So, yes, it was cold and wet, but we were so proud of the kids, none of them cried, whined or complained. 

After we got off the boat, Treyton actually started to complain about his fingers being cold, and we were all ready to get dry and warm. So, we went to the van, changed out of whatever clothes were wet (surprisingly it was different on all of us). And went to eat at another Hard Rock Cafe (a new family favorite). The kids were being real jokester’s asking to have their pictures taken – Treyton wanted to be a rocker with Mom, Alexa took a kissy picture with dad.       IMG_0040IMG_0045 IMG_0046All in all the kids seemed to enjoy the experience. Lexie liked the boat and Treyton liked how much water there was, and little Audrey was so tired from the whole ordeal she decided to just nap.

Personally, I am so glad that we did it. I’ve never seen Niagra falls before, and it was some thing I’ve wanted to do for a while. I feel so blessed to have had the chance.

Vacation 2010: Day 7 – Rest Day

On Friday, we had made plans to go down to Virginia Beach, but decided Thursday night that we didn’t want to drive the 3 hours (one way) it would take to get there. IMG_0002Big Mama, was getting a little worn down with all the “vacationing” and keeping up with everything, so instead we decided to have a rest day with Aunt Nana and Uncle Mitch.

They took the time to show us a little of Quantico Base (where they live). We ate lunch at a local cafe’ and walked down to the Marina. IMG_0004That night, they took us to their Japanese Habachi and Sushi restaurant a town over. The food was great and the cook was very friendly with Treyton.

It was nice to spend our last day together as a down day. Mitch and Alana were so sweet to open up there home, and it was a PERFECT set-up: we had the entire upstairs for our family. Two bedrooms, a bathroom, and large landing area. Plenty of sleeping space and a quiet area for early bedtimes and naps. We couldn’t have asked for more, and all the while not intruding on their every-day lifestyle (they still had their own bedrooms). IMG_0123  Seeing my little niece, Madison, who I don’t get to see very often was the best part for sure!! She is 9 months now, nearly walking, and has the cutest personality. She has the most precious little one-toothed grin I’ve ever seen. She is going to be a handful, that much is obvious, but I’d have to say her parents need a little of that to keep them honest :)

She seems to know how cute she is which means she’s going to be a handful for her mom and dad, but I think every parent needs one of those in the family (to keep them on their toes :))

One of the neatest things about having so many babies in the family at one time is to see how similar and different they look from one another. Madison seems to be a blend of both Peyton and Audrey. They each have their own unique look, but they definitely look related to one another, and obviously, all of them are beautiful.

I love these pictures of the girls, watch Madison take the toy from Audrey, and then Audrey go for it again, while Madison smiles like she didn’t do anything wrong :) LOVE IT!  Oh, and that look you see in Madison’s eyes (mostly in the 2nd and 3rd pictures), that I’m so cute, I could never do anything wrong look --- she always looks like that – she has this twinkle that makes it impossible not to smile at her.  I miss her already. IMG_0005 IMG_0006 IMG_0008IMG_0010 Thank you Mitch, Alana and Madison for putting up with our family for 5 long days!! We had a great time and can’t wait to come back and visit some time again… maybe next time in North Carolina! Miss you and love you!!