Friday, September 28, 2012

Ten Years!

Dear Andy,

I remember the morning of our wedding.  I was nervous.  Not about getting married. . . but about walking down the aisle and all of those eyes on me.  We both know that I'm not much of a spotlight kind of person.  But when I got down to the end of the aisle and joined you, I felt better.  The eyes were not no longer on me, but us.  And that is how it's been since.  We are US.  In this together.  And it has been a great ride so far.  I am so thankful for you and for our life together.  We are very blessed.  The past ten years have been a gift and leave me very hopeful for what is to come.  I love you always.


Sunday, September 23, 2012


The boys started playschool on Thursday!  It's just one morning every week and it's a cooperative program which means that I stay in the room with them and each of us moms take a turn being the teacher each week.  This is the same program that we had Bella in four years ago.  Shortly after we arrived, Curtis took off and started playing with the doll house. 

Graydon lingered by my side a bit longer, but soon found a bin of blocks and was on his own from there.

I think that gym time was the favorite for both of them.

And I believe I have a photo of Bella playing on this very slide on her first day of playschool.   

I will say it again. . . I love fall!  Cool mornings, hot afternoons. . . and that that time in between when the temperature is just perfect.  We had some a few nice play times outside this week.  And I owe a deep thanks to whoever invented sand/water tables.  It kept my boys entertained for at least a half hour each time they played with it.  

And we had an impromptu science lesson when this praying mantis showed up on our patio.
Yesterday, we attended a Fall Fair.  The kids had fun checking out the fire truck.

And getting their faces painted.

Graydon opted out.  They also jumped in a Moon Bounce and ate lots of good food.

We started Curtis's potty chart.  He's doing really well!  Not quite ready for underwear (I tried one morning and it didn't work out too well), but I am very encouraged with how well he is doing. 

The boys and I have had icky colds these past few days.  I haven't been sick in a while, so I forgot how crummy a cold can feel.  As long as we're all better by Thursday, then I'll be happy.  My mom is flying out and then Andy and I are heading to the Poconos for a couple of days to celebrate our tenth anniversary!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A year of photos. . .

I didn't take many photos this week, so I thought I'd go through Andy's cell phone photos from this past year and pick out a few.  It was so fun to see how much the kids, especially Curtis, have grown.

This one is from my birthday last year when I turned 31.

Silly girl playing outside in her mismatched pajamas.  

Back-to-school dinner the night before she started kindergarten.

Our little kindergartener!  We lost that jean jacket about a week later.

Little brothers waiting at the bus stop on Bella's first day of school.

This is at my friend, Jen's house.  But I have no memory of what Andy was doing there.

Playing at the park.  So many of the cell photos were from various park playdates. 

Busy, busy, busy.

Seeing double?  Andy went down to Texas last November for a conference and was able to connect with Tom while he was there. 

Beautiful fall leaves.  Simply gorgeous. 

All bundled up and ready to go somewhere.  Looks like I'm driving.  I have no idea who is in the passenger seat.  Andy must have been in the back row. 

Popsicles and a movie

One can never be too safe?

More park outings.

I believe we ate lunch at Burger King one Saturday.  Bella put the crown from her kid's meal on her chest and said, "I'm putting this crown on Jesus's head in my heart."

Awesome sunset.

Seeing the laundry room from a whole new perspective.

Chili night!

Sitting with Papa while we were back in Wisconsin over Christmas.  Look at that chubby face!

Ready to go play outside.

Crazy hair!

Rosy cheeks!

This must have been shortly after we discovered some educational You Tube videos.

King and Queen of the mountain.

Helping out with some spring yard work. 

One of those random moments when the three of them were close enough to get their picture taken together.

Goodies from Gaga and Papa.

Yet another trip to the park.

On the market for a new hat.  This place only had Phillies gear.  We ended up buying him a hat from Old Navy. 

Family painting.

Graydon's favorite nap spot (until recently, now that Curtis is napping in this room). 

Future piano player?

These are Bella's hands playing with the alphabet rocks.

I think we were rolling a pencil back and forth across the table.

The kids like to pretend to drive sometimes.

By the look of the shorts hanging over their heads, 
I'm guessing that they were playing in their closet.

Water ice day at Bella's school. 

We spent the afternoon with some church folks who live a little further away from the hustle and bustle than we do.  For a little bit, I may have just forgotten that we were in New Jersey.

Pants optional. 

Eating some frozen yogurt at Sweet Frog. 

Trying out the rocking chairs at Cracker Barrel.  I think this was on Father's Day.

A young Vince Lombardi?  This was taken at Lambeau Field in the remake of the former coach's office. 

Cooling off on a hot summer day. 

This one made me laugh.  I have no idea what was going on here.

This is a picture that Bella drew of Dad and Jesus.  (She has since learned the correct way to write a "J").