Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Andy's new car!

Here it is folks!  Andy's new Lincoln Continental!

Technically it's not new as it's a 1998 model year.  And, he's already had it for a month.  But you get the idea.  

Even though it's 15 years old, it only had 70,000 miles on it.  According to Andy, "It drives like a dream."  We got a good deal and were able to pay cash.  Yay for no car payment!

With Andy now driving the Lincoln, our minivan has become MINE!  This is the first time in either of our lives that we've each had our own vehicle.   I've gotta say, it's pretty nice.  A new sense of freedom!

The van now has a Lavendar Vanilla scent hanging from the rear view mirror and the radio station and seats are always the same way that I left them.

It's the little things.  :)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Date Night!

Not for me and Andy.  Friday night was Daddy/Daughter date night in our house. Andy and Bella went to see a local middle school production of Annie Jr.

Coincidentally, they ended up wearing the exact same outfits they wore last year when they went to see Seussical Jr.  I may not have even noticed had I not just looked at that picture from last year.  

Don't worry about the boys and me.  We had an evening complete with ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, and the movie Ratatouille. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Valentine's Day

Even though it's a hallmark holiday, it's still fun to celebrate. All the pinks and reds and hearts and chocolate. . . HAPPY!

The boys had a party at their playschool. I was in charge of the craft.

So festive!

Later at home, we dipped strawberries into chocolate.  So yummy.

Curtis has a perpetually dirty face.  He was just eating chocolate here and this is actually pretty minor, but still, he really has an experience with his food. 

Gradyon was in the mood to decorate.  I had leftover cut-out hearts from my craft.  He grabbed some V-Day stickers and made this section of the dining room look nice and festive.

Sparkling cider in plastic champagne glasses.


Dessert!  (Along with our strawberries from earlier). 

Lots of sweets.  Curtis is happy. 

Much love to you all!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Waiting. . .

Waiting for friends to come over.

And we're waiting to get our wireless router fixed. I'm currently blogging from my phone, which is kind of a pain.  Hopefully things will be up and running soon!

Monday, February 11, 2013


Bundling up.   Snow balls.  Laughter.  Snowman.  Shivering.   Hot cocoa.  This is what winter is supposed to be!

A few inches of snow fell this weekend.  Not nearly the blizzard that folks north of us experienced, but enough to provide some entertainment for three little kids who wanted to play outside. 

The snow was a bit dry and sort of difficult to pack.  But we did manage this little guy. 

I believe this was Curtis's first snow man.  Last year, we didn't get any snow.  And he was just a baby the year before that. 

This is Curtis after removing his winter hat.  I used to think that only girls had issues with hat hair - until I had boys. 

I got out some paper, stickers, markers, and stamps for Graydon and Curtis to make valentines for their classmates. 

All finished!  I added their friends' names.  Bella and I will work on hers soon!

This week at playschool, the kids learned about volcanoes.  The glasses are their "safety goggles'. 

And then they made their own!

Bella has been learning about space during science class at school.  "Did you know that Mars has red dust."  "Jupiter is the biggest planet."  "Pluto is a dwarf planet."  She seems pretty fascinated by it all.  She even picked out a space book during library, brought it home, and then copied the whole thing!
Here are a few of the pages.

And she wanted to hang this school project up in her room. 

I love discovering new things that my kids are interested in.  It kind of gets me interested in it too!

 And finally. . . I took this photo before church on Sunday morning.  Such sweet kiddos.  All of them looking at me.  Smiling.  Amazing.   

Happy valentine's day!

Sunday, February 03, 2013


Our week began with Bella getting sick.  Last Sunday morning, she was crying because her head hurt.  Any time Bella gets sick, it always starts in her head.  She was on the bathroom floor crying because it hurt so much.  I took her temp, which was in the 101 region, and gave her some Tylenol.  She was very upset, not just about being sick, but about having to miss church and a birthday party later that afternoon.  By evening, she seemed better and was able to go to school on Monday.

The next two days were quiet and usual.  But Tuesday night rolled around and Curtis seemed a bit off.  While giving the boys a hot bath, Curtis was shivering and saying that he was cold.  That night he was up crying inconsolably about every hour.  And his body was so hot .  We had him in to the doctor's office on Wednesday morning and got a steroid prescription for Croup.  Meanwhile, I'm trying to deny the little tickle in my throat.  But by that evening, my whole chest and throat felt like it was burning.  My fever started the next day. And it's all a blur to me now, but somewhere in there Graydon started getting sick too.  His fever shot up to 103.8.  And he woke up crying with a bloody nose one morning. It's a good thing Andy got to him first.  Apparently he had smeared the blood all over his face.  I know I would have fainted at the sight of that.

We're still not back to 100%.  My nose is running like a faucet and my head feels like a strong man is trying to squeeze it between the palms of his hands.  The kids and I all still have bad coughs.  It was almost comical to hear each of us coughing around the dinner table the other night - each of us coughing at a different tone - almost sounded like coughing music.  Almost.

Andy has managed to avoid all of the illness so far.  Hopefully had can keep that up.

Graydon fell asleep on the bathroom floor one morning.  This is before all of the illnesses began - but it should have been my clue that things were brewing.  

This was after Curtis's super rough night.  Though he was so tired and in need of rest, I think this nap may have only lasted 20 minutes.  The blasted cough kept waking him up.

Before even eating his lunch after church today, Graydon fell asleep on the couch.  We covered him up and he's still there sleeping right now.

Curtis is asleep on the other couch.

Last night was the first night all week when all kids slept through the night and in their own beds.  I was starting to think we'd need to get a king-sized bed for all of these little stragglers.

Although Bella missed the birthday party earlier in the week, her friend still gave her a goody bag at school.  Inside the bag were some sunglasses.  You know how much Curtis loves those!  The boys each claimed a pair and wore them during bedtime stories.

Bella's class took a field trip to the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia to see "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day".  She loved it!

On a happy note:  it's February!  We colored some hearts I added a few Valentine decorations to cheer this sick house up a bit.

Now it's time to gear up for the Super Bowl.  This house is rooting for Baltimore.  Go Ravens!!!!!!