Thursday, August 30, 2012

Two little bunnies hopping through the forest

The pictures aren't the best, but I am sure there will be more to come!

Modie & Coco

 Charli & Modie

Harper & Coco

I tried really hard to "help" name the bunnies, but the kids were not into that!  I thought Marco & Polo would be great!  I have not ruled out getting my own set just so I can use that!  Charli came up with Modie and though I tried for some clever ones with Harper he wanted Coco!  These little girls are so soft and cuddly, and plain adorable!  The kids were so eager to get up this morning, they were at least 15 minutes ahead of schedule because they knew that extra time meant play time!  

Monday, August 27, 2012

the sunny side of things

Worlds worst blogger!  I have pictures from nearly a month ago still on my camera...until this morning!  SAD - SAD - SAD!  

 Harper was cheesing it up for the camera at Charli's birthday party (at daycare)!  Parties at daycare are so much fun!

 Charli's last party at Lynn's house!!  

 not a great picture of Charli, and her "librarian" glasses!  But, this is her and one of her bestest-buddies, Harrison!  She LOVES this boy!  She truly truly cannot get enough of him, and misses him greatly now that she is gone from Lynn's house!  :(

 arrgh!  Henry * Harrison * Sadie *Harper *Eastyn * Charli * Liam * Lexi

 Is there ever a picture at Lynn's house not followed up by a "silly face"?!

 musical chairs!

 I think a posted a picture similar to this a few weeks ago, but in this one you can see that they put a captain in the captains chair on the swing set!  Love to see the imagination flowing!

 Charli has been working on her "aquarium" for a few weeks now...adding to it and building it each week!  She is a great fish drawer!  

 my parents are adding onto their house again this fall...and this is sand courtesy of that project!  The kids had blast out there...and were dirty to prove it!!

 hmmm, there are five children and a grandpa out there....

 still missing two kids!!

 first day of school!!

 can't leave out little brother when taking pictures!

 waiting outside of the school door on her first day, before she knew her teacher or any of her new friends!

 precious!!  love this picture!

 finding her bag on the first day...there are two Charli(e)s in the class this year!

 the teachers make Kindergarten such a fun and safe place to be...Charli just let us walk right out.  

 Braxton and Harper coloring a few weeks ago when he came to play for the night...they were working on fish that Charli drew them!

 as you can see, her "school of fish" has expanded!

 i love their love for coloring!

Here are more pictures from our time last weekend at the safari!

 I can't wait to take these two back, they enjoyed the experience   

 a tired Wynston & Charli!

 since Harper will never get the chance to hold a little baby brother or sister, he got to hold our baby Charli!  ;-)  He would make a great big brother!

 to compare how big they have each gotten they tried to recreate a picture we had from 3 year ago.  I think they have each grown a bit...but Harper a little more than Charli!  He just doesn't fit on her lap anymore!!  

 Sadly, we have some Relay family who are going through a  really hard time right now.  Shelly is fighting ovarian cancer for the second time in 17 years.  Her husband Terry celebrated his 40th birthday yesterday at the benefit for his wife.  They have 6 kids under the age of 11 and a life full of chaos, and hope.  Most importantly HOPE.  Shelly is in TX receiving treatment and Terry is traveling back and forth as he is able to support and love her.  These are a few pictures from our time at their event.  It was an amazing turnout and out pour of love and support!  

By the way...Harper got a Monkey!

 I guess Dad let her have her choice....
...and she went BIG!

 this was the best $1 face paint job of a full tiger I have ever seen!!  She loved it...and loved to live the role while she had it on too!!  I guess between the shark earlier in the week and the tiger...animals are on her mind!  Must be mastering the zoo abc's that has inspired her!

on this bright and sunny Monday morning Charli got to enjoy eggs, sunny side up before school!  She popped right out of bed for this special breakfast.  Morning breakfast time can be a pretty special time, just the girls!  

Have a great week...September will be here soon!!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

shark week and things that roll!

It was another sad, sad Saturday at our house this weekend as Charli's soccer game was cancelled due to lightening.  This can be explained to kids when it happens once, but when it happens two weekends in a row they start to care less about the "safety of the players" speech!  Don't you know 6-year olds can out run lightening?  ;-)  After a fit which comes from total disappointment the kids recovered, though the parents were then exhausted!  

 A few weeks ago one of our nephews had a birthday in Colorado!  Charli wanted to get him a scooter like she got, and LOVES, for her birthday.  This was a great idea because we could buy online and ship it straight to him.  So, we sat down at the computer, picked the color she wanted for him and BOOM, it was ordered!  One problem, I forgot to change the shipping address!  I thought I got the order cancelled, re-processed the order and got it sent to Colorado!  A few days later we received a cute picture of Conner on his scooter and he appeared to love it!  WIN!  A few days later we also received a scooter!  FAIL!  :-)  Chad insisted on keeping the scooter, because truth be told he steals Charli's often to ride it up and down the block!  We now own two scooters, basically one for Charli and one for Chad...but (I think to make him feel better!!) Chad is letting Harper ride too!! honor of shark week at our house!!  

Charli was super proud, as were we, to end her first week at Kindergarten by bringing home this certificate from Mrs. Meyer.  We are starting to get into our new routine, and I am pretty impressed with our ability to be successful with everyone arriving to their destinations on time (so far!)!  The tricky part is to sustain this behavior!!

Hard to believe it is Labor Day weekend next weekend...soak up these final days of summer!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

four times the fun!

I tried to upload these pictures from my phone earlier this week...with no success, so a few may be a little older than others!

 Charli enjoyed reading her new book, "The Night Before Kindergarten" that her aunt Jen sent.  We read it about four or five times the night before school last week!

 This is pretty much how Harper felt after Charli left for school each day last week!  He was sad to see her go, and sad to not be big enough for school.  This week he seems to be doing just fine though.  The last few nights they have thoroughly enjoyed each others company, so maybe having "separate lives" during the day will work out for them after all!   Our daycare was on vacation last week so on Charli's second day of school Haper go to hangout with my mom.  While he was busy being sad that Charli got to go to school and he didn't, she was a little disappointed that Harper got to spend all day with grandma, and got to have 'special time and lunch' with grandma too!  The grass is always greener, or so we think!

 The "duck race" was the only portion of Columbus Days we took part in this year.  We watched 17,000 ducks float around, hoping ours would be the one to win $10,000.  As you can probably imagine, ours did not cross the finish line first!  

 Charli is still in love with her new camera she bought for her birthday!  Chad was helping her take a picture of the water after the duck race!

 Harper was pretty sure he was "just like daddy"!  He has some big shoes to fill!

 Harper was working on "changing the oil" in my car over the weekend!

 We took a trip to the wildlife safari this weekend, the kids loved it!  Next time we are in the area I think we will make an effort to go again.  The kids can get so close to the different animals (safely from the car of course!), it is a different experience than the typical zoo, which makes it fun!

 there was no zoom feature used here!  Just up close and personal with the pelicans!  We also go to see elk, deer, turtles, eagles, black bears, wolves, and bison!  (there may have been others, but I am blanking now!)

 This was a first for all of us to see, an albino bison!  

 It's kind of hard to not fall in love with this cheesy grin when he flashes one at you!  Harper loving up on his "bambi" got got from the gift shop.  While viewing the animals we saw a baby deer with spots, so this stuffed animal was a favorite when we found it!  (and so soft!!)

 Charli & Harper on their first day back to see Lynn since school started.  Charli wanted to help drop Harper off!  She bought this new pink shirt over the weekend...and was so excited to wear it!

Kindergarten picture day!!  Charli enjoyed getting to pick out her shirt for pictures.  I did not think she would pick this shirt, but was so excited to find it in her closet from a previous shopping trip we had this summer.  I think her looks have changed a lot in the last few months, I can't wait to compare her K picture with her preschool picture!  She looks all grown up!