Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Amelie!

Back on May 31st, we had a small party at Bonkers to celebrate Amelie's FOURTH birthday. (Can you believe it?)

There was climbing!

Ellie and Aunt Barb went all the way to the top!

The baby brothers went the wrong way up the toddler slide.

There were also some cars (that didn't do much because I didn't put any quarters in, but apparently they were still pretty fun).

Benny drives the car.

Ellie hops in. We tried out nearly all of the possible combinations of kids and cars.

Aunt Barb & Benny strike a pose. 

And then it was time for cake! I mean pizza and fruit. Mostly cake and ice cream, though.

Grandma Mary took some sweet pictures while I was videotaping. Thanks!

Checking out the selection of prizes.

James going bonkers.

Still sad about those prizes behind the counter.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the kids did not care much about the group picture.

One of these days, I'm going to remember about the burst-of-pictures setting I can use on the camera.

Here they are! James, Amelie, Hattie, Ezra, Ellie, Benny, Caitlin. Plus Grandma Mary & Papaw in the background.

And, if you are not already overloaded on birthday fun, there is also a video:

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Splash Pad

According to the camera, we visited the splash pad on May 31st. It was our first Stephen's Lake Park outing of the summer, and the facility is really very nice (and free!).

The kids wear rash guards to cut down on the need for sunscreen and the potential to burn. They look like iminiature surfers. I've been noticing more and more kids wearing them. Amelie has a regular swimsuit for evening and indoor water play, but she asked to wear her "trunks" to indoor swim lessons this morning.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sam the Horse

It's a good thing the kids have Dada because the likelihood I'd let them ride around on me like a horse approaches zero.

I can't help it with the gifs. I love her momentarily freaked-out face in this one.

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Little Gymmers at the ARC

This picture is blurry, but I like it anyway. My camera is good (in fact, it's better than my photography skills) but  I end up deleting a lot due to blur.

We met up with our friends Kara and her daughter (who's almost exactly in between Amelie and James in age) and she's the one walking the balance beam in the background here, which is kind of funny. We were the only ones at the gym for a while.

Madelynn was very interested in the carrying capacity of the tricycles. 

Shauna took this one with her phone on another visit. We decided it looked like an album cover. (And also somewhat like the kids put themselves in time-out.)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Amelie Paint Monster

Why is painting oneself so much more appealing than painting the butcher paper?


Monday, June 23, 2014


When we were in the bootheel, we visited my great aunt Helen (who is 99 years old!) and my grandpa Leroy in the nursing home. James climbed right up into her walker like it was a stroller, so she obliged and pushed him right around.

 Amelie climbed a tree.


Nana Jana sent me some of the highlights of the kids' visit with her while we were in Mexico

We went to the Bootheel Youth Museum in Malden. Favorite thing to do was climb & cross the bridge but alas no pictures because it was all Nana Jana could do to keep up.

There was more tree climbing. 

And the best part of having a brick house is the opportunity to decorate with chalk. AJ said this was an elephant.

We were all worried that James wouldn't sleep well, but I rocked him while reading a book with much success until he figured out my m.o. and from then on he wanted to read on the couch.

I was also afraid I wouldn't be able to decipher his speech, but when he cried in the bathtub & I asked if he wanted out he replied very plainly that no, he just wanted Amelie out.


Aunt Lana kept the kids at the daycare a few days. She had James in the building with the babies and Amelie was over with the big kids. I got this picture while we were on the plane waiting to leave for Mexico City: 

More pictures of James sent from Aunt Lana. He got a lot more attached to his "Minky" when he weaned and then he got super-duper attached to it while we were gone.

This is how he sleeps at home, too.

Somebody's having fun!

I asked Amelie what she liked about visiting the bootheel and she said playing with the kid in the red shirt at Sunshine School and also the bridge at the fire station (which I believe was the part of the trip to the Bootheel Youth Museum that mom wrote about, too).  The night we called after they visited the museum, Amelie immediately shouted, "I MILKED A COW!!!" with no context or anything.