Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I admit, when my husband suggested a bonfire last Saturday I was less than enthused. That usually means we all smell like smoke, the kids stay up too late and I am stuck with the clean up afterward. But this time was different. I was so happy, he actually had ideas for things the kids could do (see the apple bobbing pics below) and neat ideas for cooking over the fire too! When the kids were done bobbing for apples he baked them over the fire and filled them with cinnamon & sugar. Then he roasted cornish hens on a spit. The kids had a blast and we finally had some long overdue family time together! It did get a little cold for the kids so eventually the kids & I went back in the house. This worked well, they got into their PJs and we watched a movie (Zach went to bed long before that!)

Sometimes I find myself wishing Rob would get more involved with what the kids are doing and show more interest. Then he goes and does something thoughtful with them. Maybe I am just crazily over involved or too much of a kid myself, or maybe it is just how guys are. I don't know. What I do know is I am one of the luckiest people on earth.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Look out Jack Hanna!

Here Logan edu-tains us with an informative presentation on snakes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvjxABaC5H8

I took this video over the summer. At the time his dream was to be a snake "strangler" someday! (snake wrangler) By now he has moved on to something else I am sure, at last check it was football player and hunterman.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Good Morning?

Mornings at our house are usually difficult. Logan is the grouchiest kid I have ever seen when he wakes up. Zach on the other hand is usually a happy boy in the morning, full of kisses and cuddles for mom.

But not today.

Today Zach spent half the morning screaming at the top of his lungs. Nothing was going the way he wanted it to and he let that be known to the world! Surprisingly Logan, once he finally got out of bed, wasn't too bad. But here is the best part....

The middle & high school kids wait for the bus at the end of my driveway. As we are leaving Zach begins screaming because he doesn't want to get in the van. Logan stands at the end of the van and just stares at the kids (I've no idea why). I get Zach strapped in and he is screaming at the top of his lungs. Logan gets in the van (finally) and I run back in the house for my purse. When I come back out I look up and there are all of the kids waiting for the bus staring at me. I know they are just kids but still, how embarrassing! Maybe we served as some form of birth control this morning! Ha! Anyway, all was well once I gave the kids some mini-pancakes to eat on the way to school, the bus arrived to pick up the kids and off we went.

The rest of the day, so far, has been easy.

Thursday, October 9, 2008


I don't know who gets more excited for Halloween, me or the kids. Logan and I have been discussing costumes since August. (Well, truth be told we've been discussing it off and on since last Halloween) This year Logan will be a Jedi knight and my little Zachary will be my Zorro. Cailin wants to be Hannah Montana, big surprise! I am having fun making the costumes and hope to have made some more headway by the end of the weekend. Just need the time to sit down and do it! We went to the pumpkin patch last Monday. Lots to be said for a good pumpkin patch. The boys had a blast searching through the patch for the perfect pumpkin. We went with the intention of only buying 3 pumpkins but of course we came home with 5! I can't resist! If it was in the budget we would have them everywhere! Zach calls each one a ball and Logan thought we should have one for each family member. Nevermind that I want to go back in 2 weeks when Cailin comes!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Horn Tootin' Time!

My little Zachary is so smart! Last night he was able to identify all of his body parts; head, cheeks, nose, eyes, arms, legs, fingers, feet, toes, etc! His vocabulary is also expanding by leaps and bounds. Baby, Pickle (name of our dog), Momma, Dad, blanket, Melmo (Elmo), please, thank you, and sissy to name a few! He says Logan but it sounds like GoGo. I am so proud of him! It is bittersweet how fast they grow. On the one hand I am so proud of his acheivements but sad because another phase in his life is left behind. I guess I feel that way for both boys to be honest. Logan turns six today and although there is so much that is exciting and new to come, I am a little sad that he will never again be my little 5 year old boy.

What a blessing they are.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Missing you...

"I'm gonna miss you today mom."
From anyone else I might have been a little suspicious of this statement, but not Logan. That kid is so honest it hurts sometimes! Not sure how much longer this sweetness will last but I am loving every minute of it.

Some days it is so hard to leave the boys and go to work. Zachary still cries when I leave and although I know it is just a phase it still tugs at the heart strings. Logan looks so forlorn at drop off that I find myself wanting to sneak up to the windows and take a peek. I know both boys are happy at the day care center and are fine once I go, but being with them is one of the greatest joys of my life. Going to work fails miserably in comparison.