Sunday, September 30, 2007

Spider Boy

We have enjoyed season passes to Busch Gardens in Williamsburg this year! There is really a lot for the kids to do there! They are big enough to go on all of the kiddy rides this year. Ian is even big enough for one of the roller coasters! He tried it once and decided that "the turns were too much" for him. So, he is pretty content with the smaller rides. However, he has asked to have his face painted EVERY time that we have been at the park! Being the party pooper that I am, I have deprived him every time! I just have a hard time paying $10 for a 2 minute face painting adventure! However, during our last trip to the park, David gave in and Ian chose to have a giant spider painted on his face! YUCK! You can see by this picture that he had a good time that day! Face paint and all!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Isabelle's Birthday

Isabelle is officially three years old! We celebrated with a Dora themed party at the park! Nana was even able to join us for the special day! There were threats of storms, but we were happy to enjoy the park afterall! It was a great afternoon for the kids to play! It might look like a big production, but let me tell you this was one of the easiest parties I have ever put on! (KIM...I AM SERIOUS!!!) All we brought was cupcakes and the pinata and the kids were entertained at the park!!! I think the kids had a great time and I was able to enjoy it too! What a treat!

Isabelle enjoyed MANY presents. What a spoiled little princess!

Tanner wasn't impressed by the added entertainment by the Blue Angels!

We had a great spot to see some of the Blue Angels moves they were putting on at the air show...and we didn't even have to fight the crowds!

To top it all off, we ended the party with a pinata. It seemed like a nice idea until we, as parents, realized how disturbing it really was that we were handing the kids a giant stick to beat up Dora. It got quite crazy as her body began to separate from her head and it was literally hanging by a thread...
All was well at the end when they were showered with candy. That is, until I turned around and saw one of the "big kids" stomping on Dora's hollow head. Oh dear... the kids didn't seem to see the slightest wrong in doing this!

All in all it was a great time! Happy Birthday my baby girl! We love you!


For those of you that saw my soccer post last week. Let me clear one thing up...I AM NOT PREGNANT!I thought I was being so clever and put a slideshow of soccer pictures up here to show Ian's first game. Apparently the slideshow decided to add a couple pictures without my knowledge! It was at the end of the slideshow and I was completely oblivious. That is, until I recieved an email congratulating me on my pregnancy. Now, I will be the first to tell you that I am NOT in the best shape of my life, but I was bummed to hear that I looked pregnant. I immediately read through my entire blog trying to figure out how it could be that my friend thought I was pregnant...then it dawned on must be something in the slideshow. Sure enough, one of the last pictures was of me when I was a 9month pregnant blimp! OH DEAR!!! Needless to say, I retracted that post so fast! SO...for those of you still interested in soccer pictures, here you go!

Here is Ian with two of his best soccer buddies, Miles and Kendall.

Here is Ian almost touching the ball. This is a tremendous improvement from last year! He loves to run up and down the field with his friends, but sees no need to ever touch the ball...but we are getting there.

He is even showing a little aggression in this picture! That's my boy!

This picture may not look like an important picture, but for those of you that know Ian, you know he is very much like his dad. He enjoys being with his friends and having a good time, but it is not natural for him to do ANYTHING fast! Last year he would pretty much walk down the field but he would move his shoulders and arms fast so that it almost looked like he was running. This picture just proves how far we have come...HE is really running! Go Ian!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Need More time!!!

I know I haven't been blogging much...sorry! I have been trying to catch up on my sewing! I don't want to be behind as we approach the holidays! Here are a few pics of some of my newest creations!
**I got a few emails about my website...check it out here!

I know I haven't been blogging much...sorry! I have been trying to catch up on my sewing! I don't want to be behind as we approach the holidays! Here are a few pics of some of my newest creations!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007


Welcome to Kindergarten. This is the dragon that greets you at the front door at Ian's new school!

Well, the day has come! He is so big...and he knows it! Today Isabelle and I took Ian to his first day of Kindergarten. He was happy to see one of his soccer buddies there. They lined right up and got ready to walk down to the classroom together. He was fully prepared with his glue sticks and pencils and a loaf of zuchini bread for his teacher. (I know you think I am a kiss-up, but there is nothing wrong with starting off on the teachers good side!!!)

Ian walked in a line to his classroom. He walked right in without the slightest hesitation. He handed the bread to his teacher and found a seat with his buddy Karl.

He and Karl joined right in with the other kids and built blocks and listened to the directions from the teacher on how their backpacks fit onto their chairbacks. I had a hard time walking away. It all happened so fast. I didn't get a hug or a kiss or even a wave. I finally called out his name from the doorway so that I could at least say goodbye. He waved ever so quickly and then continued building blocks! You better believe that I will look at him a little differently tonight and that I will hold on a little longer when I tell him goodnight!
Congratulations Ian! You are growing up to be a fine little man!

Meet and Greet

This morning we got to go visit Isabelle's preschool to drop of paperwork and meet her teacher. The truth of the matter is that we already know her teacher. Mrs. Atkinson was Ian's teacher when he was three also! There is a certain comfort level in knowing her already. Somehow I think it makes it a little bit easier to start this journey. Actually I think it because I knew the school, I knew the teacher,I knew how they do things at the school, it might have made me a little too comfortable. I focused so much on Ian transitioning to Kindergarten, that I nearly forgot about her new adventure in preschool.
I had watched her walk up the ramp to "Ian's school" every morning last year. She loved going into the building and dropping him off and visiting with the teachers. But today was different! Today she walked up that ramp with her backpack (that is almost as big as she is) hanging from her back with a new determination. This was HER school now. She was so excited. She walked right into her room and was so excited to be there. She was a little disappointed to figure out that we weren't staying all day. She is very ready to go back on Thursday for her first real day of school!

Mrs. Atkinson and her newest little assistant!

Isabelle was thrilled to be able to help her teacher get the classroom ready for school! She lined up all of the teddy bears with their letters on them and handed them to Mrs. Atkinson in order. I am sure Mrs. Atkinson was grateful for the help!

The big day!

It seems that we have been waiting for this day for a very long time, and yet it managed to sneak up on us suddenly. This morning felt like any other morning at our house, and yet it was completely different. You see, my kids grew up a little bit while they were sleeping last night. It caught me by surprise this morning.
Actually I started to see it coming last night. Those of you that know my husband know that he likes to joke around. He has always liked to joke with me about how quickly the kids are growing up. He knows it gets to me in a way that nothing else does. When the kids were only days old, he would say "He is almost one already!" The day after Isabelle turned two, he said, "She is almost three." Well, I think I got him back last night. Isabelle was giving him a very tight hug last night and he seemed to be enjoying it. I told him, "Hold on tight Daddy, she grows up tomorrow...I mean, she is practically married." He smacked my leg in disgust. How could I say such a thing. The bad part is that it has haunted me more since I said it than I think it will ever bother him.
So let me introduce you to these big kids that now live in our house!

This is Ian. He is five, going on 25. He sure thinks he has this world figured out! He is looking forward to having afternoon Kindergarten, because it will give him the opportunity to "practice" for school each morning before he goes. Ian is my emotionally sensitive one. He is a perfectionist, an engineer, an eager learner and has a beautiful heart. My prayer for him this year is that he will make many new friends, learn many lessons and that the light in his heart will shine brightly for all those that he encounters!

This is Isabelle. She is 2...going on 13. She is girly girl through and through. She loves shoes, purses, and phones, but also enjoys jumping right in to play Transformers with Ian. She loves her big brother more than anything else. She tries to do everything just like him. She is my independant child. She enjoys having her bubble of personal space around her. She doesn't know the meaning of "can't." She is willing to try anything. My prayer for her this year is that she will make new friends, learn all that she can and that she will share her love and smile with everyone around her!

Final days of summer

David was able to get a day off last week so that we could take the kids up to Busch Gardens. They have such a good time there. Ian discovered that he is tall enough (BARELY!) to ride on some of this bigger rides now. He rode on his first roller coaster! David got to go with him, but he has promised that I can go with him next time! It is so hard to believe that he is so big now!

Ian and David on the Battering Ram. I remember loving this ride as a kid. Ian started off very confident, but if you look closely you will see the death grip that he had on David as the ride went on! He was all smiles afterwards!

While the big boys were on some big rides, Isabelle rode on one of her favorite rides...the hangliders! Ian was quite disappointed that we had done that one without him though, so we had to go back. It seems he is in that wierd in between stage where he wants to be big, but doesn't want to give up being little either. I think that is long as he had a good time.