Sunday, May 30

Say Cheese!! and Ice Cream!

Summer time and the livin's easy!  We enjoyed some delicious custard and our favorite local ice cream shop this past Friday.  Ty was able to feed himself and managed to get most of the treat in his mouth.

Noelle was happy to have ice cream too- but opted to go without sprinkles this time.  A big change from last summer, when all she would order is a cup of sprinkles with a little ice cream.  Maybe she has finally figured out that sprinkles, although pleasing to the eye, really taste like crap?? 


Here's a short clip of our stubborn little guy.  We know Ty is smart.  He can follow one step directions.  He listens very intently and when he feels like it, he repeats words, or actually follows through with the one step directives.  You can see the gears turning in his little brain, processing the situation.  At that point one of two things happen: 1. He does what he is told or 2. He smiles ever so slowly and turns and runs away.  It's almost like slow motion.  You see, Ty only does what he wants when HE wants to.  He's a stinker like that.

Then there is the rare occasion where he blurts out a word, clear as day, that he probably had been able to say for months.  You'll see in the video here:

Oh Ty! You are such a character!  Can't wait for more surprises from you!
Love you,

Wednesday, May 26

Stream of Consciousness

I am behind in the blogging arena. I still haven't blogged about the marathon nearly a month ago, and have to update on my awesome girls weekend last weekend. I pull up the page to get a start and the template is all jacked up. Who knows how long it's been like that. UGH. Had to google the step by step instructions to get a decent template back up. I like it. It's nautical, makes me think of living on the east coast, which is where I would pack up and move to in a heartbeat if Jeremy would allow it. Ty has been neglected this morning as I figured out the logistics of the switch. No matter though, as soon as sleepy head Noelle wakes up, we're going to go to the pool, maybe wash the Sequoia, plant some flowers that desperately need to be planted. The garden is going well. The damn vole keeps eating my cucumber plants, but the bunnies have steered away from the beans and they are coming along nicely. I think it's because I planted onions on the outside perimeter. Can't wait until the school year is over. The kids have gone nuts and I am ready for summer. Looking forward to this weekend, graduation parties, going up to the hometown for a race on Monday. Ran a great time in my workout last night, feeling like a PR is coming. Well, not a college PR, but a post-college, post-2 kids PR. Should be fun if it's not blazing hot. Noelle has a race too. Might go get her some new running shorts. Man, I have a lot to say. Wish I could call someone but my phone is dead. Dropped it yesterday and the top part of the flip part broke off. That should probably be a priority of to do's today. Along with getting to the gym to get my quarter workout done. Softball tonight and Jeremy's team plays some of my former students. Should be fun. Oh, Noelle is up, so I better wrap it up!

Saturday, May 15

On a roll again

Dear Noelle,

I don't know what it is about you, but you continue to say the darnedest stuff:

Daddy says to Mommy as we got out of the car: "No wonder Ty was fussing in his seat, he had a ball up his ass."

Noelle (while pulling her stuffed monkey from under her butt): "And I had a monkey up my ass!"


Daddy: "I need a smoocher from somebody who loves me."
Noelle: "Ty loves you"

Noelle: "Remember when that guy died in Pocahontas??"
Mommy: "Yes, that was really sad."
Noelle: "Did he go to be with Jesus?"
Mommy: "Yes, when people die, they go to Heaven to live with Jesus."
Noelle: "Oh, that's good. Jesus is a really great guy."

Mommy: "Noelle you're a great big sister!!"
Noelle: "I know I am. I love my bruddar. He is my favorite. YES.HE.IS!!"

Thanks for all the laughs little girl!
Love you,

Sunday, May 9

Mother's Day

Another great Mother's Day spent with my wonderful husband and two great kids! We went on our annual Turkey Run Trail 3 hike and for the first time, we only had to wear one child. Noelle did a fantastic job during the rigorous two mile hike...

She only got scared once- when she had to climb up the waterfall. Luckily Daddy came to the rescue and carried her. The water was flowing pretty quickly and the rocks were slick too, so I was glad that all four of us made it up safe and sound.

"Mama bear and baby bear" eating some trail mix in a "cave"...

The best $5.99 every spent. Once Noelle got used to the ice cold water, she was splashing through the water like nobody's business...

Here we are at the looooong ladders we had to climb down, part of what makes Trail 3 so awesome! Noelle was SO BRAVE and didn't even bat an eye going down the steps. It might have had something to do with the fact that I told her Harper and Alex from The Witches of Waverly Place might be waiting at the end, but a mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do!

FREEDOM! Ty enjoyed his time out of the baby carrier and had one speed today on the trail: fast.

I'd imagine Noelle's little legs will be sore tomorrow. She climbed the 300+ stairs like a champ!

It's amazing what a difference a year makes. If you have a minute, check out the slide show from last year's hike. (click here to go to last year's post )The kids were so tiny!! Thanks for an awesome day guys! I love you!!