Thursday, August 29, 2013

My girls

 Audrey loves her bitty baby that she named Baby Audrey :)  Great Grandma Aprahamian got them matching swimming suits, skirts and sun hats.
 Audrey couldn't wait to go to the pool with Baby Audrey
 Mini Miss really enjoyed her mac and cheese from Panera.  It was everywhere!  This picture makes me laugh every time :)
She also loves that the microwave is at her height.  She loves to press the buttons and turn the knob.  She comes crawling over whenever she hears it going.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

More visitors

 The end of June my dear friend Christin came down to visit with her 2 year old Nixon.  It was so nice to have some long over due time with her!  It was a hot and sunny weekend so we spent Saturday at the club.  Here's Christin trying to hold Evelyn
but Evelyn was happier standing and crawling in the water
 Nixon is obsessed with Thomas just like Carter was at this age.  So cute!  I got out a couple of our Thomas books and Carter read them to Nixon.
I wasn't good about taking pictures that weekend and unfortunately these are the only ones I got :(  I'll have to make sure to do a better job next time. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

10 months

 The end of June our Mini Miss turned 10 months old (yep now I'm 2 months behind on this blog)  Here are a few attempted pics of our very active baby.
 8 teeth already!
 Going after the camera 

That day a storm took the neighbors tree down on our fence.  Luckily it only damaged one of the panels!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Farwell Reunion 2013

 Mid-June we had our 2013 Farwell Reunion (my college besties) in the Dells.  We got there a little early so the kids and I bummed at the outlets until check-in.  We killed all our time in the Disney store and Carter & Audrey thought they would get to leave with these guys.  Guess again!
 The last time we met up in the Dells we only stayed 1 night and it wasn't enough.  This time we stayed 2.  Our first night we ordered in pizza for dinner and had a pizza party on the floor.  We had family suites so we had space to all be together.
 Gabe, Drew and Carter always have a blast together.  I can't even tell you how many times they went down these slides together.  The second night they ended up all in 1 bed together.  I wish I would have gotten a picture of it.
 Audrey, Claire, Maelle and Emerson
 2 of the moms stayed outside with the kiddos and the other 2 went up to the rooms to bring down food for lunch.  We enjoyed a nice picnic lunch.

 The second night we took the kids out to Buffalo Phil's for dinner.  We managed to get there early enough to get 2 train tables.  They bring all the drinks and food out on a train.  The kids of course loved it!
 Lounging pool side after dinner
 The kids goofing around and dancing.
 Amy made funny videos of them dancing and running around
 Huddled around to see their latest creation
 Attempting a group picture at the end of the day,  Not smart, I know.  We always try to get one of them in age order.
Amelia-8, Gabe-7, Carter-7, Drew-6, Claire-5, missing Maelle-5, Audrey-4, Emerson-3, Evelyn-10 months
 Their attention only lasts so long.  Evelyn is just sitting there watching the chaos unfold. 
 The next morning we managed to get a picture with all of them in it.  All you need is a luggage cart.
 Last minute moms picture courtesy of Carter.
Hillary, Mel, Me & Amy 
 The boys hug it out one last time
Amy made us these awesome canvases!  I love that our friendship has stood the test of time and distance.  I already look forward to the next reunion.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Belt testing

 Mid-June Carter got to test for his yellow belt.  He was so excited and practiced a lot to prepare.
 He had to memorize a sequence as part of the testing
 He got to test with his friend from school Timothy.  They both love the part when they get to yell
 More testing.  Caught this one during his high block
 High punch
Carter is really enjoying his tae kwon do lessons with Master Soo Kim.  He passed his testing and is now a yellow belt  He also earned a couple of patches for his uniform and received an official certificate with his new belt.  He already is more motivated and anxious to test again for his next belt.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

All I could get

 Audrey's studio only had 1 day with the professional photographer for the recital pictures.  We were able to make that day so we tried to snap some at home.  She was still so tired from a couple of late nights so she really wasn't in the mood.
 For the first time she didn't want to pose and her smile quickly faded.
 Her smile turned into Chandler Bing's scary smile he kept giving during the engagement session.  Friends fans you know what I'm talking about.  It's the episode I think of every time Audrey starts smiling like this.
 I just wanted to get some nice pictures of her in her adorable costumes.  The ones while she's dancing just don't turn out as nice.
Oh well.  It was worth a try.  Hopefully, next year it will work out with our schedule to leave it to the professionals.