Monday, August 29, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

First day of school 2011


Today was the first day of school for the boys!  They were all pumped up and ready to go!

Our big kindergartner was very excited to start school!  He is so happy to have his friends Madison and Jarret in his class with him. 


Ethan was all ready for first grade!  Look how much he has grown since his first day of kindergarten.  Ethan has two boys in his class from last year and his best friend Vivian is in his class too! 

Lauren wanted her backpack on too and posed for pictures with her big brothers.

We ran into our friends up at the school and Tye, Madison, Ethan, Austin, Julius and Vivian all got to walk in together. I'm so thankful our friends are our neighbors and we have kids the same age!

Ethan and his first grade teacher.  She is so sweet!

Austin was lucky enough to get Ethan's teacher from last year!  We love her and I'm so happy Austin is in her class.  I am room mom this year and I'm really excited about it.

 Mr. Cool had his hands in his pockets just like his big brother did last year.  So cute!

Both boys had a great day and are excited about going back tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Austin's day

My baby boy starts kindergarten in less than a week.  While I am very excited for him, I am feeling a little nostalgic about this milestone in his life.  No more lazy days at home with his momma for Austin.  I documented a day in his life so we could look back on how life was before he started school. 

Austin woke up this morning at 6:45 and immediately wanted to do his very favorite activity... play a card game!  He and Ethan played a couple games of 9 hole golf while I drank my coffee and tried to wake up.

Since it's been over 100 degrees for months now, we have only been able to really enjoy culdesac time in the mornings.  Austin loves riding his scooter.

Madison and Adam came out to play, which made Austin very happy!

After playing in the front, it was time to relax and watch some Pokemon.

The boys got in a quick game of foosball before we headed to the pool.

Austin can swim!  We have had the best time this summer going to our neighborhood pool to swim.  The boys can do the slides now and they LOVE them. 

Angry Birds time!

The kids had frozen yogurt pops for dessert after dinner.

The boys are all about climbing trees.  I love that our trees have gotten big enough for them to play in!


Austin's day started with a game of cards and ended with a game of cards. 

I love our card loving, funny, competitive, compassionate little man and I am excited to watch him grow this year!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Best $5 ever!

While we were waiting for the marching band to play on Saturday, Jan and I stumbled upon a garage sale down the street.  When she saw this foosball table for just $5, she couldn't pass it up.

After a few minor repairs by my handy husband, it was in great working condition.

We are really enjoying our new indoor foosball table.  Thanks Jan!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Marching band

Saturday a local high school band marched down the streets of our neighborhood as a fundraiser.  We could hear the music coming down the street and the kids were excited to see the band.  Despite her grumpy face, Lauren was excited too.  :)

She may be a little pouty at times, but she is very resourceful and had no problem moving her chair while carrying her cup and two stuffed animals!

While we were listening to the band perform, Ethan said "Hey Mom, this music is on Charlotte's Web!"  I guess we need to take him to a football game and let him enjoy a half time show!

Birds of a Feather

Last week Ellen, Erica and I took an art class at Cordovan Art School and made a mixed media painting.

Being the perfectionist that I am, I first headed to Archiver's scrapbooking store to buy my own paper for my painting. I wanted to hang it in Lauren's room, so I bought paper that matched her bedroom colors.


Each of us painted our watercolor background different colors.  Instead of putting the birds on a wire, Erica and I chose to paint some branches for them to sit on.

My painting!

It was a lot of fun and I love how different each of our paintings turned out!

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Farmer's Wife

I was so excited when Erica got me the book The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt for my birthday.  The book explains what happened in 1922 when The Farmer's Wife magazine posed this question to their readers: "If you had a daughter of marriageable age, would you, in light of your own experience, have her marry a farmer?" The magazine at that time had 750,000 subscribers, and received over 7,000 letters. The best answers to the question were included in the book, along with the traditional quilt blocks they inspired.  There are 111 different six inch quilt block patterns included that will make a gorgeous sampler quilt.

I had read about a Farmer's Wife quilt-a-long in blogland here and thought it would be really fun to make a sampler quilt with modern fabrics.  After being inspired by these gorgeous blocks, I knew it was the perfect use for my treasured Summer in the City and 1974 fabric. 

So far we have made 4 different blocks, but I couldn't resist making a couple duplicates just for fun.  I am so excited about making a quilt just for me out of my favorite fabrics!  This quilt-a-long is a great opportunity for Erica, Carrey and me to try some new quilting techniques too.  Hopefully we will learn a lot and have fun doing it!  These little squares are addicting!  Anyone else want to join us?

Thursday, August 11, 2011


 At least one of my kids has eaten brocolli!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Road trip!

Tuesday morning I loaded up the kids and headed to College Station to visit my old friend Rebecca and her sweet girls.  Molly and Lauren are one month apart and Morgan is 7 months younger than Ethan and 7 months older than Austin. 

Love their silly faces! 

We took the kids to the Children's Museum in College Station and the kids loved it!

Lauren LOVED painting!  I've never been brave enough to let her paint at home, but now I'm going to have to!

We ended our fun day with a movie and cookies. 

This is the picture you get when a 5 year old decides they want the window in the picture! :)

Lauren and Molly
2 1/2 years old

Here they are 6 months old!  Aren't they so cute?


It was a fun visit and I'm so glad Becca and my kiddos have the chance to be friends too! 


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