Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gingerbread time!!

 Lydia and Emily each made a gingerbread house in school this year.  When Ryan was in 1st grade he did the same thing and I got to go help in his classroom.  This year I was not able to, but my mom did.  They had so much fun making their houses and eating them!  Yuck!  Stale icing and graham crackers.  Yum Yum :).

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Time goes on

My goodness!  I used to be so diligent in doing blog posts, posting pictures, etc.  Ever since I stopped working at the Preschool and stopped with the 2 hour naptime, I have had a hard time fitting in the time to do these!  I enjoy them so much, but have such a hard time keeping up.

Since my last post, IN JULY, we have been doing many things!  We started school again, Ryan in the 3rd grade, Lydia and Emily in 1st.  The kids had their birthdays in September.  Ryan turned 8 and Lydia and Emily turned 6.  Ryan played soccer this fall.  New league and a great coach this time around!!  The girls have enjoyed gymnastics, but are on a break until winter break is over.  Ryan has started boy scouts, but I am not sure if we will stick with it or not . . . Long story.  We celebrated Halloween and Thanksgiving.  These are such fun holidays for me!  Thanksgiving is such a great extended family time and Halloween is the greatest!  What other time of year do you get to dress up and pretend to be someone you are not!?  It is fantastic!

We took the kids to DC for our annual "spring trip," but we took it in the fall.  We took them to Arlington National Cemetary, saw the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, Kenndy's final resting place and toured the grounds.  In addition, we walked from Arlington Virginia into DC by crossing the Potomac.  This was really neat!  We visited the Lincoln Memorial, took our picture and walked back to Virginia.  We wanted to go into the Washington Monument, but it was closed for repairs and the reflecting pool is also being refurbished.  No reflection at all!!

On a sad note, Arvetta, my "adopted Grandmother" passed away.  She was 103 years old and lived an amazing life!  She told me years ago, after she had already outlived her husband, siblings, some nieces and nephews, that she was ready to go.  I had such a hard time hearing that at the time, but knowing that made her passing something I was so much more at peace with than I believe I would have been otherwise.  She was a wonderful, smart lady and will be sadly missed!  But, I know she is finally with her family again!! I would like to post a picture of Arvetta, but can't seem to find a recent one.  Stay tuned.

I can't believe 2012 is almost here!  I believe the years go faster and faster with each passing one.  I am wondering if that is an age thing :).  I hope all of you are well!  I am hoping to be more frequent, in the coming months, in my blogging!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tennessee trip

The kids, Mike and I travelled to Tennessee the 4th of July weekend.  We visited my cousin, Michael and his family.  We spent Friday visiting and Saturday on their pontoon boat and jet skiis.  Fun, Fun, Fun!  I really did not see Mike much since he spent most of the time on a jet ski.  We watched fireworks on the lake that night.  Thanks Michael & Cheryl!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Emma & Addison's Birthday Party

My cousin, Michelle's kids birthday party in Raleigh NC.  We had a mini family reunion in the process.  It was a nice weekend!       

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Since we went to a Baptist church for several years the kids were never baptised.  On June 12 our pastor John Leggett, at Massanutten Presbyterian Church.  It was such a great service!  Grammy & Paw Paw gave them each a memory gift.  It was perfect.  Ryan's tie was just a bit too short ;).

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Finally! A fieldtrip!

Ryan's class went to the Shenandoah National Park the last week of school this year.  I had not been able to volunteer for anything this  year and decided to take the day off and go on this one.  I had a lot of fun!!  I found out that this is typically a Dad fieldtrip, but I still had a great time being one of the only moms that went.  Wish I could go on all their trips!!  This is Ryan's class with the Rangers and  Ms. Sheffer, his amazing 2nd grade teacher.  Ryan is the front row on the left. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dancing the night away!

This past weekend was Lydia and Emily's first dance recital.  They had so much fun!!  Lydia LOVES being on stage and asked several times how many people would be watching her :).  For their outfits, their dance instructor opted to not purchase tu-tus, but to have all the girls wear a "character" outfit that they had.  There were flappers, butterflies, flowers, fairies, and even a Wonder Woman (Emily).  This was for their dance "13 in the Bed" for the "Alice in Storybook Land" recital.  It was a really cute dance!  They are ready for a dance break this summer and start dance again in the fall.

Waiting for rehersal to start

Grammy and Paw Paw came to see us.