Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Getting ready to head out in the rain for school this morning.

Silly faces.

Aren't these backpacks the cutest?  Nana and Papa sent them.  They were available in several different small sizes and have the boys' initials embroidered on them.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Happy Birthday, Ben!

Adorable nephew, Ben, turned four years old last week and we got to meet up for a celebratory lunch.

Group shot!  I have no idea where my kids are looking but it's not at the camera and they are looking there together.  Ben is not feeling the portrait taking.  Ruby looks adorable.
We'll try another shot!  Whoops, lost Ben.  Not sure what my boys are doing but they are doing it in tandem.  Ruby continues to look adorable.

Monday, September 24, 2012

I Get a Kick Out of You

Levi is enjoying his new soccer team.

Milo enjoys the snacks from the sidelines. 

Post-game tradition:

Monday, September 17, 2012

This and That

Well, he's ready for something...

I bought him a cakepop as a treat at Starbucks and he looked at it like I had told him to eat a bug.

An hour spent with a garden hose and rain boots is an hour well spent.

Fierce animals in a fort!

hmmm...a caption is escaping me.  Probably should just go ahead and call this one "Typical"

The way he says, "sunglasses" is so cute.

We love it when Gran and Grandpa come by.

They gave us custody of that lovely tree in the background.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Milo was enjoying his melon and yogurt.

"It's good, Mama."


Monday, September 10, 2012


The boys shared a bed in our hotel room while we were in Nashville. They both are pretty active at night and I found all their different sleeping configurations endlessly amusing.

A sampling:

Sunday, September 09, 2012


Last weekend we all flew to Tennesse for my cousin's wedding. It was a lot of fun and the boys were quite intrigued with this unusual place called 'Nashville.'

Levi was the ring bearer and sweet niece Ruby, one of the flower girls.  She flew out with us on Friday evening.

The kiddos did a fantastic job on the day of the wedding.  They were rewarded with dvd time and Twizzlers for all their smiling and direction following.

Milo got another chance to wear his hat from Auntie Lea's wedding.

The wedding was beautiful.

Here I'm having a sweet-and-precious-mothering moment.  Levi is having a crazy-four-year-old moment.

The boys enjoyed the dancing.  Actually, they did a lot more running than dancing...

The kids had some pretty great moves.

Me and my handsome date.
Much to everyone's delight, there was a chocolate fountain.
Their's managed not to malfunction and spew chocolate everywhere.  I hear that sometimes happens.
One evening we went out looking for the Grand Ol' Opry Hotel.  We accidentally parked a long way off and then it started raining.

It was an adventure!  Mom and Lucas were the only prepared ones.
I LOVE this picture of my Dad.
Ruby stayed with us and I got to pretend that she was our daughter. Fun!

Our flights on Monday left at about the same time as Mom and Dad's so we all went to the airport together.  Milo had walked a long, long way that day- shopping in the morning, the long hike after returning the rental car- and by the time we were headed to the terminal he stopped, looked up forlornly and said, "HUG?"  He wanted to be carried.  He doesn't have a lot of words at his disposal and sometimes has to go in a round about way to get his point across.  It was adorable.  Papa obliged.
He was nice and warm on our flight back to KC thanks to Nana's scarf.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012


Today was one we had all been looking forward to: The first day at school!  Levi is going to preschool three mornings a week and Milo is going to a Mothers-Day-Out once a week.

They were beyond adorable with their backpacks.

Lucas pushed back his morning a little bit so that he could see their classrooms and meet the teachers.

Documentation of me crying.  Even though I was sooo excited for the boys and quite ready for a few hours to myself, I promptly burst into tears once we got back to the car.  My babies!!

I filled my time well by cooking meals in bulk to fill the freezer.