Thursday, September 22, 2011

Impromptu Art Class :)

After being out of town for a long weekend, I was longing for some fun time with my kiddos. Since Tuesday was such a nice day, we decided to skip school and nap time for "art" class! I had been wanting to do this with them for a while so we seized opportunity...pulled out the squishy balls and paint and went to work!

Benjamin splatted Noah with a paint ball right away!

Benjamin runs to get another one!

We invited the neighbors!
Splat painting Daddy's shed!
Oh, man! Trying to see his back!






This was a lot of fun! And the splatter effect was awesome!


Getting wound up for the splat!
Aamah and Mannie had fun too!


  
Jett even made it home from school in time to get in a few throws!

Friday, September 09, 2011

Cuteness!

Just too cute not to share! The boys were playing outside the other morning and as I went to go check on them this is what I found! I just love that she sits like this and I love the head cock...she wanted to be out there with her brothers soooo bad! She totally adores them!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Race 3 of 33

 (I know my face is weird here, but the after pictures were awful!!)


On August 20th, I ran my 3rd 5k race. I had one goal for this race and I felt like it was a kind of a big one considering I had only 1 week between 5k's. My goal: less than 30 minutes. Just one week prior I had surprised myself by snipping one second off my previous time without someone running with me AND no cheering section. I have had many emotions about doing these races. When I first thought of doing this, it excited me. My first race was exciting because Hope was doing it with me and it was her first EVER race! My second race, however, was filled with guilt and fear and just feeling overall ridiculous...until about half way through the race and realizing that while this goal may be for my own selfishness, being fit is not selfish. It is a gift to my husband and children! I know for fact that kids learn best by example so what better way to teach them than for them to see me dedicated in this way to staying fit and healthy! As for my husband, when I am running/exercising well, I am happier! Well, this third race was exciting because for the 1st time I had my little family with me! : ) Yep! That's right! My wonderful husband got up early and got 3 kids ready and brought them to the race! Well, I made my goal...shaving 24 seconds off my previous PR! 29:51 is my new PR! And added bonus was that I felt good the whole time and really didn't have much sprint left in me at the end(I like that because it is then that I know I have pushed myself well the entire race!) I don't have another race scheduled until the end of this month because my sister is due this month, so I am still trying to figure out what my goal will be. Do I dare aim for sub 29?!?!? I still have 2 weeks until the race and my training program is really helping me get faster so I think I will just throw it out there and do it...failure or not? My goal for Mum Festival 5k is sub 29 minutes? Anyone want to run it with me?

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

First Day of First Grade...at home!


Today was Noah's 1st day of first grade! We chose this year to try homeschool! Noah has been so excited about it and he loved it! He still carries a backpack and I felt like it was important for him to dress like he is actually going to school!
  
M little goofball!

Planes, Trains, Wild Animals & Amazing Friendships!

The title says it all! A couple weeks ago we had  the best day! Quite an adventure for the kids! They got up early, boarded an airplane, ate breakfast in an airport(Cinnabon!), got on the metro rail train, walked to the zoo, & played with friends! Then we boarded the metro again and went back to the airport and flew home!! For being 6, 2, and 1, that's pretty amazing! I don't even think I flew on an airplane until I was a teenager! Well, we had so much fun that we hope to plan more day trips like this!! I am going to let the pictures tell the stories more, but I want to include a few cute things that were said. Noah upon getting on the metro on return trip asked if we could move so that we could live close to his friend, Michael. I wish we could live closer to the Blakemore family! However, God has each of our families in the place we are in for His purposes and His glory(but that doesn't mean we can't pray that God would move the Blakemores to Ohio, right?!?!)! Benjamin caught a late nap on the metro and was a ball of energy on the flight home. He was not bad(like his overly tired sister), but he was totally slap happy and just a total riot! He sat with Joel for the first half of the flight and Grace and Noah were with me. Noah was tired and just talked, but Grace was over tired and not giving in to sleep. She yelled, she flipped around like a fish out of water, she threw a couple fits in there, and snuggled a bit too, but would NOT.GIVE.IT.UP! So I traded! =) Grace and Noah went to sit with Daddy and I got Benjamin who just wanted to sit in my lap, say "I love you, Mommy" over and over, look out the window, be ridiculously cute and sweet, and say the funniest stuff! A little history here: Benjamin is obsessed with airplanes, rockets, helicopters, and anything manly/has an engine! When we boarded the bus that takes us to the airplane, he loudly asked, "Is this an airplane, Mommy?" HA! The entire bus load got a laugh out of that one! Well, we were starting our descent and I told him that he was going to have to sit in his seat for landing. He looked at me seriously and said, "Are we going to blast off, Mommy?" I couldn't help but laugh

I hate escalators...my hands sweat, my heart beats fast...and that's when I'm alone! Add the kids and I'm a mess! I get heart palpitations looking at this picture, but I knew as soon as I saw this escalator that Noah would want to go on it! I (thankfully) HAD to take the stroller on the elevator! whew! It was crazy to think that we were that far underground!
On the metro!
In the airplane!
These two are hilarious together! LOVE this pic of them on the airplane!



I'm not sure why we need to go to the zoo to see the lions and tigers...we seem to have our own right here!;)
What a face!

That's the face we saw mostly...sweet, sweet Katie!
Just look at how excited they all are to get a group picture! Seriously, we had to reign in their excitement(dripping with sarcasm here)


Grace did a lot of peeking around the stroller...she never knew who might be pushing it!









Apparently, we didn't need to see the monkeys either!




Poor Katie fell and scraped her knees and arms! She was a trooper though!
hehe! love this!

How cute is this!

She is a climber so this was wondrous for her!







Thank you Blakemores for a fantastic, magnificent, super wonderful day!