Monday, December 29, 2008

Chuck E Cheese

With all the kids in the house, how could we resist not heading over to Chuck E Cheese? We always get the best pictures of the kids there. Wonder why that is?

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Gavin's Blessing

We added 7 more people (25 total) to the house this Sunday when we took Gavin to church for his blessing. Our little fella is such a wonderful addition to our family. He has started to show his beaming smile whenever we play with him. It's too cute!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Washington, DC

We braved the crowds and went to DC the Saturday after Christmas. We ended up parking by the Jefferson Memorial and hiking the long trek to the museums but at least the weather was absolutely beautiful. Our three car caravan got split up and lost in DC on the way back home. The whole day was quite an adventure.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Samara the Rockstar

Here's a quick video of Samara's favorite Christmas present. You can tell she watches "rock and roll" with her dad. She has been walking around, jamming away all afternoon.



Christmas



We had a wonderful Christmas this year. Tiffany got a new dinner set, Samara got an electric guitar, Logan got a Nintendo DS, and I got a shotgun (you should see the smile on my face.) But most of all we enjoyed being with family. Lets hope it isn't too long before we see everybody together again.



Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Gilbert Invasion


Tiffany's entire family came to see us this Christmas except for her youngest brother who is serving on his mission in Chile. Including us, we had 18 people sleeping in our house! It was quite the show trying to get that many people fed everday, not to mention trying to get us all out the door to go somewhere. There were card games and Wii games going on nearly non stop. With that many people in one place you'd expect some fights to break out (Todd & Tanner), but everyone got along great. Good food and good times were had by all.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Gavin Update

I realize it's been a while since we posted any Gavin goodness, so here's a video. It's hard to tell on the video but he now has a receding hairline. It looks like we're going to have a bald baby after all.


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Samara the Cheater

The last time I played Monopoly with Tiffany was about 5 years ago. Back then I was naive to my wife's scandalous ways. But through Monopoly I learned very quickly that my wife does NOT like to lose and will do anything to prevent from doing so, including cheating. I made a vow 5 years ago to never play Monopoly with the cheater again and I've resisted her temptations ever since.

This video demonstrates how easily the "I'lldoanythingtowin" gene gets passed down from generation to generation and how early it expresses itself.

*As a side note, I realize how many videos I've posted of Samara recently instead of Gavin. Part of that has to do with me taking two weeks off of work and having the camera around all the time. The other part of it is that fact that Samara is in that hilarious "terrible twos" phase, which lends itself to great blog posts. Notice near the end of the video when she finally realizes she is being videotaped and how she instantly puts on her cheesy "I'm an angel" smile. She cracks me up!



Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Jealous Samara 3

Here's another video from the hospital of jealous Samara. This time we tried bribing her with chocolate cake to get her to kiss Gavin. You can probably guess the results. 



We've been home from the hospital for a few days and Samara has since embraced her motherly side and now loves to kiss Gavin and carry around her baby dolls. I'll try to get that on video next.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

We've moved

Just a quick note. We moved to a new address but never sent out the mass email spam announcing it. So if you ever plan on mailing us anything, call or email us and we'll give you our new address.

Baby Gavin

After nine long months, Gavin finally made his appearance today. He is a healthy 8 pounds 14 ounce, 21" tall boy with a head of short dark hair. He made his presence known right away by spraying himself and his clean bedding with you know what right after they took him out of the warm womb. Unfortunately he inherited my large nose instead of Tiffany's cute little button nose, but being the third child and having to stick up for himself will help him get over that I'm sure!



Logan is old enough that he understands what an important day today is, and being the super helper he is, he couldn't wait to hold Gavin. Samara on the other hand has been saying, "No, no baby!" for the past couple months. She definitely felt a little uneasy at first in the hospital when they wheeled Gavin in. The moment I held Gavin, she came to my side and hugged my arm as if to say "My daddy!". To be fair, she had just woken up from a nap and is usually cranky no matter what the situation. Later on tonight as I was putting the kids to bed she was really excited when I mentioned we'd be bringing Gavin home soon. Hopefully the jealousy won't last too long, but we sure were quick to capture it on video while it was here!



Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween

My favorite holiday has come and gone again. The kids had a great time dressing up as a ninja turtle and a pirate. We did the usual Trunk-or-Treat at the church as well as trick or treating in the neighborhood. We brought along with us our friends' son, Michael, who is Samara's age.

This was the first Halloween Samara understood what was going on. She was really excited to start hiking around to gather candy. Unfortunately, her little legs couldn't keep up with her desires. She tired out fairly quickly and had to be carried the rest of the way (those steps right in front of your door take a lot of steam out of a 2 year old). Michael, whom I've nicknamed "little tank", is all boy and stormed his way up and down every stair with the best of the older boys. Since Tiffany is due in just four days, the task fell on me to walk (and carry) them around. Can you guess who was most tired of all?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Alonzo Stagg Hike 4.0

Finished the 50 mile hike in 15 hours and 40 minutes.

What is the Alonzo Stagg Hike? Check my previous posts to find out.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A Hidden Gem

I was clearing out the pictures on our camera today when I came across a video that I didn't recognize. I played it and couldn't believe what I saw.  Samara had crawled up onto my desk, turned on the camera, took a few pictures of my computer, then switched the camera to video mode and took a video. It just so happened that when she hit the record button our phone rang. The blazing fast speed with which she answers the phone is hilarious! I looked at the date the video was recorded and it was from a month ago on a Sunday. Tiffany remembered my father saying that several Sundays ago he tried calling us twice but each time Samara would pick up the phone and hang up on him. Little did we know she got it on tape! 



Thursday, October 2, 2008

Rudolph

As you can see, Samara scraped her nose quite nicely. I'm actually surprised that it took this long for one of our children to do this. It seems every family has some old photos (school pictures are the best) of a child with a scraped up face.

She was about to step up onto the curb coming back from Logan's bus stop but she tripped and faceplanted right onto the corner of the curb. Ouch!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

You may only have one child when you get home...

That was the subject line of an email I received from Tiffany while I was at work.  This is a little insight to what Tiffany has to deal with everyday. The rest of the email follows.

AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!   I just tried to call you and you didn't answer.  I'm pissed!!!!!  I swear as soon as I leave the room the child tries to find something bad to get into.  I turned on Cinderella for her and ran upstairs to take a shower.  I took the fastest shower ever because I know how she is now.  As soon as I turned off the water in the shower I could hear water running downstairs in the kitchen sink.  I quickly got out and yelled down the stairs for her to turn it off and come see me.  She came up and her clothes were soaking wet and had red spots all over them.  Her face and hands were both stained red too.  I thought, "what the heck is that?"  I took her into the bathroom and stripped her down and washed her face and hands with a wash cloth.  And I smelled raspberries!  I ran downstairs and our kitchen counters, sink, and oven were covered in red Crystal Light!!  She had dumped out three packets on the pizza pans which have holes in the bottom of them, so that means red all over the oven top.  And the little demon tried to clean it up by herself.  So she added water to it which made it ever worse!  I screamed, spanked her butt, and threw her on the couch.  She was crying of course and every time I looked at her she would cringe like I was going to hit her again.  It took me 45 minutes to clean that up!!  All of our dish rags might be stained red.  They're in the washing machine so we'll see later.  At least our stove is cleaner than you've seen it in a while.  Go ahead.  Laugh it up!  I have to get out of this house, so I'm going to Walmart to pick up those pictures of Reese I printed on Monday.  Pissed I tell you, Pissed!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Samara the Chatter Bug

Samara is becoming more and more chatty, particularly with beloved grandparents on the phone. Along with her increased vocabulary she has greatly expanded her facial expression repertoire. She has already learned to put on the cute face as a way of getting out of trouble (which happens on a daily basis). Here she's chattin' it up with Grandpa.

Shake It!

These dancing videos may become a regular feature of our blog.


Logan's First Day of School

Logan LOVES school! He has been looking forward to starting kindergarten for months. It's hard to believe but our little five year old wakes up every morning, grabs a packed lunch, hops on then off a bus seven hours later, and does homework assignments every night. The whole idea of letting him go to complete strangers for hours on end is a little daunting as young parents, but at the same time it's incredible how at ease Logan is with it all. If fact, the only issue we had with him starting school is Samara.

She HATES Logan's school! While Logan didn't even look at us as we waved bye to him in his classroom, Samara started to freak out! She was inconsolable on the way back to the car. You can see her trying to escape being bound into her car seat for the ride home in the pictures. Anticipating this, we had a wrapped gift for her when she got home to calm her down. Since it was a special day for Logan we had a little party and gift for him as well when he arrived home that first day.

Even though he couldn't remember names, Logan made friends with several of his classmates the first day. He loves his teacher and loves riding the bus to and from school. And for the time being, he still loves school... hopefully that while last a while.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Renaissance Festival

Tiffany braved the hot summer heat and took the kids to the Renaissance Festival in Maryland on Labor Day while I was at work. She's pretty sure that wasn't a good idea. While it was a lot of fun, it was also a lot of walking and a lot of carrying Samara, who did not want to be held by anyone else (my parents and brother Rory with his family were there.)

The kids of course had a blast. Logan attempted a rock climbing wall, slid down the giant carpet slide, and tried a cool "Jacob's Ladder". Of course Samara rode a pony and had a great time playing in the dirt. All the usual events were there: the jousting event, a bagpipe performance and a magic show.

They all literally came home dirt tired.


Monday, August 11, 2008

Samara's First Haircut

Our little girl got her first (of many I'm sure) haircut this week. Her hair wasn't terrible, but it started growing much longer in the back like a rat's tail. As she sat in the chair she was petrified, barely daring to peek up at Tiffany.



This is the closest to a smile she could do.



And the results...



Sunday, August 3, 2008

Coldplay

My parents bought Coldplay tickets (how cool are they?) but due to the concert being rescheduled and a business trip my mother could not go. They offered the available ticket to me and I gladly accepted.

My father and I had a great time. Coldplay sound absolutely fabulous live; just as good as on their CDs. The set list included most of their old hits and nearly all of the songs off their new album. We recorded a few of the songs and I'll be posting them as soon as I get my dad's memory card and as soon as I have enough room on the video hosting service.





Monday, July 21, 2008

Samara's Odd Appetite

Samara has been getting into the fridge a lot lately. We used to have a child lock on the fridge door but then Logan once forgot it was locked and yanked on the door handle anyways, ripping the handle clean off the fridge. We still haven't fixed it but perhaps now would be a good time!

Ninety percent of the time Samara opens the fridge to pull out her favorite colon-blocking snack, string cheese. Recently though, while we're not looking, she has been pulling out horrible food concoctions and helping herself. Twice now we've caught her with opened sour cream in one hand, spoon in other, and a face smeared with the stuff.



I next caught her with mustard, Cheez-Its, and cream cheese. She had opened the mustard, squirted some into a bowl, and began to dip the Cheeze-Its into the mustard and eat them. Who knows what she did with the cream cheese. Her yellow smile beamed with pride.



She keeps pulling out the lime juice and opening it but won't quite drink it. For once I actually encouraged her (while I grabbed the camera), but after she put her lips on the bottle she thought otherwise.

Friday, July 4, 2008

July 4th 2008

We had an awesome Fourth of July. We started off the day hanging out with friends grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, then we headed to the Mall in D.C. to watch the great fireworks show. We got rained on quite a bit walking to our spot but once we got there we were able to cover up and stay warm and dry with some blankets and tarps.

I was probably 13 the last time I watched the fireworks in D.C. All I remember from back then were the fireworks, the crowd, and the crowd. It was pretty much the same this year (although the rain may have kept a few people away). After the fireworks show it took us about three hours to get home. One and a half hours of that was spent just getting to a metro train, another hour was spent riding the metro about seven stops, and then a half hour for the ride home. The trip back home certainly frustrated us, but overall it was absolutely worth it.




Monday, June 23, 2008

It's a boy!!!

We just got back from the doctor and child number three will be a boy!!!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Logan's Last Soccer Game

Logan just finished his first season of soccer and it was a great experience for all of us. I love getting him involved in sports because it teaches him how to play with other kids, how to be competitive, that you don't always win, that you're going to be roughed up sometimes, and maybe most importantly to never give up.

The last game was in the scorching humid summer heat. Fortunately we played in the morning before the 100+ degree temperature of the midday hit. We all did our best to stay hydrated and cool, Samara even dug into the cooler and slathered ice cold water all over her face.

Mom and Dad ventured yet another long drive and heat to watch the game. I hope Logan realizes how much his grandparents love spending time with him and Samara. They have been incredibly supportive and encouraging of Logan this season. Thanks Mom and Dad.

I made this video for Logan to show him how proud of him I am. You did a great job buddy!




Saturday, May 31, 2008

Company Picnic at the National Zoo

My company had their annual picnic at the National Zoo this year. As usual, it was a hit with the kids and the kids at heart. This time was quite memorable because a huge storm cell passed through as we were eating under the picnic canopy. As it was passing through most of the zoo goers went home leaving the zoo empty after the storm passed. We walked around the animal houses at our own leisurely pace free of crowds. It was wonderful!

Some of the more memorable moments were Samara fist bumping a gorilla through glass, Logan getting super excited about a toad on the zoo grounds, dashing through the down pore to get Logan to the bathroom, Samara afraid of standing by herself in an elevator, and cows mooing in our faces.

Monday, May 26, 2008

National Aquarium in Baltimore - Memorial Day















We visited the Aquarium today with my parents, Bruce, Julie, and Colter. We got there early so as to avoid walking around during Tiffany's peak icky time - anytime after noon pretty much.

The aquarium was great... blah, blah, blah. The real story here is Samara. She earned a new nickname that day and Tiffany and I are making it stick - "Mini-T". Now for those who we're not really buddy-buddy with we'll just say Mini-T is another way of calling her "Mini Tiffany" because she looks like Tiffany when Tiffany was a child. For those who are familiar with our family (this includes you) we'll tell them the real meaning of Mini-T...ready?

...Miniature Terrorist...

She was a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y horrible! She would've completely wrecked the trip for Tiffany and I if it weren't for my parents who were able to bear some of the burden. It was unbelievable. The child could not be contained. She'd try to run off to who knows where and would go into fits of rage if you tried to pick her up and hold her. I watched in slow motion once as my glasses flew off my face and came within mere inches of going over the railing and into the stingray pool as her flailing arms assaulted my face. She fought us tooth and nail every step of the way.

Of course you can't take strollers into the aquarium, theres just too many people and too little room. That would've been nice because we could've strapped her down and there would've been an ever so slight chance that she took a nap that she so desperately needed. Within ten minutes of being there we knew it was going to be a nightmare and my mother actually turned around and headed back to a gift shop to see if they sold any of those kid backpacks with the leash attached. Of course they didn't (but I now have a great business plan.)

Go ahead check out the pictures, none of them capture the fury of the day. Don't let the sweet innocent looking face deceive you, she really is a Mini-T.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Slow Stick Flying

We're up at Grandma and Grandpa Spencers for the weekend. Dad put up a volleyball net in the backyard so of course I decided to fly my plane under it. Then I got the bright idea of trying to fly a loop under and over the volleyball net. It took a few tries but I finally got it.


Monday, May 5, 2008

Rockfish

I took a half day off of work to go out fishing on the Chesapeake with my coworkers. This is about the end of the big rockfish in the bay as they're heading out to the coasts of New England to find cooler water, not to return until the fall. The trip was nearly a perfect day out on the bay. The limit this time of year is one fish per person and we had ten people on board. We caught eight keepers within a couple of hours (which is super fast for spring fishing) and then spent the next two hours trying to catch the last two. We caught the ninth fish, but never reached our max of ten. We also caught about a dozen or so smaller fish that had to be thrown back because they were too small. So even though we only kept nine fish we each reeled in more than just one.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Samara's 2nd Birthday

We celebrated Samara's 2nd birthday in Richmond with my older brother's family and his in-laws. We went down to see my nephew's baptism and since everybody was down there we decided to have one giant birthday party for all the April birthday babies. We had a wonderful time grilling outside, playing volleyball, and wiping pounds of pollen off of our cars (seriously, it was gross.)

Back in the summer of 2006 Logan fell in love with grandma Gilbert's dog Sophie. He had been scared of dogs before then but his perception of dogs changed greatly after becoming best friends with Sophie. Somewhere between that summer in '06 and now he has acquired an extreme fear of dogs. Rory's in-laws brought a little dog over to the birthday party and Logan ran for his life screaming and crying when the dog would get near him. The dog was one of those super cute and friendly dogs that just wanted to play with everybody. It became quite an event rescuing Logan from the dog whenever it wanted to play with him. I ended up carrying Logan around but I made sure to stay close to the dog so Logan would see that it just wanted to play. To make this long story short, Logan ended up loving the dog at the end of the day. He was petting it, playing with it, and in the end he was sad he had to say bye to the dog.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Logan's First Soccer Game - Finally

With no rain in sight, Logan finally had his first soccer game. The league had to switch school fields since the original field wasn't draining properly.

For the first half hour the whole league practiced different soccer skills like toe touches and foundations. Then they played the games for the next half hour. The teams are pretty much 5 on 5 and there are no goalies (when kids gets get tired they can just walk off and rest then jump back in whenever). The soccer fields are nice and small so that the kids don't get too tired just running from one side to the other. There's no official score keeping and the usual line is that the teams "tied", but this time they really did.

Logan was really excited to finally be playing and would gallop up and down the field instead of running normally. He was a little timid when it came to getting the ball when it was surrounded by a lot of other players. As usual with 5 year olds there were plenty of distracted players but no one was picking flowers yet (I'm still waiting for that.)

Here's a video of the first two minutes of the game. Logan is number 10. You can hear grandma, grandpa, and even Samara cheering Logan on!



Saturday, April 12, 2008

#3

Tiffany and I are expecting our third child!

We're not sure of the sex yet as Tiffany is only a little over 2 months pregnant. The due date is November 12th so we've got a long way to go. We want 4 kids after everything is said and done and after having a boy first then a girl, I'll be perfectly happy with whatever sex the next two turn out to be. Seeing how much more of a handful Samara has been compared to Logan, Tiffany says she hopes the next two are both boys!

Unfortunately, Tiffany has been hit early with the pregnancy sickness again. She was sick for months on end with the first two and we don't expect anything different this time around. Considering how miserable Tiffany's pregnancies are, I'd love to have twins now and get two for the price of one and be done with everything. Twins do run in her side of the family!!

Grandpa's Birthday

We drove up to Maryland to hang out with my folks today. Dad's birthday is this coming week so we celebrated his birthday today by having the traditional grilled burger feast. We hadn't planned on heading up there this morning but it turned out to be the absolute perfect day to go. Mom and Dad have the best house and yard for warm breezy summer days. There's plenty of room to run around both inside and outside, birds are always chirping in the trees next to the house, the bamboo wind chimes ring in the breeze, the East and West facing front and back yards make for beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and Mom and Dad are always so welcoming and friendly.

As we were driving there we passed Centennial Park where we saw someone flying a kite. We thought about it and remembered that mom had a kite somewhere in her house. It took a little time but we eventually found the kite, some string, and had the kite flight worthy. The only other time we tried flying kites with Logan we had a kite that just wouldn't fly no matter what, so we were a little skeptical that this cheaper looking kite would work. It turned out to be the perfect kite and we flew it for a couple hours. Later on in the day when the sun was setting an awesome cloud front rolled in making for some great photos.

It was the epitome of a perfect spring day.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Big Girl Bed

After watching Samara nearly climb up and over the side of her crib we decided it was time to take the front of the crib off so she could come and go as she pleased. When we did this with Logan he was a perfect little angel and never left his bed at night. With Samara though, we knew we were going struggle with her everynight. She just doesn't listen to us. When we try to to tell her not to do something that she wants to do, she'll usually give us this little sly smirk as if to say "I don't care what you tell me, I'm still going to do it!"

To make a long story short, the first night I probably sent Samara back to bed close to ten times. She was just way too excited with her new freedom to stay in bed. I woke up the next morning interested to see where she actually ended up sleeping and found her curled in the fettle position on the floor! Too precious!

Just two nights ago I was going through the same battle with Samara. Early in the morning she walked into our room and climbed into bed with us. A little while later she left our room and Tiffany swears she saw Samara go back into her own room. When I finally woke up for good at 4:30 I checked their room to make sure she was there. She wasn't. I went back into our room, scanned the bed, only saw Tiffany, then woke her up wondering if she knew where Samara was. Tiffany immediately jumped out of bed. We checked the other room upstairs, it was empty, so we headed downstairs. There she was, sitting on the couch in the dark at 4:30 in the morning, greeting us with a smile. What she was doing we'll never know. Lil' stinker.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Photographed by Logan


Logan has been taking a lot of pictures with the old digital camera that we gave him. It always fascinates me to see what he deems photograph worthy. No surprise that he took so many photographs of himself...

Monday, April 7, 2008

Paintball


All of the schools around here were closed today so a group of youth from church decided to have the first paintball game of the season. I volunteered to help drive them out there and be the adult leader of the gang (they reeeally had to twist my arm). We drove out to some beautiful property where we had open fields and forests to play in however we wanted. It has been raining the past couple of days and was drizzling today so the ground was soaked and our feet quickly became that way as well.

I bought my paintball gun about 5 years ago when we lived in Utah and I went I used to go paintballing frequently with my friends out there. To make a long story short I never actually got to use my gun because we moved to Maryland while my gun was being held in customs for a couple of months. So I've had this gun for 5 years and aside from shooting it a couple of times in the backyard I've never actually used it. Fortunately, the gun works very well and I can start to feel like all that money spent on it was justified.

My favorite moment of the trip was when we played a game called "Uncle" where you can keep shooting someone until they cry out "Uncle" or something similar. I decided to go all out and charged a team of 3 people, putting my gun on fully automatic in the process. I kept moving to avoid being completely surrounded but ended up standing in the middle of an open field with a flurry of paintballs screaming my way from three different directions. I did my best to return fire, cycling through the "enemies" one at a time but I knew I was in over my head. I quickly ran out of paint and had to yell "Uncle!". We grouped up and laughed at the chaos of it all. During the whole fight I got pelted at least a dozen times including a great shot directly to the back of my head and one that hit my mask but somehow resulted in all the paint flying directly into my mouth. The taste of paintballs is absolutely horrendous in case you're wondering. We had a blast and I can't wait to go again.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Logan's First Soccer Game Canceled

We were all excited to go to Logan's first soccer game today. We arrived at the field along with about 6 other families and waited for the coaches to arrive. After waiting a while someone was able to check their email to discover the game was canceled due to the cold wind and soggy conditions. I'm not sure who was more bummed, myself or Logan. We played around anyways on an awesome artificial turf field (which unfortunately wasn't the field we would've played the game on) and I promised to put some pictures up on the blog.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter 2008

We had a great Easter weekend.

First, on Saturday, the kids went on an Easter egg hunt with some of the other children from church. Between the time that it took the dads to hide all the Easter eggs and the time the kids came out to look for them it started to rain a really weird rain/sleet mixture. It was the quickest Easter egg hunt I've ever seen. Then later on that day we went to the temple visitors' center to watch one of my father's choir performances. Logan was the center of attention there with the bunny ears that he wore everywhere.

On Sunday the kids came downstairs to find the usual baskets filled with candy, toys, and books. After church we drove up to my parents place in Maryland where we had another Easter egg hunt. Samara is old enough now to swing on the swing set in their backyard. She has the swinging bug just like Logan did. She was freezing on the swings but wouldn't come in even for chocolate, and that's her favorite!
After a lot of playing and wrestling with the grandparents we finally headed home, we were all pooped.



Saturday, March 15, 2008

Boy Scout Camp out

I brought Logan with me on a Boy Scout camp out this weekend at Bull Run Park. Some of the other scout leaders have sons Logan's age so we bring them all out with us. The weather forecast called for heavy rain and strong winds but fortunately the rain only sprinkled for several hours and the trees shielded us from any wind. We built a legendary fire dubbed the "vortex of doom" which will undoubtedly go down in Chantilly ward scouting history.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Curlers!!

Samara's hair is getting long enough to put curlers in. She absolutely loves pretending to put on makeup with her mommy and she loved this as well. Tiffany put some hot curlers in this morning (didn't get any pics while those were in) and then we put some foam curlers in tonight for her to sleep in.
As usual, when we went upstairs to put them to bed they started playing with their toys. They were so cute tonight that we let them play for a while, while we took some pictures.
**Update**
She actually kept the foam curlers in her hair all night long!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Soccer

Can you believe it? Logans old enough to start playing sports! We signed him up on the local soccer league and we couldn't be any more excited. We went shopping today and bought all the equipment needed to get started. Even though it's still pretty cold we just had to go outside to kick the ball around today.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Kids dancing to 'Never Gonna Give You Up'

I happened to stumble across this song on YouTube and the kids instantly started dancing. I just had to grab the camera.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

"What .com's did you go to?"

Logan drew a picture of Mario in his fireball costume then told Tiffany

"Mommy, I want a fireball Mario costume."

"Baby, when I was looking for your birthday decorations I would've seen some. They don't make them."

"Well, did you try MarioCostumes.com?? What .com's did you go to?

Fudging a bit to end the conversation Tiff replied, "I did go to MarioCostumes.com, and they didn't have any."

"Well, what if you looked up MarioT-shirt.com? I bet they have costumes there..."

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Princess Mara

Samara found a box of princess dresses that we planned on giving her for her birthday in April. Needless to say, the box was opened and now we need to buy a new birthday present.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Samara's Bedtime Routine

This happens every night...

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Logan's 5th Birthday


As usual Logan had an awesome birthday party. Being the big Nintendo fan he is, he wanted the theme this year to be the Mario Brothers. I had seen several months prior on flickr.com some cute little Mario figures made out of Perler Beads. So we bought a pack and made some of our own to use as decorations on his cake. The beads perfectly recreate the old school 8-bit Mario characters from our youth.

Instead of the traditional "pin the tail on the donkey" game, we played "pin the mustache on Luigi" using a constuction paper cut-out Luigi. We made an improvised piñata using a box with enough strings attached for each kid. They all tugged on the strings at the same time opening the bottom of the box. Kids swinging a bat at a real piñata in our apartment would've been a disaster!

Logan came away with lots of birthday loot, including another remote control helicopter like the kind in our popular youtube video.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Logan's Drawings

Logan loves to draw. In the past year he has really improved in his abilities and creativity. I love this picture because it shows he's finally mastered that oh-so-difficult "drawing within the lines" concept. Some day we'll archive his better works and post them here.