Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring Break Surprise

The kids had no idea until we loaded a shuttle bus in Winter Haven with Legoland on the side and handed them a map of the park. I still don't think it sunk in until about halfway through the first day in the park.

Mike and I worked hard to get Mikes schoolwork, my work, and all the laundry and packing done to pull this off.  All of the boys asked me to print a picture of their spring break surprise to show their friends their "GREAT TRIP!!!!!!" so I think we did good 

Dylan and Ryan paired up for rides and stuck together most of the weekend

Ryan wanted to joust and the bigs decided to join him

The new World of Chima!

These pictures are my favorites in a while.  Look at the pure joy on these kids faces watching the fire show

We had a great family weekend.  So thankful for times like this we can just get away from our regular chores and life and be together. 

Monday, February 3, 2014


More gems from the Gigi Cam: The big boys last game of their last soccer season


Sunday, February 2, 2014

More from the Party

Lunch, coloring, sandboxing, horseback rides, and pumpkin pies mmmmmmmmm!!!!!

Saturday, February 1, 2014


I'm so loving these pictures from Gigi's camera!!! 

These boys get so excited when their cousins come to town - and they are a super cute crew! 

Going out to breakfast is a manly weekend tradition in our family and A.P has just reached the age where he gets to go too! This was a picture of all our guys heading out to gorge themselves at Country Cabin or Whitey's Fish Camp or some other establishment where the bacon, biscuits, grits, coffee...and chocolate milk flow freely.

Since the Hopper House was in town near Andrew's birthday my Mom threw him a party! I casually mentioned that she should get a water slide and she did it! Ryan and the big kids had so much fun (including Poppa...yes, Poppa goes in that category).  AP didn't really have anything to do with the slide, but HattieJo and Matthew spent some time as the hose holder and splashing in the pool. It was cold that day and 
they would play til their teeth were chattering. 

 It was a great party celebrating my little brothers birthday together with family and friends and the sound of kids laughing and playing and running made the perfect background noise. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ah Ha!

I got my hands on Gigi's memory card and found lots and lots of precious adorability inside.  

Here's on of my favorite little men doing one of his favorite things with one of his (and my) favorite people

More faves trying to do a tooth extraction.  As loose as it was he just couldn't sit still to get it out that night 

A fun afternoon of music and tree climbing with a blue-eyed buddy.  I never even knew this happened so I loved seeing these pictures! 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Oh What Fun

See these smiles? 

Can't you just hear these giggles? 

Yep, it was just as awesome as it looks

Before Christmas we took the Ripley's train to see the Nights of Lights in St. Augustine with the Watts girls

and of course a trip to St. Augustine is not complete without a stop at Kilwins

This last picture is proof of how having three little boys can break a parent's spirit.  Sometimes in a good way, sometimes not so much, but I consider this to be a huge success.  The first time Mike and I took the bigs out to a real ice cream shop for cones he was on edge the whole time.  He stood behind the boys wiping mouths and hands and licking around the cones to save the drips.  He left the ice cream shop on the verge of a sticky panic attack and said "never again."  But here, with seven + seven + four total years of fathering under his belt, he stood with a smile watching his boys enjoying this special treat.  

Friday, December 13, 2013

An evening with the Rat

I can't believe these guys are turning 7! 

Two boys, two pikachu cakes (one vanilla one chocolate banana), candy bombs for everyone. Two pinatas, two rockstar balloons. 

Two birthday crowns (yes, Tyler you have to share a lot of things with your brother but a birthday crown is not one of them!) two trips to the ticket blaster, too many gifts, and a 4 year old little brother who has taken all of his brothers special privileges in stride with the promise that he can have all the same for his first grade birthday party.  

The best part of it all was these two huge snaggletooth smiles: 

and the many many hugs, thank you Mom, and you and Daddy are the best parents in the whole world I heard throughout the night! Chuck E. Cheese Birthday on a school night? Best idea EVER.