Sunday, August 12, 2012

Tour Continued: Kitchen

I took a few more pics of our new house.  Here is our kitchen.  I spend a ton of time here so it's a good thing that I love my little place!  The kitchen, as you can see, is open to the living room, which is something that I really wanted.  The kids can watch a show while I get dinner ready and I can still keep my eye on them.  It works out perfectly!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Kids Bedrooms Tour

Here are some pics from our new house:  the kid's rooms.  I know my budget excludes me from having pinterest pin-worthy rooms, but this is home and we love it here!

Suzy's Room

Noah's Room

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Noah's Superhero Birthday Party

Noah turned 4 on July 27th, so to celebrate I let Noah choose what kind of party he wanted.  He is really into Spiderman at the moment and chose that, but I made him broaden it to Superhero party.  He loved it!

The cake:

The pregnant mama.  Actually, I posted this pic because I thought Suzy looked so cute!

Kids on Noah's new b-day present, a mini trampoline!

 It doubled as our "Learn to Fly" station.

My sister in law, Kelly, took all these pictures and she did an amazing job.  I'm so thankful for her help esp since all I take pics with is my iPhone.

The decor:

If you notice, all the kids are wearing superhero capes.  Somehow I convinced my good friend Hayley to make 12 of them for me.  She is awesome.

When the kids arrived, they came through the telephone booth in their ordinary clothes and came out with their new, shiny capes!

This was supposed to be a gathering activity, coloring the superhero city, but it couldn't compete with the trampoline and running around in the backyard.  I should've known.

The whole theme of the party was 'Superhero training school.'  So, to start out the kids warmed up doing pushups, situps, jumping jacks, etc.

Then, we played X-ray vision, where the kids had to guess 3 objects from a bag.  Then we played Pass the Kryptonite, which is like hot potato, but with a cool green pokey light up ball.  We played the Superman theme song and if the music stopped and you were holding the Kryptonite, you had to go to Superman's planet to get recharged.  Superman's planet was a temporary tattoo station.  You are welcome parents.

 Next, we played Stomp the Villian.  Everyone's lined up to get into a team.

I colored villian faces on the balloons and put 5 into each team's basket.  Each team had to send one player to pop the balloon, then run back.  First team with all their balloons popped won.

Most kids didn't LOVE this one. 

Suzy's face again.  Classic.

Next, we went outside for an obstacle course.  Here's Noah with his superhero balloon that he just had to carry around everywhere. Cute.

More obstacle course.  Brinlee is crossing over the Hot Lava.

Coming out from under the trampoline.  Part of the obstacle course.

Then, out came the villian!  The kids had a bucket of water balloons and had to get him.

I think it's safe to say they did.

Thumbs up guys, we got him.

 Such a trooper.

One happy kid.

The kids worked up an appetite.  We had pizza, Superhero Power Juice (lemonade), and cake.

My little 4 year old!

Love him.

The End.

Monday, August 6, 2012


We went to Kansas City July 13-14 to attend a friend's wedding.  I took this video of the kids while we were driving by downtown.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Independence Week 2012

I think I figured out the secret to blogging.
The more you blog, the more you WANT to blog!

So, now I am going back and looking for more stuff to blog about.  Turns out I have TONS of stuff!

So, here is our 4th of July week.  I love this time of year.  It is the heart of the summer and I have so many awesome memories each year.  This one is no exception.

We started things off on Sunday the 1st- Cross Church was having their awesome annual display.  Longest fireworks display ever.  It was so fun.  A great part was that from getting out of the car to sitting in our spot on the grass was only 5 minutes.  We just walked right up to our spot.  And the view was amazing.

I look a little swollen.  Pregnancy. *sigh*

Noah identifies himself with a balloon.
He could maybe use some more boy friends.

We bought the kids bikes for the 4th.  Fantastic purchase.  They have ridden those bikes every day since!

Noah's first time on a bike.  He's a pro now.

On the 3rd of July, we went boating on Beaver Lake and watched the fireworks they put up over the lake.  It was amazing.  So fun! 

Suzy jumped right into the water.  Noah had to be coaxed a little.  But he did it!

Ahhh, my little Su-Su bug!

On the actual 4th, we got invited to the sweetest block party that included pony rides for the kids!

Is he mad, sad, happy?  Who knows!

Definitely happy here!

Noah and his cousin, Jack watching the fireworks.

Lame pic below, but I tried to capture Suz's reaction to all the fireworks.  She was interested, but very scared.

Weird to think that next year at this time, I will have a 9 MONTH OLD!