Thursday, October 28, 2010

Treats Only

Beggar's night was tonight in our small town of Pataskala.  We, as usual, just did a quick visit to the Nursing Home.  It's all indoors, safe, and warm.  The residents get a kick out of the kids in their costumes, which is fun to see too.

Louden & Keegan were dragons.  I picked their costumes up super cheap from another Twin Mommy.  So, what they lack creativity, they make up for in cuteness.  

Keegan: saying cheeeeesseeee
Mommy with the boys.  Keegan (l) & Louden (r)

The back of the costume, I have no idea who this is :)  I'm glad I don't do this look alike thing very often.  

No thanks, Louden, Mommy doesn't like dots.  Um, we got a LOT of Dots. 
Waiting until 6 to get started.  Louden up front, Keegan checking out the pumpkins in the case.

Keegan being silly.

Back at home, enjoying a treat before we go to visit our neighbors.
Happy Halloween!!!!!  

The leaves, they are a changing

Well, due to my inability to blog on a regular basis, the leaves have since changed and fallen (the process was kicked into overdrive thanks to the tornado warnings earlier this week).

I'm trying to get better at my DSLR (camera with a lens), but still shoot on auto.  I hope I get a class for Christmas (subtle, shameless hint).  But, these will have to do for now.  

The weather has been unseasonably warm, until today.  The boys love it outside and we have to fight to get them in every night.  

Here's Louden, Daddy and Keegan in the background:
Keegan, I get this look a lot...

The leaves (Jackie: this is for you)

The boys.
And with Daddy trying to mulch up some leaves on Daddy's new fancy, schmacy, zero turn, 8 mph, 54" cut mower.  

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

a pickin' and a grinnin'

This post is WAY OVERDUE, but procrastination has gotten the best of me again.

As you'll remember, I took the boys to pick a pumpkin last year at Lynd's Fruit Farm, located just a few minutes from our house.  This year, we picked apples too.  We met our friends Sara (with Bennett & Kendyll) and Alicia (with Will & Sam) to pick Red and Golden Delicious.  Upon entry, the greeter at the U-pick station said "eat all you want".  I'm pretty sure between six 2.5 year olds, we left behind 100 applies with one tiny bite....

Here are some photos from the day:

Keegan, Bennett, Kendyll, and Louden
Kendyll & Keegan, Can you even stand it? Totally unprompted
On our way to pick $1 pumpkins

Playing in the fruit crates

We LOVE to get out with our friends and do it every chance we can.  It's fun to expose the kids the new things, and watch how they react.  

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

JDRF Walk Update

Although diabetes and its complications kill one American every three minutes and accounts for 32 percent of Medicare expenditures, the good news is that there is real hope for a cure through research funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
If you're anything like me, that statistic blows your mind.   
This past Sunday, Alicia, Sara, and I participated in a 2 mile fundraising walk sponsored by the JDRF on campus at OSU.  I was initially intrigued to do this to support my friend, whose 7 year old daughter was recently diagnosed.  When Alicia read my post, she reminded me that her husband was diagnosed 5 1/2 years ago and that she would be in full support of our team by walking and donating.  Alicia's family went all out since this was the first time they were able to get involved in this fundraiser.  
Our team donations totaled $960!!! 

Here's a photo of Sara, Me, and Alicia with all our kids:

Also walking were Alicia's Mom: Nancy, Husband: Bryan, Sara's Husband: Tim and Tim's parents.
Although the temperature was thought to be in the 50s, it was extremely cold and windy that morning.  We were lucky the rain held out until we were leaving.  I think the JDRF did a great job and had great toddler friendly snacks before the event.  If you've ever been around toddlers, snacks are a must....always.  I may not have diapers, but you can rest assured that I have food on me. :)
I was so happy to do this to support Bailey, Bryan, and the JDRF that offers support others and their families suffering with Type I Diabetes.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Grandma's Visit

We were so happy to have Jason's Mom (aka Grandma) come stay with us while our sitter was on vacation.  Last year, I had to take vacation to stay home with the boys.  This gave Grandma some much needed kid time while allowing Jason and I the chance to keep up with our busy work schedules.

I tried to take a photo of them all together, this is about the best we can do:

The boys LOVED having her here.  It's remarkable to see the difference in their attitudes when they don't have to be loaded up and taken away from home everyday.  I tried to get her to move here, she declined. (psst, Jackie:  I wasn't really kidding)

On top of everything else, she did every stitch of laundry for me one day.  Including carrying everything from our top floor down the basement.  I don't think she ever wants to see another stair.

This will keep you young, Grandma.

Uh, yeah, that's a bat.  The boys have mad takedown skills.  

Here's a photo right before she left.

I would have taken one of her driving away, but I was too busy crying.  


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