Saturday, August 21, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

First Kiss

If they knew what they were doing I would call it a make-out session. Of course, after the initial shock, I had to get a picture of Maddie’s first kiss (I think this was the 5th) and then we stopped it. We might have to keep an eye on the two of them.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I like to think that this is his way of saying, “Mom, I got this.” When he got on the bus he said, “Mom, wave to me.”

Of course, I followed the bus and went to his class to make sure he made it. ;) The boy next to Caleb is Drew. He lives down the street. We do not know him very well but that will change will all the time they spend together.

End of the day... looks pretty happy. He ran straight for Eric gave him a hug and then looked for his friends. It was really cute!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Water Olympics

Mom put on water Olympics for the kids. They each had to participate in 3 events. They didn’t compete against each other but did events at their own levels. After their event, all the adults would score them. Everyone received 10’s. They were giving gold medals.
The kids were also given charts that included swimming, reading, learning and a few other things. The kids would get stars for each thing completed. Mom did a amazing job at putting this together!!!

5 hours a day in the pool or more…

What a awesome time!!! We lived in or besides the pool from early morning hours till the evenings. Caleb regained all of his swimming skills and both kids excelled in the water. The videos below will show them doing flips into the pool. They also did back flips off of Papa. The whistle that Papa is wearing was a huge hit. All the kids loved to swim to him and blow it.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

It’s been a long time since I have posted anything. Eric has had the last 3 weeks off. Well honestly, he has had anatomy. He loves anatomy and is very good at it. He was able to make up his own schedule and he finished his dissection way before the 3 week marker so it is what I call vacation and it was awesome!!!

Posted below are random photos of the last 3 weeks… I forgot my camera on a number of them so I’m kind of bummed about that. Here’s the events from the last 3 weeks.

We were at a BBQ/birthday party and the kids were having so much fun. All the boys were having so much fun. One time Caleb bounced out of the blow up and landed on the grass, hoped right back up and joined in on the fun. Caleb was getting so much air that Eric ran home to grab the camera. Madeline also loved the slip n slide and both kids got a kick out of the water balloons.

Caleb has been asking Eric to build a bird house for awhile now so Eric just had to build it with him. The spent a couple hours going to the store, measuring, cutting, and then building it. It was really cute to see them work on this together.

We have been having fun at the library. We picked up a book on how to build airplanes. They are intense airplanes that require a lot of direction, cutting and glue. Eric and caleb put these together.

Another book we picked up was how to draw. This is Caleb’ first official drawling. I’m seeing my side of the family in the picture.

We went to Castlewood State Park with Doria and her family. We had a picnic and enjoyed playing in the water. Eric and Caleb took off down stream and found all kinds of bugs and such.

Eric and I had a awesome double date at The Muny. My friend’s husband was given 4 tickets from work and we were the lucky ones that went with them. We had a picnic dinner next to the water with live music and then we went inside to find that we were sitting in box seats. We watched Damn Yankees. It is now my favorite show and I am beside myself for living here for 3 years and not going before. The acting, singing, dancing, backdrops were amazing.

This is the first time we took the kids to the Sting Ray exhibit at the zoo. We were there for over a hour. The kids loved it!

Madelines loves butterflys!

Hermann, MO
We took off for the Pettijohn’s house. They live about 1 hour away from us now. We had a lovely weekend hanging out, swimming at their local pool, (the kids LOVED the diving board) and I put on Keely’s baby shower.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Madeline’s Dance Recital

In the dressing room. She was pretty excited to get her hair and makeup done in here. She told me that she doesn’t like mascara because she can’t see. Daddy gave her those wonderful long eye lashes… one day she will LOVE them. She loves lipstick and was very happy to have that applied.

She was pretty darn excited when it was her turn. Her name was called and she made her way to the stage and started to climb it. She had a great time on stage dancing her little heart out. They danced to Wings (A childs gift to Lullabies and Do It Again (The Beach Boys) The video is not uploading so I will try it again in a few days.
Madeline is on the far left.

The finale was all the children dancing to I Got Feeling. Madeline is the 4th one in on the left

Sunday, June 13, 2010

11 years

We spent our morning running around doing our regular routine.

Madeline finished up her last dance class. Soon she will have a recital. How fun it that?

Then we signed the kids up for the reading program at the library. They only need to read 5 books which is already complete to get a goodie bag. But each time they check out books they get entered into a bigger drawling. I am going to try to have Caleb read his 5 books and well I guess Maddie is done because there is a lot of reading in this family.

Caleb’s Coach Pitch game was canceled. It seems to me that the coach really doesn’t want to coach and is just looking for way out of practice and the games. I’ve been thinking about calling and asking to be put on another team or for a refund.

We ran to Sam’s so Eric could get his much needed coffee.

Our AWESOME friends took the kids and we had a afternoon to ourselves. We watched a movie, Daybreakers cuddled up on the couch and then went to St. Louis Bread Company for dinner. St. Louis Bread Company is now my all time favorite! There salads, soups and bread are so yummy! We could see ourselves there together when we are old and grey eating lunch once a week.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Madeline’s swimming lessons

We put Maddie in swim lesson to off set the time that Caleb would not be here. As you can see, she loves it! She is always the first kid up to jump into the teachers arms for a turn and even when it’s not her turn she tries hard to squeeze in. She gets away with it too because she is too darn cute! Today she was jumping all over the place and submerging her head solo. She is also the first one out of the pool before the time is up due to her being cold. When she is done, she is just done!

Treasure Hunt

I put together a map for the kids with lines and a X marking the spot that we were going to. Along the way they drew the surrounds that they saw and loved every minute of it. On their individual pictures you will find our home, trees, the sun, birds, a forest, cars, ice-cream (had to reward them), a fire truck and much more. I was so surprised at how much they put into their maps and was very impressed.

Pre-Kindergarten Summer School

Caleb’s first day in pre-Kindergarten summer school. He was so excited about going. Yes, I cried a few times that day. I also followed the bus and waited until Caleb had enough time to find his classroom and then I walk inside the school and peaked in at him. Caleb loves school. He is so excited when he comes home to show us what he has done each day. He hides his work and Maddie and I have to close our eyes on the couch and wait for him to bring it over. He is just so overjoyed. He loves it! When he gets home he wants to color and is trying to write sentences out on his paper.

Catching Lighting Bugs

The funniest thing I have seen in a long time is my son running after lighting bugs. I laughed so hard that night. The kids love catching their lighting bugs and they slept in their room with them that night.

Fishing with Daddy