And here's attempt number 2:
Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
So we finally bit the bullet and took Ben to have his hair cut. Despite being in love with his sweet little wisps and curls, we were tired of people asking if he is a boy or a girl. I really wanted to wait longer, as I knew that once his hair was cut, my sweet little baby would look all grown up. Sure enough, he looks like he's ready for kindergarten now! OK, not quite maybe, but it's still a little sad. Here are before and after pictures.
I wanted to get a picture during the actual haircut, but he threw a fit. I ended up sitting in the chair myself with him on my lap. He still wasn't having any of it until the hairdresser gave him a sucker. Then he calmed down and didn't make a peep for the rest of the time . . . a bit like a lamb led to slaughter. :-)
Monday, June 16, 2008
Claire: Daddy, I'm scared of the dark. It seems like things are moving.
Shawn: Nothing's moving. You are safe in your room. Mommy and daddy wouldn't let anything happen to you.
Claire: What if dinosaurs are still alive?
Shawn: They aren't. They've been dead for a long time.
Claire: When they were alive, what city did they live in?
Shawn: I don't know. Not around here.
Claire: Like where? . . . Texas or "Hawadi"?
Being the brave and adventurous parents that we are, Shawn and I decided to load up the kids and take the 2 hour drive to the mountains to visit The Tweetsie Railroad. Tweetsie is a kid's theme park with rides, games, shows, etc. It all centers around the steam engine that is coal fueled and runs the circuit of the park every 30 minutes. The kids had so much fun, and it was really fun to see how excited they were about it all, especially Claire. She was talking 90 miles an hour nearly the whole time we were there.
Panning for gold - no luck.
On the train.
Ben imitating his sister's reaction whenever the train would blow its whistle.
Where we felt our kids belonged at the end of the day. Just kidding . . . sort of!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
No, Claire's not standing at an outdoor rock concert, protecting her delicate ears from the intense noise of the band. In actuality, this is Claire's most common pose while playing soccer. After a fairly disastrous attempt to play indoor soccer at the YMCA, we thought (and so did she) that outdoor soccer would be a little less stressful, less noisy and more fun. Unfortunately, this was not always the case. She was often overwhelmed by the cheering fans and definitely afraid of the ball and the shrill blast of the referee's whistle. Yet, she insisted on continuing to play on her team and actually acted like she enjoyed herself. So, she's not the most aggressive player on the team. We're ok with that.
Ben was his sister's biggest fan . . . when he wasn't busy picking flowers for mom.
oops, not sure how this photo got in there twice!
Claire with Coach Angie and team. Each member received a trophy for playing on the team and a Krispy Kreme doughnut. Hmmm... promoting athleticism and high fat content???
Claire with her hard-earned trophy and doughnut. I'm not sure about which one she is happier!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I think we look pretty darn good for 32 year old women with 8 children among us . . . most of those provided by Andrea!
Edward and Rachel's youngest, Harper, was the honorary flower girl. She looked like a sweet little cupcake in her dress and tiara-adorned headband. She is teeny and petite and has beautiful, huge blue eyes. She reminds a bit of Claire at that age.
I love this picture. Teddie, Sarah's mother, walked her down the aisle. They were both so beautiful, and their nearly identical smiles really portray just how special the day was.
Rachel was the Matron of Honor and Abby, the Maid of Honor. Their cousin, Marisa was the other bridesmaid. They were all beautiful in their soft pink dresses, and the wedding location could not have been more perfect. It was probably the prettiest wedding I've ever seen. Rachel was the wedding coordinator, and she really outdid herself.
We had a blast at the reception. The food was delicious, the music was great, and we had fun dancing and laughing at everyone else dancing too.
Sarah and Alex dancing. Who would have thought that hardcore, athletic, tomboy Sarah would have had such a girly wedding, but it was. She was beautiful and watching her tear up during her first dance with her new husband made me a little misty eyed too.
Here we are, morning after, just before we leave to return to our respective homes and families. Man, I miss these girls, more than they know. It was so good to see them!!
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Her teachers and the playschool director wanted us to enroll Claire in the Kindergarten Readiness program for next year because she is older than most of her classmates and because she is "so smart" (their words, not mine, though I happen to agree!). We decided, however, to keep her in the M,W,F 4 year old class. I'm not ready for her to go to school every day, nor am I ready for her to have homework!!! Though, I do think she is really ready to get this schooling business out of the way. She has big plans for the future, including being a landscaper so she can work with her daddy, becoming a pilot, and then being Ben's teacher. However, she did tell me the other day that she also plans on being a dentist. This totally blew me away as she nearly passes out with fear at the dentist's office. I guess she is determined to face that fear!