Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Greta's Great Birthday Bash

Last weekend we celebrated Miss Greta's second birthday with a little get together. She had a blast and we were grateful to everyone that could come. She's a lucky little lady to have such wonderful people in her life.

Got the hat on her for 2.7 seconds. Still better than LAST YEAR.

Dad and Baby Bennett. He's gotten big! Bennett, not my dad. :)

Looking fabulous in her party dress.

Jessica and Josh and the reclusive Abby, stuck to Mom's side.

Presents!

Loads of little ones. All under 5.

Auntie time with BB.

It's Marmot feeding time.

Glazed over look in her eye BEFORE cake eating!

Yum!

The three amigos!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pre-Birthday Bash

What a fun day! My sister and her family are in town and my father invited us all to go to the local amusement park this evening for his birthday. I had no idea it would be so much fun, we are so going back soon! I also didn't realize my four year old is now old enough for 90% of the rides. He had a blast, I haven't seen him that giddy in a long time (if ever). Thanks Mom and Dad for a great evening!

The gang.
Not quite big enough for much of anything. But a darn cute picture.
Tall enough for most everything! Yea Wesley!
Go carts here we come!
Way too much fun.
Betsy with Emery on the carousel.
Greta hamming it up with myself.
Giant slide also a hit! Lots of crying when we had to leave.
Helicopters that went up and down, also a big hit.
Dragging Dad to the Ferris wheel.
Dad made the cage go round and round, upside down. I thought there would be puke everywhere. Nope, just one REALLY happy kid.
He got to drive this one all by himself.
Fast asleep once we got in the car. A sign of a great evening.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Trip Down Memory Lane

I got to join Hubby on his out of town trip to work the job fair at our college. I had six glorious hours all to myself (without kids I might add...Thanks Jessica) to roam the town seeing all the changes that have happened in the ten years since we graduated. I got to get some quality shopping in as well as a campus visit. Talk about a blast from the past!

Here is my old dorm. Oh how I don't miss ye. The ancient building was hot in the summer and cold and drafty in the winter. I did smuggle my cat in there for a full year. I likely would have been in big trouble had they found out, but they didn't. Jessica, my roommate, and I had a great system for hiding him. Anyone knocked on the door, the other would scoop up Dexter (the large white cat) and run into the closet. We lived on the wild side back then (please note the sarcasm).


He would often squeeze his fat body between the metal blinds and the window and I would spy him on my trek back from class sunning himself in this window desperately trying to get us kicked out of the dorms. Ah good times.


I spent way too much time in this building, the art building. The art department used to be shoved into the top two floors while the science department got the main floor and recognition on the sign out front. It seems in ten years the art department has taken over the whole building, shoving science somewhere else....probably a newer air conditioned building.The main floor, which used to house the giant Chemistry rooms now has been transformed into a rather nice art gallery and art department office. I was impressed.



Next stop was to the College of Education to visit my old boss. I worked tech support for four years while in college and he was a great boss. It was nice chatting with him and seeing all of the changes that have taken place since I was there oh so long ago.



While I was at it I had to visit my first apartment. It's looking more ghetto than ever these days. It was a rat hole when we lived in it. Tina and I decided on it because it was one of the few apartments in town to allow pets (everything revolves around pets for me). We ended up with a dog and three cats in there. I could never forget big Crazy Vera that lived upstairs from us. There was no wondering why that apartment was vacant.


Last but certainly not least, I couldn't visit without seeing the place I got married. Great memories here.


It was a fun and memorable trip, I've got great memories of this town. I'll have to return when I can stroll down memory lane with Sean, and definitely show the kids around town one day.....after all there's a good chance they'll attend college here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Greta!

Whew! What a day! Wesley and Greta had their very first sleepover with my pal Jessica and her kids. Hubby had the opportunity to be a representative from his company at a college job fair. It happens to be the college we both graduated from so I was more than excited to join him on his trip. Then Jessica offered to watch the kids overnight. That was last night. You can read how it went in Jessica's own words HERE. They sure had a blast. Thanks again Jessica, I owe you a million. We got back rather late and didn't even have a chance to celebrate my little girl turning two years old so we are having a small celebration this weekend. After all it is my fathers birthday too. Happy Birthday Pops! Pictures and more from both the birthday get together and the campus visit in the next few days. In the mean time, Happy Birthday Greta! You are my little angel.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Waiting

The kids had a play date with their friends Alex and Abby and decided to wait for them to pull in the driveway. I told them to go find something to sit on, notice Greta brought over her potty. It made me laugh.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rubbing me out of the picture completely.

I believe that is their master plan. I'm ok with that.

video

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Conversations with a four year old

We were over at Aunt Jessica's house today for a play date. Greta is in the sandbox shoveling sand into her mouth.

Me: "Greta if you put anymore sand in your mouth I'm going to kick you out of the sandbox!"


Wesley: (shocked) "Ouch! Won't that hurt her?!"


Jessica and I laughed. Wonder when they stop taking everything so literally.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

First Day

Can you believe I'm sitting here at 2 o'clock in the afternoon in a perfectly quiet house? That might not seem special to you, but to me it's freaking awesome. You see today is Wesley's first day of preschool. He's now in the four year old class and he's so excited to get back to school! This year Miss Cindy is doing a morning class and an afternoon class to accommodate all the four year old kids. There seems to be a giant influx of children in preschool this year. It should make for a large kindergarten class next year.

Wesley is in the afternoon class instead of the morning class this year which makes it nice since we don't have the morning rush. The downfall is that the afternoon class is during Greta's nap. Thankfully Alex, Wesley's best bud, is in class with him and Jessica is able to bring him home for me. Thanks Jessica!

So here I sit, with one child sleeping and the other at preschool. The house is quiet and I have it all to myself. I think it's time to dive into a good new book.

This year I remembered my camera for the first day of school! Miss Cindy is such a great lady.

Hamming it up with Sis.

Wesley is so pumped to have Alex in his class this year.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Family Pictures

We didn't have any family pictures with poor Greta in them so I finally felt it was time. I'm pretty impressed with the photographer being able to get a two year old and a four year old to smile. We'll definitely go there again. Here's just a sample, if you're family you'll be getting one for Christmas...so act surprised.