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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Corn Fest

I took the kids to Whitney's Farm today for their first annual Corn Fest. We got there about 10:30 this morning & didn't leave till almost 3. My mom, sister & her family, My friend Kimmy & her daughter & my friend Sam & her family also went with us. There was a huge bouncy slide, pony rides, corn shucking contest, corn eating contest for both kids & adults, sack races & corn husk doll making. The kids had a blast! They were also serving 3 different kinds of corn & corn chowder for free all day! I love free stuff! I was in the corn shucking contest & tied for third place with my brother-in-law. Boy that certainly gave my arms a workout! We both won a ten dollar gift certificate to Whitney's store. Lauren, Braedon, Alora & Colby all entered the corn eating contest. Lauren won first prize! She ate 9 ears of corn! I couldn't believe it. Her prize was a ten dollar gift card to Walmart. I was pretty impressed with my little buddy, Braedon, he ate 3 ears of corn. I thought that was pretty darn good for a 3 year old! They all did the sack races & Lauren won again. But she was a very generous girl today & gave it to Colby, cause he was upset he didn't get first. I was really proud of her for that! Poor Braedon though he was crying because he was to little for the sack & couldn't keep up with the rest of them. He was so sad it broke my heart, but hugs from mommy made him better. Here are some pics from the day.

These are the corn husk dolls my girls made.
Braedon with his boy corn husk doll.

Waiting for the race to begin.

Rylan on the swing, which he loves.

I caught this precious moment, Braedon pushing Isabella on the swing.
Laci & Jake, the two monkeys.Gracelyn
Getting ready to eat some corn!
LuLu Bell on the pony.
Brae on the pony, he was so serious as he rode him.

We had a good day with family & friends. We ended our night with dinner at my mom's. Now I need to get ready for another long day tomorrow, we are taking the kids to Lake Compounce Amusement Park in CT. I'm sure I'll have some pics to post tomorrow night.

Future Computer Wiz?

We bought a laptop a couple months ago & I finally got it up & running a few days ago. So, last night my 3 year old was begging to try the laptop. Lauren & I were teaching him & I swear he picked it up in like 10 minutes if not less. It's now his latest obsession! The minute he got up this morning he was asking to use it & go on NickJr. Such concentration!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Yesterday I thought it would be a nice idea to head up to the State Forest for a picnic & a swim. My sister & her family & my mom came too. So we packed up the kids & food & went. The kids were all excited, till we got there & were told that there was alot of leaches & their eggs in the water. I was not about to be picking leaches off my kids so I told them they couldn't go in. They were not happy but didn't want to go in either cause my kids are kind of like me & do not like bugs! We still ate our dinner there & the kids ran around & explored a little. It started to get quite buggy so we decided to head to Dalton park for a while, then after we were done playing we went & got ice cream. Rylan was cute he kept trying to take my ice cream cone away from me.

Today I was exploring other blogs & came across the Sullengers. I actually found this blog through another one who mentioned them. Ashley & Patrick are going through one of the most terrible things a parent can go through....the loss of their baby girl, Preslee. Around July 4th she fell into a canal, she was pulled out & held on for a couple weeks but ultimitely went on to heaven. Of course I was balling as I was reading the blog, I couldn't even imagine the pain the two of them are going through! I hope to god I never will! Another thing that got to me was she passed on the 16th, Rylan's birthday. It just really made me think how life can change so quick! And how thankful I am for my time spent with my kids! I will be praying for them & ask that you do also! Here is the link to their blog http://patrickandashley.blogspot.com/. Check it out & send them your prayers!

This is little Preslee. Click on the link below & it will bring you to their page.

Preslee's Song

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Family Time at the Park

Monday after dinner we took the kids to the park at Crosby where my daughter goes to school. Braedon had taken a late nap and I knew if we didn't take him somewhere to have him run off some energy he would be up till 11 or 12. We pretty much had the park to ourselves which is always nice. Lauren even joined in a little, I asked her to help tire Braedon out. Mickey doesn't work Mon. nights so he was with us as well. Lauren & Laci were making him follow them like an obstacle course, it was too funny & I got some silly pics of my hubby. We had a really good time with lots of laughs. Here are some of the pics from our night.

Lauren making crazy faces on purpose cause I was taking pictures.

Yup, that's me.

Braedon making daddy go down the slide. He could hardly fit it was funny!

My little model.

Loving the swing.

Yesterday I took the kids to the free movies again. Third week in a row. They like going, good thing it's free! After dinner & Lauren was done with dance we took them for ice cream & again took them to the park. This time we went to Egremont school. I swear I could take these kids to the park everyday & they wouldn't care. Well except Lauren, she's getting to "old" now. And the baby is too cute when we go, he just watches them with such intensity. Kicking his feet & laughing. Can't wait till he's walking & can join in the fun!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Spaghetti Mess

Rylan hasn't been wanting much to do with baby food now that he's older. So, Friday we had spaghetti & meatballs for dinner & I decided to give it a try with him. I love watching kids eat it for the first time, they get so messy & end up wearing half of it! And of course I had to take a couple pics. He actually didn't get as messy as I thought. I still remember my oldest at about this age & the pics I have of her she's covered!

Concentrating hard on trying to use the fork himself.Full belly, happy baby!!
This morning I decided to use up some of the rasberries we picked the other day and made rasberry pancakes. They were sooo yummy! Everyone liked them except Laci, she only likes plain pancakes. I happen to think she's nuts cause I don't understand how anyone doesn't like fresh fruit pancakes. My little secret is I always use cinnammon & vanilla in them along with whatever fruit I happen to have.

Later on today we went to my sister-in-law's baby shower. She's having a girl, & since her first 2 children are boys a friend of hers threw her a shower to help them with getting some girlie things. They received lots of goodies! That girl will be stylin with all her new clothes! I definitely contributed to it, I went a little crazy. Oh well, girls clothes are so darn cute! I also made a picture for her to be hung in her room. I had actually taken the picture last year but when I saw what the crib set looked like ( flowers & butterflies)I thought this would look nice in her room. I think it was a hit she really seemed to like it!