Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Past.

I thought it would be fun to look at some past Halloweens, until I realized how much work it takes.  I don't have any pictures of Trevor and Nolan from their first couple of Halloween's on my computer.

Here the boys last year {2009}

And the year before {2008}.

I wish I had more time to scan the boys pictures from Halloween past but we have pumpkins to carve, hockey to play and candy to eat. 

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 29, 2010

A Room with a View.

 A view
of the beautiful
Fall leaves.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

So Proud.

There are days that I feel I am raising three wild, crazy children.  There are days that I wonder if they will ever get along or listen to anything I say.  There are days I wonder where I have gone wrong.  There are days that I can't wait for bedtime (and it is only 8 in the morning).

Then there are days that I am so very proud of my boys.  There are days when the boys just get along, respect and care for one another (I think they always respect and care but some days is is a lot less obvious).  There are days when they are completely senstive and compassionate to others.  There are days when they will work so hard to get something right.  There are days where they will sacrifice for another.

Luckily there are more of the "proud days" then the "tear my hair out days".  Yesterday I had Trevor and Nolan's conferences.  I left the school with tears in my eyes, my head held high and my heart exploding with pride.
Nolan's teacher told us that he is one of the kindest kids in the class.  He is very sensitive to the needs of others, responsible and is always helpful.  He takes pride in his work and really tries to do his best work.  He does need to slow down a little to improve his handwriting and his spelling.

Trevor is getting straight 4's (which equal a high A).  He is a very good, hardworking student.  He is very kind to the other kids in the class.  He is helpful and supportive to all of his classmates.  Trevor has been identified in the top 3% for language arts and right below that for math, so he is pulled out of the class for gifted and talented.

I am so proud of my boys.  It is nice to know they are doing well in school.  It is equally (if not more) important to hear that they are caring, compassionate, responsible boys.
I am so fortunate to have my wonderful children.  It is easy to forget all the positive things when you are dealing with the day to day issues.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Can't Catch a Break

I have said it before and I will say it again (hopefully for the last time)... Griffin just can't catch a break.  He woke up this morning not wanting to put weight on his left leg, crying when he did and limping with his leg turned out.  This is the same leg he hurt a year ago while we were on vacation. 
I was so worried.  Rob said he fell last night and when he got up he fell again, but then he was fine.  Rob put him to bed and did not think about it again until he received my frantic phone call. 
I took him the pediatricians and they ended up rotating his hip back into place.  He was such a trooper.  He did not even cry.  He is still limping but he seems much less bothered by it.  He also is a little less stable on his leg.  The doctor said he must have also pulled a muscle and that is causing his continued limping.
So we will be watching his leg for a few days.  Hopefully the limping will stop or he will have to have an x-ray.  Like I said, Griffin really needs a break.  It always seems to be something with him.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Good Nights Sleep.

If some crazy bed head
and a very happy mood
are any indication of a good nights sleep,
then I would say that Griffin had a very good nights sleep!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


I still have not had an success in getting a picture of my 3 boys together.  I am trying not to be too picky like I often can be.  I don't care if they are not all looking at the camera, but is it too much to ask that they all have their eyes open?  I don't care if they are not posed perfectly, but is it expecting too much of them to not have a goofy expression?
The boys think that taking a picture of them is absolutely torture.  I keep telling them that if they would all cooperate at the same time this process could be pain free.
In the pursuit of getting a perfect reasonable picture of the boys, the torturing will have to continue.  And if I continue to be unsuccessful, one of these less than perfect reasonable pictures will have to do for our family Christmas card.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Quiet Morning.

I woke up to this
and got to spend my morning playing with this
sweet little boy. 
We are enjoying the morning before the big boys come home and the craziness begins!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Christmas Card Picture.

Not!  Looks like we will be having take 2 tomorrow.  This time the photographer will be me.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

When He Grows Up.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.  ~e.e. cummings
Trevor has decided that when he grows up he wants to be a commercial, international airline pilot.  After researching on the Internet (and getting some advice from family) about the different options for pilots, he has decided he wants to attend Annapolis Naval Academy.

I think this is pretty cool!

I know he may (or may not) change his mind a million times before he is old enough to attend college and choose a career. 

Regardless of where he attends college and what career he decides on, I know he is going to be successful.  It is his personality.  He will succeed.

I think this is pretty cool!

I know, no matter what choices he makes in life, I will be proud of him.  That is the kind of person he is.  He aims to please and do the right thing.

I think Trevor is pretty cool!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Big Red Toe.

Griffin has a big, sore, red toe.  He hurt it at daycare on Friday and it is just not getting better.  Today he is starting a round of Augmentin to get the infection cleared up. 
 He is hobbling around and walking funny but still as sweet and cute as ever! 
He really is a trooper!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Soccer Tournament

 Yesterday Trevor and his team participated in a Soccer tournament. 
It was a day long affair with their first of 3 games at 8 and their last game at 3.  It was freezing at the fields.  
We all have red wind burned faces from the nonstop winds.  We walked around the fields draped in blankets and the boys built tents out of blankets on the sidelines.  It was that cold. 
It was a great day.  The boys won all of their games
but we came home absolutely exhausted.  Trevor could barely sit through dinner and he was in bed by 7.   

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Why and Where?

Two questions for today:

1.  Why do my recipes rarely ever look like the recipe book picture?  Today I make some "puppy chow" chex mix and it does not look anything like the picture.  I just could not get the powdered sugar to stick.  At least it still tastes good and I am sure the soccer team will enjoy it.

2.  Where does my little guy store all the snot that is running out of his nose?  TMI I know, but seriously!  Griffin has had a constant stream of snot today.  I feel so bad for him not to mention how gross it is.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Nolan has been rocking a new do. 
 He thinks it is the best thing ever.  I think it is pretty cute, too.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


 Trevor is really starting to get the game
 and his play is reflecting his determination, enjoyment and love of the game.
We are so proud!