Friday, December 31, 2010

Holiday Activities

We have had a wonderful holiday season full of many activities.  Our time this month has been filled with baking goodies, secret Santa stuff, birthday parties, and Christmas parties.  But, just being together and enjoying each other has been the best part of Christmas for me.  Even though there have been hectic and crazy moments, I would not trade any of it.  Here are a few highlights...

The Color guard from the navy Base leads the Christmas parade in Franklin.

We met our friend Emilie to watch the parade.
Katy and Lily are all bundled up to watch the parade.
Noah, Travis, Hercules, and Emilie.
Pendleton County High School marching band

The Girl Scouts

And, it's over!
Noah's school Christmas Program
At Lily's school Christmas party the kids sang several Christmas songs and were the cutest things!!
Lily and Katy and some cutie patootie friends.     

Mrs. Eye helps Lily with her plate.

Katy meets Santa at our church Christmas party.

Katy and Santa

Daddy and Lily making cookies on Christmas Eve.
Lily with Pepper and Hercules.  The children love these dogs so much!  Not a day goes by that they are not hugging and loving on them... sometimes more than the dogs like.
On Christmas morning Noah is excited to find Santa brought him a metal detector.
Lily with her new doll "baby talks all day ."
Katy with her new baby alive doll.
Beyblades always make Noah smile!
Thanks Grandpa Tom and Grandma Molly.

Happy Birthday Noah!

Noah wanted to have a few friends sleep over for his birthday.  Seven of his friends came over to hang out and five spent the night.  They watched basketball, movies, ate junk food of course, and stayed up late.  Needless to say no one got very much sleep that night.

The next morning we had his "official" party at the bowling alley on base. 

Noah's party was actually on Travis's birthday so we had an "Oscar the Grouch" cake to celebrate both birthdays.  Noah wanted a purple corn dog cake but that did not work out.  I told him I would surprise him with one soon... now I just have to figure out how to make a purple corn dog cake.  I'm sure my neighbor Lindsey could because she did a great job with Oscar!

Lily and Dylan are wrestling with Cayden.  Lily loves to be around Noah and his friends.

What a good looking bunch of boys!!

Happy Birthday dear Noah, Happy Birthday to you!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

First Day of Preschool

Katy started preschool this week.  We have been talking about her going to preschool for quite awhile now and she was more than ready to go to "her school."  Just like her brother and sister, she is eager to experience new things. 

The preschool is right around the corner from the house but we had to bundle up because it was freezing outside.   

I can't believe my baby is three years old and going to preschool.  She is growing up so fast and I'm s proud to be her Mommy!

Happy Birthday Katy!

Our baby Katy turned 3 this week and we had a little party for her to celebrate.   We invited our neighbors over after dinner to have some cake and ice cream. 

Katy and the Santa cake Mommy made.

The birthday girl looks a little tired.

Katy tried the frosting just to make sure it tasted OK.

"Happy Birthday dear Katy, Happy Birthday to you!"

Lily was a very helpful big sister and assisted Katy with blowing out the candles from across the table.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

No looking back...

I have been doing a terrible job blogging since we moved last summer and I want to get back in the swing of things.  But, the thought of trying to catch up on all of the stuff I've missed has been holding me back.  So, I am jumping back in with the here and now and movin' on.  Ahh, I feel better now.

Life has been busy for me with all of the daily family activities, taking on-line classes, church stuff, trying to keep up my running, and on and on.  The kids have been doing great and we have been enjoying the holidays so much.... the Christmas music, the Christmas, books, the Christmas goodies.  I am so proud of Noah for learning Joy to the World on the piano in just a couple of days.  I'm happy he has found a song he likes because he will practice without being asked.  Lily loves the tree and is constantly rearranging the ornaments.  She also has a Santa beard countdown calendar she made a school and loves to glue a cotton ball on his beard everyday.  Christmas is right around the corner.  Katy is her usual sweet self and loves to be in the middle of everything.  She starts pre-school here on the base next week and she is excited because she gets to use her new princess backpack.  We have been talking about it for quite a while now and she is more than ready.  Mommy is ready too and I am looking forward to having my mornings free to study and have regular workout schedule again! 

I went to the gym today and ran 3 miles and did some weight training.  It felt great.  I know for me exercise helps me focus and I really need it.  I have noticed on the days when I don't do it I get crabby.  The last race I did was the Atlanta half marathon on Thanksgiving and that was the last race I had on the calendar, so I am looking for another one to do soon.  I need to stay motivated and have a goal to reach for.  There is a race in early January that want to sign up for here in WV but I'm sure it will be terribly cold.  I know I just need to suck it up and do it.  Travis doesn't mind the cold at all and is doing a 50k this weekend in Morgantown.  We are all going to cheer him on and be his support crew.  Or, if the weather is too cold for us, maybe I'll take the kids to the mall and finish up the Christmas shopping.  I'm sure Travis will understand!


Sunday, December 05, 2010

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas!

Katy says "ta- da" as we finish up decorating the tree. 

Lily was disappointed when we finished hanging the ornaments so she started taking them off and rehanging them.

Noah had more fun playing with Hercules than decorating the tree.