Saturday, November 15, 2014


Last week we had Katie stay over while Dave's parents went to Georgia to meet the newest Stephens.  Sam LOVES Katie and Katie is very patient. 

Sam often pulled Katie's tail or chases after her. Here he decided to sleep with her.

On Wednesday I had a conference in Indy. Dave was nice enough to bring the boys and chauffeur me. While I was at the conference Dave took the boys to the Children's Museum.

We drove by the museum on the way to the hotel Tuesday evening. Ben was so excited to see the dinosaurs.

As I said, I was at the conference while they were playing so your guess is as good as mine as to what is going on in the following pictures. All I know is the boys had a great time and weren't ready to leave after being there for 5 hours so that we could go home.

Thursday was a rude awakening. I headed to work and there were a few flurries on the ground. The snow progressed very quickly. It took me over 30 minutes to drive the last 1.5 miles into work since the snow and ice were so much worse in South Bend. The streets in front of my office were basically at a stand still as semi trucks were jack knifed on the roads. Some patients said it took them 1.5 hrs to go 1 mile to our office. 

Looks like winter is officially here.

While I was at work, Dave and the boys played outside and built a snowman. Mishawaka didn't have as much snow and ice as South Bend.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Happy birthday Daddy!

Everyone knows what happens on October 31. Mommy came home as quick as she could, the boys were dressed as warmly as possible since it was snowing, and off we went.

Fireman Sam.

Darth Vader Ben.

It was lightly snowing and Mommy was freezing cold but the boys kept saying, "more candy!" The boys had such a great time walking around the neighborhood, they didn't mind the cold wet snow.

Something we do in our house is have cake to celebrate Daddy's birthday.

To continue Daddy's birthday celebration we went to the Elkhart train museum on Saturday afternoon. The boys have been there several times but this was Mommy's first time going. Ben and Sam definitely know their way around!

The boys love to ring all the bells around the museum.

Ben liked playing with the stop light making us stop and go.

Sam riding Thomas.

Ben nailing in railroad spikes.

Ben and Sam driving the train.

We are so thankful to be able to celebrate Daddy's birthday and another wonderful year with him.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Grandma comes to town

Last week Grandma Wallace came to visit for the week while Dave went deer hunting in Pennsylvania with Pop Pop Stephens (and Grandma Stephens, but she didn't go hunting). Dave and Pop Pop both got their does so our freezer is full again.

On Sunday we went to a local pumpkin patch.

Sam just started saying his name for the first time last week. He is really starting to pick up on words and improving on his vocabulary.

I had a parent-teacher conference last week for Ben's preschool. Ben's teacher, Ms Renee, said Ben is an excellent student. All the kids (about 8-9 and only 3 are girls) get along well. Ben has a great memory and always does a great job at talking about stories they read. He has improved on his coloring and writing skills.

Here we are with our pumpkin Ben picked out.

Ben and Mom testing out our deer hunting skills.

Ben and Sam driving.

We took Grandma to the zoo to see all of the Halloween decorations.

The weekend before Grandma came to visit we all took a walk in the woods to enjoy the beautiful fall weather.

The boys are in front of the sign of the park we went to called the Res.

Buckets of pizza dough. Dave made all of this for our church youth group fundraiser. They ended up making 70 pizzas.

Ben and Sam waiting for Grandma at the airport.

We had our annual chili and pie bake off at church. I made this peanut butter pie and came in 3rd place.

After we dropped Grandma off at the South Bend Airport, we decided to check out the Military Memorial Park next to the airport.

The boys had fun running around but were disappointed that they couldn't climb on anything.

Then we went to the park by the zoo to hang out for awhile.

This is supposed to be a brotherly hug but Sam didn't want that.

Playing pirates at the park.

Thanks Grandma for coming to visit and helping out. See you soon!