Saturday, September 24, 2016

Ninth Anniversary!

This week Dave and I celebrated 9 years of marriage. It's been a little busy around here but we did have a chance to celebrate.

Ben lost another tooth. The adult tooth has already started to poke out on the top. There are 2 others that have been wiggling for awhile so it's just a matter of time until he has more missing teeth.

One of the activities that has been keeping us busy is cub scouts. Dave volunteered to be Ben's den leader. So far they had a camp out near the school grounds. Ben is looking forward to building a rocket, shooting a BB gun, archery, and spending some time with his friends from school. Oh, and if you like popcorn, we have some deals for you!

On our actual anniversary, we did something we don't usually do...take all the kids to a nice restaurant. This was the first time for the boys to go to Olive Garden. They did fairly well and enjoyed the food.

Afterwards we headed to Home Depot to pick out paint for Abby's room. I'll post more pictures of that soon.

What a cute little cupcake! Sam and Abby loved driving around the store in the cart. The workers loved her cuteness in the store.

We took probably the last trip to the garden on Friday. The boys enjoyed a bike ride and Izzie enjoyed a run. 

We finally were able to have soccer practice today! It's been an entire month due to the rain. This evening we went to a local church and spent some time with our new International Friends, Ravi and Yanyo. We are enjoying learning about the differences from America, India, and China. The boys have done really well with going to events with college students from other countries. My hope is to show our children how big of a world we live in and that although we look different, we can be friends. This program and the exploring we have been doing in the area have really helped me to be at peace with our move to the greater Lafayette area.

Abby had fun crawling around and squealing. It always amazes me when people comment how cute she is when she's screaming because all I can think is that I'm slowly loosing my hearing because of it!

Thursday, September 08, 2016

11 Months!

I can't believe that at the end of this month Abby will be one year old! The time seems to fly by as she grows.

Abby loves to take all the books off the shelves.

She loves to say "BAH" when looking at pictures of dogs. She says ball and is working on mama.

Abby now has 7 teeth!

Graham crackers are her favorite snack.

Sam has started preschool 2 days a week and loves it!

Abby is now crawling on hands and knees. She loves to clap and wave bye bye.

We have a picture of Ben and Sam around 3 and 1 years old much like this picture. There's something about dumping all your toys out and sitting in the box.

Sam put this napkin on his head saying, "I'm Mary!" (Jesus' mom).

Pregame excitement.

We took Grandma Wallace for her first game of frolf.

Abby enjoyed the game too.

Dave's parents came over for Labor day to help hang dry wall in Abby's room. It will take a few more days to finish when we only have limited hours to work on it.

So in the mean time, all the kids are in the same room. Really it hasn't been a big deal since Abby refuses to nap or sleep without Mom.

The kids all love having a big mattress in their room to wrestle on.

Sam has become a pro at riding his bike. I keep it in the back of the van so he can ride it as much as possible.

Abby getting into everything!!

As I said, she doesn't nap or sleep, especially in her crib. She just sits crying like this or standing and screaming.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Adam's Mill

Last weekend we met Grandma and Pop Pop Stephens for some more tomatoes. Then we headed over to Logansport again but this time to play mini golf for the first time. We need to work on their form but the boys had a great time.

This weekend we took a trip to the big town of Cutler, IN t check out Adam's Mill. It was very educational and interesting to see what life was like in the 1800s. The boys didn't completely understand but they thought it was worth coming back to again. 

We think this is supposed to be a blacksmith shop. It was closed so we aren't sure. 

Ben was very photogenic.

Of course Abby was too!

This wheel was not used for the mill, it's just decoration.

One of the highlights fr everyone (except Abby) was kayaking around the mill. We even went under the covered bridge. We ran out of time to take pictures of it, maybe next time.

After the mill we headed to one of our favorite ice cream shops. Ben was such a sweet big brother and picked ice cream coupons from church for Sam and himself.

As you can see Abby also enjoyed the ice cream.

Who can you say no to this face?