Friday, October 31, 2008

Fall Festival

The big night finally arrived. Grant and Bryce have been anxiously awaiting the annual Fall Festival at our church. That might be understating it. Grant, in particular, has been asking for a few weeks now how many days it is until we go to the Fall Festival. He was extremely excited as we drove to church tonight (and that was pre-candy!). All four boys dressed in costumes. We had Venom, the Incredible Hulk, a knight and a bumble bee (a.k.a. Grant, Bryce, Carter and Davis). The kids enjoyed playing games, pony rides, sitting on a real fire truck and lots of candy.

Me and my little bumble bee.

Gramma and Davis.

Grandpa eating with the boys. He introduced them to funnel cake. Yum!

Our family.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Grant's First Day of School

September 2, 2008 was a big day for our family. Grant started school and Brian and I officially became parents of a kindergartner! It was exciting for all of us as Grant got on the bus and headed off to school. Brian captured some of the moments from the first day of school as well as photos of Grant over the past 5 1/2 years on the video below. Grant is thoroughly enjoying kindergarten.
(Note: You should stop the music on the icon on the bottom of this page before viewing)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

This week's happenings

My baby boy is now three months old. Davis is such a sweet baby and so easygoing that the past three months have gone by very quickly. He is now cooing and giggling and giving us lots of smiles. He especially likes watching his older brothers and gets a big grin on his face whenever one of them stops to tickle his belly or say hello.

Carter is talking more than ever and my 'pantry kid', as I call him, can now frequently be found standing at the pantry door crying "chocolate bar." He really has a sweet tooth. In my defense, though, he is referring to a chocolate granola bar, not a Hershey's bar.

On our recent visit to the library Carter picked out a book on trucks. He loves cars and trucks--even more than the other boys. As he excitedly looked at the book at home, I heard a loud rip. When I began to tape the torn page I couldn't help but notice that almost every page in the book had been torn before. Apparently several other mothers had also been forced to remind their little boys, "Gentle, please." I couldn't help but wonder if the books on princesses and bunny rabbits (or whatever it is that girls check out from the library) have nearly so many tears...

The picture below is what I found when I went to wake Carter up from his nap yesterday. I opened the door to find the bed empty. I glanced around the room. No Carter. I looked in the closet. No Carter. I made sure that none of the lumps under the covers on the bed were a little boy. Still no Carter. I began to get a little worried. Then I thought, under the bed! There he was sound asleep. He must have gotten hot under there because as you can see, he tried to take his shirt off. Silly boy.

Bryce and I are beginning to do a little bit of preschool work at home. For the letter "C" we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Bryce had fun making a caterpillar out of an egg carton. We also found a video of The Very Hungry Caterpillar at the library. I was able to trick Bryce into getting a photo with his caterpillar. He is not a big fan of the camera.

On Sunday afternoon Grant and I had fun baking a spider cake together. An entomologist at heart, Grant has been a long-time fan of spiders. Using the idea from a Halloween cake I saw in the Ukrop's bakery, we made a chocolate cake with a spider on top of it. The spider was made out of an Oreo with M&M eyes and black licorice for legs. Grant requested a black widow, but I opted for a friendlier version of a spider.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Soaring on Eagle's Wings

This past weekend our family made a brief trip to Maymont Park. Maymont is a favorite Richmond attraction offering trails and animal exhibits. They have a new raptor exhibit which turned out to be the highlight of our visit. Grant in particular has always had an interest in animals and the Bald Eagle habitat apparently sparked a new interest in our national bird. He has been talking about bald eagles, wearing the shirt he already owned with an eagle on it, and making sounds like bald eagles--you can only imagine what these sound like, especially when Bryce and Carter join in. We checked out some books from the library to learn more about these majestic birds and today made a simple bald eagle craft out of a toilet paper roll. One of the things that we learned about bald eagles is that they especially like to eat fish. So the boys had goldfish crackers for a snack this afternoon with their eagle crafts sitting on the table helping to devour the "fish." Of course "feeding" the fish to the eagle through the toilet paper roll quickly progressed to Bryce pointing out, "Mommy, look my eagle is POOPING fish!" Then it became a lot of fun to watch the goldfish crackers drop out of the bottom of the eagle! Carter just enjoyed the crackers.

Grant showing us his wingspan as compared to that of a bald eagle.

Grant at the owl exhibit with his owl shirt on--dressed for the occasion!

Grant and the bald eagle craft he made.

Bryce and his eagle "pooping fish."

Carter enjoying the goldfish crackers.

Hopefully the boys have learned something about the bald eagle and perhaps have a greater appreciation of our national bird. To go along with this week's eagle infatuation our new memory verse is Isaiah 40:31 "...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;" What a tremendous promise and what a word picture the Lord gives us in the awe inspiring flight of the eagle.

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Pumpkin Patch

On Thursday Grant went on his first school field trip to the Chesterfield Berry Farm. Thanks to Gramma babysitting the younger three boys, I was able to be a chaperone. We had a fun day at the pumpkin patch going on a hayride, seeing several different kinds of farm animals, picnicking, and of course, picking out a pumpkin. I enjoyed the trip just as much as Grant did.

Grant and his friend Gracie.

Grant, Zachary, and Brian with their "lightsabers."

Grant and Mommy--he actually wanted to sit on my lap!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fun With the Boys

Yesterday was an early release day of school. It was also an absolutely gorgeous fall day. So after picking Grant up from school the boys and I headed to the park. We enjoyed a picnic lunch (which consisted of corndogs and fries from Sonic), playing on the slide, and walking around the lake. As a mom of young boys it seems I spend a lot of time caring for and correcting but this was one of those times where I was able to just enjoy my children. It was a fun afternoon.