Sunday, August 25, 2013

More Birthday Party Fun

We had lots of fun parties to attend in August! The first set of photos are from our friend Ian's party, and the second set are from our friend Avery's party! We had lots of fun at both. I love getting shots of the kids together, and I love getting pictures with my mama friends! They are such an amazing group and we have all supported each other through this crazy ride of parenting! :) (It's also kind of funny that they were all born so close together...which means that we don't have any fun parties to attend for a while!!)
This picture of the boys and Avery in the wagon is from Ian's house. We have the same one of them last year at the same party, I should try to find it and post the comparison. Sadly, I don't think they'll all 3 fit in it next year!!

Avery's party had pony to ride! I wasn't sure how that would go, but apparently all the 2 year olds we know are very brave! Each kid got up their and rode around the field. It was pretty cute. They also had their first sucker at this party, which you can see they enjoyed. And some cake, which they are not messing around with! Funny to think less than a year ago, they didn't know what to do with the cake at their first party...
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Sunday, August 18, 2013

A Few More Beach Memories

My sister-in-law is always in charge of the whole group family pictures, lots of pressure, but she did a great job! So these are all from her camera. (And this is probably the only time you will see us all in white! :) The cousin pictures were a lot of fun. The three little boys were pretty cranky about picture time, so the older kids bribed them with Smarties. And when she wanted to take a picture of Alex's other sister's boys, my boys wanted to be in on the action! So we got some cute ones of the boy cousins all together. I love the one where Henry is laying flat in the sand because he saw that's what the older boys were doing!! Too cute.
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Saturday, August 10, 2013

State Fair 2013 (AKA Pictures of the Boys on Tractors)

I was SO excited about the State Fair this year, as the boys were a little older and I knew they'd like the animals, food and sights. We had several friends go and have a great time, so I maybe had too high of expectations! We were able to go on a Wednesday when Alex is off so it was fun to go as a family. Henry just seemed to be having a rough day, so we didn't have quite as much fun as I'd hoped!
We got there right at 10, so it was pretty quiet as we started walking. I almost wanted to try a midway ride, something small like a train ride or something, but it didn't open until noon. We skipped the indoor arts and crafts type buildings and went straight for the animal barns. We enjoyed the cows, and saw lots of sheep and goats (including a sheep that had had twin lambs!) We saw the pig litters and the biggest hogs and a few normal pigs. Most of the horses seemed to be not there yet; several of the barns were still pretty empty. After the animals, we went for our first snack of an elephant ear and some free chocolate milk at the dairy barn. That was when Henry started getting upset. For some reason he started crying and wouldn't even try the elephant ear or drink his milk. Unfortunately it was one of those ugly cries where he was practically writhing out of his stroller and we had to strap him in. I felt like people were staring at me and wondering what I did to my child, even though I was trying to give him delicious sugary food and chocolate milk! (I'm sure no one was really staring because most parents have had this happen! Mine just don't really melt down in public all that often; I've been lucky.) Eventually he calmed down enough to drink his milk and we moved on.
We found the tractor section, and both boys loved sitting on the tractors and driving. Always a cute photo op! However, pulling Henry off the tractor to keep moving caused meltdown number three. (Can't remember the cause of two...) Then we found some of the animals you can feed, and the boys were pretty into that! They were so cute, I can't remember what they were. I think some kind of African deer? I would definitely keep them in my backyard though. After leaving those, and some loud music scaring Henry and causing meltdown #4, we decided to just get some lunch and call it a day. The boys enjoyed roaming around while we ate, and found a tree they enjoyed swinging around. Then we headed back to the car and home for a nap! Maybe next year will be the year we can stay and enjoy the fair for a whole afternoon. No worries, we have plenty more years to go! :)
They loved this tree for some reason.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Grandpa's Birthday Dinner

*Note: Sorry for the lack of posts! We switched internet around here and my computer doesn't want to hook up to what we have right now. I have so many posts to catch up on and hopefully will get to them soon! :) *
For my dad's birthday dinner, we went to the restaurant Hollyhock Hill, which serves great fried chicken. The boys did pretty well (considering it's a nice place, not exactly like our favorite loud Mexican restaurant that we take them to!) The food is served in courses, so it took a while to eat. Aunt Lauren and Grandma did a good job distracting them with books, trucks and bites of food. We did take them outside for a bit while waiting for the dessert! But it was a fun evening for sure. The boys entertained themselves by playing with glasses of ice that they would transfer to another glass or bowl and back again. Not very clean, but at least the mess is all water at the end!
I wanted to take a few pictures outside after dinner since they had a pretty area with fountains and little courtyards. As we were taking pictures, a branch fell out of one of the tallest trees and scared us all to death! Alex saw it falling but we didn't know where it would land, and I was too dumb to react that quick! Luckily it wasn't close to us, but it definitely was scary. We moved to another area and took pictures there instead!! It was a nice family evening for sure and we got a few cute pictures with Papa, so it was a success and a nice ending to our long, birthday-filled weekend.
This bench would have made a super cute place for a picture...if they had held still longer than 3 seconds...sigh.
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