28 October, 2014

The Pink Warriors

Chayton's soccer team has been wearing pink on their game days in support of a cure for breast cancer. 

They are all just as awesome on the field as off. Coach Mario is a wonderful mix of teacher and encourager. 

It's been a great season. 

24 October, 2014

Halloween Fun

It's time for BooFest with the Rome YMCA!

It's quite sad. We don't have neighborhoods that we can go trick or treating around. So, the YMCA helps out by organizing a trick and treating event. Yea!

Look - two out of the three little kids dressed up. Plus a big woopie cushion (I let my hair down or wig up). In Nazeriah's defense, she did just get done with a soccer game (but so did Chayton).

23 October, 2014

Visit with Judy!

It went by so fast, but we were so excited to have Judy for a couple of days!

Judy is one of our ministers from the Unitarian Universalist Church at Montclair - and she was in Atlanta for a conference. How lucky were we! 

It was great to catch up with her and to hear how the congregation is doing up in NJ. But it did make us miss all you guys. (You too, Rob.)

20 October, 2014

Happy Birthday to Chayton!

Yesterday, Chayton turned 8 years old. We've been celebrating all weekend.
That means lots of cupcakes. :-)

What did he ask for? Minions!

We invited a couple boys over to the house on Saturday for an afternoon party filled with Dr. Nefario's experiments. It was filled with fun and just a little bit of mess.

After reading Gru's rules (You will not cry or whine or laugh or giggle or sneeze or burp or fart. NO ANNOYING SOUNDS), we let them in.  First item - figure out how to use Dr. Nefario's Anti-Gravity Serum (aka bubbles).

Dr. Nefario also left us a Secret Exploding Experiment that needed Minions to test it: Diet Coke and Mentos! Even The Sisters got in on that one.

 Next, the Minions had to recreate El Macho's volcano. More exploding fun!

After all of that experimenting, a Minion is bound to get hungry. CUPCAKES! Chayton and Kaija did these all by themselves!


With proper amounts of sugar in their bodies, the Minions were able to take off on one final activity - a potato sack race.

That evening, Big Grandma came to the house for dinner and more CUPCAKES!

It is so wonderful to be able to share these moments with here. Once Big Grandma left, the girls headed over to their friend's house for a sleep-over. It was a Chayton - Mommy - Daddy Evening. His favorite kind!

Sunday started with our traditional Daddy & Child B'day Breakfast. Courtney got Chayton to pick Panera (over IHOP) by promising him not only a bagel, but a bagel, a breakfast sandwich and a special drink (HiC). Of course Chayton picked Panera! Courtney was happy. Chayton was happy. I got a coffee. I was happy.

After breakfast, we started with the family birthday presents. First up - an aquarium! Thank you Grandma & Grandpa. Now that we had a fish tank, we needed to start getting items to fill it. Off we went to get a couple of plants and some rocks. Next weekend, we'll be able to start adding fish. He has been asking, consistently, for a gold fish since this summer. He's so excited that he gets to have more than one fish!

B'day Boy's lunch request - Octopus and Seaweed. Yum.

Then how lucky is he - more presents. The girls gave him one big bag from the both of them filled with Minion items: a poster, socks and a stuffed Dave. I love how he stopped to read each card first, before looking at anything. Next up, a special gift from Nana and Papa - a Minion bed set! As you can see from his smile, he is very happy.

Chayton was a trooper while we were decorating the girls' bedroom. He was the first to help out with setting things up and picking things out.

Courtney and I have secretly been planning to give his room a little make-over, too. And with his birthday gifts - everything has come together.

The fish tank and the new bed set look great in his room. And finally, his fort is complete, too! We took the girls' bunk beds and turned them into a fort/reading & play room for Chayton. He loves it!

Happy Birthday to the best Minion out there!

18 October, 2014

Blairsville - for the second time!

What a wonderful weekend spent in Blairsville. The second time this month that we were able to head up to the North Georgia Mountains.

This time we spent the weekend with Courtney's parents - they headed up for a week of vacation.  Their mountain rental was high up a mountain on a steep and very narrow road. The view was beautiful!

The kids loved the house, along with the air hockey and pool tables. 

Saturday morning, we headed down the mountain to Blairsville's Farmers Market and helped to support the local community.

That evening it was time to head back to our friends' house - Jack and Karen. We were able to visit with them for a short time the weekend prior. This time, we were able to have a proper visit along with a walk around their neighborhood. 

Aunt Karen treated us to a delicious dinner and humongous slice of dessert! The kids will forever love her for that! (And Uncle Jack's portions.)

Look - a family picture! And I'm in it.

Kaija's Big Day!

So, it's happened!

But I'm not supposed to tell anyone - so this will be short.

Of course we celebrated! Sparkling juice and flowers.

Here's to Kaija!