Monday, October 8, 2012

Go Orange!

We have a soccer player in the house!  Max really enjoys playing, but even more, loves going to the field and running around.  He told us that the other day and Michael told him that would be Track...LOL! 

See...You can really tell in this picture how much he loves it!  He has a great time and is totally exhausted when it is all over.
We can't have a post with out the beast!  She is such a joy and such a beast all at the same time.  You can really see it in the picture below.  see "the look".  LOL!  We have our hands full with this one for sure.  Michael calls her our sour patch kid...sometimes she's sweet and sometimes she's sour. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Preschool - age 4

Welcome, Max, to the first day of preschool. 

This year we decided to change preschools to get Max closer to home, near where we live. Hopefully he will be there with some kids that will be in his kindergarten class next year. He goes three days a week, all day! The school he attends is the same preschool that Michael went to and, up until her recent retirement, the director was Michael's teacher.

 Max with his teacher, Ms Lisa
 Max and his Cubbie
 Don't forget to answer the question of the day.  Are you excited to meet new friends?
 Max and the teacher aid, Ms Lin.
 We are so excited for Max!  It's going to be a great year.  They have so many fun things planned.  I can't believe he's getting so big so fast! Next step...kindergarten!  YIKES!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Grammie and Pop Visit

Grammie and Pop came to visit and brought a really fun project.  Thanks Pinterest!
The kids had a blast pounding the blocks of ice to get their goodies out!  Allie loved getting the money out.  Everytime she got a dollar or quarter out, she would say "my money, my money".
 Don't let the big girl panties and the potty chair fool you...this girl is far from potty trained!  When Pop asked her why she won't go on the potty, her response was "I don't yike it"!
 Someone LOVES her Poppy Yeggs!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Go Orange!!

Max started soccer this year. He was so nervous so we talked about it. I think he was nervous to play in front of other people and that he wouldn't be good at it. He said he "felt better after we talked about it". Once practice was over he was so excited and now counts down the days until the next soccer practice.

Here's number 3 for the orange team!

 Of course, sissy had to get in on the soccer fun too!
 Personally, I think she is just in it for the snacks...LOL!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Farm Fair 2012/ Allie's Birthday

Of course we couldn't let the summer go by without going to the Farm Fair.  Unfortunately it was so stinkin' hot, we couldn't really enjoy ourselves.

 You can see Allie's wet, sweaty hair in this one...
TWO YEARS OLD!!!  Can you believe it, I know I can't!  Allie got a new baby for her birthday and she goes everywhere with us.
 Such a princess..
 Always good for a goofy face.
 She even blew out the candles all by herself!  Such a big girl!  Happy Birthday beautiful girl!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tumble Bus

Max and Allie were invited to the birthday party of one of their daycare friends.  The Tumble Bus came and the kids had a blast.  They basically turned this school bus into a tumbling ring and had organized activities for the kids.  It was really cool and the kids were so excited to see the big bus pull up to the party.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Visit to Chicago

We always have so much fun on our visits to Chicago.  We are definitely always sure to see Great Grandma Helen.  The kids loved visiting her at her new place, eating icecream and popcorn.  They were so good sitting and waiting (a long time) for their dinner.  So fun!  Thanks for letting us visit Grammie Helen.

One of Max's favorite things to do is go to Fair Oaks Farm.  It is sort of like a diary museum all about cows and how they operate the farm to be self sustaining.  It really is a neat place.  Allie LOVES cows...from a distance.  She is not quite so fond of them up close.  We were lucky enough to get to see a baby be born that day.  Acutally they have several baby's born there a day.  The whole process is a bit gross, and when I asked Max if he wanted to leave he said no.  He said it was kind of gross, but really cool to see.  So funny and grown up!
 You can see how much fun they had...I am not sure we were even out of the parking lot.
 All the Grandbabies on Grammies bed for a photo shoot!  I don't think Molly is really enjoying herself.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Last Day of Preschool

Today was the last day of preschool with next Wednesday being the closing program.  Here is a comparison of Max from the last day to the first day.

He looks so grown up to me in that top picture.  Still a chubby boy in the bottom one.  Always a silly kid

Friday, May 4, 2012

We have Piggies

I almost fogot!  Allie loves having a pony tail in her hair lately.  She's such a goof.  Well, this morning Mommy got piggies in it!

So cute!

Oh...yes, that is a bandaid.  She fell several weeks ago and got a scrape...literally a scrape!  She has picked at it, and dug at it until it is a hole.  So... no we keep a bandaid on it so it will hopefully clear up soon.

Mother's Day Observance

Today was the Mother's Day observance at Max's preschool.  It was such a nice day.  I was actually the mom helper in the class today so I got to be there for the whole class.  Every time I am in the class Max's teacher and her aid always tell me how funny Max is.  I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing ;)

The kids made banana muffins for their mom's and they also had some fruit for everyone to enjoy.  It was just wonderful.  The kids also sang songs and had gifts for the moms.  One of our gifts was this short survey the kids answered.  When Mrs. Messick handed Max his survey he announced "Mommy I drew you with one eye"...why thanks buddy, I didn't know I was a cyclops.  Later, when i asked him why he drew me with one eye and he said he ran out of room.  Here were the results of Max's little survey:

My mom is 20 years old.
My mom's favorite color is pink.
My mom always says "Can you please get your pajamas on?"
My mom is very good at knitting.
I love my mom because she helps me finger knit.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Field Trip to the Farm

Today was Max's last field trip for this year's preschool.  We went to the farm up at the local high school.  The high schools here in Harford County have what they call a Magnet Program.  Which means, each school has a specialty.  The high school nearest our house has an agriculture program, so they have their own farm.  I was actually suprised at how much they had at the school.  Two sheep, two alpacas, two bunnies, two it's not Noah's Ark...they do have three horses and some chicks.  We learned a lot on the trip and got to pet the animals and feel some of their fur that had just been sheared off. 

This was the biggest horse I had ever seen.  I think his head was bigger than some of the kids.

I love this picture of Max with Ernie Alpaca.  He wouldn't go any closer to it, especially since the teacher that lead our tour said they spit.  I think it's hilarious that Ernie is looking over Max's shoulder posing. 
 This boy LOVES tractors!!!
 Welcome to the farm Good Shepherd Lutheran!

Monday, April 9, 2012

The Easter a 4 year old

Here's Max telling us all the Easter Story using the eggs they used in preschool this year.

Happy Easter!

The Easter Bunny came!  He brought some great loot!
Sissy was pleased as punch with her new squeezy toys...although she doesn't like when they squirt her. Hee hee!
 They loved looking through every thing they got..I think Allie has her mouth fully of jelly beans.
This was the first attempt at a picture of them in their Sunday Best, but the sun was too bright for brother's eyes and he wouldn't sit still.
Much better after church and after the egg hunt at Grammies!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Indiana Visit and an update on Allie

A month ago we went to Indiana to visit our favorite people!  I didn't get many pictures because, of course, my camera was full (usually it's because my battery is dead).  Here are a couple that did seem to capture quite a bit of all that we did that week.

Allie and Max on the airplane:

 Ella and Allie with their Valentines from Grammie and Pop:
 Allie pushing her baby (Ella) on the tractor:
OK, this needs a little explanation.  My Grandma recently moved to a independent living facility and has her own beautiful apartment.  This is her bed.  She's 90 and she gets into this bed.  I couldn't believe how tall the bed was and had Max stand next to it as a reference.  It just seemed so funny to me.  I think I would have a hard time getting in that bed.
Here's a picture of my adorable Grandma Helen.  She is such a beautiful, kind lady and I'm so glad my kids know her.  Allie wasn't so sure about the new surroundings so she wouldn't participate, but Max loves to get in on the action.
Pop's Daycare...they are all playing so nice!  We couldn't believe he could get all three of them to sit nicely at the table and not fight with each other.
Tyler's Tender is a cute train themed restaurant that has a working train inside.  The train brought our food (Allie pointed at the train and so sadly whispered "Fry Fries" as it went by her with someone elses food.)  She wasn't so thrilled with the train ride. 

Also, I just realized I didn't update on how Allie is doing with her walking.  Infants and Toddlers came out and said she had no confidence in her feet and ankles.  She has hyper mobility in her joints and her ankle bone nearly touches the ground when she's standing.  She has small feet for her size and they still have that baby puffiness to them.  So she's just scared that her feet and ankles are not going to hold her up.  They recommended that we buy insoles for her shoes and see how that helps.  They told us it wouldn't be an immediate fix, but it would possibly give her the confidence she needed to let go.  She's been cruising the furniture since about October, but just would never let go.  Well we ordered the inserts, they came very quick and a week and two days later, she was walking!  Unbelievable!  We were in Indiana and Poppa Legs kept working with her.  He finally got her to stand by herself in the middle of the room.  Then all the sudden she just stood by herself.  The night before we were to come back home she stood up in the middle of the room (for I think the 2nd or 3rd time).  I looked at my mom and asked if she thought she would be walking by the end of the week.  Grammie no sooner said "I don't think so" and Allie took 5 steps across the room to throw herself on my bed that was on the floor!  Funny all this happened while in her feety jammies, not in her new Stride Rites or her insoles that Grammie got her.  Such a stinker!