Thursday, July 31, 2008

How Much is Too Much?-Bling Bling of Course!






Our Chloe just loves her pretties. She is completely fascinated by any jewelry. Granny had a bunch of cheap, bright beads and our girl was in HEAVEN! The thing was though, she insisted on wearing all of them. We thought she was going to fall over on her face from all of the weight of the necklaces around her neck. Of course, our princess was in her glory!


One morning she refused to eat her breakfast until she had her "bling bling" on. She even keeps her elbow bent and hands in the air when she wears her bangles so they don't fall off. It was funny when she decided she wanted her bracelets on her ankles. They kept falling off, so what should a diva do? She brought me her shoes. Once they were on, the pretties stayed put. Not only beautiful, but smart!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Chloe and the Critters

Here is a short video of Chloe and the Critters. It was just too cute! She loved those little frogs. She must have spent an hour playing in the little pool. At first she was so gentle. Later on she got a little more into grabbing them and picking them up. Unfortunately there was one poor little frog that got loved a little too much.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Wild Things....More Derby Photos

Checking out the critters

See, they are friendly

Go ahead Chloe, you can pick them up!
Ryan is trying hard to catch some fish!

I got it! I got it!
Now, these little critters were the highlight of the derby. the gentleman that owns the property had several plastic pools set up under a large, shady pine tree. They were filled with things his children collected in and around the ponds for the event. There were crayfish, tadpoles, frogs, minnows, turtles, and even an aquarium with a snake. Both of the kids were a little apprehensive at first-Jacob more so than Chloe. It didn't take her long to start picking things up after Daddy showed her how to do it. Finally Jacob joined in. It took Chloe handing him a frog before he became brave enough to stick his fingers in the frog pool. She is fearless and it never ceases to amaze me her zest for life. It was adorable watching her gently pick up the frogs and put them back in the pool. The gentleness didn't last all day and she is only 20 months. By the time we left Jacob was putting the frogs on the turtle's backs and letting them sun themselves. It was adorable.

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Photos Never End-Fishing Continued

Mmmm.....I love cotton candy!

Snow Cones rock too!

I love cotton candy too!

The Gang from the derby


I shot so many photos from the derby. The kids just had so much fun. It was cute that they even had a replica of the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo. Talk about Cool! They had home made cotton candy, snow cones, hot dogs, watermelon, a jumping pit, sprinklers, wiffle ball, and tomorrow I will share the photos of the things the kids really enjoyed. Let's just say Chloe loved them to death!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Even More Fishing Photos

Waiting for the fishing to start

Grandma with Chloe and a friend-Chloe was so cute with this little girl. She gently grabbed her hand, put her arm around her and tried to kiss her. As you can see, the little girl really didn't want Chloe to get to affectionate and was telling her so.

Reeling in the fishes!

Grandma and Chloe

Look! I caught a big one!

Here are a few more photos from the Kid's Fishing Derby two weeks ago. It was so cute to see Jacob try to reel in the fishes. He loves to fish for about 15 minutes and then he is done. It was great to see that at least during that 15 minutes the fish were biting!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

More Photos from the Fishing Derby

Chloe's idea of fishing was patting her leg while making kissing sounds and calling for the "fishies"! I think she thought they would jump out of the water right to her!

Studying the pond for the best fishing spot.

Our little angel.

I think I saw a frog!

Daddy, Jacob, Chloe, and Mommy




As I said yesterday, we had so much fun at the fishing derby. The weather was perfect. Here in July you just don't know. There was a nice breeze and it was in the low 80s. The fish were biting, kids were playing, games galore, and fun to be had by all. We just had Chloe and Jacob with us in the morning and about lunchtime Ryan's Dad dropped him off so he could join in on the fun. Too bad it wasn't sooner though. He loves to fish and they were full by then and all he caught were frogs and crayfish.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Kid's Fishing Derby

Daddy and Chloe

Checking out the pond

I love sand!

Jacob and Grandpa Bob

Jacob and Adam playing in the sand.

Two weeks ago we took the kids to Grandpa Mark's fishing club's fishing derby. It was a perfect day! The kids had so much fun. The fish were biting and all they had to do was drop a line in to catch them for the first 30 minutes. That was perfect because that is about all the kids could stand attention wise. They had a bouncy house for them to jump in and games for the kids to play as well. Chloe was in her glory with the sand beach. It will take me a few days to post all of the pictures so stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

More Photos from the Children's Museum

Water is so much fun!

I could play here all day.

Look out bad guys! A new sheriff is in town!

Captain of the sea.

Aren't pinwheels fun!

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Children's Museum

This is how you hit these Chloe.

Oh this is so cool!

Hmmm...what kind of interesting thing can I build here?

Dad, you make awesome bubbles!

Whoa! I am surrounded by a giant bubble!

I am finally starting to catch up with my photos! Two weeks ago we had plans to go see Ralph from Ralph's World (from the Disney Channel). Unfortunately they had to cancel the concert due to standing water from heavy rains overnight. Matt, Jacob, Chloe and myself were already on our way so we detoured to the Children's Museum. It was really fun. It was perfect for kids maybe 8 and under. They had a musical room, sensory stations, a giant light brite looking thing, a water station, bubble area, and tons of things that used wind. They played for about two hours and then Mom and Dad had hit sensory overload. We enjoyed a nice lunch at On the Border and afterwards Chloe and Jacob crashed for a few hours and took a much needed nap.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

More Pool Pictures


We love the water!

This is so much fun!

We come up with all kinds of fun games.

Mmmm......freezer pops.

I love popsicles!



Here are a few more pool pictures from last week. Grandpa Mark and Grandma Ruth always have tons of freezer pops. The kids eat their weight in them I think! Chloe and Jacob just love their cousins Claudia and Dylan. It is so nice that we get to see them at least once every week. It has been great this summer because they have been spending even more time together!

Playing in the Kiddie Pool


I just LOVE your pool Grandpa!


Time for my push-ups!


Woo Hoo this is fun!


Kisses from Claudia






The kids had so much fun last week playing in the kiddie pool at Grandpa Mark's and Grandma Ruth's house. Cousins Claudia and Dylan came over too. The kids are so lucky because I would fill up the pool with hose water-cold. Grandpa Mark ran the hose through the basement widow and hooked it up to the faucet so the pool would be warm. They had so much fun. Chloe is pretty fearless when it comes to water. I want her to be comfortable but also not too comfortable if you know what I mean.





Claudia just loves Chloe. I think she is really enjoying having a girl cousin that is younger than her. She hugs her, kisses her, and would really like to carry her all over. Chloe will oblige with two out of the three-most of the time.