Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Soccer pictures!!

My handsome boys!!





 {not the best quality here because they were scanned onto the computer....but I love, love, love them!}

Monday, September 17, 2012

First time at Camp Assurance

This year was a big first for my boys--CAMP!!

We go to a small camp just a few miles away from us called Camp Assurance. I grew up going there as a kid, and I even worked there as well, as a lifeguard. It is a wonderful place, and even though I was nervous (not just one overnight but TWO!) I couldn't wait for the boys to go and experience it for themselves!!

We snapped a picture before heading out!

We got there, checked in, then checked out the cabin.

The beds seemed okay! They were a little worried about that. :)
(Love that Colin brought his two favorite animals with him--you can see 
Frog in this picture, strapped to his backpack for safety!!)

The boys unloaded the rest of their stuff....

....and then, it was time for goodbye. 
Ethan was still happy; Lola? Not so much.

Hugs and kisses!

I snapped a picture through the door as they began their meet and greet. 
HOW did my boys get so big!?

Lo and E had a bit of a rough time leaving their brothers behind....so I thought it 
appropriate to get them a little something to cheer them up.

I think....


.....it worked!!

Ice cream always makes everything better.....

.....doesn't it??

The boys had a great time at camp, and already can't wait to go back next year--and better yet, Ethan gets to join them!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Lola's garden stone

This year, I have just been a terrible blogger. I am so behind on so many posts. I keep telling myself I am going to get caught up--but I feel like I am lying to myself each time! Ha! Well....here goes yet another attempt.

We had a great visit from Grandma 'Nette and Grandpa a few weeks ago, and Lola finally got her chance to make her very own garden stone.  If you remember, Grandma 'Nette has done this with ALL of our boys (ALL of the grandchildren, actually) and Lola--who has patiently waited and admired her brothers for months now--couldn't wait to get started! 

First, Grandma and Grandpa got the concrete all mixed and poured into the mold.
Yes, my daughter has no clothes on....didn't want them ruined.
(And also? Sometimes, that's just how we roll.)

Lola did VERY well, smushing her handprint in!

All three of our boys, upon feeling the cement beneath their fingers, immediately balled up their fists....

....but Lo kept her hands nice and flat--and her hand prints turned out great because of it!

Everyone got all the cement cleaned off....

....and then paused for a cute picture!

Lola then got to choose her 'bling' for her stone.

With a little help, she carefully began placing the pieces....

....while Grandma hand-stamped the message.

This was definitely Lola's favorite part of the process.

I am certain she would have just kept adding....and adding....and adding....
until there was literally NO MORE SPACE!

It turned out beautifully, as you can see!

Lola loved the time spent on her special craft....

....and I love the addition to my front flower bed.
(All complete now!)