Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Remainder of Winter

Since I've totally failed at writing blog posts this winter, I'm compiling all the pictures I've taken and putting them in this post.  So, there's lots of variety!  We are gearing up for Florida (we leave in 3 sleeps!!) and I wanted a fresh start for the blog when we get back.  :)







Ike playing while I watched an IU game.  Been a pretty rough season this year!

















Roller skating over winter break.










Too cute.  Love Ike's monotone outfit.






Chef Ike reporting for duty.  Here's a video of him helping with spaghetti.





Dave reading to us at night.  Crazy eyes.

Paper Dave brought home from school.  It reads, "One day my mom didn't let me play videogames and it was not fun but Ike got to play videogames.  I hit Ike and on his back (bake) and Ike cried".  Oh the love of brothers.  #truestory



My lovely cleaning helper.






He frequently snatches the full container of tomatoes and brings me back 1-2.  That's a lot of tomatoes in one sitting.






Matching Pokemon hats!






Checking out the new piece of equipment down at the shop.






Minion eyes and Batman abs.



I have lots of pictures of Ike cleaning!




Enjoying another nice day outside.



Rudy's place for lunch on an E-learning day.



Staff kids rooting for the Warriors!







Hanging with my best bud Elli at the basketball game!





Dave helped Ike with his alphabet flashcards...Ike's knowledge of letters is pretty abysmal at this point, but we're working on it!



We took a bunch of cottage kids to the circus!







Ike launching his hot wheels. Here's a video of him in action.



The boys got Lego Batman minifigures for Valentine's Day from Gamma.





Josh suffered a pretty nasty injury while riding his dirt bike.  12 stitches later and he's doing much better!






Josh's 34th birthday!


Getting some quality time in playing video games.





I cannot explain Ike's outfit choices in this picture.



Lego Batman!






Kyson and Dave's creation at Lego Club at the library.



Loving this crazy weather.



Uncle Tony came to visit!



And Uncle Scott!





Snow from a couple of weeks ago.





Love this laugh!






Dad and Kyra came to visit last weekend with Liam and Gavin.  This is the only picture I took.  I really have to get with the program!











Okay, I am officially caught up!  Can't wait to hang with the Smith family for a couple of days in Orlando and then enjoy some time with Grandma Mary and Grandpa Dave!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Christmas 2016

We had a pretty laid back Christmas this year, which is definitely a plus with little ones.  Josh's parents came over in the morning to watch the kids open their presents then we had breakfast before they took off to Florida.  We spent the rest of the day hanging out with each other and the cottage kids.  Earlier in the month we spent some time down in Evansville to celebrate with everyone there and go to my grandpa's family Christmas.





Mom likes to force us to take pictures.  :)










Game night!
















Dave and Ike opening stockings at Papa Charlie and Grandma Kyra's.

















Ike and Uncle Tony.


















My stepbrother Justin was there for the weekend-the boys love hanging out with him!
















Dad and Kyra wrapped everyone's cash in a ridiculous saran wrap ball, so we returned the favor when we wrapped Dad's present.  Tony put in all kinds of stuff, including one of Dave's shoes.






The kids thought it was great!








Ike and Uncle Ben.

















Christmas morning.   This video of the kids opening up their books on Christmas Eve is a classic.  Ike was not thrilled.




















Ike got a BB gun from grandma and grandpa!




Crazy faces on Christmas Eve.






Awww...Christmas cuddles.















I think their favorite presents turned out to be a K'nex set that I found for cheap a while back, Ike's marshmallow gun, Ike's huge new tractor, and Dave's new 2DS.  He's a little obsessed with that-everyone gave him money to go towards it.  

Monday, December 19, 2016

Dave's 7th Birthday and Other Festivities

We celebrated Dave's birthday the Saturday after Thanksgiving while the Smiths were still here.  






Dave and his Pokemon cake!





Blowing out candles and ready for presents. :)










As you've probably figured out, Dave is REALLY into Pokemon right now.  We even got him a binder to store all of his cards.  His top interests right now are probably playing video games, watching YouTube videos, annoying Ike, and having nerf gun wars with his friends.  He's still doing well in school and seems to like it (as much as a 7-year-old likes school I guess!).  I can't get over that he is 7 already...the older they get the older I realize I am getting!







Hanging with the cousins.





Dad and Kyra came up for Dave's birthday along with Liam and Gavin.  They were all pretty pumped for a group photo.




Cute.











Sunday we went to have Thanksgiving with the Sievers family in Logansport.





Great picture kids.








And finally, we went Christmas tree hunting that weekend as well at Jalapa Pines.  We love going here for our tree and I think we picked a pretty good one this year!




Who gave that kid a saw?






Dave and the beautiful Christmas bush that he found.







Got our tree!














Had a great time hanging with the Smiths while they were in town...can't wait to visit them in Florida here soon.  Especially after this ridiculous weather we've been having lately!  Ready to be out of negative temps here soon.