Monday, May 16, 2016

Ike's 3.5 update

My baby keeps getting bigger and older!  I skipped right past his 3.5 birthday, but figured I should do an update anyway.  He's such a fun kid and I wanted to try to capture his personality a little bit at this stage.

Ike's life pretty much revolves around tractors, backhoes, mowers, etc.  I am so very thankful it is spring because I was having a very hard time keeping the fella indoors all winter long!  He is obsessed with the entire grounds crew here on campus and we still make a trip to see them a couple times a week during their break.

He is still very into his cowboy boots and hat.  Really, any costume will do.  Most of the time he has a costume on these days.

Ugh this face.  Here's a video of him talking about his favorite stuff.

Always hopping on whatever machinery is sitting around.  He even knows to use the ear protection.  ;)

Every day when he gets up he talks to me about what his "jobs" are for the day.  Then he truly goes and completes all of them.  They usually consist of mowing, digging in rocks, using his blower, etc.  I would say he spends a couple hours a day doing his work.  Cracks me up.  In the middle of this blog, Ike dropped a favorite toy into the toilet he had just pooped in.  Classic.  That pretty much sums him up!  Lol.

He has some crazy skills already for a little guy.  He can ride his bike (without training wheels), swim without floats on, and snap his fingers.  It's amazing how different each kid is from the other.  Ike has absolutely no interest in school related things like letters and numbers, whereas Dave knew all of his at this age.  But Dave was so much more cautious (and still is) than Ike, so didn't learn to ride a bike until last summer!

His pet worm.  He was not happy that the worm couldn't stay inside.

Cute pic of Ike and Gamma from a couple weekends ago.

Look at these handsome fellas!  Celebrating Elli's 1st birthday.

Back at it on the tractor down at the shop.

A couple more things.  Ike asks every single day to go to Family Video (the "bideo store") so he can buy a gumball.  This is becoming a very expensive habit!  He loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates and is constantly seeking out treasures everywhere.  He has such a great sense of humor, but is all boy and finds it hilarious when he burps or farts.  He can be a stinker, and tries to use tears to get out of trouble.  Hoping he pushes through that phase quickly!  I often have to turn away so he doesn't see me laughing when I should be punishing him.  :)  Ike is such a joy to raise and I love watching him grow!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Campus Easter Egg Hunt

I just came across these pictures and figured I better post them!  For the past several years we have had an Easter egg hunt for the staff kids on campus.  The kids have a blast, and the grownups enjoy watching them go crazy.  :)  

All lined up and ready to hunt.

Looking casual, but really he was super intense.

Dave with his buddy Kyson.

Ike enjoying his bounty.

Love this tradition, and love our neighborhood!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Spring Break Visit to Evansville

Over Dave's actual spring break, the kids and I went down to Evansville to spend 5 nights with the family.  We overlapped with my stepbrother's visit, so the kids got to see their cousin Liam and meet Gavin!

We had beautiful weather!

Dave being adventurous in the woods behind Gamma's house.

Baby Gavin-what a cutie.

Ike and Liam took numerous mower rides with grandpa Charlie.

The boys with Uncle Tony.

Ike had to ride all of grandpa Dave's toys too.

Helping grandpa with the grilling.

Dave practiced his shot with a CO2 gun.

We took the kids over to a great park in Newburgh.

Love Ike and Grandpa's relationship!  They are two peas in a pod.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Florida 2016-Nokomis

Finally updating the rest of our Florida vacation. :)  We spent most of our week with Josh's grandparents in Nokomis (near Sarasota).  Every day was pretty much the same...get up, take a walk, hit the pool, eat lunch, go the beach, eat some dinner, go to bed.  Perfect.  We did do a couple of outings though.

One day we went to Myakka State Park with Grandma Mary to spot some alligators.  The kids love this place, and it's so pretty.

Family picture.  The kids fought over Josh's binoculars the entire time.  

The alligators were out in full force.

If you look really close you can see a gator on the right side of this photo.

We rode around on bikes quite a bit.  Ike really wants to be able to ride the big three wheeler.

Josh and the boys swimming. Ike got pretty good without his floats on while we were there.

Dave feeling the water for the first time this year.  A little chilly.

Look at these cute boys!

They got an early Easter present from Gamma so they didn't fight over Josh's anymore.

Annual picture at the Grove.

Another great year in Florida!  So thankful for everyone putting up with us and letting us stay!!  Until next year :)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Florida 2016-Visiting the Smiths

We had the best time in Florida this year!  It was so nice to see Britt, Chad, and the kiddos on our first stop.  This is just a ridiculous amount of pictures, so I will just get to it.

The kids were sooooooo excited to see their cousins.  And also to wear shorts and sandals :)  We changed the second we got out of the car.

Caleb and Ike chilling on the couch.

We all felt very safe with these super heroes around.  Zac, Ike, and Sophie.


We mostly hung out and played at the parks nearby and the pool.  But on Saturday, we went to a resort and hung out for a bit.

Dave being super stoic on the slide.

Caleb was a little more excited.

Ike was just pumped we let him go down the slide!  He loves being grouped in with the big boys!

Cuteness overload.

We took a boat over to the front of Disney World.  The next pictures show how fun it is getting a picture of 6 kids

We got to roast marshmallows on the beach at the resort after checking out Disney and riding the monorail back.


Ike and Dad.

Riding bikes over to Menchies!

Menchies yogurt is amazing.  We went twice while we were there.

Dave and Sophie posing at the pool.

Dad and Kyra came down for church and a cookout!

Whew, it was a whirlwind packed into three days!   And did I mention that 5 of the kids slept in the same room?  Not a lot of sleep actually happened I am afraid.  :)  Such great memories for the kids and for us!  Maybe next time we'll actually go inside Disney!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Wabash County Museum and Pre-Florida Stuff

This post is a little random.  I had to catch up on my blog before I could post all of the fun Florida pictures!  We haven't done a lot as of late, mostly been enjoying the somewhat warm weather!  We went to Logansport to visit family the last two weekends and we took a visit to our local museum (thanks Dad and Kyra for the membership!).  Otherwise, we've been gearing up for vacation.

Dave working on circuits at the museum.

Ike and Grandpa Boo riding the moped tour of our county at the museum.

Ready to go play outside  :)  Here's a video of Ike being goofy dressed as Captain America.

The drive down to Florida was fantastic!  The kids did so well, and we are officially in love with having a DVD player in the van.  It was so nice to get a bunch of movies from Redbox and not hear any complaining for a long time!  And Josh and I actually got to listen to our podcasts without interruption.  So nice.

Driving down.

We made it to Florida!

Our first stop in Florida took us to Brittany and Chad's in Orlando.  Hoping to post on that tomorrow!