Sunday, May 24, 2015

Dave's Preschool Graduation

Where is the time going??  Can't believe Dave is going to start kindergarten this year!  He had his preschool graduation last Wednesday and it could not have been more adorable.  All the kids did a great job with their songs and they each were able to say what they wanted to be when they grow up.





Dave with his best friend Alec before the ceremony.






Last day picture!





Ike was pumped for some singing.






So cute.







Dave with his teacher Miss Stephanie.











Here is a video of Dave announcing his future profession.

I cannot say enough how great preschool was for Dave.  He has grown so much since he started two years ago and I am so glad we decided to send him!  Now we have a summer full of fun before he goes off to kindergarten.  Kindergarten!  Seriously, how is that possible?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mother's Day in Evansville

We went down to Evansville to hang out over Mother's Day weekend.  The weather wasn't super cooperative, but we had lots of fun hanging out with everybody and even got some pool time in  :)  I may have forgotten my cameras, so I had to rely on others for my pictures.  (Which is why there aren't very many :) )

On Mother's Day we went to church with Dad and Kyra, swam in the pool for a bit, then headed over to grandpa's for a cookout.



We love our momma!  And when did Tony get so tall??  Unfair.




The kids had to be a part of the picture of course.






Photo montage Josh made of Dave jumping in the pool.




Dad and Josh helping take down a huge limb at Tony and Ben's.













Grandpa and Ike out for a ride on the tractor.









Great weekend and a fantastic Mother's Day!  Looking forward to our next trip down in a couple of weeks!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Dave's First Soccer Game

Ugh my little guy is growing up too fast!  Last Saturday was his first soccer game in his YMCA league (and next Wednesday he graduates from preschool!!).  He had a ton of fun, especially because his best friend Alec is also playing on the same team.  A staff on campus helped Dave learn some skills to get ready for his big game.






Posing with his beloved soccer ball.





Doing a kick off?  I know nothing about soccer!






Oh the cuteness.  Alec and Dave before the big game.





Ike did a pretty good job himself with sitting through the game!







They didn't win (the other team had an amazing player who scored at least 10 goals), but we did score one goal.  The kids had a ton of fun and it was so awesome to watch Dave run around and kind of be part of a team-there was a lot of standing around, haha!









Ike being cranky one morning.




About 30 seconds later.  He is so emotional right now!








His sleeping has gotten a little better.  I do still find him often doing things he shouldn't in the wee hours of morning.  You know, like eating a granola bar in our closet at 3 a.m.  Fun stuff  :)  Also, Gamma stopped by on her way to Canada this week and last week for a couple of days which was awesome.  It is so nice to get a break!  They of course went on a "date" with Gamma to Marion and visited the park this time.





Look at these two getting along!








We head down to Evansville on Friday for Mother's Day.  Looking forward to seeing everybody and getting to swim!  Papa Charlie got the pool ready for us, woohoo!


Saturday, April 25, 2015

April Showers Bring Mud Puddles!

We have been loving the warm(ish) weather lately!  It has definitely kept us busy...which explains my hiatus from the blog yet again.  I also picked up another small job on campus and we filled in as houseparents today so lots going on around here!  Oh, and did I mention the fact that we aren't getting any sleep thanks to a certain 2 year old?  :)  This post is super random, so bear with me.









Clown face.












So even though Ike spends most of the night sleeping on the floor beside our bed (don't worry, I did at least put a blanket down for him!), it's hard to be upset with his crazy antics.  The other day he brought me a tiny snickers bar to unwrap for him-at 1 a.m.!!!!  Turns out he had woken up and busted into our candy supply.  Unfortunately he did eat about 10 pieces of chocolate before that snickers thwarted his efforts.  And he was up until 4 with that sugar rush.  Ahhhhhhhh.  If you see me around and I am looking like a zombie, now you know why!  Of course he has also become impossibly hard to manage in the last couple of weeks (probably due to his lack of sleep).  He really enjoys sprinting away from me and pretending he can't hear anything I say, which is a fantastic combination!  Really cool Ike.

Dave started soccer this week and is so excited about it.  Josh went out and bought him a ball to practice at home.  And Dave slept with it that night!







This picture may have been staged.  But he really did sleep with it!









At practice.  It was a little chilly.












Ike has loved being outside, and he has taken advantage of any rain by playing in the mud puddles that it leaves behind.






Here is a video of him in action.













Posing with some pretty tulips.









Dave had a couple of kids over to play outside the other day.  I just loved that Dave and Kyson were outside in their super hero costumes.  And that spiderman is up in the tree.  :)   Kyson's sister Emma (they are our neighbors) is in the truck.





Love our neighborhood!




Playing horsey.








Chatting before bed.









Ike has really upped his conversation skills lately.  He is so much fun to talk to.  I took some videos of him yesterday, so here is one that I thought was cute.  In other news, Dave and Josh finally were able to get their Wii U the other day and have been loving it.  Dave's first soccer game is next Saturday so I am looking forward to that-I am sure I will have lots of pictures to share!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Brotherly Love, Easter, Muncie Children's Museum

We have kept pretty busy this past week.  Gamma came to visit two weekends ago, Josh had a duty weekend over Easter, and it's spring break this week!  Here's what's been going on!






Cooperating for a picture?  They must want something...








Last week we converted Ike's crib to a bed.  He had been climbing out several times a night so we thought it was time to make the move.  Ugh, to say it's not going well would be a huge understatement.  Last night was better though (only got up a couple times), so I am hoping there is an end in sight!






#thebowyersaresleepdeprived










Ike hunting Easter eggs with some campus families.













I told Dave to smile for me and he struck this pose...fierce.







This morning we had a torrential downpour, so I took the kids to Muncie to visit the children's museum.  We love going here, and at $4/person with a coupon you can't beat it!  We took Dave's friend Alec along with us which really helped keep Dave entertained!






Ike sat on this tractor for at least 30 minutes while we were there.





Playing in the music section.  Here's a video of them cooking in the kitchen. 




Ike rocking the drums.  Video of him playing.





Reading with Grandma D before bed.










Ike's first movie!  We saw Home with Gamma.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Friends and Good Weather

We have really enjoyed the warming weather the past couple of weeks!  Well, minus that freak snow storm that happened on Monday...that better be the last of it!!  The kids have been playing outside and burning lots of energy which leads to better sleeping at night, which I always appreciate.  :)









Playing outside with dad.

















Dave trying to avoid getting hit by a snowball.










I watched some of the neighborhood fellas one morning while Dave was at school.  So cute!












Bennett and Ike enjoying some sunshine at the park.






Alec and Ike swinging-don't know what Dave was up to!








I think we are all finally getting over the latest round of stomach flu-ugh!  At least it was quick this time.  In other news, Ike has learned to climb out of his crib.  Not a very fun development for us!  The kids are gearing up for Gamma to get here tomorrow-Josh and I are taking some students to the Lecrae concert in Marion on Friday.  So excited!  And then we are running walking a 5k on Saturday.  It's supposed to be a balmy 20 degrees so really looking forward to that, haha!  

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Spending some time with Brooklyn and Sophie

Since Britt came back to Indiana to work for a few days, we got to spend some extra time with the Smith girls!  The boys loved having some of their cousins up here to play!






Love the smiles!

















Dave was such a good help with Brooklyn.


















We had lots of dress-up in old Halloween costumes.

















Dave had to hold Brooklyn all the time.







I don't think Brook was too impressed with Ike holding her!






We went to Logansport to celebrate Grandma Bertie's 85th (!!!) birthday.





Such a happy baby!









Finally, our family would really appreciate prayers for Josh's cousin Jordon.  He was injured while dealing with farm fertilizer and is currently in a burn unit in a hospital Fort Wayne.  He seems to be improving (off of the ventilator), so that has been really encouraging, but he has a long road to recovery.  Thanks!!