Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Fun

Oh, we had such fun tonight!  The kids were so excited.  Allie kept asking, “We go trick or treat?” all day long.  She finally “got it” this year.  The boys managed to make it through the school day and class parties, before the fun at home began. 


Ready to get going!

IMG_9779Sweet Little Ladybug


Volunteer Tyler Bray

IMG_9676Bronco Peyton Manning



IMG_9684 Allie’s Minnie Mouse pumpkin

IMG_9679Kyle’s gross pumpkin

IMG_9683 Hayden’s Colts pumpkin

IMG_9554-001  Our semi-spooky front porch.  The boys deemed that our porch was too babyish last year, so we tried to spook-it-up a bit more this year.

IMG_9693 Entry table

IMG_9762 Ready for Halloween dinner


Our menu: Mummy Dogs, Jack-O’Lantern oranges and Pumpkin Poop.  Not exactly a healthy meal, but it gets the kids to eat a little something before the sugar fest begins.

IMG_9690 Here are the newest members of the family.  I have had to eat my words, after saying I would NEVER have inflatables in the yard!  The things you do for your kids!  The boys were thrilled to come home from school to find these guys.

And that was our day.  Whew, I am one worn-out Mama!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Field Trip to Traveller’s Rest

Kyle’s class took a field trip to Traveller’s Rest in Nashville last week.  This was the home to Judge John Overton, who was a personal friend of Andrew Jackson.  The kids got to tour the home, visit a one-room schoolhouse and play games that children played long ago (before there were screens to distract them).  I love how both boys have had recent field trips that have taken them back to the same time period!  Read about Hayden’s trip here.

IMG_9561Learning to write with a quill pen.  It wasn’t easy, especially for my lefty.

IMG_9568 Ready to go to school.


Greeting the teacher.

IMG_9571Working on the “computer” of the time.

IMG_9580Playing a few games on the porch.



The kids and adults all enjoyed themselves.  I would definitely go back again!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Boys' Day Out

Ty surprised the boys with tickets yesterday to the Titans game!  To say they were over the moon would be an understatement.  This was Kyle’s first NFL game.  Hayden had been once before with a friend and his family.  From all accounts, it sounds like they had a ball!  Unfortunately, the Titans didn’t win; but I don’t think it really mattered to them.  
I sent the camera with Ty and gave him the assignment of coming back with no less than 10 pictures.  This is what he brought back.  I’m thankful for the little things!  :)
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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween Through the Years

Halloween is a VERY popular holiday around our house!  The kids love dressing up, the candy (me too!) and all the fun that is involved. 

As part of our decorations each year, I pull out my Halloween picture frames which contain sweet memories of our little ones in their dress-up attire.  I love to look back and reminisce about how sweet they were each and every year.   Where do the years go?  It seems like only yesterday that we were thrilled to be spending our first Halloween as a family with this little guy…


2003 – Our first little pumpkin


2004 – Winnie the Pooh


2005 – Buzz Lightyear and our second little pumpkin


2006 – Batman and Robin (one of my favorite years)


2007 – Kyle’s first year as one of many community helpers, a firefighter.  Hayden’s first year as one of many Star Wars characters, Darth Vader.


2008 – Kyle’s next community helper, a police officer (with me as his prisoner).  Hayden’s next Star Wars character, Commander Cody.


2009 – Handy Manny and a Ninja


2010 – Kyle as a UPS man, Hayden as Jango Fett and Allie as our third little pumpkin.  Loved having each of the babies as a pumpkin their first year!


2011 – Kyle was a S.W.A.T. team member, Hayden was Mario and Allie was Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.

Such sweet memories!  Can’t wait to share this year’s costumes in a few days!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tennessee Safari Park

The boys were on fall break a few weeks ago, so we loaded up the van and took a road trip to West Tennessee to visit my family.  One of the fun things we did was to visit the Tennessee Safari Park.  The boys had been with my mom and sister a few times, but this was a first for Allie and me!  It basically is a farm which houses exotic animals.  You drive your car through most of the park and can feed the animals through your window.  The animals know the drill and aren’t afraid to come right up to you.

IMG_0945Well, hello there! 



IMG_0973 This one wasn’t shy about getting up close and personal with the wildlife.

IMG_0969Very cool!


photoNot real, so Allie wanted nothing to do with it!

It was a fun time!  So glad we went.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Friday Night Lights

A great time was had last night at the Father Ryan football game!

It was perfect football weather!

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Disney on Ice

I took the little people to Disney on Ice for the first time last week.  It was probably too late to take the boys, they were a little bored through most of it.  Allie, on the other hand, LOVED it!  I told the boys this was some of their payback to little girl for all the ball games she has sat through.  Before the show, we went to Margaritaville for a quick dinner.  The boys had much more fun there than they had at the show.


The balloon-guy-pirate-on-stilts was very popular with our crew!




I know this is blurry, but this is how she stayed the whole show!  


The Little Mermaid

It was a fun evening.  I hate that we hadn’t taken the boys to this when they were younger, but at least we can check this off the bucket list.

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Junior Docent at The Hermitage

Hayden’s 4th grade class took a field trip to The Hermitage, home to the 7th President Andrew Jackson.  Not only did they get to tour the grounds, they spent some of their time as Junior Docents for the day.  Each student had been assigned a station at The Hermitage and had a script to memorize.  As visitors approached their station, they recited their information.  Hayden was stationed at the Carriage Drive.  All of the kids did a great job!
Granny was able to stop by for a short time.
Hayden and Mom in the garden at The Hermitage.
It was a great field trip!  The kids, parents and visitors all learned a lot about President Andrew Jackson and his beautiful home.
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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sweet Moments

These are the moments that melt a Mama’s heart.  He may love to pester her to death, but he really does love being a big brother.




So, so sweet!

Take care,