Tuesday, July 14, 2009

It's About Time...

So I am lame and I haven't blogged in a LONG time...After being kicked in the butt by a few of you I decided to get my hiney in gear and try to do a little catch up. I'm not really going in order because...well, I'm confusing like that... :)

The Fourth
For the past couple of years we've been lucky enough to spend the Fourth at my in-laws house on the lake. It's a blast for the kids and the fireworks are amazing to watch over the water. I have to admit that I do miss my own family's tradition of taking the boat out on the Sound, playing cards, making fun of each other and eating way too much food... But now it seems a new tradition has started and my side of the family has decided to join in the fun.

One of the highlights for the kids was the inflatable water slide that Darren (Logan's brother) brought with them. The boys LOVED it and spent almost the whole day going up and down and splashing each other. They need to make a bigger one so the adults can jump on too! :)

I think the picture beneath speaks for itself. The kids weren't the only ones who had fun with the toys.

My sister-in-law Mary is awesome and is always making really cool crafts and fun things with her boys. They made these fun shirts by using different types of noodles and paint.

Once the sun started to set, the fireworks were close at hand. You can see the excitement on Kade and his cousins (Lydia and Mac's) faces as they anticipated the show. Or was it the prospect of staying up late and getting to eat all the smores their little hearts desired...

So my dad, months in advance started to work on his pyrotechics (fireworks show). He had huge plans this year. I don't know what got into him but he was like a kid at a candy store. Maybe it was because for so many years he was deprived of lighting things off when we would celebrate on the boat, but regardless, he was pumped. It took quite awhile to set up and get everything just right, but it was well worth the wait. I wonder what he'll do to top himself next year... I'm a little frightened to be honest. :) Here's a pic of him starting to set it all up.

And here's pics of us all waiting... :)

Sarah, Eric and Baby Ian

Lil' sister Alisa

Sis-in-law Sarah and my niece Monica

The Kiddos

Don't let this grumpy face fool you - we had a great Fourth of July. Thanks family for making it so much fun!!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Kade's Fun in the Sun Birthday party - minus the sun...

I can't believe my little guy is three!! Each day is an adventure with this kiddo (and no - this pic is not from Halloween - he loves to get into "character"). :)

For his birthday we wanted to do something fun and laid back. We decided on a sun filled water slide/sprinkler, kiddie pool party at my parents. However, the weather did not like our plans... When we arrived to set up it had started to rain. Not good. I started to stress a little, but in the end it all worked out. Instead of water toys, the kids played on the swings and slide, blew bubbles, harassed the chickens, beat a pinata with a bat and ate some tasty food.

Thanks to all our wonderful friends and family who celebrated this special day with us. I wish I would've been able to spend more time talking with all of you, but I think the kids had fun and after all, that's what it's all about right?! We love you little kid!!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

And the Winner Is...

As promised - I'm about to share with you my family's Christmas Sweater Creations...

Warning: some of the pictures below are slightly inappropriate (mainly my parents sweaters) and you will most likely never look at us the same way again.

We decided to unveil our creations one couple at a time. After seeing them all in their glory we decided that it was just too hard to choose one "ugly" sweater. We needed to have several categories: Naughtiest, Cutest, Most Creative, Ugliest, Hottest, and Tackiest.

Here we go....

1st couple: Sarah and Eric
It's hard to see in the picture but Eric's sweater had hoops in it to make the shape of the tree and was seriously blinding us with his lights. I think the bows are a nice touch. :)

Sarah won the award for the "Cutest" sweater. I bet some old lady out there would actually buy this sweater and wear it for real. I want to borrow her snowball earrings. Couple #2: Alisa and Brien
Alisa and Brien were Santa's Special Helpers. Alisa won the "Hottest" award although we debated whether Brien should have tied with those legs of his. :) Alisa's shirt said "Gangsta Wrapper" which gave it just the right ghetto touch.

Couple #4: Terah and Jared
Terah's sweater "Death to Gingerbread Men" won for "most creative" and would have won "Creepiest" if that was one of the categories. :) It had an LCD screen with a sweating, baking gingerbread man in the middle and dismembered gingerbread men all over the front and back. It's hard to tell in this picture but there are drowning men on the bottom. Oh and you can't forget the ones being hung by a noose from candy canes. Yikes.
Jared won "Tackiest". If you see this pictured enlarged, it is easy to see why. The santa's face is actually a picture of my mom's face and the body is made from Budweiser cans. Classy.

Couple #5: Mom and Dad
I'm not sure what to say about my mom and dad. They both won hands down for "Naughtiest".

Upon closer examination it's not be hard to tell why they won in this category. I am still in awe of my dad's motif - he created every last bit of it. My mom made him make some alterations - I guess it wasn't PG 13 enough. I don't want to know.

Couple #6: Logan and Leah
So, our battery on our camera conveniently died before Logan and I walked the runway. When my sister emails me a pic from hers I will post it. You'll have to rely on the group pic and my descriptions for now. :)

Logan's sweater vest and mock turtleneck were deliciously horrible and the blinking Christmas lights on the bottom added a special flare to his ensemble.

Nothing says "Ugly Christmas Sweater" to me more then a sweater with cats on it. So you can only imagine how excited I was when I found one. It worked too because I won "Ugliest" (and tied for naughtiest - perhaps it was because of the tights in lieu of pants). :)

And there you have it. Can't wait to see what my family will come up with next year...