Sunday, August 31, 2008

Emergency Preparedness Fair

A ward in our stake put on a fabulous community outreach emergency preparedness fair. Over 500 people attended and I counted over 20 different community resources present. Chad donated blood with the red cross. Andrew and Ryan played in several vehicles. See if you can guess which was Andrew's favorite.

Our first stop was the Ambulance.

"Excuse me soldier sir, my Papa is in Iraq."

Andrew shakes hands with Buckle Up Bear.

Ryan climbs into the fire truck by himself.

"Excuse me, mister. How do you close the door and turn on the siren in the fire truck?"

Here we are again in the ambulance. This time in a different seat.

Meet Sparky the dog. Ryan spotted Sparky across the parking lot. Ryan jumped out of my arms and ran as fast as I have ever seen him run across the parking lot towards the giant dog. The entire way he was signing and saying "Hi Dog." Then he got right in front if the dog, reached out to pet him and Sparky spoke. "Hi there." the dog said. Ryan jumped 2 feet in the air, scaled my body like a cat climbing a tree and burst into tears. His little body was just trembling. The fact that this huge dog could speak was just way too much for him. The rest of the day, anytime he spotted Sparky, Ryan yelled at him "NO NO NO NO NO!" until he was out of sight. Poor Ryan. Andrew, obviously had no issue with the talking dog.

Although frightened by Sparky, Ryan had no fear of the bounce house where 20 children all at least 8 years old were jumping with no regard to the littlest ones. He screamed at me when I "rescued" him after the third time he had literally been jumped on top of.

A trooper shows the kids what happens to a teddy bear who doesn't wear a seat belt when his car tips over.

And here we are back at the ambulance again. There are tons more pics of the ambulance, but I think these make their point. We spent 75% of our time in the two ambulances, despite the fact that there were fire trucks, a bounce house, police cars, puppet shows, and hot dogs. He was a boy who knew what he liked.


This poor cucumber was forgotten while we went on vacation. Ryan hugged it and carried it around very protectively for a good 15 minutes. (That has to be hours in baby years).

Visiting Family

While Nana took Aunt Emily to BYU, we stayed the week with Aunt Rachel. While she was in school each day, we found lots of ways to have fun and had some fun adventures, even in the rain and tornado watches. Then when we returned home, we went to play with Alex and Evin one day, too! It was a fun week for family.

Our first adventure happened on our way to visit our Pinehurst cousins one morning.
On the way to Pinehurst there is nothing! Literally nothing for miles. When we began one of these stretches, Andrew announced he needed to go to the bathroom. This is the first place we came to. I tried to convince him to hold it, but he insisted that he could not. I ran into this "one stop for all your tanning, fishing, grocery, and gasoline needs" store and asked for a bathroom. The very intoxicated customer (it was 9am) who was purchasing a very large bottle of alcohol let me know there weren't no public bathrooms here. (Fishin' worms yes, but no restroom). The store manager saw Andrew's face and his tell-tell dance and led us through his private office to a private bathroom. I was so grateful that we bought two lollipops from him and were on our way.
But not until I had emptied the entire contents of our hand sanitizer on our three sets of hands.

We went to the park with our cousins. While at the park Andrew heard the railroad crossing bells across the street begin to ring. He climbed to the top of the jungle gym where he had the perfect view and waited. The arms came down to stop traffic, but alas no train! He sat up there for quite a while, even after the arms lifted. He was so disappointed. Luckily for Andrew, we saw a train two times on the way home! (Thank goodness)!

The rock wall is why....
this is Andrew's favorite park.

I needed someplace for the boys to get out some "injury" (energy) so we went to Toys R Us and rode bikes and scooters during the horrible thunderstorm we had one day. Ryan is yelling that he needs a HAT (helmet).

This pic is for Daddy.

Jumping in puddles after the storm.

Not sure that I could press my luck at the Toys R Us again, we headed to a children's museum the third day it rained. The boys had a blast!

Andrew loved the snake, Ryan just ran all over the place so I never got a shot of him at the parks or museum that is more than a blur. He is a boy on the move these days.

This is a picture of Ryan in Uncle Ben's HAT and trying to blow Alex's trumpet. We had a fun time with all the kids together.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Woosley Farm

In our search for organic local produce to preserve, we visited Woosley Farm to pick tomatoes. I was a little nervous about how my boys would behave, but I really wanted these tomatoes. When we arrived the farmer met us outside and suggested that we switch over to her truck to drive down.

The boys were really excited, and that was before her dog jumped in the back. We drove to a field next to the Yadkin river. While we picked tomatoes, the boys played with the dog.

The boys saw cows, goats, and even got to feed the chickens.

We didn't get very many tomatoes (only about 20 pounds), but the boys had so much fun I couldn't be too disappointed.

Impromptu Visit

Aunt Emily came and dropped by for two days this week. We filled the days with fun. We went to the park, Chick-fil-A, did art projects, and had a puzzle party (we did everyone of Andrew's puzzle). We sure our going to miss her when she goes to the Y next week.

125 Pounds of Tomatoes

My friend and I were curious to see how many quarts could be canned with 125 pounds of tomatoes. The answer............

40 quarts!

Ryan was trying to sneak one and was surprised to be caught.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

My Super Star

Andrew gave his first talk in church today. This morning, this is the ensemble he had chosen.

We helped him into a shirt and tie and brought him to church. He had practiced all week long. He had his talk memorized and had done a beautiful job practicing. But after his performance at the talent show, we weren't quite sure what to expect. Well, Andrew surprised us all. He spoke clearly, looked at his primary friends and said the whole thing from start to finish with no help! We were so proud of our little Sunbeam. His betrothed best friend (and baseball bat) also gave a talk today. Her daddy joked that they should have had them start their talks with a little about how they met, etc. :)

Here is a video of him practicing at the church before Cub Scouts on Tuesday night. We thought the grandparents might like to see it. He did a good job at practice, but he did even better today after 5 more days of practice. He didn't look around the room or mumble any today. He also held up a picture of his story today. We didn't really think it would be appropriate to video the actual talk, but I wish we could have. He was too cute!

Chad's Secret Wish

Chad doesn't really like yard work. He does it and does a good job, but I wouldn't say he looks forward to it. What he does look forward to is the day his two sons can take over these responsibilities for him. So he takes every opportunity to start the training early. Andrew helped move branches with his wagon for a little while, but then we found this cool praying mantis and his training was finished for the day. Ryan was a real trooper and mowed the entire front lawn with Chad.


We visited Pinehurst for Grandpa's birthday this week. On the way we passed a peach stand that had peaches for $12 a half bushel! I bought 2 boxes and picked up some for some friends, too. Friday I canned peaches for the first time. Who knew that a bushel would yield 14 quarts, 7 pints, 15 pints of freezer jam, and 25 or so peaches to enjoy together?

Ryan loves peaches and was in heaven. He eats them whole, peel and all until there is no pulp left on the pit. After I cut him off at his third peach, he went to the boxes to get one for himself. The box acted like a monkey trap. Ryan reached his hand in, but couldn't get his hand out without letting go of the peach. He refused to let go. I ran for my camera, but my friend was kinder and actually helped him free his hand. But not before I could capture the shot.

Dinner With the Dastrups

Our good friends Danny and Stephanie(aka Snefatie) Dastrup are moving away. (For any of you LaFayette readers, Stephanie is from Chad's home ward). We went to dinner at Kimonos with them this week to say good-bye. Andrew loves them and thinks they are HIS friends and his friends only. He is quite possessive of them. He believes that they come to our house just to see him. (Maybe they do, I think they like him a lot too). Some Sundays the promise of seeing "his Stephanie" is all the bribery I need to get him to get ready for church quickly.

A few months ago when Andrew was learning his letter sounds, I said "D is for Daddy." "No it is not! D is for Danny." We appreciate the love they have shown for our little boys and will miss them a lot! Good luck at Law School Danny, and please, please, please consider moving back when it is finished!!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

It's Always Fun When Grandpa Comes

Grandpa Steve came and spent the night at our house this weekend. We had dinner together with our cousins on Friday night and then went swimming together on Saturday. It was a lot of fun! Ryan said "Grandpa" for the first time while he was here!

Watermelon Fan

I ate my watermelon....

All Gone!!!!