Sunday, September 23, 2012


This weekend, we celebrated Uncle Ben's college graduation and Evin's 6th Birthday!  Sadly, I was sick and didn't get to go.  But Chad and the kiddos had a lot of fun with their aunt, uncle, cousins, and grandparents!  They love playing at Ben and Jen's home!  And who wouldn't?!?!?!  They have a creek where they can catch salamanders, a tree to climb, a rope swing, and trampoline!  And of course their very favorite to play with....COUSINS!!!! 

Grandpa Bud

Grandpa Bud was here for the week and came by on Wednesday to watch the boys at their second ball practice!  Afterwards we all went out to dinner at the Loop.  We ended the fun evening with a trip to Krispy Kreme.  In honor of National Talk Like a Pirate Day, they were giving away free doughnuts!  We were coming from ball practice, so we did not have full costumes on.  However they still gave each of my children their own DOZEN!!!!!  (Daddy took most of them to work the next day)! 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Field Trip to Sciworks

Andrew had his first field trip of the year.  Since it was so close to our house, Molly and I dropped by to say hi! 

Apple Festival at Bethabara

Yesterday at the Apple Festival, we sampled honey and popcorn.  Saw owls and hawks.  Watched pig, duck, and goat races.  Potato Sack Raced.  Watched a spinning wheel and a blacksmith.  And of course enjoyed Apple Pie! (Well those of us not allergic to wheat did)!  :) 

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

The boys started Fall Ball this week.  They are pretty excited!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Baa-La-Lena School

When I was pregnant with Molly, I was pretty confident we were having a boy.  I even had a name picked out for him.  That is until one night while I was driving to Cub Scouts and passed a Ballet School.  The class for 3 and 4 year olds had just ended and tiny ballerinas poured out the doors onto the sidewalk as I drove by.  Each of them had on little leotards and little tights.  Their hair was pulled back into tiny buns.  They carried teeny tiny ballet bags with slippers inside. My eyes started to tear up at the sweet sight.  I knew right then I was having a little girl.    (And that I was extremely emotional...but you know that already, right)?

Lucky for me, Molly is a pretty typical girly girl.  She loves ballet and all things pink.  Molly started her first little class this week.  It is called Dancetastics.  It is 20 minutes gymnastics, 20 minutes ballet, and 20 minutes tap.  But Molly doesn't really care what it is called.  To her it is Baa-La-Lena School.  She has told every person in Winston-Salem that she goes to Ballet School.  I love her enthusiasm.  She wore her ballet slippers all day long each day the week before class began and wore them to sleep as well!

 I was a little worried that she would not know how to follow directions or would be disappointed in the class.  I surprised at how well she listened and followed directions the first week.  It made her seem so very grown-up to me.   And she was definitely NOT disappointed.  She  is counting down the minutes until time for her school again.   She is using the chair rail in our kitchen as a ballet barre and practicing what she learned the first week.

And yes, of course I teared up a little when my very own little girl walked into class with her tiny leotard, tiny tights, tiny shoes, and (not so) tiny bag.   (But then you know that, too, right)? 

(Unfortunately, the dance studio isn't in a location where parents can get close enough to see or get pics, so all I have are the pics from the gymnastics segment).