Friday, January 30, 2009

Tag and I'm Back

Well, hello there. Didn't expect you to still be there. Hm. Nice to see ya.

It seems there's a bit of 'blog tag' going on that I have fallen into and must now participate of suffer the consequences...whatever they may be. The rules are as follows:

1. Go to the 6th picture folder and pick the 6th picture.
2. Post and wax nostalgic about said picture.
3. Tag some peeps.

So, here goes....

Here stands the the year 2000. Wow. This is before we took on the family size that makes people gasp. Bryanna was 6, Britty was 4 and Ben was almost 1. This was taken in our front yard on Easter morning. Don't we all look snazzily dressed and such....well, Jeff by his own standards, anyway. I especially *heart* that our 1988 Toyota van is in the background. What a beauty...the high schoolers where my husband teaches referred to her lovingly as "The Space Shuttle". She was the most reliable vehicle we have ever owned and had the supernatural ability to heal herself while parked overnight of all kinds of squeaky brakes, or rattles, or shakes. The funnest part was watching shows like "The Amazing Race" and seeing her siblings all over third world countries. When we finally had to let her go, she had close to 200,000 miles on her cute little self and only one door was fully functional. We were going to keep her around long enough for Bry to use as her "cool" first car, but didn't have anywhere to store her. Poor Bry.

Here are the people I will now inflict with the tag:


Monday, October 6, 2008

How To Accessorize

I was in need of a hutch to store all my craft supplies. You know. The ones I never get to use because I'm much too busy and just the thought of pulling it all out makes my toddlers twitch with excitement at the possibility of getting into it all while I'm not looking. So, I checked Craig's List...the next best thing to Ebay and found one that would work. And just look at the cute little accessory that came with it! Jealous are ya?

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Most Wonderful Place on Earth

I was able to meet up with some high school friends at what must be one of the most wonderful places on earth: The Smith Memorial Playground. I have lived within 15 miles of this place and did not even know it existed! How can this be? Do you see all the fun to be had here?

There was so much more....but I was too busy playing to take pictures. The Playground is most famous for its two story high wooden slide that was first built in 1905. When my mom was a little girl growing up in Philly she came to this park and rode the same slide! No! Not in 1905! Sheesh people! Be nice!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Friday, August 29, 2008

Nutrition 101

Jessica: After I'm done my cookie, can I have dessert?

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Olympics according to Jessica

So, our family was all sitting together watching the Closing Ceremony. The part came where all the athletes were all walking into the 'Bird's Nest' and mugging for the cameras. Jessica sat and stared as they all gave the obligatory peace sign and smiled. After awhile she looked at me and said, "Mom, why do they all like the number two so much?".

On a commercial I asked all the kids what their favorite sports were to watch these past two weeks. I got the answers I thought I would...

Bry: swimming
Britt: gymnastics
Ben: I forget
Jessica: Hide and Seek, Playing Tag and Playing Princess

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bon Appetit!

It takes years to train a palate. It's important to expose your child to many differing tastes and textures. My friend Becky has done this. When her girls were toddlers they would eat things like roast duck and brussel sprouts. My Jessica......not so much:
Disclaimer: No I did not let her eat this.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

In and Out

If you enjoy eating,

then it's important to keep in mind the formula of calories taken in versus calories burned in order to maintain your physique. Just ask Jacky....

Thursday, July 24, 2008


Remember a little bit ago we were at the campground? Well, it wasn't all bad. In fact, they had a super fantastico water slide that the big kids LOVED. You remember....where the lifeguard chain smoked while watching my children? Here they are at the top of the staircase waiting their turn--see them waving at me?Here's a better view of what that staircase was like. Um, yea. I don't do heights. But, in the spirit of motherhood and family fun, I tried it. I was pretty sure when the kids came running up behind me grabbing my arm excitedly to tell me about their last ride I was going to plummet to my death by falling between the cracks of the staircase. What? It could happen!And here are their cute little faces when they reached the bottom. And miraculously, no one plummeted.

They also had a cedar lake. My husband, who is from NY, was all "Wha? Why is the water brown?" Apparently, he didn't grow up swimming in cedar lakes like me and was a bit put off...well, I can't really blame him. I didn't even go in. The kids loved it though. Here's a little video of all the big kids racing Dad into the water. They had a blast.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The End. Again.

I found some more pictures on my camera that I forgot to know, proud Mom and all that.

Britton: Breaststroke

Britton: Butterfly

Ben: Breaststroke

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The End

Today was the last swim meet of the season for my little swimmers. They did a great job and both girls have qualified for Championships. Here are some fun videos of youngest to oldest (Ben, Britton, Bryanna) doing Butterfly.

Ben freestyle:

Britton backstroke and fly:Bryanna free:

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Three For Sunday

I know. I know. It's supposed to be "Five for Friday". Well, life gets busy and this will be more fun. I promise.

So, the husband and I took the big kids to a campground this weekend in South Jersey (Yes, there is a need to differentiate). Let's just say it was a bit, how shall I say this delicately....hick. Here's how I knew:

1. It seemed people had enough money for tattoos, but not teeth.

2. The lifeguard on duty spent most of his time chain smoking...I'm pretty sure that would have been frowned upon by the American Red Cross who gave him his certification.

3. Last, but by no means the least, there was a wedding at this the banguet hall. We then saw the bride and groom proceed back to their Winnebago with a "Just Married" sign hanging out front. Even the family dog celebrated with a glow in the dark blinking collar.

Friday, July 11, 2008


It's Friday. And Jessica and I are happy about it.

Sunday, July 6, 2008


In the back seat of the minivan where two toddlers sat:

Jessica: Stop yelling at me, Jacky!

Jack: Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

Jessica: Mom, he's yelling at my heart and now its broken.
(Jessica was channeling a little Olivia Newton John by the way.)

Fourth of July

We had a great Fourth. Here are some shots of the kids at the parade.

And of a little someone enjoying his slice of Fourth of July blueberry cake....

Friday, July 4, 2008

Family Vacation: The Surf

While on vacation last week (has it been a week? Sniff. Sniff.), my two oldest girls had the amazing opportunity to attend Hakilua Surf Camp, a ministry of my parent's church (Nags Head Church). Both girls were able to spend three solid hours with one on one instruction and had the best time. And, they both got up to a stand and rode a wave! How cool is that???

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Family Vacation: The Beach

There are those among us who enjoy the beach, who can play for hours and explore and jump waves and be happy.

There are also those among us who come to dread the beach. The sand! The sand! Dread to the point dropping to the floor in pain and agony when they see their rash guard coming towards their blonde head. But, their Mom still makes them go.

*Some photos courtesy of Nate Lawrenson*