Thursday, October 2, 2008

Mmm, mmm good


We made brownies - please ignore Jac's bright pink bib!

Mizzou Football


We took the kids to a Mizzou home game this year. All in all it went well, they made it to half time which I thought was good considering the game started at 1pm. 1pm just happens to coincide with nap time.

And these were the post game festivity photos.



Happiness is riding the train for free at the zoo!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Birthday Girl

Here is the official day!

Birthday Cake - intent on not burning herself this time.

Birthday Girl with a swanky new belt on.

First Red Tomato


Are you ready for some Football????


Bike Ride


Riding in the Burley behind Jeff - they are having a lot of fun!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Mia's Birth Month

Mia is going to have several Birthday parties this month! Yay for Mia. Here is the celebration with the Carey side.

I made bunny cupcakes.

Big girl opening gifts.

Almost getting burnt blowing out candles.

The fairy princess.

Dawn's 15 Year High School Reunion


Here is the group photo from my 15 year class reunion - so much fun!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Shampoo and Blow Out


She didn't get slimed, she got a quick shampoo in the powder room from her big brother. This happened in less than two minutes and he used a nice cinnamon bar soap that I had in the bathroom for guests.

Halloween in July


I have heard of Christmas in July, but Halloween?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

My Moon

Mia is convinced the moon belongs only to her and wants to see it on demand! Anytime she can actually see it she is absolutely mezmerized. But if she can't see it - either it is just not visible or it is 9am, she can get quite peeved.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

First Haircut


Mia got her first haircut, with a lolli over the weekend.

My Best Friend

We were out looking at cars on Sunday evening. Jac had fallen asleep and Mia was still going strong. She looked over at him and said "Jac my best friend". Now if that doesn't get an "aaahhh" from you, nothing will!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

MIssouri Botanical Gardens


We met friends at the Botanical Gardens today and had a great time. They have a children's area that is very nice and perfect for toddlers. These are pictures of Jac and Mia going down the rope bridge. They also have the Nikki sculpture exhibit that is just awesome. We will definitely go back this summer.

Grandel Family Reunion


We attended the Grandel Family Reunion in Skokie Illinois this Fourth of July. Although there were no fireworks for us, we did have a fun time.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Museum Day


We went to the Museum of T** with our neighbor and had so much fun we got a membership.

Camp Austin


We had a great camp Austin this year. We actually went camping which was new for us to do as a group and completely new for a couple of the campers. We hiked, played games, of course ate yummy things like hotdogs and s'mores, got rained on and everyone got a few ticks. Pretty much felt like camping.

We came back and had a couple of very full days with Children's Museum's, swimming, some cultural things (art museum and concert in the park that we had to convince the kids to like), and of course Uncle Jeff's movie picks (Goonies is tooooooo scary for them).

Hopefully, they will all come back again next year.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day at Grant's Farm

We went to Grant's Farm over Memorial Day weekend. I forgot to take the camera, so no pics. Jac and Mia absolutely loved it! They exhausted themselves and walked pretty much the whole time. I think everyone came home that day and took a long nap, even Daddy.

Big Brother Love


Jac likes to give hugs!

If only summer was really here...


In this picture Mia makes it look like it is 100 degrees and sunny, too bad it isn't!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Potty Time

Well, here we go. Potty training. We are having some successes and some challenges, but all in all I am very proud of Jac. We started cold turkey, naked and pretty much hung out in the bathroom for the first 3 days. Wow - that was a long 3 days. Jac had a little regressing in behavior during that time, but has come through like a champ. Then we needed to get out and about a little so we started using pullups - which work great. He stays dry 80% of the time. He wears pullups if we are leaving the house or when he is sleeping. It seems to be the kinder, gentler way to potty train. No big puddles is the middle of Wal-Mart to scar him for life!

So #1 is coming along nicely. However, #2, we are taking that very slow. He likes to say, "it doesn't work" or "I don't like to poop". Either of which scares me! So no hurry, it will happen.



Quick little picnic in the backyard was fun for the kids. Anytime it isn't raining we run out to the yard and have fun.



Jeff and I went to a Cardinal's game. Unfortunately they lost but we got to have fun with some friends.

Terrible Too?

I believe that Mia has offically hit the terrible twos. Although she is no competition for a true Jac tantrum, she has decided that "mine, my do, and no" are her favorite words. The worst right now is getting in and out of the car. She would like to do it herself, get into the carseat. However, that proves to have too many distrations for a 20 month old and she forgets along the way what she is doing. Then she will shoot you her best smile and run to the other side of the car. Good thing mom has long arms.

Last Day of School

Jac got to say good-bye to all of his classmates and teachers on Thursday. They had an ice cream social along with singing and playtime. It was fun and Mia fit right in.

Mother's Day

We had a good Mother's Day with GeeGee. The Playdo that Aunt Teresa got Jac for his birthday is being put to good use - lots of fun!

Mia at the Party

Mia just sat back relaxed and took it all in.

May 10th - The Birthday Party

Jac got a lot of wonderful gifts for his third birthday party. Some new cars, new sheets for his big boy bed, some wall art to make his room a car theme, a rug for playing with cars, a tent, sidewalk chalk, playdo, Lucky Ducks and a lot more! He had fun opening presents and asked his cousins to help him, "come on guys!"

He got a water table from mama and dada - big fun! (And a big mess!)

Some decorations.

The Speed Racer cake was a big hit!