Monday, September 28, 2009

contagious laughter...

watch this video:

vinnie and florie think they are hysterical.
sure to brighten your day...

sorry. i am not sure how to do a direct link... audra, can you help me?


fave foto friday... except it is monday

these are taken out at the lake two weekends ago. at that point, it was still 80s during the day. this turn for the cold had me officially pack away the sundresses and shorts for the year. onto the fall wardrobe.

tonight, ava and scott went to watch our nephew jalen, play in one of his first highschool football games. so weird that he is so old... and one handsome dude to boot.


Sunday, September 27, 2009

many firsts

i don't have any pictures to add to this post.
however... there were many firsts that happened in the month of september.

1. ava went to her first day of school. so exciting! that is in an entry below if you want to read more.

2. we also went to ava's first "official" birthday party. ava was so excited to recieve the invitation in the mail, go pick out a special present, and then attend the party. her experience was complete with a grab bag of goodies to take home. happy birthday lexi!

3.the other thing that is big news.. one day last week, vinnie, florie and i picked ava up at school. we decided to have a special lunch date. it was the first official time we were able to actually sit down and have lunch. Oh, and earlier.. the entire family went to the Good Earth for dinner. We have probably been able to before now.. but haven't taken the challenge without more adult help. We typically eat meals at home, as it is so much easier and CHEAPER now that there are five of us.

the biggest FIRST is yet to come. God willing, Scott and I will be leaving the kids for the first time ever in a couple of weeks. It is our fifth anniversary on October 23, so we booked a trip to Mexico. still waiting on a couple of things to fall into place before we are certain. I haven't been away from any of the kids (even ava) for more than one night.. maybe two max. Not longer than 48 hours, and this will be nearly a week!

anything firsts happening at your house? in your life?


Thursday, September 17, 2009

fave foto friday

this week is a tribute to those "artistic" photographers out there...






enjoy the unseasonably warm fall! i hope it lasts.. and lasts..and lasts!


first day of school

our sweet, loyal, predictable three year old had her first days of preschool this week. both scott and i dropped her off on tuesday.. and much to my prediction.. she did not cry, i was the one that teared up. she was very quiet when we said we were leaving, and stuck close to one of her teachers the entire morning. the first day she was the "fish feeder", and today she brought a snack of her choice for the entire class. today she was more reluctant to be left, and even cried for a moment. however, at pick up, "miss pat" reported that ava seemed for comfortable than on tuesday. she is our little sweetie. once she feels comfortable and secure, she will certainly love school. she has always loved learning, and has an internal curiousity that will suit her well in learning situations.

here are a couple of pics from the first day.

doesn't the school look so big compared to her?

ready or not... here she comes!

ava and mom stop for a picture.

when she arrives every morning, she needs to put her name stick in "the middle" and then wash her hands.


Friday, September 11, 2009

my apologies...

to my dear readers... all 6 of you.
the last three weeks have been hectic for me.
all the props to those moms who work outside the home full time...
i have been working full time for the last three weeks, and feel like i can barely come up for air... (probably a little dramatic, but you get the idea).

here are several posts.. enjoy.
i hope the fall is treating you well so far.
next week i go back to reality... and, because of a Jewish holiday... i only have to work two days. which means.. more time with my own kiddos for me!


fave foto friday ava


fave foto friday florence


fave foto friday vincent