Thursday, September 24, 2015

Michigan Artwork

Anna spent over an hour creating this masterpiece in the driveway at my parents house in Michigan. She is super proud of it. 

Fair Fun

Went to the county fair in the county I grew up in. The kids rode a camel, ate fair food and petted lots of farm animals.
It was a beautiful day in Michigan, the weather was perfect and we got to spend it with Nana and Aunt Brandy.
Watching a calf being born.

Michigan Entertainment

Paintball guns and PopPop as the moving target on the tractor. Doesn't get much better than homemade fun.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Owen is 5

Owen began this new year of his at 5 years old with a super double Poophead party in Connecticut. He's had a big year already, he started kindergarten, he is playing baseball and he lost his first tooth. Owen is all energy all the time, he is never at a loss for words which we feel is unfortunate at times. He has started to read and if he can't figure it out he won't leave you alone until you help him. He comes home from school begging to do a project or write a story. I can't keep up with him. His ability to make us laugh helps compensate for his ability to make us angry with his constant pestering. He's a rule follower at school but not so much at home. Owen loves life the most when all six of us our home together as a family whether eats eating dinner together, family movie night or just doing homework around the table he is happiest when we are all together.

Family Canoe Trip

Owen is finally old enough that we could take a family canoe trip. So 4th of July weekend we spent an afternoon on the river.
$100 for two canoes
$20 for water shoes 
$15 snacks
Mom, Beau and Luke flipping out of the canoe....priceless.
The kids were all smiles all day definitely more family outings will occur on the river.


Luke turned 10 last month, double digits already. Luke lives life with a passion, it's always full speed ahead with a huge grin on his face. Even though he's in fourth grade and starting to be the cool kid he still isn't too cool to hug. He hugs everybody, teachers in the hall can always count on him to brighten their day. He's been invited to so many birthday parties in the last month we haven't had time to have one for him. He is still learning which jokes are appropriate and when the timing is right to make it funny but he's definitely improving. He's a fantastic big brother to a very trying Owen. Luke and Anna are still good friends and play when the opportunity exists. Luke and Beau can talk Legos for hours and those few sets that are Luke's favorites live in Beau's room for safe keeping, that pesky little brother. Soccer is his favorite and he is really learning the game well, he scored three goals in his first game of the season. He's looking forward to joining the science Olympiad team and is enjoying being back in school with all his friends.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

If you Give Owen a Minute

If you give Owen a minute then he will want 5 more after that.
If you give him 5 minutes he will want to books read to him during that time.
While you are reading the two books he will see something in the books 
that he wants to research.
Then you will go on the internet or YouTube and research whatever it is that has Owen fascinated.
While you are researching he will see something that makes him want to do a project.
So you will then look up on the internet a cool and fun project that you can do together.
As soon as he starts the project and you try to load the dishwasher while he works,
he will remind you that you are supposed to be doing the project with him.
Now that the project is done and another a sufficient mess is made he will want you to go watch a show with him.
During that 30 minute show you will close your eyes for approximately 30 seconds before he jumps on your head because you are supposed to be watching with him.
The show will remind him that he is hungry and you will make him lunch. 
While he is eating lunch you will return to loading the dishwasher,
while your back is turned he will spill his milk yet another mess for you to clean up.
While you are cleaning up the lunch mess he is asking you to go downstairs and watch him
while he builds bionicles with hero factory pieces because he is afraid to be
downstairs alone.
While you are downstairs Owen will decide it is wrestle time because you picked up all the legos that were on the floor making plenty of room for a rumble.
When he is losing the match he will say he needs help and remind you that it is time to go pick up
Luke from school.
After you have picked up Luke from school and Owen has fallen asleep for that 4 minute car ride
he will wake up and want all of your attention because he is so grumpy.
He will spend the next 40 minutes begging  you for cake which you do not give him because if  you give him cake he will want milk to go with it and you can only handle one glass of spilled milk in a four hour span.
Once you have won the battle of wills for cake he will curl up in your lap until he has
taken all the physical interaction he wants from you.
Then he will run off to play with his brother.
You quickly finish throwing dinner together before a fight ensues.
When the fight ensues you distract and acknowlege both sides while praying it ends quickly.
You feed them all dinner, you run them to their respective practices while Owen never shuts up in the back seat about his need for cake.
You finally get home past bedtime, throw him in the tub until he has another argument with Luke.
You wrestle him into his pajamas, you brush his teeth with one hand while pinning him still with the other. 
You read two books, you pray the Hail Mary (he knows all the words but still wants prompted)
you kiss him goodnight and turn on the music. Then he asks for one more minute...
and when you give him one more minute he'll want 5 to go with it.
He got cheese, but no cake.

Notice the dishwasher is still not loaded or closed.