Our Ohio Visitors

Last week, Noah and Garrett’s Aunt Kiki and Cousins Jon & Hannah came down from Ohio for their Spring Break.  Nana and Papa came up from Florida on their way back to Ohio.  It was a really fun week!

IMG_4242Garrett meeting Aunt Kiki for the first time

IMG_4246With cousin Hannah

IMG_4250Noah wanted to hold baby also

IMG_4265Cousin Jon and the boys

IMG_4268Jon taught Noah how to play hockey on Xbox

IMG_4270This one speaks for itself

IMG_4273Garrett loved his quality time with Nana

IMG_4281Dinner with our one-of-a-kind centerpiece Winking smile 

IMG_4291 Nana and Hannah came to Kindermusik with us.

IMG_0940Noah on the swings with Papa Joe after school. 

Y’all come back soon!

Singing in the Rain

A few weeks ago, Noah got new rain gear from his very generous Aunt Connie.  When it arrived in the mail, he was so excited to put it to use…just one small problem – there was no rain. 



No rain?  No problem! 

Noah knew exactly where to find rain!



Fortunately, a few days later, it DID rain, and Noah got to use his new gear OUTSIDE!  Thanks, Aunt Connie Smile


I was eating lunch on the floor the other day while Garrett was hanging out in his bouncy seat.  He was staring at me like he wanted what I was eating, so I decided to share my pickle, assuming he would then think twice about drooling over my food.  I was wrong – he loved it!!  He is teething, and so he was trying to take a bite out of it with his gums Winking smile 




Hmmmm…now what else can I feed him??

Creepy Critters Reptile Night

Last Thursday was Creepy Critter night in our neighborhood.  Greg and Noah went to see the reptiles, and I was shocked to see what was on the camera when they got home!  They had a ball and are still talking about it!

IMG_4138Noah with friends, Kelly and Ginny

(I wish we could see what Kelly sees here!)

IMG_4144An iguana

IMG_4151Baby alligator


Helping hold a 12’ Burmese Python

IMG_4165Noah picking up a turtle

IMG_4170Yes, that snake is wrapped around our four year old son! 

Can you say BRAVE!?

IMG_4171Daddy holding a 50 lb. African Tortoise!


In January we enrolled Garrett in Kindermusik classes.  I was hesitant at first because I thought 5 months was a little young for Garrett to be able to participate.  Boy, was I wrong!  He loves it!!  The class is comprised of twelve “babies” up to 15 months (Garrett is the youngest in the group) and a VERY loving teacher, Ms. Dana. Every Tuesday, we have different musical activities that help the children learn about the world around them – concepts such as fast/slow, start/stop, up/down, etc.  The unit we are currently in is called Cock-a-doodle-MOO, and we are learning farm/animal songs and sounds. We also play with different musical instruments and interact with friends (Garrett’s favorite part is watching the other kids!)

On a selfish note, I love Kindermusik because the music is just about the only thing that makes Garrett happy about being in the car, and we listen to the CD on repeat. Noah even has learned his favorite tracks – “Mommy, please play Song # 10! It’s my favorite!” 

IMG_3950Daddy has been able to come twice now when he has been off on Tuesdays!

photoHe was not crazy about being pulled around in the laundry basket.

IMG_4136But he does love to play the drum!


On a side note…Kindermusik is HQ in Greensboro, NC where Greg and I met and got married Smile Who knew!

Good Buddies

Last Monday, our friend Ella Rae’s mommy called, and she had a sick baby to take care of, so we invited Ella Rae to come stay here for the day to help out Ms. Anne.  Noah had the best day ever!


Noah had to show off his Spiderman costume to Ella Rae, and then they had lunch together.


They rode bikes in circles for hours!

They both napped well, and then Ella Rae got to stay for dinner!  Here is a video of them singing the blessing

(I love how Ella Rae whispers that she still has soap on her hands)


Thanks for coming over, Ella Rae!  Come back soon!

A Chilly Kick Off

Noah enjoyed soccer so much last season that we signed him up for the spring season.  Little did we realize how spoiled we had been by playing indoor over the winter!  The first day was chilly already with 30 mph winds! 

IMG_4109Bundled up and ready to watch big brother

IMG_4110The wind was blowing so hard, Garrett was constantly trying to catch his breath (we went back to the car after a little while and waited)

IMG_4111Stretching with his team

(They named themselves the Flying Super Ninja Roars)

IMG_4112Noah was unfazed by the cold weather.  He was just happy to be playing soccer!

IMG_4114Listening to his coaches

IMG_4124Daddy and Noah played on the playground after the game

(A playground under a pavilion – what a novel idea!)

I checked the weather forecast, and this Sunday looks a little warmer.  Garrett and I should be able to watch the whole game Smile