Sunday, June 28, 2009

Pony Gets A Haircut

Evidently, Pony needs a haircut.
This was brought to my attention by my son here. He proceeded to grab some "scissors" and start trimming away at Pony's mane.

Of course his "scissor" is really just a hole puncher, but I'm sure I saw a piece of Pony's mane come off.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tiny Baby Steps

But a Huge leap into my heart!


My little one is walking now. She's such a big girl. I guess we are officially out of the "infant" stage, and I've got myself a full-blown "toddler."


Oh, to be this sweet and cute. Would be nice wouldn't it?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Um . . . Yeah. . .


And then she went all crazy, and I was like, "Really? You gonna act like that?" She was all "Sure I am!", and I was all "I'm not so sure you should." But, it was OK - Yeah, it was OK.


Well, I can't really talk - my Dad's right here.
Um, yeah. Sounds like fun.
Oh, you are too silly.


Yeah. . . .
Yeah . . .
Uh huh . . . .
Uh huh . . . .
Well, that sounds good.
OK. Gotta go.


Just a little glimpse into the future - listening in on a likely teenaged phone conversation!

Can't Wait!

Here's what's growing in my garden . . . .


Oh, I'm so in love with summer squash - fried, stuffed, sauteed, grilled, in casseroles - any which way!


Oh, and the tomatoes - I hope we can get these things to grow and turn red before the squirrels get them!


And, well, just had to throw in a picture of my pretty pink hydrangea. I don't wan't to eat this one, but I do love these plants!

I'm soooooooo ready for some fresh vegetables!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Let's Hear it for My Boys - I Heat Faces Challenge

This weeks challenge at I Faces is in honor of Father's Day. What a great opportunity for me to submit this photo of my guys at the ball field last weekend. Kauffman Stadium is home of the Royals, and we took our kids there for an evening game last weekend. They have completely redone the stadium - it's beautiful and this was our first time to see all the changes. The BEST thing they did was to add an extensive children's area behind the stadium. My little man LOVED this carousel. He even got to ride on Slugger (the Royal's Mascot)!
Royals Game 6/12/09
I love this picture of my two men - I love their smiles and their laughter. I love it because I can FEEL the excitement of my son on that carousel. I love it because when I see my husband looking at our son like that, it makes me cherish him even more.

Happy Father's Day to all you Dads out there!

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

It's Potty Time

We've started potty training our little guy. He's got a cute little frog potty, and when he goes in the potty, we make a really big deal about it - clapping and cheering - it's silliness.
We probably make too big a deal out of it because he walked into the bathroom when I was in there the other day and started clapping and saying "Yay, Mommy!!" I'm glad we weren't in the bathroom at Target.

Usually, his sister is right here when he is sitting on his potty. I'm reading stories and trying to get him to go, and she's up in his bed - playing with his blankets and teddy bears.

BUT, I think she's learned a thing or two from him. Here's where she perched one evening when we had the potty in the living room. She's just watching her cartoons and sitting on her little throne.

I'm hoping she REALLY learns from him. I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like to go to Target and NOT buy diapers - would I ever even need to go again?

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Handsome Little Dude

Meet Landon.
His Mom and I work in the same office, and we thought it might be fun to meet up in the park and take a few pictures.

He's a cutie, this little Landon. Those blue eyes and fair skin - reminds me a lot of my little guy.


I can't wait for his Mom to see these pictures! I know she will love them! Photobucket

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Stirring The Pot

She's a good little imitator. She copies us and her brother. She's cooking here.

Here brother likes to do this and he says he's "makin' soup." I wonder if that's going through her mind as well?
Isn't it funny how the most everyday objects quickly become the favorite toy? All the dolls and stuffed animals and books a gal could want, and she spent a good 20 minutes sitting in the floor just stirring her pot with this wooden spoon.

Boy-oh-boy, do I ever love this little lady!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My Grandpa Eats Snakes

Grandma and Grandpa came to visit last week. They were passing through on their way up to visit Dirck's brother, and they stopped by long enough for a nice dinner and a visit. My boy is in LOVE with Grandpa's truck, and Dirck has convinced him that Grandpa is so tough that he "eats snakes." Imagine little two-year old voice repeating those words - ADORABLE. Let's face it . . . anyone who eats snakes has got to be tough, right?
He looks like a real tuffy here, don't ya think?

Yeah, he's cold as ice, right? No smiles. Tough as nails - hard as steel. Uh huh. Sure. . . .

Grandpa, this kid's got your number and knows what buttons to push to turn you into a softie! We'll keep telling him how tough you are, but I think he'll eventually catch on!

Monday, June 15, 2009

My Little Lady - Sepia Tone Challenge

This week's challenge at I ♥ Faces is sepia toned images. Here's a photo I took of my littlest one. She was sitting on the swing on the front porch. I was sitting below her making sure she didn't fall off, and I liked the angle, so I grabbed my camera, and this is the lovely little shot of her sweet face that I captured.

I used my 50mm/1.8 lens, and focused on her eye, did some contrast editing in CS3, and then converted to the sepia toned image you see here. I think this one may end up in a frame at the office.

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Day at THE "K"

The "K" for those of you non-Kansas Citians is Kauffman Stadium which is home of the Royals. The little man has been to a game here before - he was a mere 4 months old, and even though he had a good time, I highly doubt he remembers any of it!
Since we were there last, they have completely remodeled the ball park. It's beautiful, and they have a very nice kid's area in the outfield. We went here first and then found our way to our seats to watch about . . . . . oh, I'd say 30 minutes or so of the game before we had to leave (bedtime was calling).

The little guy had a great time on the new carousel - he got to ride the mascot lion with his Daddy.
Royals Game 6/12/09
There was also a giant marble ball fountain that spun, and depending on how much pressure you applied, you could change the direction of the spinning.
He thought this was the coolest thing ever!
Once in our seats, he was excited to be at a baseball game.
He clapped and smiled and laughed whenever the crowd got going.
He even brought his hat and glove - just in case we needed to catch a foul ball. Of course, his sister just sipped on her water and I'm sure wondered why we were around so many people.
We had a great night at the ball park - one I'm sure the little guy will be talking about for many, many months!

Please bear with me here - I'm working on these images sizes - still learning, OK?

A New Found Delight!

This little one has just discovered corn-on-the-cob. Usually, we cut off the kernels for her so she can pick it up with her little fingers, but she was begging for a bite of mine.

So I let her have a little bite.

Before I know it, she has the corn.

And she won't give it back!

Oh yum, yum, yum, yum! She's thoroughly enjoying herself.

Yeah, so I lost my corn that night . . . . but it sure was fun to watch her devour it!

Friday, June 12, 2009

What Do You Think?

I've been working on my blog tonight. I'm sure you noticed the large new header at the top of the page. I personalized the header and increased the text area so I can start adding some larger photos to future posts. What do you think so far?

This has nothing to do with this post, but I don't really like to post without a picture, so here's my cutie girl REALLY enjoying her bath time!

Now, if that doesn't make you smile, well then . . . you must not have a mouth.

Go have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Waiting for Daddy

Dirck was outside mowing the yard, and these two munchkins were getting ready for a fun bath night. They love to watch Dirck from the window (Lordy, please excuse those dirty windows).
OK, so maybe now they are starting to lose interest.

My girl finds Maddie-the-Dog's bed and decides it's a great place to lay down. My boy decides that it's time for a tickle-fest with his sister.

Still tickling. . . .

Oh, here's a book - think she'll sit and read for a while now . . . . .

These two are so much fun to watch. So glad they are in my life!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


My mom found some princess pajamas on super sale. I think she paid $1 for them - she had to get them of course! Problem is they are size 4's. My baby girl is barely a size 2, so it may be a while before she fits into her pajamas. I washed them anyway and put them away in a drawer so they will be ready for her when she hits that growth spurt. Well, guess who happens to wear a size 4 pajama and guess who happened to have all dirty pajamas earlier this week? Not me - I'm way beyond a size 4!
I figure he has no idea that pink princess pajamas may not be the coolest for a little boy to wear. I also thought it might be fun to have this picture one day when he's a big strapping young man. I also think Dirck will forever be ashamed that I put his son in our daughter's hand-me-up pajamas!

Monday, June 8, 2009

A Family Trip

In March, we headed down to Mississippi to see my family. I grew up in a small town and my Papaw still lives on the same dairy farm that he always has. I grew up about a mile down the road, so I guess you can say I'm a farm girl too . . . . kinda . . . . sorta. . . . but the smell of cow poop and silage isn't my favorite smell (nor has it ever been, which may explain why I live in the city now!). Here are a few images that I captured while we were in the country at my Papaw's farm.

Here's my son playing with a toy truck that was my father's truck. My Papaw gave it to him while we were there, and he LOVED IT!

Here's a close-up of the truck with all the little twigs and sticks in the back that my son felt needed to be in there - It IS a work truck after all. I love the aged and rusted appearance of this truck. My son calls it his "dirty truck" which I think is adorable of course.

Here's my girl just being, well . . . cute. It's what she does best! Since this was early March, and there were no flowers in the Midwest, I just had to snap a picture.
Oh, she's clapping here! So happy to be outside where it's warm and sunny!

My son again - this time he's driving the Gator - He was and still is OBSESSED with this. It's kinda like an all-terrain golf-cart, but bigger.

This is my cousin jumping hay bales at my Papaw's house. Ahhhhh . . . . life in the country.
And THIS is my favorite shot of them all. My two guys walking hand-in-hand, contemplating life, having a father/son moment, just being themselves, and I was lucky to capture it!

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