Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wii Boxing

They just made me laugh.
Avery loves boxing because (despite the many twirls) it is the one Wii game that she can beat Harrison pretty often.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


We have had a lot of company over the last few weeks. Some staying with us, some at hotels and some just for a quick day visit. February and March are busy company months. So here is the first round.

Uncle Bryan, Steph, and her daughters came over and the kids had fun playing. I of course waited until right before they had to leave to say "oh throw the kids on the couch we'll take their picture" The fact that 4 out of 5 are looking up and not sad is good enough for me.

Avery and Madison
Harrison and Madison
Avery and Paige
Our next round of company was Grandpa Steve, Brandy and Jet.

This "would have" been the best picture. Unfortunately I was busy talking to the kids instead of focusing. It kills me when a picture "would have" turned out great.

SO this is what I got when I said "come on guys, sit by the tree again" And this is the best of them.
Avery and Jet playing


Harrison is a reading addict. A fact that thrills me beyond words. He has always loved being read to, in fact we can even use "you will only get (fill in the blank) books tonight" as a threat. But he has finally reached the point where he reads well enough that he can sit down and read a book (with chapters, without pictures) all by himself. In the past week I have caught him reading before anyone gets up in the morning, after he is supposed to be asleep. And one time when I didn't know where he was I found him snuggled up in his bed reading (see below). He has read three chapter books in the last week!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Saturday Pudding Parfaits

This morning my kids were crabby... tired and crabby. So we really needed to do something, anything before...well before my head exploded from the constant bickering. Avery's current obsession is Fancy Nancy. I don't know how many of you have been exposed to these books but they are very cute. Everything she does needs to be slightly fancier than normal. And Avery thinks this is a great idea. So making pudding as a distraction somehow morphed into making pudding parfaits in martini glasses. Marshmallows, sprinkles, bananas (sliced by Harrison) and graham cracker crumbs (ground up by Avery) were involved and despite one broken martini glass and a giant mess it turned into a pretty fun morning for everyone.

(the finished product)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Horses, Trampolines, Little Dogs and Cake

All in an afternoon at Uncle Scott's house. Throw in playing with cousin Denny (Mackenzie and Gracie were gone for the weekend) and it's no wonder why they love going there.

Avery being a cowboy..or a princess...

Going for a ride

Giving the horse a snack after the ride.

Harrison on the trampoline.

Avery and Will jumping...

Just being cute

Harrison and Joe (Cousin Stacey's dog)

Happy Birthday Uncle Scott!

Avery and Torre by the pool
(Avery was down to underwear and in the pool shortly after this)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Avery and the rash.

Avery has a nasty case of Fifth's disease. Which is pretty much the most ominous name for a simple virus I have ever heard. Anyway, after the sickness part of the virus which includes plain old cold symptoms you get a rash over your face and limbs. Avery is in that period now, and I don't know if it is because she has very sensitive skin or what but she sure got a good dose of it. I only really mention it because as Harrison says she looks like a "pink jaguar" and I figured it would be easier to post an explanation than have people wondering why she is all splotchy in the past weeks pictures. The warmer she is (Sea World, the park) the worse it looks. But she is fine, it will fade away and rarely bothers her.... just thought I would explain the pinkness.

Sea World with Friends...

O.k. lots of pictures here, but it is hard to choose. Friday Harrison's school had the day off for a teacher work day. So we and a bunch of his friends went to Sea World for the day. The kids had a blast. And somehow we managed not to lose a single one!

I love this picture
All the kids touching the stingrays. Harrison did it for the first time, the stingrays always creeped him out.
All the kids (minus Harrison who was being very uncooperative at this moment) in the underground dolphin area.
Dolphin feeding time, Avery is going to fall in one of these days.
They rode a ton of rides Climbing the rocks in front of the Sharks....
Silly faces..
Cora, Avery and Harrison
Checking out the sharks...The steel drum band. I couldn't believe how much fun they had with the drums.
I am sure Harrison and Julia wouldn't love this picture but I think it's great
Avery and Cora, very amused with themselves.Net climbing
Hydration break.
Ice-cream break.

A couple randoms...

These are pictures that really have no other place to go but that I liked.

Harrison on his bike. He is ready for a bigger one, probably for his birthday. As you can see the training wheels aren't doing him any good, but he refuses to let me take them off.
I have no idea why he wouldn't smile for me.
(probably because I was telling him his training wheels are 6 inches off the ground and to let me take them off)
Avery on her bike, singing as usual
There is wheel that falls off Avery's tea cart. She loves fixing it so I just let it continue to fall off.

Avery and Savannah

We had company this week. My friend Kristen and her three-year-old daughter Savannah came to visit and the girls had a great time. Here are few from the park.

Avery has figured out the firepole, and will do it over and over and ...

After school classes

Avery has been taking dance class and Harrison has been taking cooking class at Harrison's school. But since these are drop off type classes I haven't taken any pictures. Last week, Avery wanted to choose her own dance outfit and I thought it was really cute. This is what she picked (T-rex was not part of the outfit, he just goes everywhere on days when she doesn't feel good)

Monday, February 2, 2009

I have been working on my annual DVD of our family pictures. Unfortunately, after uploading literally hundred's of picture's I just haven't been in the mood to upload more. Anyway, as I was sifting through them all I thought these two of Avery were cute so I thought I would share.

Avery and her red glasses.
She saw these in the store and just had to have them. I popped the lenses out because they were reading glasses and I thought she might run into walls:)

Avery and the salon chair.
This should be under the heading "what did you think would happen" Which by the way is what Will said after Avery found real scissors instead of the plastic ones that came with it and gave her new doll a bob. And in all honesty worse things could have happened. I could have found a pile of her blond hair ...oh wait that did happen once.