Sunday, May 14, 2017

NFL Shelf

Bob's school year is over. He usually beats the boys by about a week and a half. Where I would take the time to relax, he starts in on some projects.

A couple of weeks ago at a sale, I found a collection of plastic football helmets for every NFL team. They look kind of like cake decorations. The boys love them. But they destroyed the plastic container they came in. I asked Bob if he could make a shelf.

He did me one better.
This is what he built with his first day off by himself. 
The boys were thrilled.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Busy boys, busy town

We had a very busy weekend this weekend. Being in the south, early spring (which honestly started in January this year) is the best time of year to hold festivals. It's pretty, but not super hot. There was a LOT going on in our little town, and the boys got to enjoy a good bit of it this weekend.

We started out Saturday morning with a local Shriner "film festival." The boys got to pick between two film options, and they selected "Monster Trucks." I was not excited, but it was a cute movie (for what it was.) The boys loved it.

The movie theatre also happened to be the starting point for a local old car show. So we parked my 10 year old car amidst lots of beautifully restored super old cars and looked at them before they took off.

We left the film festival and headed for a very local festival celebrating an old burger shop that used to be in a little silver trailer. They served "dough" burgers, which I believe are a holdover from the depression.
 The shop also sold Moonpies. Cheese Puff and Little Elvis posed with Daddy. Little Elvis liked the dough burgers.
 Cheese Puff refused the burger, but loved the Moon Pie.
Baby Plum ate about half of the burger.

We left that festival and roamed around our downtown for a while, and then went to a Nerf birthday party. It was extremely boy friendly, and ALL of the boys loved it. They had set up little cardboard forts. Several dads participated, and I thought it was such a great, fun idea.

We enjoyed the beautiful weather. Next weekend is also super big for our area. We have a really big art festival. Then in two weeks, we have another big festival. Our little town certainly loves to celebrate the spring!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Calming down

Things are starting to slow down a little bit around our little family. The Spring play is over! It was a success, but a lot of work. (And I wasn't even the director!) That gives us 4 nights a week back, and means we don't have to eat supper at 4 p.m. anymore. Although, my stomach starts really growling at 5 now.

Soccer is also over. That means that we are no longer double to triple booked on two nights a week! Both of the youngers seem to really enjoy soccer. Baby Plum always smiles when he's playing, but never seems to really give it his all. He had one game about 2 weeks ago where he surprised every one of us! He ran faster than we've ever seen him run. He got two shots on the goal, which is impressive for a non-aggressive child who prefers to be a defender. It was great! Cheese Puff actually scored two goals in his last game, which I missed because I was watching Baby Plum's game. Bob and I tag teamed their games as best as we could. So Bob got to see his goals.

Baby Plum opted out of baseball this year, but Cheese Puff wanted to continue with T-ball. It starts up as soon as soccer ends, but he doesn't seem to mind. He likes hitting and running. I like T-ball. The pressure just isn't there.

As for the play, we thought Little Elvis did a great job. He was loud, and cute, and now likes to say that, "People say I stole the show." I told him that he didn't really need to go around saying that. He could just think it to himself. He seems to be okay with this.

Since school starts so early around here, we will be getting out pretty soon. The boys are excited. I think Bob is, too.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter duds

The boys looked cute in their Easter duds, so I wanted to share. They each had the same brand of shorts in different styles. Baby Plum wanted to wear his with a button down, bowtie, hat and Chuck Taylors. Little Elvis doesn't want to dress up, so he just wore a golf shirt and leather loafers. Cheese Puff agreed to wear a hand-me-down hat, and a cute new pair of shoes I got him at work. They weren't matchy-matchy, but I thought they turned out pretty cute.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Small steps

It's been a very long time. I think we just needed a break. Unfortunately, that break included me not taking as many pictures as I used to. The boys are growing, and being cute. And what do I do? Not document it.

We have a few cute ones, though.
Here the boys are dressed up. Baby Plum loves to dress up. He likes to wear his tie, hat and Chuck Taylors. The other two are agreeable sometimes. I'm hoping to get Cheese Puff to wear a seersucker hat on Easter. We'll see if that works.

Lots has happened while we've been quiet on blogger.
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Bob won an award for Community College online teacher of the year (it had a different name, but that's what it is.) A couple of days after winning that award, he headed for California to participate in the SOFIA program. He and another local teacher got to fly way up into the upper atmosphere with a special research telescope. They flew 10,000 feet higher than regular airplanes. March was a big month!
February was a big month for all of us. Excuse the blurry picture. Little Elvis turned 10, and got to watch 2 professional basketball games! And Cheese Puff turned 5, and had a birthday party with only girls in attendance. He is quite the Casanova in his classroom.
Some random group shots. Since Little Elvis loves basketball, they all do. Cheese Puff is holding my friend's fake knife. She loaned it to me, and we lost it. We found it, and I wanted to send her a picture about our discovery. I think it's just a cute picture.
We started our Spring Break vacation by visiting a brand new, nearby IKEA!! We met Bob on his way back from his SOFIA trip. The boys kind of liked the store. We found a couple of fun things, but nothing big. They each brought money, and Cheese Puff bought himself a stuffed animal.
Little Elvis decided to participate in another play. Here he is in his costume. Baby Plum is kind of waving in the background here.
Aside from acting, Little Elvis has really gotten into drawing. He's always doodling. Last night, he decided he needed to draw elephants. So, he found a picture in the encyclopedia, and drew it. We were very impressed! I've been talking to people about getting him in an art camp this summer. He certainly doesn't have formal training. This is a long way from the child who refused to pick up pencils or crayons.
This one did not have a birthday in February. But he's still had stuff going on. Here's a selfie he took at the store where I work. The boys were there to be in a clothing ad. Baby Plum refused to model then, but...
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he did last week! He lost those top two teeth around Thanksgiving, and they still haven't come in. But we got some cute little Tooth Fairy pillows, and he was the perfect one to model them!

He participated in a STEM club at school last month, and had the best time. He really loves school, and homework.
So, when he saw a telephone table that my mom's friend was giving away, he had to have it as his homework table! We painted it white and reupholstered it to match our dining set. He seems to really like it.
This little one turned 5 in February. He had a small birthday party with 5 little girls in attendance. He invited one friend that was a boy who wasn't able to come. He definitely didn't mind. The girls were hilarious. His teacher says she can't figure out what it is, other than that he's just super nice. All of the kids want to play with him, and they think it's a big deal when he plays with them. But whatever it is, girls LOVE him.
And the feeling is mutual. Here he is with professional cheerleaders at one of the pro basketball games we went to for Little Elvis. He loves ALL females, no matter the age.

So, that's a small catch up on us. I've been bad about keeping in touch with lots of people. Hopefully, this will spur me to be a better friend and family member.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Costumes!

This will be a post heavy with pictures. I've been unintentionally stockpiling. It's a busy costume-y time of year!

First, we got an amazing present in the mail a couple of weeks ago! Ann Wyse made this...
amazing clown costume and sent it to us!  The boys LOVE it, and the little ones can't wait to get big enough to wear it. Little Elvis requested a blue and gray clown costume (a combo of his two favorite teams' colors) and she picked fabric with stars, which Bob loves, too!
Isn't he cute? He had his face painted at school that day, and it just happened to be a gray and blue star. Very appropriate!
This is Red Ribbon week at the boys' schools. They have to wear different things each day. And none of their costumes match up. It's been fun. On Monday, Cheese Puff  had to dress like a scarecrow to scare drugs away. Or something like that. He told me this evening that, "You can't eat drugs, but you can eat bugs!" I'm not sure he's getting the point of this week. Anyway, here's what we came up with -- cutting up a paper bag. I think he looks pretty cute.
Here are their costumes for Halloween. Little Elvis is a touchdown. Cheese Puff is Scooby Doo wearing pajamas. Baby Plum is the Roadrunner, because why not?
We were trying to show off his tail. I thought the Roadrunner was purple, but he might be blue. Our Roadrunner is purple.
You can see his face better in this one.
Easiest. Costume. Ever! Thank you, Cheese Puff!
This was pretty easy, too. Although it does go against my rule of not buying costumes. It's an adult costume, and it was so perfect for him (and half off) that we had to get it. He loves it.
Ok, one final costume. Cheese Puff had to dress up as what he wants to be when he grows up. He wants to be a weatherman. We do not have little blazers his size. I was not buying one. So, he's an "every" weatherman. He's wearing his Lightning bolt shirt, a rain jacket, a toboggan and swim trunks. That's pretty much every weather. He LOVED it. I'm sure the folks at his school are used to our crazy family, and thought nothing of it.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Year Pictures!

We have taken some year pictures of the boys -- kind of late, per usual. We took 4-year-old pictures of Cheese Puff and 9-year-old pictures of Little Elvis in July. Their birthdays are in February. Baby Plum turned 7 in September. We took pictures two weeks ago. Catching up.. a little bit.

We try to let them show their favorite things from the year with their year pictures. Baby Plum has discovered a love of ties. So, my mom and I got him a dapper hat and blazer to go with his new tie I got him for his birthday. He LOVED the new duds.
Showing off his new dressy clothes.
He lost both front teeth since this picture. Our timing was good, but I'm not thrilled about the background.
I wanted to take Cheese Puff's pictures before we cut his hair off. We may rethink that. But, we let him wear pajamas for his year picture, because the child LOVES pajamas. He decided to pose with Puppy. He loves stuffies, too.
I like his smile in this one.
Little Elvis loves basketball now. He also likes sporty clothes.
I wasn't happy with his outfit, so I think we pick the close ups of all three.

Now I just have to order them and print them. Maybe I'll get that done by the time Little Elvis and Cheese Puff age up in February.