Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween Traditions

For past few years, we've gone over to my parents house to carve pumpkins. This year was especially fun because the boys were in to it. We played outside, ate dinner and carved pumpkins.

Jacob and his buddy "Pig Pen"

Jacob sporting his pumpkin carving garb, a Jack O' Lantern shirt

Aidan showing off his Skeleton shirt - which glows in the dark . . .ooohhh!

The boys with their pumpkins

Jacob is excited thinking about what to carve

Aidan decides to take a bite . . .not such a great choice

Whoa! It's gotta a little, something!

"Please, no more photos, no more photos. Just leave me and my seed alone."

Aidan still hasn't learned and continues to try different parts of the pumpkin.

Maybe if I take a bite out of the big part it will be better!

Uncle Doug and Uncle Travis working on a crossword puzzle . . .are we 80?

Jacob scoops out the insides

Aidan finds something truly edible, Cheerios! Thanks Aunt Riss!
Jacob and Papa start carving!

Inspecting the finished product

Aidan inspects his pumpkin

The whole gang

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Deja Vu?

Didn't we just see pictures from the zoo? Yes we did, but we love going to the zoo and went again last week. (yep, I'm a week behind on getting the pictures up) This time my sister joined us (haha, just realized I don't have any pics of her - oh well. You can check out her blog, The Knight Family, and there are some cute pics of her with Jacob) along with our friend Mark and his son Justin. And, as promised, I have more pictures of Aidan. He had a lot of fun hanging with the guys!

Aidan looking at the bear

Aidan checking out the bear with Justin

Yep, I'm hangin' with the boys!

Justin points out something

Jacob and Aidan looking at the huge fish

Mark, Justin and Jacob ride the tractor

Oh, by the way, we have a walker! Aidan has started to walk with the help of the push toys. He doesn't have quite the same intensity that Jacob had with it, he's happy getting around by foot or hands and knees. It's fun to watch him cruise around and I'm sure it won't be long until we have two running around like crazy boys!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Great times, great friends, great kids

Last week our great friends, Matt, Amy and Heidi were in town for a wedding. We always love when they come to visit and feel so blessed for the amount of time we get to be with them. At this point in life, they live in Boston while Matt finishes his residency. They will probably be there for a few more years, after which we are hoping they will be coming back home to AZ! (But not thinking about it or hoping too much - wink wink) Anyway, on Friday, the whole gang - the boys, Cody and myself, Uncle Travis, Matt, Amy, Heidi, and Amy's dad all met at the zoo. We have a another mutual friend, Melissa and her son Luke, who met us there as well! They weren't able to stay as long, but we were excited to have them join us. It was a blast to have everyone together. Both Melissa and Amy are expecting (I'm kicking myself now for not taking a picture of the two pregos together - oh well). Amy in February and Melissa in April. Can't wait to meet their newest additions! At any rate, here are quite a few of the pictures I took - I had a hard time choosing, there were so many cute ones. I realize that most are of Jacob and Heidi. Aidan was in his stroller 98% of the time, so I didn't get many cute ones of him this go round. I felt a little guilty about that when I got home and realized I hadn't had many shots of him. Next time, I promise.
Here are the ones that made the cut:

Smiley boy Jacob

Luke, Heidi and Jacob consulting the map to see where we would be off to next

Luke, just chillin' in my stroller

Heidi and her daddy

The cuteness that is Heidi

The littlest stud, Aidan

Proud parents to be, round two - Matt and Amy

Heidi with her Papa

Just wanted to show you that we did actually see animals
Cody, Jacob, Heidi and her Papa looking at the orangutans

Uncle Travis and Aidan relaxin' in the shade

Heidi sharing her peace offering, a leaf

Jacob and Heidi feeding the turtles

Lunch time hugs!!

Working off all the food they ate (or didn't eat)

How do you think this moment ended?
1. With a sweet kiss from Jacob to Heidi
2. With a not so sweet flattening out of Heidi

We'd all like to think it was number 1, I'm sorry to say it wasn't . . . .(it wasn't a major face plant - Jacob wasn't trying to be mean, he just got excited and gave her, what I would like to call a "love nudge")
Heidi took it like the strong woman that she is and was fine and running around again,
and yes, Jacob apologized.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Go Cubs!

We are hoping to see the Cubs win tonight and keep the series alive!
Go Cubs!

Monday, October 01, 2007

The Thomas Boys meet Indie!

Last week, we were blessed to be able to spend time with our great friend Lisa and her 6 week old baby girl, Indie. It was so great for me to catch up with Lisa and to meet Indie for the first time. I really didn't think that the boys would be all that interested in her. I was a little off on that thought. They were very interested. The boys were very curious about the little being that lay before them. They wanted to love on her so much, and by love I mean poking and prodding and kissing and snuggling, but didn't understand that she was too little for all the lovin' they wanted to give her. I just laugh at the pictures because it appears that Jacob's head is the same size as Indie's body. Which it really could be. My son, God love him, has a gigantic noggin. Poor Indie probably saw this huge head coming at her and just didn't know what to do! :-) I am happy (and relieved) to say that she survived her first interaction with two little boys. Maybe Lisa and Jason won't have to worry about boys, ever, because my two traumatized her. Just kidding, they weren't that bad. Thanks for the visit Lisa and Indie!

Little Miss Indie, practicing her Dr. Evil imitation

Jacob going in for a kiss

The boys checking Indie out

"Ok, what's going on?"

"Seriously, what's going on here? This kid has got a huge head!"

"Holy cow, there are two of them!"

Aidan decides to wage a sneak attack, poor Indie has no idea.

"Oh sure, you just sit there and take my picture while Aidan gets me . . ."

"I know there still here, were did they go?