Friday, November 19, 2010

N - Halloween & Joel Turns 3

I don't remember this from when I was a kid but it seems as though Halloween has stretched into a weeklong holiday now. We took Joel trick-or-treating 3 different times - once at the OC dorms, once in the neighborhood and a third time at church during the Fall Carnival. If you have a sweet tooth, we still have plenty of candy so come on over!

Mary did a great job making Joel's costume. He was the Big Bad Wolf. Clay was a little pig and a very cute one at that. Here is a picture before the neighborhood trick-or-treating.

I'm sure every parent says this a million times but it seems like just yesterday that Mary and I took Joel home from the hospital and he's already 3 years old! Joel had a big birthday party at Chuckie Cheese. I don't know how much the adults enjoyed it but Joel had a really good time with his all his cousins and several of his friends. On his actual birthday, we let Joel choose the meal (pizza) and we served up an ice cream sandwich "cake" with a birthday candle. This was no comparison to the amazing cake my mom made him for his party but he enjoyed blowing out the candle nonetheless.

Clay took his first steps on Sunday evening, November 7. Although crawling is still his primary modus operandi, he's gaining confidence on his feet.

Here's one last picture that I thought was funny. We don't play hide-and-seek often but the other night Joel decided all on his own that he was going to play. (I think it was an attempt to avoid bath time.) Usually kids love to be found more than they love to hide but he stayed like this for a good 5 minutes even with me "looking" very hard for him throughout the room.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

N - Bedtime Story

Here is a video of Joel "reading" one of his current favorite books.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

N - Vacation cont.

This post will be mostly pictures with little narrative. OK, you can stop cheering now. Seriously, I'm standing right here!

We enjoyed all the shows at Sea World but our favorite might have been the Azul show. Here is a picture of one of the dolphins from that show.

Here is a picture of Joel checking things out at the Alamo.

If you know Clay, you know he has a good time just about any time and any place.

We took Joel to the Kiddie Park in San Antonio. It turned out to be a great local find. The only problem was Mary did not want to leave the helicopter ride.

We saw this Mexican Elvis all over town and finally were able to take a picture of him.

Joel had a good time at the Houston Zoo and especially in the water play area.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

N - Vacation day 1 & 2

We loaded up the family truckster on Thursday with San Antonio in our sights. After a brief respite in Arlington with Mary's Uncle David and Aunt Karan, we arrived in Dublin, TX Friday for lunch and a tour at the oldest Dr. Pepper bottling company. Although I'm not necessarily a fan of the Pepper, I happen to be married to someone who is. They actually rename the town Dr. Pepper, Texas for one week a year each June. Here is a picture of said Dr. Pepper fan with the city limit sign.

The tour was interesting and we enjoyed the break from being in the car. We drove the Texas Hill Country backroads from Dublin to the thriving metropolis of Luckenbach, Texas made famous by Waylon Jennings. This is probably my 2nd favorite Waylon Jennings song. Any guesses as to the first? The Dukes of Hazzard theme song of course! But I digress . . .

Here's a picture of Joel, Clay and I in front of the Luckenbach General Store. As Mary was taking this picture she got stung by some sort of bee or wasp. It left a huge stinger in her leg. All three residents of Luckenbach were very concerned for her and suggested several questionable remedies including holding a raw onion on the sting. It must have worked because she has survived although it is still red and a bit swollen.

Saturday brought day 1 at Sea World. We were really looking forward to Joel getting to see the whales live and in person. He's been watching the videos online for several weeks. From the pictures below I think Shamu did not disappoint.

We plan to go to church tomorrow morning with some SYC friends and then day 2 at Sea World. I'll post some pictures of the Shamu show and the very impressive Azul show as well.

Friday, July 23, 2010

M- Splash Park

Joel loves splash parks. He had a particularly good time this day with Aunt Dana, Noah and Katie.

M- Clay's first day of Bible class

Wednesday night was the first time I left Clay in Bible class. I asked his teachers to take a few pictures, and I ended up with about 25. It looks like he and the teachers had a good time. We are so blessed to have such a great children's ministry at our congregation. Thank you Brenda and all the teachers who influence my boys' lives toward Christ. I am so very grateful.

I'm pretty sure he's drooling all over his Bible to get back at Melanie and Jen for putting a bird on top of his head.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

N - Clay Sitting Up

The boys are growing up fast. Clay will be 6 months old next week. Just in the past few days he has gotten really good at sitting up on his own. Here is a picture. He's kind of proud if he does say so himself.

All of the Ferguson cousins came to visit several weeks ago. We had a great time playing in the water and celebrating several birthdays.