Sunday, February 27, 2011

Some days it would be nice to go back in time...

to this...

This was the day Charlie was born. The boys were quietly singing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" to Charlie. Charlie ended up scaring away Ben and Jack, but Jack came back and sang it again by himself. It was very sweet.

Now 4 and 1/2 years later, some day we still catch glimpses of that brotherly love....but other days, not so much.

One day last week, Jack and Charlie were not showing eachother a lot of "brotherly love". In fact, they were being borderline nasty to eachother. I was DONE and made them sit on the stairs together (our version of a naughty chair).

After *I* cooled down, I gave them the "mom lecture" that they had earned. I then told them that they could get off the stairs after they said something nice about their brother.

Jack, in his best mumbley voice, said: "ummm....I'm glad you're my LITTLE brother".

Charlie sat silently thinking for a minute. Then he looked at Jack and said "I like your SOCKS!!!"

Then they both ran off.


And, just for the record, they were white socks, plain white socks, with Hanes written on the bottom...just like the rest of the socks in the house.

Strange kids...

Friday, February 18, 2011

Flashback Friday...What's in Your Wallet

I was digging through my wallet yesterday looking for a Frequent Buyer card for a store that I rarely use and I came across my "brag pictures". I don't know if it is because of my smartphone, or Facebook, or the fact that I shove pictures down everyone's throat on my blog, but I haven't pulled these pictures out of my wallet forever.

So, here you go....
June 2006
JBD, just turned 4

January 2007
Charlie, 6 months
Summer 2009 Drew...aka "Waterbug"

Summer 2009
Ben & Jack

Summer 2009

Ocean City, NJ

Drew, Jack, Charlie, Ben

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Freaky, Weird, Why do we live here, Weather

Remember 2 weeks ago, when our neighborhood looked like this...

and this...

I didn't post about our lovely weather 1 week ago, when it was -17F.

Well today, it was 57F. How does the weather shift by 74 degrees in 1 week???

So, now instead of doing this...

The boys are now doing this...

and this...

See the big tree on the right. That is the same tree that Ben and Charlie are posing next to in the first 2 pictures above.

Why do we live here???

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My Valentines...

Jack's Card
I should have taken a picture instead of a scan because the "suprise" is the hear that pops out. You just can't tell in the scan.
Charlie's card
We have a Charlie Heart and a Mom Heart.
Not sure what the rest of it says.
It always gets a little sticky when Charlie writes something because he doesn't always put his letters in the right order, or even use all of the letters. Sometimes, he just writes the first letter of all of the words...which makes it really difficult to figure out. Then, he won't tell me what it says because he wants me to read it like I read everyone elses.'s hard being the youngest, I guess. Anyway, we never did get to the bottom of what else he wrote on the card. But, I do love the card, and he used my favorite color paper. :)
Ben's Card:
I feel so loved. :)

{Back} Drew's cards are always never quite know what he is going to say. Like when he was in kindergarten, this is what his card said...

"To: Mom
From: Drew
I love you because you are my Valentine.
I love you when
I'm sad
I will love you whatever

LOL...I think Drew may be a future card writer for Hallmark, this is what he gave me this year...
"Dear Mom,
You are a great mom. I would never prefer a mom more than you.

My Head Valentine, got me an awesome card too. I'm a lucky lady with my 5 Valentines. :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentines Day...The Morning After

He is currently procrastinating taking a bath because he doesn't want the heart on his cheek to come off.

I also love this picture because for a kid that does not usually care what he is wearing, he has declared these his "favorite pajamas". He asks me every day if his "brown doggie pajama shirt is clean". And, for the record, we do have the matching pants, he just prefers these red pj pants to go with his brown doggie shirt.

I decided to include my favorite Valentine's Day picture ever...

2003 (j, d, b)
I miss overalls....and Jack's "dandelion hair"...and them not being able to move from this position. Just kidding about the last one...sort of. :)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Unfortunately, these pictures are 2 weeks old...

It was fun while it lasted...
I think this is Drew's
"I'm really concerned about this game...and I don't think orange and blue hair is going to help" face.

Superbowl 2011
Steelers (with a creep for a QB) vs. The Packers
Goooooo NOBODY...too bad Charles Martin doesn't play for GB anymore!
I'm going to the party for the company, the food, and the commercials.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Groundhog Dump (Blizzard 2011)

Fun in the Snow..
I don't think the plow is showing up any time soon...

This snow is DEEP...
The "little kid" in the back is DADDY!

Not a good place to lose your boot Ben!!

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

Party time!!

The drop off the deck is typically about 3 ft.
Go Drew!!
Hey about another snow day tomorrow!!

Look, Daddy's in the fort.
Yay...the plow (3:30pm)!!! Not ready to do our cul-du-sac yet, but getting closer.
50 mph winds....
20 inches of snow.....
waking up to -11 degrees the next morning....
It was fun, (well, except for the -11 degrees) but now, we are soooo ready for spring!!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Blizzard 2011

The Groundhog Dump
This storm is cracking me up!!

I hate winter...I am so done with it. It is so cold, and gray, and yucky, and blah. But, this storm has brought some excitement into a cold, gray, dark winter. Snow days all around tomorrow. No work, no school, no where to be at all! It's a nice change.

Since we had nothing to do tonight, after dinner, we went outside to experience "Blizzard 2011" first hand. This was about 4 hours into the expected 24 hour long blizzard.

Actually, the snow hasn't been that bad at is the wind that is making it crazy. I don't think that I've ever felt wind that was hard to stand up. So, we decided to walk to the park.

The slide was extra slippery!! It was pretty funny watching all 5 of my guys come shooting out of the bottom of the slide one at a time. It's too bad that I couldn't get the timing right on my camera.

The walk home was a little more difficult than the walk to the park. Charlie struggled with his short legs in the growing drifts. I wouldn't call him a fan of the blizzard, but he did like the extra slippery slide.

Stay safe...and warm...and off of Lake Shore Drive!!