Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nathan's Dream Sport

We just discovered a sport that's been around since the early 1900s. It's called Parkour. Nathan already does this - though on a much lower level. When I first saw some YouTube videos of it, it reminded me of how Nathan has to jump off of every curb, swing on the shopping cart stalls in the parking lot, walk along small walls, and generally be just non stopping! Maybe someday he'll be jumping off of buildings! Yikes!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Brown Family Reunion

We just got back from a marvelous two week vacation/family reunion in Boston. We had a wonderful time as a family. I'll be posting more later!

Friday, June 20, 2014


The kids gave Daron a Captain America t-shirt (which they are hoping he'll actually wear!) and a superhero card for Father's Day. Naturally, that prompted a photo shoot outside. Then I put together a collage which will get framed for his office at work. We have some pretty super kids!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Go Tornadoes!

Daron has been coaching Nathan's tball team this season. I've been helping out, too, as Team Mom and secretary - sending out reminders, ordering uniforms, corralling kids in the dugout, giving high fives, opening water bottles, and cheering. 

Most of the boys had never played before and it's been fun to watch them improve. One of our little guys is autistic and even he has come a long ways from the first practice where he had zero interest to hitting and running around the bases and scoring runs. 

It's been such a joy to watch them become buddies. Though little boys that get too comfortable around each other start making gross noises and hitting each other for fun. Ahwell. 
We actually won two games in a row the last two nights! 

Nathan has started hitting harder and is hesitating less on where to throw the ball and chasing down players to tag them out! He's just adorable. 

And speaking of adorable, Jacob has been trying to get into the fun, too. 
Go Tornadoes!!!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Baby Shower

I hosted a baby shower for a dear friend a short time ago. I can't take much credit for it. I merely provided a backyard, table, chairs, dishes, old suitcase, and a minimal amount of decor that we already have decorating the kids' bathroom. Kelsey and Andrea provided the cute paper decorations, food, games, goody bags, invitations, etc.

This was the first party we've held in the newly refurbished backyard. The weather was beautiful - not too hot, no bug yet - and the company was fabulous.

Andrea made a delicious lime and coconut drink. I kept singing the Muppets song about how you "put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up..."

The lady of the hour - sweet Nicole. We are really going to miss her! She and her husband just moved to Houston.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday Afternoon

This year's Spring weather has been mild. And since our backyard now has grass growing - and a functional garden - we've been spending more time out there. 

This afternoon the kids and I just enjoyed the weather for a bit. 

Esther caught me looking at the ground. 

Next, progression of Jacob's mad face. 
Now for some sweet faces. My kids really are good kids and I am so lucky to have their vibrant and loving personalities in my home. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My Brother Ate My Homework

Jacob frequently climbs onto a dining room chair while the other kids are doing their homework and asks for his homework. I hand him a pencil and paper and he draws/scribbles for awhile. Then he hands it to me with a cute grin and says "finished!"

Yesterday while I was helping Esther with her homework, Jacob ran to get a pencil from the drawer. He came back a few minutes later with an "uh-oh..." and held out the pencil to me.

"Homework," he said, sadly.

I looked at the pencil carefully and realized that half the eraser was missing!

"Where is the eraser, Jacob?"

"All gone. Mouth." He stuck his finger into his mouth.

"Seriously? You ate an eraser?"


I'm not sure if he had eaten it just then or one of the previous days during homework. But one thing is for sure - he ate it all gone! What a kid...