Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Loving their new pal!

The kids are loving having a puppy.  They each have spent countless hours sitting with her, playing with her and wanting to help take care of her.  Brady told me tonight that he loves Callie more than all his brothers and sister.  When I told him that wasn't very nice he informed me that Callie doesn't take his stuff...all in due time buddy!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Santa's Village with Bumpa!

Our season passes to Santa's definitely did not go to waste this year! I believe this was our 7th trip so far! This time we spent the day with Bumpa.  They had a blast riding rides and playing.  Matthew was a little ticked Brady was tall enough to ride solo when he was stuck riding with me.  He even plead his case with one of the ride attendants..."We are ALL three!  We're quads! It's not fair that I have to ride with mommy!"

My attempt to get a picture of the fab four...can't they ever just all look and smile???

Hey Rudolph! 

A spin in the antique cars 

Brady trying to be sweet, Aubrey being her usual self!

Spin, spin, spin!

Playing by the igloo! 

Bumpa and his girl! 

Crazy boys on the chimney drop! 

Cooling off in the "showers" 

Crazy girl!

Time for the reindeer to have a snack! 

 Cooling off in the water park! 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Girls night in!

Ben and the boys headed for a night at the race track so Aubrey and I got a little girl time!  First up was some baking, then playing hide and seek, then mani/pedis, finally movie and some snuggling!  Love having one on one time!  It is rare but definitely treasured.

4 batches of Blueberry Coffee Cake...yummy!
First the vanilla...

Then the milk...

Baking powder...


Melted butter... 

Cracking eggs like a pro! 

Time for the flour... 

Stir, stir, stir! 

Measure the blueberries...

Stir, stir, stir again!

Time to make the topping!

Sprinkle it on!

Time to eat!  YUMMY!

Mani/pedi in exchange for all her hard work...man that girl drives a hard bargain!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Go fly a kite...or 4!

The other day when we were walking around Walmart the kids saw kites and wanted them.  At a clearance price of $0.75 they each walked out proud owners of new kites.  I was a little nervous about how this was going to go because I never have flown a kite myself but Ben assured me that it was a piece of cake and it was!  The kids had a ball and Cameron proved to be a champion kite flier! Big thanks to Auntie Sam and Uncle Chris for helping keep everyone untangled!

We've been FLOCKED!

Nine years ago this summer there was so much uncertainty, would Ben make it through his treatments?  Would I be able to carry all four babi...