Friday, March 7, 2014

Daily Adventures with the Boys

I love this series of pictures of brotherly love! The boys truly seem to be each other's best friend.

Wearing Granana's shoes...

Henry loves shoes of all kinds.

Looks like the dinosaurs were driving the trucks somewhere!

Busy at work/play.

Henry loves to throw any ball he can get his hands on.

Getting ready to catch the ball (I think).

Simple things like riding the escalator are lots of fun to my little guys! With Charlie...

...and with Henry!

Basketball in the kitchen...

and trains in the living room!

Parked inside the tracks.

We love taking advantage of the indoor playground at the mall.

The boys love to run laps together.

Fun on the ice cream truck!

Driving the train.

The merry-go-round! This is quite a treat for the boys, and they love when I bring a couple dollars for this!

The train table at Barnes and Noble.

More trains at home.

Puzzle fun.

Opening mail from Aunt Rhonda!

She loves to send the boys M&Ms, and they love to eat them! Win win!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

My Birthday

On one of our snow days when Jimmy was home I picked lunch at La Foresta to celebrate my 32nd birthday. Given the sweet people pictured below (minus Dan who wasn't able to come), I'd say I'm a very blessed gal!

Enjoying his pizza.

These Charlie hugs are the best ever!

Yours truly.

Our little dessert guy...lovin' that tiramisu!


We ordered dessert, but when Susan found out it was my birthday she brought a celebratory cannoli!

A glimpse of the happy chaos that ensues whenever we go out to eat with two toddlers...

My actual birthday was a Sunday, so we went out to Cici's after church. The boys like it and they eat free!

Mom, Dad, and Daniel came by for cake after lunch. Here is the flurry of activity surrounding presents.

Daniel and me!

My cake!

We forgot candles so I blew out matches. : )

Charlie tried to eat his cake in one big chunk...

Enjoying our cake!

What my 3 sweeties gave me- candy in a pretty box and a pedicure!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Winter Fun

Here are various pictures from some fun winter activities.

Charlie painting his dinosaurs that Nick and Stephanie gave him... he loved these!

I love how focused he was on painting!

These dinosaurs had aaalllll the colors on them. Every time I would open a new paint color Charlie would say, "Ooooh, [that color] is amazing!"

The finished products!

Though it was often too cold to play outside, Charlie could certainly invent plenty to do inside! Here he is with Sarah Grace in their "tent" under the table.

One morning Charlie built a Cheerio tower...

Once again, under the table. Charlie would move the Christmas tree over to "Pete's house." Pete is the imaginary lion that lives under the table.

Playing with Gammer!

Gammer doubles as a horse, too.

Cheese!! Henry having snack in the toy closet. I couldn't resist taking this picture!

We got several packets of these things from Wendy's kids meals, and Charlie really enjoys making various creations out of them.

Henry helped me in the kitchen some! Here he is admiring the stew for the chicken and dumplings. I wouldn't let him stir that since it was hot, but I did let him help me make the dumplings.

Stirring the dough.

Smiling for the camera, still sporting sleepy nap eyes!

He was having so much fun he continued to play with leftover dough after the dumplings had been dropped.

He also wanted to wear the oven mit!

Washing dishes (i.e., playing in the soapy water!).

Charlie's turn to wash the dishes.

I'm not really sure what Charlie was inventing here, but notice the strategic placement of my spatula and Swiffer. Who needs toys, right?!

At Sarah Grace's birthday dinner!

She chose a princess/pirate theme which I thought was absolutely precious (and original!).

The little guys eating dinner- she picked hot dogs, homemade mac and cheese, strawberries, and juice. It was quite a yummy meal!

Her princess/pirate cake- that's a crown in the middle made of sprinkles and marshmallows and pirate candy decor on the edge.

Blowing out her candles!

Opening the gift we gave her, a Minnie Mouse activity packet for her to do on their drive down to Disney a few days later.

While we were inside partying with Sarah Grace, it was snowing outside! Of course the boys ran out in it as soon as we opened the door to go home.

Admiring the snow the next morning.

They liked looking at it but didn't care much for playing in it. I can't really blame them... that stuff is cold!

Our snowy front yard view.

Henry helping with mashed potatoes one night.

Shaking the salt into the potatoes.

That night Charlie set the table for the first time. Pretty good!

My lovies in their jammies.

Time for a puppet show!

These puppets were made from the puppet kit we got Charlie using Grandma's birthday money!

Here Charlie, Henry, and SG were in a boat. They couldn't let their feet touch the floor!

Making Valentine's Day cards on V. Day morning.

Showing off the heart cookies they got to have after lunch!

Uncle Dan's birthday and his delicious cake from Whole Foods!

The Barker kids, all grown up!