Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Very Jolly Christmas

We had a great Christmas this year and enjoyed sharing the holidays with my Dad. We are pictured here on our way to church for Christmas Eve service which is why Paul and I are wearing name tags (we don't normally need those at home).

Santa was very good to the kids this year and they were so excited! Katharine got a ginormous (54") teddy bear - which was exactly what she asked for. Matthew got a big boy bike. And, of course, there were the many other exciting toys from grandparents, etc. They enjoyed an adrenaline filled couple of hours tearing off paper and shrieking over each new thing. And, then they noticed that Santa had turned our never used dining room into a play room and that was the cherry on top - Best Christmas of Katharine's life!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

ECDC gingerbread house

This is supposed to be a replica of our house . Featured is her good buddy Tulah, who helped with the decorating.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Kicking off the Christmas season

We are officially in full holiday hype in our household!  This week we got our decorations up and Friday night we went to see the lights at the county park. Nanna was here and loves taking part in our family traditions. Katharine thought the lights were about the best thing going and shouted over and over how much she loved it all.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Missing me

My adorable babies missing me while I am in Mickey's hometown for an accreditation conference. Can't you tell?

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Criddle is back

Our elf on the shelf is back to keep tabs on the kids for Santa. So far he has been getting into mischief with all his sneaky hiding and, this morning we found him making snow angels in the flour!

Sitting with Santa

Santa came to visit campus yesterday and the kids got to tell him what they wanted. Katharine asked for a ginormous Teddy bear and Matt wants a big boy bike!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Talking to God

A brief, funny "conversation" witht Matt. Last night we were outside after dark and out of nowhere Matt looked up at the sky and shouted in his loudest voice, "God, God!".

Mom: "Matt, are you talking to God?"
Matt: "uh.yes."
Mom: "Well, what were you going to tell God?"
Matt (face up to the sky with a loud shouting voice): "Sharks are mean!"
Matt (after a pause): "and stingrays sometimes bite too!"

Birthday Weekend Wrap Up

Katharine had a great Birthday weekend. Grandmomma and Poppa came to visit and took us to a yummy breakfast at Lost Dog Cafe.

Katharine had over 20 school friends come to party with her at Ready, Set, Rock 'n' Roll (a party place full of jump castles and this humungous blow up slide that I was more frightened of than any of the kids). Katharine, her school friends, her littlest buddies William, Marlee, and Milo all burned off lots of steam and had a blast (despite a brush burn here of there). Everyone shared in some Carvel Ice Cream cake (a favorite of mine when I was a kid) and you can see that Katharine didn't like it one bit! Then she held court in her blow up throne while she opened presents. It was a great Birthday weekend!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Update from the Butterfly Class (excerpt, ECDC newsletter)


The Butterflies have been quite busy over these past few weeks. We've enjoyed making our own puppets out of wooden spoons, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, feathers and much more. We welcomed puppeteer Becky Becker into our classroom for a workshop on how to use them. She was fantastic and had all the children captivated!

We've also been on two different field trips recently, the first to Wannamaker Park. The children explored the lagoon, ran up and down a HUGE hill, and had a blast on the fun playground there. We set out for Kiawah Island this past Friday, toughing out the chilly weather to do some exploring. The children found interesting shells, creatures, and plants and got a brief lesson on how the food chain works. Ask them to show you how clams eat their food!

It's hard to believe that it is almost Thanksgiving! Of course, for us, that means we are gearing up for the annual Thanksgiving feast. Our kids will be helping to cook some of the food in preparation for the meal. We wish you all a great holiday and look forward to being back on the 28th!

Our baby girl is 6

Six years ago today, on a dramatic stormy day, our baby girl made her unforgettable arrival in to the world. Happy Birthday, Love!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fun day @ Legare Farm

Today we headed out to rural John's Island for a hayride and a visit to the pumpkin patch. It was a beautiful, crisp autumnal day and it put us in just the right spirits for some outdoor activities. We saw the usual assortment of farm animals, played on the playground, and took a hayride out to feed some very hungry cattle. By the way, one of the local restaurants we go to serves "grass-fed beef fresh from Legare farms" and I couldn't help but think I may have just petted my next burger.

Being a girlie, girl

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Captain Underpants

Matt has had a super couple of weeks on the potty without a single accident! It was like a switch was flipped and he just got it. We celebrated today with a trip to the outlet mall for a 7 pack of glow in the dark dino underwear!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Superhero race

Just further proof that weird is the new black!