Friday, October 17, 2014

All Over August

Kids shucking corn, lots of corn.

Catherine fixing a shirt for Anne.

My sister and her boys stopped by on their way to visit my parents.

Dan gave the boys tractor rides.

Matthew loved it.

Andrew thought it was pretty cool, too.

For some reason, it is fun to sit on the propane tank while waiting for your turn. 

A big batch of bread and butter pickles.

One day Anthony woke up like this.

It didn't seem to bother him much.

But it rather alarmed the parents.

After a trip to the doctor, we all figured it was probably a reaction to a spider bite or something.  Two prescriptions and a week later, it was back to normal.  Whew!

Ice cream treat!

Dan's stuffed jalapenos.  I ate several, but they were hot for me.  Good, but hot!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

First Day of School 2014-2015

This year our first day of school was on August 18th.  Hard to believe that was almost two months ago!  Catherine is in 5th Grade, the twins are in 4th Grade, Joseph is in 2nd Grade, and Anthony is in Pre-K/Troublemaker Grade.

Joseph was entertaining himself, waiting for the rest of the kids to get there.

Got two now.

Here they are!

Probably the best picture out of the bunch.

We are ready for school, Mom!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rock Climbing Classes

Dominic and Joseph had been begging for months to try rock climbing, so in the first half of August, the kids got to take two classes.    At our YMCA, we can sign up for the family price for rock climbing, so for once having more kids made it a better deal.  :) 

Anthony got right to it.  He had no fear, until he stopped to look down.

There goes Dominic.

He almost made it to the top of the 45 foot climbing wall.

Catherine's first try.

She made it quite high.

Joseph's turn.

The teacher was surprised at how easily Anthony climbed up at only 4 years old.

Dominic got even closer on his second try.

Poor Anne discovered she does not like climbing up high, so I didn't get any pictures of her.  She and Anthony did not come back to the second class. 

Joseph beat his record, as he likes to put it.

Dominic made it to the top!

Catherine got really close to the top.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pictures From Dominic and Anne's Birthday

Nine years old!

Anne with her horse cake.

Dominic chose a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, with chocolate sprinkles and chocolate and white chips on top.

Cake after a Pad Thai lunch.

Anne with her much longed-for unicorn Dream Lite.

Dominic got a new watch.

New binoculars to go bird-watching.

A helmet for backyard baseball.

A sewing kit of her very own!

Remote-control helicopter, just what he always wanted.

Friendship bracelet-making kit.

Baseball pitchback net.

Anne got right to work sewing up a hole in one of her stuffed animals.

Grandma with the twins.

Grandma and Uncle Joe were here for the weekend, so they got to join in on the birthday fun.

In the afternoon, Daddy took the twins to ride Go-Karts.

Dominic on blue, Anne on green.

This time Dom on green, Anne behind.

They loved it.

Then came some fun at the arcade.  They had a great birthday!