Monday, April 14, 2014

An Afternoon At The Zoo

We hadn't been to the zoo since October as I had let our membership lapse, so the kids were super-excited to go in mid-March.  The only thing they didn't like was that the jungle was closed for updating.  They love the jungle!
Started with picnic lunch!

The girls made lots of notes and drawings.

Joseph and Dominic and their friend enjoyed watching the penguins.

The King Cobra reared his head - hate to meet that in the wild!

Cannot miss out on the lion statues!

Best buddies.

All the kids but Joseph.

Curious meerkat.

Lion on the move.

They are huge.

The giraffes were close.

This one got really close!

Checking each other out.

We had a great time at the zoo!

Monday, April 7, 2014

New Chicks

About a month ago, we got six new baby chicks.  The kids aren't so crazy about the big hens anymore, but oh, these new chicks are awfully cute! 

The chicks explored their new home.

Anthony got to hold one.

He was so thrilled!

Catherine's turn.



Somehow Dominic didn't make into this round of pictures, but he has had his share of holding the chicks!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

What a Season for the Shockers!

As we all know, the WSU Shockers went on a historic 35 game winning streak this year.  What a season!  Dominic and Joseph got lucky because Dan was able to get tickets to another game in February (while they were still in budget range!).  They loved the experience, and this whole season has spurred a lot of basketball practice at our house.  Dominic goes out by the garage for hours, shooting baskets and practicing layups.  Joseph joins in often.

Ready to cheer on the team.

Two little fans watched the team warm up.

The excitement was building.

The arena was full, and the game began! (Of course, they won!)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy Birthday, Anthony!

Today Anthony turns 4!  It's hard to believe he is that old already.  He is very ornery, but also so funny and sweet.  He loves rice, noodles, superheroes, and numbers.  He will sit with a book for a long time, flipping through the pages and counting the numbers.  He was recently excited to discover a book that goes to 1000, and yes, it was the phone book!  He loves to play outside with his brothers and sisters, and always wants to do some work with Daddy. 

Anthony with his tower.

Anthony thought the cat might want want to read about Iron Man.

Looks like the cat was interested!

One day I told the kids to put on two shirts before they bundled up to play in the snow, and Anthony went and put on 8 shirts.

A picture from last weekend.  Anthony loved the new baby chicks.

Happy Birthday to our Anthony!

Friday, March 14, 2014


One Sunday in January, Dan's nieces came for a babysitting sleepover.
Evelyn and Anthony, aka Robin and Batman.

Isabella and Olivia found out it is a bit hard to catch chickens.

The hair-do chain.

The girls learned to make cookies by themselves:
Anthony was waiting for his chance to swipe some cookie dough!

One afternoon the boys got into a cutting paper frenzy:
At least they only cut up what I told them they could!

One day in February, the kids went out to play in the snow and decided to bury Anthony.
Mount Anthony!

He couldn't move.

They had a hard time digging him out. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Working on the Greenhouse

In the middle of January, Dan and the kids worked on the new greenhouse.  Obviously, it was a warm day for January, since no one had on even a jacket!
Greenhouse, complete with door and window.

Who was handling that power drill?


Anthony and Catherine sat on the finished shelf.  It was built strong!

Dominic looked in through the window.

Joseph and one of the cats looked in through the clear wall.

The greenhouse, almost finished!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Go Shockers!

In mid-January, Dan, a Wichita State University alum, took Dominic to his first WSU Shockers basketball game.  At the time, Dan thought, hey, they are undefeated so far, this would be a great time to go see a game.  (Little did he expect that they would get to 34-0!)
Outside Koch Arena, aka, The Roundhouse.

They got there early to watch the players warm-up.

Dominic was excited to wear his new Shockers sweatshirt. 

Some free Shocker sunglasses!

Getting close to game time!

The stands were full as the game started.  (Of course, we know they won!)