Friday, November 11, 2011

Hate to say it...

But we are missing football already!  A few weeks ago, we finished off the season with the Tiny Mite Superbowl and a great party for the kids.  Since then, we have been having football withdrawals!  It has been strange to have all this free time and being able to cook dinner and eat it at home instead of at practice.  But it has been nice too be able to do those things too.  We will miss football, but until then we have some great pictures to hold us until next season.


 Helping with a tackle in our last regular season game.

 That would be Christopher being tackled by 2 defenders.

 Strong arm and keep on going.

And on his way to the end zone!  He got his first touchdown in that game and we are so proud of him and the Seacoast Titan Tiny Mites!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween Fun

Well, after much snow, power outages and delays, we were finally able to take the kids out trick or treating on Monday night (who would have thought to actually do that on Halloween?!)
 My bird boys were ready to head out as soon as the clock struck 5, the official trick or treating start time. It started out as one of those nights when Aiden was not having any part of his costume, but thankfully once we got outside he let me put it on and never thought about taking it off again.
And we're off!

We did a practice round at our friends' grandparents' house. Aiden had it down after that and he was ready to go to other doors.  What kid wouldn't love this: look cute, smile and ask nicely and candy is dropped into your hands!  Score!

The country is safe, and large green pigs will run and hide from these two!

Riding in style from house to house.  So thankful they brought this out with us!  Made the night much easier. 

Happy Halloween from our gang of goblins!

First Snow - 2011

 It may have come unbelievably early this year, but it didn't stop Christopher from running outside to catch his first snowflakes of the year.  I love his unwavering enthusiasm for the white precipitation, even when it never seems to stop falling!

It's hard to take Halloween pumpkins seriously when they are covered in snow.

Monday, October 10, 2011

September Favorites

My favorite pictures from September

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fall Fun Day

We took advantage of some beautiful fall weather and Columbus Day weekend, which means no soccer, and did some of our favorite fall activities.  Spending family time is a hard commodity to come by lately, so we seized the opportunity, and our visitor from TX, and headed out. 

Our first stop was Coppal House Farm corn maze. This place is amazing!  Every year they create a corn maze, over a space that is 16 acres large, in the shape of an animal. This year we got lost in a turtle.

Monkey got a little tired part way thru, so Daddy helped out

 Thankfully we saw the sign before we turned that direction. 
Only got turned around once.

Next it was off to Demeritt Hill Farm to choose our pumpkins and pick up our last Honeycrisp apples of the season.

 The boys had very different criteria for choosing their pumpkins.

 Christopher's had to be just right... I think he picked up every pumpkin that was in the field.

 As for Aiden, his choice was easier to make...

It was only based on which one he could pick up the easiest.

Time to decorate:

 Aiden took an abstract approach.

 While Chris and Christopher took their time planning.

Christopher does not like getting slimy, weird I know, so we enjoyed torturing him just a bit.


The boys loved their fall day and hanging out with Miss Amanda Holley.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Year 3, Day 1

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Fun 2's

In honor of Aiden's birthday, I am renaming this stage the Fun 2's in hopes that he will get the message and not make them terrible!  ;)

 Today, my sweet Aiden, you turned 2!  For several days we practiced how to tell people how old you were and that it was your birthday, and today, with your cute little grin, and your two fingers in your mouth, you wore the age so fully and so proudly.  +

You turning 2 has so many milestones for this family, as it was just one short month before your birth that we moved here.  Your birthday is a beautiful day for us, as we welcomed you into our world, and became part of a new community in NH.  Double blessings in such a scary time for us.

But as for you, Aiden, you are sunshine to your daddy, brother and I. So much fun, an infectious laugh, hugs, kisses and tackles all rolled into one little boy.  You are like your big brother in so many ways: you love everyone, play hard and you are extremely smart. But, my baby, you are definitely your own little man.  You are very vocal about your likes, and dislikes, when you are happy, and definitely when you are not. You won't just go with the flow, but make yourself heard....always!  Fiercely independent, but you still ask for help, if only as a last resort. 

I am blessed to stay home with you right now and watch you grow. Each day we play, we laugh, snuggle and learn.  While I love having daddy and Bubba home with us to share those times, most days I am glad it is just us two; we have our time and it is precious.  While most days go well, you have found your way into your name:  Aiden - "fiery" - and many days you live that loud and proud.  I can see that you and I will go toe to toe over the years as your independence continues to grow, but I know that you will always be passionate and strong in your convictions, that you will work hard to figure out the puzzle and get the job done. 

I love you, Monkey-man, and I cherish every smile, every kiss, snuggle and hug.  You will always stay my baby no matter how old  you get. I pray that God will continue to grow your passion and your love and that those two gifts will serve Him greatly in years to come.  You have so much ahead of you, and I pray that you grow into your whole name: Aiden Zachary - Fiery man of God.

I love you!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Football Fever

For years, pretty much ever since I found out our firstborn would be a boy, I have dreaded knowing that I would have to accept him playing football. I know, one of every mom's fear, and in TX, one of every mom's dreams, is to see their little guy pounding down the field (or pounding down on the other team).  So when we moved to New Hampshire, I seriously thought I had dodged the football bullet.  Huge sigh of relief!

Alas, that was not so. Turns out there are quiet a few football fanatics up here, too. (I am talking about families involved in the sport, not just die-hard Pats fans. ;) )  Then to find out one of Christopher's best friends played pretty much made it so I could no longer avoid this sport.

Two weeks ago (yes, I am that far behind) Christopher had his first game of the season.  I still had my reservations, but as they took the field, I have to admit it, I was loving it!  All of a sudden I missed those Friday night fun-fests and the game itself.  To top it off, Christopher was loving it which sealed our football lives.

These pictures are far off since they don't let all the camera toting mommas on the field, but in both "action" shots, Christopher is separate from the pack.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Cannoli Wars of 2011

No trip to Boston is complete without a Mike's Pastry run.  Our family has become somewhat addicted to their cannolis.  Delish!   The only problem is this:  if you don't go to Mike's when you first get to town, the line will be around the block by the time you are ready to take some home at the end of the day.

So it was this past Saturday.  Knowing what the line is like at 4 pm, we made our usual stop at noon for a post-lunch treat.  

MMMMM!  There is nothing like it!

After we spent our day walking off those calories, we thought what better way to end the our visit than to have just one more (we usually only go downtown to get them when we have company, so we argued that these treats occur only twice a year, therefore, indulgence justified). Off to Mike's we go, hoping that the line is not too bad since we have a train to catch.  All hope was dashed as we see the line all the way down the block and around the corner.  DENIED!

But wait... there, just a block away, sits Modern Pastry, rumored to be just as good, but way less crowded.

Dare we??  Of course!

Time to find out who has the best, Mikes or Modern?  An age old question (or maybe not) will be answered in a completely scientific way.

First up, Mom's votes.

Even though she had the cheesecake from Mike's this time (sinfully delicious!), she still chose Mike's cannolis over Modern's

As for us:
 (yes, we are that disgusting couple!)
Chris' vote: Mikes

And me?  Well, Mikes of course!

Modern was good, but there is nothing like a cannoli, and many other treats, from Mikes Pastries.  So, my NH friends, if you find yourself downtown Boston, make sure to go early and bring one home for us!