Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Great Wolf Lodge

We took the boys to the Great Wolf Lodge indoor waterpark last night. They LOVED it!! There was so much for them to do there! Trey and Bill were at the water slides most of the time, and I stayed with Nick in the "Soak N Oak" area so he could play.
Every 5 minutes or so this great big bucket of water dumps over everything! I caught a picture of it...
Below is the Soak N Oak area. Off the top of my head, I would say Nick went down this little slide about 100 times! He even got daring, and started going down head first (the water is only 1 foot deep here) until he got "yelled" at by the lifeguard...they are supposed to sit on their rear ends... Trey having some fun! There are all kinds of things to pull and make water dump, or squirt.

Bill & Nick getting splashed!

They also had a HUGE area that reminded me of Chuck E Cheese. You even got tickets for playing the games. They ended up turning theirs in for a wolf puzzle, and some candy.

I thought this was really neat. Every night at 8pm they have a "show" at the Clocktower in the lobby. All the kids come down in their PJ's and watch the show before bedtime. This is a picture of the show right before it started. It was kind of corny, but the kids really liked it.

All my boys watching the show.

The boys were pooped! But they managed to watch a little bit of Spongebob in bed, before crashing!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

3 Year Checkup

"Moose" as Bill likes to call him...had his check up today. He's off the charts in weight (45 lbs) and in the 90th percentile for height. He talked Dr. Easley's ear off the whole time! Quite a switch from the piercing screams he used to make a year or two ago at the Dr's office.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

More Swimming...

Another week of swimming lessons down! Nick can hardly contain his excitement...he wouldn't stop bouncing up and down so I could get a decent picture.
I was so relieved last week to see that Karen Mengerink is their teacher. I think she does a great job - and more importantly, doesn't take any crap from the kids! So any chance he gets, Trey tries to show off his "professional" swimming skills!!

Bill & I laughed for almost the entire 1/2 hour! I don't think they realize we can see them through the window, up above.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Silly Face

Nick wanted to make "silly faces" and put the pictures on the ' here they are!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Playdate with the Ridenours

Tricia invited the boys & I over for a playdate yesterday. She made us lunch, and then we just hung-out all afternoon. My boys had a lot of fun, and were asking to go back today!! Here are some pictures from the day...
Haydn and Hutch have bunk beds, which I'm pretty sure my boys have never been around of course they wanted to go up top!

Put your hands up!!!

Gwenyth was the odd girl out. She's a cutie!

Below is Nick loving on their dog, Vegas

We almost left with out a group kid picture!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

"Baby" Newman

Newman cracks us up! He is the biggest baby of a dog we've ever seen! He is afraid of so many bizarre things, but not afraid of things you would think he would be (ex vacuum) We brought him home last August, and he was a little chunker of a puppy. During the summer, we spend a lot of time outside with the boys...but Newman got too hot, and would whine at the back door!! Then when we let him in, he would go lay on the A/C vent to cool off! We got a good laugh out of this... Well, fast forward to the last couple weeks when it's been frigid cold and Newman lays on the heat vents to warm up! (below) What a goofy dog!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009



have never learned the proper way to tie my shoes. I make two loops and tie them together - I guess someone else will have to show my kids how to do it!

had stitches minutes after my birth. The doctor cut my butt while making the c-section incision.
I still have the scar.

went to a babysitter who is my husband's Aunt. We were probably there at the same time, though neither of us remember each other.

never liked coffee until a couple years ago. Now I drink about 1/2 pot each morning.

was in college for 7 yrs, but graduated with an associates degree. A girl's allowed to change her mind!!

like the smell of unusual things such as bleach, gasoline, and skunk.

dislike the smell of anything pine-scented or rose-scented...unless it's a real pine tree or rose...

love Disney World! It's one of my favorite places to go! (We went there on our Honeymoon)

never admitted to dating my husband, or called him my "boyfriend"

made my parents hide all the Christmas presents, and put them under the tree over night well beyond the years of believing in Santa. I think I was about 25 before they refused to do it anymore.

cannot stand to have lights or television on when I'm sleeping.

cannot stand sleeping with the top sheet on me. My husband gets so annoyed by this.

went to Europe for 2 weeks the summer after I graduated from high school.

got up at 5:30am, 3 days a week (along with a group of friends) to go work out at the YMCA my senior year of high school.

once ate an entire tub of CoolWhip in one sitting, with my cousin Nikki.

love food. Cooking it, eating it, and sharing it.

So there you have it! 16 things about me you may or may not have known. I was tagged by Nikki, and I now tag Tricia and Ryanne to do the same!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Swimming Lessons

I, of course, forgot my camera in the shuffle of things tonight...but the boys had their first swimming lessons on their own!! No more parent/tot classes for us! I was soooo nervous about Nick and his listening skills (or lack of)...and also of the fear of animals in the water (remember that from last summer?!) He did ask me on the way to the YMCA if there were fish in there...but they did wonderful! I think Nick even enjoyed it more than Trey! I'll try to remember to take a photo of them next week.

Nick's Birthday Party

It's always amazing to me the difference in personalities my kids have...but birthdays are where I really see it. Trey is just about giddy with excitement when his birthday is near. Nick enjoys the festivities, but doesn't get too worked up.

We had a party for Nick at Grandma Cathy and Grandpa Jim's house last night. Below is the Buzz Lightyear birthday cake.Blowing out his candles...Opening some presents... He got some stickers in a card, and wanted to put them on his belly! Funny!

We decided my cousin Megan wins the cheesiest smile award!

Jenny and her boyfriend
Two cuties! Trey & Avery (Avery is actually 6 months younger than Trey! I think she could kick his butt!)
Avery and Julie
We tried for a family photo, but you can see how well that went...

Thanks for letting us have the party at your house Mom & Dad!!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Nickerbocker!!

Today is Nick's 3rd Birthday! Wow time goes by fast! We had great day hanging out as a family. My little angel (ha!) started his day sleeping on the couch... At lunch time we went to McDonald's Playland, and the kids had a ball as always. Then in the evening we went bowling! This was the boys' first time bowling, and boy was it interesting!! It took about 5 frames before they really understood the "taking turns" thing! There was some sort of tournament going on at Olympic at the other end of the building...Nick actually took off running down one of the lanes and of course wiped out!!! We were soooooo embarrassed! Bill had to walk down the gutters to drag him out of there! Below is Nick's first ball rolling down the lane (we did bumper bowling...)

Trey was actually ahead of me some of the game!!

Our Bowlers!

Look out PBA! Here comes the Evans Family!

Our last stop of the day was for supper at Bob Evans. Nick had a "Smiley Face Sundae" for his birthday dessert!


Happy Birthday Nick! We love you bunches!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Brrrrrrrrrrrr It's Cold!!

Here's a snow angel that Trey made the other day. I don't think we'll be going outside to do this for a couple days!! It's too COLD!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Snow Daze

Saturday, Trey stayed home with me and Nick went Snow-plowing with Bill. Trey and I went outside and played in the snow for a little while (when I say little, I mean about 15-20 minutes) until he was too cold. We made snow angels, had a snowball fight, and wrestled with Newman!! I took quite a few more pictures, but these were the only ones I could get to post.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Spaghetti Faces!!

Spaghetti is by far the boys (and mine) favorite meal. Bill on the other hand despises it. So, since he is usually not home for supper a night or two during the week, we have it when he's gone! Actually the first time I made spaghetti when he was home, his response was "What did I do wrong?" Point taken, but I did laugh pretty hard!!
I make the boys strip down to their you can see below, It gets pretty messy!
Notice anything different between the two boys? They ate the same portion, and Nick is a MESS!! :)

Monday, January 5, 2009


I'm going to go back a couple weeks...I had some events I wanted to share, but unfortunately didn't take pictures. My Mom emailed these pictures to me...
We surprised my Mom & Dad with a day trip for their Christmas present. We only told them to be ready at a certain time, then a Limo picked them up. They had no idea where they were going! We (Me & my family and Steve) got them tickets to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and then dinner at The Columbus Fish Market. Below is a picture that Steve took of them in the Limo before they left. The next day we had a Christmas get-together with my Aunt Mary, Uncle John, Megan & Trent.
The boys were super-excited to see that they brought Trent with them!
We tried so hard to get a good picture of the three boys in front of the Christmas tree, but this was the best we could do. I thought it would have been really hilarious if Trey had his hands over his eyes...(Mom & I thought it would look like the "Hear no evil, See no evil, Speak no evil")
I honestly don't remember what was going on when we took this picture...

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year 2009!

We had a fun-filled, but very late night last night! The Figleys invited us to their house for a included. There were quite a few adults there, but TONS of kids!! It was insane!!
I was so surprised the boys made it awake until midnight, especially with the constant running and playing that started the minute we got there. Of course you'll notice that there aren't actually any pictures from the event...
Well regardless we did have a great night, as I hope everyone else did. Today we are lounging around, and eating saurkraut & sausage per tradition (below). Some lounging going on below...