Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Look What Wubba Can Do

Bryan was laying on the floor playing with his toys and getting up on his hands and knees or hands and feet and rocking. I ran to the laundry room to stick in some clothes and came back to discover Bryan sitting in the middle of the floor. I called Landon in to ask him if he sat him there and he got all excited and said Bryan is sitting all by himself. So he didn't sit him up. We have tried to get him to sit and he usually just tumbles over to one side or the other after a couple of seconds. This time however he sat there long enough for me to run and grab the camera and take a few pictures. He is not a big fan of the camera flash so he doesn't look to happy in the pictures but he was thrilled that we were all so excited for him.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Look who is 6 months old

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The Big Road Trip of Fall Break

On Saturday of fall break (back at the end of October) we decided we would take the kids to Cincinnati to see the Newport Aquarium and to visit Ikea. Mom volunteered to keep Wubba as he wasn't really interested in going to see fish and we need a judge's permission to take him out of state. On Saturday morning we load everyone up head up to Mom's to drop of the Wubman and Lexi says she doesn't want to go with us she wants to stay with Oma. Jason, Mom and I all tried to convince her that it would be more fun to go with us but she was insistent that she didn't want to go so Oma said she could stay. The remaining 5 Frenchs headed out for Cincinnati. First stop the Newport Aquarium, they were having a special Halloween promotion where kids got in for $5 if they wore costume so we got clothes out of the dress up box for them and took our Firefighter, Pirate and chicken to the aquarium.Aquarium goers pose for a photo

We saw an underwater pirate show and after the show they invited the kids up to the "stage" to pose for pictures. The boys were excited to get up there and check things out, Brenna wasn't interested at all. It was almost like you could touch them

We saw giant turtle and the boys gave him Turtle High Five.A big turtle high fibe

We went to shark video show. It was only few minutes long but you watched it standing on a platform that moved with the show. The show was like you were in a shark cage underwater. It was interesting but the movements were freaky.

The kids got to pick a little pumpkin from a pumpkin patch outside the frog bog. The frog bog was full of all kinds of frogs. I loved seeing the neon colored dart frogs to bad they are poisonous as they sure are cute.

After the frog bog we went to go see the otters and lorikeets but the stroller wasn't allowed in the lorikeet area so Jason took Brenna around and me and the boys went in. The otters were sleeping so not much to see and boy did they smell bad so we hurried over to the lorikeet area. You could buy a little cup of nectar for $1 to feed them but I had left my purse with Jason so we couldn't buy any. While we were watching the birds we found a cup that someone left and Landon really wanted a bird to stand on him so we tried to get one to come to him. I got one on my hand then it walked on Landon but then quickly came back to my hand and went up my arm on to my shoulder. Since he was on my shoulder I kept feeding him and then two more joined him and I became the the bird lady. The boys thought it was hilarious that the birds liked me. We were all laughing until one of the birds peed on my back then it wasn't so much fun for me. I got them off of me and we went out to meet Jason and Brenna. Jason laughed at me and the boys were so excited that they drug Jason back in to the exhibit so he could see the birds. Then Brenna wanted to go in so we left the stroller and headed back. Brenna was feeding one of the birds and it either nibbled her finger or got on her and freaked her out and she hollered and made the bird fly off towards a guy and his daughter behind Brenna, it scared the guy who was squatting behind his daughter and he fell backwards and the boys were laughing again. Here is a picture of our little friend. Lorakeet feeding

After the fun of Lorikeet adventure we head on to a tunnel where they would be doing underwater pumpking carving. Liam really liked this and didn't want to leave until they finished the pumpkin carving. It takes a long time to carve a pumpkin underwater but did you know that when you are done the fish that live in the area are thrilled as they like to snack on pumpkin. Who would have thought that fish would like pumpkin. When were finally able to convince Liam to move on we happened on to the end of the underwater pirate show. The diver "pirates" are great. They really make a fuss with the kids watching. Landon found one and they played patty cake through the glass.
Pirate Patty Cake
Then they helped direct him to attack the other pirate that was with him. Watching an underwater pirate fight

The boys thought that was just great. On to our last big stop. The shark petting area. Liam was in heaven. Landon and Brenna aren't quite calm enough to entice the sharks close enough to pet but Liam was incredibly patient and gently with the sharks. He was good at it, too

Liam enjoyed the shark area so much he insisted on staying there while the other kids went to see the penguins near by. He eventually relented and joined the others at the penguins but kept asking to go back and pet the sharks. I guess he gets that from me. When Jason and I went to Florida last year I spent a very long time at the aquarium we visited's stingray petting tank. We were there so long that the volunteer that was there when we got to the tank left and came back for another rotation at the ray tank. After the penguins and the sharks we reached the end of our aquarium experience and we headed out with three happy and tired kiddos.

From the aquarium we went to check out the world of Ikea. That is one amazing store. We let the older boys go play in the kids only supervised indoor playground while Brenna, Jason and I checked out the rest of the store. Man is that one neat store. If we would have had room in the van and more money in our account we would have brought home all kinds of great things for the house and kids. We managed to get just a few little things and this high chair for the Wubba.

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After taking in the whole Ikea store we checked out, gathered the boys, and it was time to head for home. We had a blast and I am so glad we all got to go on at least one day get away this year.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

We got Pac Man Fever, Pac Man Fever...

Pac Man Fever

Pac Man Fever took over our house for Halloween this year. The kids looked adorable in their outfits and Jason and I had a good time making them. It was fun to work on them with him. Usually I am sewing or crafting by myself but this time he helped make them the costumes. He cut out the ghosts and their eyes and I sewed them all together. Pac Man was a definitely a join effort. Jason created the frame and foundation and I worked on sewing the cover on and creating his mouth, which included a pouch so that people could "feed" pac man Liam's treats. Liam loved this part, but his favorite part was when the mouth was full we would empty it in to his bag. We came to calling it Pac Man puke, and Liam loved to say I think Pac Man needs to puke.

Liam as Pac Man

Here is Pinky

Alexis as Pinky


Landon as Inky



and last but not least Clyde

Wubba as Clyde

Blinky is orange and Clyde is red but they both kind of turned out orangey red in their pictures, unfortunately. Mom and Bill came over to see the kids in their costumes and walked around with us for awhile. When we got back to our house after just one loop they were done with trick or treating and ready to pass out candy instead of collecting. Mom wanted a family picture of us with the kids so this is the best we could do. So I will leave you with our family picture and some random photos of the kids trick or treating.the Family for Halloween

Our first stop
Our first Halloween stop '08Collecting some treats

and posing by the rock (it's in someone's yard but they love it)

A break in front of the big rock house

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween, Our Pumpkins for the year

Happy Halloween 2008. Tonight we will be going out with kids dressed as Pac Man and the 4 ghosts: Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde. Pictures to follow as I have not been able to get all 5 of them together in costume for a picture. Until we have pictures of the Pac Man crew I have pictures of the family pumpkins for this year.

Of course we have Pac Man and the ghost for Liam

Pac Man pumpkin
Then Lexi wanted a princessAlexis' Cinderella

Landon said he wanted a racecar until I found Leo from the Little Einstein and then he was thrilled with LeoLittle Einstein Leo for Landon

Finally Brenna is all about the happy face lately so I found this Happy for herBrenna's Happy Pumpkin

We got a little pumpkin for Wubba but it is too little to really carve in to something. I am going to try and get his picture in his costume with his little pumpkin.

Monday, October 27, 2008

And the Winner Is

You know how no good can come from kids being quiet. Jason and I were chilling on the couch and thought all the kiddos were playing in the basement or so we thought. When Brenna came in saying she needed a wipe

Sharpie Incident the faceIsn't she cute

and one more

Sharpie Incident the hand

When she first walked in I thought she was bleeding but it turns out she just lost the battle with the burgundy sharpie. And in this case there was a second loser,Sharpie Incident the table

My kitchen table, luckily sharpie does wash off tile but not so much the painted wood areas. Just in case you need to know, baby wipes do a pretty good job of removing sharpie from 2 year old's eyelids, chin and nose. There is definitely not a lot of dull moments with 5 kids in the house.

Flashback: First Day of School Pics

I had trouble finding Landon's first day of school picture as Jason took him and to use our little camera to take the pic and when I download that camera the date is wacky and I never know where it puts the pictures. So now that I have found Landon's picture here are all the kiddos in their first day of school giddiness.

The Boy Wonder started 2nd GradeFirst day of 2nd grade

Alexis entered the big world of Kindergarten and K+ allowing her to go all day.Ready for Kindergarten

Then Landon went to 4's Preschool and has the same teachers Liam and Lexi had.Landon's going to preschool

Then Little Ms. Brenna started attending the 2's classPhotobucket

with a backpack almost as big as she is. She was so excited going to school, ran in and hugged the teachers and started playing and all was good until I said "Have fun and I will see you in a little bit" then the gig was up and she wanted no part of me leaving her there. But I sucked it up and headed out and she did fine and had a great time.

Here is how Kindergarten and 2nd grade ended for the oldest two.
After the first day

I can't decide if they are happy to be home or are excited about their first day but they sure were happy getting off the bus.

The French Family Hits the Road

t's fall break so Liam and Lexi are out of school for 3 days. Jason had some vacation time he needed to use so he took off a few days and we hit the road. On Wednesday we headed north to visit my grandmother. On the way to her house we stopped and visited Spencer's Lapidary so Liam could check out the rocks. He is fascinated by rocks and minerals so we let him wander around the Lapidary and check stuff out. He had a great time and of course had to get few specimens for further inspection. In case you want to check out Spencer's Lapidary Got to Grandma's house and had lunch with her. She made me, my favorite Chicken and Dumplings and made a pizza for the kids. We enjoyed lunch on her sunroom enjoying seeing fall come to her woods. After lunch the kids had a blast playing on the swingset I use to play on when I was little. Then Jason took them back by the woods exploring and playing in the leaves. They made a pile of leaves and had a great time rolling around and jumping in them. I kept the baby and chatted with grandma in the sunroom. We had a great time, and it was so much fun to visit with grandma.

Thursday we headed a little south and visited our friends, Shelley, Taylor and Logan. They live out in the country too so it was another day to be outside. The kids had a great time playing on the swingsets and running around the yard. Taylor had a fancy scooter called a Power Wing Scooter. Alexis was amazing on it. Instead of having to push off the ground with your feet you just shake your booty and it goes. She was zipping up and down the driveway and sidewalk. The only part that freaked me out was that instead of using the brake she would jump off, scared me every time she did it. Shelley got out the power wheel truck and the other kids had a blast driving that around and giving the little ones a ride. Here are some pictures from our day. Unfortunately I didn't get any that turned out well of Lexi on the power wing

The last road trip to be discussed in a future blog because I want to include a bunch of pictures since I can't figure out how to post a slide show.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Wubba is 4 months old

Took some pictures of the Wubba Man in honor of his 4 month birthday. He now weighs 16 lbs pounds 1 ounce and killing me to carry him in the carseat carrier. Here he is in all of his 4 month glory.Wubba is 4months

This one he is giggling

Laghing Wubba

Crazy Hair Day

The kids has crazy hair day at school as part of spirit week. Liam's hair is short so not a lot of crazy can be done with it but I did add some green spray to make it a little more crazy and I drew a Happy Face in his hair.Liam on crazy hair day

For Lexi's hair I wanted to try and braid pipe cleaners in to her hair so we could bend it in to funny patterns but her hair was to fine and kept slipping off the pipe cleaners so I improvised and came up with this creation.Alexis on crazy hair day

They were excited to go to school and show off their crazy hair. A few days after crazy hair day I was in the school picking up the Box Tops for Education contest entries I am running and saw Lexi's teacher. She said Lexi loved her crazy hair but when it came time to do listening centers she didn't know what to do because the headphones wouldn't sit right with her crazy hair.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Our Gang~ Old Friends

When I was a young girl of 12-14 and the joy of middle school was upon me I made friends with a group of kids that meant the world to me. We all had our own issues in life and came together when we all really needed each other. We formed a little group we called "Our Gang" like the old TV series. We got shirts and we each took a character. There was Spanky, Darla, Buckwheat, Alfala and me Jomie. We had a great time running the grounds of our apartment complex. Spanky was my boyfriend and Buckwheat was my best friend. Darla and Alfala played supporting roles but were still important to me. We would ride the bus to mall to watch the movie Lost Boys over and over. We visit the local ice cream store and eat frozen floaties in a cone. I have distinctive memories of events with both of my boys. Buckwheat I remember walking up to him at school and patting him on the back and he winced. It turned out, his dad, I believe, had hit with a belt and he had welts on his back. That was a reality slap for my young self. Buckwheat was a sweetheart what would make his father do that to him. What was I suppose to do about? Do you tell like your gut said or honor him and not say anything? I went with the honor him but have always wondered if it was the wrong choice. Buckwheat when I met him was the definition of preppy, he wore dress shirts and ties and carried a briefcase to school, but you could see the twinkle of fun in his eye when you looked at him. In one of my conversations with Buckwheat I learned that he had never had a birthday party, that was unimaginable to me and I told my mom we had to fix that. We held a party for him, nothing fancy but it was all for him. I think it may have been a soccer theme and we had a poster hanging in the kitchen of soccer player. Then there was Spanky. My first big memory of Spanky was of him literally smashing in to me. We were at a haunted trail in our apartment complex and Spanky came running out of the trail and right in to my arms. My young heart was touched by him and he became my first love. Spanky's mom would often ask me to babysit his little sister while she went out. I remember spending time with him and talking to him. He became very special to me. I recall one time his father came to visit and said something to him that upset him, I think it was about him be a little chunky. I think I was there when it was said but not in the room, because I remember him coming in the room and trying so hard to look like it didn't upset him and that he wasn't about to cry. I am not sure if I was babysitting that night or what but I for some reason remember holding him and trying to make it better for him. Spanky and Buckwheat were always there for me as well. I remember feeling like I didn't fit in with my family, that I was so different from my Mom and my sister but when I was with my my gang it felt like the world was right. I learned so much from my boys and thought they would be with me forever.

Unfortunately forever wasn't in the cards. When I was 14 and a freshmen in high school my mom thought we should move 2 hours away. It broke my heart to leave my boys. I saw them occasionally for visits but as life happens we drifted apart. I remember the last time I saw Spanky, I had brought a new friend with me to visit him and we were sitting in his room, I can still see him there. Had I realized that it would be the last time I would see him I would have done things differently and said stuff I wanted him to know. Buckwheat I did better about keeping in touch with. He didn't move until I did. I talked to him and wrote to him. The summer before my senior year he came down and stayed with a friend of mine. It was great to have him back in my life. He wasn't the preppy kid any more but he was still my buckwheat and my heart was happy to have him back. He even went with me for my senior portraits and was in 3 of mine with me. He went back home before school started and I worried about him and missed him. The night I graduated high school I walked off the stage and he was standing there. I couldn't believe it. I had to hug him and hurry back to my seat. After the ceremony we went back to the hotel we were staying at with my dad. We hung out and talked. Then he left. I remember trying to convince him to stay for my graduation party the next night but he didn't. Again if I had known that would be the last time I would see him, what would I have said differently? That night Jason officially gave me my engagement ring and 2 months later we were married and moved to Hawaii. One time in Hawaii I was able to track him down and found out he was in the National Guard. I called the National Guard and tracked him down and found out he was on drill and when he would be back. I called and actually talked to him the day he got back but he couldn't really talk and that was the last I talked to him.

Until a few weeks ago I got an instant message from a girl I have kept in contact with and she said she found Buckwheat on Facebook. So I immediately went and looked for him and there he was. I have looked for him on line ever so often over the years with out any luck. I couldn't believe I had finally found a way to contact him. I sent him a message and he lives just a couple of hours away with his wife and son. I am trying to figure out a way to get to see him. But it has been wonderful chatting with him via messages and a couple of times on the phone.

While chatting with my friend that found Buckwheat I mentioned I thought I saw Spanky on LinkedIn but sent a message and never heard back. She went and sent him a message and heard back from him so I gave it a try and got an email back from him as well. He lives in northern Indiana with his wife, twin daughters and an infant son. The funny thing is he lives near my sister in law who we visit usually twice a year.

So after almost 20 years I have my boys back in my life. It is great to hear from them and see how they are doing. To see what they remember from our time as "Our Gang", it's funny what they remember from what I remember. I am glad they are happy and have wonderful families. I hope to some day get to lay my eyes upon them again and give them a hug. Until then I am happy knowing they are Ok and that I can send them an email when I want to say "Hi"

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Orange Snot Power

Liam, Alexis and Landon were in the playroom pretending to Super Mario Characters. I heard Liam say "I am Mario and I have Fire Power." then Lexi "I am Princess Peach and I have Heart power" Then Landon of course had to state his power but not being that familiar with the game had trouble with his power. He said "I am Luigi and I have have have have ORANGE SNOT POWER" So if you stop by you might want to bring a few Kleenex to ward of the power of Orange Snot, as I am not exactly sure what power Orange Snot gives him.

Friday, August 22, 2008

A Brenna Funny

Picture it Liam is on one end of the couch, Jason is on the other, Brenna is standing between them on the couch. Got it, aren't they cute? Well then things changed. Brenna starts jumping and saying Stupid Stupid Stupid and looking at Jason. I tell her "Brenna that's not nice, we don't say stupid, tell DaDee you are sorry" She stops looks at him, lays her head on his shoulder and says in her cute baby voice, "I sorry you stupid DaDee" My eyes shoot out of my head and I clench my jaw and look at Jason who has turned his head and is trying not to laugh. I can't not laugh so I jump up and run in to the kitchen and start laughing. It was the funniest thing she has ever said. Poor Jason.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Let the Craziness Begin

Today is the last of quiet nights in our house for awhile. Tomorrow will bring the official boy's birthday celebration and the fun of wound up kids that birthday parties bring. After the party shenanigans finish it will be time to prepare 2 of the 5 youth for school to start bright and early on Monday morning. Yep Monday morning we will officially have a 2nd grader and a Kindergartner. Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa, Lexi will get to enjoy the benefits of an all day Kindergarten experience. I really think this will help her to get the concepts they are working on better as she will get extra chances at the information in different formats.

Then to add to the fun of the week it is also the start of the soccer season and for what ever reason we thought it would be a good idea to let the 3 oldest all play. So we now have soccer practice 3 nights a week. The Baby has visitation on one of those nights so we will have to do the divide and conquer and each of us take an event. Then on Saturdays they all will play at varying times we are lucky that not very many of the games are at the same time but lots of them are one right after each other of course at different field locations. Some how we will make it work, we usually are able to.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

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4th of July Chaos

Well our fourth of July was definitely full of fireworks and not just the kind that look pretty at night. The days started with mass chaos in the hallway outside our room. Nothing like waking up to kids fighting outside the door of your room. We had hoped to get out and do some fun family things, the kids decided that it would be more fun to bicker, whine, and not listen to a darn thing we asked them to do. We were determined to try and make a go of it but first we wanted to get Landon's closet shelving re-do finished and Liam really needed to clean up his room. Yeah well that was much harder than it needed to be. Jason worked on the closet while I worked on the laundry that needed to be put away. Liam worked on rolling around on the floor whining and crying that it wasn't fair that he had to clean up his toys and put his dirty clothes in his hamper. So once we finished what we needed to do we took on Liam's room with trash bags and boxes and packed up all the stuff he didn't deem important enough to put away. It is all now resting comfortably in our room until he feels the need to earn them back.

After the drama of the morning we decided we would go ahead and head out for some late lunch and trip to the park. We headed out, went through McDonalds drive thru as we knew that should make them happy. Got the park and told everyone to stay in their seats and finish eating, that once every one was done we would go to the park. I guess Alexis took that to mean everyone but her needs to stay in their seat because with in minutes she is up and roaming around the car. Oh the joy of not listening has begun again. Once convinced back to her seat so that everyone could finish Landon had to start touching and bothering people. Are we crazy to think this adventure is going to work. Finally everyone finishes eating, including the baby who had been screaming for his bottle as soon as we drove out the parking lot of McDonalds. We opened the doors and freed the beasts from the vehicle.

The park was really nice and had lots of fun things for the kids to do and they surprisingly managed to play nicely with no fighting or whining. Sweet relief. We finally got a picture of all 5 of the kids together on one of the playground pieces.

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Then we took the beasties on a walk around the park. We came across a little bridge over a creek and they had a blast watching the water run under the bridge.

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We watched some guys playing frisbee golf. I had heard of it but didn't realize how serious it was. Jason told me that they have different frisbees like regular golfers have different clubs. It was fun to see as I had never seen anyone actually playing.

Then we headed back to the playground area and decided to let them have at it in the sprinkler park. Brenna was hesitant, she would play with the little sprinklers around the edge and on one post. Landon was a lunatic he went running screaming into the water and I would just catch a glimpse of him as he went shooting by. Lexi doesn't like to be wet as she will soon be followed by cold so she sat out for awhile and then finally decided she would go play and off she went. Liam liked it but he liked using the water canons to try and shoot us or other people more than he wanted to get himself soaked.

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After fun was had by all in the sprinkler park we headed for home. Surprisingly everyone stayed awake for the ride home, I thought for sure we would loose a couple to the land of nod. We hung out at home waiting for darkness to come and fireworks to begin.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

It's all in the perspective

This week Liam is visiting camp Oma and Poppa (my mom and Bill) and Lexi and Landon are at Y camp so I just have Brenna and Baby Bryan. Yesterday I got the crazy idea to take Brenna to the baby pool to let her play in the water. So I packed up the baby and the water toys and we headed out to the pool. Brenna had a blast splashing and playing in the water. She played for a good hour while Bryan slept in his carseat. It was peaceful and easier than I expected. Bryan woke up and wanted his bottle so I fed him in his chair to try and keep him out of sun. Took him out to burp him and he went right back to sleep. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to do. Brenna gave me a fit when I said it was time to go but at least she went out the gate even though she was protesting. When I was putting them in the car the lady that ran the sign in area of the pool was leaving and stopped and said "Wow your brave going to the pool with baby and a toddler" I replied with "This is much easier than any other time we go to the pool as I don't have my other kids with me, it is much harder with 5 kids than 2."

So it all is in the perspective.

Just when we thought our life was crazy enough

Just when we thought our life was crazy enough we get a phone call. The kids bio mom had another baby that needed to be placed in care and they asked that we take him in. Jason and I talked it over and our hearts said we had to give it a try for him, for the kids, because we couldn't stand the thought of him going some place like where we picked up Landon and Lexi. So we went against everyone's opinion and followed our heart and picked up Baby Bryan on Monday June 9th.Photobucket

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Man, Boys can be funny

Tonight at dinner Landon (3 1/2 years old) said "Ouch! I bit my chin." Jas and I started laughing and asked him to show us how he bit his own chin. He just bit his lip and said like that, but that didn't stop us from laughing it was still funny.

The winner of the night has to be my Liam. Jason was baking something chocolately and Liam smelled it and said "I smell something." Hubby in his infinite funnyness said "oh excuse me and fanned his butt". Liam replied "your farts can't smell like that". "Depends on what I ate", refuted Jason. They go around and around for awhile then all of a sudden Liam sticks his nose down by J's butt and sniffs and said "that don't smell good definitely not chocolate". J and I both almost peed our pants laughing at our little butt sniffer. Jason's final comment " And I was counting on him to support us in our old age, guess that's out"

Oh what fun a night can be with boys, both big and little

Friday, May 30, 2008

Buried Treasure in our Yard

We have lived in our house for 4 years now and we have always had a spot in the front yard where we had trouble getting grass to grow. It would sort of grow and then die off every year. One of my friends mentioned when she built her house they had left a piece of plywood on her lawn and then sodded over it. So Jas got to thinking and decided to go see what was up in our yard, hoping maybe it would be the same thing and we could just pull it out and our yard would grow in. So out to the yard he went with his shovel, started digging and hit something hard. More digging turned up the culprit in the yard it was concrete. Yes that is right concrete from when they built the house. We pulled out a couple of chunks and figured we better check around the hole just to make sure we got it all. Then we found what basically was a concrete slab buried about 6 inches in our yard. Jason was able to bust it up with a pick axe and we pulled it all out. It turned out there was more than a wheelbarrow load of concrete in our yard. Some of the chunks we pulled out were about 6 inches deep. In fact on chunk was big enough we put in the flower bed as a stepping stone. Once we got it all pulled out we were left with a nice hole in the front yard. So now we hope we will be able to get actual grass to grow in that spot. However if you stop by in the near future steer clear of the whole in the front yard right now it seems to just be a giant mud pit and it will suck your shoes off your feet.

For viewing pleasures here are some pics of the process. You might even be able to notice that there was so much concrete in the wheelbarrow that it flattened the tire. Click here to see all the photos Concrete Nightmare

I am not able to get the slideshow to load to the blog so here are a couple of pictures


the boys

Monday, May 19, 2008

Boys Day at the Indy 500 Track

Yesterday started out bad. The kids were all kinds of wound up and whiny. Jas and I both were at our wits end and it was only lunch time. Jas was sitting on the couch flipping channels and came across a broadcast about the happenings at the 500 on Sunday. He decided that he would take the boys down to the track and let them watch the cars. So they headed out for the track and the girls and I headed to the grocery store which desperately needed to happen.

The boys had a great time. It turns out it was Armed Forces day so they got to check some military vehicles. Landon said he got to fly the helicopter way up in the sky but something makes me think that they didn't let the three year old pilot the helicopter. They sat and watched the race right behind the Wii Fit racecar which just thrilled Liam to know end. They had ice cream, corn dogs and pretzels and great fun.

Here are some pictures from their adventure.

wii fit
loud landon can flyliam


Some ice cream is always nice

ice cream

All the fun and excitement wore Landon right out. Daddy said he didn't make it off of the track before he crashed out.


I am glad the boys got to have fun together. I think Jas had as much fun showing the boys everything as they had seeing it.