April 22nd, 2012

We headed over to the neighbor’s house last night. They have a great area set up behind their house for a bonfire.

Gavin was a little chilly. He snuggled with Daddy to keep warm.

The Queen of S’mores was giving lessons!

Gavin’s Halloween Practice

October 26th, 2011

Gavin seems to be getting the idea of Halloween. He was practicing his “scary” face last night.

Scary Face

Daily Comments from Daycare

October 21st, 2011

Today’s comment got Scott and I laughing. Gavin just grinned.

I think Gavin has discovered that girls are kinda cool. It seems each day, he has a different ‘girlfriend’ and tells them they are “so beautiful”!

Cute Cousins

October 9th, 2011

Chalee and Gavin both had a great time at the Kelsay Farms fall festival. I was able to capture a few cute pics while they were on the jungle gym.

Gavin gettin’ his groove on!

October 4th, 2011

I recently got my jukebox back in working order and was trying it out when Gavin decided he might enjoy the tunes a bit. I made sure to capture it on my iPhone. Pretty funny stuff!

Gavin the Hip Hop Dancer

Fire Bellied Toads

August 7th, 2011

Gavin got himself some new pets. And we got ourselves a new “project”. Michelle is now picking up feeder crickets every couple of days!

Gavin’s new toy

May 22nd, 2011

Mommy and daddy got bit by the toy bug this weekend and decided to get Gavin a new toy. He was a bit apprehensive at first but quickly learned to ride it quite well despite the much needed carb cleaning that needs to be done on it.

He was able to ride it in between rain storms but he was ok with that. We’re happy he was able to have such a great time.

Today was a busy day…

May 21st, 2011

We started off the morning with Scott planning on working on the bathroom and I was taking Gavin to pick out some vegetables for mom’s garden and flowers for our house. And, no bathroom was worked on and no flowers were purchased for our house. But, we had a very productive day!!

**First Order of Business…
Gavin loves to ride the 4-wheeler and 2-seater go-cart at my mom’s house… with an adult, of course. However, the helmet that he has is a bike helmet. So, we are going to get him a ‘real’ helmet.

My new helmet!

One day, he will be big enough to ride this… Sniff, sniff

Just trying it on for size

**Second Order of Business…
Finding out what does fit him…

Look, It fits! But, it's pink! Eeeeewwwwww!

Men on a Mission

Look! This fits, too!

**Third Order of Business…
Hanging out in Grandma’s yard, Farmer Gavin, and a Surprise

Climbing the apple tree

Tapping in the row ends

My little farmer planting corn

First row done... Second row started

My baby's first ATV

The boys checking out the new toy

I am going to keep my ATV in the garage.


On the way home

From truck to bed

Little guy had a pretty full day. He crashed out on the way home from Grandma’s house and I put him straight into bed. We will see how late he sleeps. Hopefully, he will be able to ride his new ATV tomorrow. He is super excited!!

My little Ninja

May 10th, 2011

Gavin graduated to an orange belt today! He started doing karate this winter and LOVES it! He is ninja-like in many ways… He gets new stripes on his belts and never mentions them. Sneaky, sneaky! Crouching Tigers makes it so convenient for parents. They have classes during ‘school time’ at the daycare. So, no more running around after school and the price is right!

My Little Ninja

Celebration of Mothers – Daycare

May 7th, 2011

-We read “Mom Knows Best’ by Stanley Richie and introduced our letter of the week, M
-We talked about some of our favorite activities to do with our mom’s and mad a graph of our findings
-We had markers and construction paper available to create art using self-expression
-We danced to ‘Our Favorite Things’ to help control vigorous body movements
-We traced the letter M to help master our fine motor skills
-We did the gravity experiment to see what toy will hit the ground first when two toys are dropped from different levels to explore air
-We read ‘My Day With Mom’ by Liam Walters and learned how to sign ‘mom’
-We had paint, construction paper, and marbles available to create art using our applying skills
-We sang ‘My Mom Rocks!’ while doing actions to help coordinate movements with words
-We traced ‘I love you, mom’ to help master our fine motor skills
-We did the ‘color fading’ experiment by taping a piece of black paper inside and outside to see which will fade faster to explore cause and effect
-We drew pictures of our mom’s by using black paint and paper to understand similarities and difference between people
-We played ‘Freddy Fish’ to identify our shapes and numbers
-We read ‘Happy Mommy Day’ by Carrie Quick and the children answered questions about the book to retell a simple story
-We used our calendar to see what time of the year Mother’s Day occurs to understand basic elements of time
-We had play-doh available to create art using our forming skills
-We did the ‘Color Changing’ experiment to see if we could make different colors when food coloring is added to water
-We learned fun facts about Mother’s Day and looked at different Mother’s Day cards to identify ourselves as good learners
-We used our paint program to help identify our shapes and colors
-We read ‘My Family’ by Steven Shultz and found the action words in our story
-We had construction paper, scissors, glue, and magazines available to create art using our applying skills
-We did penguins walks, fish jumps, and snake crawls to help master our gross motor skills
-We planted a seed in soil and will keep record of the growth until the seed becomes a flower
-We used our kitchen center to create a Mother’s Day feast just like the family in our story
-We used our computer paint program to create Mother’s Day cards for our mom’s by using different shapes and colors

*Gavin told us he would want to be a bright orange dinosaur
*Gavin told us his favorite thing to do with Mommy is to visit the train station
*Gavin did a great job tracing his letters today! He was SO proud of himself!
*Gavin really enjoyed painting our special project today!
*I absolutely love hearing Gavin sing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles song… It cracks me up! =)
*Gavin knew that ‘swim’ and ‘talk’ are action words! Way to go!
*Gavin said, “I love my mommy and mommy loves me!”

Outdoor Projects (Sept 2009 – Nov 2010)

February 27th, 2011

We had 3 large projects that we wanted to complete in our backyard.

The first is the paver patio. It was NOT even. We tore out all the pavers and added lots and lots and lots of sand and rock. Scott got to add a retaining wall… His favorite project. Our neighbor, OB, brought home a bobcat to help us with all the sand and rock. OB, also, evened out the whole base. It would have taken us forever. Then, we started laying pavers. Scott and I were both a little more precise than necessary. We would place a paver and level, place a paver and level, and it took forever. But, it is done and looking good!

New Patio

The second was a shed. We need a place to store some of our lawn equipment and outdoor items. This project all started when I asked for a few small projects to be completed for my birthday. (For the record, that light switch and door stop have NOT been replaced.)


Scott built this from scratch... Very sturdy!!

This is the 3rd of 3 projects that we were hoping to finish this year. The weather held out long enough for us to finish the main part of deck. We will need to finish the steps and railings, but the largest part is done.

New Deck

Gavin likes to run all over the deck.

New Deck

Fancy deck...

My ‘White Tee’ Boys

November 27th, 2010

We had our family/Gavin’s birthday pictures today. Both of my boys took off their colored shirts and went casual.

White Tees

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