Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Hello! Melanie told me I needed to update my blog so here it is. We had a great Thanksgiving. I cooked and had the Potts' family over. I didn't burn the Turkey which was an accomplishment. The kids enjoyed the whole day especially the parade. On Friday we went to L'burg and visited with Jean Carol and we got to meet Baby Alex. He is gorgeous and very sweet. The kids had a blast playing with Skylar and Jaryn.

I had to work Sat and Sun, but John and the kids put the Christmas tree together on Sat and when I got home from work we decorated it. I think this year will be the worst year yet with the tree. They won't leave it alone!

I took them outside and took pictures with a string of lights. They were not very cooperative, but a couple turned out.

Today we decorated outside and cleaned the house. Needless to say the kids are very excited about Christmas. Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!

This is Caroline giving John a "makeover". She gave me one earlier. It includes makeup, hair, and lotioned hands. Isn't she hillarious?

Thursday, November 09, 2006

New York, New York

I got to go to New York City my last night in Jersey. Oh my goodness....I had so much fun inspite of feeling really bad. I have a sinus infection I think and starting feeling bad on tuesday! But I loaded up on meds and headed into the city.

There were 5 of us that went. Kathy had lived in New York for 3 years so she made us feel better and safer. I can not put into words what it was like. It is awesome. We took a bus tour that lasted 3 hours. The only thing we didn't see was Central Park. Ground zero was very moving! It just has a different feeling than the rest of the city. WE started in Time Square. That was beautiful. The lights are crazy. They are everywhere. I took pics but they didn't really come out that good. I can't wait to go back and get to see it during the day and go to the museums, the parks, statue of Liberty, and other things that are better during the day.

My trip was successful, although I'm very glad to be home. The kids met me at the airport and ran and jumped on me. I was very excited to see them. I hope you enjoy the pictures from New York.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

I'm here!

Just a quick note to let everyone know I arrived in New Jersey. If you didn't know about my trip I am going to EK Success (probably the biggest scrapbooking company) to receive my certification in Scrapbooking Design and U classes. This will enable me to teach these classes at the store. I will be here until Wednesday. I miss my family, but am excited about the opportunity.

When I have time I will download pics from Halloween.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

We're back!

I'm not even going to start with an apology. I know it has been forever since I posted. Lots has been going on. The kids finished T-ball and their last soccer game is this Saturday. They are excited because they are getting trophies.

This is Sidney and Kennedy the last night of t-ball. They had a lot of fun. Here are their trophies. It was the best part of t-ball. This is a pic of the kids friends Mollie and Gabe. Mollie played t-ball with them. We could not keep the girls on the field. They were so funny. I think they will be good friends for a very long time. They get along very good.

We have been to the pumpkin patch. I threw out pumpkin away today because it was rotten. We went on a hay ride and the kids played on this huge hay pile. This is one of my favorite pictures of Nick.

We also went trick or treating at the zoo. This is our new family photo. Aren't we cute. In case you can't tell Nick is a race car driver and Caroline is Belle. It was cold, but we had fun.

Caroline was very excited about having her picture made with Snow White.

John has been out of town this week on a golf trip. The kids got to pick something special they wanted to do, so Caroline chose Build a bear and Nick chose the baseball museum. On Sunday Caroline painted a bedside table for her room, then we went to Skylar's birthday party in L'burg.

Here we are at the baseball museum. I don't think Nick enjoyed it as much as he thought he would. The factory was loud and he had to wear ear plugs. His favorite part was the real life baseball field. They had life size baseball players in their positions. It was very neat.

Monday night we went to Build a bear. They got new animals and clothes. They had a great time. Then we went to tumbleweed to eat.

Tuesday night we went to a halloween party with Mollie and Gabe. They had a craft, games, and spaghetti with eyeballs in it. Yuck!

In case you haven't seen Melanie's blog....The Uhls Family is expecting a new baby boy in March! We are very excited.

I think that about sums it up from here. I know there is a lot here, sorry. Hope everyone is doing good.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Finally posting!

Ball, Ball, Ball

Sorry it has been so long since I posted last. We have been playing a lot of ball: t-ball and soccer. Lets start with soccer. They are playing soccer at the church and John is coaching. Neither of them like it. Caroline just runs around the field as far away from the ball as she can get and Nick will go after the ball until someone kicks him. Their favorite part is playing goalie and the only reason they like that is bc they get to wear the goalie shirt. Here are pictures of them in their uniforms which they look so cute in. JOhn is doing a great job coaching even though he doesn't know much about soccer. I think he is having fun too.

T-ball: Nick's personal favorite. He can't get enough and we practice in the back yard everyday. JOhn is also coaching tball. When the season started he didn't have enough players so he asked Caroline if she wanted to play and a friend of hers. Lets just say they haven't stayed in the field for a complete inning yet. They run back and forth. They like to play in the dugout or go get a drink. They giggle constantly and it is so funny to watch them. John really likes coaching tball. It is a little frustrating bc we don't have practice so he has to do all the teaching during the games, but he is very good at it. It is great watching him with all the kids.

Other things that are going on: Grandma got a dog. Caroline is in love with it and when she is around CAroline carries her everywhere. Nick likes her, but she is causing a little trouble with his asthma. She is very cute and her name is Lucky.

Caroline is dancing and has really gotten in to it. When I pick her up she says "mom I did all my steps." She looks forward to Thursdays.

I am working at Dee's in the scrapbooking department. I like it, but it is a lot of work. I am working mon, and wed, and every other weekend. I am also teaching classes.

Ok that is about it for right now. I will try my best not to wait so long before posting again. Love and miss you all!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Caroline is finally feeling better. She ate and kept down food for the first time on Monday. It is now Tuesday and John has been in the bed sick all day. I am praying Nick and I don't get it.

Let me start by saying today is AUNT MEL'S BIRTHDAY!!!!!! I will skip the singing.

We had a fun weekend minus Caroline's vomiting. Saturday was the start of soccer season. John and Nick headed out about 8:30. John is the head coach of the hunter green team, which Caroline and Nick will both be playing on. No, John doesn't know anything about soccer, but his wonderful wife thought he would enjoy it after his tball experience. Ok, I may have been wrong. No really, he is excited about it and so is Caroline. After they returned from clinic John decided they need cleats. I took them immediately and now they have cool cleats. She is all about the shoes!!!! Caroline didn't get to participate so she is looking forward to this Saturday.

Sunday, we took them to the driving range to hit golf balls. Let me start by saying Caroline is not the next Michelle Wei. I think tennis is more her sport. She was more interested in the score card at first then after 2 attempts at hitting the ball she got mad because she couldn't hit it as far as Nick and Daddy. On the other hand, Nick is a natural. Doesn't he just look like a PGA pro in this picture? He will be playing in the Potts' family foresome before we know it. And he might end up being better than his dad. (Don't tell John I said that). He was so cute the way he carried his bag (a play bag from Kmart) and how he just stepped up and hit the ball. Yes, he could hit it further than me. He had so much fun and can't wait to go back. We got a medium size bucket of balls and he hit most of them. I think the driving range is going to be a regular event now. He has the golf/Potts' bug.

We are getting pictures of baby Alex everyday and Caroline ask everyday when she is going to get to hold him. We look forward to and love getting them. Sarah is doing good and Joe is eat up!!!!!! We can't wait for his first trip to Kentucky.

That is about all going on here (not really, but this is the good stuff). I hope everyone is healthy and Happy! We send our love.

PS DD I haven't talked to you since you got home and I still haven't seen that belly! Sara Kate will be here before we know it. Keep in touch with us. Tell the girls we said hi! McKenna looks too cool for words on her motorcycle.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Please help us welcome the newest member of the Blair family....Alexander Duard Smith born August 7, 2006 at 6:28. He weighed 7lbs 13 oz and was 21in long.
Sarah and Joe brought Alex home from the hospital on 8/9/06.

This is the Pooh Nick and Caroline made for Alex at Build a Bear. He plays a lullaby and they each put a heart in him. They are very excited about Alex and can't wait to see him.

Aunt Carol the kids send big hugs and kisses. We love you and hope you are feeling better. We will check on you in the morning!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The Nest!

Isn't she beautiful? The throw!

The Jump!

Oh no my legs are red.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. We miss you all.
I thought I would let you know what has been going on here since Nick's finish of Tball! Caroline finished dance and had parent day. We have been to the pool and gotten pics from the diving board. They are very hard to catch when they are jumping off. I did my best. We also have pics of Nick trying to play ball in the pool. You can't tell, but he is putting his leg up like a pitcher when he throws the ball.

Monday the kids got a little too creative for me and finger and feet pained on the deck. Then they painted themselves, then played in the mud and finally, the water. It was a mess, but they had a blast. Caroline painted herself red.

Tonight we took pictures of Nick's Nest! This is what he calls his bed after he gets his covers just the way he wants them and he snuggles down in them. He looked so sweet. After taking those pictures We took funny ones.

For those of you that don't know I started a new job this week at Dee's crafts. I am developing an education program in their scrapbook dept. and doing samples and demos, and teaching classes. I think it is going to take a couple of weeks for everyone to get used to it, but I think I'm really going to like it.

We were supposed to go to the bee farm today on our first field trip, but Caroline started throwing up in the middle of the night (on me and my bed) so we did go today, but we are going to get to go tomorrow. The kids are excited about that. They get to see where they live, the honey they make, and make their own beeswax candle. I can't believe school stuff is starting already. We are homeschooling again this year, but the kids are already counting down until big school next year with a real teacher. Can you believe they said that.

DD we are glad you made it home safely, but very sorry we didn't get to see you while you were here. We definitely missed you and the girls. WE can't wait for the arrival of Sara Kate.

That is all for now. Hopefully we will get some good pictures tomorrow and I will have time to post then.

Won't let me post pics. Will try again tomorrow.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Nick's last T-ball game

Nick played his last T-ball game this morning. He hit another home run, he got a trophy, and his pictures. He told us 8 times on the way home how much he loved his trophy. Here are pics from today. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The pictures!

Here are the pictures from my last post. Not much here today. Nick and John are going to a baseball game tonight. Hope everyone is doing good!

Ok. That is all I have. Have a good night. I'll blog soon.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Hello again....I haven't forgotten I have a blog!

Ok so obviously I'm in deep trouble since I haven't posted since our arrival home from vacation. Sorry. I really have no excuse other than the normal busy life. So I finally had a little quiet time tonight with everyone asleep, yes that includes Caroline, so I thought I would update the blog and get caught up on the 1,040 emails I had. Most pertaining to schooling, but yes that many, It is crazy.

Since we got home from vacation we have got to the pool most everyday, played a lot of T-ball and tennis, and stuff like that. Special things we have done include: A day out with Thomas. The kids loved it again this year. It was 100 degrees again this year, but worth the look on Nick's face when he saw the train. We went to the movies to see Arthur's missing pal. The kids thought that was cool, bc they don't turn the volume up or the lights down all the way. This past weekend Nick hit a home run during his game. They don't get to run all the bases, but he hit it. He is so excited I think he has told every check out person we've seen in l'ville. Their last game is this weekend and then they have a 2 week break before soccer starts. Caroline is very excited about soccer.

We have been having going to bed issues with Caroline since we got back from vacation. Yes even worse than before. So we are dealing with that. Tonight it took a grand total of 10 to get her in bed and asleep. And that was without me laying down with her. Yeah!!!!!!! Ok I'm rambling now. I'm tired. Everyone here is great. Nick is a little bummed about his allergy shots we started last friday, but he is working on it.

John and I had a big outing this past weekend. We went to see Leanne Womack. The concert was great. It was a sit down concert and if you know me that is not me, and lets just say I was a little out of my age group. But we had a great time and the show was awesome. Ok that is all from here.

Mel and Dd we hope you haven't forgotten about us with all the fun your having. I still haven't seen that belly. And we hope we get to see you before you go back to Idaho. But we are glad you are having a great time and relaxing and resting (at least as much as you can with 4 kids around). Hugs and kisses to you all.
Ok for some unknown reason it will not let me add any pics. I will try to post them again tomorrow.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Hello, Hello, Hello. We arrived home Sunday a.m. about 9:00. John and I decided to drive straight thru while the kids slept because they weren't the best travelers.

We had a wonderful vacation. The kids loved the ocean, sand, seashells, swimming, and most of all family time. We saw a sea turtle, some fish that had been speared during a deep sea dive, the fish that live in the sand on the bottom of the ocean, a mussell, and some cool fish when snorkeling. We went to one of the "amusement type parks and the kids rode the kiddie rides. They chickened out of the go carts. On Saturday we went to Shell Island. We got to take a boat ride, dug for shells, snorkel, and played in a lagoon that was seperated from the ocean by large rocks. I took lots of great pictures, which none of you can see bc I still can't find the cord. I will try to get a disk tomorrow. The kids are full of stories for everyone.

That is all for tonight. John and I are exhausted from our drive. Hopefully, I will be able to post again tomorrow. I'm sure it will take a couple of days to get back in a routine. Hope everyone is safe and sound. Talk to you soon.

PS Aunt Leslie, Nick and Caroline say hi!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Hello! We had a great day today. Nick and I got a little too much sun, Caroline got her hair wrapped, and we took our first nap. Other than that we swam all day in the big pool. So much for that rest and relaxation I had planned on and those 4 books I planned on reading. I got the disc made tonight so I have pictures they are self explanatory.