Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Fair-y, Fair-y Fair!

To say we had a blast at the fair last Thursday night would be understatement.  Harris and Hadley were absolutely beside themselves with excitement, and their giddiness was contagious.  In fact, after seeing their reaction to the fair, Ben and me are even more stoked about our upcoming trip to Disney.  I know I say this every month, but this stage, the one we're in right now, is my very, very favorite.  Five and three is so much fun!

Hadley spotted the "Horties" from the parking lot, so as soon as we made it through the gate and got our hand stamps, we headed straight to those crazy elephants.

Because I've got a sweet little baby in my belly, Ben got to ride quite a few things this year.  I most enjoyed watching him on the swings and in the House of Mirrors.  I love that man.

Harry and Babe sprinted from ride to ride to ride to ride.  They rode just about everything in the kiddie section, entered every fun house on the property, and topped it all off with a trip on the ferris wheel.

Granti, Auntie, DB, CoCo, and Sam were able to spend the evening with us as well.  Sammy had a great time on the carousel.

And, of course, no trip to the fair is complete without a stop at the 4H Petting Zoo. 

Harris and Hadley both have HUGE hearts for animals. 

The highlight of the evening, however, was the "Dora" ride.  It was the very last thing the kids climbed on before we headed home, and they ended up riding three times in a row.  It was absolutely hysterical!

We could hear them laughing and jokingly screaming from the ground...what fun it was to watch them enjoying themselves!!!  I'm so proud of the confidence they have found lately.  Confidence and manners are the two things that make me smile most when I see them displayed in my offspring.

We shared a funnel cake and some cotton candy for our fair treat, and Babe thanked Jesus for letting us go to the fair during our bedtime prayers.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

That's What I'm Talking About!

For months, my sweet, sweet Harris has been waiting for Game Day.  It finally came.

Last year, Ben and I took Harry to one game.  This season, he's got his heart set on coming to every game he possibly can.  If you ask him, he'll tell you he's going to "one hundred million" games this fall.

I'm not sure exactly when it happened, but my crazy kid has become a football fanatic.  He loves talking trash, loves cheering for the Dawgs, loves getting dressed in his gear, and loves eating cotton candy in the stadium.

And even though we suffered a heartbreaking loss on Saturday, we had a fantastic time. Babe got to spend a "Girl's Day" with Granti, and Ben, Harry, and me headed to Athens for some good food and good times with good people.

Hadley gets to make her Game Day debut next week.  Stay tuned!

Friday, September 9, 2011


Where have you been all our lives?

We have spent every available second of the last three days outside.  Our swingset has gotten more use in the last 48 hours then it did all summer.  Every other sentence out of Babe's mouth is, "push me very, very higher!"  The weather has been absolutely perfect.

We've also grilled out, blown bubbles, played with sidewalk chalk, ridden bicycles and scooters, and completed a  little yard work.  The kitchen window and the back screen door have been open well into the evening.  We've come inside tired and dirty and happy, happy, happy.

It's been great.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Level Advancements.

The kiddos just recently wrapped up round two of swim lessons.  Once again, they absolutely loved their time at Swim Atlanta, and both Harry and Babe passed their level tests (or whatever those things are called) to advance to the next class.

Truth be told, they were waaaaay more excited about the candy they received at the end of the last class than the advancement ribbons.  They're definitely my babies. :)

Hadley continued to fall in love with her teacher, Mr. Caleb, and soaked up every bit of his attention this time around...especially because she was the only student in her class!  Harris' personality shone through during his time with Ms. Jannette as well.  He swam great and truly became the leader of his little group, and only got in trouble once for kissing another little girl during the lesson. 

The kids have decided they're done with swimming for the time being (I'm thankful!) and ready to move on to gymnastics, so we'll be participating in a trial run here in the next couple of weeks.  Ben and I are pretty much up for anything that requires (at most) a one-night-a-week commitment, so we're willing to give them a shot in the gym. 

Look out, Team USA, Babe and Harry are headed your way!