Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Walk, A Ride, A Swim

Today was the first day in what feels like forever that the kids and I went out for a walk. The weather was pleasantly cooler.  We have a new road on which Ryan can ride his bike.  The birds were singing. The sun was shining.  It was just an all-around perfect morning for a walk.

After our walk/ride we took Ryan's bike back home and walked down to the lake.  Unfortunately with the extreme drought conditions in our area the lake's water level is significantly low.  Fortunately, however, our lake is really low so it was way more fun for the boys to walk out on the slightly squishy lake bed. 
With the rich soil of the lake bed comes some beautifully green grasses. 

What happened next was purely an innocent turn of events.  It started with a simple touch.  A "feel". 
It escalated to shoes off.  Enjoying the squishy, sliminess of the water and sand.

And he got a little wetter.

And before long he was in the middle of the lake.

And finally...
A swim in the lake. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Puddle Jumpin'

This time last year we were puddle jumping. Wish were doing that today!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Independence Day Celebrations

Our Independence Day celebrations started the evening before with a few "kid safe" fire crackers
Like poppers and snakes...
And smokeballs!  Ryan has reached the age where he can take a more active part in the fun.  He loved lighting the few fire crackers he could.
And, yes, he decided to light his fireworks in his tighty-whiteys.  Both the boys enjoyed the fireworks.  Evan was scared at first but his fears were short lived.

The morning of the fourth we went to the parade.
And then to the park.
And then to Uncle Paul's for lunch and four-wheeler rides
And some pretend play on his lawn mower.
Evan lost all his get-up-and-go in the midst of it all and stopped for an afternoon siesta by the pool.
We went to Uncle David's for some swimming.

And friends.
Our evening started with another swim party at Lane and Joy's and ended with the big fireworks display at the city park. 
Happy Independence Day!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Lessons On Owies

Ryan gave me a lesson on owies the other day.  It went something like this:

#1 -- Don't kiss owies. (You know because I always offer)
#6 -- Owies hurt *this* bad (while waving his arms all over from head to toe...his new way of demonstrating THE MOST)
#7 -- No kissing owies!  (obviously this is serious)
#9 -- No rubbing owies.
#6 -- No spraying water on kids with owies.
#9 -- DON'T GO AWAY!
#67 -- Don't do anything bad.

Sniff! Sniff!

Friday, July 6, 2012


In The Pool!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Color Creativity

And THAT, my friends, is a sneak peak of a project in the works!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Terrifically Two!

Two terrific years ago I finally held in my arms this sweet little boy.  Born at 8 something in the morning on the 26th of June weighing 7 pounds 0 ounces he graced our family with joy and blessings.  Evan Alexander Stanfill.
A cutie at one.
And now he's two!  Terrifically two!
He's cute as can be.
He's a pleaser.
He loves to make you smile.
My little clown.
And cautious.
"If looks could kill."  And he's got plenty of them!
An attitude!  Whew!
He loves Mickey Mouse,
and macaroni and cheese.
He loves Mom and Dad.
But his favorite person is "Ryn" (Ryan)
He runs, jumps, plays and climbs.  Oh how he climbs.
He's talking up a storm and his voice is oh so innocently sweet.
Totally and terrifically two...
and I love him to pieces!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Lily in the Front Yard


Butternut Squash and Pumpkin
Brandywine Raspberries


Yellow Straight-Neck Squash