Monday, April 2, 2012

Played at a new park today!

Yesterday as Nate and I were heading North on Lindburgh, I noticed a sign for McDonnell park.  I made a mental note to try out the park with the kids.  Fast forward to today and we headed over there.  I was very pleased with the park.  The playground was very nice with that squishy padding under the play structure which was nice.  The kids had lots of fun! 

Here is my review of the park:
4 benches
bathrooms not far from the playground
lots of shade trees
this playground looks to be for ages 3 and up.  There wasn't a smaller slide for the younger crowd.
pavilion not far from the playground
picnic table right there.
lots of grassy area to run around in.

I will definitely be taking my kids back to this park.  As we were leaving, I decided to check out another area of the park and found another playground.  It looked like it would be suited for ages 6 and up.  We may have to try it at another time.

I didn't have my camera with me so I used my cell phone.  I am hoping I can get the photo on here.

Here is the map to show you where it is located:

Check out this park sometime!  It is a great park!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Goodness, its almost been a year since I posted last.

I haven't shared photos of the kids lately so I thought I would take the time now and share!

It was so sweet to see Nate put his arms around his brothers.  This is a rare thing for him to do. Normally they are torturing each other!!

I love Riley's face in this pic!  He was so excited to play with the puppets!

The pic below is a great one of Jon having fun with the puppets.
The last photo is of my dad and Riley having a conversation. I have no clue what they were talking about about but the photo is priceless!! These two had so much fun the whole time we were there!  Riley sure loves his Grandpa!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lots of pictures!

I realize it's been forever since I posted last.  I also realize I have friends and family who don't see the boys much and aren't on facebook so I am going to try and keep this up to date.

This past weekend Jason and I headed to Iowa to celebrate our anniversary.  We have been married 8yrs on April 5th.  We went to Cedar Rapids to see the Czech Village.  The museum was flooded back in 2008 but they made a smaller one for people to see while they clean up the old one and most of the pieces.  We had a snack of kolaches, a Czech pastry and went to a store with Czech cut crystal and pottery.

We stayed in Cedar Rapids for the night.  We went to a restaurant that served some Czech food and went bowling, something we like to do on our anniversary trips.

Saturday morning we headed to the Amana colonies.  Here is some info on them.  The biggest thing we learned is they are not Amish.  After visiting there, we headed to Des Moines.  I have 2 childhood friends that we wanted to visit.  We visited with Jennie and her husband and their adorable son, Hunter.  Had a great visit.  Was able to catch up on family and friend news.  We went to supper at a Chinese buffet and then headed to our hotel.  On Sunday we went to church with my other friend and her family.  After church we headed back to Suzanne's house and had lunch.  Another great visit.  We got to meet Suzanne and Andy's twin toddlers, Kylee and Zach.  They also have 2 older sons, Isaac and Derek.  It was a good time to chat and laugh!  After having lunch, we headed back to my inlaws.  They were taking care of Nate, Riley and Jonathan while we enjoyed our trip.

The boys had so much fun on Grandpa and Grandmas farm over the weekend.  There were lots of mule, 4 wheeler and tractor rides.  Trip to Uncle Adrian and Aunt Kims house to see the baby lambs.  Nate went on a nice long adventure with Uncle Adrian.  Nate helped Uncle Adrian in the barn too!

After we got back to the farm, there was time to have some fun on the new lawn mower, ride the 4 wheeler and mule.  We played chase with Grandma.  Grandma and Riley were on the 4 wheeler and Nate, Jon and I were on the mule and we chased each other around the farm!!  Lots of giggles! 

Jason snapped some great photos of the boys on the farm when we got back.  Enjoy!

 The boys always have a good time on the farm.  They are all turning into farm boys!  Makes this mama proud to see them come in at the end of the day covered in dirt! Dirt = Fun!  I am so blessed to have such a wonderful mother and father inlaw and the boys are so blessed to have wonderful grandparents who spoil them!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Lots of great pictures from the Fair!!

We headed to Queen City and the farm last Wednesday.  Pioneer Days was to take place Wed-Saturday.  It is the annual county fair and we try very hard not to miss.   

So with out further ado, PICTURES!!!

Grandma and Riley being silly!
Jonathan and myself.

Jonathan checking out the sheep in the barn.    
Our nephew, Matthew relinquishing his 2009 Junior Livestock royalty title.

Matthew showing one of his pigs.
Matthew, again, showing one of his pigs.  You can see my brother in law, Adrian,  in the background holding the orange hog panel.
Jonathan exploring the square.  He loved walking everywhere!
Riley hanging out during the kiddy races.

Riley messing around on the stage.  Both Riley and Jonathan loved running around up there!!
Nate on the Adrenalin Rush.  It was a blow up maze with climbing and a slide and maze.  This is a typical picture of Nate the whole time we were there.  He was on this or the bouncy house or the big slide.
Nate pretty much had the run of the square.  He was really good about staying by us.  The inflatable stuff was right near us and he could go back and forth between us and those.  We were set up under a tent with Aunt Amy and her sound system and the Pioneer Table.  My mother in law and father in law were overseeing that table.  The sold tickets for a raffle and pins that my father in law made with old pictures of Queen City.  Nate made friends with Michelle who ran the sno cones and Nate "helped" out quite a bit!! 

The picture of Jonathan is where we were hanging out in the back of the van waiting for the kiddy parade to start and then the Grand Parade to start.  The boys played with toys and had a snack.  We were able to stay out of the sun there which was nice.  The parades were great!!  Were thrown a ton of candy and saw lots of people, classic cars, classic tractors and lots of horses!

I love this picture of our niece Ashton!  She is so pretty!  She was announcing the award ceremony of the 4H and FFA kids.
Jonathan getting bored so he decided to check out the cooler.  Loved playing with what little water that was in there.  Putting his foot in was pretty exciting too!
Jonathan and mommy being silly! 
I was trying to get Jonathan to stick out his tongue but he wouldn't do it.  He just smiled and thought it was silly!  The next 2 pictures are of him and I snuggling.  I love his smile and his hand on my cheek!  Pure love!!

All in all, we had a great trip to the farm!  The kids were great but we were all ready to come home.

Have a great week everyone!!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

More pictures of the boys from the farm

Both Jason and I took lots of pictures while on the farm last weekend and I couldn't decide on just a few.  I ended up going through the pictures and picking out 24 pictures so far that I want to share.  I know there are more!

Here are more pictures that I just had to share!!

We were just walking around the farm checking out the tractors, garden and such.  Grandma grows wonderful veggies for us to eat while we are there!  We were checking out the zucchini that Grandma grew!

More pictures to come on another post!

Weekend at the farm

I cannot believe how long it's been since I blogged last.  I apologize to my faithful readers that I haven't updated especially with pictures of the boys.

Last weekend we headed to the farm.  Jason's family farm.  We had plans to head to Iowa on Sunday for his moms family reunion.  We had a wonderful weekend!  The boys played outside as much as possible.  Nate went on many Mule (like a John Deere Gator) rides as did the twins.  We grilled out, went swimming (Jason and Nate) and just relaxed and had good conversation.  While daddy and Nate were swimming, the twins and I explored the farm.  I had fun getting pictures of them while we explored.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Nate's stamp of approval with his brothers!

The other day I decided to let the boys finger paint with pudding.  That way the twins could join in and I wouldn't have to worry about keeping their fingers out of their mouths b/c of the paint.  This way, they could taste the 'paint' and be ok.  Nate had chocolate pudding and the twins had vanilla.  The twins just pretty much ate their pudding and didn't play with it.  Nate wasn't so sure about the whole thing but dove in with both hands and had a blast.  I think his favorite part was cleaning his fingers by licking them!!  Here are some pictures for you to enjoy.  I had them paint w/o their shirts to make clean up easier.


After everyone was cleaned up I sent them on their way to play so I could clean up the table.  As usual, they all headed to Nates room to destroy  play.  I took a break and went to sit in the living room for just a few moments and Jonathan and Riley come crawling into the room.  This is what I was met with:


Nate had found in his room a stamp that he had gotten when he played bingo at daddy's work back in December when they had Winter Wonderland.  I did a double take when I saw the boys and then cracked up laughing!!!   I guess Nate is cool with having his brothers now!  He gave his stamp of approval!
Hope you all have a great weekend!