Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pumpkin Patch with the Starkey Clan

A week ago I was driving two tired boys to Michigan! We made pretty good time and we showed up at Amy's house messy, hungry and in need of their bathroom. I do realize this is totally inappropriate, but she's my sister! She hasn't ever turned us away!

Craig was gone for the weekend and Steve was busy writing a grant, so Amy and I played hard with five kids of fairly corresponding ages. The highlight was the pumpkin patch. This place had everything from a giant pumpkin to ride in, to a more than creepy, hodge podge western town to explore. We spent at least three hours playing and could have stayed indefinitely if Griffin had not completely fallen apart of exhaustion.

OH another highlight was the apple picking. Each guest receives a bag to fill and take home. The Starkey's had three bags to fill. The boys and I filled our two bags quickly and loaded the rickety wagon of fun, but the Starkeys..."umm Amy...we're leaving..." Katie came running after the moving wagon with terror in her eyes! Being a compassionate auntie I'm trying not to cry from fits of laughter. Then I see Taylor running and Amy hauling Sophie in the backpack.... They made it! Whew!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010


The youngest is making progress, and Jack is crying in the background because Griff is wearing his underwear

THE TRUTH. Griff is not even close to using the bathroom on his own. Jack and Griff were getting out of the tub, and we couldn't help teasing Jack by putting his underwear on Griff. Jack was so mad we had to tease him a little more by recording Griff in his underwear. We were laughing at how long it took for Griff to walk and how funny it would be if he really could use the bathroom on his own. But he can't.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Rainy Gutters

Why didn't I run in those gutters too? I LOVE that feeling and I certainly haven't out grown the desire to sing and dance in the rain. Here is a little glimpse of Jack playing with "cousins" in the rain. We ate M&M, chocolate chip cookies and played in the garage through the storm. Later Jack really lucked out with a HUGE pirate ship. Thanks to Target and an amazing $6 ticket. So worth it, although I should have had some restraint and bought it for Christmas. Oh well!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hot off the Press

Okay so technically not super hot off the press...but still so great. Stay tuned for additional installments. We can't wait for all the Chris Howell and Associates to travel East. Craig, you're up for the next video!