Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Better Than Counting Sheep...

Here are the videos I promised to share of Abby singing to Drew with her new guitar. Sorry the video quality is not very good. The lights are dimmed because it's bedtime.

Obviously, we are quite proud. ;)

And, we'll be contacting American Idol in about 14 years...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Yep, I'm Still Talking About Easter...

Easter was weeks ago. A tiny blip in most people's rear-view mirror. Yet, here I am, still blogging about it.

But, I finally made it through ALL the pictures and the memories are so sweet that I'm not afraid to document them even though it is practically May.

So, who wants to see more Easter pictures?!


*Tap-Tap* This thing on?

Ok, it's just me then. Here we go!

We traveled to Tampa on Saturday to spend the day with my nephews and their parents. We had lots of fun playing with Ryan and baby Tyler and the kids were BEYOND excited to spend the night - what an adventure!

Easter morning I got some cute pics of Drew and Abby lovin' on their baby cousin.

We waited for Matt's parents and Joe & Kelly to arrive before we did Easter baskets and the egg hunt.

Here is what the baskets looked like this year -

The kids seemed thrilled with their gifts. Actually, only Abby seemed thrilled. She was genuinely excited about every single thing she pulled out of the basket.

Drew, on the other hand, seemed happy enough. He was pleased, but definitely not over-the-top happy about any of the items. Truth be told, I think he was just ready to get on with the egg hunt.

The boy is turning out to be quite competitive.

Being the tallest one does have its advantages...

Abby and Ryan held their own though!

How sweet! Drew is pointing out a princess egg to Abby -

We put coins in all of the Easter eggs this year. For Christmas, my Aunt Kris got the kids some money jars that count the money as each coin is added. Drew and Abby both have about $40 in their jars and they are always asking (read: begging) for more coins to put in their money jars.

I also had special eggs for each child that contained a dollar bill. Drew's were baseball eggs, Abby's were princess eggs, and Ryan's were Elmo eggs!

After the egg hunt, Grandma called everyone inside and put on some music for dancing!

Then it was time to eat the chocolate bunny. I cannot even begin to describe Abby's delight in this fine piece of candy. Those bunny ears were gone mere seconds after this picture was taken.

But, we had other bunny ears for a fun photo op!

It was a fun family weekend made even more special by all the people we were able share it with.

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Egg Hunt!

We headed over to my friend Danielle's house on the Saturday before Easter. Danielle and I have been friends since we were 5 years old. We have shared many happy memories and seen each other through many trying circumstances. We have 5 children between us and they all love each other - everyone especially loves new baby Graham!

However, let's be real.

I'm really only friends with her anymore because her backyard is so rockin' cool. Seriously, it's like an amusement park without the cost of admission.

They host an annual Easter party with an egg hunt that has become a huge hit with the kids. When I told Drew and Abby where we were going they knew just what to expect. Lots of eggs, lots of prizes, lots of kids, and lots of fun!!

And, they're off!

Look at this! They are finding eggs while climbing on a tree fort - so much fun!

Our pretty girls!

Checking out the loot in the Easter eggs!

Trampoline time!

This is a regular swing that hangs from a tree. It can go amazingly high!

Dewane recently added this tire swing - Abby loved it!

Giggles on the seesaw!

We had such a fun morning!

Thanks Snyder Family!

And, I was just kidding before.

We don't just love you for your awesome backyard.

That would be shallow.

We'll always be best of friends, no matter what kind of backyard you have.

But we are going to have to ask that you don't let baby Graham get any bigger...cause we sure do love playing with that sweet baby boy!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

My Nephews

Well, I finally uploaded my pictures from Easter weekend to the computer.

There were 217.

That's going to take some time to edit.

And I'm thinking about joining a group for people addicted to taking pictures.

Because, clearly, I have a problem. You know, because I felt it was necessary to take 200 more pictures than the average person took this Easter.


Anyway, these photos of my nephews were just begging to be edited first. And they are too cute not to share!

Baby Tyler is such a sweetie. Seriously, the best baby I've ever met. He's content and happy and easy and adorable! I was so excited to take his picture - it was the first thing I did when we arrived in Tampa on Saturday.

Big Brother, Ryan, joined in on our little photo shoot.

It seems he takes every available opportunity to give his baby brother lots of love!

I sure do love those boys!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

We just got home from a very fun weekend with our family! The kids had a fantastic time with their cousins - sleepovers with Ryan and Tyler are always a treat!

I'll post pictures of our Easter weekend soon, however, I'll first need to get the pictures loaded onto my computer from the camera!

In the meantime, here are some of the photos taken of the kids when we visited the Easter Bunny on Friday...

My Drew cracks me up! His personality is the greatest and the next three pictures just make me laugh!

Such a handsome guy -

Pretty Abby Grace loved the bunnies and butterflies!

Happy Easter!!