Friday, August 18, 2017

Logging Camp

A trip we had not taken in a while, the Logging Camp for breakfast.  Before we even sat down, Noah had his eyes on a slingshot and Jacob was looking at a rubber band gun.  Neither left disapointed.   

Thursday, August 17, 2017


While on vacation, we even found a little bit of time to play some baseball!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

One Happy Boy

Jacob's job was the part of 'spotter while Noah and Mom were on the tube behind the boat.  He took it pretty seriously but had a good time like he always does.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Swimming Hole

It took a few minutes to build up the courage but Noah took the leap and never turned back.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017

Despicable Me 3

Friday nights are movie and popcorn around our house.  However, we decided to venture out to a real theater and surprise the boys last Friday.  Despicable Me 3 had been out for a few weeks so we knew tickets would be easy to get.  On the way in, we thought a picture in front of the movie poster might make a good picture for the blog. Alas, not all opportunities for a photo work out as planned.  At the time of the picture in the early evening, it was 102 degrees, they were facing West, and they may have been getting fried from the heat radiating off the concrete block walls.  Sure seemed like a good idea at the time though.  

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


It took us the better part of four days playing the game off and on but we completed our first full  game.  There were tears, laughter and plenty of learning.  These two are getting the hang of it quickly.  

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dr. Seuss

Jacob's class has been learning Dr. Seuss over the last week, capped off with making green eggs and ham.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Diving Board

Another favorite in Fredericksburg on a hot summer's day, swimming.  Although a bit apprehensive at first, Noah warmed up nicely to the diving board this last trip.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Catching Minnows

A great way for a five and seven year old kid to spend time on a summer day.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Pump It Up

It was a birthday extravaganza for Noah and Jacob and a whole lot of friends.  Pizza, cupcakes, bouncy houses, bouncy slides, bouncy throne chairs, presents, etc, etc.  They had a great time at Pump It Up!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Who You Gonna Call?

Ghost Busters!  Probably their favorite birthday present.  It is 100 degrees this time of year but that doesn't stop them from suiting up almost every day.  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


These days you have to get out of the city to have real Fourth of July fun.  On the way to Fredericksburg we found a nice little roadside stand and picked up some fun.  

Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy Birthday Noah

You wanted white cake and white frosting for your birthday cake and.....

.....french toast for dinner.  Happy number seven!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

How Tall Are You Jacob?

While it is hard to tell from the picture, Jacob and Noah were both about the exact same height at their fifth birthday.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Six Million Dollar Man

Some 40 years later........

.....the Six Million Dollar Man dolls are still a hit. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

LEGOLAND Discovery - Atlanta

Needless to say, the kids had a great time at Legoland discovery on the trip to GA & NC.  They had a few small rides, tables to play at, cars to build, a movie and this......

.....someone decided to build the entire downtown Atlanta city center in their spare time!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Donuts With Dad

Donuts With Dad is a tradition at the HP CDC.  They do a great job on Mother's Day and Father's Day.  This was our last celebration at the CDC before Jacob heads off to Kindergarten.  Jacob identified his donut almost immediately and had no second thoughts.  He answered a number of questions about his father and Dad's favorite was that he was 20 years old...they both agreed and will leave it at that.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Happy Birthday Jacob!

Your birthday started with a pajama party at school for making so many good choices the last few weeks, donuts with your class, and cupcakes (yes, plural) after dinner.  That's a pretty good birthday and one that you were quite proud of today.  Happy birthday to our quiet, yet loud, mischievous and caring, little five year old boy.  We love you. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Lauren's Graduation

A very nice trip to Charlotte for Lauren's graduation.

We found more than a little time for the pool too!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Buckets At The Pool

Jacob's favorite thing to do at the outside pool aside from the slide.  He can be very patient from time to time.

And then, the payoff.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Family Camp Ends

Bunk beds.....Jacob took the top bunk after calling it almost immediately.  

Kona Ice on a warm afternoon is almost ideal.

We didn't make it for much more than 10 miles and Jacob was sound asleep.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Water Balloons

Saturday at family camp saw a water balloon fight. Kids and parents alike enjoyed a break from the heat.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Tug Of War

Before everyone headed for the fire pit to make smores, Tug Of War came into play.  In this shot, the Moms battled the kids.....Moms prevailed.  There was also the kids vs five dads but no moms vs dads (perhaps a good call).  Had the Moms battled the kids after smores, the outcome may have been different!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Family Camp 2017

A little over a week ago was family camp for HPBC.  It was off to the Highland Lakes once again for the better part of the weekend.  The weather was very nice for late June but we did have a few big storms roll through during our time there.  Everyone had a great time and we will have pictures all week long.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Where is Daddy?

The street name of Corona Drive is well known to the boys.  They have enjoyed stopping by, seeing what is new and finding different hiding places throughout the house.  With this house out of the way, we will again restore some level of normality.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jacob's Graduation

Jacob graduated from the Hyde Park CDC last Friday.  Complete with a full ceremony, Jacob got his certificate of graduation and walked the stage.  Perhaps his favorite part of graduation was the cake at the reception!  He continues on until early August in Pre-K with his move to Kindergarten just around the corner.  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Raft

One of the kids favorite memories from the trip to MN last year was rescuing a raft that had come unattached to a dock up the lake.  We got it home and somehow also got it out of the lake.  We weren't sure it would ever make it back in the water but Grandpa and Uncle Curt have made it sea-worthy.  We will look forward to seeing it later this summer.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Batting Practice

Last weekend was the perfect time for some batting practice out at the Quarries.  We got Jacob to join in and take his first  batting practice as well.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Amazing Grace Race

Hyde Park K-3rd grade put on a performance of the 'Amazing Grace Race' last week.  3rd Graders took the lead and the younger kids supported.  All-in-all they must have done 10-12 songs and did a great job.  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Grandma Reeder's Creek

When it begins getting hot outside, one of their favorite places to play is in Grandma Reeder's creek!

Monday, May 15, 2017

End of Season

Noah really enjoyed his first season of baseball.  Good instructional group at I9 and, perhaps for the first time, Noah wasn't the youngest player on a team.  Next spring will be little league which has apparently changed dramatically through the years so we will look forward to that.  Jacob helped out throughout the season when other kids were gone so he was quite please to get a trophy too.

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Balcony

It's a treat to sit in the balcony at church.  When they get to see Joshua and Matthew, that's a double treat for the day.  

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Construction Workers

They came home the other day and announced they were going to be construction workers when they grow up.  After claiming the upstairs as their own and posting 'Keep Out' signs on the doors, some brief quiet time was had on the first floor.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cub Scouts

Noah has officially moved on from a Tiger to a Wolf.  A very good year and always participating. That's him with in the hat!