Sunday, November 16, 2008

Playing Catch-up

OK, so I've not done very well keeping up with my blogging. This is always the busiest time of year for us.....way too much to do! Scroll down to see a little of how we spent our October:

Happy Halloween!

October 31st
Finally, Halloween! After 3 Fall Carnivals (IBC, eStem Middle School, & eStem Elementary), I was ready for Halloween to get here! We had fun trick-or-treating with our Hippy (Emma), Ninja (Ethan), Woody (Evan), and Buzz Lightyear (Adam), along with a cool Life Guard (Emma's friend, Anna).

Adam & Evan loved dressing-up as their favorite movie heros, and quickly figured out the whole candy thing. They were so sweet saying "Trick or Treat" & "Thank You" at each door. Adam was especially excited about his cool Buzz Lightyear wings and boots. I thought he was going to have to sleep in them!

Adam Johnson has never been happier!

Ninja Ethan
Emma & Anna were almost too cool to trick-or-treat.
They enjoyed passing out candy as much as getting it!

Ethan's Orange Belt

October 29th
Ethan has been taking Taekwondo for a couple of months and earned his first belt--an orange belt. I was so proud of him! He was the only one testing for an orange belt and got up there all by himself and did great! Won't be long until we are living with a black belt!

Ethan & his instructor, Mr. Beasley

Happy 11th Birthday Emma Kate!!

October 24th
I can't believe my sweet Emma Kate is 11-years-old! Last year, I swore we had had our last BIG birthday celebration, and this year we were just going to have a few friends sleep over. Well, our little sleepover ended up being a 24 hour celebration, but I have to say it was one of the best days ever. We had such fun and couldn't have asked for better weather or better kids to hang out with. Emma is blessed with a group of super sweet friends who made her Birthday extra special! Here are a few highlights from our day:

Wish I had a picture, but Jeff picked up Emma & Karmyn from school and had the windows of the van painted with "Happy Birthday, Emma". She loved it!

The rest of the crew arrived by 6 p.m., and we headed to the Arkansas Children's Theatre to see Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business. First, the girls showed out with a little "monkey business" of their own:

Emma was sweet to let her little brother tag along!

After the show, we had a late dinner at Buffalo Grill (it really is our favorite!).
Mal Mal stopped by to wish Emma a Happy Birthday.
Is Emma taller than Mal Mal now? Surely not!!
Then home for cake and presents. You know I can't do a birthday party without a theme, so this year's theme was Tinkerbell, which was sort of a joke because Emma is so not a Tinkerbell/Fairy Princess kind of girl! The girls had fun wearing their fairy crowns and drinking from Tinkerbell cups! Then off to bed!
Emma had a soccer game the next day, and brought along her own cheerleaders! I told Jeff that now I know a little bit what the Duggars must feel like as I packed snacks for 8 kids for the day!

After the game, we stopped at a little pumpkin patch in Ward and enjoyed our own personal hayride and petting zoo. Everyone got a pumpkin to take home with them.

On the way home, we stopped off at the all new Rocket Slide at Burns Park to play for a little bit and for some snacks. It was a whirlwind of a day, but so much fun! Next year, I promised Jeff we would just have a little birthday celebration. His response...."Yeah, right. I'll believe it when I see it!" What can I say--I love to celebrate my children's birthdays. They were, after all, the best days of my life!

Blue Angels

October 19th
On Sunday afternoons, I usually try to get the kids all out of the house for a while so that Jeff can have some quiet study time. This Sunday was a special treat....we went to the LRAFB to see the air show that ended with the Blue Angels. Jon-Austen and Mary-Kaylin went will us as well. It was a beautiful afternoon and the show was pretty incredible! The boys LOVED the airplanes, but you'll see from the pictures that Adam & Evan didn't quite make it all of the way through. In fact, they both fell asleep right in the middle of the Blue Angels, although I'm not sure how because it was sooooo LOUD! We laughed at Adam asleep with his hands over his ears!

Evan & Adam enjoying the show....before they fell asleep!
Mary-Kaylin & Ethan found some shade in the stroller!
Adam & one of his buddies, Jon-Austen

It's Arkansas State Fair Time!

October 17th
We did not go to the fair as a family this year (can't imagine taking 2 two-year-olds to the fair!), but Ethan's Kindergarten class did get to go. Jeff was out that day and got to go with them. They had a great time going through the barns and looking at all of the animals. Ethan's favorite part, of course, was the shotgun game that Jeff let them play.

Ethan with his friends and his teacher, Miss Files

Thursday, November 6, 2008

School's Out!

Emma & Ethan were out of school. Emma had a little sleepover with two of her school friends, Maddie & Christina. We went to dinner at Buffalo Grill (our favorite!) and a movie. The next day Emma & Ethan both had dentist appointments, and Emma's friends tagged along with us. After the dentist, we went to the Old Mill in NLR. Everyone (including Ethan) had a fun time posing for some cute pictures.

Adam Evan Christina, Emma & Maddie
Just a few of the pictures that we took at the Old Mill:

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Soccer Win!

The LRFC Stars had their first ever win this morning!! Emma's team is playing in a tournament at Burns Park, and won their first game 3-0. I had stayed home with the boys so I missed it, but Jeff said the girls were over the top with excitement. Hopefully that taste of a win will motivate them to always play as hard as they did this morning!

The afternoon game did not go quite as well. After a few bad calls by the ref a couple of the parents were a little upset. The ref ended up throwing ALL of the parents out of the game!! It was really ridiculous, and we didn't end up leaving, but we did all have to move back about 20 feet and watched the rest of the game from the sidewalk. The girls ended up losing the game 0-3, although they didn't seem that upset that all of their parents had been kicked out. In fact, they seemed to think it was pretty funny. I think they were laughing at us as we were packing up to move. I'm also pretty sure that we are out of the running for the "Fair Play" award--ho well! The funniest part to me was that Jeff couldn't wait to call his brother to tell him that he had been thrown out of a soccer game!! James Jr. was so proud!!