After taking some time off with blogging...we are back! Our Summer/fall has been great. Caden turned 3 in August and Sammie turned 2 in November! They are getting so big, so fast. Samantha and Caden are both in school this year and just having so much fun.
These pics are somewhat out of order, but enjoy!
A trip to the family farm in Medina and the little boys just had to go potty at the same time.
I cannot wait to bring this out when one of them gets married! Hilarious!
Sammie standing in the dark, in the rain and barefoot! I swear it was warm out that night.
After we drop Caden off at his classroom on Tuesday mornings, Samantha has 15 minutes before her class starts next door (with me). So here we are waiting for school to start and we get to see Izzy just about every week. The kids get such a kick out of seeing their cousin at school. And of course Sammie thinks that she is a big girl like them!
This summer we took a couple bike rides with the kids in the bike trailer. This bike trip we stopped at the Tipp City park after our ice cream cones. And we got to watch the boys soccer game too.
A trip to Fulton Farms
The kids exploring the farm, animals and school bus.
Sammie loves the chickens
Kristin (Tricia's daughter) reading to Sammie
When I pick Caden up from school this sign is out front for us to see what the kids worked on, ate, and read. Not to mention they send an email with more detailed info. They are the best!
Sammie's teacher Jennifer reading Brown Bear at the end of class.
Going for a walk with the class out to the preserve and stopped here on the way.
Stopping to check out a dragonfly that must have been stunned by the cool morning air...he hung around for about 15 mins
the lil artist hard at work
(one of my favorite paintings)
Trip with mom's group to Young's Jersey Dairy
Sammie's class out at the "bird hide". They put food all over the area and then go inside the little hut to watch which birds come to eat the food.
Caden on the first day of school
Love these pics of us getting ready to leave for school on the first day. They were having so much fun together. They are so funny how they feed off of each other and truly love each other. They can sit and laugh together about the silliest things and it is so fun to watch them.
Rainy day playing in the puddles
Staying over at Uncle Brian and Aunt Jen's house and listening to a story
I love this picture of Caden running through the sprinkler, such simple summer fun!
My two gardeners
Samantha has taken to the tomatoes as much as Caden did when he was little. It is funny how kids may not eat something on their plate, but if you let them pick it out of the garden they will keep coming back for more.
We took our first long road trip down to SC in July. First a rehearsal dinner on Friday night, then a wedding on Sat night, followed up by a LaGuardia family vacation at Kiawah Island for the whole next week. As soon as we made it down to SC we met up with the Francis/Brewer family at Folly Beach so the kids could see the ocean. Yes, they have both been to the ocean/gulf before, but they don't really remember it. This was the first time that they truly enjoyed the sand and the ocean. So much fun!
Little trip to the Charleston Aquarium with Papa Joe before the wedding.
Checking out the small boat for the kids to play and explore.
The newlyweds! Emily and Tj congrats! We had such a great time at your wedding!
Beautiful setting and so much fun to celebrate with them.
ceremony site, under an old tree
Then turn around and go under the tent and patio for the reception. The food was stationed inside this beautiful old plantation house.
Sister - in - laws
Amanda, Liz, Michelle and me
Me and my hubby!
About to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary! (9/10)
the band and the dance floor looking out over the water/marsh
And now for our Kiawah pics, hold on...there are a lot of them! Just too hard to pick a few!
My brother-in-law, Brian, cousin Matt and Mark at the all u can eat oyster dinner at Kiawah.
An attempt at a family picture
Our big boy wanted to sit up in this tree
Family trip to catch some crab. The hardest part was to decide who was going to stay home with the little kids. Ok and trying to keep Caden and Joey from netting each other and scaring the crabs off. Brings back memories from when we used to go down to Kiawah when we were younger.
Our big 3yr old
Sammie enjoying the sand and shallow ocean water
cleaning the crabs with Papa Joe, and yes they did eat some of it and enjoyed it!
I wish that I could have posted all of the pictures that we took in trying to get at least one decent picture. So funny! Not to mention all of the parents yelling and trying to get the kids attention. If you walked by you would have thought we lost our mind! Ha! That didn't happen until at least day 4! Ha Ha!
All the grandkids
Sammie, Charlie, Natalie
Joey and Caden
Papa Joe and Gigi with the grandkids
family pic on the beach
The three older kids
Me and my hubby
me and my little girl, who's not so little anymore
after pictures, Sammie couldn't resist going in the water
Charlie having fun in the sloppy sand
ice cream cones on the beach
the little Nat (Nat-cat) eating the sand
Gigi and Papa walking with the kids (minus Natalie)
Joey and Joe
Some of my cousins were also down in SC with their families. Their kids are a bit older than ours and enjoyed pulling them around in the raft in the shallow water. The kids loved it!
gotta love the sleeping babies at the beach
Treasure hunt with Papa Joe on the beach to find the buried treasure
On the way home we stopped at an Amish store for some dinner.
Made it all the way thru vacation and they still like each other!