Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Blizzards, Blasts and Blankets

Northwest Arkansas has had a couple of pretty good snows (and doesn't need any more in my opinion!) Of course, the kids enjoy it and never cease to be amazed by it. One of their favorite snow activities is sledding at Nanny and Pop's. The moment they hear "snow" they are asking...begging...whining to go. We were able to check sledding off our list during the snow days a couple of weeks ago. The kids had a blast!
Me and Liv...not fond of the snow!

Will's wipeout

Two fearless brothers taking on the ramp

Sweet friends

Me, Kate and Eli about to be airborne

Yesterday, we had another snow day but chose to stay warm at home. We waited on Daddy to play outside which consisted of lots of snow angels, snowballs, snow wrestling, and of course, snow ice cream!
The gang

The wrestling

Snow to her knees

The little peapod...where she likes it...inside!

My absolute LEAST favorite part of the snow.

We finished our snow day with warm bathes, warm hot cocoa and lots of warm blankets!

Thursday, December 30, 2010


It has been so long since I last posted that I don't even know where to begin. Life is a blur at our house...eight little feet always on the go, a calendar that's maxed out every week, friends and family in and out, and two parents just trying to keep up! Don't let me fool you though-we love the chaos. I am not going to try and catch up on posts, but I will hit the highlights of the last 6 months:

*Will played t-ball this summer and never disappointed his fans-he had several home runs this year!

*Kathryn Isabelle turned five in July and celebrated with her friends a family at her beach party.

*Nate and I had our ten year high school reunion-it was great to see so many good friends.

*We took a Blackwell family trip to Seacrest Beach, Florida. I should live by the beach- I can't get enough of it and neither can the kids. We had a fun time!

*Livia Jane turned one in August. We had a rainbow party with several of her baby friends! She got her seventh tooth on her birthday too!

*Kate started Kindergarten and joined Will as a Lowell Elementary Brave. Will started 1st grade. We have been so blessed this year to have great teachers and close friends in both of their classes!

*My brother Ryan and his family moved to San Francisco to become the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of San Francisco. We were very sad to see him go but God has amazing plans for them out there, and we can't wait to see what He does!

*We checked off many of our fall musts-pumpkin patch, family football,apple pies, Chuck E Cheese, camping and more.

*William Nathan turned seven and had an all boys campout which was a lot of fun. He's getting so big and acting so much older these days.

*For Halloween, we had a black ninja, a white ninja, a "good witch" and a pumpkin fairy--I usually like to coordinate but this year we could not reach a majority consensus.

*Nathan celebrated his last birthday in his twenties...he's an old man and is getting the gray hairs to prove it! Love you, Honey! :)

*Kate joined the girl scouts and is now a Daisy. She loves everything about it-the girls, the crafts, and the outings! If you need cookies, we'll be selling them in the next couple of months!

*Will had his first visit from the tooth fairy after having a tooth pulled-his permanent tooth was growing in and his baby tooth wasn't even loose. He was pretty excited!

*We had lots of Christmas parties and the kids need NOTHING else! They received some great toys and special presents and our house is officially maxed out!!! Thank you everyone!

Well, that sums it up. I'm sure I left some things out but at least you have an idea of what we've been doing. I will do my best to keep you posted in the upcoming year! Goodbye 2010, Welcome 2011! Happy New Year!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Schools out...let summer begin!

Yesterday, Will graduated from kindergarten and was so proud to officially be in 1st grade. He received a medal for Academic Excellence which was worn all day. He probably would have slept in it if I had let him.

Now that summer is finally here, I am ready for lots of water: the lake, the beach (maybe), the pool--anything wet! We went to the Elk River over Memorial day weekend with some friends and had a great time. It was nice and hot and the water was crsip and cool. The kids have already logged several hours on the slip-n-slide, and I have the feeling there will be many more in their future.

On the River

Slip-N-Slide Fun

Liv getting to enjoy some water...gotta get a pool for the little girl...she won't fit in the tub much longer!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Eli is can that be?

My youngest boy and family comedian, Eli Joseph turned three in April. He has been my baby boy, so petite, so silly and so cuddly. The fact that he is already three blows me away. Suddenly, he is more independent, tough and "too cool" like his brother. His smile lights up his face and brightens my day. For his birthday, we celebrated at Jump Zone which is all he has talked about since we went to a party there in January. He had so much fun with all his friends. I barely saw him the entire play time. Thanks to everyone who came and made his day even more special.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Catching up...

I apologize for my lack of blogging late. Sometimes I get into a funk and just don't take the time to make a post. We have been enjoying the spring weather and trying to stay outside as much as possible. We spent most of Spring Break with Nate's family in Hot Springs honoring his cousin Chief Special Warfare Officer Adam Brown who was killed in combat on St. Patrick's day. He died a hero which was just his style. The Navy, his Seal team and hometown gave him a farewell that I will never forget. Nate wanted Will to remember Adam so we took him and Kate with us. I think it stuck with William. His teacher emailed me saying that Will had told her all about Adam and his funeral and how there was an American flag on his "casserole." I thought that was pretty cute. We managed to squeeze in a quick trip to the Tulsa Zoo before Will had to return to reality. Everyone enjoyed the time together.

Adam and his wife Kelley with their kids Nathan and Savannah...this is their last family picture taken before his deployment

Adam's body arriving at the Hot Springs airport

The Seal team and wives made this for Kelley-what a special gift. I think my favorite part of it is seeing his wedding ring on his finger.

My monkeys at the zoo... where they belong!

Will fit the form perfect...maybe that's why he is such a great climber.

Side note...when we got back from Hot Springs, Liv could officially sit up. I was gone two days and missed a milestone!

Easter was a lot of fun this year. The weather was beautiful so we got to celebrate outside! We flew kites, had egg races and had two egg hunts. Will kept shaking the eggs to make sure there was something inside. He got upset when he shook some and they didn't make a noise. From years of experience, I informed him that those are the best my parent's house, it usually means there's a dollar bill. Pop and Nanny did not disappoint! :)
The Easter bunny paid us a visit and left these goodies.

A lovely family picture outside the church

Playing at Gramma & PePa's

Dinner at Pop & Nanny's





This last Sunday, Liv turned 8 months old! She weighs 15 lbs and eats anything I put in front of her. Favorites include avocado, banana, yogurt and mum-mum rice crips. She sits up like a pro and army crawls everywhere. We went to Rachel's parent's house to see Rach's new studio (under construction), and she took a couple of pictures of sweet little Liv.

This little boy turns three next weekend! Such a cutie!