Thursday, August 23, 2012

Meet the teacher day

On Monday the kids and I headed to the prescool so the boys could meet their teachers (the same ones as last year) and see their room (coincidence again that it was the same room) and they had a few activities to complete in the classroom and then they could play around for a little bit  We were there for about an hour...I don't know who had more fun looking around the boys or girls!!  Today is the 1st day at preschool...they go Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from noon to 2:30! They are very excited!! 

{cutting our their hand drawings}

 {Jackson checking out the books}
 {Joel and Jossy checking out the cash register}
 {playing at one of the centers}
 {Jackson and his teacher}
 {Joel and his teacher}

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

{our silly boys...Joel & Jackson}

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Weekend Recap

Our weekend was CRAZY!! Ok, well not so much everyone else's weekend but mine was.  On Friday night I had a senior photo and then Saturday I had 8 photo sessions and on Sunday I had 8 photo sessions and then last night I had a newborn session in the studio! So I was in and out all weekend. Jon got in his 8 mile run on Saturday when I had a little 2 hour break. The kids enjoyed spending some quality daddy time.

  Yesterday I took all the kids to the boys' meet the teacher day, the boys were sooo excited to be in their same room as last year and with their same teachers (they switch around each year and just happened to now have the 4 year olds this year).  The girls just roamed the classroom while I was working with the boys and loved playing with all the toys! Yesterday besides the 2 hours we were gone in the morning I locked myself in the house all day and had the laptop chained to my lap and will do so again today except for the 2 hours I have to take all the kids to the doctor (girls' 15 month and boys' 4 year apts.) this morning. I'm BOUND and DETERMINED to have all 18 sessions edited BY Saturday when Jon and I have a wedding to shoot and then I have 5000 MORE pictures to go through!!

While Jon was on his run the kids and I played outside and the girls just LOVED when the boys pushed them in the little umbrella stroller up and down the sidewalk! 

{Jackson and Jocelyn}


{Joel playing with his race car}

 Oh Jewels you and your silly faces! 






 "Hey Jackson, where did your car go?"
 "I'll find it!"
 "Like it or not, I found it!!"

Monday, August 20, 2012

A Weekend in Marion

Last weekend we headed to my brother's new house in Marion to spend the weekend. Mom and I and the kids left early Friday morning and hit up Williamsburg outlets and did some shopping and then continued on to Iowa City after lunch and met Ben and Kyli and the kids at the Children's Museum for a few hours. This place was AWESOME! We had sooo much fun and all the kids loved it! We will for sure be going back soon! 
{be prepared TONS of pictures}

{Jackson, Joel and Brynna in the music room}
 {Jossy}

 {Uncle Ben and Jossy}
 {Joss climbing the wall with the help of Uncle Ben}
 {Brynna checking out one of the fun ball features}
 {Joel and one of the ball features}
 {The airplane/balloon room was sooo neat!}
 {Julianne loved the little airplanes}
 {there was a giant slide in this room, Brynna had fun on it!}
 {Jossy spent most of her time in this room picking up the puff balls and scarves that were flying all over the room}
 {Jackson rode in the airplane}
{Julianne watching the puff balls and scarves fly through the tubes}
 {The Gander's flying an airplane} 
 {Jackson in the hot air balloon}
 {Julianne and Jocelyn in the farm room}
 {Aunt Kyli helping Jocelyn across the bridge in the reading room}
 {The boys in the train room...we could've stayed in here for at least an hour I think!!}
 {all the kids trying on hats!}

 {Braylan rockin' the sombrero}
 {Miss Brynna in the Michael Jackson hat!}
 {Julianne wasn't a fan}
 {Jossy just kept trying on all kinds of different ones}
 {The grocery store room was a hit!! The girls loved the carts}
 {Julianne screaming when I tried to help her push her cart...apparently she can do it herself!}

 Nana helping the kids "check out" at the registers}

 {This was Jossy's cart...she filled this up all by herself and pushed it around the store}
 {the girls checking out the turtles}
 For supper Friday night we headed to a local bar in Alburnett for their chicken...it was amazing!  Then we headed back to their house and lounged before bed.  Saturday morning we woke up and headed to Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City for their Kids Fest Day. It was fun...the big kids ran the 10 meter dash, kicked the soccer ball, ate cotton candy, got free t-shirts and just played! 
 {Bryalan just hanging out}
 {Eating cotton candy with Sarah}
 {Daddy and Jewels waiting for practice to start} 

 {Our attempt at a family picture...it was sooo bright the kids were squinting}

 {Jackson and Joel got to meet Herky}
 {Jackson and Joel}
 {After lunch at the Vine we headed back to Ben and Kyli's and we helped them hang stuff of in the garage and organize it while the kids ate puppy chow and some sweet corn!}
 {Jackson}
 {Julianne just hanging out eating her puppy chow}
 {the boys}
 {mama and jewels}
 {Oh Julianne, the many faces of you!}
 {She wanted to wear the kitty bike helmet...only because it had a cat on it!}
 {Jossy latched on to a piece of corn and carried it around and ate on it!}

 We also celebrated Uncle Michael's 22nd birthday and mom and dad's anniversary.




 {we had a yummy ice cream cake for dessert}
 {all the kids went on little to no naps for almost 3 straight days so they were all tired at night!}
 {Joel talking to Braylan}
 On Sunday before we left we walked up to the little pond and fed the fish and ducks...the kids had a blast!
 {the girls just chilled in the stroller}
Thank you Ben and Kyli for hosting such a fun weekend and letting us ALL come and crash at your house for 2 nights! We had a great time! Can't wait to come back and see you guys again!