Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hall of Fame Lunch

A couple weeks ago we had a lunch to celebrate the inductees into the Iowa Softball Hall of Fame. My grandfather was among the inductees.  We had a nice lunch and we were glad all of the family could be there as my grandmother accepted this award on behalf of my grandpa.  

We couldn't pass up the opportunity for a family picture with my aunt and uncle and their family! 
 My grandpa was a fast pitch pitcher and my dad was telling a story about catching for my grandpa and how he took a rise ball to the forehead one time.  
 And when my grandma chose the cemetery for my grandpa to be buried she chose the Elkhart cemetery so he could still see the softball fields lights even from there! These were some great stories I cherish! 
There was a really neat article in the Des Moines Register on October 20th about my grandpa and Gayln Johnson of Ankeny who was another inductee. But of course the article/webpage is no longer available online. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Tagging our tree

A few weeks ago we headed to our favorite tree farm and picked out our very best Christmas tree! The kids all had a blast and are excited to go with Daddy on Saturday to help cut it down and bring it home!! 





 This little girl and her babies...I'm sooo glad that Jon captured this shot of Julianne. She puts her babies/blanky up to her nose all the time and just holds it there and walks around...it is soothing to her I guess and oh so cute!! 



Friday, November 16, 2012

18 months

Happy 18 months to our sweet baby girls today!! I don't have stats on them nor do I have their 18 month pictures done! I'm going to finish those this morning!! So stay tuned for some cuteness!! But until then...here is the only shot I got of Julianne last weekend on our 1st attempt for pictures right before the fire alarm at the Botanical Center went off and we had to leave....hoping to get some of Jossy and the girls together!
 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Parent's Day Program

A couple weeks ago the boys had their parent's day program at preschool. It was sooo cute and they did great singing loudly and clearly.  






 Afterwards we had a snack and made a craft to take home!





Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I love...

...how this girls loves any animal she comes in contact with
...that sweet little smile! 
...her little dimples
....and that curly hair! 
Ah Jewels...I love you so very much you light up our hearts! 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Pumpkin patch

We hit up one of the local pumpkin patches a few weeks before Halloween and the kids had a blast picking out their very own pumpkins! We got HUGE ones for only $3 a piece...the best deal in town! 






Monday, November 12, 2012

What's been going on!

So I've been a TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD BLOGGER!!!  This I know and well, can't help!  So what's been going on with the Waters family??

Me...I've been shooting, downloading, editing, burning and mailing (my job sounds violent, huh?!) Really though, I've been SOOO busy with photography it isn't even funny! If we didn't need the extra money for our fun stuff or whatever I SOOO would just quit taking pictures...I'm THAT burnt out!! Hate it when your hobby becomes your job??!! I do! I have ONE more weekend of 9 sessions on Saturday and 6 on Sunday this coming weekend and then I just have TWO more weekend days this YEAR to take pictures!! I 'm SOOOO VERY ready for a break!!!  It isn't the day that I'm gone for 9 hours taking pictures its all the time it takes to do the editing/posting/burning/etc.  I really do neglect my kids for like 3 days and pretty much let them fend for themselves, I do feed them during the day and change diapers, take them to preschool but that's about it, they are on their own to find things to do while I sit with the laptop on my lap THE.ENTIRE.DAY!  Hey, they aren't hurting for playmates, right?? And a mama has to do what a mama has to do in order to continue to stay home with her babes and make a living!  Other than pictures and working out in the really early morning...I really haven't been doing anything!  I AM looking forward to an afternoon of junkin' and drinks and craft show with some girlfriends on Friday AND a night out with the hubby for said girlfriend's birthday with a bunch of other friends...all while kids are at Grandma and Grandpa's house.

Jon....it's a good thing he does the cooking in the house otherwise we'd all starve! He's been cookin' up some good meals around here.  The boys are begging for beef and noodles at least once a week and we've now made it a staple for the cold/winter months.  Jon has also been enjoying all the home Iowa games and the fun tailgates. We all went over to Iowa City (well minus the kids) a couple weekends ago and went to a game together. The tailgating was fun, the game not so much! Jon has gotten all the patio furniture put away and the outside all cleaned up for winter...the Christmas lights are next on his list! He's been running at work still and isn't looking forward to having to run on the treadmill at the gym in the next month.

Jackson...besides going to preschool 3 days a week. He's enjoyed playing with his garbage truck by tearing up every little piece of paper her finds!  He's been pretty mouthy in the last month or so and we're really been trying to work on the "have a good attitude, don't pout, don't cry you aren't a baby, stop talking back" etc...so far we aren't getting anywhere...its a work in progress, right??!! He LOVES to write his name and color/draw so we've been doing a lot of that too!

Joel...loves, loves, loves playing trains, but only when the babies are sleeping so they don't wreck his tracks! He LOVES preschool and is learning soo much. Both boys are little sponges and enjoy learning they wish they could go to preschool everyday.

Julianne...has really gotten into Micky Mouse and that oh so annoying "hot dog dance" music! Her days have been spent being chased and entertained by her brothers! Can't believe in a few short days she will be 18 months old!! She is not a vegetable eater, milk drinker or meat eater so meals have been interesting! Still a good eater but maybe the pickiest of the 4! She reads books all the time and loves trying to make all the animal sounds!

Jocelyn...still loves and carries her blanky everywhere. She rarely is without it and spends her days climbing all over the furniture and reading books. She loves nap time and I think if I'd let her she'd nap at least twice a day!

Well that's a little bit of what we've all been up to around here these past few weeks!! I will try and post pictures of the kiddos and do more "fun" posts this week!