Thursday, October 23, 2014

Zoo Crew

after the USC game, we stayed overnight and headed to the zoo the next day!

about 10 seconds after this picture, this bird pooped on wil's shirt. womp womp.

i love ella's face in this picture. the kids loved feeding the birds.




they found this little hole in the tree and wanted to hang out there for a while, but they had to get out and let some other kids in too.


time to feed the giraffes! this guy almost took a bite of toby's hand.

you stinker!

the bigger kids got a chance to pet this nice fella.


gianna kept saying, "momma, i want to show you the spinny thing", and i didn't catch on until about halfway through the zoo that she was talking about the carousel. it was at the entrance and she just couldn't wait to get back there and take a spin. doesn't she look so much older here?

roman tried his hand at climbing a tree. it was tougher than it looked.

the rock wall was a little easier. for him, anyway! i would have probably only gotten about 2 feet up...haha.

finally, one last thrill before we head home.

she fell asleep about 10 minutes after we got in the car. she was pooped from all the fun we had. roman stayed awake, but i think he was just thinking of all the fun he had over the weekend with his best girl, mady. it was a really fun weekend, hopefully, we will do it again!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Go Gamecocks!

on saturday, we left really early to head up to columbia to tailgate for the USC vs. Furman game. we were going with our friends wil, kelly, mady and ella. they are die hard fans and so we had to live up to some pretty high tailgating standards. we got tickets for the boys and the two older kids, but kelly, me and the little girls hung back at the "camp" waiting for them to come back. it was cool though, we had enough food and drinks to keep us occupied!

i don't know why it always surprises us, but these kids are super close, get along so well together and never really fight.

all decked out in her garnet gear!

what can i say about these two? they were SO excited to hang together all weekend.

and these two were pretty pumped too!

they spent a lot of time at the adjacent parking lot, just playing football and running around goofing off.

we had a pretty legit setup, i would say. toby even brought our full size grill. no camp grill for us. we had SO MUCH food!

gianna and ella spent some time in the back of the car playing together. too cute!

ella was even really great about helping gianna in and out.

tutu or afro wig...she's versatile with her accessories.

the lucky big kiddos got to go in with the dads and they had a blast!

prom pose for the win!

waving their game towels...woo hoo!

and look who stopped by to say hi! gianna's bestie, lucy!

mady and ro sat on the train tracks for a long time, just talking. we kept saying how we wish we could record their conversations to see what they were talking about. they always seem to have something to say.

we had a great time and are hoping to make it an annual trip!


Thursday, October 16, 2014


our front entrance is fall-i-fied!

and if anyone could tell me where my baby boy is, that'd be great. somehow this grown boy lives with us now and while i love him very much and don't want him to leave, i'm missing my baby!

the halloween inflatables went up!

and, toby has been waiting a long time for this to happen again...finally...yard of the month again!

they got a front row seat to see all of the all the decorations!

and roman got a bird's eye view!

i said, "give the tree a hug, he's nice", but this is as close as she got. i guess she doesn't trust me. wonder why not?

casper seems a little bit friendlier, so he got some lovin'.

now we are all ready for the chilly weather and the little goblins that come around begging for candy!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

We're a Little Bit Goofy

i was fixing our curtains and roman was "helping" me with the curtain rings...haha

momma and g were cuddling...

and then it was time for cuddles for roman. fly eagles fly!

roman is really good at climbing poles now

and gianna prefers to feel the wind in her face...

these 3 amigos are classmates, soccer teammates and great friends!

we actually were lucky enough to pick up archer from aftercare on his birthday and take him to soccer with us that night. here are the boys getting goofy in the backseat...


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Boys Weekend

last weekend, roman cashed in his birthday present. a flight up north to stay with mimi and go to a nascar race with poppa.

since he didn't remember his first and second flights (when he was around 1 year old), he felt that gianna had gotten to fly, but he hadn't. so, it was like a first time adventure with just the boys...

this picture makes my heart skip a beat. look at how beautiful he is. those eyes...that nose...i love him to the moon and back!

the boys had a great flight up!

look at that view! that's when you know you're home...when you see the bay bridge!

he knew i was gonna miss him, so he made sure to facetime me right when he got there. this was in the rental car on the way to mimi's. it was dark out already!

and they arrived just in time to hit the hay. this was roman's first time sleeping in the top bunk. what a big kid!

on sunday, they were up early to head to dover for the race. time to cheer for cousin carl!

that scary monster at monster mile!

do you think he was happy?

gotta protect those delicate ears!

look, they're turning left!

he was plum tuckered out!

meanwhile, back in sc, the girls got to hang out and do girly things together!

like getting our toes painted at a salon...

...and fingernails too. she kept saying "momma, this is fun!"

and mimi sent this nightgown back with the boys and i think she wore it for 4 nights in a row. it's a hit!

we sure were glad that the boys had a good time, but we were happy to have them home.