Archive for September, 2011

Happy second birthday Leah

Posted in Celebrations, Leah, Video on September 30th, 2011 by c-had – Be the first to comment

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Leah didn't want to be left out of the singing, so she joined in the fun.

Back to School picnic

Posted in Family outings, Leah, Molly on September 30th, 2011 by jen – Be the first to comment

Molly's preschool had a Back to School picnic at Hammond Park for all the kids and their families. As soon as we got there, Leah was ready to take a spin on the playground (Molly too).

Back to school Picnic

Leah loved going down this big slide, and after several runs she managed to build up enough static electricity to create this hairstyle.

Electrifying fun

There were also organized games, including this sponge race. It was a relay in which players would fill a sponge with water, then race down to another bucket to fill. Molly loved it.

Off to the races

Leah joined in the fun as well.

Little sister participation

Why play on the playground when you can have fun in the water fountain?

Water fountain fun

I don't think they're here to quench their thirst.


More family fun

Posted in Family visits, Leah, Molly on September 29th, 2011 by jen – 2 Comments

Our family was going in three different directions the morning of Leah's party. Chad played a tennis tournament that weekend, including an early morning match before the party. Uncle J tagged along to watch and be our event photographer.

Tennis tournament

At the same time, Molly had her first Fall ballet class. So, Aunt 'Chelle, Emmie and G'Mom took her. Here Molly is showing how she leaves class by demonstrating her curtsy.

A curtsy for you

That evening, G'Mom and Grampa watched all three girls so that the parents could have a night out. The girls enjoyed reading with Grampa before Leah went to bed.

Bedtime stories

A Sunday afternoon photo op.

Girls and Grands

Hold on girls!

Hold on Emmie!

Hold on Leah!

While Molly was at preschool on Monday, the littlest girls had playtime at the playground.

Littlest girls playtime

The train is a good place to sit and talk it out with G'Mom.

Train talk

Just Leah and her mom.

Leah and Mom

Emmie and Molly had fun helping G'Mom bake cookies. Though, all Molly really wanted to do was lick the spoon!

Cookie helpers

A good rainy day activity? Swimming, or swinging, in the hotel pool.

Swimming or swinging?

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Party

Posted in Celebrations, Family visits, Food, Kid crafts, Leah, Molly on September 28th, 2011 by jen – 5 Comments

A told B, and B told C
“I'll meet you at the house
for Leah's party!”

“Whee!” said D to E F G
“Are you coming to see
the coconut tree?”

Chicka chicka boom boom!
Will there be enough room?
We'll find out when you RSVP!


When Leah consistently started choosing Chicka Chicka Boom Boom for a bedtime story, I knew it would be the perfect theme for her 2nd birthday. The party started with making Boom Boom shakers. It takes a lot of concentration to fill a shaker with beads.

Boom Boom shakers

Yeah, stickers!

The kids then sat for a reading of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and used their shakers to go boom boom!

A reading

To the surprise of many, I did not make the cake this time. Chad convinced me to focus on the rest of the party prep and have it made by Oh What a Cake. It was great decision and a great cake.

Chicka Boom cake

The basic story of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is about the alphabet climbing to the top of the coconut tree. So, naturally we had to have one present.

The coconut tree

Thanks for inspiring silly ways to play with balloons, Uncle J!

Balloon belly

Leah was so excited for the birthday song that she even sang it to herself!

Singing Happy Birthday

To fully appreciate the taste of the cake, Leah thought it necessary to close her eyes. Though, when you do that you must open your mouth as wide as you can to make sure it gets in.

Can't get enough cake

Who needs a fork? Icing, finger, tongue.

Who needs a fork?

Then it was present time and the kids were definitely present.

Gather round

Leah's very into baby dolls right now. This one came with a bottle, which was a big hit.

Baby doll and bottle

She also enjoyed reading a fun, new book.

Fun new book

And as a party favor, guests left with colorful alphabet cookies.

Alphabet cookies

Skit skat skoodle doot.
Flip flop flee.
Thanks for coming
To Leah’s party!

She’s 2!

Posted in Celebrations, Family visits, Leah, Molly on September 27th, 2011 by jen – Be the first to comment

Leah turned 2 on the 16th, so we celebrated with cupcakes from the new Kupcakes & Co.

Leah's real birthday

Two candles can be tough. It helps to call in some reinforcements.

Big sister help

She had singing birthday calls,

Happy birthday call

practiced tearing open gifts, a skill necessary for her party,

Presents part 1

then played with some of her new toys.

Legos with Uncle J

Vroom vroom

Happy birthday big girl!

Hi Leah

A new school year

Posted in Molly on September 14th, 2011 by jen – 3 Comments

Routine is a wonderful thing and with the beginning of a new school year, we are back in the swing of it. Molly's now in the 4-year-old class at preschool, and of course still loving it. Her class is mostly the same kids (14 out of 18) as last year.

First day of school at 4

Yea for the first day of school!

Excited about school

And for those of you who are a bit nostalgic, here is Molly's first day of school last year. I can't believe how much older she looks!

Harvest helpers

Posted in Church on September 11th, 2011 by jen – 1 Comment

Our Young Adult group headed to First Fruits Farm to pick apples. The farm is dedicated to growing fresh fruits and vegetables to feed the hungry. Volunteers come in and harvest; the farm then donates the food to the Maryland Food Bank, soup kitchens and shelters. We were going to be harvesting potatoes, but we ended up picking apples due to the excessive rain this week.

First Fruits Farm

In case you were wondering, those are McIntosh apples.

Christy picking happily

Diana picking down low.

Diana picking down low

Reach, Eric!

Reach, Eric

Ladders can make anyone feel tall :)

Topping the tree

Looking down from above.

Looking down from above

Apples make you smile.

Apples make you smile

Chad's long arms helped out with some of the harder to reach apples.

Me in a tree

Susan needed no ladder, as she showed her tree climbing expertise.

Susan the tree climber

I believe Christy is up in the tree while Eric waits on the ground for her to throw apples at… I mean drop apples on… I mean hand apples to him.

Eric on ground duty

Pick the apple...

Pick the apple...

Hand it down.

Hand it down

Frank was a veteran picker, but we didn't see much of him since he spent most of his time hidden amongst the treetops. Chad did manage to sneak a peak at him up there here, though.

Frank hiding in a tree

Thanks to Amy for organizing this service project. We all really enjoyed it and hopefully, we'll get to do it again sometime.

A day at the beach

Posted in Family outings, Leah, Molly on September 2nd, 2011 by jen – 1 Comment

Tuesday was beautiful day for a beach trip. Sandy Point State Park, which is on the Chesapeake Bay, is only about 45 minutes from our house. And Chad had a break in his work schedule, so he was able to join us too!

Beach trip

This was Leah's first trip to the beach, and she was not a fan of the sand (she's often not a fan of getting dirty). So, she refused to leave the blanket without being carried. She did, however, want to play a bit with the sand. So, she decided it was ok to reach for the sand with the shovel as long as she did not enter the sand herself.

Leah avoids the sand

Molly, on the other hand, loves the sand. She borrowed this shovel and kept digging with it almost the entire time we were there.

The shoveler

You shovel 16 tons...Ok, maybe not quite that much.

You shovel 16 tons...

We did not go to the beach alone. Hannah and Emma and their moms came along as well.

Beach friends

Leah wanted nothing to do with the water, but she was willing to be carried somewhat near it to be closer to the other girls.

Somewhat near the water

The beach was pretty empty, the weather was great, and the Bay Bridge made a nice backdrop for the view, just far enough away so we couldn't hear the cars on it.

Bay Bridge