Thursday, November 18, 2010

Catching Up! Again....

It seems that this last part of the year has been so crazy. I have just gotten lost and caught up in all the goings ons here. I have been starting over on some things. Trying to rearrange my life to accommodate 3 kids in school and going back to work for Jeff.

It's not going well....

But.... I thought I would show you some pics of some good things that did happen around here.

We found a new zoo that the kids enjoyed. Binder Park Zoo near Battle Creek. The bitty one here loved feeding the little birds.

Then the crazy school year started! One in high school, one in middle school and one in preschool. The bitty one just loves school! She still does not understand why she can't go all day 5 days a week.

Neither do I honey.... neither do I....


She just loves her teacher. I don't know if you would find a better teacher to expose your kids to. She is just wonderful! You can tell that she really enjoys the kids and teaching.

Of course I volunteered to bring the snack for the first day since I had so much time on my hands! Fruit made to look like flowers stuck on sticks. Thankfully, the kids loved it!

Then came this ham's birthday. 12 years old! Here is his own rendition of dressing like a homecoming queen! It is very disturbing having your son coming and asking if you have a pair of high heels he can use!


Then of course we had the big day. First dressed up dance for Brianna! Dad even got her a corsage. Aren't they cute?


There was the manicure and pedicure....

....the hair....


....and the dress. Which all added up to mom crying over her "baby" looking so grown up!


Then came Hammy's birthday. He didn't really want a party so we took him and his friend Michael to the Howell Nature Center. They did the zip line....


....had lots of laughs about it....


....screamed and yelled the whole way across the ravine....

....and then climbed the tower. They loved it!


Then it was over to the amusement center for a couple of hours of video games and go carting.

The bitty one and her class also had their first field trip. They read the book "Little Red Hen" followed by a trip to the Great Harvest Bread Company. They learned how the bread is made and got to sample some also. I know I gained 5 pounds just walking into the place from the smells. Mmmmm.....


The it was onto Halloween. The bitty one decided to dress as Minnie Mouse this year.


Her teacher looked so cute dressed as Snow White that I just had to sneak her in....


The bitty one was so proud of her pumpkin that she helped to carve. Of course, she wouldn't clean out the seeds cause that was GROSS!


Now it is onto their little Thanksgiving Feast. They all were so cute singing their song they learned about Thanksgiving!

Now to just try to survive the holidays with some sense of sanity. They have already started out bad. I lost my cousin Eddy this past Sunday. He passed away from a massive heart attack at the age of 54. The service is this Friday.

I do want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with love and laughter.


11 comments:

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Your family looks great and they have obviously been keeping you very busy. A very blessed Thanksgiving to you, Maggie!

Julie Johnson said...

I've missed you sweet Maggie. I'm sorry things haven't been going well. Hugs to all of your family and the loss of your cousin. So sorry.
As for maintaining sanity during the holidays...bottle that one up and send it my way. You'd think I could be a little more organized with my kids all in school. NOT. I'm floundering a bit!

cindy @ cottage instincts said...

Maggie!!!! So glad to hear from you and all your family's goings-on. I kept wanting to get up your way during October, but had a few setbacks with my daughter.

I'm sorry to hear about your cousin, that's just terrible news....I hope you can still find some joy at Thanksgiving, and happy memories will soon replace the grief.

Hope to see you soon, here and in person :)

Dar said...

In spite of the sad news of your cousin, so sad, I see you have four very good reasons to be Thankful tomorrow. I was away from blogging for awhile and have come back part-time feeling ready to tackle the holidays, at least.
Be Happy and BlessYourHearts

Pam said...

So glad you are back! Missed seeing your posts. So sorry to hear of your loss, especially so close to the holiday. (((Hugs))) Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Jacqueline said...

Dear Maggie,
It was so lovely to see you posting again. Sorry that I'm late commenting but I've had a virus on my computer.
I'm so sorry to hear that you have been having a hard time lately. It must be so hard for you to loose someone so young. I will be thinking of you.
It looks as if you have been doing quite a bit with the family. Your daughter looks beautiful in all of her finery and I just love that photo of her with her Dad. Looks as if your other children have been having fun too.
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Although we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in the UK, I will find time today to remember all of the things that I am thankful for......and there are a great many things.
Have a wonderful day filled with good food, drink, thanks and togetherness. XXXX

Theresa said...

Hi Maggie! Wow I have missed you girl! I'm going to start off by telling you that I am so sorry about your cousin, my prayers are with all of you.
We love Binder park zoo! Our favorite is the train ride to the giraffes :O Your daughter looks beautiful, everyone looks so happy, and that is just the way it should be.
Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving my friend, Theresa xoxo

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

My dear Maggie,
I did not know that you were back with us!!!! Oh, joy!!! I am so happy to catch up with all the goings on with you and your family.
Your bitty one is getting so big! Brianna looks so grown up and your Son, well so cute!
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksging, my dear friend!!!!
Blessings and love to you! I am so HAPPY you are back!
xo Yvonne

Lori said...

First off I cannot believe that I missed this post but I did send a message off to you by email. You certainly have had a busy time and I am so sorry to hear about your cousin ~ so young ~ way too soon. I hope you were able to rally the troops and have a good Thanksgiving. So happy to see your post ~ I miss you! xo

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Busy, busy, busy! We all are, where does the time go? Seems that has been all I've been saying lately. Looks like all is well and have been having fun. I loved going to the kids programs when they were little. Enjoy! They do grow up too fast. And Brianna, what a gorgeous daughter you have!
Those zip lines seem like fun, I'm sure htey had a blast. So sorry to hear about your cousin. You and your family will me in my thoughts and prayers.
Take care
*hugs*deb

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

love seeing all these adorable pictures of your little ones!