Sunday, June 26, 2011

Boys' Weekend at Silver Dollar City

I.C. and Mom take on one of the "baby" roller coasters to get warmed up! I.C. soon realized that Mom was NOT the ideal roller coaster companion, so Dad took her place on the much more stomach-turning coasters - "Thunderation" and "Wildfire"!!!
C.H. and Mom share a ride on the giant swing. T.H. and I.C. rode solo so they could twist and spin their seats.

I.C. found a good roller coaster companion in T.H. They were real thrill seekers and rode the Powderkeg roller coaster which shoots out of a barn going 0 to 60 in nothing flat! Not even Dad could be talked into riding this one!!!

We took a break from rides long enough to watch a stunt dog show. It featured different rescue dogs that had been trained to jump, catch, and do some pretty amazing tricks! T.H. and C.H. got a squeeze before the show from the mascot, Diggy : )

All four of the boys challenge their strength and try to stop the perpetual ball from rolling. They succeeded, at least for a couple of seconds! It was a wonderful 3-day weekend with just the boys : )

I.C. Brings Home the Gold!

I.C. attended the Corliss Williamson basketball camp at UCA. He trained and practiced with about 50 other boys in 4th-9th grade. I.C. had a successful week and came home with 2 trophies - 3 on 3 champs and 5 on 5 champs!!! He also made a free throw shot to help his team win a tied game : )

Dad's Fans!!!

L.C. rocks out a Happy Father's Day tune on her "air" guitar!
J.T. puts a little extra hip action into her song, which really reflects her sassy personality : )

While doing a little shopping with Mom and Dad in Target, C.M. tries to decide which Fedora hat looks better on him...fushia pink with a white band or...

white with a fuschia pink band. I think, from the smile on his face, that the white hat is the clear winner! Happy Father's Day to a wonderful Daddy who loves it when we express our personal style!!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Trip to Branson to see Dora & Diego!

We made a trip to Branson for a long weekend. Silver Dollar City kicked off KidsFest with Dora & Diego. We had to take the little ones since they LOVE Dora & Diego!!

L.C. and C.M. are very, very excited to be at Silver Dollar City!
L.C. is soooo shy in front of the camera...NOT!!!

Daddy & J.T. stand in line to see DORA & DIEGO!!

Mommy had L.C. & C.M. close by watching the boats float by on the RiverBlast ride. They got a little wet! C.M. was tolerant of it but...

...when he gets older...he will get his revenge!

WOAH!!! I NEED one of these for my room!

L.C. poses with the HUGE Teddy Bear while C.M. looks around to see if anyone would notice if he swiped it. We were in line to see Dora so they might have yelled out, "Swiper no swiping!"

J.T. was a little more interested in the flowers than the bear.

But the girls do think the Teddy Bear would make a great addition to their room as well!

And the reason we came! DORA & DIEGO!!! L.C. was a little freaked out by the size of Dora & Diego even though they are her favorite characters in the world. We don't blame her though. They are quite a bit bigger in real life than they are on our t.v.s at home! J.T. was all smiles and couldn't get enough of her new friends. C.M. liked them as well, however, he was still wondering how to sneak that big Teddy Bear out and as you can see from this photo...he was sizing Dora & Diego up. He knew he could outrun them if needed!!

OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM: After meeting Dora & Diego, L.C. was happy...mainly because she wasn't freaked out any longer. J.T. was sad...mainly because she wanted to stay and hang out with Dora & Diego! Hehe...both had a great time and were happy to meet their old friends.

Daddy and the 3 youngest of his 6 beautiful kiddos riding the carousel!

J.T. peeks out the window of the big tree house at Half Dollar Holler!

L.C. had a fun time in the tree house too!

Even C.M. had a go in the tree house!

Half Dollar Holler had a lot to keep you entertained. J.T. & L.C. took a spin on Lil' Swings. J.C. couldn't wait for the ride to start but L.C. was a little leary at first.

L.C. took her time examining the engineering of Lil' Swings making sure it was safe for her and her sister to ride. After it started moving, both L.C. and J.T. loved it and were calling for it to go faster and faster! They liked it so much they rode it twice in a row!

We had a couple of our wonderful babysitters with us and they had a good time as well...even though they had to spend a little time in the stockade! Just kidding...they were great, as usual, and we want to say a special thanks to M.M. & C.D.!!!

The "gang" on the was a welcomed relief as it was getting late in the day and everyone needed a little 20 minute train ride to rest and relax!

J.T. wouldn't sit on anyone's lap other than Daddys. As you can see from her finger sucking...she was on a downward slide to Meltdownsville! Haha.

M.M. and C.D. with the little ones on the carousel!!!

Girls' Friends B-Day Party

The girls attended a Pretty Princess birthday party for a friend from school. They were excited to show off their Snow White dresses and were super pumped about playing with their friends from school.
J.T. loved playing on the trampoline. She is a natural at it!
Oops! Even the best trampoliners fall sometimes! Hehe.

Daddy had the pleasure of taking the girls and helping out while they made their wands. Everyone had a blast!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Zoo Comes to Daycare!

The zoo came to visit at daycare and brought along some interesting animals - iguana, ferret, parrot, hissing cockroach, and turtle. J.T. was more than happy to pet the iguana without any hesitation! She's an animal lover like her older brother, C.H. Notice that L.C. is cautiously peering over the shoulder of one of her classmates in case the iguana decides to make a break for it! She DOES NOT like animals : )

Our Little Readers

T.H. and C.H. participated in a reading program at school that benefitted Heifer Project International for each book they read during the school year.
They were both awarded certificates during the end-of-year school awards assembly. Every child that read at least 25 books had their name put on a pepperoni for the big "Read to Feed" piece of pizza.

Outgrown Our House Already???

When Daddy went into the girl's room to check on C.M., this is what he found...Poor little boy had tucked himself in with a cushion from one
of the girl's chairs and a blanket! He really looked quite comfortable and wasn't too pleased about getting down!