Monday, August 20, 2012

{Paige's P Dress}

 My cousin Kelly got Paige this dress for her birthday last month.  And I have been meaning to take some pictures of her wearing it for some time. The problem is that I only remember that I want to take pictures around 11am, when the light kinda stinks, and Paige wants to do anything but take pictures. Also, I would like to do it at the end of the day, but she's usually covered in dirt or food, or both and really doesn't want me to take her picture.

So, last Friday, I remembered to do RIGHT after she woke up. Like EARLY.

And they turned out OK. Not great. But they'll have to do for now.

The one below is my favorite.

She's blowing a kiss in this one  - not making out with her hand.

And I didn't want Emily to feel left out. So I took some of her too.

 I don't know why - she's being TOTALLY goofy here - but I LOVE this one.

And that's it!

Friday, August 17, 2012

{chalk paint}

 We were supposed to go and see a movie yesterday afternoon. But the sky got all dark and scary looking, so we decided that it was a better idea if we stayed home. And, of course, it never stormed. Never rained - not even a little drop. Annoying. And, lo and behold, the sun came out. So, I whipped up a batch of chalk paint, added two girls in bathing suits, and set them free on the driveway.

Of course, after about 1/2 a second, painting on the ground got old.
 So they started splattering paint all over each other.
 And then they just started painting each other.

 And then, they got SERIOUS.

 After that, I just set-up the slip and slide and let them wash themselves up.

Not too bad for a day that was going no where fast.....

In case you are curious - chalk paint is just equal amounts of corn starch and water with some food coloring. I used 1/4 c. each of water and cornstarch. And it washes off quite easily and doesn't stain at all. Perfect for my little mess makers!

Monday, August 13, 2012

{farm 2012}

 Last Saturday we made our annual pilgrimage to the Farm for our Family Reunion. And of course, we weren't there but five seconds when Paige made her way to the pile of sand. And there she remained for most of the day. Thankfully, we brought a change of clothes because oh man, those kids sure do get themselves dirty. I think we took home half that sand pile.
 And of course, after lunch, there was bat ball. It's very hard to play bat ball and take pictures at the same time. So bear with me. Here's Kelly at bat. We played Alderman vs. Lashbrook this year.
And Hayley.
 And this year, Emily didn't chicken out. She hit the ball pretty well and even made a fly ball out - all by herself. She called off two people to catch it. It was AWESOME! Go Emily!
Sue was pretty happy about it!
 Paige and Emerson spent lots of time running around the pond.
 Hayley spent lots of time running around the bases. Any guesses as to where she will be going to college?
 Julie sped around the bases as well. I love this picture!
 Who's that?
 The girls found an ant. I think Emerson eventually killed it. Paige wasn't too happy about that....
 Emerson doesn't look to concerned.
 Sue hit the ball well.
Uncle Denny pitched a great game. Even if he did get me out a couple times.
I think Joe hit the ball farther than anyone else. Wow!
 Matt took precautions so he wouldn't roll his ankle again. No major injuries this year. Yea!!
 These girls discussing our win - Alderman 22 - Lashbrook 11
 The girls kept scaring us at the dock.
 And then we took some family pictures. My Uncle Ed took this one.
 Of course, I had to take a jumping picture.
 And I took this one of my Aunt and Uncle.
 And I took this one of the most photogenic family.

 And I kind of love this one.
 And this one too.
 Well heck, this is my fave.
 And I really, really love this one.
 This one would be good if Eric was looking at the camera......oh well.
 The cutest boy ever.
 They played volleyball for over two hours. I was tired just watching them.
 Emily hanging out around the fire pit wanting to know when we were going to do s'mores. And after the s'mores we decided to find out what would happen if we threw some corn from the field on the fire. It didn't pop into anything edible - but it popped all the same. It was kind of cool.
Paige LOVES Redpop. And the farm. And going on adventures all the way to the big oak tree through the corn field - an adventure her Mom chickened out of when Sue told her all about corn spiders....not to mention corn fields are not great for claustrophobia. And she loved the fireworks, flashlight tag, trying field corn right from the field and finding out it doesn't taste all that great - even though her mom had already told her that, and lots and lots of good family memories.

Thank you Aunt Joan! We had the BEST time!