Friday, March 25, 2011


Austin and Logan have been moaning for weeks about
some PowerRanger SpinSword they want.
It just so happens to cost $15!
Which is about $14 over our 
"We'll buy it for you just because" budget 
we may occasionally spend on the boys.
It's even about $6 over Nonnie's 
"I'll buy it for you cuz I love you" splurge purchases.

So, after exhausting the list of household chores:
dishes, extra cleaning
 and some yardwork:
picking up acorns, bagging leaves
And one entire day spent "being good boys for Nonnie."

They've got about $5.00 each.

Yet - they have not forgotten how badly they want that SpinSword.

After being told, once again, that
they don't have enough money to buy it yet,
They came up with a solution:
"Mommy, can we PLEEZE sell Lemon-lade? Puh-LEEZE?"

Great concept, boys!
But they picked a cold, windy day
at about 3:00pm -
So, not a lot of traffic.

Between Mommy and their best friend neighbor, Sarah -
they each earned another $1!

A++ for effort!
And with their drive and determination,
I have a feeling that SpinSword will be making a presence in my house real soon!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Road Trip!

 We went to COLLEGE!
Nonnie and I took the boys to Radford University to see 
Evan play in an Ultimate Frisbee tournament.

 Austin traveling in style!

 Logan chillaxin'!

5 minutes into the trip, Logan began his "How much longer, Mommy?"
And he pretty much kept it up the whole 3.5 hours!

Everytime we stopped to pee or eat, 
Austin and Logan introduced themselves (to anyone within ear shot)
and told EVERYONE they were on vacation and were going to COLLEGE!  
 Luckily Evan and Amanda met us at the hotel -
so that the boys could JUMP right into the POOL!


Then, we headed to the park for more playtime, dinner out and then back to the pool!
The next morning, Austin woke up, sat up in bed and said, "Pool, Momma?"
So, one more quick dip and then we headed off to campus!
 Austin, Amanda, Logan and Evan
 Nonnie and Evan!
 Me, Evan and Logan

Me and Austin!

The boys loved cheering for Evan!
It was the first time I had watched an Ultimate Frisbee game 
and it was pretty darn entertaining!
Our visit was over WAY too soon,
but we had SOOOO much fun!

On the way back, Nonnie and I started planning a FALL trip! 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Rock Star!

Well, it took me 2 1/2 weeks to recover from running the twins' energy into the ground in that last post!
Just kiddin'!

We have been thoroughly busy and entertained by our beloved ROCK STAR of a brother, Evan!
Sure - he could have spent his Spring Break on the sandy shores of some beach,
but instead, he chose to lavish his brothers in 
some unforgettable one-on-one time!

In anticipation of the BIG ARRIVAL,
Nonnie helped us create a Countdown to Evan calendar!

But, Surprise! Surprise! He rang the doorbell two days early...
...and that set the tone for 10 day party right off the bat!

While Evan was home, there was lots of trampoline time:

Some advanced mathwork:

Some special storytime readings:

Evan and his girlfriend, Amanda took the boys to their first evah- big ticket event:
The Harlem Globetrotters!
(Inadvertently, this trip may have also sunk
any hope I ever had of future grandchildren from Evan.)

Evan also stood side-by-side his brothers and joined rank among them as the head leader
Red Samurai Power Ranger!
(An honor, indeed!)

He invented cool games like, Wipe Out  Trampoline:

Sumo Wrestling Trampoline:

Alas, Sunday arrived, and it was time for Evan and Amanda to return to college.
Imagine my shock, when the boys told me they were going to college with Evan.

No amount of talking or rationalizing could persuade them.
"But, you're going to miss your birthday."
That's okay, Mom.  Maybe you could just wait and have it when we get home.
"But you'll miss soccer.."
That's okay - we can play frisbee and basketball with Evan.
"But you'll be all alone when Evan goes to class."
That's okay - we can take care of ourselves and Evan says we can eat water and noodles.
We LOVE water and noodles!
Yeah, and we can just sit outside his class in the hallway.
We'll go get some quiet toys to take to occupy us.
It wasn't until I refused to talk to them anymore that they finally felt enough guilt to stay home.
Nice, huh?

Lucky for all of us, we'll be re-uniting very, very soon 
as Nonnie and I will be taking a roadtrip with the boys to  Evan's college!

(Austin, Amanda, Logan, Lory, and Evan)
(Mason, Lory, Austin, Amanda, Logan and Evan)