Thursday, July 29, 2010

Happy 6th Birthday Monkey!

I may not stay on top of this blog as regularly as I should, but I try to never miss a birthday post. Today at just after 12:30 pm, my Monkey will officially be 6 yrs old. (hang on while I process this info...)

His 5th year was a pretty good (and busy) one.
We started his 5th year with a fun monkey-themed party complete with the Bubble Bus.
birthday portrait


On my birthday I took the kids to watch a taping of The Pumphry Brothers!

Then it was the first day of Kindergarten!
First day of school outside the building

Then we went with my family to the Giants of Faith celebration to honor my Grandma.

The kids and their Opa (my dad)
walking with Opa

I won tickets to Disney on Ice through a fabulous friends blog, so the kids, my sister and I hustled up to Cincy and saw the show and my friend!

The Grandparent's Day Program for Monkey's School:

In September, we celebrated Miss Bug turning 3!
Conner in the bouncy house

end of the night. obviously

October brought a field trip to Huber's with Monkeys kindergarten class, while there, we bought stuff to make candy apples.

Then we had the big trauma of the year. Monkey fell off the monkey bars (isn't it ironic, don't ya think) and broke his arm.

Halloween! Conner was White Fang (whose arm was caught in a trap) Lilli was a Candy Corn Princess.

Then my sister graduated with her RN!

In November, we met my friend Christina for some pictures in the beautiful fall!

Gingerbread Party!

Christmas Tree Farm!


(don't ask)

Conner Monkey

Conner and Lilli in the snow

My Monkey and my Bug

I can hardly believe that my little Monkey is 6 years old. I remember the minute he appeared, little did I know how much joy and love he was going to bring to me and everyone he meets.

I love you Monkey, no matter what, you're something I know I did right, and will never, ever regret.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


In case you haven't picked up on it by now, Monkey is smitten with military stuff. In Kindergarten, they celebrated 100 days of school by bringing in 100 items. He choose the little green army men. So needless to say, we have oodles of them around the house (soooo much fun to step on in the middle of the night!).

The other night Monkey and Bug were setting everything up in the living room when Newman wandered over to see what was going on. He reminded me of Godzilla parading through, causing destruction left and right.

A bonus shot of rockstar Bug

Monday, July 26, 2010

Yard Work

One of the things that drew us to our house originally was the yard and landscape work. Of course, there was a lot of work to do (and we still have to do), the house was vacant for a while before we bought it so there was a LOT of overgrowth.

We've done a lot of pulling, splitting, moving, re-planting. This year we moved our very small garden area to a back part of the yard. Adding more tomato plants, corn and eggplant. We'd also planted several cucumber plants, but none of them took this year, and my cauliflower seems to be a favorite snack among local, small, woodland creatures.

Monkey planted his own tomato plants this year, big, juicy, slicing tomatoes. Perfect for BLTs. Miss Bug opted for flowers, planting zinnias and cockscomb flowers.

A has cultivated and nursed his Hosta bed back to life for a radiant showing this year. Another lovely discovery was how well petunias do in the back beds. The lavender was fragrant and colorful this year, and our wildflower bed is so colorful! and oh, my Lily's. They're just amazing. I've never been more in love with a flower!

A's Hosta Bed.


Bouquets from the garden


Wildflower Bed

Corn and other veggies

Bug's Zinnias!