Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Game on

As I mentioned in my last post, our Halloween costumes are taking on a theme this year...BOXES.

As we were brainstorming what we could make with a box, we got a wild hair and thought it would be fun to make this:

He loves it and is convinced he will have the coolest costume this year. What do you think?

Stand by for Laura's sometime in the near future.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Emma has a passion for recycling and has caught the "green fever". She thought it would be fun if we used some of our moving boxes for Halloween costumes this year. I thought that was a great idea. So all of the big kids are going to use a box for their costumes. I haven't decided but if we have time I might even get into the fun.

Today Emma had her good friend Regan over and they worked on their costume.

Here they are. They were so proud of their work.

I will post Laura and Andrew's when we get their costumes done. Wait until you see Andrew's, it is hilarious.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Home Sweet Home

We are really enjoying life in Maryland. I am so proud of the kids, they have made such a smooth transition. They have been so brave and courageous and have jumped right in and made new friends and tried new things.

Here is a picture from the "cracker barrel house". I was at Lowe's the other day and they had just marked the white rockers down fifty percent. Like any other bargain hunting woman, I snatched up two of them for the porch. We are loving them!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Anchors Aweigh

Yesterday we drove up to Annapolis for the afternoon to watch Navy play Rutgers. It was fun to go up to visit Adam's alma matter and spend a fun afternoon as a family.

When we got there we parked and made our way over to the stadium. As we approached the stadium we heard tons of sirens and quickly figured out that there was a HUGE motorcade of about fifteen vehicles. All of a sudden we saw John and Cindy McCain step out of the car and the kids were so excited. Apparently he was there for his 50th reunion from the Naval Academy. We also saw him one other time walking through the stadium, he walked right by us on the way to the VIP section.

It was a beautiful afternoon and we had fun watching the Navy take a much needed win. The bummer was that we realized as the day went on that Laura was feeling worse by the minute. One the way home from the game we took her to an urgent care clinic and it turns out that the poor girl had strep throat. For being so sick she was a great sport and as cute as can be in her cheer leading outfit. Here is a picture of both of the girls in the waiting room at the clinic.

We are missing our friends and life back in Oklahoma but being close to the Naval Academy is one of the things we love about being back in Maryland.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

In a word...

Andrew wrote this poem recently at school. I loved it and wanted to share it with you.

That little guy melts my heart, I tell you. This is his autobiographical poem.

Funny, nice, giving, honest
Brother of Emma, Laura, and Sarah
Lover of family, dog, world
Who feels happy, tired, hungry
Who needs a brother, a nice sister, a car
Who gives jokes, happiness, and love
Who fears fires, bridges, earthquakes
Who would like to travel, win a game show, have $1,000
Resident of Maryland

And there you have it, Andrew in a word.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sarah 5 months

Today our little Sarah is five months old. It is hard to believe that weight was ever a concern. She was in the 95th percentile last month for weight and 90th percentile for height at her four month appointment. She is almost off the charts, in a good way.

I am so thankful for this little girl, she brings so much joy to our family. It is fun to see her little personality emerging. She is a little extrovert. She is very vocal, especially at dinner time when everyone else is talking she has to get a word in. She talks almost constantly in her waking hours, I have a feeling she will have an extensive vocabulary at a young age like her oldest sister did.

Now that all of the big kids are in school all day, Sarah is my little buddy. The only bad thing is I have a hard time getting anything done because I would much rather just play with her, can you blame me?

Friday, September 12, 2008


Well, it has been way too long since we have posted anything.

We closed on our house a month ago and they kids are now in school, most of the boxes are unpacked and we are feeling more settled all the time.

The one big detail that is left is where to go to church? We were spoiled in Oklahoma by one of the best churches we have ever attended. It was the biggest blessing in our lives for the past two years. Well, now we are feeling very unsatisfied and know that there is nothing like it here in Southern Maryland. We know we will find something but we are not sure where yet.

The kids have done an amazing job adjusting, I am so proud of them. Adam is enjoying is job and getting back in the cockpit. As for Sarah and I were are having a fun time hanging out and trying to figure out what our day to day routine will look like. Cooper seems to be loving his new domain chasing squirrels, deer etc.

We are missing our Oklahoma friends a lot but at the same time we are coming back to some wonderful friends in this area.

Little Sarah is growing like a weed, a big weed. She will be five months on Sunday, that is hard to believe.