Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Manicures For Moms!

Weston's Pre-K class had a Manicures for Moms day right before Mother's Day.  I could not have been more excited! I could not wait to see how well a Pre-K class could give a manicure. I was surprised that Weston was also looking forward to it! When we got there, the class was divided into different stations.  They had an area for reading, eating, massages, and for painting.  The tables filled fast, so Weston took me to the reading area and read a few books to me.  We spent a good bit of time reading, and then Weston wanted to go in the hall and eat donuts.  I had to laugh, because I think Weston spent more time eating donuts than painting my nails!!! When he finally did start painting, he couldn't decide on a color.  He painted them blue, orange, hot pink, and then glitter.  Finally he decided to paint them hot pink, but I ended up painting the last 3 or 4 fingers because he couldn't focus on the job.  The donuts were a HUGE distraction! I had the best time, although my fingernails were quite messy when I left. I even left them that way for a few days:)

Reading books to me in the Reading Center.

It is difficult to see in the photos, but they turned the lights out and had soft lighting throughout the room to create a spa-like experience. They also had soft music playing!

Removing my fingernail polish.  I purposely painted my nails so he would have to do this for me!

Break Time! I'll massage your arms when I finish my powdered donuts.

I think I need a few more donuts!

I think I'll try chocolate this time!!

I'll finish your nails as soon as I finish these.  Do you mind waiting?!!!!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Swamp Stomp 5K


In April, I ran my first 5k during the annual Swamp Stomp at Phinizy Swamp!  After Nathan ran a half marathon with a stomach virus in March, I decided I would give running a try! If he could make it through a half marathon under those circumstances, then I may have a chance at finishing a 5k!!! Honestly, I have never been interested in running, but Nathan looks like he has so much fun! I thought it may be worth a try.... at least once!  Although I enjoy exercising, I have NEVER tried to run in my life.  Yes, I have occasionally sprinted after the boys, but that is about it! I have been going to Zumba classes at least twice a week, for over two years, but that is all I had going for me! I signed up for the race three weeks before the day of the race, and decided I better start trying to get myself ready IMMEDIATELY! I started running about 4 days a week for three weeks.  I thought I was going to die the first week! Nolan said he was interested in running with us, which eventually led Tammy to sign up also.  At the last minute, my dad decided he would join us too! So, it ended up being a fun family run for all of us! Nana watched the boys for us while we ran! I think we all had a GREAT time! Now, I'm hooked on running.  I don't think I will ever attempt a half marathon or anything like that, but running turned out to be more fun than I expected!

Group photo of us before the run.  It was very foggy that morning.

Weston and Brandon waiting for us to finish!

We made it! My goal was to run the entire time, but I didn't really care about my time this race.  Training to run three miles in three weeks was difficult enough! I ran the entire time and finished in 34:59. I don't have the rest of the family's times, but Nolan beat all of us!  I believe he finished between 27 and 28 minutes. Nathan shared the same time as me, because he was nice enough to stay with me during the race.

My 65- year- old dad came in second place in his age group!! Go, Dad!!!

New Chicks

We bought 6 new chicks back in April!  I thought we needed at least one chicken with RED feathers in our flock! I wanted to order a couple of older chickens for several reasons, but it is so expensive to have them shipped! I didn't want baby chicks because you have to care for them differently, and they can easily slip through our fence. However, we just couldn't afford the older chickens!!!  Eventually, we  purchased chicks from the tractor supply store for a cheap price.  These chickens were labeled red pullets, which basically means they will have reddish colored feathers. I don't think any of them are true Rhode Island Reds or New Hampshire Reds, but they are breed specially for laying eggs.  We were required to purchase a minimum of 6 at a time, so we came home with more chicks than we wanted.  So far, they are doing really well, and they have gotten so big.  I will post photos of them later.  They have been a little mischievous, and have gotten loose several times (maybe I will have a chance to post a story about that later), but they are really sweet.  They don't mind getting close to us, and they will eat out of our hands. Anyway, here is a couple of photos of our chicks when they were little!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Photos of the Week!

Just a typical day in the life of a Lego maniac!


The boys finding their Easter baskets.

More Legos!

A new treasure chest!

The Easter bunny hid a few eggs in the front yard.

Family photo after church.
Easter egg hunt at Nana and Papa's.


Only Papa would allow Wyatt to bury his treasure chest in his tomato garden!