Friday, December 11, 2009

Annual Graham Cracker House adventure

My friend Sue courageously had all of us over again this year to make graham cracker/ginger bread houses. To say that it was chaotic is a bit of an understatement. We had about 8 almost 3 year olds running around and 3 8-9 month olds crawling around....but fun was had by all, and that is truly the important part.

Bobby was of course more interested in stuffing candy in his mouth, than actually putting it on the house. And in the rush to try and get things to a point that he could decorate, the architect (mommy) had some issues. So our house fell apart and did not even make it to our house.

But like I said, fun was had by all....or at least by the kids, and the mommies enjoyed the pizza that we ordered and the time together. This pregnant mommy was exhausted by the time we got home:)

Heather working with the kids

The construction site

Bobby's finished, although falling apart house

All of the kids...blurry because they wouldn't be still for long

And a belly shot for those I haven't seen in a while

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Has Landed

Christmas has landed at our new house in Clayton. The tree has been purchased, decorated and the stockings have been hung. And that is about all that will be done this year. With the newest member of our family to arrive very soon, I am trying to decorate with as little to clean up afterwards:)

We went to get our tree this past weekend...the weather was bad...cold and rainy, but we got a great tree. Bobby ran around and played chase with some older kids that he thought were playing with him. So it was really left to mom and dad to pick out the perfect tree. We then brought it home and let it dry off and began the decorating Sunday morning.

Bobby was really excited to decorate the tree and enjoyed putting ornaments on with much concentration. Most of them ended up in the same general area, but that was alright. I just enjoyed watching him have fun.

The Elf on the Shelf (named Mervin) in our house, has also made his way into the house. I don't know that Bobby really understands what Mervin's job is, but he has had a wonderful time trying to find him each and every morning. And asking me "how did he get there mommma? Is he magic?" It is truly a wonderful experience to witness Christmas (and everything else for that matter) through the eyes of a little one.
A wet tree hunting adventure

Decorating is serious business

And the finished projects

I'm a bit behind...please forgive me

Thanksgiving was once again spent in Wilmington with the entire Long and Foy families. We had Thanksgiving Day lunch at Sam's family's camp. It is rare that we are able to get all of the cousins together, so it was great to see them all running around and enjoying the camp, as I'm sure that their mommies and daddies did when they were that age. Of course all the boys were decked out in their camo, and I thought that next year, I will have to find some pink camo, so that this little girl doesn't feel left out:)

My sister Jenni and her family were also in town for the weekend, so it was wonderful to see and spend some quality time with them. It is amazing to watch how each visit, Bobby and Carson (my nephew) get along better and better, and to watch little Miss Jade grow!

Although I am continuing to grow and get worn out easily, we had a great time together! I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday too! Here are some pictures of the time that we had together, unfortunately, I didn't take too many....I'll try to make up for it at Christmas.
Bobby and his cousins

Tanya and Jade

And of course, the annual Foy family photo op

Thanks Mom and Dad for another great Thanksgiving in Scotts Hill

Friday, November 13, 2009

Apple Butter

A week or so ago, Bobby and I decided to make some apple butter out of all the apples that we had somehow accumulated in the house. So I got a recipe online and we began. It was a two day process, and Bobby really enjoyed helping me peel and cut up the apples (he was using a butter knife), and then of course his favorite part was tasting the end result. As he was eating it out of the crock pot, he kept telling me "this is delicious mommy!" Makes it so fun and worth the effort!

My little helper

The beginning product

The finished product

And taste tester approved!

Sunday, November 1, 2009


This year was really fun with Bobby. He has been so into everything Halloween...the decorations, costumes and programs on tv. So when we went shopping for his costume, he said that he wanted to be a "pooky ghost", but changed his mind once he saw the "pooky skeleton." And that was it, not the cute costume that mommy was hoping for, but he has been so excited about it. Every day he has told me, "it's almost Halloween time."

So when yesterday arrived, he wanted to go trick or treating right away...and didn't really understand having to wait. But overall, he did really well having to wait ALL DAY LONG.

When the time came, he got in his costume, headed outside and that was all she wrote. Thankfully, one of our neighbors has a trailer, had it filled with hay and drove the kids around the neighborhood. That also meant that I got a ride in the truck and didn't have to walk too much. Some of the funny comments from Bobby were:

When asked if he wanted candy at one house, he said "no, I already have candy. But do you have any dogs?"

And towards the end of the night, he sat down in a driveway and told me "I'll wait here, this is hard work!"

He just keeps me smiling all the time. Hope that everyone else had a great Halloween!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Smith Mountain Lake

This past weekend, my dad, Sam, Bobby, and I headed to Smith Mountain Lake for the weekend. Mom was supposed to come to, but because her best friend came down with swine flu, she was afraid of exposing Bobby and me to it and decided it was best not to come. We missed her and really wish that she could have been there too.

We got there Friday afternoon and checked into our state park cabin...very nice I might add. So we weren't truly roughing it, but that's alright since it decided to rain on Saturday. Despite the rain, we were able to hike (well all except me), make fires, roast smores, and enjoy our time together. I think that we have a little mountain man on our hands...he loved every minute being outside, and especially making the fires:) He and Sam have already started scoping out where in the backyard we will be putting in a fire pit.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pumpkin Time

This past weekend we went to Hillridge Farm again for our pumpkin picking adventure. We went with the Parks family as we have the two previous years, and once again, a good time was had by all. Despite temps in the 40's and a slight on and off drizzle...we all made it with smiles on our faces. It was so fun to watch the kids enjoy all of the activities, as each year they seem to find more and more enjoyment in the activities and each other...or at least at times.

Enjoying the maze with Daddy

Checking out the animals

Where's Bobby?

A family shot on the train


Friday, October 16, 2009

The Cat in the Hat

I just finished listening to Bobby read or make up words to the Cat in the Hat Comes Back for about 45 minutes. Although I am frustrated that he didn't go right to bed, at least he stayed in his bed, and it was so cute to listen to him make up words to go along with the pictures. And some of them were even correct! Sometimes I just can't help but smile.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Bobby is talking more and more, and cracks me up on a routine basis. Here is one of the latest funnies:

He was taking a bath the other night, and we were talking about sharing things when his baby sister gets here. His response was to having to share anything with her was, "that's okay mommy, I'll just put her back in your tummy."

I couldn't help but laugh out loud at that one. He's got another thing coming if he thinks she's going back in after she is out:)

Have a great week!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

We're Still Here...

It has truly been forever since I last posted. Time just somehow gets away from me:) And as fall is approaching, I realize how little time I really have before the peanut makes her appearance. So I will try to be more diligent in my postings over the next couple of months.

Bobby, Sam and I have been busy as usual...trips to Wilmington, playdates, visits from friends, and of course hunting season has started so Sam is making frequent weekend trips to the woods:)

Here are some pictures of our latest activities:
Fishing with Papa

The one man band

Playdate picnic lunch on the screened porch

Public Safety Day

A visit from Emilee, Emma and Elly included a trip to the Children's Museum and a cookie baking/decorating session.

So that just about wraps up the past couple of months and I will update again soon...I promise