Monday, October 31, 2011


Pro-We have beautiful color-changing trees in our backyard.
Con--We get TONS of leaves in our backyard.

We've spent half of every Saturday for the last few weeks raking and piling fallen leaves.
And I'm not a fan of raking leaves.
I am a fan of, however, my children finding joy in the outdoors.
And the fallen leaves have something to do with that joy.

Saturday, October 29, 2011


Our Will-boy hasn't been feeling too hot lately.
It's been a rough week.
I was so happy when I woke up and realized it was Saturday.
But then I realized I'm married to a basketball coach and that mean's he has to work on Saturday's. :(
It all started with a runny nose.
Then turned into a cough.
Then the flu.
Then the little guy fell and bit through his tongue (not fun!)
And now I can proudly say that he is on the mend.
Can you tell?

Goof balls.
Happy Saturday, friends!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Fun and Frosties!

Have I mentioned that we have a live-in nanny?
Ok, not exactly a live-in nanny.
One of Greg's former student-managers is now an assistant coach for us and is living in our basement.
It has worked out great so far!
He's super easy to have around, he's clean and organized, AND he is beyond good with the boys!
He babysits one night a week for us so we can go out.
On Friday night he voluntarily took the boys golfing and to Wendy's for frosties.
They had an absolute blast.
I got to stay home for a couple hours and enjoy the quiet.
I had a blast too. :)

Could he take a bigger bite?
And Ethan himself wondering why I was snapping a picture of him.
Thanks "Uncle E" for being so fun to have around!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Brian Regan

Went to the Brian Regan comedy show a couple of weeks ago with this awesome couple.
It was a blast.
We ate at an Irish Pub in South Bend and walked straight over to the theatre.
We laughed so hard we cried!
We especially loved the material on marriage and children.
So funny and so true!
If you haven't checked out Brian Regan, you should!
He's goofy, hilarious and clean!
What else could you ask for in a comedian?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Brownies and flashlights!

Made brownies with the boys last night.
Obviously I let them lick the bowl.
And I may have had a few licks myself.

I didn't even tell them to hug.
I said "Ok boys, look at me and say 'brownies'!"
Jace looked at me and yelled "Brownies and flashlights!"
Thanks for the flashlights, Papa Hughie.

I'm off to make the boys some pancakes.
We do it up real healthy 'round here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


We headed to the pumpkin patch last week.
Just the three of us.
We usually make this an annual family outing, but since Greg's season seems to have snuck up on us rather quickly and our schedule has filled up with other things, we had to put the pumpkin patch on the back burner this year.
It actually worked out perfect. This way, we were able to go during the week and hardly had to compete with other kids to do the fun stuff! For example, there was a 10-minute limit on this awesome kid-energy-burner-thingy, but there was no one waiting in line so my kids got to jump for an hour straight (a mother's dream, right?).
We had a picnic, went on a couple tractor rides, jumped, fed donkeys and goats, enjoyed some pumpkin goodies, and finally, chose FIVE pumpkins to bring home.

A great time was had by all!
And as a bonus, they both passed out on the way home.
A rarity these days!
Love fall! Don't love that winter is coming! :(

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


We've been spending a lot of time in here lately.
Forgive me, son.
I think little brother may catch on before big brother (only kidding. sorta!)
Who knew potty training would be SO frustrating?
(And now you've seen my groovy, pink bathroom!)

But let me tell you, those are some cute buns in those monkeys-playing-basketball-boxers!

That's all for now.
Just cute buns and a pink baƱo.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pumpkin Family

These pumpkins represent everyone in our family. Any guesses?
*Hint-We are NOT getting a dog (sorry Dad)!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Apple Pickin'

We took a family outing last Sunday and went to McClure's Apple Orchard in Peru, IN.
We packed the Clark Family and our crew in the van, complete with lunches for the hour car ride to the orchard.
The kids loved being outside and loved picking the apples off the tree.
The trip was complete with...

a trolly-tractor ride accompanied by a man playing the banjo. Awesome!

Flannels and vests...
Lot's of apple pickin'.

Apple tastin'.


Some snugglin'.

Of course a little wrestlin'!
Some horse back ridin'.
Brave younger brother went first!

And big brother wasn't about to be shown up by his little bro. He braved it out and rode "Rocket" too.
He absolutely loved it!
And finally a family picture.
Phew, that was a lot of pictures.
Hope you've made it outside with your family and enjoyed the blessings of fall!

Thursday, October 6, 2011


Two weeks ago, I went out to Hoboken, NJ to visit this little girl.
As an added bonus, I got to see this little girl.
It was SO nice to see my sisters. I am incredibly lucky to have the two best sisters a girl could ever dream of!
They are sweet, kind, loyal, loving, giving, beautiful, smart, funny, and the list could go on and on...
Both my sisters visited me after both my babes were born so i was insistent that I return the favor! Plus, I wanted to get my hands on my sweet niece ASAP.

Here is my niece, Morgan, cozy on her Aunt Amy's shoulders. :)
We share the same middle name, you know.
I feel like I have to admit that her Grandma Misener's first name is also Christine, but I like to think she is my namesake. :)

The happy family of three!
I have to admit that Darren has some mad dad skillz!
The baby LOVES him already and settles down instantly at the sound of his voice.
It's so darn sweet!
Props to you, Darren.
I LOVED watching my big sister as a mom.
She loves this baby so much!
Girl cousins! Almost exactly a year apart.
Time to say goodbye. :( I've never been good at saying good-byes. I'm a complete and total blubber-puss. Waterworks like whoa. This time was no different.
Thankful I get to see you girls again for Thanksgiving!