Saturday, May 31, 2008

outdoor fun

Logan had severely outgrown his old bike so Tracy took him shopping and he came home with a beautiful 20 inch, bright red, Schwinn Falcon. He was excited to point out it had both handbrakes and pedal brakes. A separately purchased bell was added to further enhance the cycling experience.

logans new bike 1

Logan loves the bike but unfortunately the training wheels we attached didn't fit the frame properly and he had trouble riding it. Enter new bike number two: a 16 inch, bright red, Quest Rocket. Logan has no trouble riding this one and is crusing up and down the street.

logans new bike 2

While Logan rides, Owen looks for worms, slugs, and bugs in the yard.


One of Owen's many vehicles.

owens ride

What they say is true. It's impossible to have a bad time in a large, inflatable, donut-looking, thing-a-ma-bob.

owen plays in the donut

Friday, May 30, 2008

the one and only plasmacar

Logan received an early birthday present from Grandpa and Grandma this year....a Plasmacar. This thing is really fun. There are no pedals. You drive it by moving the steering wheel back and forth, and inertia, centrifugal force, gravity, and friction do the rest. Logan immediately became an expert driver and whips around as if he's been using one for years.

now you see him..

now you don't

Monday, May 26, 2008

day at the park

Logan, Owen, and cousin Gabriel enjoyed playing at the park during our recent trip to Appleton.

Owen takes the playground equipment for a drive...

now i'm driving

and crawls through a tunnel.

coming through

Hanging out with Logan.

logan plays at park

Gabriel finds something interesting in the grass.

look what i've found

Sunday, May 25, 2008

one year ago


Not a day goes by when we don't think about you. We remember the fun games you played with Logan and Owen and how much you enjoyed reading with them. You always took the time to listen to us and supported our dreams. Your patience and generosity were qualities that everyone wished they had themselves. You were a good teacher and friend, a caring mother, and an awesome grandma--we miss you!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

t-ball game 1

Logan decided to play T-ball this year. After two practices he had his first game last night. Although a little nervous he did well and it was fun to watch. The coaches actually pitch a few to the kids and then bring out the tee if needed. Logan hit a pitch his first at bat and used the tee in the second inning. He played second base and fielded the ball once. This age group could use a smaller batting helmet...most of the kids had to hold it out of their eyes to see where they were running.

Logan waits for a pitch.

on deck

Swinging for the fences in the second inning.

Walking in from second base.

Friday, May 16, 2008

ready, set, go!

Dusted off the bike this morning to partake in National Bike-To-Work-Day. It felt nice to get a little exercise and avoid fossil fuels.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

worms and the people who love them

Similar to his brother at this age, Owen is fascinated by worms. The recent rain provided multiple opportunities to observe and study these creatures in detail.

A specimen has been targeted for observation...

owen looks for worms

...and successfully captured.

worm closeup

These are the only flowers not eaten by the deer. Our tulips last about two days around here thanks to their nightly visits.

spring flowers

spring flowers 2

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

spring swing

The beautiful weather this afternoon prompted us to dig the swings out of the garage. Both boys enjoyed themselves immensely. Logan has improved upon the art of self-propulsion and Owen is more enthusiatic than last fall.

first swing in spring

more spring swinging

owen peeks over swing

I was a little worried when this tough looking biker gang showed up in the driveway but there were no incidents.

ready, set, go!

Saturday, May 3, 2008


Has it really been two years since we first met Owen? What a little boy he has become, trying to do everything big brother does, and still pretending to be mama's little baby and snugglebunny.

Sporting his new birthday crown handmade by mom.

owen birthday boy

Owen contemplates the wish he just made.

owens makes a wish

You can't even see the spinach, blueberries, and cauliflower! These cupcakes are chock full of "hidden" ingredients, making them extra delicious and surprisingly healthy.

yummy birthday cupcakes

Pieces of a dinosaur puzzle and a pile of bugs are just part of the wreakage from the "great unwrapping" of 2008.

birthday insects and dinosaurs

Happy Birthday Owen! We love you!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

downtown train

A mere 4.5 months after receiving a train set for Christmas, we finally picked out a table to get the track up off of the floor. Both boys were pretty excited. Owen picked out a new train with a scoop shovel on the front. Logan picked out an engine with a cattle catcher but unfortunately it was out of stock so he decided to save his money.

choo choo