Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy Holidays!

We hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

Together Gift

Pictures from our three Christmases are on Flickr.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Ready for Christmas!

Christmas To Do List:

√ Send Christmas Cards

√ Decorate Tree

√ Holiday Orchestra Concert

√ Bake Cookies

√ Leave Treats for Santa
Ready for Santa!

We're ready!

More Christmas prep photos are on Flickr.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Warm December

The temperature yesterday hit a record high so we decided it would be a good day to visit the zoo.

Welcome to the Zoo

Lots of the animals also seemed to enjoy the warm weather in the middle of December. Especially the siamangs, who wouldn't stop hooting and yelling at each other during our entire lunch. The kids were also able to explore the new section of the zoo and the Working Wild interactive exhibit.

More pictures from the zoo are on Flickr.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Green Machine

Brandon enjoyed the Fall soccer season on the green team. Moving up to the next age group brought with it a weekly practice, a pair of neon cleats and a cool team nickname.
Brandon's Fall U6 Medal

More pictures from the Fall U6 season are on Flickr.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Halloween 2015

Happy Halloween from Optimus Prime and his grandma!
Halloween 2015

More pumpkin and Halloween photos are on Flickr.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Day Off

The kids didn't have school on Columbus Day so we took a trip to the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. We started in the art museum.

Monet's Water Lilies (Nymphéas)

Evelyn was excited to point out examples of Cubism since she's been studying it in art class. Brandon was excited to point out the one that looks like it has Laffy Taffy stuck to it, because candy.

After lunch in the courtyard, we headed over to the natural history side.

Evy & Brandon & T. Rex

The kids explored the entire museum but especially liked the dinosaur bones and the hall of gems and the wall of bugs.

Special thanks to Christopher Columbus and Andrew Carnegie for making this day possible. More pictures from the museums are on Flickr.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

First Day of School

It's back to school time and we only had to wake up one of the children this morning. You can guess which one.

Anyway, everyone was on time for the bus since it was fifteen minutes late due to some mechanical issues.
First Day of School 2015

Evelyn is starting fourth grade and Brandon is headed to Kindergarten.

Here's to a great school year!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Brandon is Six!

We celebrated Brandon's sixth birthday with a LEGO themed party last weekend.
Brandon and His Cake

Then we were able to celebrate again on his actual birthday!

Cupcake Candles

More sixth birthday pictures are on Flickr.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Return to the Hill

The kids returned to Central PA for a another summer visit with their grandparents. We checked off most of Evelyn's list of things to do, including riding in the convertible, helping in the garden and visiting Pop-Pop. Evelyn & Brandon were also able to visit Indian Echo Caverns and spend a day in Hershey.

Butterfly Bench

More photos from our visit are on Flickr.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Kennywood Day

This weekend's visit to Kennywood had a couple of firsts - Evelyn's first time on the bumper cars and Brandon's first ride on the Racer. The kids also took turns on all of their usual favorites and stayed at the park until past bedtime.

Siblings at the Fountain

More pictures from Kennywood are on Flickr.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ocean City 2015

It was another week of fun in the the sun!

Evelyn & Brandon

More pictures from OCMD are on Flickr.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

U5 Soccer Wrap-up

This spring was Brandon's first experience playing on a real soccer team. Highlights from his season include being on the blue team (his favorite color), scoring a few goals, enjoying the post-game snacks and getting a glow-in-the-dark medal.
Brandon's U5 Medal

More photos from the U5 season are on Flickr.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Evelyn finished up her year of dance lessons with a recital this past weekend. She continued tap and ballet classes, and this year she added hip-hop as well.
Dance Balloons

More pictures from dance weekend are on Flickr.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Pre-K Graduate

Brandon graduated from Pre-K this afternoon.

Pre-K GraduatePre-K Diploma

On to Kindergarten in the fall!

More pictures from graduation are on Flickr.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Children's Museum

The kids had election day off of school, so they voted to visit the Children's Museum. They enjoyed their regular favorites like the Waterplay area and the Studio.

Printing Ink

And of course the Garage.

Two Tires

They also discovered some new fun things, like the Prism Palace.

Prism Palace Silliness

More Children's Museum pictures are on Flickr.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Happy Easter

All of the eggs are dyed and/or found and the pantry is restocked with candy. Happy Easter!
Easter Siblings

More Easter pictures are on Flickr.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Evelyn is Nine!

Evelyn turned nine years old last week. She had a great birthday and a really fun party.

Ninth Birthday Cake

More photos from Evy's ninth birthday are on Flickr.

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Wintry Mix

More than once this winter we experienced a mix of snow, rain, sleet and ice. Add in temperatures reaching -12 degrees Fahrenheit and we've had quite a start to 2015.

We did manage to built a few snow sculptures and take a ride on a snow snowmobile.

Evelyn's Snowmobile

More photos of our winter activities (including Valentine's Day, Monster Jam and lots of playing in the snow) are on Flickr.