Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh

This year we made the journey up to Pittsburgh to visit Josh's mom and Peter.  Shelley cooked an awesome meal and we all ate way too much.  Josh's grandparents, brother and his family came to the feast as well.  The boys had a blast playing with their cousins.  They all got along so well.  Gramma and Grandpa gave the kids their Christmas presents as well so they were thrilled.  Thank you, Shelley and Peter for everything.  It was a wonderful holiday.
 
 
Our first stop in Pittsburgh was to the National Aviary.  We try to go there every time we are in the city.  It's an awesome place for kids to get close and personal with birds of all kinds.

 
There were even some bats

 
Feeding the Lorekeets

 
It was pretty cold the whole time we were there but the kids managed to get out a little bit. 

 
Catching snowflakes

 
This was a rare moment caught on camera.  They were all sitting down and coloring.  Most of the time they were running around screaming.

 
Our next stop was the Carnegie Natural History Museum.  Emma tried her hand at digging for dinosaur bones.

 
The boys in the Native American exhibit

 
Shelley and Peter had an ice skating rink close to their house.  The boys were able to ice skate for the first time.

 
They both did a pretty good job

 
Our last stop was to Uncle Greg and Aunt Laura's house.  Laura cooked a huge Italian meal and Greg manned the bar.  We ate and drank way too much.

 
Look who also did some bar tending

 
The kids were so happy that Poppy was there.  Even Grady slowed down to snuggle with him. 

 
Emma got some Poppy time as well.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Fall Fotos

Seeing as I would like to eventually print this blog and use it as a photo album, I figured I would throw some random pics in here.  These are from Sept to Nov, just cute happenings.  Mostly of little E because this is such a cute age.

 
Slurping noodles

 
We bought Emma a new bike.  Poor third child doesn't get too many new things

 
She prefers to push instead of ride

 
Snuggled up

 
Three blonds

 
She's a Southern Belle.  Just look at the big hair and pants

 
Reading to baby

 
Potty training.....um not really.  The toilet is more of a throne

 
We went camping and to the Renaissance Festival.  It was COLD in the camper

 
The boys loved this guy that would make fun of people and they would throw tomatoes at him.  It was hilarious
 

 
Large and in charge

 
Taking "bumbo" for a walk

 
E loves to draw

 
Happy Fall

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Our Baby Girl is 2

Happy 2nd Birthday, Emma.  We can't believe it has been almost two years since you joined our family.  You are perfect in every way and I wouldn't want you any other way.  Your spunky attitude puts us all in our places.  I'm pretty sure you run the household. 
People are always staying how lucky you are to be in our family but I have never seen it that way.  It is quite the opposite.  We are so lucky to have you.  How did such a perfect baby fall into our arms?  I will always try to make you proud.  Your bothers will always protect you. Your dad.....well, I'm pretty sure you have him wrapped around your little finger.  You have completed our family.

 
The birthday girl surrounded by presents from Gramma, Grandpa, Mimi and Papaw.

 
Giving the baby her "pass"

 
Trying it out for size

 
She was shocked by all the presents

 
Taking care of baby

 
Taking care of Grady

 
Cozy in her new sleeping bag.  Thanks, Gramma and Grandpa

 

Happy 2nd Birthday....Gatlinburg Style

 
For Emma's 2nd Birthday weekend we took a trip to Gatlinburg, TN.  The kids love visiting this super tacky town.  We saw the sights, walked the streets, went to the aquarium and Dollywood.  Em enjoyed every minute of it.
 
 
The streets were already decorated for Christmas

 
Happy Birthday, Emma

 
The Ripley's aquarium is one of our favorites

 
Emma enjoyed all of the "pish"

 
Shark Lagoon

 
Our little climber had to explore her own way

 
Look at my big kid.  I can't believe how tall he is getting. 

 
The Scala kids are not normal.  They watched the sharks on their backs while moving along the conveyor belt

 
Grady helped Emma along the tunnels

 
The boys are amazing with their little sis

 
On to Dollywood.  Emma wasn't sure about the rides.  She could handle the duck but that was about it.

 
Myles wanted to try one of the "scary rides"

 
Look at his face

 
Santa Claus is coming to town

 
They just look like trouble

 
Happy birthday, sweet girl.  We love you