Sunday, July 31, 2011

the simple things

It has been a while since I have participated in Simple Things Sunday found on one of my very favorite blogs, Simple As That.  But after taking these photos of my littlest loooving her watermelon this week, I knew I had to!

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Fresh from the farm!

Little Miss is totally loving farm animals right now!  The books she reads, the toys she plays with...all farm animals.  She loves to list the animals she sees at every farm we go to..."seeps, gickens, goats, pigs, cows, gookies."  That last one is turkeys, by the way. ;)  The littles and I went to Clarks Elioak Farm in Columbia yesterday to pay a quick visit to the animals (and the yummy produce stand).  We had a blast, even though it was WAY hotter than I thought.  :)

Telling me alllll about the goats.

The Enchanted Forest is part of the farm..we love it!

The petting zoo is Ry's favorite part...can you tell?  ;)

Michael eventually warms up every time.

Weeeeeee!  {check out M3's shadow...always having to do what her brother does}

Super pretty and only 50 cents!!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

meet goldy...

WOW!  We had a first folks.  It was the dreaded haircut time at the ol Wist house.  Michael is just not a fan of haircuts...I am thinking because they use the clippers so close to his poor little ears.  Anyhoo, M3 just cries and cries and cries through each and every haircut.  This time around, I promised him that if he was brave {i.e. didn't cry...he was still allowed to sit on my lap}I would buy him a fish...just like Aunt Suzanne's.  And...he did it!  Nary a tear.  So now, my big boy is the proud papa of a fish which he aptly named "Goldy".  Even though, as you will see, the fish doesn't have a drop of gold.  Eh, that's alright.  He names everything Goldy.  :)

Photo taken by the proud papa himself.  :)

The haircut that inspired our adoption!

Cute Skyfort shot for the heck of it!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summer lovin!

Even through the unbearable heat...we are still loving summer!

Beautiful sunflowers that light up our otherwise darkish living room. :)

Yummy yummy watermelon!  You should hear her say it...hilarious.

My very proud big boy...and his beloved bike.

Riding bikes in the court!

Hi.  My name is Ryleigh.  I am almost 2...and I am practicing.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

HoDge pOdGe

Whew!  We have had a very busy weekend!  We did so many fun family activities, and of course, I had my camera along (yes, point and shoot and my DSLR).  Our weekend started with our first ever yard sale.  We sold almost everything we put out!  It was awesome!  Good bye baby/puppy supplies!  The rest of the weekend was spent outdoors hiking, exploring, and crafting. :)  Fun fun!

The littles and I made coffee filter butterflies...and evidently, I was HILARIOUS.

How cute!?

 Our family where else?  The Howard County Conservancy! 
snack break!

My little man...who is just growing up way to one of our new favorite spots, Kinder Park!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Did I mention...

...that my perfectly precious niece lost her top tooth?  And that toothless grins are my favorite!?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

WOOHOOO!!!! Skyfort!!!!!!!

I can't believe I haven't posted these photos yet!  Mick and Matt worked very very hard...through all kids of bad weather...but it is DONE.  Sky Fort is complete (it actually has been for a while...oops!)  The kiddos love it!  Especially the swings.  I am so excited to watch the littles play on this amazing playset for years to come.  :)

Click on the collage to see it larger. :)
  If you love this photo collage as much as I do...than you MUST check out this site.  I love everything she makes!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

the littles

I can't believe littles are getting so big!  Michael recently turned 3 and half (BIG deal in his world) and Ry is 22 months (just a little bit older than M3 was when she made her arrival!).  My babies are growing and changing everday.  Here's what they have been up to...

My little man continues to amaze us everyday.  To think that on his 2nd birthday he had ONE word.  Dada.  He now speaks so well and so much...we want to start keeping a journal of all that he says!  We are so afraid that we aren't going to remember!  He is totally into trash collection and recycling right now.  He is always on the lookout for trucks and the recycle symbol.  We drove through downtown Baltimore the other day and I showed him the recycle plant right off 95.  His question?  "Is there an incinerator in there?"  Naturally, right?!  Don't all three year olds concern themselves with incinerators!?  ;)  The outdoors continues to be the place for M3, especially riding his bike.  He is quite the daredevil on that thing.  Not sure I will ever feel comfortable taking the training wheels off!

Ahh,  Ruby Sue.  My little Lulu.  She has so many nicknames, I can't keep them straight any more!  This little firecracker has really come into her own.  She is no shrinking violet!  She has a voice and a variety of faces that instantly let you know what she wants/needs/thinks!  She is talking up a storm.  There's  nothing she can't say (at least she likes to think so!)  She can count up to 13...but for some reason, she leaves out the number 4.  I am not sure what 4 ever did to her, but nonetheless...4 is gone.  She loves to play and play hard.  She can *almost* keep up with her big brother, "Ichael."  She is so sweet, always saying "peaze" and "gank you."  And there is nothing she loves more than her Piggie Blanket.  And she lets you know...."PIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIG!!!!!!!!!"

More beach photos stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

We got back from the beach just in time to celebrate the 4th of July with friends! 

On Sunday, we went to the Smiths Annual July 4th Celebration.  My...what a difference a few years makes...
Michael's first sparkler...can you tell?! ;)

This picture includes the Hannas, Swanns, Eyes, Lawsons, and Wists.

Cutie pie. :)

My sweet boy on the 4th. :)

"Happy 4th of Julyyyyyy!!!"

A rare smooch. :)

Enjoying some popsicles under our shade tree.  *sigh*