Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pedernales Falls Camping trip

First off, we went camping with our friends the Pattisons at Pedernales Falls State Park.  It was gorgeous!!  Even during extreme drought, when the falls aren't even flowing, there are still huge deep gorgeous pools of water that they inexplicably won't let you swim in.

You'll have to excuse different styles of the same photo.  I am having so much fun with Photoshop Elements.  For those of you who have Photoshop, or Elements are you aware of the FREE actions Pioneer Woman and Coffeeshop Blog offer?  They are amazing!  I have had and enjoyed PW's actions since last year, but I just downloaded about 15 actions off of Coffeeshop blog and am having fun playing around with them.

love the lens flare sunkissed look!

The falls from higher up

Do not be too harsh on our looks in this photo!  We have on no makeup and we all slept pretty horribly.    
We borrowed my parents tent since Leni and Nate don't have one, but we neglected to borrow tent poles.  So, Leni and I slept in the tent with all the kids.  Oh, did I mention I forgot a fan?  So hot.  Barely slept.  Cullen kept waking up b/c he was too hot also.  The men slept outside.  Preston and Seth slept in the trailer and when they woke up they woke Kyle up to tell them they were going on a bike ride.  Kyle looked at his watch b/c it was still dark and it was 3:45!!  They went back to bed.  Even without much sleep we had a wonderful time. We hiked and swam and listened to Nate play the guitar .
Cullen and Ruby mugging down. - PW's Lovely action

Sunkissed action from Coffeeshop

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Blake's 4th Birthday

 Blake's 4th birthday was August 20th and for the first time ever I actually paid to have it someplace because it was just so hot!!  We had it at a gymnastics place and it was awesome!  I only wished I had been a little better healed up so I could goof off in the foam pit and on the trampoline too.  He wanted a "friend lion" for a cake so this is what we came up with.  Definitely not in the same league as previous cakes, but he loved it.  I cannot begin to express how much I love that little boy.  He is my little mirror for sure!  He of all the boys is the most like me and I get a glimpse of what I must have been like: affectionate, sweet, stubborn, a very slow eater, and messy.  Hmmm, maybe I'm still like that?

 Friggs on his first day of school.  He is at a new school and in second grade.  He is quite outgoing so he's made several friends already and likes his teacher.
I cannot keep this kid out of the spaghetti noodles!  Always worth getting in trouble over and climbing pantry shelves for.  Pick your battles, dude.
This is the Ruckus Magoo.  We have phased out calling him Nutters.  I'm not saying this is any better.  Ruckus Magoo has several songs that go with his nickname.  One song is to the tune of "The Princess Pat."  Anybody remember that one?  Blake has a song based on Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" but it's "Potentate"  Does anyone else do this?  My poor children are growing up with a skewed sense of normal...