Thursday, September 24, 2009

Auntie Rah-rah's Visit!

I'm so thankful for a sister who will travel across the country to see me! Robin came out for Hope's 3rd birthday. She's been with Hope for every birthday yet! What a great auntie. She loves my girls (which is just like loving me:), and plays so well with them. Hopey and Auntie Rah-rah got to go on a Starbucks date and to the mall shopping. Robin really spoiled the girls (and us) while she was here. Hope is still playing with all of her toys from the disney store, and she can tell you exactly who she got them from. We had a good time catching up, playing, shopping and just being together. Sweet little Anna was in quite the teething mood, so that was a bummer, but I know she felt her auntie's love, anyway! Thanks for coming, Robin!

We took a day trip to Lake Geneva. It's super beautiful there.

Apparently the sun was shining too brightly for the girls :) Anna has quite the grip on Robin's necklace.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Rogers Family Vacation - New York

Mark's Dad turned 60 this summer, so we all met up in New York at Kevin's house to celebrate. The boys had been planning this baseball trip for about 2 years, and it was fun to have it actually happen. We were all there for about a week, and the boys left for a couple of days to go to a Mets game and a Red Sox game. They had a blast. Us girls stayed behind to take care of the little kids and we got to go to the Yankee Candle Factory - which is actually quite the place. Hope and Anna had a great time with their cousins, and we had fun just hanging out with family and celebrating Mark's dad. Here are some picture highlights.

The cousins watching a movie to calm down before bed time.

Hope and her bud Andrew. They got along great.

I thought this was a funny picture. Mark's dad brought this remote control flying helicopter and I think it almost hit me in this picture.

Aunt Jackie made cakes to celebrate Hope's 3rd birthday while we were there. It was fun to be able to celebrate with the Rogers family.

Hope opening birthday presents.

Mark and Papa at Fenway.

The boys at Citi Field.

A little birthday party for Papa.

We also took a day trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame, which was pretty cool. My history loving husband loved it.

The grandkids in their Rogers Family Vacation shirts.


Hope and Nannie with her new pink shades and fuzzy pink backpack.

The boys before they headed out to the games.

The cousins playing.

Uncle Kevin teaching Hope some baseball skills.

Nannie and Anna.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Dancing, Giggling, Sweet Girls

Here is a little video from last weekend when Mark was out of town. Anna's in this super-cute stage of bouncing up and down when she hears music, and Hope is learning how to move to the beat. The two of them "dancing" together is too much to handle!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

This is Why I Tell Hope She Can't Just Go Traipsing Through the Garden...

We saw this thing in our garden today. Yikes! I looked it up and its a Black and Yellow Argiope. I was happy to read that it is harmless to humans. The webs grow to be up to 2 feet wide and they eat their webs every night and build new ones every day. They also lay eggs sacks with up to 1,000 eggs. Wow. Why is it that spiders are so creepy?

I think I would have a heart attack if I was pulling up carrots and this thing crawled onto my hand. Lets hope it doesn't. By the way, we are not gardeners, but are learning since the family who lived here before us were professional gardeners (seriously). We are currently enjoying their bounty.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Best Friends

Niagra Falls

I'm pretty behind in my blogging. Here are some pictures from our trip to Niagra Falls in July. We stopped there for a night on the way to mark's brothers' in New York. I guess I wasn't sure what to expect with the falls. They are pretty intense! We stayed on the Canadian side because we'd heard it was better.

Mark and Anna.

The view from our room.

Us in front of the American Falls.

I thought it was kind of creepy that they let you get this close to the dropoff. That water is so powerful.

Goofy Hope and I in front of the American Falls.