Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Halloween Party 2011

The weather gods blessed us with an amazing evening for our second annual Halloween Party at the Krafts. I am still in awe of how amazing my future in-laws are. Big Chuck prepared a huge bonfire and a hayride. He also grew tons of pumpkins specifically for carving at the party. Lori made tons of amazing food and we put up lots of fun decorations. I am so appreciative that Chuck and Lori took the time and evergy to make the night so special for Georgia, Hughie and all of our friends. The party was an absolute blast, even if I didn't get a chance to judge the carved and decorated pumpkins like I had planned.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ms. Captain America

While we were putting up the Halloweed decor, Georgia decided to get creative with her scooter riding outfit. It made Chuck and I laugh out loud!

Raab's Fruit Farm Filed Trip

I had the opportunity to go with Hughie's pre-school class on their Raab's Fruit Farm field trip. We had fun picking apples and pumpkins. Note to self, do not wear a white fleece on a muddy day.

Hugh's First Soccer Team

A few video clips of the action:

Scarecrow Making

Last weekend we went to Philly to visit our friends Kara, Jack and Patrick. We went to a fall festival where we constructed a scarecrow! Unfortunately we didn't have a lot of time because a storm was rolling in, but we had fun while it lasted.

We did decide that in order to make a proper redneck scarecrow that it needed a mullet. We also added a white trucker hat, but I didn't get a photo of that.

Fire Truck Ride

Georgia won her school's Fire Prevention poster contest this past week and she got to ride to school this morning on a fire truck!! And she got to include her brother and 3 of her friends. She picked Katie, Sarah and Devine to join her. What a treat on this beautiful October morning!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

First Day of Second Grade!

Disney Cruise

Still playing catch up! We went on a Disney Cruise in April. It was amazing, I highly recommend it to anyone with kids.

Hugh's 4th Birthday

SO I need to backtrack and post some pics of the kids' birthdays. My babies are 4 and 7!!! When did that happen? I couldn't find the pics fdrom Georgia's party. :( I didn't take many, but I know there are some out there. I will find them!

Facebook has ruined my blog

So instead of updating my blog, I put everything on Facebook. This does not bode well for my journaling here, so I'm going to try to be better about my blog!! Now i have my laptop and wifi at work, so that should help. This summer was a crazy one, lots of interesting things happening. It was my first summer sharing custody of the kids. This was very difficult for me because we have never been apart for more than a few days. As a result, I was definitely in a major funk when the kids were gone. It felt like half of my heart was missing. But, I did manage to get back in better shape. I still have a good way to go, but now I have some serious incentive. a WEDDING! On August 3, 2011, while we were spending our first full day at the beach with the kids, Chuck taps me on the shoulder and points up at the sky. I look up to see an airplane pulling a banner that says, "Amber - will you marry me? I love you! Chuck" I was very much caught off guard and by the time I registered what was going on, Chuck was on one knee with a beautiful diamond ring. It was so sweet, heartfelt and unexpected. Georgia came running over to us to ask if the sign was for me! Lots of people were watching and cheering, wishing us well. It was perfect. And later that day Chuck looked at me and said, "whatever crazy plans you have for the rest of your life, I'm all in." I am a very lucky girl!!!

Other than our beach vacation, which included parasailing and a dolphin cruise, we spent a long weekend Canada visiting Aunt Betsy for her baby shower, a long weekend in Raystown with Jason, Andrea, Maya and Ava and a long weekend crabbing in Delaware with Grammy and Pappy. The kids LOVE being on the water and especially love rock jumping and crabbing. Georgia is a strong swimmer not and Hughie is swimming without a vest. It's strange to both kids swimming on their own at the pool! They both also learned to ride bikes without training wheels this summer.





As much fun as we had this summer, I was so relieved for the school year to start and for me to have the kids back with me most of the time. Hugh is playing soccer, but the crazy rains have really put a damper on that. Both kids are also doing gymnastics. Georgia wants to be a gymnast when she grows up. I wonder how many 6 ft professional gymnasts there are out there?? Georgia started second grade at Trimmer with Mrs. Wolf, who is amazing. We got really lucky on that one! And Hugh stated pre-school at Shiloh UCC. He loves going to school with a backpack.