Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Garage Sale

This past weekend we had a garage sale. It was a lot of work and we were all tired at the end of each day. But strangely it was kind of fun and it was a great way to meet the people in our neighborhood. Lane and Evelyn had a blast. They had a blast going through all the old stuff. Lane rode his tricycle around and through the clothes rack, he called it his car wash. Evelyn found some old baby dolls and she would carry them around for awhile, offer them a drink and then set them down. The kids were friendly with all the customers and got very good at greeting and saying goodbye. We even had a visit from Uncle Brolin. He used his sales skills and made Sunday a successful day. It was really amazing to watch him in action. Everything Brolin said he would sell, he did. We wished he would have been there all the days of the sale. Here are some photos from our Garage sale days.

Testing the merchandise.

Little shopper.

The bait shoppers.

Lane tripped in the driveway and skinned up his nose and forehead. Poor little guy, he took it so well.

Our weekend was definitely a busy one, it was great to spend so much time together.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Record Player

We are having a garage sale this weekend so I've been going through some old boxes. I found my record player and records in one of the boxes. The kids were so excited but mostly fascinated and very intrigued. I gave them a simple demonstration on how it worked and gave them some rules to follow. Lane had the workings figured out almost immediately. It was so fun to watch them figure it out and try all the knobs and such. They couldn't keep their hands off long enough to listen to a whole song. They would put a song on, dance, and then Lane would say, "it's too loud", just so he could go and turn it down. The record player is a big hit and I'm thrilled that they love it as much as I do.

Sorry for the half naked children. Lane doesn't like to wear clothes and Evie likes to do what Lane does.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Traveling With Toddlers

Traveling with toddlers is always an adventure. Over the 4th of July weekend, we traveled to Ohio for a family reunion. On the way there we split the trip up and stopped at a hotel to spend the night, which made for a pleasant trip. Once in Cincinnati and at the reunion we were all happy to see everyone. The kids were great all day, they had a lot of energy but behaved for the most part. After the reunion we checked into our hotel to get settled and cleaned up for dinner. We had about ten minutes to get ready which was a wild adventure. Chasing/wrestling toddlers trying to get them dressed really works up the appetite. Here is the scene at the hotel while we were getting ready to meet everyone for dinner.
These children were going wild in the hotel room. As we were unlocking our hotel door, the neighbor apologized in advance for the loudness of his kids and we quickly assured him that the noise didn't bother us and that we would be more loud and crazy than his family. As soon as we got through the door this rang true. Lane jumping on the bed, Evelyn playing with the remote and running around, they played with the climate controls/climbed up onto the window, played/pulled with the curtains and the phone was a big hit. They were basically all over the place running wild. I had a moment in which I thought, "is this really my life" and couldn't help but just let it happen and watch their excitement and joy.