Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mt. Vernon

On the Friday after Keaton's birthday, we decided to take a family trip to Mt. Vernon. I honestly can't believe this is the first time we've visited. What a fun adventure! The weather was lovely, and we enjoyed exploring the grounds of George Washington's home. 

Here's all the kids with George and Martha and their two grandchildren, Nelly and Washy.
The grounds at Mt. Vernon are breathtaking overlooking the Potomac River. We couldn't resist taking a few family shots.
Colorful crew!
Cousins and best buddies!
Jenny and Scott

One of the things I love about Mt. Vernon is that it is a real working farm. The kids loved visiting all the farm animals.
Mary and Mark trying to get the sheep to eat some hay.
Unfortunately, he was not interested. He was obviously well fed, and had plenty of hay in his trough.
There were over forty new spring lambs. So cute!
The kids had a blast running around the grounds outside the mansion.
Grammy and Papa taking a rest. Don't let loose of that camera trigger, Grammy!

Always the entertainer!
Being silly with the big "C!"

Caroline is the best big sis!
 It was quite surreal to think that just 250 years ago, this beautiful farm was owned by our first president. We were able to see the bed he died in and even his original dentures! One of my favorite things was the original painting that is now printed on the dollar bill. I really cannot say enough good things about the museum, the mansion, and education center. We barely scratched the surface of all there was to do, and I left with such a greater appreciation of George Washington, his character, and how much his vision and his humility really shaped the country we live in today.  We are already planning our return visit!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Keaton's 7th Birthday DAY

April 30th was one fun-filled day for KRay! 

He woke up to a few presents before school. He was so excited about the wrapped presents on the table (which he assumed were Legos), that he walked right by his brand new bike with out even noticing it! HELLLLOO? He had been asking for a new bike for awhile since he had sadly outgrown his once prized (now embarrassed by)_ Lightning McQueen bike and helmet

Once we pointed it out, he was thrilled. The new bike has 20in wheels, a very "big boy", character-free color scheme and a kick stand! I was worried he'd have trouble getting used to it, but he was off and riding in no time!  

He assumed correctly about the presents on the table - Legos! 
 He had Lucky Charms for breakfast (his favorite!). 

Mark, Sailor, and I brought M&M cookies to his Mr. Krueger's class in the afternoon before school was out (sorry no pictures)!

After school, Grammy and Papa arrived from SC, and the Heaths came over to play for a couple of hours before we headed out to Chuck-E-Cheese for dinner. 

Mark and I worked hard on this Ninjago Kai cake. You do not want to know how much Red dye 40 is in that icing. I was seriously afraid my kids may start glowing afterwards....
I guess Chucky does the thumbs up in VA - no shakas here!
Gaming with Papa
even Sailor loves CEC!!
While we were at CEC, Aunt Jenny, Caroline, Matthew, and Mary Elizabeth arrived from Charlotte! Just in time for cake!

MEL and Caroline!
When we returned home from CEC, there were more presents to open! 
of course, more Legos!!
He also received several really cool books, some walkie talkies, a new game, and Star Wars Lego case! So many great gifts!

 Best present ever? The promise of a Friday off from school, and a whole weekend with cousins! 
Let the real fun begin...

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Six Months Old!

Was that the fastest half a year of everyone else's life too? 

Not too much to report on the Sailor June front. She's not really doing many NEW things, just doing the same old things BETTER! 
Still loving her exersaucer, especially when the boys put on music for her to bounce around to... so cute!
Still so tiny! 5th percentile for height/weight. Doctor asked, "Do you have little people in your family?" She's has asked me to come back next month for height/weight check, but she not too worried since Sailor is nailing all her milestones. She's just petite!
If you can't tell, this is my most FAVORITE age to photograph1 You put her somewhere, and she just sits there and smiles!
One of my favorite developments this month is that she reaches out for me! She also seems to be getting the idea that crying in the car really does not help us get there any faster. She's calmed a little bit, and tolerates short trips, at least.

 She's laughing more and more, and my boys are learning the absolute additive quality of baby laughter. They will pretty much make complete fools of themselves to hear her giggle!  

 On a sadder note (or more inconvenient note I should say), she's over the "nap on the go" phase. If she's not home for her nap, she's just generally a ball of drama for most of the evening. Obviously, its impossible to stick to this all the time, but I've found our day just goes much more smoothly if Sailor can be at home for naptime, which is still 2 - 3 times a day.
 She was baptized on May 3rd, her six month birthday. Her Grammy, Papa, Aunt Jenny and cousins. as well as our good friends, the Heaths were there to watch! She fussed a little when the pastor first took her (he was trying to cradle her, and she was like, "Stop holding me like a baby!" but when that water hit her head, she was silenced. She knew something was up,  and she needed to behave. 

 We celebrated after church with a fantastic brunch at The Secret Garden Cafe in Occoquan... and many pictures, of course! 
Happy first 6 months, baby girl!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Keaton is 7!

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was a week overdue. My mom and I had just finished a huge sewing project. She had arrived in Nashville on my due date to help with the new baby when he/she arrived.  We had eaten lunch at the Puffy Muffin. I had this amazing grilled cheese sandwich with french fries and a lemonade. I was resting on our green oversized chair (the most comfortable piece of furniture that we ever owned, btw). I was dozing off and Sean Hannity was on the radio in the kitchen. I was scheduled to be induced on the morning of May 1st, but on the afternoon of April 29th, I got up from that comfy green chair to pee. Turns out it was more than that! We called Scott and he came home from work and we headed off to Baptist Hospital. At 3:00am, our baby BOY arrived! 

Keaton Ray Anderson. 
7 years ago today!!

He let me do a little photo shoot with him on Sunday. Most of the pics turned out pretty good, but he had this expression on his face in most of them like, "really, mom?" 
 This boy LIVES for his birthday, as I guess most kids do. This morning on our way to the bus stop, he says, "Just think, Mom. For some people, this is just an ordinary day!"

He also told me that having a birthday on April 30th "is pretty rare for Virginia."

I guess it's more common in other states???

Here's Keaton in a nutshell right now: 
 loves to tell jokes
loves his baby sister (and his brother even though they bicker A LOT)
favorite color: red
favorite things to do: play Lego, read, ride his bike and his scooter
favorite thing to watch (and read about): Ninjago
favorite song: "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift
favorite food: hamburgers
best friend: Lucas
favorite board game: Apples to Apple Jr.
favorite video game: Angry Birds Epic 
favorite subject in school: computers

He loves to learn, and enjoys school for the most part. But, he's a homebody at heart, and is usually scheming a reason NOT to attend every morning.  He's an excellent student, and his teacher has only great things to say about him.  He recently received the "Eagles Pride" award for his 1st grade class, which is the highest academic award you can get for the quarter.

  He keeps us laughing, usually when he's not trying to. He loves to try out new words that he's learned and see if they work in sentences. 

The funniest thing he's said recently was when he was telling me about how a girl in his class told him that she loved him. He thought about it, "I'm not really sure why? I guess because I'm such a good citizen, y'know?" 
Yes, I'm sure that's it! It's always the upstanding citizens that get the girl! 

Tonight we are going to Chuck E Cheese with the Heath family, just like old times in Hawaii. This weekend, Grammy and Papa, and Aunt Jenny and family will be here to continue the celebration. It will be filled with all the things that make Keaton happiest: family and "at-home time."

Happy Birthday Keaton!  We love you so much!