Sunday, October 25, 2009

Camping, Stitches, & Gentry's Farm

I realize it's been a while since my last post! I apologize for my delay, but we've had a pretty busy past few weeks. We had our very first camping trip in our backyard, complete with a firepit & roasting s'mores. Then, we had our first ER trip with Lincoln. He ran into the kitchen island corner & had to get 4 stitches.

And today we made our annual trip to Gentry's Farm. I went there to hopefully get some good pictures of the family together. This proved to be simply a far-fetched dream only my mind could see. It's so frustrating trying to take pictures of kids who won't cooperate! But pretty soon, the frustration lent itself to laughter, & then we fell into the ease of what we might call 'punchy'. So none of our pictures are framers; however, they will make me smile for years to come.

I'll narrate for you. Here we go. Let's start with the camping trip. I'm using 'camping' loosely, as Lincoln wanted to come back into his warm, cozy bed approximately 15 minutes after they were in the tent. But the time we spent outside with the neighbors & by the fire was really fun.

Here's Lincoln so proud of Ben putting up the tent:

He thought he was pretty cool for having his own place in the tent.

Here's some of the neighborhood kids:

Later in the evening preparing to roast s'mores:


Three cozy boys hunkered down in the tent.

Last Wednesday, Mike & Sherry were in town to visit. They bought the boys a dinosaur Lincoln named Butch. Butch can growl, get mad & spit water at you, & he even has motion sensory thingies where he senses if someone is there. If nobody touches him for a while, he starts snoring. If you pet Butch nicely, he purrs & laughs. Lincoln looves Butch. He was in the kitchen laughing his head off at Butch's tricks. He was enjoying it so much that he spun around, jumped, & ran smack into our granite island corner. What ensued was hysterical screaming, lots of blood, & a trip to the ER. 4 stitches later, & he was fine.

Meet Butch:

Upon return from the hospital. The first thing he wanted to play with? Why, Butch, of course.

We went to Gentry's Farm today.
Here are sweet brothers before we left the house.

Mom & L-Train:

Sweet Levi playing in the corn buckets:

I love this little booger.

Linc having fun swingin on the tire swing:

Dad & Levi playing in the corn:

Here's a sequence of pictures that might make you laugh. Nothing went right:

Forget it:

But here is the funniest sequence. All I wanted was a simple picture of the three of us. It doesn't sound that hard, does it? Hmmm. Take a look:

Then I got a really great one of Levi & Ben walking through the corn maze:

Me & Levi:

We've had a wonderful Fall season so far, & it's not even Halloween yet! Be prepared to see Bumblebee the Transformer & a puppy dog. They're two cuties, don't you fret.

Until next time, friends...

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Baby Rinks

Today was a special day in the Cissell household.  Back in the summer, Lincoln had a very fun day with Miss Mandi at the McKay's Mill Pool.  At that time, Mandi had a baby in her belly by the name of Baby Rinks.  Lincoln had a great time in the pool playing with Miss Mandi & talking about Baby Rinks in her belly.  

Well, Baby Rinks was born about a month ago.  When we dropped Lincoln off at school this morning, we told him that Rinks & Miss Mandi were coming by our house later that afternoon.  He was very excited.  So fast forward to this afternoon...he couldn't wait for our visitors.  

When they finally arrived, he wanted to hold Baby Rinks in his arms & play with him.  Here are some photos of their time together:

Here Linc is looking at Mandi, making sure that he is holding Baby Rinks the correct way:

Look how proud he is of Baby Rinks...

So sweet...

We had a great time visiting with our friends.  And it was extra special that Lincoln got to take part in holding Rinks & playing with him.  And might I add...Rinks never made a peep the entire time he was over at our house.  He never cried when Linc held him & "tickled him", never made a sound when Levi screamed in his face & threw a stuffed animal at him (all in love, I promise) & never even seemed to mind the utter chaos that my sons caused in our living room.  Yay for laid-back babies!  He's such a champ!  

Hope y'all are having a good fall season.  We certainly are!
Until next time...

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