Tuesday, March 30, 2010

She CAN'T be married...isn't she still 10?

"Our" little Bethany is married!

No way!

I can still picture the semi-awkward little 10-year old that put her hair in Princess Leah buns with mismatched scrunchies!  She used to watch me do whatever it was I was doing.  Her most famous line: "I like watching you put on makeup...my sister doesn't wear NEARLY that much..."

Sure enough, on Saturday, March 27th, Bethany Joy Higby became Bethany Joy Davis.  She married a great guy.  We love him so much.  And after a great weekend getting to know them, we love his family, too!

Zoe was a Junior Bridesmaid.  Friday night at the rehearsal, she discovered that she had to walk back up the aisle with a groomsman.  I've never seen her face so red as she sheepishly kept from making eye contact with anyone.

Our niece, Kaylee, was also a Junior Bridesmaid (she is the daughter of Shane's late sister, Stacey).  She slept over Friday night after the rehearsal and dinner, so the girls could get their hair done together in the morning.  Oh boy.  I definitely think we have some divas-in-training.

Once every curl was pinned in place, we went to my in-laws for pictures with the Bride and the other Bridesmaids.  It was quite a crazy morning...but everything came together and we all made it to the church...ON TIME!

Despite his insistence that he should be the one to walk Bethany down the aisle since he claims he co-parented her, Shane had to settle for walking his mom to her seat.

Zoe did a great job...first one down the aisle...all smiles!  She didn't hesitate and even walked slowly.

Kaylee did great too.

Micah did great as the "ring boy".  He carefully avoided each rose pedal as he walked down the aisle.  All the while saying, "ooooh...I like this...I like this..."

Zoe and her "escort"

I still giggle when I think about Phil's 10 groomsmen.  They looked like a security force up there.  I told Bethany not to be discouraged.  I'm sure they weren't there to make sure Phil followed through...they were to "fend off" any sad ex-boyfriends.

The ceremony was beautiful and so was Bethany.

We all had a blast at the reception, but I think the kids had the most fun.  Ty and Zoe took full advantage of the open access to soda.  I think Ty had about 4 cokes and Zoe innumerable Shirley Temple's.

That's Ty in the middle of (nephews) Sam and Noah

Noah (another nephew) spent the entire reception "break dancing"...or so he called it.  I'm not sure WHAT it was, but it sure was entertaining.

We purposely left the triplets home with a sitter, and in hind-sight are SO GLAD we did, yet still, Zoe found a 19-month old to fawn over.

Amazingly, I didn't manage to get a single picture of myself.  Sorry.  Just know that I looked good, if I do say so myself.  No, really.  I was in a dress!  And heels!!!!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The way Spring Break SHOULD look...

Days 1 and 2 of Spring Break were rainy and cold.  So, this morning, when we woke up to sunshine, I knew the kids were spending some serious time outdoors.  The only problem?  Sun does not necessarily equal warmth.  Not to worry...I would not be discouraged. 

There WOULD be energy released OUTSIDE the four walls of our home.  I could not take another day of the kids destroying the house all day. 

Here are a few shots I took with my "big" camera.  I really wish I knew how to use it to it's fullest, but I guess the best way to improve that is to use it more, right?  So I grabbed it and brought it out with us today...

The wind made Ava's hair look even crazier...

Okay...don't hyper-ventilate...but I let Zoe and Ty try the SLR.  Not to worry, I made sure the strap was around their neck and I was never more than an quick step away (I guess I thought I could catch it on the bounce!?!?!)

The "winner" of the best pictures taken was Ty!  Definitely.  Here are his best shots...

The triplets love going fast in their Choo Choo Wagon!

...This is Ty's BEST shot!  Look at those faces!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

March Madness

We're not really a sports-crazy house...yet.  With 3 sons, I'd imagine we will be someday.  But we're not...yet.  We're a Baseball family.

I mean, I enjoy other sports...College Hoops, College Football, and an occassional NFL game.  I've even been working on branching out and trying to enjoy Hockey (don't shoot me...it's just hard to follow.)  But that's me.  Not Shane.  And not...yet...the kids.

Anyway, I try to teach the kids about sports other than Baseball (although Shane thinks there ARE no other sports).  Ty even played Flag Football this year.  So when the opportunity came up to go to a professional basketball game with the big kids, I took it.  Neither of them have been to a game.  Not even a college game...or ANY basketball game, for that matter.

Apparently, the Nets aren't all that great.  We wouldn't know.  We gladly accepted the vouchers for 4 tickets to the game last night.  I guess the idea is that they were "stadium filler" seats because we just had to show up and turn in the vouchers for "the best tickets available".  Hmmmm...

Since we didn't have a babysitter, I was elected the "chaperone" on this trip.  Gave me an opportunity to be "the fun parent" for a change.

We made it to the IZOD Center without incident and got our tickets with plenty of time to spare.

I may have been generous when I said that the Nets aren't all that great.  Check out our seats...

About 15 minutes into the game, I turned to see Ty in tears.  I had no idea what happened.  After asking every question I could think of, the horn blew to say the commercial break was over.  That's when I noticed the look on his face...he had NO IDEA what that noise was!  That's what was scaring him.  Once I explained it, we got a good laugh.  Zoe asked what we were laughing about, so I told her.  She, then, asked when the game was going to start.  Seriously?  Not the sharpest tools in the shed!

The game started great.  The Nets were holding of Miami.  With every basket, Ty would put down his pretzel and clap like crazy.  Such a fan!

One of the highlights of the night came after the 1st quarter when the NETSational Seniors performed.  That's right...grandma's and grandpa's hip hop dancing.  I kid you not!

The kids loved using the noise-makers and even asked for a picture with the mascot!

With a quarter of the game still left, Ty asked if he could, "just not root for the Nets."

The bonus of the game?  Zoe and Ty slept in this morning until 9am.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Caught...Red Handed...sort of...

I just downloaded some pictures from my camera and found 74 pictures.  Hmmmm.  Interesting.  I thought I took 4!  I wonder who got ahold of my camera...

Let's see...they were in the family room...

...and then the dining room...

 ...that appears to be a pink bag hanging from a chair...along with the little case from my bag for my pens (yes, I'm a pen addict, but that's a whole nother post!)

...and they're ON the chair...

 ...confirmation of the pink bag...

...hmmm...who's lips are those???


 Yup...this confirms it...
Cole "The Bear" Higby!

Friday, March 19, 2010

I MIGHT have a little bit of OCD

When the babies were born, I "color-coded" their "accessories".  Blankets, pacifiers, bibs...Cole got Blue, Eli got Green and Ava had Pink.

It started as an easy way to know who's was who's.  Find a blanket...who's is it?  Pick up a bottle...who dropped it?  Even their baby books are Blue, Green and Pink.

Last night at dinner, we noticed my obsession may have become a compulsion...

I mean...I didn't even INTEND to dress them in those colors!!!!