Apr 28, 2012

Project 365 {2012}: Week Seventeen in Review

April 21st

April 21st:  We had our annual kick-off for the Kentucky Derby - Thunder Over Louisville.

April 22nd

April 22nd:  I had a family photo shoot in Goshen.  I love this photo of the parents.

April 23rd

April 23rd:  My maple is finally blooming.  This was the first year that it took awhile, but Landon had taken a big stick to it and chopped off some of its branches.  This will be gone at some point and replaced with a dogwood.  I love those.

April 24th

April 24th:  Liam had therapy with his DT.

April 25th

April 25th:  Liam had a blast playing in our puddle that sits at the end of our driveway.  I couldn't get over how excited he was.

April 26th

April 26th:  The boys had a cheerio picnic in the front of our house.  Whatever works.

April 27th

April 27th:  The boys made a bed and a chair out of my plants.  Goofy kids.

I hope everyone had a great week.  Today I will be celebrating my Grandmother's 91st birthday!  Her official birthday is May 4th.  Happy birthday, Granny!

Apr 26, 2012

Dear Rain, I Love You

It wasn't raining at the time, but Mother Nature's left-overs sure are a beautiful thing for our baby boy.  It must have been the boots that did it.  He put those on and...BAM.  He just knew what was about to go down.  I have taken my kids out in the puddles before, but Liam was much younger and wasn't quite sure what was going on then.  Now?  Oh boy.  I'll let the pictures explain the "now". 

And, of course, there were distractions from all the excitement.  There will always be distractions.

Apr 22, 2012

Thunder Over Louisville 2012

Well, here we are again.  Thunder is our annual kick-off for the Kentucky Derby.  Does anyone travel to my neck of the woods for this? It's in the top 100 events in the country.  Liam has never been so we may go one more time so he can experience the big event in its entirety.  The last few years we've just made our way down to the river to view the fireworks and go home after the big finale.  It's fun, no doubt.  I managed to get a few firework shots.  This was the ultimate test to see if my camera and lens were going to cooperate, being in the dark and having focusing issues with one of my lenses (at least I hope it's the lens).  I was shocked I got as many as I did.  By the way, it was freezing.  I don't think I've seen so many parkas, scarves, gloves, etc. in one place since Christmas!  Wowza!  It's a good thing we didn't plan on making a day of it.  We'd all be sick!

We parked our car as close as we were going to get it and headed down closer to the show.  Landon spotted some people on the bridge and thought it might be cool to join the rest of the Thunder crew.  I was a little nervous at first, but then it hit me that it's not too often that we can hang out on a bridge at any time, let alone for a big event.  So, off we went.  We climbed the big hill and saw one heckuva show.  It was by far the best location we had ever been to and Landon had a ball!  When Landon and I took off, later Aaron told me that when he and Liam sat down on the curb, Liam had motioned Daddy to sit next to him then put his little hand on Aaron's knee while sitting there like a good boy.  He said Liam even tried to reach up for the fireworks to touch them.  Good times.

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I love the look of the city in the background.

My kid, ladies and gentlemen.  He just happened to jump in the picture.  "Rock on!"

Time to go home and beat the crowd!


A House Full Of...

Our nephew came over for a babysitting adventure.  It's always an adventure here.  Forts, masks, swords, secret hideaways, pretending to be a robot or Lord something or another, you name it.  The kids were decked out in gear from head to toe.  At one point, I was too.  Of course, the kids laughed at me.  Evan was a little more reserved than my two.  My two simply don't care and let poo hit the fan, seriously...but, let's hope and pray for a second that doesn't mean literally.  I'm sure stranger things have happened in the Zimmerman house.  Anyway, we tried to get Evan to join in, but he chose to play "quietly" (is their such a word for a toddler?) by himself while the two boys pretended to be...dinosaurs?  Hog hunters?  Quayle catchers?  I don't know, somethin'.  We had a wonderful time, but man, was I worn out from all of that pretend play and play fighting!

Does your child have a particular go-to attire/toy for pretend play?  Princess?  Police Officer?  Paper towel rolls?  I'd love to hear your stories.

It's the Little Things

Our week was a little eventful, I suppose.  We had visitors, a holiday with family, one of my other lenses decide it was going to throw a fit (after I had already sent one lens to the shop to be fixed), Liam met a puppy and helped me draw balloons, as well as bonded with his own puppy dog.   It was the sweetest thing.  I mean, Liam noticed Peyton but never took to him like most kids would from early on.  He wasn't scared, which is what I thought at first.  He simply ignored him until one magical day.  Peyton was hooked up in our back yard when I let Liam loose.  He ran to him like a woman spotting a piece of chocolate on her "bad day", mouth wide open and all.  Seriously funny, and seriously cute.

There are random photos thrown in that don't have any rhyme or reason.  I think they are cute (and fitting for this particular post).  It really is the little things I love the most.  Such as...

Going down the slide with Landon, and smiling the whole way down...

Sitting on the steps giving me a little smirk...

Landon offering to swing with his brother...

Watching Liam's locks blow in the wind...

Listening to Liam give me a hard time (in his own way, mainly with expressions) when things just don't go according to his plan...

Making new friends...

Dumbfounded looks...

Cooperation, when this clearly wasn't something he wanted to do...

Liam drawing me pretty little pictures as well as helping me with mine...

Puppy love and independence...

Technology Tots...

And, just plain goofiness/cuteness.

What do you love the most about your kids?  Do they have a little certain something they do that gets you excited?  Please share!