Wednesday, August 16, 2017

birthday fun

I love that my birthday is right at the beginning of August! It's a little something to celebrate right at the beginning of the last month of summer. Just a fun day {or week ;0)} to get us through the long hot days of summer.

I spent a few nights that week out with friends and then on my actual birthday I stayed home with 2 of my best guys. 

It might sound cliche, but everything really is better with my boys. We didn't do much that day...just focused on having fun!!
 Keaton totally got that it was my birthday and talked about it all day :) The decorations definitely helped with that! He told me that morning that we were going to wear party hats, eat cake, and open presents...apparently he can't keep a secret! haha 

Ryan came home from work with dinner, balloons, cake, and was wearing a party hat which was fun EXCEPT it scared poor Penn half to death. He cried every time he looked at Ryan. I finally told Ryan to ditch the hat!!

 The boys ate so nicely at dinner, which meant Ryan and I could have a conversation :) That was a little birthday gift right there!

And then of course the cake!
Our family loves ice cream cake! 
 Ryan and the boys gifted me with this new rug for our dining room and I couldn't have been more excited! I mean...I picked it out, shopped around and ordered it, but still :) I just wanted something a little bigger for the space and that had fun colors! This is working perfect.
And if that wasn't enough he surprised me with Felicity in digital! This was, is, and will always be my favorite TV series. I'm re-watching as I type ;0)
Just a great birthday all around!!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

family day at knoebels

Last week we had our annual Cowell family day at Knoebels!!

Look at how little the kiddos are at last year's trip! They've all grown so much!

Check out that really big kid on the far left ;-) We missed the littlest cousin, Noel, but next year he'll be big enough to ride and have fun!
One word to describe this year: FUN!
Keaton was so afraid last year and so we weren't sure what he'd think of the rides and noise, but he loved it :) And it's SO much more fun when your kids are having a good time!!

My niece, Hadley, was Keaton's little riding buddy most of the time. She's a hoot...the 3 of us had fun together.
K wouldn't have gone near the helicopters last year, no less ride it alone! Big stuff knew just what to do!
 I was pretty sure Penn would like the rides and I was right! He LOVED them! 

He's our little daredevil!
 I felt comfortable with him on all of them...except maybe the helicopter. This one went way up in the air and so we put Keaton on the outside for good measure.
I can't even handle seeing these 2 riding together - SO cute!! {And check out how bored that big kid is behind them. He needs to ride the Phoenix next hahaha}
Sister and Hadley!
  We loved the balloons!
 We rode a bunch of rides and then took an ice cream break. Penn doesn't like a lot of foods, but he loves his ice cream {and popsicles and donuts :) }
My dad, BIL, and older nephews were riding big rides during our ice cream break. This picture cracks me up because it was right after my sister Emily {sitting on my left} read a text from my Dad telling us what ride he was about to get on. As you can see my oldest sister and Mom were a little concerned the Dramamine didn't have time to kick in yet! 

"Dad is riding what?!?"
Oh my gosh I love him. If there's a crowd and noise he's happy...the rides were an added bonus!!
They just had the time of their lives!
Just a bunch more pictures from our fun day!!

Already looking forward to next year!!

Monday, July 31, 2017


And just like that July is over!

We've been loving the warm {but not crazy hot} weather and time outside. Keaton complains about the heat sometimes, but overall the boys love to be outside :)

We've done a lot this month...

Hung out with cousin Owen {he's very popular in our house!}...
And then "watched" him play baseball in a tournament near our house.
 This is right before Keaton bit Penn's finger. Go figure.
 Kept cool inside on the really hot days watching shows on Mommy and Daddy's bed. They have this bath, jammies, on the bed for a TV show thing down.
 Keaton LOVES The Peanuts Movie and when he rediscovered this Snoopy costume in his closet that Ryan bought last year for like 80% off after Halloween he wouldn't take it off.
 He's a good dog that cleans up after himself
 And knows how to relax :)
We took the boys to the Lehigh Valley Zoo for a morning out. 
 It was fun to change it up from our normal, local zoo.
We definitely thought Keaton would be more excited about the penguins though, but he didn't seem to care much. 
The ostrich was probably the most exciting! He pecked at us! haha
And then of course the frosty's at Wendy's afterwards ;0)
 There is a huge Cabela's right on the way home and so we stopped there too. I'm pretty sure the boys liked it more than the zoo! haha
 Especially the fish! Ohhhh Penn loves his fish!

Penn and K-man are just at the age where all animals are awesome! Just last week I met a friend at a semi-local activity farm {Paulus Farm Market} so the boys could play and feed the animals.
 It was a hit!

Throw in a week at the beach in the middle there and July has been good to us :)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

4th of july

I'm a little behind. Rewind back to July 4th...

Ryan worked and so the boys and I spent the day together. We had plans to go to a friends for a picnic, but Penn woke up with a fever and so we had to scratch that. Turns out he was okay, but we didn't want to risk passing anything along!

I have one that does not like loud booms and the other that is in a much better mood if he gets to bed on time and so late night fireworks were basically out of the question from the beginning. We opted for red, white, and blue outfits...

A trip to Target...
Blue popsicles...
And coloring on the deck :)

Everyone went to bed on time and sound machines were turned up extra loud ;0) 
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