Monday, March 30, 2009

Lovin' My New Nikon!

I finally got the last thing on my "want list"! Yeah right! Does that ever happen?? Just Kidding! I have wanted a D-SLR camera for a really long time and I finally talked dear husband into getting me one. After many, many days of researching online and playing with the actual cameras in the stores I decided on the Nikon D60, which came with an 18-55mm lens, and I bought the 55-200mm VR lens also. I have always used Kodak point and shoots, so I am still in the learning process! Today is the first time I have really put it to use. The boys were playing outside so I decided to give it a try. I know some of these photos are a little blurry, and the trampoline safety net makes them look out of focus, but I still thought they were pretty cool and wanted to share! Please bear with me, they will get better, I promise!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Fun, Fun Friday!

I got a much needed wild hair on Friday morning! I woke up early, around 7am, and decided I needed to clean out our (mine and Chad's) closet. We recently had our house painted and all the little stuff that had to be moved, found its way to our closet. I knew it would take a while, so I promised, OK bribed, the boys , that if they were good I would take them somewhere later in the day. Sorry I didn't take any before photos, but just take my word for was a disaster! This is what our closet looks like LESS the 250 pieces of clothing I removed! 90% of it being mine! I really like our clothes to be organized by season, style and color, but after 6 hours, and two bored boys, I decided to save that for another day! Chad has just as many or more clothes than I do, and it's sad to say that we need a bigger closet!!

We took the boys to see the long awaited Monsters vs. Aliens movie last night. It definitely rose to the occasion and receives a 5 star rating from the Dykes family! We chose to see the 3D version. It was very similar to the 3D shows at Disney World. We have taken the boys to Disney twice, and last night was the first 3D show that Cole actually wore his glasses the entire time. Carmike 12 had many showings of the movie, so the theatre wasn't too crowded. That in itself was worth the $9 ticket. I included some pictures of us wearing our 3D glasses.

The next movie we are looking forward to is, Disney's Up,a comedy adventure about a 78-year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfills his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 9-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell. Release date is May 29,2009.

Another one we can't wait for is, Warner Bros. Where the Wild Things Are; The story centers around imagination, and the way that children use imagination to play, escape, and even practice life skills. The book was first published in 1963, and it won the 1964 Caldecott Medal as the "Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year." If you haven't read the book to your kiddos, you should do so before you see the movie. We love, love this book! The movie doesn't release until October 2009. Forever, I know!! We also have X-Men Origins, Earth 3D, Under the Sea 3D, and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs on our "To See" list.

Carson has mastered dotting i's!!

Although Carson is good at dotting his i's, I am talking about the other kind of eyes! We actually can't believe it took this long. We have officially had our first real "black eye". We always expect that one of the boys will get hurt, as much as they wrestle and play fight. On Wednesday they were playing rough on the trampoline and Carson "accidentally" hit Cole in the eye. Needless to say, we had many tears shed, a few ice packs, Children's Motrin, ice cream, and even a couple of "I'm Sorry's"! It was much more swollen than in the picture. He could barely see out of his eye on Thursday morning. We have portraits scheduled next week, so let's hope it is better by then!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Carson lost his first tooth on Sunday, March 22! We have been waiting a few weeks for this tooth to come out. He really didn't know what to think after Chad pulled it out. After a few seconds of thinking about it, he was very proud. Today is the first day of Spring Break and Carson wishes he was at school to show everyone he lost a tooth!

1st Annual Jones Jam

On Saturday, March 21st, we attended the 1st Annual Jones Jam. The concert was held for suppport of Country Crossings. Aaron Tippin, Clint Black and George Jones were a few in attendance. We couldn't have asked for better weather. It was a beautiful day and there was a great turn out. We went with some of our great friends, the Palmers'. A highlight of Cole's day was riding in Mr. Scott's jeep. He says he likes riding in cars without tops! The boys played football, had frozen ice treats, and corn on the cob. Carson even had a nap! I am including a few pics from the day!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

FunZone's First Practice

Tonite was our first t-ball practice of the season. It has been raining the past couple of days so we were very lucky to have Mr. Pittman allow us to use his indoor facility, FUN-damentals of Baseball, to practice. He is also the head baseball Coach at Providence Christian School. We had a good night and are very excited to kick off the season. Here is a picture of our team!

Top Row, Left to Right: Alex, Dylan, Carson, Bauer, Jace
Bottom Row, Left to Right: J.C., Pierce, Colby, Cole and Carter
I wanted to share some exciting news! We received our letters from Dothan City Schools stating that we got in Heard Magnet School for the upcoming school year. Carson for 1st grade and Cole for K. We are so excited! We are really comfortable at Heard and love our awesome principal and teachers! We are also starting to like the idea of uniforms. I think it will make my mornings so much easier; not having to argue about what to wear.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Finished Products!!

Here are our shirts that we made on Thursday.
I think they turned out awesome! They were very proud!

Tye-Dye Thursday

Thursday was such a pretty day that I, out of the blue, decided to let the boys make their first tye-dye shirts! We had a lot of fun so I wanted to share some pics with you! It was a little windy so we had to be careful not to spill the dye. We threw on some play clothes so it wouldn't matter if we got dye on them. Although we did have dye from our nose to our toes! We are letting the shirts dry over night. I can't wait to see the boys faces when they take their rubberbands off and reveal their creation! I will definitely have to share the finished products. Chad was up and moving around tonite. We are so happy he is feeling better!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Finally joining the blogging world!

Okay, so I have finally decided to take the time to join the blogging world! We all know how hard it is to keep up with one another, so I hope you all enjoy! I have the best intentions on trying to keep everyone up-to-date with whats going on with us. Today is the anniversary of mine and Chad's first date, back in 1997. I would have loved to have a date night, but Chad has been sick since Sunday with the flu and tonsillitis. I am praying that he gets well soon!

I know the boys aren't babies anymore, but they are growing and changing as much as they did when they were babies!! We are still having firsts so that is exciting! Carson and Cole will start t-ball this year and are very excited! Chad is going to be their Coach and he is as excited as they are. They will have their first practice coming up soon. I will update with pics!

Carson is loving Kindergarten and we adore his teacher. His reading skills have improved and he is now able to read books. What a huge step! He is so proud to be able to read books to US! He also received Good Citizen this month. He recently learned to ride his bicycle with no training wheels, and has his first loose tooth. He is constantly wiggling it trying to make it come out.

I decided to keep Cole at home with me this one, last year. Since they are only 11 months apart, I never really had a lot of alone time with him, so I felt like he deserved to have that (and me too!) We spend our days basically doing whatever comes to mind at the time. His favorite thing right now is Power Rangers. He knows all of the rangers, their suits, and their moves. He wakes up thinking about them! He likes being little and isn't interested in taking any "huge" steps, so until he starts Kindergarten in the fall, we will enjoy being little. We have applied for the magnet school and should know if we got in or not by March 16th. Let's keep our fingers crossed!! Until next time....