Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Big Boy's first hair cut

I have to say, I LOVE those red-golden curls, but the boy’s been looking like a hippie for some time now!  Andy’s side: “You never saw our hair when we we growing up.”  No excuses!  So today, it was hair cut time!  Charlie was okay going into Great Clips, okay waiting our turn, even okay sitting on Daddy’s lap in the big chair.  He was NOT okay when they put the hair-apron over him.  And from that point on, he was a fit-throwing beast!  The only thing that calmed him was a cherry sucker, YES, while having his hair cut.  In the end, it was worth it, as he looks so handsome!

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Before: Our gorgeous little baby with hair nearly as big as him!  “Baby mullet” or “Hippie cut,” call it what you will, but it’s time to clean up, Boy!

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The sucker made it better (but totally grossed mommy out!).  While cutting, his stylist gave him a Baby-Hawk to rawk!  Ha!  I love it so much we may to the ‘hawk more often!

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Celebratory DQ chocolate ice cream!  Cheers to a job well done, Handsome!
Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie


Last night, while getting ready for bed, I emptied the milk jug into Charlie’s cup.  I put the milk in the recycling basket under the sink and didn’t screw on the cup lid.  I should have known better.  Charlie tried to grab it, and got a milk bath!  The look on his face was a look I’ll never forget: absolute panic!  MILK ABUSE!  MILK ABUSE!  But the cat was happy!

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Such tasty milk, such a waste …. so sad

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Happy 6th birthday, Carter Kay!

6?!!  Can you believe it?  We celebrated Carter’s birthday over the course of a few days.  First, we celebrated with the Anderson’s and Bumsted’s, who were my “trial run” of the disgusting party  The following weekend was her “big party” with dance and school friends and our family.  Saturday evening we went to Cazador’s for dinner and she got to wear the sombrero while the guys sang to her (which she loved!).  And Sunday we had our own little family celebration, with cake and a tasty dinner of her choosing. 


Carter J, Grant, Carter Kay and Madi playing with SLIME!


Outside, everyone participated in the Bologna Toss: everyone had a partner and a slice of bologna.  One person tossed the bologna to their partner, the partner took a bite and a big step back, then tossed it back.  The catcher took a bite and a big step back, and this continued until the bologna was gone.  Double foul if it got dropped and you had to eat the bologna AND grass!


BIG BITES, guys!


Carter’s a big bologna fan!
Note: notice who’s snagged the bologna container in the background?!!


Charlie’s Number One!


Back inside, we played musical chairs, but with a disgusting twist: wet sponges on the chairs! 


Saturday was our big party.  It was good I had the chance to test out my kitty litter cake.  I managed to make it even grosser the second time!  On our disgusting party menu: Kitty Litter cake (white and chocolate cake, topped with vanilla sandwich cookies and a little green food coloring and Tootsies), pretzels with booger sauce (Squeezy Cheesy with food coloring) and eyeballs (chocolates with eyeball wrappers)


The best GF’s in the world!


A meeting of the minds in the “shade” outside


And for lunch?  Moldy pizza (extra cheese, colored with food coloring!)!


Our first game was the mystery box game.  I had something in the box, and with closed eyes, players had to reach in, feel it and guess what it was.  It was actually noodles, olives and oatmeal, but we had guesses like “brains,” “grapes,” and “something stinky”!


Bologna toss, with Aunt Amber!  Awesome!


That’s great bologna-tossing form!


Musical chairs, minus the sponges (these guys weren’t as into the “disgusting” part of the party!)


The rule was find and chair and sit when the music stops.  I guess I wasn’t as specific as I should have been!  Love ya, Isaac!


Our big, disgusting party group!


Carter had prepped her pal Reagan: she wanted a fish.  She told me this, and I told her she wouldn’t be getting a fish (because, well, who does that??!).  When she pulled out four tissue-paper wrapped pieces from a gift bag, then uncovered Tetra food, I knew we were in trouble!  Reagan and he mom actually purchased and wrapped a fish!  Awesome idea!


Aunt Katie & Uncle Kevin got Carter, NOT CHARLIE, a princess chair.  Charlie tried his very best to haul her butt out of it!


Last year, Carter received $20 in quarters from Aunt Amber & Uncle Corey.  They managed to trump that with $20 … in pennies!  When you’re 6, that’s pretty stinkin’ awesome!!!


Charlie helped dump out the container of pennies, but he also helped pick them up.  He’d drop a handful into the container … then he’d sneak a few into the back of his diaper!  I pulled four pennies from his bum crack, and another two out later when I changed him!  SNEAKY!

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The cool sombrero at Cazador’s, with that beautiful smile!


Her family gift: Barbie movies!  YEAH!


That’s the face that we love so much.  Happy or sad, sassy or sweet, we will forever love this face and our wonderful Baby Girl.  Happy 6th birthday, Carter Kay!  We love you, always & forever!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

My dudes


My two Chuckle-heads, being goofy!  Gotta love ’em!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Outside is the Best!

What would we do without the playground?!!

Outside rocks!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

We're in a VIDEO!

Yep, that’s right!  Carter, Charlie and I are pretty much famous!

Last weekend, the Nada’s, and awesome metro band, released their first children’s album (Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed).  They had their release party/performance at the Science Center.  The three of us went to check it out, and rocked away the morning!

Here’s the video for their song Dancing Feet (Charlie’s favorite!).  Look for us at the 1:35 minute  mark (Carter, Charlie and I are dancing in the background, past the guitar’s neck)!

The Nada’s are awesome! 


Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Our little 1st grader!

She’s off! 

Today is Carter’s first day of 1st grade.  She couldn’t possibly be anymore excited!  She is looking forward to seeing her awesome teacher, she loves her classroom, and she can’t wait to learn some new science stuff!

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Have a wonderful day, Baby Girl!  It doesn’t matter where your first day is or what happens in the course of that day.  You will always be my sweet, little Baby Girl.  We’re so proud of you!  I can’t wait to hear about all your adventures when you get home!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Iowa State Fair

It was Charlie’s first official fair (we’re not counting tummy time!), and we all had a great time!

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Fair 2011 kicked off at 11:30am (after the news of the canceled Sugarland concert :(  ).  Lunch: corn dogs and cheese on a stick for us while Andy had a pork chop.  On a stick, of course!

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Tradition: Andy and Carter on the Big Slide

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New Tradition: Mommy & Charlie on the Big Slide.  He giggled the whole way down, then busted out into cries when we were done!

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Carter and I rode the camel at the petting zoo, proving you’re never old unless you think you are!

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Snack #1: Fried Mac & Cheese Bites.  Charlie says, “Mmmmmmm!”

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Carter met Clifford.  Charlie was terrified!

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She also met Barack Obama and his wife Michele!

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Charlie enjoyed the petting zoo, but he wanted to be with his daddy for safety

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Feeding the goats made everyone happy!

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We also saw baby pigs, ducks and turkeys at the animal barn

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“Wa wa” AND a steering wheel!  It’s like this ride was MADE for Charlie!

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Carter, gunning to bump her brother

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It’s not a carnival unless you hit the carousel!

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Another successful state fair.  We left with full tummies and happy hearts … and tired toes!

Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

That's us!

We got to get dressed up to go to a reception – it was lavish and over the top, but it was a great time!


Andy, Kelly, Carter & Charlie

Adventure Land, 2.0

Round two of the season, with the Anderson’s and Rory Brown.  We hit nearly every ride, including the Inverter (which is as as scary as its name) and we explored the water park, which was a blast!

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Madi & Carter on der Flinger

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Four brave souls on the space ship!

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I LOVE THE DRAGON!  I’m so stoked they’re big enough to ride it now!

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Carter, Madi & Carter J at the water park, where we had a great time!

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The Adventure Crew: me, Carter Kay, Rory Brown, Carter J, Madi & Janine