Dennie Kids: May 31, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • Everyone getting ready for church this morning-as expected, Reagan was the first to be ready!
  • Church this morning-Graham's teachers said he was in a good mood
  • Afternoon lunch at Nonna and Pops house
  • Naps for everyone-well, Reagan's nap was very, very short but she laid with Mom and Dad and watched a few movies very quietly
  • Back to church tonight-Reagan had a fancier dress on tonight than this morning and Graham's teacher said he was not in a good mood
  • Ice cream for everyone before bedtime

Dennie Kids: May 30, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • Everyone sleeping til almost 7:30 this morning (Mom & Dad loved this!)
  • Playing around the house while Dad ran (it's been over a month since Dad ran; he's trying to get back into the swing of things)
  • Going to visit Grandpa in the hospital - he's doing really good after having his temporary knee replaced with his real replacement
  • Driving the car at Kroger while Mom & Dad shopped
  • Corn dogs for lunch and then afternoon naps
  • Watching Big Mama on television for a little bit before supper
  • Watching Dad mow the grass before getting ready for bed
  • Mom ready lots of stories to us and then to bed

Dennie Kids: May 29, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • A lazy morning around the house
  • Graham clapping his hands today whenever we said "clap"-he is so proud of himself
  • Anderson wearing big boy underwear all day long-many pairs of big boy underwear-no diapers and no paci in just a few days, such a big boy!
  • Playing outside with Nonna before naptime
  • And we must have been tired because everyone slept from 2:45 until almost 5! (Mom too!)
  • Hanging out with Dad at Nonna and Pops house while Mom had another bunko; Jason came over too and we watched home movies
  • Eating Taco Bell and taking baths before coming home

Dennie Kids: May 28, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • Anderson sleeping fine without his paci-but he was ready for his big lollipop
  • Reagan getting a lollipop too this morning because she slept with her door closed (it is usually cracked)
  • Graham having to move to the den but sleeping well (once he finally went to sleep)
  • Reagan and Anderson's last day of school-until summer school starts in a few weeks
  • Graham spending the day with Nonna and Pops-he was very attached to Pops today
  • Everyone playing with Nonna, Pops and Jason while Mom got ready for Bunko
  • More swinging outside after Dad came home
  • Eating corndogs from Sonic for supper-our new favorite!
  • Spending the evening at Grannymom and Grandpa's house until time to come home
  • Giving Mom a big hug and seeing all of her Bunko friends before going to bed

Road Trip Day 7-Hernando Ms to Little Rock AR

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)

Hotel Dennie had wonderful accommodations for us last night and we all slept very well-except for Graham needing a few bottles and Anderson rolling all over the floor! Once while Graham was crying, Reagan woke up and said "I thought we were in the car because it sounded like it." Graham must have cried quite a bit in the car for her to say that!

After breakfast, we attempted a kid group picture-we didn't have too much luck! But it was entertaining. Since we didn't want our vacation to end to early, we had one more stop in mind. Tara had never been to Graceland so that is where we headed. The crowds weren't bad so we didn't have to wait long for our bus ride across the street. Anderson and Reagan were so excited about getting to ride the bus. We toured the house and the rest of the complex. We were able to catch a glimpse of Priscilla giving the stable tour (this was the first day of the stable tours).

The highlight of the visit was looking up and seeing Anderson standing on Elvis' grave-yep, he snuck through the fence trying to put his hand in the water fountain and ended up in the Presley family graveyard. His sister was right behind him! Anderson saw the pool and said "No swim today, Elvis swim today." Reagan and Anderson loved seeing Elvis' planes-that was a big hit. Graham slept through the planes and most of the way home. Reagan was so excited to see that Elvis had a pink and a purple car.

We had thought about going to the zoo but the weather was warm and we decided that we could save that for another trip. We got on the road and made it to Lonoke before everyone woke up from their naps. After some McDonald's ice cream we were back on the road and home be mid-afternoon. We are unpacked and up to our ears in laundry.

Reagan is sleeping with her door shut tonight, Graham is not going to get a bottle tonight and Anderson has fallen asleep without his paci (it just took a few more hours, bribes of lollipops, extra cups of milk and lots of trucks to sleep with)

Road Trip Day 6-Montgomery AL to Hernando MS

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)

Everyone was in our bed by 7:30 this morning so we were on the road fairly early. In Montgomery, we drove by the State Capitol and the Governor's Mansion. We drove past the Hank Williams statue but Robby was expecting something much larger after the chair, chicken and peanut so we didn't stop for a picture!

When we were leaving Montgomery, it rained and rained. We fought the rain most of the day long but it would always slack off before we had to get out of the car. We made it to Birmingham a little bit before lunch time. Our final hot dog stop of the trip was Pete's Famous Hot Dogs. The place was so small the the kids and I couldn't even go in. Robby squeezed in and ordered our hot dogs-he didn't know the lingo so they all came with chili and sauerkraut. We ate outside in front of the McWane Science Center. There was a fountain and a moving sculpture above us to keep everyone entertained. Also, just inside the door was a wind tunnel to play with (which the kids were a bit afraid of) along with a restroom for all of us.

After a few more hours on the road, we thought we would drive to the Tupelo National Battlefield. We did drive to it, saw the sign but couldn't find it-until we realized that the sign was the battlefield and that was all that there was-a one acre monument! We were glad we had not drive 20 miles out of our way to see the Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield. We did stop at the Natchez Trace visitor center after driving along the famed parkway. The kids enjoyed running around the exhibits at the visitor center before getting back in the car.

Soon we were nearing Hernando MS and finally about to see Josh and Zach. Anderson had asked about every 5 minutes where Josh and Zach where. Their ballgames were rained out so we had pizza here. Anderson was so excited to play with the boys and Reagan enjoyed it too (when she was not being chased by a power ranger)!

Road Trip Day 5-Atlanta GA to Montgomery AL

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)

Robby loaded the car while we finished our breakfast this morning. Our first stop this morning was in Warm Springs to tour Roosevelt's Little White House. The museum and grounds were very impressive. We walked through his house and even had our picture taken with the President himself. After leaving Warm Springs, we had a quick lunch at Krystals in Columbus, GA.

Plains, Georgia was our next adventure. We toured Jimmy Carter's school, the train depot and drove past his current church where he teaches Sunday School occasionally. The highlight of Plains for the kids was taking their picture with the big peanut. Anderson and Reagan could not understand why that peanut didn't have eyes. We ended our Carter tour at his boyhood home which is a part of the Carter National Historic Site also. When we got out of the car there, we discovered that Graham had taken the lid off of his bottle and was drenched with formula. He seemed quite proud of himself but his mood quickly changed when we rinsed him off with water from our water bottle (out of the ice chest-that is all that we had and it had to be done).

A few miles down the road was Andersonville National Historic Site which houses a National Cemetery and the National Prisoner of War Museum. Anderson thought the name of this place was funny and Reagan was busy looking for her name somewhere. They were closing soon so we did a quick drive by and a quick walk through the museum. As we were leaving, the lady came out to give Reagan and Anderson junior ranger badgers-and they were quite proud of them.

Speaking of badges, Robby saw a real one. We might have been going a little fast on this holiday weekend and were stopped by one of Georgia's finest. Thankfully, we were only given a warning and told to slow down. Needless to say, 55 is very slow and it added a little bit of travel time to our day! After a few hours in the car and at some bathroom stop on the way, we discovered that Anderson's pants were wet-because he wasn't wearing a diaper (and we are still not sure how that happened). After a quick change, we were back on the road.

The Tuskegee Airmen National Site and the Tuskegee Institute were closed but since we figured it would be a while before we came back to Tuskegee, we decided to drive by them anyway. We even jumped out at Booker T. Washington's house to snap a few photos. It was only 20 more miles to our hotel and the kids were glad to get out of the car. We walked around the courtyard of this Courtyard Mariott. The boys had baths and they needed it and Reagan had a shower before everyone fell asleep.

We ended up spending around 8 hours in the car today and the kids did surprisingly well-Graham was unhappy with Mom the last hour since she was out of formula and tried to give him apple juice instead.

Reagan said her favorite part of the trip was "3 hotels." Anderson said his favorite part was the ballgame and Graham's favorite part has been getting out of the car seat. Josh and Zach's house is tomorrow and Reagan and Anderson can hardly wait!

Road Trip Day 4- Atlanta GA

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)

(Links from yesterday's videos - at bottom)

We woke up slowly again this morning but were at the Georgia Aquarium by 8:30 and we even scored some 3 dollar parking. The kids so enjoyed the aquarium. There was even a whale slide for them to slide down-Mom and Dad even did it. The fish were plentiful and huge-unlike the crowds so it made for a perfect morning. After the aquarium, we walked back to Olympic Park to spend a few minutes on the playground. We were back in the car next for lunch.

We first drove to the Silver Skillet but they were closed for Memorial Day weekend. So our second choice was the Flying Biscuit. The wait was over an hour but it was well worth it. We began our meal with a half dozen of their famous biscuits (for the children, just for the children). Next we all split the love cakes, the black bean and chicken enchiladas and the biscuits, eggs and gravy. Needless to say, it was delicious and we were stuffed. The kids rested a bit on our drive to the Kennesaw National Battlefield Park. We walked along a trail while waiting for the cannon firing demonstration. Everyone was ready with their fingers in their ears for the cannon firing but Anderson was still a little unprepared for the noise. After the first cannon firing he whined a bit but when he figured out they were going to do it again, he cried and cried. (click here for video - can you hear Anderson?) We stayed and watched anyway and he eventually calmed down after a few Skittles. Reagan was a little scared and Graham did cry the second time but quickly calmed when given his bottle.

After the battlefield, we headed to Marietta to see the big chicken. I will bet that you have never seen a KFC like this one-I even bought a Christmas tree ornament. The next stop was the Big Trees Forest Preserve. Reagan woke up and was ready for a walk and Graham slept in the stroller. We made a short loop around the preserve and chased a few squirrels and birds. On our way back to the hotel, we stopped by the Governor's Mansion. It was in a beautiful neighborhood but not one of the prettier houses. Since their was a Cheesecake Factory nearby, we felt obligated to stop by and say hello. Robby ran in a picked up a Key Lime cheesecake for him and a Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie Dough piece for Tara. We were even able to make it back to the hotel before eating them and they were delicious. Oddly enough, Reagan and Anderson didn't seem to interested in our cheesecakes-Graham on the other hand, definetely has a sweet tooth.

Next on the agenda, was repacking, laundry and a little hot tubbing. The pool was outdoors and it was very cold. So we convinced everyone that the hot tub was just their size and a perfect choice. Reagan could barely touch the bottom so she felt like a big girl and Anderson enjoyed being able to walk around on the steps. Graham just sat in his buggy and watched until it was time to go in. After baths, more laundry and more repacking the boys are in bed and Reagan is winding down. We plan on getting an early start in the morning and heading to Warm Springs, GA.

Video #1 from Saturday (click here) - Centennial Park fountains
Video #2 from Saturday (click here) - Fat Matt's Rib Shack
Video #3 from Saturday (click here) - IKEA Fun & Games

Video: Kids entertain themselves at IKEA (May 24, 2009)

Video: Kennesaw National Battlefield canon demonstration (May 24, 2009)

Road Trip Day 3-Atlanta GA

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)

We all must have been tired this morning because we all slept until 8 this morning. Robby had to bring our breakfast upstairs since we were running a little behind. After parking we walked throught the CNN studio. Reagan was very disappointed that we weren't able to ride the longest escalator in the world but we did manage to ride a few short escalators before heading on. Our plan was to go to the Aquarium first this morning but the World of Coke was having a special deal on tickets ($2) so that was our first stop. The kids weren't to impressed with the memorabilia but the tasting room was the highlight for them. We watched the 4D movie-the kids all wore their glasses great but once the chairs started moving Reagan covered her ears and eyes and Anderson started to whine. Tara tried to hold on to Graham-he might have been a little frightened too since his eyes were huge!

After the World of Coke, we walked towards the Aquarium but since the line was so incredibly long we opted for plan B-ikea next and the Aquarium tomorrow. On our way back to the van, we stopped at Olympic Park for the kids to play in the fountain. Reagan eventually got into it but Anderson was timid most of the time. He did think it was entertaining that he used the restroom in the fountains! Graham slept through the whole event. He even slept through Robby's scream when he didn't time jumping over the fountains well enough and got his shorts very wet. The kids needed some downtime so we drove past the Georgia State Capitol and jumped out for a picture.

We were hoping to easily find Fat Matt's Rib Shack but we had to do a little bit of searching even with the GPS. It was well worth the search. The line was long but there were a few seats available in the cramped restaurant. One man was playing the guitar and singing the blues and another was playing the harmonica. The kids ate it up-the music and the food. Reagan enjoyed the beans and BBQ. Anderson was thrilled when Rob brought back mac and cheese to the table and Graham ate everything Mom would give him-his favorite was the pecan pie.

IKEA was the next stop-the reason for the trip! We made good time through the store. Reagan found a cat (which is quite unattractive!), Anderson bought a train, Graham will get a truck (which Anderson will love), Tara bought cups, comforters for the boys, a lamp, lightbulbs, a nightlight, plastic containers and maybe a few other things. Robby found a bunkbed and great travel picture-which both wouldn't fit in the van. We will just have to find us another IKEA when we have an empty car. After some hot cinnamon rolls, we headed back to the hotel.

At the hotel, we unloaded and reloaded while the kids relaxed for a little bit. After a few bottles, Graham finally calmed down and hopefully has gone to sleep (until someone has to go to the bathroom). Anderson and Reagan are laying in front of the tv watching Martha Speaks and it is about to be lights out. We have an early morning since we are planning on being at the Aquarium at opening (8 am).

Video: Atlanta - Centennial Park (May 23, 2009)

Video: Atlanta - Fat Matt's Rib Shack (May 23, 2009)

Road Trip Day 2-Jasper AL to Atlanta GA

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)

We all rested well-despite everyone stirring a few times during the night. Breakfast at the hotel before hitting the road again. Our first stop was in Birmingham at the Kelly Ingram Park. Everyone enjoyed walking around the civil rights statues. We were able to find the World's Largest Chair much easier than we were able to find our last giant tourist attraction, Randy's Donuts in LA. But Anderson didn't understand why there weren't donuts at the large chair.

It drizzled on us off and on most of the day but it didn't slow us down much. We were soon in Atlanta and had lunch at the Varsity. The shouted "What'll ya have? What'll ya have" at Robby and he ordered so quickly he came to the table with a few surprises! The hot dogs were delicious but Robby had a chili cheeseburger-which was chili and cheese on a hamburger bun (without a hamburger patty) and he really enjoyed it. Everyone (especially Anderson) enjoyed the chocolate milkshake and frozen orange crush. After lunch, we headed to the Martin Luther King National Historic Site. We saw Ebenezer Baptist Church, a restored fire station and King's birthplace. The kids enjoyed the walk and we almost walked to the Carter Library but decided to drive at the last minute.

The Carter Library would have been our last presidential library to see-but it was closed for renovations. We knew this but still decided to walk around the grounds. The grounds were pretty and the gardens would have been prettier if we could have found them. Oh, well, we have to come back anyway. After the library, we fought a little bit of traffic to head to our hotel, Marriott Fairfield Inn. We have a nice room and even have room to put Graham's pack 'n play in the bathroom!

After unpacking a little, we were off to the Atlanta Braves game. The weather was still drizzling occasionally, so we never mentioned it to the kids until we got out of the car. We decided to chance it. After buying tickets, we found seats which were covered and on the very last row of the very last level. The game was delayed for a few minutes due to the rain but it started and the kids had a blast. Anderson and Reagan ate all of their corndogs and Graham ate more of mine. We split a bag of peanuts while Anderson clapped and cheered and Reagan danced. Graham sat in his stroller and took it all in. After watching a few innings, Mom was getting chilly and the kids were getting antsy. We walked carefully down the many, many steps and found our next event. The kids had an area where they could run down the baseline and step on homeplate. (click here to see video #1) Anderson would go first and run as fast as he could down the baseline while waving at Mom or Dad (whoever was standing at the end) and Reagan was not far behind him running as fast as she could in her sandals. She would have to push Anderson off of homeplate so the next kids could keep running. We heard "one more?" and even said "one more" a few times! They were able to run about 5 times and were soon getting tired. (click here for see video #2)

We obviously left the ball game early. On the walk back to the car, Anderson told Mom "hold me, long day." And while in the car, Reagan said "I think I will sleep well tonight." And that she is along with Graham. Now Anderson, on the other hand, is army crawling across the hotel floor as I type. He thinks we can't see him!

Road Trip Day 1-Little Rock to Jasper, AL

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)

We began our Thursday in the usual way-Reagan and Anderson to school with Dad, Graham over to Nonna and Pop's house and Mom to work. The kids were pretty excited this morning and new our trip was coming up soon. The van was loaded and Mom picked everyone up and we headed out of town around 3. We stopped in Olive Branch MS for a bathroom break and then pressed on to Tupelo. The kids are great car rider and we only watched 50 movies and even sang a few verses of Old MacDonald. Reagan and Anderson did disapprove of Robby's music at one time and covered their ears with their hands-so Robby was forced to wear the headphones. In Tupelo we walked around the birthplace of Elvis Presley. A car similar to his was there along with his home and church. We even decided to have a picnic supper there on the site. The kids enjoyed the fountain, swing and running in the grass. We were back in the car and made it to Jasper AL before making a mandatory stop for gas. Our hotel, the Jameson Inn, was only a few blocks away. Our room is on the first floor and Graham was more than ready to call it a night. After baths for the kids, everyone is laying quietly-well, except Anderson who is having trouble settling down now that he is able to sleep in his sleeping bag and not in a pack n play.

Dennie Kids: May 20, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • More packing all morning long-Reagan and Anderson were great at packing their car toys and back packs (Reagan took this very seriously)
  • Graham crawling everywhere and trying his best to take everything out of Mom's bags of food
  • Lunch with Nonna and then playing with her while Mom ran a few errands
  • Graham enjoying playing in Anderson's Thomas tunnel
  • Mom coming home while everyone was sleeping (including Nonna)
  • Watching Mom cut Dad's hair before supper
  • Helping Mom and Dad pack-actually, Reagan, Anderson and Graham spent their time crawling after each other and putting blankets on their heads
  • Pointing out where we are going tomorrow and talking about our big trip tomorrow

Dennie Kids: May 19, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • A lazy morning. We weren't in much hurry since Dad wasn't going to work until later
  • A big day around here-Reagan getting to wear a dress to school
  • Reagan's big performance at school. Mom and Dad took just a few pictures! (ha) Reagan sang so well and didn't even put her hands in her mouth. Pops was even there. Cookies and punch after the show (Click here for Video #1) (Click here for Video #2)
  • Graham watching Grandpa at therapy today and flirting with everyone there
  • Anderson asking as we left school "no Reagan sing?" He was asking why Reagan didn't sing-he didn't understand that he didn't get to come
  • Anderson also didn't understand that we were only dropping off Grannymom and Grandpa at the airport and not going anywhere today-he cried and cried
  • Watching planes at the airport for nearly an hour-Graham never got out of his seat but spent his time cooing and talking to Reagan and Anderson who were hanging out of the windows
  • Cleaning and cooking to get ready for our American Idol watch party
  • Mom and Dad hosting a AI party for Lilly and Cash and a few other grownups. They had lots of AI and Ford loot from Even had the new Ford Fusion at the house for us to test drive-what fun!
  • Staying way past our bedtime and we were exhausted!

Dennie Kids: May 18, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • Helping Mom start packing for our trip-but then everyone kept thinking we were leaving for our trip today or tomorrow (and they will be so confused when we take G-mom and G-pa to the airport tomorrow)
  • Speed shopping at Krogers-Reagan and Anderson steered while Graham chewed on a bag of pecans
  • Back home and playing until Dad came home for lunch
  • Watching the "music truck" outside-he even stopped in front of our house (We don't know it is really the ice cream truck)
  • A trip to Sams. Mom just had to run in a pick up everyone's medicine but we had a great time. Looking at the cakes, sitting on the lounge chairs, playing in the playhouse, watching the men do construction work outside and even having the bobcat thing turn a circle in front of us (a 10 minute trip turned into an hour trip)
  • Playing outside-it isn't wet today!
  • Eating ice cream at Cold Stone after supper and shopping at Target
  • A bath very late tonight and then taking some pictures before bed

Dennie Kids: May 17, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • Anderson getting a haircut by Dad in the bathroom very early this morning
  • Church this morning and Mom and Dad playing in Reagan's class with lots and lots of kids
  • Lunch at Nonna and Pop's house and playing with balloons from Papaw's birthday party
  • Afternoon naps for everyone-even Dad!
  • Cleaning out Mom and Dad's cars-they were very messy
  • Reagan and Anderson going with Mom to buy Anderson a new big boy car seat
  • Taco Bell for supper and more work on the cars
  • Graham crawling everywhere that Reagan and Anderson go around the house-they were standing looking at the picture frame and he crawled to them and tried to pull up and see what they were looking at
  • Playing until bedtime and now 2 of the 3 are laying in bed talking

PaPaw's 90th Birthday and Dennie Kids: May 16, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • Another garage sale day-Mom forgot where Graham was sleeping so she accidently woke him up early (he was in the den-not in the boys room or the bathroom)
  • Having so little traffic during the garage sale that the kids moved inside and colored, rode bikes and played until naptime
  • A bath for Graham and a change of clothes for everyone
  • Celebrating Papaw's 90th birthday again with a party at Beebees-and there was cake and lots and lots of fruit!
  • Still dancing (click here for a short video) after waiting over an hour for our table (when they told Mom our wait would be 20 minutes-who would wait an hour with 3 babies?)
  • Showers and baths for everyone before bedtime
  • Anderson putting his head on the floor and saying his prayers "thank you God Momma, Daddy, Rea Rea, Anderson, Daddy, Graham, Anderson...."

Dennie Kids: May 15, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • Graham waking up early to help with the garage sale
  • Reagan and Anderson waking up shortly and staying outside all day long
  • Painting, blowing bubbles, taking walks, watching movies, swinging-just a pretty cool and relaxed day
  • Hanging out with Mom, Dana, Grannymom and Lilly
  • Graham loving the garage sale and crawling all over the garage playing with toys
  • Supper at Cock of the Walk to celebrate Papaw's 90th birthday
  • Feeding the fish all of our leftover cornbread-the highlight of Reagan and Anderson's day

Dennie Kids: May 14, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • Reagan wearing pants with a bumble bee on them and making a bumble bee at school today
  • Mom catching Anderson getting a little testy with his school friend Lee
  • Graham spending the day with Grannymom and saying "bye bye" and "hi" most of the day
  • Coming home and waiting for Dana to bring over her garage sale stuff-it was like Christmas when she backed up
  • Playing in the garage all afternoon until Dad came home
  • Supper at Jason's Deli-Anderson and Reagan enjoyed feeding Graham ice cream
  • Playing in the garage a little more this evening

Dennie Kids: May 13, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • A lazy morning around the house and a few bites of breakfast
  • Nonna coming over and bringing some donut holes for us-Graham loved his and later on Anderson disappeared and was found sitting at the table finishing off the donut holes
  • Helping Mom work on her garage sale stuff and seeing Grannymom and Grandpa too
  • Reagan exclaiming that the neighbors were "garage sale-ing like us"-no, just a messy garage!
  • Playing with Dad at lunch since he would get him after we all went to bed
  • Afternoon naps but Graham woke up first and then fell asleep with Mom watching a movie
  • A late afternoon run to Target-Mom just can't help herself
  • Supper where Anderson prayed "thank you God food, thank you God Momma, Daddy, Reagan, Anderson, Graham"
  • A shower for Reagan while the boys patiently waited for their baths
  • Watching a movie with Mom until bedtime

Dennie Kids: May 12, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • School today and rain, rain and more rain
  • Picking up Graham at Grannymom's-he had a big day-lunch out to eat with Dad and Uncle Les, Grannymom & Grandpa
  • Everyone playing nicely all afternoon
  • Games and books with Mom
  • Reagan riding in Grandpa's truck to Nonna's house
  • Anderson running over to see Beebee and Papaw two times -through the mud!
  • Supper at Nonna and Pops-pizza! Yum-Graham loved the breadsticks
  • Reagan cracking herself up on the way home-she said "I can't stop laughing" and "I'm crying" She though she was so funny because she had said "poopoo car"-where do they learn this?
  • To bed late again tonight

Dennie Kids: May 11, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • Graham sleeping until 9:30 this morning
  • A lazy morning around the house
  • All of the kids helping Mom get ready for the garage sale-we all hung out in the garage while Mom priced stuff
  • Seeing Dad for lunch and eating carrots-we all love carrots!
  • Laundry and then naps-a short one for Reagan so her and Mom cuddled on the couch, ate candy and watched tv
  • A bath for Graham and then showers for Reagan and Anderson
  • Helping Dad open up our American Idol party pack-oooh, so exciting!
  • Mac and cheese for supper and waiting not so patiently to go see Grannymom and Grandpa
  • Playing with Grannymom until it was time to come home and get in our beds

Mother's Day and Grandpa's Birthday: May 10, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • Waking up to another rainy day and getting ready for church (Reagan's favorite place to go since she can wear a "church dress")
  • Giving Mom her Mother's Day presents-books on how to be organized and she loved them
  • Dad fixing everyone breakfast-our standard breakfast around here: Anderson a toaster strudel, Graham a waffle and Reagan a pb&j
  • Chruch and everyone making more Mother's Day cards for Mom
  • Lunch at Olive Garden with Grannymom and Grandpa
  • Nonna, Pops and Jason coming over for a few minutes before naptime
  • Everyone taking a long nap this afternoon-including Mom!
  • Supper at Aunt Dana's house to celebrate Grandpa's 77th birthday
  • Playing with Lilly and Cash-Reagan said that she wanted to buy Lilly's dresses

Dennie Kids: May 9, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • Everyone up and at Krogers before 7:30-we needed milk and we needed it then (or Anderson was going to fall apart)
  • Shopping at a few more stores and home still very early
  • Playing at home until time to go again
  • Lunch at Colton's-whenever we drive around a circle in the car all the kids (including Graham) holler "aaaahhh"
  • Short naps for everyone before playing with Cash this afternoon. When Anderson saw Cash he gave him a great big hug!
  • Playing with Cash-we had hamburgers, played with playdoh, rode bicycles and played monster in Reagan's room
  • Going to bed soon after Cash left since we were all very tired-and Graham was in such a good mood yesterday but today he was fussy whenever Mom would sit him down

Dennie Kids: May 8, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • Graham waking up first and helping Mom clean her closet before everyone else woke up
  • Making some cards and doing a little bit of painting-Graham even painted with yellow and half of his head is now yellow
  • Picking up Dad and going to the Kris Allen concert-Mom and Dad needed something to do
  • Lunch at On the Border-Reagan and Anderson loved the chicken and rice and Graham slept the whole time
  • Beebee and Papaw coming over to pick up some dishes-Reagan chatted with them like she was 12, Anderson wanted to show them his trike, slide and the bunny and Graham crawled to Papaw and then grabbed Beebee's hair and wouldn't let go
  • Afternoon naps for everyone
  • Pizza for supper at the park-everyone had a blast playing and getting hot and sweaty
  • Baths for everyone and Dad doing the same thing that Pops did-putting Anderson's pajamas on Graham (which caused quite a stir)
  • Reagan praying a sweet little prayer for Kaitlyn K.

Dennie Kids: May 7, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • School today-Anderson rubbed at his eyes the whole way to school and Reagan's missing taggie was the first thing she spotted when her and Dad went into her room
  • Graham have a big day at Nonna and Pop's house
  • Reagan and Anderson helping Pop's cut the yard-they loved the lawnmower and Graham loved being outside
  • Bananas, ice cream cones, candy and lots of juice at Nonnas
  • Playing outside at home until we all got too hot and had to come in
  • Mexican for supper and then lots of movies until bedtime

Dennie Kids: May 6, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • Everyone sleeping until 7:01! Wonderful
  • Reagan and Anderson playing with Nonna and making their own chocolate milk
  • Graham and Mom going back to the nutrition center to redo brain lab-he was much better today but still doesn't like it (who would?)
  • Lunch with Nonna and Mom and playing until naptime (Mom got a whole lot done while Nonna was entertaining)
  • Afternoon naps for everyone-but Graham sure didn't want to go to sleep at all maybe because he hadn't had a nap this morning and was too exhausted to sleep
  • A quick trip to Krogers before Dad came home
  • Hot dogs for supper and then Reagan, Anderson and Graham playing outside while Mom and Dad cleaned the kitchen
  • Baths for everyone and then bed (everyone is sleeping-boys in their room and Reagan hasn't mentioned her taggie since yesterday afternoon)

Dennie Kids: May 5, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • Click here for a short video of Graham crawling (plus an appearance from Reagan & Anderon)
  • Graham sleeping in 4 spots last night-1. Anderson's room: he likes to sleep face down and Mom rolled him over and woke him up 2. Den: coughing to much and Mom and Dad wanted him closer so they could hear him 3. Living Room: he kept kicking the pack n play and moving his feet which made odd noises which would wake up Mom and Dad but they didn't know what it was since he was still too far away 4. Bathroom: slept peacefully until Dad had to take a shower this morning
  • Mom taking everyone to school-Reagan was very concerned that Mom wasn't going the right way
  • Doing everything at school just like Dad does it when dropping everyone off
  • Graham crawling all over Grannymom's house
  • Reagan and Anderson playing with Grannymom while Mom and Graham went to see Baby Ethan (Jacob's brother) Reagan and Anderson loving the jelly beans that Ethan sent them
  • Anderson climbing up on the bunk beds and hollaring at Mom to come and get him "Momma, stuck, up high, come get me, no fall bump head"-took Mom forever to figure out what he was saying and get upstairs. When Mom started to lecture him he said "Sorry dude"-Mom asked where he learned that and he said "Jason"
  • Supper and then buying frames for the living room
  • Everyong getting to buy something at the dollar store-where kept saying "give us our money"
  • Graham, Anderson and Reagan all sleeping peacefully-even Reagan who left her taggie at school! (Ms. Lisa wasn't there and Mom just assumed it was in the bag. Reagan cried when Mom told her it was at school but didn't even mention it at bedtime-maybe because she has 13 other animals in bed wtih her)

Dennie Kids: May 4, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • Reagan waking up and telling Dad that she fell off of the bed in the middle night-said she didn't hurt herself and just crawled back into bed (Mom told her to call her next time that happens)
  • Anderson screaming all day "crawling, Graham crawling"-he says this every time Graham crawls anywhere
  • A little Target shopping and then picking up Graham's medicine at Sams-Reagan and Anderson got to walk at Sams (big deal) and then spent the whole time playing in a playhouse while waiting on our medicine (Mom read a magazine)
  • Watching a squirrel on the deck-Reagan was adament that Mom get Graham so he could see too
  • Leftovers for lunch and then laundry before bed
  • Graham trying to take a nap in the den-his nap was shorter than Reagans-maybe because Mom kept using the printer in the den
  • Graham almost jumping out of Mom's arms when he realized we were going outside to check them mail
  • Supper at Burger King so Reagan and Anderson were able to climb and play
  • Mom stopping by the other Target on the way home (she got some good deals-does anyone need any deoderant? or coffee granola bars? (Mom doesn't like them)-she has a shopping sickness!

Dennie Kids: May 3, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • Sunday morning at church-Reagan said her favorite was playing kitchen, Anderson said he liked playing trucks and Graham liked nothing about church today (Mom was paged during big church)
  • Lunch at Nonna and Pops house
  • Birthday party for Will-everyone loved the cake and playing in the garage due to the rain
  • Afternoon naps for everyone
  • Graham and Reagan waking up first and playing until supper time
  • Soup for everyone for supper
  • Baths (and everyone wanted to take them in the duck tub) and books before bed

Dennie Kids: May 2, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • Everyone waking up too early on a Saturday
  • Reagan and Anderson playing fairly well this morning
  • A little speed shopping at Walmart-Mom and the boys went to one side and Reagan and Dad went to the other side-then everyone met in the middle for lunch at McDonalds
  • Dropping off Grandpa's cookies before naptime
  • Reagan and Mom watching a play at the Children's Theater
  • Dad telling Mom that he didn't like Graham crawling since Graham spent the afternoon getting into everything
  • Reagan and Anderson sitting completely still and quite to watch the Kentucky Derby-and Reagan had picked number 8 to win!
  • Spending the evening with Nonna and Pops while Mom and Dad went to the Rep

Dennie Kids: May 1, 2009

Highlights from today: (click here for the pictures)
  • An early morning doctor's appointment for Graham's 9 month checkup. The results: big head like everyone else, a little chunky and some excema on his legs
  • Shopping at Walmart and Target while Graham snoozes and Reagan and Anderson had fruit snacks and juice boxes
  • Delivering cookies to Nonna (her eye is doing very well and Anderson might have been a little disappointed that she didn't have her patch on)
  • A late lunch before naps
  • Graham is crawling more and more today-he even made it into the kitchen one time
  • Playing ball until Dad came home and then watching a little bit of Top Gun before supper
  • Playing outside-we just love our new swing and slide