November 30, 2010

December '10 Photo Project

December Photo Project

Last year I watched/read as numerous friends participated in the December Photo Project.  This year I want to take up the challenge and capture my daily memories.  Whether it be with my camera phone or digital camera, I will be posting one photo every day through December 25.  Who is with me?
Check out View From the Prairie Box for the details/badges, etc.

November 23, 2010

♥ For Love of Play ♥

Travis had a meeting last night at Mahoney State Park. So Evan and I went along and were dropped off at the Activity Center. It was my first time in the indoor play-gym and wow was I impressed. This thing is huge and so much fun. It was a bit hard for my preggo body to squirm through the tunnels and small openings, but I made it! For $2/person this place was amazing. We practically had it all to ourselves except for a lil' girl, maybe two years old who was there with her Daddy. Evan clung on to her and kept calling her his baby sister. I really wonder if he knows something more than we do, because he will correct us if we mention that our baby could be a boy.

Evan had so much fun. What joy it was to see his excitement and eagerness to explore. It was awesome to see him work hard and accomplish a climb without help, and then have him look at Me to see if I was watching. We had such a good time!!





As you can see it was quite difficult to catch a shot without movement. Even if I got Evan to stop for a second I was still too slow. I blame it on the camera phone not on my reaction time. ;)





"Evan hold still so Mama can take a picture of you in the balls."


"Please stop so Mama can take your picture.?!"


I'm getting better...


"A ohhh please look a Mama, I just want one nice picture."


SUCCESS!!! "Thank you Evan!"

We most definitely will be going back. There is an ice-skating rink attached to the play-gym which we want to take Evan too as well. The ice-skating rink holds a special spot in my heart as it is where Travis took me before he proposed. Ohhh he is so darn sweet that man of mine!

Wishing you all a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving Day. May it be full of fun and play, and may you be reminded of all the little things in which you are thankful for!!!

Much love to you from us Lucas'!

November 18, 2010

Lil' Monstah Birthday Bash

Our lil' Evan is 3 years old! Can you believe it? It seems like yesterday he was just a sweet little baby. Now he is a sweet and ornery big boy. We Lucas' celebrate the birthday week. Evan's week started off with some fancy #3 pancakes.

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Pancakes are Evan's favorite breakfast. When asked what he would like to eat, pancakes is always in his list of foods he wants! They are so much more fun when in special shapes or in this case a special number.

Next on the birthday agenda was to make sugar cookies. Because Evan's big day fell in the middle of the week and we were going to celebrate with family over the weekend we opted for Bday cookies and held off on the cake. HE had no problem with that.

Bday cookies

For Evan's birthday dinner we asked him what he would like. We told him he could have ANYTHING he wanted. His response to that, "Hmm, I like broccoli, and carrots, and apple pie!". Not really the respose we thought we would get. So we brainstormed what his favorite foods were...and honestly what this Mama was craving. We ended up at El'Bee's for tacos!

Birthday dinner

Dinner was fabulous and fun to celebrate our big boy! He is quite a charmer and a funny guy!! When we were finished it was time to get home to finish those cookies. We waited to frost until Daddy came home.

Cookie frosting time

When cookies were finished it was time to reveal his special Bday gift.

Firetruck play hut

His squeal of excitement was the reaction we wanted. We've already rescued many with our new firetruck play hut.

To continue birthday week, we went on a nature walk and collected items of Fall. It was a chilly walk, so when we came home we made a batch of Hot Cocoa mix. Evan had to eat off the marshmallows before he could partake in the yummy warm chocolate goodness!

Cocoa & Marshmellows :)

After we were warmed up, we laid out our collection and made our Fall collage.

Fall collage

The fun continues...PARTY TIME!


Our Lil' Monstah Birthday Bash was celebrated with family and Evan's favorite cousins! He sure felt loved when he was opening all his birthday presents. It was funny to see him try to control his excitement!

Present time

When all presents were opened, it was everyone's favorite time...CAKE time!!

This fall Evan has been obsessed with Firetrucks and Spiders. So I combined them into one cake:

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It passed inspection.

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We celebrated Evan's birthday on Halloween day. So after everyone enjoyed their cake and ice-cream all the cousins prepared for Trick or treating! How fun to see all of them in their costumes together. The photo shoot took a few tries, but the pictures are priceless. It willd be fun to continue a tradition costume pics each year.

Cousins and costumes

Birthday week ended with trick or treating. This was so much fun this year as Evan totally understood the concept. Ring door bell...say "trick or treat"...receive candy. Our MOTORCYCLE MAN was enjoying every moment of his special day!

Trick or treat

Evan you are our joy and we are so blessed by you every day. We thank our Lord for your life and your growth. We pray you continue to explore and learn about Him and life each day.

November 16, 2010

IT's time for an update don't ya think?

Oh how the past month has been filled with fun and busy-ness.


To start off, we had our most dear friends come visit for an entire week.

The Douglas'

What a joy of friendship we have with them. To remember how it began, how it has grown and how we are forever connected with them is amazing! To see more fun and pics we had, I am cheating and linking you to their blog. Amy worked hard almost every night they were here to post for family/friends back home. Check it out:

We love you Troy, Amy, Audrey, and Alaina. You are forever in our hearts and we miss you so so much. Thank you for your friendship and your love.