A surprise for the kids!

So Jasen and I decided it was time to get the kids a swing set.   We didn't tell them, but we told them they were getting a surprise on Memorial Day.  For several days we built it up and they were getting excited to find out what the surprise was going to be.  This was their reaction...

Oh well, not quite what we were expecting, but they do love it.  They played on it for hours yesterday, and even though it's cold, windy and raining a little here and there today, they're playing on it now. 

We plan on getting a baby swing for this little guy so he too can enjoy the swing set instead of just watching the big kids.


Picture time with Aly

I take pictures of the kids all the time; however, being that I'm the one taking the pictures, I'm never in the pictures.  Aly came by today to take pictures of the kids for an art project for school.  I'm pretty excited to see the end product because somehow she plans to turn my little white kids into little Philippino children.  That should be interesting.  While she was here, she was kind enough to take some pictures of me with the kids (Jasen, by the way, is not an option.  He's the farthest thing there is from a photographer.)  They didn't turn out so great, but of course, it wasn't Aly's fault.  It was Aiden's.  He just wasn't in the mood.

One of Aiden.  I love the colors, and I love his cheesy, scrunch-nose smile.
Their excitement for picture time.
Sadly, the top two best of the bunch. 
The bloopers.
(no, Aiden was not falling off a cliff as his expression would indicate.)
Then Aiden went from uncooperative to just sad.
But I got some pretty good ones of Gabe and Hannah!  They're old pros at posing for pictures.
Here's Aiden when picture time was over, yay!
Yes, Gabe is wearing a 
cow watch.