New Blog Design!

My super great web-developer husband gave me a new blog design!  The pictures that were on the old blog slideshow were about 2 years old so it was definitely time for an update!  So, feel free to look around and let me know what you think.  I will be able to change the header picture on a regular basis so hopefully I will be able to keep it current!

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Thank you Robin for spending your weekend updating my blog, I love you!

Zoo Member Appreciation Night

On Thursday, Sept. 8th we went to Zoo Member Appreciation Night at the Tulsa Zoo.  This was a very fun way to end Foster’s first day of school.  It was such a beautiful evening!

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They had just fed the monkeys when we visited… here they are eating some kind of frozen something made in a jello mold!

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My two monkeys looking at 2 of the Tulsa Zoo’s 2 monkeys!

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Foster enjoying food from the Taco Bar… it was surprisingly yummy!

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Foster riding a turtle!

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… and this is when we knew it was time to go home!!!

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Foster’s First Day of School

Thursday, September 8th was Foster’s very first day of school ever!  Technically, he is attending a Mother’s Day Out program but we are calling it “school.”  When Emma started school it was such a huge, emotional event for me.  However, we’ve been so busy this month that sending Foster to school just kind of happened and I didn’t have time to be sad!  I will say that my first day without him at home was very strange.  I kept thinking I was forgetting him places.  I kept opening his door when I stopped to run an errand.  He’s been my little buddy for almost two years and it is surreal to not have him with me two mornings a week.  I will miss him!

Here are Foster and Emma before school.  Foster’s hand is in his mouth because he’s nervous.  He knows something big is about to happen.  Emma puts her hands in her mouth also when she is nervous.

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This is Emma’s attempt at getting a picture of Mommy, Daddy, and Foster before school!

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Walking into schoool…

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Getting ready to go in his classroom:

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And here is Foster’s Report Sheet for the morning: (I filled out the top part and his teacher filled out the bottom portion.)  When I dropped him off he cried hysterically and had the saddest look on his face.  When I picked him up they said that he only cried for about 2 minutes which is what he does at church too.  They said he was “a very sweet boy and had a great day!”

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Family Pennant

Emma had her first Pre-K “homework assignment” over Labor Day weekend.  She was told to make a family pennant that represented her family using whatever materials she wanted to use.  We were out of town all weekend so we had to scramble Tuesday night to come up with our idea!  We used little glitter pom poms to spell out Curry (can you tell? :))  Then we cut out some of Emma’s favorite pictures- I let her choose her 3 favorites from a pile of pictures.  When Daddy got home from work he and Emma put on the finishing touches.  They picked out some stickers from my scrapbook supplies and some stamps.  The stickers say “You make me happy when skies are gray,” “Family”, “Dynamic Duo,” “Have Faith,” “Love.”  Then they decided to have Emma write each of our names at the top: “Dad, Mom, Emma, and Foster.”    I think it turned out pretty cute.  The kids got to tell the class about their pennant and then it will be hung in their classroom for the entire school year!

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Feeding the Ducks

It has become a tradition that when we visit Grandmom and Granddad in Lubbock, we take the kids to the pond right by their house to feed the ducks!   Here is a picture of Emma over Labor Day 2007 feeding the ducks with Pops.

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And here is the crew feeding the ducks over Labor Day in 2011!

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I wish you could see Foster’s face in this picture- he was talking to the ducks so sweetly.

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Trip to Lubbock: Visit with Grandmom and Granddad

We had a great time staying with Grandmom and Granddad.  Granddad has had a rough few months with hip repair surgery and other illnesses.  It was great to see him up walking around!

Here is a 4 generation picture of Havens: Great-Grandmom and Great-Granddad, Alicia (Gigi), Robin (Daddy), and Emma and Foster

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This picture was taken before church on Sunday morning:

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I love this series of pictures of Emma and Granddad (even though the color is awful and they are blurry.)

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Foster and Great Granddad hanging out on the porch :)

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This is the most bizarre thing ever…. on Saturday night Lubbock had a “dust storm.”  I had never seen a dust storm before!!  The sky was brown and I kept expecting water to fall from the sky but the only thing that fell was dirt!  It was so windy, the trees were bent over to the ground and I kept saying, “Should we be taking cover for a tornado?”  They assured me that this was just your typical West Texas dust storm.

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Trip to Lubbock: VIisit with Maw Maw

When I realized that Emma’s school would be off for 5 days over the Labor Day weekend, I knew that that would be the perfect opportunity to travel to Lubbock to see both sets of Robin’s Grandparents.  This trip was long overdue… I think the last time we went to Lubbock Emma was a baby.

We spent all day driving on Friday and all day driving on Monday but the kids did GREAT in the car!  I was so pleasantly surprised!

We tried to divide our time equally with Maw Maw and Grandmom & Granddad. :)

Here are some pictures of our time with Maw Maw.  We love Maw Maw so much.  She lost her husband, Wes, a little over a year ago and this has been a rough transition year for her.  She is living in a very nice Retirement home in Lubbock and this was the first time we’ve seen her new apartment- it was very nice!

Foster and Maw Maw:

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Maw Maw and Emma:

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Foster brought along his cars to play with at Maw Maw’s apartment.  Here he is showing her one of his cars:

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Playing Lincoln Logs with Pops:

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Something was funny…

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When Pops saw how much Foster loved matchbox cars, he went out and bought Foster this awesome ramp with loop.  (On Saturday he saw Foster making ramps out of boxes, legs, etc.)

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Maw Maw and Robin:

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Maw Maw and Emma:

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It was so great to see you Maw Maw!  We love you so much.