Sunday, December 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Maggie!

Three years ago today we received the greatest early Christmas gift ever...our sweet Maggie Lowe! Maggie is such a fun loving, free spirited little girl. She loves to dress up like a princess and romp around like a monkey and sing at the top of her lungs. She really, truly loves the little things in life - like flowers and stuffed animals! She is happy and full of life....and today she is 3! Here's to you Mags!

Lucky Ducks!

Santa came early this year and brought something extra special for Maggie and Joe...a brand new playset in the backyard!! Needless to say, they have been loving it. Along with lots of swinging and sliding, Maggie likes to pretend she's in Neverland, plotting scenes from Peter Pan. She, of course, plays Tinkerbell...Daddy is Peter Pan, Mommy is Wendy, and Joe is Captain Hook! I'm just waiting for the day I see her trying to fly out of the tower. ;-)

Ta Da!
Nice outfit, huh?
Little Captain Hook loves the slide the most!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I'm Baaaack...With Scenes from Thanksgiving!

Enough's enough...From here on out I will be a better blogger! That's all I have to say about that. Our Fall has been fun, but instead of playing catchup on everything we did, I think I'll just start fresh. So, here goes...

This is probably not going to look like your average Thanksgiving post. No pictures of turkey or pumpkin pie or people with swelling bellies. How about we discuss a favorite little stingray named Mr. Ray, a birthday party for a princess, and kids running wild on the beach? We did the feast but we did it in style at the beach with Nana and Pop, and Sarah, Chris and Miles. It was a great weekend and one that reminded us of all we have to be thankful for! Enough said!

One of the kids' favorite things to do at the beach is go visit their friend Mr. Ray at the park. Maggie especially never tires of saying Hi to him.
This is Ray:
Maggie and Joe saying Hi.
Joe loved splashing in the water.
After visiting Mr. Ray, we took a walk down the boardwalk over the marsh. What a gorgeous day and a cute little munchkin!

Maggie's birthday isn't for a couple more weeks, but we decided it would be fun to have her party at the beach. She had her best buddies Joe and Miles there and of course Nana and Pop and her Auntie Sarah and Uncle Chris. We had princess decorations and balloons. She loved every minute of it!
Blowing out the candles is serious business!
Playing with her new Groovy Girl bed.
Yippee - a new princess bike!
And last but not least, we can never get enough of running and playing on the beach!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Duke Gardens

We have been falling strangely in love with the City of Durham and all it has to offer. Over the past few months we've spent time at the museum I talked about in the previous post, hiking and festival-ing on the Eno River there, and even went to a Durham Bulls baseball game last weekend. This morning, on a total whim, we decided to go check out Duke Gardens (in Durham, near Duke University, of course!) and were completely blown away! It was such an amazing place...a really natural setting...somewhere you could escape and wander down gravel paths endlessly, or just hang out in the open spaces with the terraced gardens and ponds. The kids LOVED it. Well, Joe slept through most of it, but Maggie loved running along the little paths, checking out the ponds with the big lily pads, and of course she adored the flowers! We were a little worried about the weather, but it turned out to be a nice cool overcast morning.
Pretty roses...
Sniffing the flowers
I thought this one was cute of her jumping up and down with excitement!
Awww, a little love from Daddy.
The little guy sacked out.
Stay tuned: next weekend...we're going CAMPING! Woohoo!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Our Favorite Museum

Maggie asks me almost every day to go to the this museum where we are members. It is a fantastic place where we have spent hours upon hours this summer. Her favorite parts of the museum are the animals. She especially loves the donkey, owls, and beaver (who we've named "Benny"). Yes, an odd bunch! Joe loves it too! With so much space to walk indoors and outdoors and so much to offer, it's the one place I can easily take both kids and know we'll have a great time. We spent the morning there today and I caught a few quick pictures:

Here's Maggie so excited to see Benny.
Saying Hi to the owl.
This gator came right up to the glass and showed us his teeth...yikes.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Arts & Crafts

We've been doing quite a bit of arts and crafts lately with the heat and boredom of August. Maggie's favorite thing to do is watercolor painting. We're constantly having to buy new paint because she uses up all of the purple. Joe is also starting to color with crayons some! And, as a bonus, he doesn't immediately put them in his mouth! Here are some pics from today:
She asks me to draw things and them paints them in.
Here are some of Maggie's projects. She did these cutout and painted shapes with me. Then she made "Rainbow Dreams" and "Maggie's Farm" with Mark. Ummmm, can you tell who has the creative spirit in our household?? I'm trying to be more of a right-brain person, but it's tough for an engineer turned stay-home-Mom! : )

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Down by the river...

We took the kiddos for a little dip at the Eno River State Park in Durham this morning. The shade and water kept us nice and cool from the blistering temps. It was a really short hike from the parking lot to this spot on the river. Maggie loved the little hike, climbing on all the rocks, and throwing stones in the river. Joe was just along for the ride. And, for once Dulcie got to come along too!