Friday, January 6, 2012

Chiara's Farm Birthday

When we asked Chiara who she wanted to come to her birthday party her first answer was Grandma so we decided to spend her birthday at the farm this year.  She was delighted.

Licking the beater after Rachel made frosting for her birthday cookies

Chiara's "Mary Poppins" birthday dress

Opening her presents from Asher

Her new Playmobile Swim Center (with water (not included))

Grandma and Granddaddy gave Chiara a purple watch that lights up in 3-4 colors

Thanking Granddaddy for the watch

Great hug!

Rachel, Chiara, and Asher building the swim center

Chiara's birthday cookie

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Christmas at the Farm (2011)

We spent Christmas at the farm as we always do.  We were there for a week so we had time to enjoy all the family and relax.  Lately I can't reorder pictures on blogger very well so these are in no particular order. 

Dad, Rachel, Michelle, Asher, Mom, and Dwayne (moving very fast) working on Asher's 1000 Piece Periodic Table of the Elements puzzle.

Andrea, Asher, and Chiara watching A Bugs Life

Chiara opening a present

Asher opening...

Chiara picked these slippers out for Rachel. I can't even describe how thrilled both of them were about the gift. 

Andrea made afghans for Chiara, Asher, and one for Rachel and I. Here Chiara models her afghan.

I made Mom and Dad this afghan

Asher's new afghan

I'm keeping this on here just to say that for some strange reason, this season all the pictures of Asher are like this - eyes closed, looking away, ... bad pictures

Our gorgeous afghan!

Chiara and mom playing with her new computer

Monday, January 2, 2012

Chiara's 4th Birthday Party

We had Chiara's Birthday party a bit early (the 17th) to avoid the holidays bracketing her actual birthday.  The theme was Mary Poppins (her current interest) and we had chalk painting and kites.  We could not really figure out how to have horse racing or tea parties on the ceiling.  Joey took some of these pictures (the good ones) so thank you to Joey!

Chiara in her Mary Poppins Dress surveying the chalk area.

Some of the chalk drawings

Christie doing some chalk art

Time for cake!

I can't believe Chiara is 4
Rachel made the doll previously but then she made all the new clothes and hat for Chiara's birthday party day.

Mary Poppins cake by Rachel as well.

Joey working on a kite

Chiara got right to the presents!

This busy box has been a huge hit