MEET – OSA

After almost 10 years of begging…yes TEN years…Sophia finally got her wish! A PUPPY!! Sophia did the legwork finding our puppy. She hunted in books and online for the right kind of dog for our family and then found the breeder we ended up getting her from in one of her searches. The timing and price worked out GREAT. The Saturday after we got back from our trip out West – we drove down and picked up our little 8 week old puppy labradoodle (lab/poodle mix). The breed works out pretty great since Sophia’s #1 choice was a lab…and Robyn and my #1 choice was ANY dog that doesn’t shed (Thanks for teaching us that lesson Chris & Jen! After puppy sitting a Husky…we knew that was a major part of the decision!) The next hurdle was a name. Each child pulling for a different one – Elliot=STAR; Oliver=GINGER; Sophia=KIWI; So, finally Mom & Dad had to take that decision away…and after the kids were playing with her – they all started calling her BEAR – so I thought of OSA (Spanish for Female bear) – seemed to fit. And now on to POTTY TRAINING!! We’re hoping that happens MUCH faster than it currently is. She’s doing alright…but, it’s REALLY driving us crazy! Other than that and a little overzealous chewing…she’s a super great little puppy. WISH US...

THREE school kids!

I can’t believe we have THREE kids heading to school this year. Sure takes a lot of bread to keep their lunch boxes full each week!! We lucked out with teachers again this year – although – it seems really any of the teachers at their school this year would have been great. But, it definitely helped Oliver and Elliot to already know their teachers. We knew Elliot was doing well – and pretty brave when on the 2nd day – he almost cried when we wouldn’t let him take the bus! We’re working Robyn up to that one! Here are a few pics from the first day… Check out Mr. Big TIME Oliver and his little Brother looking up to him! Man – Sophia is getting big! Showing off their new backpacks. Isabel is working through this transition. She really misses her brothers and sister while they’re at...

Almost Summer

IMG_9757.jpg, originally uploaded by The Bywaters. Almost Summer days are the best! A few weeks ago we found this hammock and since then all of us have been enjoying being lazy and soaking in the rays. After school one day the kids were super hot so we turned on the sprinkler under the trampoline to play. Isabel is not a fan of cold water spraying at her so she stayed on the porch. Elliot did great but had to take a few breaks to “warm up in the sun” on the hammock with Isabel. They were super cute buddies! Oliver and Sophia enjoyed their time alone to do big kid games like soccer on a wet slippery trampoline. They were also doing flips and jumping over the balls…very fun buddies! Pretty soon we’ll be able to do this every day! Can’t wait for...

Grandy visits

IMG_7636.jpg, originally uploaded by The Bywaters. We love when Grandy visits! She came over to play games and have dinner. The kids showed her how to play kids sequence and Isabel showed off her little babies. Everyone was smiling when Grandy gave each of them Grandy money!!! We love you...

2012 Father’s & Son’s Campout

IMG_9785.jpg, originally uploaded by The Bywaters. We had another SUPER fun Father’s & Son’s Campout this year at the Patapsco Valley State. Really great spot for a campout. Open fields to setup camp with fire pits/tables and plenty of room to play games. Trails lead down to the river and through a beautiful forest. The boys have so much fun jumping around the water and climbing up the huge rocks. The ladies stayed behind and had a girls night w/ the Hubbards – painting nails and doing other GIRLY...

NEVER EVER EVER plant BAMBOO!!!

Robyn and I have both sworn – that when we search for a new house one day – if it has ANY bamboo…..we will not EVEN go inside.  We’ve rented an excavator to dig all the way down along the edge of the property to try to block it from coming in….but, that didn’t cut off the 100’s of full roots that began sprouting…so, over 2 weeks we watched as new growth would shoot up – and then we’d follow the line of shoots and dig up the extra long roots underground.   We finally rented a roto-tiller and churned up the ground of our ENTIRE backyard – raked out some more roots, grass, weeds, etc…got rid of the bumps and pits in our yard – and laid down the seed for a brand new lawn.  LET’s hope that’s the end of the bamboo – at least while we’re living...