Monday, June 29, 2009

A Trophy!

T-Ball is now officially over. There was an awards ceremony on Saturday afternoon and Malachi was ecstatic about winning a trophy!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Malachi's far!

Malachi has been having a pretty fun summer so far, and I thought I should let everyone know what he's been up to lately.
T-Ball. He's had fun being on the team and has definitely improved over the last two months. He also really likes the snacks after each game!
Running with Dad. He likes to challenge Erik to races to "see who's faster." They even ran together from our house to Grammy Jane's last week (about 1/4 mile).

Learning his letters. He's known his alphabet for a long time now, and we had been working on the letter sounds when a friend suggested the Leap Frog video The Letter Factory. I think he's slightly addicted to it, but I must admit that he knows how to write each letter and what sound each makes. He can even sound out and spell simple words! The other day he was in his room "working" on his "spells" - that's what he calls words - and yelled for me to come see. He had used this puzzle lid to recreate the words "moms" and "babies" on his wall!
Up next - swimming lessons. He loves being in the pool so hopefully he'll enjoy learning to swim without flotation devices. I'll post pictures when he begins!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Instead of sleeping the afternoon away (as Erik had hoped he'd be able to do on his Father's Day), we got to drive to Columbus to meet our new niece! Adeline Makenna Lloyd decided to give her daddy the best Father's Day gift ever and was born this morning just before 9:30. She is a beautiful little girl, weighing in at 6 pounds 7 ounces and just 19 inches long. Although Kimberly and Blake are a little tired, they are doing great.

The new family -
Uncle Erik, Aunt Erin and Aunt Meg taking turns holding Adeline -

Malachi with his new cousin (he doesn't understand yet that now he'll have to share the spotlight!) -

Here's what Malachi had to say about her name. He and Erik have been reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe lately, which explains his choice for what to call her.

Congratulations, Blake and Kimberly! We're so excited for you and can't wait to visit Adeline again soon!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

T-Ball Update

T-ball season has been entertaining, to say the least! We've definitely seen some improvement in our whole team, but Malachi still refuses to run the bases. He'd rather walk and let the crowd yell for him longer! Here are a couple videos from Monday's game.

We only have one game left, versus the Orioles next Friday (June 26th) at 6:00.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Baby Olympics

We had Baby Olympics at our house yesterday in celebration of the upcoming arrival of Baby Lloyd. Megan and I decided this may have been the best party we've thrown yet, if we may say so ourselves! Enjoy the pictures!

Waiting for the games to begin...or just taking a rest!

Game 1: Post-Partum Putt-Putt

Game 2: Due Date Darts

Game 3: Name Duck - a favorite for the kids

Game 4: Diaper Hole

Game 5: Race to the Hospital - by far the most entertaining!

No fancy shower food at this party, only mini burgers and Molly Lloyd's fresh-cut fries!
Presents! I think the parents-to-be are now ready to welcome home Baby!

Rain made us move the party indoors, but didn't stop the fun!

The Lloyd girls - we love planning a good party!
Kimberly found a great safari cake idea (to match the nursery decor), but I had to add our own special touch to match the Olympic theme!
We are so excited for Blake and Kim and can't wait to meet Baby Lloyd!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Special Post for Yaya and 'Buelo

Here are two videos especially for Yaya and 'Buelo.

Malachi is still asking how long it is until July when he gets to go to Tennessee!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Yaya and 'Buelo's Visit

We had a great visit with Yaya and Buelo this weekend. After Malachi's T-ball game on Friday evening, we had dinner on our deck and then played outside for a while. Malachi was very excited about playing Cornhole - which meant that nobody else had a chance to actually play!

On Saturday morning we (mostly Erik and Kevin, with me supervising!) planted a Weeping Willow tree in the back corner of our yard. Friday was my due date for the baby we lost and we wanted to do something in memory of that child.

Malachi was busy playing during the planting and Yaya did a great job of keeping him occupied.

Malachi did decide he needed to help a little - or maybe he just wanted to ride the Gator with Daddy!
Our new tree looks great. Now we just have to remember to carry water out to it every week!

After lunch, a trip to J.R.'s General Store and a quick (but much needed) nap we went to Chillicothe for the evening. We visited the Adena Mansion, home of Thomas Worthington, a U.S. Senator and Govenor of Ohio, but were too late to get a tour of the house. They have a very nice museum that we looked through and then walked around the grounds a bit. Afterwards we enjoyed dinner outside at The Old Canal Smokehouse in celebration of Becky's birthday and then went down to Yoctangee Park to enjoy the rest of the evening and the beautiful weather.
We walked through the park just a bit before Malachi "had" to go to the playground. As you can see, he wasn't the only one who enjoyed it!
Thanks for visiting, Yaya and 'Buelo! We had a wonderful time with you and Malachi's counting down the days until he can come to Tennessee!