Saturday, December 31, 2011

Rocking in the New Year with my BFF...

Yeah baby. Out.. about.. rocking it..

PEACE OUT 2011...

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Guess who lost her SECOND tooth...

2 teeth in 2 days.. I think the toothfairy may go broke!! :)

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Ce La Vie..

Hard to believe 2012 is almost upon us. 

I have a feeling it will be a GREAT year!

This year...not so much.. can't say as I'm sorry to see it go.

We dealt with a few struggles this year.. but because our family unit is SO strong, and because we have the loving support of family.. we made it.  Not only did we make it.. but we are stronger for it.

I think that no matter WHAT 2012 has in store for us..

We are ready for it!!!!

Thank you Lord for my wonderful husband and soul mate.. for the 2 beautiful children You have blessed me with.. and for You. 

With You..anything is possible.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Guess who list her first tooth today?!?!  Yay!!  She was eating a quesadilla for lunch and bit down and wella... ! :). She is SO excited!!

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McKayla comes walking into the kitchen and says "Mom, Sam kicked my penis"
"McKayla, you dont have a penis sweetie.."
"yes, uh huh I do.. its right here" *pointing at her area"
"no, sweetie.. boys have a penis and you are a girl.. so you have a vagina"
"But mom.. I can't say bagina.. its a bad word"
" honey, its ok to use if you are using it properly.."
"So Sam has a penis then?"
"And I have a bagina?"

15 minutes later....

Yelling .. "MOM!!!!!"
Me running into the room.. "what!?"

" I have a bagina".
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Monday, December 26, 2011

SO in LOVE!!

Happy birthday Jesus!! We are so thankful for all the blessings...
And this is one of them.... He is in love.
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Monday, December 19, 2011


McKayla: "mom, will you read me the bible please? "....
So I read to her a bit and when I'm done, she says...
"oh mom, your voice is sooo beautiful...I just love it so much.."

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Ho Ho Ho...

Merry Christmas...
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Best friends..

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Overheard KK to Sam: "its o.k if you fart in my room Sam, I do it all the time"...

Lol.. sigh.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2011 Christmas Tree

The kids got to pick the tree this year, and decided on this one. I have to admit they did a great job! And a HUGE thank you to Popo and Papa..for everything. It was a wonderful WAY too short visit. We love you tons.Xo
To Nana..we are hoping she can make it this year. Along with Pappy of course and Uncle Bryan. We really enjoyed spending last Christmas with them and it has been FAR too long since we have seen her. I miss her like crazy and I know the kids do too. Xo
To my husband.. I love you and am thankful for you. Always. Xoxox
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Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Just a day in my life...

Love these ruggies...
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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Feels like yesterday...
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Can you believe its been almost 10 years!

Can't wait for the next 10!!
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving..

So many things to be thankful for... Here is one more..
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Almost thanksgiving!

I have SO much to be thankful for.... The Lord blessed me greatly with these 2 monkeys and I will forever be grateful..
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Love her moves at the end..

She is truly MY daughter. Lol
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Friday, November 11, 2011

What a wonderful 4 days at Great Wolf Lodge.. a HUGE thank you to papa and popo.. more pics to come..
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Monday, November 07, 2011


She is so excited!! T minus 2 days..
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Saturday, November 05, 2011

Best friends ROCK!

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween..

From beyblade master Jenga and tinkerbelle...
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

getting so big!

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Happy Halloween

Sam worked on this for over an hour all by himself. I am so proud!
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Best Friends..

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Friday, October 21, 2011

love her

Such a blessing..
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love her

Such a blessing..
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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Homemade birthday cake..

My mad
No, but made with a lot of love. ;)
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Happy Birthday -party- Bug!!

Can't believe you are 9 years old. What a fine, handsome, sweet young man you are becoming. I love you SO much and am SO thankful to be your mom. I am truly blessed. Happy birthday sweetie!!
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Friday, October 07, 2011

Pledge of Allegiance..

Drama Mama style... :)
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Thursday, October 06, 2011

say what?

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Poor sick monkey

She got off the bus today and I was informed that she had just thrown up.. I had a feeling today that she wasn't right as she said this morning her tummy hurt..but she was ok to go to school. I asked if she was sure and she adamantly shook her head. So I sent her.
Poor little bug is fast asleep and its only 5.
Let's hope for a happy healthy girl when she wakes up...
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Sunday, September 18, 2011

I choose my battles....

My son.... *sigh*.....
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Monday, August 22, 2011

First Day of School!!!

More to come....what a great day!!!
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Last day of summer!!!

The kids both start school tomorrow, at a new school. Sam us starting the 4th grade, and KK is beginning kindergarten!!!! Eeeeek. Where has the time gone? For their last day of summer they have played in the yard, ridden scooters, and played nicely together. I just hope I can keep it together as I send them BOTH off tomorrow! *sigh*...
:) :( ;) :P
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

kids are gone all week

They are in NC with grandma....but there is so much going in here I haven't really has time to enjoy it.. though brad and I are enjoying the evenings. Love to everyone..
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

4 shots later..

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kindergarten physical

Eeek... where is the time going...she cracks me up at the end..
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Growing way too fast..

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Saturday, July 09, 2011

Go Bug!!

Look at him go!
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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Impromptu concert...

We were sitting at Kings Dominion waiting for Daddy and some friends, when I was lucky enough to catch this impromptu concert...
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did...especially the end... ;)
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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Check it out...

Do you see all my little friends? Lol...


Can't wait to eat a few...
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Summer Fun..

The kids....

Enjoying summer. Jack, Sam and KK..
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Thursday, June 23, 2011

tsk tsk

So I haven't been feeling well lately and had to go to the Dr.
They put me on a medication that I had a bad reaction to and ended up in the ER.
No worries. It was nothing they couldn't take care of quickly.
Anyway, because of what happened and how my body was I could not make it over to PA for the weekend as we had planned. We were going to see Nana and Pappy. Nana is dealing with a few things as well...not sure if I am allowed to share..but let's just say she is AwESOME!!! She really has this spirit about her that I can't explain. She has one of the biggest hearts I have ever come across...and I thank God for her everyday. After all..I only married Brad so I could be a part of his family. ;o)
Anyway...back to the picture...I didnt go ..and Brad was brave enough to take the kids. Well I just had ONE request for him......
Saturday night I get a call at 915pm that Bug was bit by the neighbors dog....
In the FACE!

Seriously folks...if there is one thing that can terrify me in .01 sec flat...its that. Josh was bit in Germany when we first moved there and it haunts me to this day!
Anyway...all I could picture was my Bug..hurt. and me not there to help. And Joshs face after his bite.
Thank God we had not 1 but 2 wonderful mommys there (Nana and Maybn)...that took over and managed.
I was a basket case from 5 hours away.
They came home Sunday and I got to see for myself he was fine.
Fat Lip...bruised...a tad traumatized..
But fine.
This picture was taken 3 days it looks better . He is one lucky bug...
And so is Brad. Lol

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Thursday, June 02, 2011

memory for me...

Love these kids so much, I am truly blessed...
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Love her!~

Heard this noise outside while cleaning up after lunch...grabbed my camera..and this...

:o) :o) :o)

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Interview with my 5 year old (Drama Mama)...

These are quotes....word for word...

1.What is something mom always says to you?

2. What makes mom happy?
Being good to somebody

3. What makes mom sad?
You being lonely

4. How does your mom make you laugh?
By saying funny words

5. What was your mom like as a child?
like me

6. How old is your mom?
like a hundred maybe?! (oh you are going to pay for that one little girl! lol)

7. How tall is your mom?
Super tall.

8. What is her favorite thing to do?

9. What does your mom do when you're not here?

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
being like a princess

11. What is your mom really good at?

12. What is your mom not very good at?
playing the wii

13. What does your mom do for a job?

14. What is your mom's favorite food?
chinese soup (won ton)

15. What makes you proud of your mom?
Kiss me one hundred and fifty five one hundred

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
Minnie Mouse cuz you wear polka dot dresses

17. What do you and your mom do together?
play games

18. How are you and your mom the same?
Because we sound the same sometimes and we eat pickles

19. How are you and your mom different?
Because I have a different earring and we dont watch the same show

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
Because I love you too

21. What does your mom like most about your dad?
He is working

22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
Wendy's (?!)

23. Who is your most favorite person in the whole world?
Lexi, you and Leah

24. What is your most favorite toy?
My little cat named Mr Cat

25. What is your favorite color?
Purple like daddy

26. What is your favorite thing that mommy cooks?
everything... I like you cooking chicken

27. What is your least favorite thing that mommy cooks?
Probably, about I dont know I like everything you make.. (ok child this makes up for the age comment!~ )

Now you copy and paste these questions, erase my answers, and interview your own child....write excatly what they say even if it doesnt make sense! What a memory this creates! :)

HAVE FUN, and have you hugged your child today?

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Mom had planned this party for Cody's birthday for a LONG time.

After all he was turning 70!!!

So Josh and I snuck up there with our families (well, I was missing a HUGE part of mine as Brad had to work and could not join us)..but off we went.

It was a GREAT weekend!~

I got to see my Aunt Sue, and Aunt Judy, Uncle Ron, and Uncle Jimmy...(all Cody's brothers and sisters)...

Plus some really great friends...

Check out the chocolate fountain...Mmmmmm

Us waiting patiently for him to arrive....


Video of the surprise!~~ :O)
Just a few of the guests...

Grandpa's lil cheeseball...

Lexi and her Mom (Trovena)

Josh and Matthew

Cody's Cake...

Eating with ALL his grandkids...

Video of us singing the birthday song!

What a GREAT weekend and a HUGE thanks to Mimi for allowing us to stay with her!~

Saturday, May 21, 2011

First trip to KD 2011..

Well we took our first trip this summer...and had a lot of fun.

It was very crowded as it seemed all the schools in the area decided on today as well...

All in all we got about 10 rides in before the heat and lines took their toll...

No worries...thats why season passes rock...

We'll be back. :o)
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

A random conversation...

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Tea Party...

The drama mama was invited by one of her good friends Hannah to a tea party...she had SUCH a good time...

We are going to do one of these very soon...

More to come..
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Friday, April 29, 2011

Oh the FUN times...

And THIS is why I haven't been to a NASCAR race with him in 10 years...

I suppose it runs in the family...this need to torture me..

And yes, I had (and continue to) endure the 2 of them like

We got here to RICHMOND about 1 yesterday and set up camp.
Made some hot dogs...and played some console.

The 4 guys in the camper next to us have joined us a few times and even made my experience better by setting me up in a lawn chair right next to their firepit...and when I commented "now THIS is camping" (since I was toasty warm)...they walked over and said " holds out a thing of chocolate Oreos).....THIS is camping"
I have to admit. He was right. Lol.

We slept good last night and are on day #2 now....
Boys are still sleeping...
And I am super excited to see what the day brings..

Go Kenseth...
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy Easter 2011

We had a quiet Easter this year since Brad was out of town for work and it was just the kids and I. But we had fun and made the most of it with an Easter egg hunt and a fun day outside!
The race is this weekend and I can't wait. Hope everyone is well...
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Sunday, April 03, 2011


We had been trying for a month now (we being Cody and I) plan a trip down to NC to surprise Mom. Originally we had planned for the weekend of her birthday..but if you know ANYTHING about my mom, it's that you literally have to call and SCHEDULE with her because she is ALWAYS off doing something. Lol. She says shes retired and thats what your supposed to do. But as busy as she stays...remind me NEVER to retire! Lol. Just kidding...she is awesome..even though i need to be penciled in at least 3 weeks beforehand.. :o)
Anyway, to make a ling story short..Cody finally had to pencil himself in (not kidding)..and clear the first weekend she had was a month later. But i got it!! She was ours to surprise!! And surprise her we did!!
Well she did try to throw us for a loop though, by not even being home when we got here! Lol (in all fairness we had left 4 hours earlier than we planned..and i couldnt call cody to let him know, as not to be obvious). Anyway the kids and i headed to the playground and 30 min later we got the call.
We walk right in her back door. Yelling 'SURPRISE' of course.
She screamed! Lol
It was awesome!!!
We had managed to pull it off.
It was a great weekend. Spending time with them...going to pik n pig...hearing KK argue with Grandma about marrying Grandpa.
Thank you God. For all my wonderful blessings....
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Monday, March 28, 2011

GREAT video and pictures!~

I finally got some video of Drama Mama reading her first book. I made sure she hadn't memorized it by covering the pictures and picking random pages. :o) Here she is reading HAVE to wait until the end though as she had me in STITCHES with her random comments...


I am SO blessed!!~

See why I love her so!?!...

And my sweet son!~ :o)

I am SO thankful!!!!

Random pic here....she decided to try on her brothers karate spar gear...all the way down to the ...ummm...yeah.

Love my kids!~

Thursday, March 24, 2011

KK read her first book!!!

All by herself!! To me!~

I love this series. It was recommended to me by our local librarian, and i figured KK was WAY ready to start reading!

After all Bug was already reading and in kindergarten! I wish she had made the date to start this year. She is so ready for school!~

We started this on Monday and have been working on recognizing the letters for some time now. This series has helped with recognizing the SOUNDS the letters make and putting them together.

They have to know the letters to start.

As far as KK not being in school I really cant complain, since its more time I get to spend one on one with her! I love my daughter! :o)

And I love teaching her things and watching her delight when she "gets it" :o)

I am SO blessed!!

Anyway..i am hoping i can upload a picture of the book she read but my android may only let me post one.

We'll see!

Cant wait for daddy to get home from work so he can help wipe the grin off my face...but then again..who will wipe the grin off his? Lol
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Saturday, March 05, 2011

What a WONDERFUL birthday it was.

A huge thanks to my hubby for such a wonderful stress free day.
It was exactly what I wanted!
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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Four score and seven years ago...

He is ready for his report today.

They had to work on a report for the last 3 weeks on Abraham Lincoln. He did such a great job. Now he has to go dressed in character..and read it in front of the class.

Each student was someone that made a difference in history..and this was who Sam chose.

I can't wait to hear how it went!

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Saturday, February 19, 2011


We decided to head up to PA since it has been a long time, and Bryan had just bought a house.

I came up with the bright idea of surprising Nana and Pappy..since it was decided on such notice..

Well..against the protests of BOTH her sons...(their argument that she would rather know and take the day off of work)..I stuck with my plan..

We arrived in PA around 9:30ish Friday night to Bryan's...
chit chat a bit and play some duck hunting...then its off to bed.

Saturday morning comes and the plan is to have her come over to the house for brunch...the kids were beyond excited and KK decided the best spot for her to hide would be the tub. It took a lot of convincing to have her wait in the kitchen.

In comes Nana and out pop the kids. She was very surprised...especially since she had texted a few days before that, that she hoped we could make it here soon.

But then I heard her say "i wish I had known so I could have gotten someone to cover for me"....
And then the dreaded 'i told you so' followed by smug 'in your face Kristi' looks. Now its bad enough coming from my husband..but throw in my brother in law....

Oh well...she did manage to find someone after all...and they are over at the movies watching 'Gnomeo and Juliet'.

They were so excited to go as it is a special privilege to do that. :o)

Well, its only saturday afternoon and we have a fabulous evening planned..I am super excited...we may head out to the 'Rainbow'..

Pictures to come soon.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Blogging via Droid



Let's see how this works...
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Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!~


I am SO thankful for my man!

I got the brand new 4G "HTC Inspire" cell phone, and Brad got a 12 pack of Samuel Adams Winter Lager...

Who made out in THAT deaL?? LOL

No, but in ALL fairness...the phone I had for the last 2 years finally broke (the touch screen stopped working)...and THATS why I got the awesome just happened to be Valentines Day..:o)

Kids are LOVING's like Christmas to them for some reason (maybe all the candy lol)...they have been jabbering non stop!~

Here are some cupcakes we made for Bug's Valentine party at school...he was very proud!!~

Anyway, Happy Valentines Day everyone!!~

Love you Baby!!~

Monday, February 07, 2011

We Lost...

Oh well, we really didn't deserve to win after the way we played that game.

I don't think we even showed up!!

Where was Polamalu? Ward? Ben?

Ben, oh Ben, oh Ben...

We had 3 turnovers, that led to 2 touchdowns for the Packers.

It was just a sloppy game. For us.

Oh well.

We STILL have 6! I don't have to change my license plate now (lol)... AND Pouncey now has time to heal his poor foot.

Such is life in football world!~ Until next season!!!...


Sunday, February 06, 2011

Let's go STEELERS...Let's go!!!!!

12 more hours till the Superbowl! Couldn't sleep last night, I was so excited!~ :o)

We were invited to a superbowl party...but since the hubby had watched every game this season at home, on a particular cushion, with just me and the kiddo's....we had to decline (sorry Josh) and do a lil something at home.

But we have lots of goodies here...chicken wings, veggies and ranch, meatballs, bratwurst and sauerkraut, chips and salsa, and a cheese/salsa dip as sweets!~

I think I gained 5 lbs just writing that! lol

Well, its 6 a little over 12 hrs till kickoff...I am So stoked!~


Here we go Steelers...Here we go!!

P.S HAPPY BIRTHDAY NANCY!!!!! (trip to Georgia...coooooming up! I can't wait!)

P.P.S. Hi chicklet. :o)

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Tonight only:


She delights me EVERY single day with something she says, does, or wears...

Here are all of the above....below.... ;o)

Video #1 (taken yesterday)

Video #2 (taken this morning)

yup, that's my daughter!!~ :o)

I do love her so. ;o)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Yeah baby!~ Going for #7.... though it will mean a license plate

Looking forward to taking the Packers on!~ :o)

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Bug had his 1st Pinewood Derby event this year. He was given a kit about 3 weeks ago, and had to draw out a design for his car...and then a theme to paint on it.

This called for a DADDY/SON project!~

So Bug drew out the shape he wanted the car and said the only thing he HAD to have on it was FLAMES and it had to be blue like Sonic the Hedgehog. Easy enough right?

Yup!~ :) Brad cut out the shape he drew and then they went to the hobby shop and picked out the paint and weights (his car had to be as close to 5 oz as possible)...SO...

$6 later, and they were set.....and BOY WAS BUG EXCITED!

He worked on it.....

and worked on it....

AND VIOLA!~............

Finished Product (from the side)....

and from the top...he chose the numbers.

So proud of himself!~:)

A video of him telling me about the car...

The track...

Bug...waiting to weigh his....

A boy and his 1st car! :)

It is quite funny because the DAD's are all tweaking the cars, lubing them up and worrying about the race...while the boys run wild..and could care less... :)

Driver's start your engines.....

Love my Bug!~

Some of the cars, ready to race....

The rest of them (Bug's is the far right)

Rules explained...check.

In the 1st heat we have Bug ("the flame") racing against "victory"...

On your mark...get set...GO! (he won!)

They sit and hold a steering wheel when it is their car racing...

One of 3 races....

Another race...he JUST wins....

He lost one heat (out of 4)and made 4th....(really it was 3rd, but they judged wrong...I think it was harder for ME to not make a stink about the error than it was important to Bug...but in the end I held my tongue since the point is sportsmanship and FUN...and he had a great time! and i learned a lesson myself lol)

PROUD Daddy!~ :)

Very proud (but tired) mommy...

The racers...

Bug and his Cub master...Mr. Roger's...(:P)

He kept grinning after and shaking his head saying "My very 1st trophy mom! we have to build a case for it"...."I can't believe I got my very 1st trophy mom, and it's all MINE!" lol

It was a GREAT day of fun....and we look forward to coming back next year! :P