Saturday, September 10, 2011

First of Fall

The weather has finally cooled off here in Atlanta. Although it's probably just a false start, we've been taking advantage of the beautiful weather and spending every free moment outside. This afternoon, that meant hitting up the Ice Cream festival at Piedmont park. Sadly, the ice cream offerings were pathetic. Happily, our boys are easily entertained as long as there's space to run.

By the end little C just wanted some love.
He was happy to return the favor.
These monkeys did some serious tree climbing...
with Daddy's help.
Allie oversaw the entire expedition and wasn't always sure Reed and I were being responsible parents.
C did a little climbing of his own.
And spent quality time kissing (it's his new skill, remember) every surface he could reach.
Needless to say, G was satisfied with the afternoon.
Now off to watch some football with Reed and the two big boys who begged to stay up late and cheer on BYU.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Youngling

Christian...come to the dark side...

Never. I laugh in the face of danger.

DragonCon 4.0

It's the most wonderful time of the Atlanta.
DragonCon + Sublime donuts = SUBLIME

Daddy and his boys

Even C understood the awesomeness

Captain Rex(s)

Commander Cody (s)

The Emporer's littlest guard.

I honestly don't think I can describe the fantastic people watching that goes on.
Plus, all the people are so friendly and in such a good mood. Apparently if we all just ran around in full battle/fantasy gear the world would be a happier place.

Grayson, Gray

Grayson, Gray has hit the big time this year, going to school all 5days and learning to read (although if you ask him he'll deny it).
For his first project he had to make an "All about me" poster and dress up like Dad to present it in class.

Like father, like son.
Note the expressions: Gray excited and Reed too cool.
Now G's too cool and Reed's excited
My favorite part of the poster:
When I asked G if we should put Grayson or Grayson James Peterson on the poster he replied: "actually, just Super Gray would be good".
Oh, and his favorite sports are soccer, basketball, bike riding and wildball.


Even in a house full of boys we have a LOT of talking going on.

Although Christian is new to the game he's finally getting the idea that he can make his wishes known. For example, on Saturday he would not take a nap. After the allotted 1 1/2 hours in his crib Reed and I went into get him. Turns out there was a very good reason he didn't sleep. He was too busy pulling his diaper out through the bottom of his onesie. We asked him where his diaper was and soon found it hidden under his blanket. When we asked Christian if that was his diaper he vehemently shook his head, grabbed the diaper and began stomping on it. Oh, he's also decided instead of crying to get out of his crib in the morning or after nap yelling "all done" at the top of his lungs (1 of his 2 words) is much more effective.

Lastly, over the weekend I decided we may have to move ASAP.
While at the river on Saturday Matts asked me
"Mom, how deep do you reckin' (how do you even spell that?) the river is there?"
I told him I didn't know, but I reckin'd we've been living in the south too long :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

9 for Elle

This year has been interesting one as our family has settled into 'us'. I even went through the girl baby clothes and sorted the unworn ones into piles to give away. Some to be donated, some for friends and some for family. Especially Miss Gentry who has been through alot and shares Elle's slim and trim build. It sounds silly, but as I sorted I felt my dreams fading. These were the things I kept after Elle, thinking we'd have another little girl to dress and love. This poignant closure, wanting to use new pictures, and the complete and utter boredom that is boys' school shopping led to
Elle's 9 signature looks for 9 years.

1.Aunt Jemima Bow, the yellow version.
These were Reed's favorite and he still has the white one hanging in his car.
(Plus, Elle looks eerily like C in this picture)
2.The pumpkin hat.
Worn by all 4 peterson babies.
3.My favorite bow.

4.Coming home, part II. In Denver, less than 48 hrs after surgery.
(Yes, there's a bow. It's a tiny navy one on her part to match the navy trim on her socks)
5.Elle's first 3-6 month outfit.
We dolled her up to go meet the makers of her PA bands. As you can see, she wasn't too impressed with being only the 4th baby to have them.
6.Skater Elle.
I had this dressed for literally years before Elle was born and was so excited to put her in it.
7.Happy Halloween.
Maybe not the most flattering, but definitely a look. Once again Elle was not impressed with getting dolled up.
8.Aunt Jemima bow with pajamas.
Because you always need to look your best
9.Coming home part 1. Two days old and so peaceful.
The theme? Bows.
Elle was known for them in the hospital. She always worn won, and often it was all she could wear. I love girls :). We'll be thinking of Elle as we release pink balloons (at Matts' request), eat pink cupcakes and watch Beauty and the Beast in a girlish celebration of our sister and daughter.