Wednesday, November 18, 2009

More Chuck For Your Cheese

When one visit to Chuck E. Cheese's isn't enough, you can count to Gigi to make a second visit happen!
This visit was special because Kinzie's and Maeby's cousins, Emma & Brooke, had just returned from a long visit to Walt Disney World and they were eager to reunite....
... and where better to do it than where "a kid can be a kid".

Kinzie and Maeby both took a ride with Chuck himself...
.... these photos were captured by one of those new speeding cameras you're seeing now on the busy roads. I keep telling those girls to slow down!
(it looks to me like Chuck needed a designated driver - too much pizza and skee-ball will do that to a mouse)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Where A Kid Can Be A Kid

On Friday night our family was invited to Chuck E. Cheese's in Bel Air for Tasha's birthday party. Tasha is Kinzie's friend from school. Here is a picture of Kinzie and Tasha at Kinzie's birthday party, back in October. We had a great time at the party!
And of course, what is a trip to Chuck E. Cheese's without a stop at the photo booth... it only costs one token.
... a small price to pay for an original piece of artwork drawn by Mr. Chuck E. Cheese himself!
We last visited Chuck E. Cheese's and his photo booth back in December of 2007.
Kinzie was just two years old and we were still seven months away from getting married... (not even engaged yet!)
Here are a couple more shots from the photo booth:
Our big girl!
Kinzie and mommy!

Friday, November 6, 2009

I Heard I Was In Town

Laura and I made a "long-weekend" trip to Nashville, Tennessee a couple of weeks ago (sans kids) to visit some old friends from college. I attended Belmont University from the Fall of 1998 through the Spring of 2001 and continued to live in Nashville until early 2004. Over five years later, I still have a lot of good friends down there - mostly Phi Delta Theta fraternity brothers. As soon as we got off the airplane and got our rental car, we headed over to my friend, Garth's, house. He and his wife, Laura, would be our hosts for the weekend - for which we were very grateful! After briefly settling in, we hit the town to meet up with friends.
On Friday night, we had a great time at the Varsity Grille and the Red Door Saloon. It was quite a switch for us to be out till almost 4:30am!
After some Saturday afternoon recovery time, we hit up the Embassy Suites hotel bar (where Blair was staying), Pie In The Sky for dinner, followed by a visit to the Riverfront Tavern... capped off with a final stop to the "World Famous" Lonnie's Western Room in Printer's Alley. It was great to share with Laura some of my old stomping grounds from my college days.... and another post-4:00am night!
Here I am with Garth, who has been one of my closest friends in Nashville since we were both Freshman at Belmont back in 1998.
It was great to have Blair in town to hang out with us too! He is a big fan of Laura's. "You look just like Sara Evans!", he always says.
Sunday morning included a trip to Sam's Sports Bar & Grill to watch the Ravens lose to the Vikings (I used to watch every Ravens game at Sam's), a trip to Sonic!, and some relaxation at Garth & Laura's house after two straight long nights out.
I'd just like to, once again, thank Garth and Laura Click for opening their home to us while we were in town.... also, to Laura, thanks for taking some great pictures and sharing them with us!
Check out their blog too!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Kinzie's 4th Birthday!

Yeah, yeah, yeah.... So the blog has been on hiatus for a while now. Even today's post is about an event that took place over a month ago! Better late than never.
For those of you who were unable to join us for Mackinzie's 4th birthday party, these photos are for you!
Each year, Laura strives to make Kinzie as cute as humanly possible on her birthday. Many people still talk about the shiny, sparkly silver dress from her 2nd birthday. This year, Laura really outdid herself and made this puffy, colorful tutu all by herself. It was pretty awesome!
We celebrated Kinzie's birthday at the Bounce Party N' Play in White Marsh.
Kinzie had previously attended her friend, Ava's, birthday party there back in January - in fact we blogged about it way back then.
This was the first year that Kinzie was able to invite some of her friends from school and we were very happy to have them join us.
Of course, the usual family members were in attendance... including Uncle Play-Doh!
The Bounce Party N' Play is a really fun place. Its basically a small warehouse painted in bright colors and housing some of the largest moon-bounces you've ever seen!
Most of them require a lot of climbing, crawling and maneuvering to get through them.
The kids really enjoy it... almost as much as the adults, who are also welcome to join in the jumping fun!
Baby Maeby was such a good baby all day! We were at no shortage of people willing to hold her throughout the party so that me and Laura could participate in the jumping fun.
Here our friend Tana is taking her turn with Maeby.
Kinzie's friend, Tristan, from church, had a great time!
This was probably my favorite moon-bounce there: the giant slide!
.... at the top of the large staircase was two huge slides... as Kinzie demonstrates in these photos.
For the bigger kids, there was an over-sized boxing ring. Me and Will duked it out like we did when we were kids.
Grandpop had a great time too, although he may have wore himself out a bit!
After almost 2 hours of jumping fun, we were treated to some snacks and cake.
... it was a pretty packed little room, but all the kids were hungry and thirsty after all of that excitement.
After eating, Kinzie opened her gifts.
Here are Kinzie and her cousin, Emma.
It was a really great party! I think that everyone had a great time and we brought Kinzie into her fourth year with style.